Continuing my collection of the labyrinthine imagery contained in the new Doctor Who series…
Murillo suggested that “each of Borges’ stories contains one or several variations of the labyrinth theme… the plan of a city, the sands of the desert, a spider web, a flaming pyre, and the dream state…” (‘The Labyrinths of Jorge Luis Borges’, 1959)
The opening of series six begins with a flaming pyre, beginning a confusing sequence of events in space and time.
The dream state made an appearance early on in series five, in ‘Amy’s Choice’ (Nye, S., 2010, 5:7) where the character of the mysterious Dream Lord who conjures two false realities to force Amy to make a choice. Interestingly, the TARDIS also features a lot of hexagonal design this season. Coincidence?
My mother suggested to me that I had missed the main point – the TARDIS itself is a labyrinth.
This is actually explored a bit more in The Doctor’s Wife episode (2011, Moffat S., 6:4) in which the two companion characters, Rory and Amy, run through a maze-like arrangement of the TARDIS’ corridors, pursued and taunted by the omnipresent voice of the creator of this particular labyrinth.More hexagons (references to Borges’ ‘Babel’?), fear, a beast that appears to destroy them, apparent death, and finally salvation by the actual owner of the TARDIS, the Doctor, who alone can unravel the maze.
Interestingly enough, the Minotaur has made an appearance before in Doctor Who (1972, Bernard P., season 9)…
and will appear again in the second half of series six, as indicated in the trailer for part two.
Have I missed any? What other labyrinth metaphors or allusions are there in Moffat’s new Doctor Who?
Murillo, L.A. 1959, ‘The Labyrinths of Jorge Luis Borges: An introductory to the stories of The Aleph’, Modern Language Quarterly, 20:3 , pp.259-266.
All images from the television series Doctor Who, episodes indicated.
New seasons’ screen caps from http://doctorwho.sonicbiro.co.uk/.