1. Galadriel says:

    *squeals of happiness* Thanks for the heads-up. I’m always up for discussion of the Whoniverse from a Christian perspective.

  2. bainespal says:

    Good luck on the series. I love finding earnest criticism of storytelling, sometimes even when I’m not familiar with the subject.

    I began watching the 2005 series. I think I’ve seen about 5 episodes so far. My main problem with the show so far is that I dislike both Rose and the Doctor.

    • Galadriel says:

      If it’s really sticking, try skipping ahead to Ten or a different companion. Different eras appeal to different people, and there’s nothing wrong with moving around, as long as you at least try.

  3. HG Ferguson says:

    As a fan of the original series before the “reboot” appeared, I find it most interesting indeed how the show has taken the Doctor from an irascible but cunning Victorianesque gentleman to a clown, a man of action, another clown, a young thoughtful whippersnapper, a misanthropic most unlikeable lout, a zany cosmic traveler — to a wounded, broken Time Lord and then — wait for it — waiiiiiit for it — a Messianic, almost godlike figure/savior in the last two incarnations, and now some fans howl about “not another old guy!” waiting in the wings. The doctrine of Dr. Who in its current state is the Doctor IS a savior/godlike figure. As a Christian I find this troubling and a definite sign of the times, folks……

    • bainespal says:

      The doctrine of Dr. Who in its current state is the Doctor IS a savior/godlike figure. As a Christian I find this troubling and a definite sign of the times, folks……

      Why is that troubling? I love finding messianic themes in television shows, and everything else. Of course the writers don’t literally want to depict Christ; of course the “savior” isn’t theologically correct. So what? It just goes to show that really deep and meaningful stories tend to be about saviors, whatever else they may be about. And we know that the true story is actually about a Savior.

    • I must agree with Bainespal, for these central reasons:

      1) Of course pagans like stories about substitute messiahs. It’s what pagans do.

      2) However, enjoying the tales of a substitute”messiah” outside yourself, such as The Doctor or any superhero comic or film franchise, is one step closer to the true Hero than accepting a “messiah” within yourself.

      3) As the Christ and Pop Culture series has noted and will continue to explore, even humanist writers in trying to reflect Christlike attributes — along with silliness, madness, and deep “you may be just like your enemies”-style flaws — prove anew that they cannot construct a story based solely on the values of classic or cosmic humanism. Their stories certainly include those flourishes and themes. But the central theme of them is of heroes, including the Doctor and his companions, who are willing to sacrifice all, even their lives, to do the right thing. You can only get that from the true myth, Christianity. And by reflecting that truth, Doctor Who‘s writers again prove that despite any of their own twisting of truth, they are still living in God’s universe and can only make things using God’s creation “parts.”

      A final and more-minor note: the new series is not a reboot. A reboot would have discarded all previous continuity and opened with the First Doctor all over again.

What do you think?