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I think that in general the Doctor lives in a deterministic universe. Evidence may be destroyed, causes may be impossible to deduce, but there isn't ever NOT a reason for things. The universe is ultimately knowable.

In the X-Files universe, for the most part we never know why things happen. We may know who did something, but not why. Evidence is destroyed, trails go cold, cover-ups inevitably succeed. WE are prevented from knowing things, and in fact during the Monster of the Week episodes, it's usually suggested that there's no explanation to be had. Freaks of nature happen, might be one way to put it. We never know how the Flukeman came about.

I think I'm going somewhere with this, but not sure where.

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papilio_luna
May. 2nd, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
Hm. I'd say that the X-Files is also a deterministic universe. Genetic mutations do happen, and in other cases, evidence is destroyed and that's why there's no other answer available. But there's still an answer, if it is just "mutations occur."
np_complete
May. 2nd, 2011 10:46 am (UTC)
Hmm. Maybe what I mean is "accessibly deterministic universe". Because in DW, causes can be determined, and events can be changed. In the X-Files universe, we're helpless. In DW universe, at least one benevolent being is looking out for us, however imperfectly.

But I don't think the difference is as simple as "the DW universe is written to always have a happy ending." Hmm.

I get the feeling that accident plays a much bigger role in the X-Files universe than in the DW universe. I keep thinking, "In the DW universe, the Doctor has access to the source code. In the X-Files universe, nobody does."
earlgreytea68
May. 2nd, 2011 02:02 am (UTC)
I admit I never was much of an "X-Files" fan (weirdly, I am not much for sci-fi and have never seen many of the shows that DW fans seem to have seen), but I think you're right on the DW side of things, that the DW universe is comfortingly logical, that there are causes and effects to everything, that there always seems to be the belief that if one person did one thing differently, the entire course of everything can change, if they just find that one moment. It's a fascinating way of viewing the universe.
np_complete
May. 2nd, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
It presents the universe as repairable, presents disaster as avoidable. One must never give up hope, even if hope requires the extraordinary and improbable to happen.
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