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Dr Who meets C. S. Lewis

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Dr Who meets C. S. Lewis

Postby postodave » 13 Oct 2008, 23:16

In the last few series of Dr Who the Doctor has met Shakespeare, Dickens and Agatha Christie. In each case the period has been carefully chosen - for Dickens during a period of disillusionment at the end of his life. For Shakespeare early in his career - he is seen as a sort of Elizabethan rock idol. For Christie at the time of her mysterious disappearance early in her life in order to get the twenties feel. In each case there is a science fiction plot with alien invasion and especially with Shakespeare and Christie their lives are drawn into this. In the case of Shakespeare the aliens use his grief at the death of his son as a channel for their invasion in Christie's case the alien absorbs one of her plots and sets out to kill people accordingly.

So here's my question. If the good doctor were to meet Lewis when would you have that happen and how would you entangle a sci fi plot complete with either time travel or alien invasion or both into Lewis's life?

Incidentally - fanatics will know that Lewis died on the day the first episode of Dr Who was broadcast.
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Postby archenland_knight » 15 Oct 2008, 20:09

What a full day day that was! Two "Jacks" died (C.S. Lewis and John F. Kennedy) and Dr. Who was revealed to 20th century humans. Wow!

I would try to tie it in with the Cosmic Trilogy and imply that somewhere, these beings actually exist and that with the Dr's help, he actually encountered them.
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Postby postodave » 16 Oct 2008, 22:12

'Yes,' said Queen Lucy, 'In our world too, a Stable once had something inside that was bigger than our whole world.' "


This is clearly based on time lord technology - Lewis had encountered a tardis. Of course the large wooden box had landed in a gloomy attic and he mistook it for a wardrobe.
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Postby Roonwit » 16 Oct 2008, 22:41

postodave wrote:
'Yes,' said Queen Lucy, 'In our world too, a Stable once had something inside that was bigger than our whole world.' "


This is clearly based on time lord technology - Lewis had encountered a tardis. Of course the large wooden box had landed in a gloomy attic and he mistook it for a wardrobe.


I was thinking the exact same thing... :lol:

It hasn't been until recently that I have truly appreciated Dr. Who and now want to get everything I can on DVD and catch up...
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Postby postodave » 16 Oct 2008, 23:08

I go way back - almost to the beginning - I watched it back in the sixties. Are you planning to watch the real oldies. Sometimes they are better read as novels - they just move so slowly.

In one of the novelizations the doctor gives his companion a copy of Paradise Lost to read. The companion recognizes some truth in the story as Satan like the Master was a renegade and there is the same struggle between good and evil he and the doctor are encountering.

I still can't come up with a good C. S. Lewis meets the Doctor plot though.
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Postby Roonwit » 17 Oct 2008, 01:12

I was in the local Barnes and Noble and they had some of the oldies on DVD but not whole series. I may start with the more recent ones and move my way back. We are talking about Dr. Who so there shouldn't be a problem with continuity if I go backwards, right? :tongue:
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Postby postodave » 19 Oct 2008, 12:27

Some of the earlier stuff is missing and some of it is hard to watch now. The way the new series is written uses the old series in something like the way Tolkien used the material that would become the Silmarillion in Lord of the Rings; it gives a sense of depth.

I think it's probably more enjoyable to watch the good bits of the old series than to try to watch in order. Russell T. Davies has a good eye for picking up key moments and transplanting them and giving them a modern sensibility.

You might enjoy this which gives a good selection of old episodes for new watchers:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Back-Time-Thinking-Doctor-Guides/dp/1904753094/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1224419106&sr=1-1

You might also enjoy this: it's something I wrote a couple of years ago:
http://www.facingthechallenge.org/who01.php
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Re: Dr Who meets C. S. Lewis

Postby The Pfifltrigg » 28 Apr 2009, 19:01

The third or fourth segment of the Key to Time (Tom Baker: 1978-79 season) rips off The Prisoner of Zenda. How different would THS be if Merlin were a Time Lord? Or what if the Police Box, as the Doctor examines certain alien jewelry in South London, abruptly relocated to the Wood between the Worlds?
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Re: Dr Who meets C. S. Lewis

Postby Mornche Geddick » 17 May 2009, 13:42

I'd have the TARDIS materialise deep in the countryside sometime in the 1920s. The Doctor and his companion would encounter a group of young academics on a walking tour at dusk. They would be reading a map and one of them would be saying to the others "Ten miles to Mudham and we might get beds there."
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Re: Dr Who meets C. S. Lewis

Postby friendofaslan » 12 Jun 2009, 23:07

What a creative topic! Yes, as noted, the series has included great literary figures, so why not Lewis? That would be a fantastic episode and should be sugggested to the producer. Perhaps a link to this thread? :smile:

Maybe the Doctor needs the help of the Inklings and stops in at the pub for one of their readings. He would fit right in! He could hear some of the Lord of the Rings or The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe being read to the group. In fact, the Doctor would love it so much, he would have a hard time keeping his mind on his mission. There's a scholar and a philosopher in him to be sure. Lewis, Tolkien, Williams, and the others must help Dr. Who figure out how to vanquish some menacing evil from another world wreaking havoc on Oxford with their language, mythological, and literary expertise. It could also include little details from their works like a broken sword, a healing liquid, etc. . . .

And it could end with Dr. Who venturing into a wardrobe with a huge grin on his face.
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