Martha Jones is the new companion of Doctor who, a time and space traveling two-hearted alien, whose adventures bring her to New York 5 billion years in the future but also back home in London dealing with a power hungry villain trying to take over Earth. Both of these conflicts show us a Marxist view, but in different ways. While in New New York, short for New New New New New New New New New New New New New New New New York, as it is the 15th York since the original, Martha is kidnapped in an alley by a couple when they explain they need three adult passengers to get into the “fast lane” which will get them ten miles in just the short time of six years!

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The Doctor who goes in search for Martha seeks help in one of the hover vans where he finds out that most vans have moved only a short distance in the span of years on the highway. This is one of the first warning signs that something is extremely wrong only to then have the call the police made shortly after be put on hold. Martha and The Doctor find each other eventually and are brought up to the senate building above the underground highway by a past acquaintance. Here they find out that the reason that the entire population was brought to the lower levels of the city and sealed off, because of a virus that had wiped out the population on the surface in a matter of minutes. The people underground were spared however instead of explaining the situation in any form of message, they kept the highway running and leaving the passengers believing all is well and they will make it to the surface eventually even if it is for their children. This emphasis Marx’s claim of the ideologies in the superstructure are ones that keep the people believing in the system that the highway is running and will get them to their future where everything is better if they only wait long enough. This system does not help them as no one is ever making it to this dreamland they envision and if they were to work together to challenge the system would be successful in overthrowing it and getting out. This is why the ideologies are so important, they make the marginalized or those stuck in forever continuing highway believe that it is just the way it is. That they must accept it because they cannot change it.

Last of the time lords in a similar manner shows that those in the lower class or those misplaced in this case can defeat the believed power when they work together. Martha travels the world in order to meet with certain people gaining their help to defeat the Master, the Doctor’s nemesis that had temporarily succeeded in taking over the world. The Master tries to use ideology to make them feel powerless. He tried to make them feel there was no way to win, so they should give up. This is proved wrong by Martha as she continues to convince the people to concentrate their thoughts on the Doctor which through timey- wimey science stuff he gains power through it enough to disrupt the Master’s power and stop his evil plan. Martha tells some people “I traveled across the world. From the ruins of New York, to the fusion mills of China, right across the radiation pits of Europe. And everywhere I went I saw people just like you, living as slaves! But if Martha Jones became a legend then that’s wrong, because my name isn’t important.” This is her creating a connection to all of humanity. This is shown to be true when the doctor succeeds when all the humans of the world concentrate together to lend aid to the doctor. They defeat the Reining power looming over them all and win back the earth only if they cut out their doubts from the ideology that they are not powerful enough to.

Last of the Time Lords

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