Monday, September 26, 2011

Parenthood in Doctor Who Season 6

Does anyone else feel surprised by fall? I feel like I was just lugging books around in 85 degree weather, and now I'm shivering and bundling up against the cold.

I spent the weekend out at my grandparent's cabin which was a really lovely treat. I don't often get to go out there without my entire family coming along, so this was a rare chance to have a bit of peace and quiet out there. It's the most beautiful time of year too, with the leaves just changing, yet the flowers still in bloom.

Who else enjoyed this week's "Doctor Who" episode? Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All! I laughed so hard... Matt Smith is brilliant with babies.

It's interesting that this season has such a strong theme of parenthood. I was thinking through, and really the only episodes I could come up with that didn't have a strong subplot of parenthood were "The Girl who Waited" and 'The God Complex.'

Think about it.

The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon - Amy deals with possibly being pregnant and the discovery of what may be her child

The Curse of the Black Spot - All about the Captain and his son

The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People - the father and his ganger, both who loved their son and how that affected their acceptance of the reality of the flesh's identity.

A Good Man Goes to War - MelodyMelodyMelody

Let's Kill Hitler - More MelodyMelodyMelody

Night Terrors - A father's love saves the day

The Girl who Waited (and) The God Complex - there are not overt parental themes here, yet at the same time there is this theme of the Doctor being responsible for Amy in a very fatherly way.

Closing Time - STORMAGEDDON. And Craig. and Craig being the Doctor's baby, lol.

I'll be very, very surprised if "The Wedding of River Song" doesn't have some pretty strong themes of the safety in a parent's love. OR, moving beyond parental love, to romantic love. But I think it would make a lot of sense for the Doctor to accept his responsibility for his companions and stop running away from his mistakes with them. We need to see this. I think, in a way, the Doctor walking up to his death could be a way of doing this. He did fail with River because he didn't rescue her in time. So he doesn't run from her, but faces down the doom that he engineered himself by taking Amy Pond onto the Tardis.

Thoughts? Conjunctures? Theories?

1 comment:

Kathleen said...

I LOVED Matt Smith in "Closing Time." It was a sweet episode.