The Proud Doctor

by William Hohmeister

Here be spoilers.

The myth of the devil supports the character of the Doctor in Doctor Who. Pride, determination, and ability drive both characters. The myth of infallibility condemns both.

The Satan of Paradise Lost loses everything in the beginning of his story. He triumphs later by corrupting humanity. He has a series of further victories by setting Sin and Death loose on the world, and encouraging humans to evil. God guarantees these victories. But even after Satan corrupts humans he laments his own low state. What little he gains is offset by his personal grudge over what he lost. Failure defines him, despite his previous high state.

The Doctor’s victories come before his Fall, and like Satan’s “victories” they come with loss:

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