During the Christmas season, it is the habit of some to attack capitalists by calling them Scrooges and Grinches. Throughout the last few Christmases, I have shown that these and other fictional Christmas villains and some real villains were not capitalists. Having dealt with the villains, I’d like to find some Christmas capitalist heroes if they exist. Doctor Who is a science fiction series that has been running since 1963. In 2005, the series introduced an annual Christmas special. This ROAR will analyze a few of these episodes. The question remains, “Who is the consummate capitalist?”
The Christmas Invasion
When the Sycorax used blood type mind control to ransom half of the world’s population, the Doctor offered an exchange. He challenged their leader to a duel. If the Sycorax leader won the duel, he got half the world’s population. If the Doctor won, the Sycorax had to leave. The Sycorax leader agreed to the deal. Although, it was a voluntary exchange, the deal was not a capitalist exchange in two very important respects. First, the human race belonged to neither the Sycorax, nor the Doctor. Humanity was not theirs to take, give away, sell, bargain over, or gamble away. Second, the exchange was a violent exchange. It was a duel to the death for the purpose of taking humanity by force. Although the Doctor prevailed, he did not champion a fair capitalistic exchange.
The Runaway Bride
The spider-like Empress of Racnoss sought to use the Earth as a breeding ground for her children. The good Doctor seemed to freely offer to take her and her children to a planet where they could not harm an indigenous species. The Empress refused. To save humanity, the Doctor used explosives to rupture a retaining wall of the River Thames, flooding the chamber in which were the Empress and her children. At first glance, the exchange seems fair. The Doctor offered something of great value. The Empress exercised her freedom by refusing. Yet, it was neither an offer, nor a free exchange, but a threat. In a sense, the Doctor said, “If you don’t accept my offer, I’ll kill you and your children.”
A Christmas Carol
On an alien world, a bitter old man named Kazran operated an isomorphic controlled weather spire. When a space liner lost control over the planet due to an electrical storm created by the spire, Kazran refused to let the liner safely land. The Doctor, using his time travelling TARDIS, visited Kazran throughout his lifetime to gently pursuade him to let the liner land. Despite a plot twist or two, the gentle persuasion paid off. Kazran enjoyed one last day with the love of his life, while the Doctor saved the space liner. In the exchange, everyone got what they wanted.
While we earthlings always should be appreciative of alien interventions that keep us from being enslaved, eaten, or exterminated, we should recognize the Doctor for what he is. Depending on the writer, he could be a socialist, an interventionist, or something coming close to a free market alien. Although he is not the consummate capitalist, Doctor Who has been my favorite science fiction protagonist since I first watched him in the 1970s.