Doctor Who : The Christmas Invasion

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The Podcast

Christmas Invasion

You’d think he’d wanna be awake for his first show.

Tennant’s Doctor really just sleeps it off. For the whole show.

I guess regenerating hit the Doctor really hard this time around. After all, this is the first regeneration for the new generation of fans that was generated by the regeneration of the show. Generation.

The Tenth Doctor just needed to visit the Zero Room. Not sure where it went to…

So they had to do something big to mark the occasion. In the moment after Eccleston’s Doctor died, David Tennant appeared, and seemed to suffer no ill effects.But as this show begins, he’s overcome by a severe bout of post-regeneration blues. No doubt, the concept of the Doctor needing recovery from regeneration and being absent for most of the adventure is drawn from Peter Davison’s first story as the Fifth Doctor, Castrovalva.

Rose, Mickey, and Jackie are the only three people who have any idea about what to do when earth is invaded by aliens. Wake up the Doctor. He’s just so darn sleepy! Since he’s unwakeupable, they cart his body around and even try to scare off the Sycorax themselves.

Imagine the despair. Aliens are attacking and you know there is someone who can help, but he might be busy dying. What’s left to do? It’d be one thing if the Sycorax just attacked earth. Rose would be scared, probably say her prayers, and resign herself to being destroyed along with the other seven billion. But Rose knows things. She knows someone. You know why people say, ‘Ignorance is bliss’? Because if you don’t know that you have a reason to hope, it’s much easier to accept defeat.

Rose has hope. And, as we learned from this past summer’s big movie, “There cannot be true despair without hope.” Earth is dying and its only possible hero is lying in her mom’s apartment, throwing up fairy dust.

Jesus died. The Romans hated him. The Jews hated him. His followers thought they were coming into the city to institute Jesus’ Kingdom. Instead, he dies and they’re left to wait for the hammer to fall on them. The despair at being crucified by the Romans was probably tremendous.

Imagine the despair at the threat of being crucified when you were convinced your recently murdered friend was the guy who would kick the Romans and their stinking crosses out of town.

Your hero was just killed. And now you have to face his enemies.

That cannot be easy. Especially after having your hope of freedom raised so high, just a few hours before.

Hope only makes the failure more painful. Rags-to-riches stories have been oppressing the poor for centuries. If it wasn’t for those stories, poor people could just be content with what they have. Instead, they’re (we’re) always thinking that their ship is coming in, with a castle and millions of dollars from some distant cousin in Europe.

I’m joking a little, but it’s true. A story like Cinderella can give hope to a person in a real situation that doesn’t have that much reason for hope.

All that to say, Bane was right. Real despair needs hope.

In this Doctor Who show, Rose has hope and so her despair is more acute. The followers of Jesus had real despair because they had hope.

We know how both stories end. The Doctor wakes up. Jesus comes back to life. In both cases, it seemed (at least to the characters) to be infinitesimally unlikely that their hero would rise. And it’s at that instant that the Doctor takes up his sword and saves the day and that Jesus proves he is the hero that can save, even from death.

Power in the Blood

The Sycorax had a ton of humans under some kind of mind-control. They had the people standing on a building’s edge, ready to jump. The Doctor wakes up and reveals that the Sycorax mind-control is actually a suggestion device that works through the humans’ bloodstreams. Seeing a big button that the Sycorax claim will cause the humans to jump, the Doctor lunges for it. Is he still manic? Or maybe he has a plan?

Turns out the hypno-blood treatment the Sycorax had been giving those people cannot make them do something they wouldn’t do themselves. That is, it can suggest they do something terrible, it just can’t make them do it. Knowing the limitations of the hypno-blood and guessing that the humans would be self-preserving, the Doctor hit the button. This broke them out of their thrall. When their tormentors became obvious in their wicked suggestions, the humans could see that they were under a spell. The Doctor revealed the truth to them and it set them free.


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