The now famous scene in doctor who (a show that does deserve enormous criticism) where the doctor describes time as not linear, but more of a “big ball of wibbly wobbly stuff” has the potential to demand consciousness and activism of us.
The Doctor dimisses notions of linear time. Linear time is often what prompts inaction or indifference (alongside privilege, lack of knowledge..). The assumption is that society/the world are consistently moving forward and progressing to better and better places, as if anything that might be viewed as improvement hasn’t been fought for, in battles with body counts. Linear time provides a consistent narrative of social improvement that obfuscates the need for people to push for and claw out spaces of resistance. Continue reading