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Published on December 15th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett

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Talmud Lord?

You may have heard of Naomi Alderman, author of the controversial novel Disobedience. She also turned her writing skills to the world of Doctor Who this year and penned the Eleventh Doctor novel Borrowed Time. The story features two shady characters that “lend” time to people at a very reasonable rate of interest but collect it back in a very deadly way.

Speaking with Jewishjournal.com, the writer talked about Doctor Who and religion and came up with some interesting concepts regarding the Doctor and his beliefs. She makes an interesting point about the Doctor’s deducing skills:

“His method is obviously one of chevruta – he doesn’t need the companions to solve things, but he enjoys exploring through discussion.”

When you look at the Doctor throughout all of his incarnations, that statement is one of the most accurate that has ever been used to describe him!

The website makes a comment that Doctor Who never seems to deal with actual religions (which, if you look at stories such as Planet of the Spiders, Gridlock, The Curse of Fenric, The Impossible Planet or The God Complex, you could say that particular statement is untrue) and asks Alderman if the show is missing an opportunity. She does name check Planet of the Spiders as an example of religious inclusion before observing:

“I suspect that the answer is that the UK is a fundamentally not-very-religious country, and that Doctor Who accurately represents our suspicions and our non-confrontational but deep-rooted agnosticism.”

It’s all interesting and thought provoking… but ultimately, of course, the power of the Time Lords transcends our own human-centric beliefs of an all-seeing deity, don’t they?

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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!




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