Day 3 of Doctor Who week!
Today we’re going to talk about the three big enemies of The Doctor. I’m talking about The Daleks, The Cybermen, and The Weeping Angels.
The Daleks have been around almost as long as The Doctor. They were the main villains in a 1963 serial. In the re-launch, we learn that The Doctor destroyed all of The Daleks (as well as the Time Lords) to end The Time War. Except somehow, they always come back. The idea behind Daleks is that they have evolved beyond any emotions except hate. They do not think of anything except destroying life that aren’t Daleks. However, to look at them, they’re kind of adorable.
But as Chrissy put it, “they aren’t scary like a horror movie, scary. The potential of the Daleks is what’s frightening. They don’t have souls.” Couldn’t have said it better myself friend!
The Cybermen are basically the same in philosophy as the Daleks, if a step behind. They show up in the new series when The Doctor, Rose, and Mickey Smith (Rose’s long suffering boyfriend) accidentally end up in an alternate universe. There, a brilliant scientist has engineered a way to live forever. He plans to “upgrade” all of humanity to be a sort of robot army. They invade earth by exploiting Torchwood London’s curiosity. (Not Torchwood Cardiff. Jack’s not quite so stupid.) What’s poignant and Doctor-y about them? They were originally designed to not feel pain, however when they are damaged (as they sometimes are) their humanity is exposed and they are in agony. This is what finally enrages the Doctor. He loves when we feel human.
The Weeping Angels
The Weeping Angels terrify me. And not in a philosophical way like the Daleks and Cybermen do. After watching their first appearance, “Blink,” I couldn’t sleep. The Angels feed off of quantum energy, they send their victims back in time (before their births) and feed on the residual energy of their lives. The Angels one weakness is that they can never be seen. Hence, “Don’t Blink,” is the only defense. The Angels look like statues of Angels, generally have their faces covered, but when they attack their faces become gargoyle like.
We know going in to this season that we’re going to see Daleks (The premiere is titled “The Asylum of The Daleks), and Angels (Rory and Amy’s final episode is “Angels in Manahattan.”) in the coming season. I’m terrified that “Angels In Manhattan” is going to ruin one of my favorite spots in New York City.
The Bethesda Fountain, which I previously associated with the opening of Friends and the heart warming closing scene of Tony Kushner’s Angels In America is very likely going to be the scene of possibly the death of one of my favorite television characters (Amy or Rory, also that was a very Doctor-y sentence). So yeah, I’m hoping that doesn’t happen…