Is Doctor Who a religion?
Doctor Who has made some pretty blatant parallels to Christ in the more recent seasons. PBS's Mike Rugnetta asked the question: is Whovianism a religion?
Doctor Who has made some pretty blatant parallels to Christ in the more recent seasons. The US' Public Broadcasting Service's (PBS) Mike Rugnetta asked the question: is Whovianism a religion?
Rugnetta, who hosts PBS's weekly Idea Channel, makes a pretty solid case for the notion: the series of instantly recognisable symbols for the Doctor Who universe; the Doctor as a force for "capital G good" who loves humanity; he could be anywhere or any "when"; he can be called upon in times of need; he knows the beginning and the end of the universe, and much more in between; he is resurrected, over and over; and finally (or most importantly), Doctor Who has a massive, often blindly loyal, fan-base.
We think he's just speculating for the sake of speculation (because it's fun), but there are many counter-arguments that can be made. The first that springs to mind is that Doctor Who's fans know that Doctor Who is a work of fiction — and the show makes no claims about the afterlife at all.
Watch the episode below and lay it on us here: why do you think Doctor Who isn't a religion?