Lessons of Love in Doctor Who

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Listen, I know it says this is a fandom blog, but it’s also where I’m posting assignments for English class. Now, please don’t leave me because of this, I promise it will be primarily fandom. So, we’re currently reading Tuesdays With Morrie, and our assignment is to make a blog post that relates the themes of the book to the themes of our blogs. Technically, the book in itself would count as fandom, because, you know, it’s a book. However, as far as I know, Morrie doesn’t have a very big fan base, so I’ll relate it to more popular (dare I say, better) fandoms as much as I can.

The main theme of Tuesdays With Morrie seems to be love, which is appalling, especially to a Vulcan like me. Now, I generally do my best to ignore love in my fandoms (particularly unnecessary romantic subplots), but today, it seems, I’m going to focus on it (not unnecessary romantic subplots). So, let’s focus on the man who, ironically, needs love the most. The man with two hearts. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am referring to The Doctor. The man with the big blue box, who can travel through space and time, who can do whatever he wants, and yet he chooses to help people. He chooses to travel throughout time and space, saving worlds, saving people, helping whoever he can. He dies to save others, he’s done so on several occasions (for those of you who aren’t in the fandom [ie. my teacher], The Doctor regenerates in a different body when he dies). Unfortunately though, The Doctor sometimes gets jaded and tired and stops caring. Can you really blame him for getting tired after 2,822 years of running around, saving everyone he can? I mean, I’m jaded and dead inside, and I’m only 16 years old (though I think that’s normal for a highschooler). So anyway, he picks up companions. He makes friends and takes them through time and space with him, and they help remind him of his humanity when he gets lost. Much like Morrie tries to show everyone that they need compassion and humanity. One example is how his character has developed from one episode, “The Runaway Bride,” to another, “Partners in Crime.”

“The Runaway Bride” is the episode where we first meet Donna Noble. This is right after Martha decided she couldn’t handle life in the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space/time traveling police box), and The Doctor, after losing so many companions, has vowed never to pick up another companion again. Then Donna shows up in the TARDIS. Now, I’m not summarizing the entire episode because that would take a while, but the gist is that an alien (the Racnoss) has come to earth and laid a bunch of eggs in London, and when those eggs hatch, the Racnoss babies will eat everything on earth. The Doctor’s solution to this is to drown the babies and then set everything on fire. Donna is understandably horrified by this, and tells him as much.

Now, fast forward to “Partners in Crime.” Aliens are trying to repopulate their race by selling “diet pills” to humans, which cause the baby aliens (Adipose) to be created from the humans’ fat. Good for everyone, right? Until entire people start dissolving into these baby aliens. Then it becomes The Doctor’s problem, and he and Donna happen to meet up again. Again, not summarizing the entire episode, but The Doctor ends up sending the baby Adipose back to their home planet, rather than killing them. When Donna asks him about this, he says something like, “you can’t help where you come from,” (that’s probably not the exact quote, since I couldn’t find it, but it’s close enough).

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He learned that you can’t condemn people (or aliens) simply because they came from something bad. He learned a lesson of love, which is what Morrie is trying to teach. The Doctor is so busy trying to save everyone that he sometimes forgets that even those that he’s saving people from might need saving themselves. He has his companions there to remind him that people (and aliens) make mistakes, or sometimes don’t even realize that they’re causing harm. Unfortunately, he’s lost companions. Which makes him apprehensive of picking up new companions, but when he goes without a companion, he always ends up in a dark place. He needs people. He needs love. Everyone needs love, and therefore everyone needs to show love. This is what Morrie teaches.

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