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energy and sustenance from? The moon has no organic matter:
from whence did it gain the material for the "bacteria"? What
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Now, Doctor Who should be a forum in which a variety of political avenues are discussed - in the Classic Series alone we had drug addiction, the taxation system, the British Political system, the effectiveness of Thatcherism, the Cold War, the Gay Rights Movement, whether Britain should join the EEC, and many, many more. Abortion and its ethics are not an untouchable ground to walk on. However, and I stress that I do speak from the perspective of a white cisgender male, this is not a topic that you discuss through outlandish metaphor. This is what is referred to as a Space Whale Aesop, and its use in actually discussing Pro-Choice versus Anti-Abortion is close to none. Instead, the effect is a very blunt and very tiring presentation of the Anti-Abortion position as an absolute moral right, with none of the actual consequences that such a decision can entail in the real world. And don't just think I'm drawing conclusions out of metaphor here, there is no god-damn metaphor. "Why do you want to kill it, it's a little baby?", "It's not been born!", "You can't blame a baby for kicking!", "I'm gonna need more than that if I'm gonna kill a baby." The truth is, it doesn't even make sense in-universe - the creature lays an egg directly after it hatches, so it must be in a state of physical maturity, and the Moon is made of large chunks of rock that would cause a major catastrophe upon its destruction.
That very neatly brings me onto the other thing about this episode - the bad science. This one is a cracker - I almost wish I could finish writing that "5 More Cases of Bad Doctor Who Science" article now, because this episode offends nearly every discipline. This episode's premise, a planet which turns out to be a gestating creature, is not a fundamentally bad one - exobiology allows for all sorts of possibilities. The Moon, however, is something we know about. Like, we know what the Moon is made of. It's got a molton outer core and a liquid inner core, like Earth. (But at a much smaller scale.) The temperature at the centre of the moon is about 830°C (1) - the point is, Mankind has looked inside the Moon, we didn't just hop about on the surface and hope for the best. Alongside other claims like "there are no minerals on the moon" (The Moon is made principally of "minerals") and "there's no water on the moon" (there totally is (2)}, there's no explanation given as to where this majestic creature came from, just that "it's always been there". I don't want hard science here (this is after all a show about a time traveller), but I would expect the writer to spend a minute on the god-damn Wikipedia page. (Also, those giant spiders are certainly not "prokaryotic" organisms. That was embarrassing.)
|No giant space aliens. From Wikimedia|
And, to finish, I think the thing I hated the most about this episode was the allusions it made to The Waters of Mars, a fantastic story. Walking in that same orange space suit across a barren yet familiar world, charting the history of space travel and mankind's progression. A guest star in a respected female actress playing a future astronaut. Except, where The Waters of Mars told a story of the understanding of necessary sacrifice and hard decisions, Kill The Moon inverts it and shows that taking hard decisions has no consequences as long as you follow naive, child-like reasoning and black-and-white morality. That is a very common theme with Moffat's era. That and, I've noticed this season, making Capaldi do something un-Doctorish and then having Clara shout at him as though he's always been like that. There were times when Clara was screaming at The Doctor where I felt she summed up my feelings towards the character (and the series) with more clarity than I ever could.
NEXT TIME: Because RTD didn't do Agatha Christie well enough, I suppose. We take a train-ride in Mummy on the Orient Express.