Nathan Fillion, Patrick Stewart, Karen Gillan and Kelly Hu at Salt Lake Comic Con FanX 2014
What I just learned from Doctor Who Series 7
- “You are the only mystery worth solving.” In the end, the Doctor is right. You are the only mystery worth solving. I hope that you have found someone that you feel that way about and who feels the same toward you. A mystery is always easier to solve when there are two involved, even if one is Dr. Watson – the person that Sherlock Holmes gets to show off his intellect to and the one who can provide the communication of that intellect to the rest of us mere mortals.
- “The name you choose is like a promise you make.” We are all given names by our parents and the people who love us. Some of the names are legal, some are terms of endearment, some are rude, and some we take on ourselves. Those names that we choose are the ones that are promises. The easiest promise to see is when a woman takes her husband’s name she is making a promise to him. In the modern age, men can take their wives’ names. Even if they keep their names, it is the terms of endearment that they take on that promise on to the other.
- “The soul’s made of stories not actions.” So often we find ourselves doing too much. We run here and there and never get anywhere. There is a reason why we are called human beings and human doings, and this statement touches the heart, or rather, the soul of the matter.
- “Right behind these doors is the salvage of a lifetime.” Greed and fear kept the salvage crew from wanting to open the doors. The Tardis posed a threat, and the salvage crew couldn’t believe that there was anything worthwhile inside such a small ship. What is keeping you from opening the doors?
- “We all carry our prisons with us.” Another quote that seems to address in less Tardis representative terms the idea that we hold ourselves back. We all carry our prisons with us, but we also carry our keys. Sometimes, we just need a little help turning them. It is a difficult angle to turn a key from the inside of a prison.
- “The music room is the heart of the house.” There were three episodes in a row that revolved around music in one for m or another, but this was the quote that sums it all up. What is the heart of your house? I think it is the kitchen in those houses that I have lived in.
- “Not everything ends: not love, not always.” The Doctor echoes this sentiment. Of course, this is after the demise of Amy and Rory Williams, and after I wrote what Doctor Who taught me in this series.
- “Violence doesn’t end violence. It extends it.” In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dr. Bolivar Trask attempts to save mankind from the destruction that he believes is coming at the hands of mutants. The future is a world where his war has destroyed mankind and mutants alike.
- “You think he knows what he’s doing?” “I’m not sure I’d go that far.” Doctor Who is the ultimate in flexible thinking. He rarely knows what he is going to do next or what is coming. The Tardis takes him places, and he solves the riddle of why while he is there. It takes creativity, quick-thinking and a cool head to overcome most of these problems.