I suspect this post is going to be an attempt to make a silly connection between a favorite TV show in the geek community and one of the great literary figures of our time.
In his novel, Shame, Salman Rushdie's autobiographical narrator interrupts the narrative to tell us that the novel is quite clearly not about the things we think it's about. The scene goes as follows:
The country in this story is not Pakistan, or not quite. There are two countries, real and fictional, occupying the same space, or almost the same space. My story, my fictional country exist, like myself, at a slight angle to reality. I have found this off-centering to be necessary; but its value is, of course, open to debate. My view is that I am not writing only about Pakistan.
I have not given the country a name. And Q. is not really Quetta at all. But I don't want to be precious about this: when I arrive at he big city, I shall call it Karachi. And it will contain a "Defense." (23-24)In discussing this passage in class, I was consumed by the image provided by the following scene from "The Stolen Earth" (Doctor Who):