Is Doctor Who a Religion? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Is Doctor Who a Religion? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

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  1. religion has nothing to do with big man in the sky. if you believe that god is big man in sky u doing something wrong xD

  2. As a Christian, I feel as though there was slight reference to Christianity as a "religion". 99% of People believe that Christianity is a religion. Even Christians. But in reality, Christianity is actually… "Anti-religion". If you'd like to see what I mean, hop on over to Jefferson Bethke's "why I hate religion" video.

  3. I always thought Dr. who's cult following was so weird. It just doesn't seem like the kind to get so popular. Like when I saw it with Rose and her boyfriend though I was like 'waaaat?' because I thought it was like something 40 y/o's watched

  4. I don't believe that for something to be "real" it has to be in our dimension, touchable, able to be proven, etc. For something to be real, I'd like to say it needs to leave an impact. For example, Harry Potter. I may not be able to go to Hogwarts, and it may not exist in the way that most people say is "real," but it changed the way I see life and it changed the way I think of magic and reality. The characters are their own entities now, too. Think about it – if J.K. Rowling said "oh btw Ron was just a con artist the whole time he didn't care about any of them and he killed them all and started a new war right after the epilogue" – even if the original creator said that, it wouldn't be true anymore, because Harry Potter is its own world and the characters are real in their own, unchangeable way.

    Same goes for Doctor Who. (note: i'm not done yet, no spoilers). They may not be real in the sense that the Tardis may never appear in front of us and take us the same way it takes the characters in the show. But that doesn't mean it isn't real. To quote one of my favorite Tumblr text posts (oops) . . . ok I spent like half an hour searching and I can't find it so it's not a direct quote (double oops). It was something like "Do you ever feel sad that fictional characters go on all these amazing adventures from the time they're 12 and you're stuck here?" And then someone else: "What do you mean? Didn't you go on all of those adventures with them?" Anyway, that's what I mean. For something to be real, it has to leave an impact on you. Doctor Who has left such an impact on me. It changed the way I think about time and space, about the Universe, about the human superiority complex, and it really made me value life and how precious it is. The Doctor has the power to do that, even if he's not "real" by traditional standards.

    I follow the Doctor's religion because he is truly good. He values all life, and no one above any other. He values love and kindness. He never gives up when it comes to the people he loves. He never loosens his morals. He always tries to save everyone, and when he does, his joy is pure and good and so contagious. He teaches me (us) to love one another and keep peace. He shows us that there is always an alternative to violence.

    And even more than all that, he makes us (or at least me) happy. When I watch his show, I am happy. And what is the point of life, if not happiness?

    And that's why I'm a Whovianist.

  5. I completely agree with the point that there's evidence the Doctor (especially the way he is portrayed in the New series) promotes certain positive ideals which can deeply imprint on people watching the show. I feel that his way of handling problems and finding solutions while staying mostly pacifistic influenced my own behaviour. While he still constantly fucks up stuff/people/planets etc. on a huge scale, he's always trying to be the better man, to improve himself, to have a positive impact on the universe.
    Consider these quotes and you'll know why people view the Doctor as some sort of moral authority.

    Spoilers… 😉

    -(after threatening to shoot the man who just killed his daughter) "I never would. I NEVER WOULD. When you start this new world, remember that. Make the foundation of this society a man who never would."
    – (Zygon Inversion speech) "When you fire that first shot, no matter how right you feel, you have no idea who's going to die. You don't know whose children are going to scream and burn. How many hearts will be broken. How many lives shattered. How much blood will spill until everbody does what they're always going to have to do from the very beginning – sit down and talk!"
    – (Steven Moffat at the 50th anniversary panel) "When they made this particular hero, they didn't give him a gun, they gave him a screwdriver to fix things. They didn't give him a tank or a war ship or an X-wing fighter, they gave him a box from which you can call for help. And they didn't give him a superpower or pointy ears or a heat ray, they gave him an extra heart. They gave him two hearts and that's an extraordinary thing. There will never come a time when we don't need a hero like the Doctor."
    – (The Name of the Doctor) "The Name I chose is the Doctor. The name you choose is like a promise you make."
    – (to the Master) "You don't need to own the universe. Just see it."

