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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."