“Just you wait til my husband gets home.” -River Song
“Together, or not at all. It’s called marriage.”-Amy Pond
I just wanted to share a few words about tonight’s episode, the mid-season finale of Doctor Who. It was a send off for Rory and Amy Pond. The family, the Doctor, River, Amy, and Rory are trapped in Manhattan, trying to avoid Weeping Angels. What makes Doctor Who so special is that it’s a blend of family friendly humor, horror and science fiction all rolled into one master piece.
Lately, I have found myself critical of the show, seeing the criticism that a few of my peers have levied against Doctor Who. Doctor Who has been transformed from a show about (in my view), an awkward college professor teaching his students about history to a journey in cultural studies, and for the 11th Doctor, it’s more like the Doctor + family. Besides issues of race [color-blindness] and gender, one of these criticisms is that Doctor Who has started to carry this “everyone should have a family; no one should be alone” mantra. Much like the backers of the (fake) Gospel of Jesus’ (fake) Wife) who wanted to ‘ship Jesus, being human is defined as being together with a significant other. Single persons are once more excluded, from a secular show too! The theme of family and normalcy is valued in our culture, and the media is the teacher of this value, so much so that singleness and individuality becomes marginalized.
For example, take River Song, and her mother, Amy Pond, their identities are based on their relationship to men. For River, it is being Doctor Who’s wife, and for Amy, it’s being Rory’s wife. Yet the feelings really are not that mutual when it comes to the men. The question I have is, why does being in a relationship have to be all that important at all? Are people who are not ‘shipped up (by choice) somehow less human? I have my doubts about that. So while I do enjoy Doctor Who, I do understand why there are those who do not. And that’s okay. I like it, and I can criticize it.
Just can’t help it. Well, maybe I can.