DEREALISATION IN EXTREMIS: An Unreasonably Deep Dive into ‘the Simulation Problem’ in Doctor Who

What dark secrets does the Veritas hold?

Who is really the master of your fate?

And what does all of this have to do with Jim Carey?

I wrote and produced this experimental little video essay to tackle the Big Questions posed by Doctor Who’s controversial Monk trilogy. Watch it if you’re curious. Feel free even to share it around, if you’re brave enough.

But know, before you do, that the truth that lies within is a dark and dangerous one.


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