Within the next few minutes a nuclear bomb is set to go off underneath London, destroying the city and its millions of residents and visitors. The only thing that can stop this terrible disaster from occurring is Kate Stewart of UNIT. The problem of course is that she doesn’t want it to stop, she was the one who set the countdown in motion. The destruction of London is the only thing capable of preventing the items kept in the Black Archive from falling in the hands of the Zygons. For Kate Stewart the destruction of London is an acceptable price to pay in order to avoid the damage the Zygons could do with Capt. Jack Harkness’s Time Vortex Manipulator. The Doctor, or Doctors in this case, do not agree. They’ve had the lives of billions on their conscience for centuries and they know that the deaths of all the Londoners isn’t worth it. So two of them come up with a clever plan. Have Kate Stewart, her human staff and the Zygons in human disguise forget if they’re human or if they’re Zygon. Unsure of whether she wants London destroyed or not, the human Kate Stewart (joined in with the Zygon Kate Stewart) cancels the destruction order, saving London from annihilation. London is saved because Kate didn’t know what her identity was and what kind of outcome she would want to pass. Could we use the Doctor’s clever trick to do more than save society? What if we could use it to structure society? The most influential political theorist of the 20th century, the American John Rawls, thought it was suitable for just that.
The Doctors take a seat in UNIT’s Black Archives in the 50th Anniversary Special The Day of the Doctor as Kate Stewart (right) orders the destruction of London through a nuclear detonation in order to prevent Zygon Kate Stewart (left) from getting her hands on the items in the Archives. The Doctors get the Kate Stewart on the right to drop her opposition to not blowing up London and to negotiate with Zygon Kate Stewart my making sure she (and the Zygon) forgets who she is. It’s a great trick to save society, but how would it work if it was used to create society? We’ll look at that tomorrow.
Go as far as you can see; when you get there you’ll be able to see farther.
Happy Birthday to Scottish Philosopher and Satirist Thomas Carlyle, whose works helped guide Victorians into a new world of science and technology.