Resisting The White Alien Temporal Perspective: Colonial Nerd Revisionism In Dr. Who Episode “Rosa”

RND/ to generally consider why the dr. who episode “Rosa” induces cringe in viewers: possibly that, under the benevolent christian guise of meek and mild pseudo-multiculturism, the good Doctor was simply (ideologically / symbolically) whitespaining [1] rewriting black history [2] – in short, ‘wokewashing’

“Operation Rosa Parks”.. We have to make sure we keep history [3] in [officially / culturally sanctioned] Orderâ„¢
– Dr. Who on history as another mere project to be managed

KING (to Chris): How the fuck you get over here man, you look like you
educated..

CHRIS: I volunteered

KING: You WHAT? Say ‘gain

CHRIS: Yeah, I dropped out of college and told ’em I wanted infantry, combat, and Nam..

CRAWFORD: You volunteered for this sh1t man?

KING: You a crazy flocker, givin’ up college man

CHRIS: Didn’t make much sense. Wasn’t learning anything.. And why should just the poor kids go to the war – and the college kids get away with it

KING: Sheeit, gotta be rich [/pale] in the first place to think like that. Everybody know the poor always being fucked by the rich. Always have, always will

– Scene from Platoon, 1986 Oliver Stone

to imagine the modern dr. who as badly written, (white) nerd fanfiction [4] cringe; a few ideas to philosophically ponder about the possible sources of its particular off smell

  • take star trek, lost in space, babylon 5 [5] etc – and shove em up yer arts
  • the warning ray bradbury’s classic “a delicate sound of thunder”; don’t trample over history
  • h.g well’s [6] morlocks as racist symbols for ignorant black savages who don’t understand the “faith in the essential decency of the white man’s (time traveling) culture” (thanks, dr. gonzo)
  • ‘historically’: sci fi as (/only for) those who self-identify as ‘white’ (“white-fi”?) [7]
  • dr. who as a ‘walien’ (white alien) who acts from a privileged (seemingly more spiritually advanced and morally knowledgeable) perspective
  • time seen from such a white-fi perspective; unstable, capricious, instantly accessible (understandable) and eminently hackable (and therefore automatically a-good-thing) [8]
  • white-fi from a non-white perspective: exactly the same – and therefore precisely to be resisted, since such a perspective is enforced from outside (seemingly outside history); it invades, colonises and violently overwrites (sorry, delicately ‘corrects’ or helps out) black historical time, at will – without consequence
  • dr. who from the perspective of trilby tipping neckbearded misogynerd fanbois; not only is dr. who a (shock horror) woman – but now also arrives with a preachy (/female!) [9] view of (oh-so-racist!) black history shoved down sore red necks *sound of tiny violin being played in lab background*
  • irony gland remove detection: since the good doctor’s perspective is necessarily female and limited, wtf are nerds complaining about anyway
  • what might sci fi for people of color [10] consist of – even more dr. flocking who? (associated new term: referring to cyberspace as z_ ‘interblack’)

Reference Links

  1. Whitespaining
  2. Reinvisioning Justice
  3. Herstory
  4. Nerd Culture
  5. White People Sci Fi
  6. H.G. Well’s Eugenics
  7. Hugo Awards & Sad Puppies
  8. Technoimperialism
  9. Sci-Fi womanhood
  10. Black Sci-Fi

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The mundane colors of Dr Who (Tom Baker Era)

RND/ to consider select screens from tom baker era of classic UK sci fi series “Dr Who” [1]

In which super mundane colors [2] listlessly pop forth from ancient dimensional tv portal tubes direct from basement archives/ old fades scarves providing warm yet mildly depressed feeling of half forgotten star travelling nostalgia featuring cosmic legend tom baker

Reference Link

  1. The White Alien Perspective
  2. Minder TV Series color

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