Death’s door in Being Human
I love how in Being Human they took “Death’s door” and turned it into something not terrifying but inviting. I think we all view death with that fear of the unknown and pain, the way Annie does when she (and we as an audience) are introduced to the door as a way of passing over in “Ghost Town”. Eventually, after Mitchell and Annie’s trip into purgatory, Saul and Kemp’s deaths, and the men with sticks and ropes, the doors end up representing, at least to me, peace and an exciting new beginning.
They also gave more meat and a concrete feeling to “passing over” and “completing unfinished business” and other ghost cliches. It gives a more final goodbye than the ghosts just poofing off, which could be confused with rentaghosting. (And also adds the terrifying possibility of floating away like smoke on the breeze, which allows the audience to still feel ghostly characters are in jeopardy) It also allows the ghosts to turn down the doors. The ability to turn down the doors gives ghosts power and makes each death have more of an impact. For example, Adam’s dad could have stayed with Adam as a ghost, but instead passes over. Also, George chooses to pass over and be with Nina rather than staying and looking after Eve. That choice makes both deaths even more tragic.
The doors have a physical
impact as well. Every person’s door is different, but I assume is the same for each individual since Annie’s door that appears at the end of series one and series four is the same on both occasions. I also love how Pearl and Leo’s doors form a double-door exit but are still completely different doors. Also, the similarity between George and Eve’s doors as a father-daughter pair is really cute.