Beneath the stones, the beach; beneath the beach, Cthulhu

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Jane Campbell


  1. Matt M
    September 17, 2015 @ 8:19 am

    Resurrection of the Daleks instead of Five Doctors? It took a while to click as Resurrection was originally going to be ‘Warhead’ and the final episode of season 20, though I believe the Warhead script got changed quite a lot for Resurrection.

    Will you be covering Five Doctors too? I find it interesting in many ways, not least that for an anniversary show it’s actually about how awful immortality would be and that finite life is more preferable. When taking this to reflect on Doctor Who as a whole, is it saying that the show should die? That immortality for the show would lead into the Timelashes and Cybermen of season 22?


    • Jane
      September 17, 2015 @ 8:33 am

      Hi Matt!

      The Five Doctors really does fit in quite nicely as a coda for this bit of alchemy, doesn’t it?

      But we needn’t worry about (let alone plan for) the show’s immortality, given that we as a species most certainly have an expiration date of our own. As does our solar system, and indeed the Universe, what with entropy and all.

      What’s equally interesting about Five Doctors is that it also points the way to the aftermath of ego-death. In any kind of spiritual practice we can theoretically kill off the ego, but it always seems to come back. I think it’s kind of hard-wired into our biology. But the ego that returns may not be the same one. You can be an entirely different person as a result.

      But if we do this over and over again, such that we start cycling through many different personalities, doesn’t this start to sound like the cycle of death and rebirth that Buddhism seeks to escape?


  2. John G Wood
    September 18, 2015 @ 11:25 am

    I’ve nothing really to add, but wanted to say I have read and enjoyed. Thanks, Jane – keep up the good work!


  3. UrsulaL
    September 21, 2015 @ 8:58 pm

    Hi Jane!

    I’m glad I found you here! Are you going to be covering the new episodes? And will you be doing mirror-thread type stuff?

    You might want to post a “mirror” titled thread at GB, in the new episode section, to help those who like these discussions to find you here.



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