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Birth as a theme in Doctor Who S4

Obviously, one of the major themes of S4 is the coming metacrisis. It’s foreshadowed most strongly perhaps in Planet of the Ood, when the Ood refer call the Doctor and Donna, “The DoctorDonna,” but it comes up in other ways, too, especially with the constant camera shots of the hand bubbling away. 

But as I work on my S4 rewrite, I’m realising that birth in general, and especially unusual births, are a major theme in the series. 

  • Partners in Crime–seeding the planet to grow Adipose from fat
  • Fires of Pompeii–seers becoming Pyrovillian as they breath in the rock dust
  • Planet of the Ood–Mr. Halpen becoming an Ood after drinking the Ood graft.
  • The Sontaran two-parter–the Sontarans tried to turn Earth into a clone planet so they could create more warriors. Oh, and the Martha clone.
  • The Doctor’s Daughter–Jenny is created by progeneration when the humans forcibly take a sample of the Doctor’s tissue.
  • The Unicorn and the Wasp–The reverend is a hybrid child, which is unusual in itself. The way the genetic lock broke and he realised his full identity is also unusual, as is his connection with his mother’s necklace.
  • The library two-parther–The Vashta Nerada hatched from eggs that were laid in the trees that became the books that were sent to the Library. 
  • Midnight–The whole concept of the entity is shrouded in mystery. How can it exist when the planet is irradiated with lethal radiation? And why did it select Sky? It has no origin story.
  • Turn Left–a new life is created for Donna when she is convinced to turn right.
  • Stolen Earth/Journey’s End–finally, the metacrisis. 

I hadn’t realised how much of a theme RTD had made this. And it’s so obvious and recurring once you know to look for it that there is no way this was accidental. 

I don’t have any great insights based on this, largely because I think the point of it was pretty obvious–to draw one more series-long arrow pointing to the eventual creation of Tentoo. Really, by the time we watch him form out of that hand, we’ve seen so many bizarre births that this seems almost normal. I mean… at least it’s not little blobs of fat crawling out of your shirt, right?