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Doctor Who

BBC character Doctor Who is an alien time-traveler on Earth, who changes bodies (i.e. actors) every few years. The most recent version of the show emphasizes his pain--he's the last survivor of his long-lived species, stranded in a world of humans he tries not to love, for we age and die in decades.

But in the 1980s, Tom Baker played the Doctor, and his gentler interpretation often appears in my dreams. Tom as the Doctor is a tourist and do-gooder, naive perhaps, tripping over his own scarf, but quite stubborn about injustice. An archetypal geek, the mad scientist with a good heart--two of them, in fact.

If, as I suspect, this Dream Doctor symbolizes pure mind, pure thinking (as Monkey does in Chinese legend) the difference is instructive. Monkey needs taming, he must serve the soul; but the Doctor asserts that clear thinking is inherently moral. That science's values (honest, uncensored, unselfish sharing of knowledge) are a moral technology. That science can solve even intractable social problems. That the monkey of the mind needs no taming.

Idiotically optimistic, eh? Well, remember, I'm American...

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THE DOCTOR KILLS A TERN: by Wayan; 1988/9/24. A dream poem, Dreamverse #4
Dr Who kills his best friend, a huge white tern, on a whim. Furious, I demand a rewrite...
CAUTION: WANTON MURDER
DOCTOR WHO AND DEATH: by Wayan; 1984/6/30, a hopeful dream of betrayal.
Dr Who, that BBC perennial, allies with Death. An alarming turn-around! What's he up to?
CAUTION: NICE ALIEN GOES BAD?
FUTILITY: by Wayan; 1973/11/23, a time-machine dream.
I'm Liza Doolittle on Mars. With Mr. Wells's Time Machine. Lost, in fact. Can I get home? Should I?
GHOST DOGS: by Wayan; 107K, digital comic of a 1993/4/2 dream of temptation.
I meet a wolf who invites me to join Dr Who's pack of sexy Ghost Wolves. There's just one catch...
CAUTION: FLIRTATIOUS WOLVES
POTLATCH SMOKE: by Wayan; 1988/5/10, a dream of shamanic responsibility.
Refugees flood the spirit worlds! War looms. Wolf, Silky, Dr Who, even the Bug-Goddess of Love are alarmed. I'm just a blonde ditz, but I help inspect realities till we trace the source: a Tlingit potlatch? Why?
THE SEA-HAG RIOT: by Wayan; 100K, 1989/6/5, a wild dream hiding a warning.
Aliens, hypnotherapy, dancing molars, riots, witches, flying pianos, lettuce... yet there is a point.
SURRENDER DARCY!: by Wayan; 1982/6/14, a dreamtale on pride and prejudice.
I'm Doctor Who, being chased by an air-surfer who demands we give up a reserved, proud man named...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
TARDIS GAZEBO: by Wayan; 230K, a 3-page digital dream-comic, 1993/2/17
Solve a hieroglyphic riddle and you can fly, shapeshift, work magic! But someone doesn’t want me solving that riddle...


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