Villa Diodati, 1816 - on a night that inspired Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The plan was to spend the evening in the presence of literary greats - but the ghosts are all too real. And the Doctor is forced into an earth-shattering decision.
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Graham makes an homage to Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" when first meeting Mary Shelley and Lord Byron, saying "it is a truth universally acknowledged" before he is interrupted. The rest of the quote is "it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." "Pride and Prejudice" had been written only three years before, in 1813. See more
In this episode, Mary Shelley calls the monstrous Cyberman "this modern Prometheus". The full title of her famous book is "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" -- but both titles refer to Doctor Victor Frankenstein and not the monster. The mythological Prometheus made mankind out of clay, as Doctor Frankenstein made a man out of non-living matter. See more
But is he, Ryan? His thoughts, his words inspire and influence thousands for centuries. If he dies now, who knows what damage that will have on future history? Words matter! One death, one ripple, and history will change in a blink. The future will not be the world you know. The world you came from, the world you were created in won't exist, so neither will you. It's not just his life at stake. It's yours. You want to sacrifice yourself for this? You want me to sacrifice you? You want to call ...
References The Sixth Sense