The MOON is an EGG.

Amy Benson
Логан лежит на дне залива и по-прежнему очень старается не волноваться (с)
After the episode had first aired, I heard that people on the Doctor Who discussion forums had wondered if the moon from the 1967 serial The Moonbase was an egg too, and asked why no-one had ever thought to mention this at the time. This, I thought, is almost exactly the wrong question to ask about Kill the Moon, because the whole point of the thing is that the moon of 2014 is not the same as the moon of 1967. In the sixties, the idea that human civilisation would one day expand out to space was more or less taken as read: bases on the moon and inhabited wheels in space were things that could quite conceivably exist in the real future as well as the one the Doctor poked around in on-screen. Against this backdrop, the race to put a man on the moon is symbolic of a wider assumed future — and one which adults and children could both conceivably believe in.

Subtextually, I think Kill the Moon is about what happens when this future no longer seems real. In it, the weapons of the sixties — the Earth’s last ever nuclear bombs — are intended to destroy the imagined future of the sixties, here represented by the moon itself. Significantly, the episode portrays the moon as being a bit rubbish; grey, breaking apart, literally covered in cobwebs, coded as something from our past instead of our future. It’s there as the spent remains of what the future was going to be rather than what any of us now think the future really is, and there to remind us that the symbols of that future are not ones that hold real power or appeal for our society any more.

This, the episode has realised, presents something of a problem for Doctor Who. As a cultural artefact that is itself from the sixties, the future as a place where human expansion and exploration beyond Earth is something that actually happens is more or less hard-coded into the show’s DNA. However, Who has now been around for long enough that the future depicted in its earlier years is either already close to becoming the past — the 1967 serial The Enemy of the World, for example, is set in the distant era of 2018 — or is manifestly not going to become a reality in the years to come. Half the men who walked on the moon are now dead; it’s 45 years since a human set foot on the place. The expansion that seemed inevitable in the sixties has dissipated away, and the symbology of the future has stayed the same more or less through sheer inertia.

Kill the Moon, then, alludes to the simple fact that this state of affairs cannot continue.

Интересный текст про Kill the Moon. Там дальше, как водится, про Трампа, но в целом мне нравится это прочтение.

@темы: Meta, Doctor Who

2017-02-19 в 20:05 

Да, интересное мнение, как-то даже не задумывалась об этой серии в таком ключе.

2017-02-19 в 20:35 

Еще чуть-чуть и сразу в рай. Но нету чуть-чуть (с)
Интересная мысль, правда ее вряд ли вкладывали в эпизод, просто так случайно получилось. Я, кстати, в том меньшинстве, которое любит эпизод))
Нет, а люди всерьез спрашивали, почему в 60-х не упомянули то, что придумали в 2014? :D
Трамп в конце внезапен)))

2017-02-20 в 00:11 

Amy Benson
Логан лежит на дне залива и по-прежнему очень старается не волноваться (с)
Вла, я в основном за драмой между Кларой и Доктором следила))

*Амели*, я тоже люблю!))) Хотя не согласна с его политикой, которая на поверхности, но это мне другой сериал надо смотреть)))
Нет, а люди всерьез спрашивали, почему в 60-х не упомянули то, что придумали в 2014?
Думаю, имели в виду неуважение к канону 60-х)

2017-02-20 в 03:41 

Amy Benson, дада, крушение 60ых и всяких там надежд на светлое будущее в мире науки и освоения космоса - а ведь неплохая мысль. Но я удивлена, неужели хоть кто-то не заклеймил это счастье всеми возможными "-измами" и подумал в другую сторону. Поверить прямо не могу. Хотя бы в этом кусочке, если дальше не читать.


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