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Let's get this out of the way: Doctor Who doesn't feel real. This isn't just a matter of trying to represent an enormous universe on a tiny budget: the show is fundamentally unbelievable, in the way that superhero comic books are unbelievable. Although it uses a lot of the language of science fiction, it fails to be science fiction in the way that it ignores what else would have to be true about the world for any particular episode to work. Instead it is something altogether different. I'm not sure quite what it is, exactly, but here are some things I have noticed:

1. The Doctor is the personification of time. He is called the Doctor, I suppose, because "time heals all wounds." As a god of time, he can die for his people, but is always reborn, like the sun or the moon.  He is anciently wise and childlike in wonder, Father Time and Baby New Year, another god of time. (This is all very Golden Bough.) He also always wins, in a way that time wins-- because he ca…

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