There is an interesting podcast called Reel World Theology that explores the theological questions found in movies and is an interesting listen. They also write blog posts and I saw an interesting series of them going through the episodes of the new series of Doctor Who, so I thought i’d bring these to your attention. This particular ones looks at episode S01E07, The Long Game.
“The Long Game,” written by Russell T Davies and directed by Brian Grant, takes the Doctor, Rose, and newly-acquired companion Adam (episode 6: Dalek) to Satellite 5, a space station in the year 200,000 that broadcasts news across the entire human empire.
DOCTOR: The Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire. Planet Earth is at its height, covered with megacities, five moons, population 96 billion, the centre of a galactic domain that stretches across a million planets and species.
Straight away, the Doctor smells something fishy on Satellite 5 (not literally). It is the hub for all news communication to the human empire, and yet it seems regressive both technologically and ideologically. He postulates that humanity is approximately 90 years off evolutionary course–a prediction as well as confirmed by the information that Satellite 5 began broadcasting 91 years previous.
The Doctor’s main curiosity is that the “news” station is filled with reporters who are so focused on themselves (everyone wants to be promoted to floor 500: where the “walls are made of gold”) they don’t notice that the world around them doesn’t quite make sense. He realizes this in his interactions with journalist Cathica: As he grills her about life on Satellite 5, she reveals that not only does she not have any coherent answers, but she’s never even pondered basic facts about her environment.