In the otherwise classic Doctor Who serial Genesis
of the Daleks, starring Tom
the Doctor tells several Kaleds that he has travelled back
in time because of future concerns about the development of
the Dalek. AND THEY BELIEVE HIM! Why? Why dont they
just lock him away as a loony?
fair enough that he manages to convince the scientist Ronson
(who, after all, has scan results that show that the Doctor
and Harry arent from round here), but then he takes
his story to the Kaled government - and they all believe him
too! Doesnt anyone raise a hand and say, Um, actually,
this sounds a bit far-fetched...
everyone on Skaro stupid, or just the Kaleds?
are assuming that all humanoid species have the same opinions
about what is scientifically plausible and what isnt.
in mind that, in the same story, it is established that current
scientific thinking on Skaro holds that intelligent life on
other planets is impossible. This contrasts with the present
situation on our own planet, where many people believe in
the possibility of sentient extraterrestrial life. Indeed,
most scientists would tell you that intelligent life on other
worlds is more likely than the possibility of us ever mastering
may be that, though the people of Skaro dont believe
in life on other planets, many or all of them do believe that
time travel will one day be achieved. UFOs and other inexplicable
encounters could be attributed to time travellers from the
planets future rather than to space travellers from
yes, the Kaleds are stupid. After all, they put Davros
in charge of their scientific elite, didnt they? How
mad is that!