Have you noticed how differently Star Wars and Doctor Who handle the whole dilemma of fear?
I’ll take cleverness and strength leading to kindness, over allowing foolishness to convert that fear into hatred and suffering.
Interesting also that the Doctor’s constant companion truly isn’t death but rather fear.
(Sorry Yoda, you are only partly right, it’s a whole lot more complicated)
Picture source: Yoda and Dr Who
"Hope is the constant companion of fear. Fear is a super-power, and we can’t be brave unless we’re also scared. We will always fear the dark, and we will always know, too, that we need the dark in order to see the stars."
Another excellent review: DOCTOR WHO 8×04 – ”Listen” | The Unaffiliated Critic
Can you add: 'Beauty. Endless divine perfection.' - 'Make it a part of you/put it inside you and live by it.' to your list between Ephesians and Colossians? Given it is a nice echo of Phillipians 4.8 that would fit!
Great idea! It is done. Thanks. I like the connection with Philippians 4:8.
Behind each of series eight’s first three episodes seems to lie probing questions about not only the very identity of the Doctor himself but the whole concept of Doctor Who.
Read more here:
Doctor Who’s Doctrine: The Doctor of Philosophy
DOCTOR WHO SERIES EIGHT (the most THEISTIC yet?)
There seem to be a religious/spiritual thread running through this series
Reflections and questions (so far):
1. DEEP BREATH (are you ready? here we go!)
What is the question? (The correct one that will give us the information we truly need)
The Doctor has made lots of mistakes in over two thousand years. How is he going to fix them?
Who is Missy and what is this paradise/heaven?
2. INTO THE DALEK (a scary journey)
What is a good man?
What have we learned?
Mention of metaphors – watch for them throughout the series
Eyes the windows to the soul.
Visualizing (appreciating beauty) reveals divine perfection – this has been artificially suppressed in Daleks.
3. ROBOT (not Robin) OF SHERWOOD
What is a hero - just stories and legends? Is history a burden?
Belief in heroes is important – not an opiate of the masses
4. LISTEN (or pay attention!)
The Doctor asked the wrong question. - Is there a creature that has evolved to be perfect at hiding? Or did he? - Are we ever truly alone?
How can fear be a superpower? How can being afraid make you kind?
Channel your fear using wisdom and strong moral character to make you kind (loving).
A fool will allow his fear to turn into anger which leads to hate and then cause suffering. (per Yoda - Star Wars)
The Doctor’s constant companion is not death; it is actually fear.
More to follow…
fear makes companions of us all
"Courage isn’t just a matter of not being frightened, you know…It’s being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway." - The Third Doctor
FEAR - STAR WARS VS DOCTOR WHO
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” - Yoda
"I know you’re afraid, but being afraid is alright. Because didn’t anybody ever tell you? Fear is a superpower. Fear can make you faster and cleverer and stronger….because if you’re very wise and very strong fear doesn’t have to make you cruel or cowardly. Fear can make you kind. It doesn’t matter if there’s nothing under the bed or in the dark so long as you know it’s okay to be afraid of it. So listen. If you listen to anything else, listen to this. You’re always gonna be afraid even if you learn to hide it. Fear is like a companion, a constant companion, always there.” - Clara
Sorry Star Wars I’ll take the Doctor Who explanation any day. Remember that courage is being afraid but doing what you have to do anyways to save the day. Take that fear and channel it, via wisdom and strength of character, into the superhero power of kindness. Don’t be a fool; with a weak moral character you will convert fear into the villainous power of hatred.