  6. I have not had a religious experience watching Doctor Who, but my old manager did have a drug experience that involved seeing the flashing lights from the intro sequence and hearing the music.  Ahh, good ol' gas an' air.

  7. I have always said that doctor who is like a religion to me. and really it is. Growing up I formed all my morals from doctor who

  8. When we die, we all go to the big hard drive in the Master's female regeneration's water tomb so that we can be eventually reborn as cybermen.

  9. This is another interesting thought about it:

  10. Um… I'm not on the same page here. A religion is a philosophy on the universe – the real universe. There may be a bunch of metaphors, but the meaning always goes back to human life, and our interpretations of the ways of nature and the cosmos. Even the Jedi relate the Force to the Life Force that has been mentioned by practically every faith ever, back to (surviving stories from) ancient Africa, like the /Xam tribe, who talk of the "potency" of all living things.

    The Doctor however, is a time traveller. That's not really a thing. The foundation of the story is built on the impossible. Sure, there are impossible things in religions too, but they are usually metaphors or exaggerations of time, that were probably based on some actual event once. Dr. Who is pure fantasy.

  11. Evil exists because humans become bored with stagnation and redundancy. If humans can't get bored, we'd have no reason to act in an evil manner.

  12. One issue: Clifford Geertz's definition of religion seems too broad to me. For example, most long lasting philosophical traditions (Marxism being one example), seem to also fit into this definition of religion, as well as any lasting dogma or cult. Even a particularly patriotic national culture may fit. I would consider adding a component of mysticism to the original definition in order to better differentiate it from other forms of worldview, though I also have not checked every world religion to see if they are all mystical either, so there may be a better differentiation that I am simply not aware of.

  13. I have noticed that the Doctor has the ideal personality and skills that you would want to emulate if you want to influence people and effect change.

  14. "Don't worship me; I'd make a terrible god."
    Well you'd be a lot better than most of the others we have come up with.

  15. I find it fascinating to think of "Doctor Who" as a religion. It makes sense in terms of the show, its characters, its themes . . . and its fans. I'm a Whovian, but I've met some who are so die-hard it borderlines scariness.
    Seriously, I just got in a fight online with a Whovian because I dared relate the "Rings of Akhaten" speech with current events and they were like, "How dare you hijack the beauty and sorrow of this scene for your own opinions!"
    Sheesh, calm down, mate. I love the show, too, and what does great art do if not hold a mirror up to the world and, in turn, inspire things in the world after said art's creation?

  16. Religions also set forth a set of values or behaivour one oght to or oght not to do.
    Does The Doctor do that? (except for "Dont blink") I dont think so.

  17. I think it's less like a religion and more like a really good example of how a piece of great secular culture can take on many of the functions of a religion.

    And it does it extremely well.


    This is VERY disrespectful.


    After all it is far closer to reality than any bullshit religion.

  19. The Daleks may be the Doctor most consistent enemy, and they may only be capable of hate, but they're by no means the most evil. There's the Eminence, Sutek, the Beast, the Trickster, and more!

  20. Alright experience… In the Big Finish audio dramas, there is this foe who fancies itself a god destined to rule humanity, called the Eminence. Not counting Sutek, as he was inspired by an actual religion, I'd say the Eminence is the most powerful force in the Doctor Who universe, possibly more so than the Eternals. Why? Well, SPOILERS. Listen to Destroy the Infinite and the Dark Eyes series to learn more about the Eminence.

  21. I would contradict Geertz, he did not describe religion, but the social function of religion. Religion is a conglomerate of philosophie, art, science, social services, as well as greed, hatred and violence. But you can have all of these without religion, the one thing that marks it is the idea of faith. Which means training yourself not to ask certain questions. So, it would only become a religion, if they started literally believing and silencing everyone who Doesn't.

