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Does Dr Who Tell Us About Science And Technology Or The Britain Of Its Time? Discuss.

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Does Dr Who tell us about science and technology or the Britain of its time? Discuss.

Introduction

Doctor Who has been one of the most successful TV series of all time. Produced by the BBC, it describes adventures of a time-traveling humanoid alien, the Doctor, who, in his spaceship TARDIS, encounters different times, places and parts of the universe (Leach, 2009). The series, aired from 1963 until the present day, is a science fiction drama, focused on cutting edge technology and alien civilisations but also, on social issues and individual behaviour, always presenting the Earth as a central setting for the Doctor's ventures. Science and technology are the major themes in the series, acting as catalysts for stories and their characters. This essay is going to discuss morality and religion in Doctor Who, depicting alongside scientific and technological inventions. It's aim is to analyse the shows scientific themes, to contrast them with social and cultural mores in Britain, and to identify a social impact of the program. On the one hand, it will be argued that Doctor Who attempts to portray Britain of its time, its moral values, and prevailing social, political and cultural views. It will be shown that the series is about education and authority on social behaviour, depiction of social reality, and about human values, all derived from religious morality, and codes of action, typical of contemporary society. On the other hand, the essay will examine the show's scientific take on morality and religion. It will be considered that the program's sci-fi genre challenges religious perspectives and offers social commentary. The text will also suggest that Doctor Who uses humanism as a form of a cultural debate, and that science and technology are used here as symbols for progress and cultural development. In conclusion, it will be clear whether Doctor Who relates to religion in any way, and whether the use of science compliments morality, or challenges social and moral norms of contemporary Britain.

Depiction of Morality and Religion in Britain of its Time

Doctor Who has been in production for the past fifty years, and in this long period, it has depicted a number of attitudes, prevalent in contemporary Britain (). One of these has been the concept of morality, embedded in religious ideology. In different moments of the series, this notion emerged as a consequence of codes of behaviour and spiritual practices among people of its time. Thus, Doctor Who has reflected social, cultural and political standards and, in turn, it has suggested some new ideas, never viewed on TV before.

Firstly, in its early days, the show has been a great contributor to general education, raising of awareness on science, and engaging children in learning new things. Thus, it has taught ethics and represented a level of authority within popular culture. In its first decades of running, the program introduced a new level of television entertainment. It portrayed monsters and...

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