What "Doctor Who" Episode Set in Britain Is Totally Your Life?

By: Zoe Samuel

What "Doctor Who" Episode Set in Britain Is Totally Your Life?
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About This Quiz

The television show "Doctor Who" has been around since 1963, but it disappeared from the airwaves for many years between the eighth and ninth Doctors. The version of the show best known to most modern viewers is the incarnation of the show that began its run in 2005, with arguably better writing, acting, and special effects. Every story on "Doctor Who" manages to be unique in the "Doctor Who" continuity, and yet ties itself into the overall fabric of the world of the show so each episode fits seamlessly with the others like perfectly carved jigsaw pieces.

One of the reasons the show resonates so strongly with audiences is that we see ourselves in both The Doctor and his (or her) companions, and we feel as though the stories on "Doctor Who" are analogs for our lives. The best science fiction is metaphor, and much of the show is either a metaphor for something in the wider world or at its core it is about the dynamic of a relationship. On "Doctor Who", the constant relationships are those between The Doctor and The Doctor's companions, and the fleeting relationships are with the guest characters who arrive in individual episodes. Like a chemical reaction, these relationships combine to create unique dynamics that draw us in. Do you feel like your life could be an episode of "Doctor Who"? We do. Take this quiz, and we'll tell you which "Doctor Who" episode set in Britain is your life!

Besides "Doctor Who," which show makes you nostalgic?
"EastEnders"
"Thunderbirds"
"Are You Being Served?"
"Teletubbies"

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Which of these foods do you love?
Jammie Dodgers
Jelly Babies
Lemon Drops
Fish Fingers

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Which character do you identify with the most?
The Doctor
Clara
Graham
Kate

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Do you feel like everyone else is living in the past?
People are more advanced than they get credit for.
All the dang time!
No, they're living in their own little worlds.
Sometimes I think the past has more in common with the future than it does with the present.

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If your life was a movie, who'd play you?
Matt Smith
Karen Gillan
Pearl Mackie
Arthur Darvill

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What defines intelligence to you?
Raw computing power
Knowing when to recognize that one is wrong
Wide-ranging skills and abilities one can use in concert
Knowing what to conceal

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How suspicious are you of authority figures?
Some of them are fine, but some of them are awful.
I'm totally suspicious of them. They're only human, after all.
I don't trust anyone, authority or otherwise.
I have total respect for moral authority, but that's all.

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Do the antagonists in your life work in concert for common cause?
Not all of them, but most of them
No, they certainly do not!
Everyone seems to have their own agenda.
Yes, even if they didn't when they met

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How familiar are you with your environment?
It all seems off by 15 degrees ...
It's completely alien to me.
It's mostly familiar to me.
It all feels like I've been here before...

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How much time do you spend on pursuing entertainment?
As much time as I can afford!
None
I like kicking back with friends whenever possible.
Not often, sadly!

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How superstitious are you?
Not at all
Very
I believe in coincidence, but that's all.
Very, in a modern sort of way!

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How good are you at providing good conversation at a dinner party with people you do not know?
I'm awkward about it.
I manage to offend everyone.
I do quite well, actually.
I fit in better than I think I should, to be honest.

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How quickly do you detect that someone is trying to deceive you?
I think I do it quickly, but then how would I know for sure?
I'm often suspicious of the wrong people.
I'm like a human polygraph machine.
Quickly, but sometimes I get false positives.

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Do you find that meeting your heroes is a disillusioning experience, or does it enhance the way you think of them?
It humanizes them, which makes them more impressive in some ways, and less in others.
It's a total let down.
It doesn't change how I think of them.
It makes them so much more impressive to me!

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Which of these sorts of people do you think is the most pitiable?
People stricken with mental illness
People oppressed for their religion
People excluded from polite society for silly reasons
The poorest of the poor

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Does it feel like everyone around you is keeping secrets from you?
No, never!
I get the feeling some are doing that, but they aren't very good at it if I have my suspicions.
Yes! Everyone! It's crazy!
I have that suspicion, but it may be paranoia ...

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Do you trust government to do the right thing?
Yes, after it has tried everything else
Not all governments, no
Mostly, when it stays out of things
Yes, when the right folks are in charge

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How much do you worry about dangers that are, statistically, unlikely to affect you?
As much as is statistically warranted
It depends on how they are framed.
Not enough, apparently
More than I should, clearly

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Do you feel like you never get enough time with the people you really care about?
I get that feeling about people whom I know I will never see again.
No, I have them around me all the time!
Not most of the time, though I never really see them all at once.
Yes, most of the time.

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How often do you end up working late?
Frequently, but hey, the show must go on!
Every day
Not usually
Never!

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Do you feel like the smartest person in the room?
Not by a long shot!
No, but I am often the most educated.
Rarely
Usually

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Do you feel like you have the tools to deal with the situations in which you find yourself?
It can be a reach sometimes, but the tools usually present themselves.
Not without help!
Yes, always
No, not usually

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How well read are you?
Very well read. I recognize every literary reference.
I'm a fan of history, but not so much poetry or fiction.
I love great literature, but mostly fiction.
I only know the stories everyone else is familiar with, and not always from books.

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Do you find the people who challenge your goals tend to have the same origins or motives?
No. In fact, they have almost nothing in common with each other.
Yes, but the thread is thematic, not coordinated.
All motives are personal. No two people share precisely the same ones.
No, but enemies are often allies of convenience, if you follow me.

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In which of these types of stories do you think there is the most truth?
The theater
Legends
Literature
Folk tales

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How much do you fret about your problems becoming the problems of others?
From time to time, so I take precautions and stop worrying!
Not often
Never
Frequently!

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How often do you form misconceptions about others' identities?
Not too often, but never meet your role models, if you know what I mean.
Every day! At least I can admit my shortcoming.
Every once in a while, but then, people often construct identities for themselves that hide their true identities.
I don't when I take see people one-on-one, but sometimes a group can obscure such distinctions.

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How do you handle embarrassing health problems when they flare up in front of other people?
I come up with an explanation to cover them up.
I blow off the premise that I need to explain myself.
I treat my problem even if it's humiliating.
I pretend it's just not happening.

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What internal factor do you think holds you back?
Sometimes I'm just too slow!
Sometimes I can't see the forest for the trees.
Sometimes I just don't know where to find all the facts.
Sometimes I take things at face value and don't question them enough.

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Are you happy with your life?
Yes, but I yearn for one thing I will never have.
Yes, because I have the satisfaction of having done the right thing most of the time.
Yes, but I feel a sadness for the happiness of others.
No more or less than anyone else, I should imagine.

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