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Religion was often used interchangeably with the terms "faith" and "belief system" or "belief structure". Broadly speaking, it was a set of stories or beliefs that were believed or gave meaning to a particular society. In many instances a certain deity or god was worshipped.
Specific locations and civilisations Edit
Later in Gallifrey's history, another "religion" formed: a cult known as the Faction Paradox, a voodoo-organisation who revelled in the art of a paradox, something that was practically sacrilegious (if Gallifreyans believed in such thing) on Gallifrey. (PROSE: Alien Bodies)
Around the 12th century, the major religions on Earth were — in the West —"Mohammedanism", Judaism and Christianity, and — in the East — Hinduism, Buddhism, Janism, Sikhism, Parsee and Shinto. At this point in history, these essentially comprised of the entire planet's population, and each religion fought against each other. (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Crusaders)
There were several instances of a variety of species masquerading on Earth within belief structures: the Gorgons controlled a sect of Christian nuns (TV: Eye of the Gorgon); Osirans positioned themselves amongst Egyptian priests (TV: Pyramids of Mars); Exxilons visited Earth several times, influencing civilisations (and their religions) such as the Mayan and Aztec (PROSE: The Left-Handed Hummingbird); Cessair of Diplos was worshipped by the Druids for 4000 years (till the mid-1970s), adopting several identities while maintaining control of the religion around a stone circle comprised of several Ogri (TV: The Stones of Blood); and at least one Time Lord portrayed himself as a Christian monk while on Earth. (TV: The Time Meddler)
Divergent Universe Edit
Within the Divergent Universe, there existed the Multihaven where a large number of religions could all exist in harmony together. While there, the Eighth Doctor and Charley Pollard claimed their religions to be 'tourists'. (AUDIO: Faith Stealer)
When the All-Gods awoke and took over the planet Dellah, religious practices became sacrosanct, and read to the letter of their beliefs; many people were punished or killed for not following a religion. (PROSE: Where Angels Fear)
By the 52nd century, the Silence, the Church and the Order of the Headless were all allied to kill the Doctor to stop him reaching Trenzalore and answering a Question that must never be answered. (TV: The Impossible Astronaut, TV: A Good Man Goes to War, TV: Let's Kill Hitler, TV: Closing Time, TV: The Wedding of River Song)
Religious iconography, symbols and vocations Edit
Study of religion Edit
St. Oscar's University in the 26th century had a Department of Comparative Religion, headed by Professor Urquhart. (PROSE: Dry Pilgrimage) The People had an interest group called Apocalyptic Religions Interest Group. (PROSE: Where Angels Fear)
The Devil Edit
The Devil idea was a form that ran through several religions. The "horned beast" in particular was an icon that was seen on several worlds and in many civilisations. Some of this imagery could be credited to the Dæmons of Dæmos. (TV: The Dæmons)
Others could be credited to the Beast. During the 42nd century in particular several religions included the Beast within their belief structures; the Arkiphets, the Church of the Tin Vagabond, Quoldonity, Pash Pash, San Klah, Christianity and New Judaism. (TV: The Satan Pit)
- NZDWFC: The Rite Way - A look at Religion in Doctor Who
- NZDWFC: The Bible According to Doctor Who
- The Theology of Doctor Who
- The Theology of Doctor Who (full work) (article posted on a blog site, start at base of article and work up to newest post)