I’m probably gonna get a lot of crap for this post but, meh. This is my corner of the internet and if you don’t like it then get out. I’ve realized recently that though I’m a pagan that there is another religion that is near and dear to my heart and effects the way I live my life. Fandoms. People are always joking about how fandoms are like a religion (or cult, take your pick), that they are a way of life for many nerds. Even though we’re joking, if you look at it from an unbiased sociological standpoint fandoms really are a religion. We learn things from them, there’s a congregation (the fanbase), it effects the way we live our life and see the world, the scripture (shows/quotes) teaches us lessons on morality, sacrifice, love, and the importance of kindness, mercy, family, and…salt. Like real religions we have dogma (canon) and then the way that the individuals interpret the words (fanfic/discussion boards/slash), and also like real religions the followers are actively (sometimes belligerently) working to convert others in their communities. Now I know many people are outraged ‘how can you say something like that?! Your shows are works of fiction and yet you compare them to our loving (insert god here)’. Yes, yes I do. I can go with the argument of ‘show me proof of your god, blah blah blah’ but honestly while I respect your religious beliefs frankly my dear I don’t give a damn what you think of me. The most important thing about religion is faith, to choose to believe in something that may/may not be real. I believe in Sherlock Holmes, I’m not saying Benedict Cumberbatch or any of the actors in these things are Jesus or God or Cthulhu (that’s just silly). I’m talking about the characters, the idea that lives on long after the actors and crew are dead, people come and go but ideas, stories they live forever. I currently have 4 religions, first of all I’m Pagan, a religion recognized by most governments and societies as a real religion. My others are the ones I consider the major fandom denominations and I will have a segment on each, Superwholock, The Whedonverse, and Harry Potter. Today’s religion breakdown is Superwholock (obviously). What? Blasphemy? I’m not being blasphemous, if I’m being blasphemous than may Zeus strike me…
I call Superwholock the holy trinity because these three fandoms; Whovians, Sherlockians, Hunters fit together so well even though they’re so different. These are the three most popular fandoms and they coexist in harmony, many fans of one becoming fans of all three. I’m going to break Superwholock down into its three essential parts. Hold on to your fezzes kids, we’re heading down the rabbit hole.
Followers/fans are called: Whovians
Deity: The Doctor (real name unknown)
The Evil One: Steven Moffat
Holy Works: 50 years worth of TV episodes (roughly 786 episodes) , 2 movies, countless books/comics/magazines.
Gospel: I don’t really know how to describe these as actual religions would so I’m just going to tell what I’ve learned from it. The gospel according to me.
Accepting Change/ Accepting Loss: We’ve had eleven doctors, 11 different actors for the same character, and we’ll soon be getting our 12th. As a Whovian you learn that the only constants in life are change and death. We don’t get to hold on to our Doctor, I think I’ve done a post on what a whovian goes through when the Doctor regenerates (here https://kendramillisor.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/whats-that-horrible-sound/ ) so I won’t go through it again. The basics of it is that we learn to cherish what we have, mourn our loss but not be swept up in it (ok, we totally get swept up in the feels but if don’t move on we’ll miss all the cool new stuff), and learn to accept the changes that come from that loss. But we also know that we shouldn’t just accept everything that comes our way, there’s no such thing as fate (there’s inevitability but that’s way different), we have the ability to create change as much as we ourselves are subject to change.
“When you run with the Doctor, it feels like it’ll never end, but however hard you try you can’t run forever. Everybody knows that everybody dies and nobody knows it like the Doctor, but I do think that all the skies of all the worlds might just turn dark if he ever, for one moment, accepts it. Everybody knows that everybody dies, but not every day. Not today. Some days are special. Some days are so, so blessed. Some days, nobody dies at all. Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a million days, when the wind stands fair and the Doctor comes to call, everybody lives.”~ Professor River Song, (Doctor Who new series S4,Ep9)
How Important We Are: Every person on the planet when looking at the vast cosmos can get the overwhelming feeling of being tiny and insignificant. Many people feel like that anyways, living our day to day lives not being extraordinary or exceptional, just living and feeling unimportant. Then you watch Doctor Who and you feel (even if it’s just for a moment) like you can do anything, that you are something more than what you might think. Look at the entire storyline of Donna Noble, she never felt like she was important she was just a ‘temp from Chiswik’, yet she became the most important woman in the entire universe. Seeing someone like Donna, someone you can relate to, go from where she started to what she became you begin to feel like maybe you too can be important. It’s a tiny rebellion inside your head that you don’t have to follow the status quo and you can do extraordinary things. The only one stopping you is you.
