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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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BLUE BRAINS: by Wayan, 2017/12/11, a false-waking, self-flagging predictive dream
Our brains are really squid stuffed in a skulljar. I wake, see the image on TV. "So it's predictive!" I think.
Then I wake to find that too was a dream. "Not predictive!" I think. Until my friend turns on the TV, and...
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...
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?
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; a 1993/4/2 dream of temptation digitally painted as one giant comics page
I meet a wolf who invites me to join Dr Who's pack of sexy Ghost Wolves. There's just one catch...
POTLATCH SMOKE: by Wayan; 1988/5/10, a shamanic dream-inside-dream 4 levels deep!
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?
RACK: by Wayan; 2006/4/4; a comic business-bondage dream
My friend Chris gets tied up at the office--thatís his job, looking martyred! But when the boss is away...
THE SEA-HAG RIOT: by Wayan; 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...
TARDIS GAZEBO: by Wayan; 1993/2/17, a 3-page digital dream-comic
Solve a pictographic riddle and you can fly, shapeshift, work magic!
But someone doesn't want us solving dream-riddles...

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