  22. In family of Blood the Doctor asks the ultimate question. What is the point of being human if you're going to get hurt in the end?

  23. Barry Letts was a Buddhist and imput some of his views into the 3rd Doctor so you have a bails point that Doctor Who is a religion of some sort

  24. Lets leave all the fantasy braindead nonsense about a being with many faces and is all knowing and powerful and cannot die, away from factual stuff like Dr Who. 😉

  25. actually yes, it could be
    I meant, the doctor is a really good moral leader
    it gives people who watch the show hope, and incourage them to do as they're best
    "be kind, be respectful, always do the right thing, never give up, never eat pears"
    he push your morality, not because you have to feel guilty or is something that you have to do for an aferlife reward, you do it because it's the right thing to do
    isn't this the central core of all religions?
    I do not belive in a sentient god, I'm basically an atheist, but it's nothing wrong in beliving in a fictional character, if it brings you to be a better person
    the doctor don't make promises, it make you understand the value of the good behaving
    it sounds pretty good to me and much more empowering, and contemporary than a bounce of bronze-age story or others ancient concepstion of the world

  26. Couldn't basically all of this also apply to Trekkies? Or any other fanatical fan culture – that is to say, any other fan culture?

  27. And as of the 2017 Xmas Special we have some commandments:

    "Never be cruel, never be cowardly. And never ever eat pears! Remember – hate is always foolish…and love, is always wise. Always try, to be nice and never fail to be kind. Oh, and….and you mustn’t tell anyone your name. "

    So that's ethical considerations, dietary restrictions, and a taboo name. Sounds like religion to me.

  28. What? …you didn't include any of the many clips where people in the show literally worship Doctor Who?… like in "Last of the Time Lords" when all of mankind cry out (pray) to the Doctor at the same time, giving him power to win the day?

    This happens a lot… and it's not very subtle.

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  30. All of time and space everything that ever happened or ever will an Doctor Who still won't be a religion just a very popular series that can make people carried away with the stuff they do of being a fan or Whovian

  31. If two or more people follow something like a religion then it’s considered a religion. That means if more then two whovians believe that Doctor Who is a religion it’s a religion.

    I mean my friends and I worship bread so like join my bread religion we have toast.

  32. No, Mike, it's an old TV programme, created in 1963, put on hiatus in 1989, brought back as a film and then a revived TV series in later years.

  33. Doctor Who's an interesting contradiction. The show (at least the new version) both actively despises religion and tries to wrap itself up as one.

    Personally, I define religion as a crossroads between philosophy and the supernatural. Christianity has God and His commandments, Buddhism has reincarnation and nirvana, et cetera. If you don't have some measure of the supernatural, all you have is philosophy. So unless these people believe the Doctor exists beyond natural means of explanation (something the show discourages), it can't be a religion. It's just a collection of fanatics.

  34. That is a stupid thing ever ohhh let's make a religion for dc and marvel HAHAHAHA freaking idiots go to church people

  35. Doctor Who is not a religion, but I would like many religious leaders to be like the Doctor Who loves and protects mankind by respecting their indentity and asking nothing in return. Interesting how he manages to be friendly, ethical and understanding even being so brilliant is not selfish… Doctor Who as well as Lord Spoce and Angel Castiel are aliens fascinating and inspiring.

    Doutor Who não é uma religião , mas eu gostaria que muitos lideres religiosos fossem como o Doctor que ama e protege a humanidade respeitando sua identidade e nada pedindo em troca. Interessante como ele consegue ser amigo, ético e compreensivo mesmo sendo tão brilhante não é egoista… Doctor Who assim como Senhor Spock e Anjo Castiel são extraterrestes fascinantes e inspiradores.

  36. I think my favorite part of this episode is that many of the same points can be made about homestuck, maybe even more so due to its overarching goal of players creating their own universe and giving detailed explanations of how each and every universe is created

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