I am just now watching Doctor Who (2005) all the way through for the second time. I’ve just gotten back to The Lazarus Experiment and there are T.S. Eliot quotations all up and through it, but it didn’t even click with me. The idea for this blog came months after I saw this particular episode, months, in fact, after I’d gotten well into Matt Smith’s tenure as the Doctor. The idea came from reading Eliot and being reminded of Doctor Who, but didn’t, at all, remind me of this episode. I feel really silly, now, watching it again, as if I should have noticed it long ago.
The words of T. S. Eliot put to images from Doctor Who.
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And with that, I’m finished. At least, I’m finished for the foreseeable future. Thank you. It’s been so much fun making these. You can, if you like, still submit (not that anyone has yet, but it’s very welcome). I, however, have reached my comfortable stopping off point.
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
Each way means loneliness — and communion.
Death has a hundred hands and walks by a thousand ways.
Only through time time is conquered.
Men tighten the knot of confusion
Into perfect misunderstanding.
In life there is not time to grieve long.
The lawn / Is pressed by unseen feet, and
ghosts return / Gently at twilight, gently go at
dawn, / The sad intangible who grieve and yearn…
And we must think no further of you.
Every experience is a paradox in that it means to be absolute, and yet is relative; in that it somehow always goes beyond itself and yet never escapes itself.