Published on September 13th, 2013 | by Rebecca Crockett26
Religion and Doctor Who Day
Some could argue that any fandom is a religion of sorts.
We worship at the feet of the supreme being or entity in which ever universe we adore – the Jedi, Starfleet, the Time Lords.
We have our god or gods and saints, both fictional – Luke Skywalker, Spock, Picard, the Doctor, Rassilon, and real – George Lucas, Gene Roddenberry, Tom Baker, David Tennant, Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat.
We all have our devils or demons or evils – Darth Vader, Khan, the Klingons, the Master, Steven Moffat.
We all have those tenets every fan believes in – using the Force, that the Prime Directive should always be questioned, the Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Big Ball of Stuff-ness that is Time itself.
So then does that mean we are all part of a religion, despite what other faith we may or may not ascribe to?
Over the show’s long history on television religion and religious themes have consistently been a subject of interest. From early depictions of Buddhism and paganism to recent years in which the show has been accused of being both messianic and overtly Atheistic, religion has always played an important role on Doctor Who. Topics discussed will range from the show’s treatment of demons to its portrayal of Buddhism and its use a tool in teaching Religious Studies in school and universities.