“In 900 years of time and space, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important” ~ The Eleventh Doctor, (S6, Christmas special)
“Hey. Do you mind if I tell you a story? One you might not have heard. All the elements in your body were forged many many millions of years ago in the heart of a faraway star that exploded and died. That explosion scattered those elements across the desolations of deep space. After so, so many millions of years, these elements came together to form new stars and new planets. And on and on it went. The elements came together and burst apart, forming shoes and ships and sealing wax and cabbages and kings. Until, eventually, they came together to make you. You are unique in the universe. There is only one Merry Galel. And there will never be another. Getting rid of that existence isn’t a sacrifice, it’s a waste!” ~The Eleventh Doctor (Doctor Who new series S7, Ep7)
Reach Out to Others: This is another one about change, how you affect and change others. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from the Doctor is that it’s not good to be alone, you shouldn’t shut yourself away from the world. A foreign concept for nerds I know but it’s one we should use more. The world can be such a cruel place that we become bitter, jaded. Hiding behind the mask of the internet people can say terrible things without seeing the toll it takes on others, we unleash our anger and frustrations on to people we’ll never see because we can. In the age of technology we’re always looking down into our screens, we don’t see the faces of the people sitting next to us. The world revolves around us because it’s our screen, our technology. We are surrounded by information, we have the world at our fingertips but we have never been more lonely. The internet is filled with so many voices trying to shout over the others to be heard, and since everyone is shouting no one is listening. We don’t realize that listening and being kind are two of the most powerful things you can do. I mean if someone is reading all the way through this post, I feel like I’ve been heard that people are listening and they care. It’s an amazing feeling. I’ve been a negative person my whole life so turning my perspective has been hard, I’ve become a cautious optimist but I’m still overly critical. I didn’t realize how saying one nice thing to someone can not only brighten their day but yours as well. I have a friend who is very…well she’s very much herself and is almost a force of nature, she seems like such a strong person but that doesn’t mean she is. It’s her front like we all have, one day on a whim I just looked at her and told her that I thought she was very pretty, it was like a magic phrase because her face lit up and I saw a whole new side of her that she usually keeps hidden under her mask of indifference. That’s all you have to do, give someone a compliment (actually mean it), instead of tearing someone a new one in a comment try to say something positive, constructive, or just don’t say it. It’s amazing how something so simple as kindness, as listening can be the hardest things to do and yet be so powerful.
“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant. And we definitely added to his pile of good things.” ~The Eleventh Doctor, (S5,Ep10)
“There’s a lot of things you need to get across this universe. Warp drive… wormhole refractors… You know the thing you need most of all? You need a hand to hold.” ~The Doctor, (S6, Ep6)
We’re All Mad Here…So Have Fun With it: By this I mean, don’t take life to seriously. Be ridiculous, wear a funny hat, do a silly dance, laugh so hard you fall our of your chair. What’s the point of being alive if you never have fun? Being an adult doesn’t mean you have to be serious and never smile, it means exactly what you thought it meant when you were a kid. You can do whatever you want. Yeah most of us have responsibilities, jobs, spouses, bills, etc. So? You know what paying those bills means? You own stuff; your mom isn’t there to yell at you and send you to your room. Jump on your bed, buy a bunch of cheap ugly mugs and smash them with a baseball bat, eat ice cream for breakfast. What happened growing up that we thought we’d have to just do what everyone else did. Is it the security of a regular paycheck? We sacrifice our fun and freedom doing what everyone else expects. Screw that, one of my favorite things about the Doctor is that he has lived for so long and has never lost his childlike wonder. When was the last time you looked around and went, ‘wow look at all the cool things in the world’? When was the last time you looked up, at all, like just raising your head and seeing things from a new perspective? Exactly.
“I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams.” ~ The Eleventh Doctor, (S6,Ep6)
“When you’re a kid, they tell you it’s all… Grow up, get a job, get married, get a house, have a kid, and that’s it. But the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. It’s so much darker. And so much madder. And so much better.” ~ Elton Pope, (S2, Ep10)
“Captain Adelaide Brooke: State your name, rank and intention.
The Doctor: The Doctor. Doctor. Fun.” ~ The Tenth Doctor, (Special: Waters of Mars)
“Tracked you down with this. This is my Timey-Wimey detector. Goes ding when there’s stuff. Also, it can boil an egg at thirty paces. Whether you want it to or not, actually. So I’ve learned to stay away from hens. It’s not pretty when they blow.” ~ The Tenth Doctor (S3, Ep10)
Fight for What’s Right: The Doctor, the last Time Lord, The Oncoming Storm, the biggest bamf in the entire universe. Faces down (and usually defeats) Daleks, Cybermen, Satan himself (seriously like season two, watch it), and a horde of countless other creatures that would make you hide under the covers and cry for your mommy. Want to know how he does it, what his secret weapon is that can destroy the monsters under the bed? His brain and a sonic screwdriver. What’s a sonic screwdriver you ask? Well it’s a screwdriver (tools, not alcohol) that’s sonic. The whole thing I love with Doctor Who is that the Doctor never uses guns, well at least not since the new series started, he defeats his enemies with the power of intellect. He always gives them a chance but after that there are no more chances and he will destroy you. Sometimes he even gets them to destroy themselves (like the Silence). Honestly he’s the sweetest person ever; he’s impossible, mad, silly, funny, and just beautiful but if you get on his bad side, if you threaten the people he loves (or if you mess with the earth, seriously just don’t mess with us we have the Doctor) he will end you. Though he can be scary and contradictory in nature, the Doctor has always been one to try and find another way of doing things. He always gives his enemies a chance to stop, to just leave and let bygones be bygones, but they don’t and to protect us he will stop them. He inspires the people around him to take action when they see injustice, when creatures invade their planet. He inspires us to take action when we see the same thing, to not sit by when we see someone getting pushed around. Fight for what’s right, and be smart about it.
“You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!” ~ The Tenth Doctor, (S4, Ep 8)
“Rose Tyler: Doctor, they’ve got guns.
The Doctor: And I haven’t, which makes me the better person, don’t you think? They can shoot me dead, but the moral high ground is mine.” ~ The Tenth Doctor (S2,Ep12)
I could go on and on but I’m reaching well over 2500 words and people’s attention spans are only so long. So here are a few things you need to know about Whovians since I haven’t even cracked the tip of this iceberg.
There are so many other values you learn with Doctor Who; not judging people on appearance, every species has the right to live and the right to defend its existence, etc. Just…Just watch the show. You won’t regret it (you’ll totally regret it but in a good way) and you’ll meet a lot of cool people who are just as crazy as you. ^_^ I’ll be back in a few days with part two of this discussing Supernatural.