I am late to the masses of Dr. Who fandom, having only discovered the beauty and wonder that is this BBC classic in the last several years. Nor am I by any means a fan-boy. In all reality I have watched little of the whole series; at first popping in only for those episodes that featured the lovable John Barrowman as the complicated anti-hero Capt. Jack Harkness from the amazingly engrossing Torchwood series. Later I began to watch more of the series until eventually I found that I couldn’t get on you-tube without indulging in a few clips of these characters that for all their science-fiction are so very relateable.
Now I know that there is going to be someone who reads this and says to themselves, “but this guy doesn’t believe in evolution and thinks homosexuality is wrong so how can he love Dr. Who and especially Capt. Jack?” Its okay… I’ll be happy to explain.
First off, where the nuances of characters and story line are concerned, I don’t get too bogged down with stuff I disagree with. Frankly, if we spend our entire lives constantly rejecting every thing that we find objectionable rather than trying to understand it and what it can teach us we will live ignorant and boring lives. Furthermore, if as a Follower of the Way of the Cross one’s faith in Yeshua the Messiah is so pathetically anemic as to be unable to withstand a difference of opinion in the area of storytelling then most likely they will not mature enough to engage in culture at all… for those who fit in this category I recommend that you grow up and quit taking yourself so seriously.
That out of the way I will tell you that Dr. Who is captivating because, very simply, the story of Dr. Who is the story of the divine self-revelation of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures and despite the fact that the writers and producers would I am sure balk at the idea, the Doctor himself is an uncanny representation of Yeshua the Messiah as the Scripture describes Him.
In Dr. Who, the Doctor is not human he is an alien from another time and place. In fact he exists outside of the limits of what we know and what we can do, he is the last of the Time Lords (give or take). Because of who he is his knowledge and ability surpasses ours. He is everywhere. He exists in Eternity but hangs out with humanity because he loves them. For all of the talk of how this show is based in evolutionary theory and depicts a man who overcomes all kinds of adversity and superstition through the use of science, the thing I come back to over and over again is that this man is not a man at all, he is the Doctor.
The correlation to Yeshua the Messiah is strikingly on target.
Like the Doctor, Yeshua is the only one to have seen the beginning and the end of time (John 1:1-3/ Revelation 22). Like the Doctor He carries in Himself the weight of all of the possibilities and actualities of time and space (Isaiah 46:9-10); burdened with a knowledge of all things longing to experience the joy of a single moment with those He loves, basking in the glory of creation (Matthew 11:19). Like the Doctor His life is shrouded in mystery – peace and war (Revelation 12), dedicated to keeping the promise He made to never allow death to overcome life (Genesis 3:15). Like the Doctor, people’s hope is derived directly from His intervention in their lives (Hebrews 11:1).
At one point the Doctor says that good men don’t need rules and that it was not the moment to find out why he has so many. The implication is that he is self-limiting because his power if unleashed is unstoppable. Thus he is loved and feared by the entire universe. Thus entire armies flee from his presence. Thus children laugh when he dances with them. For the fury and the kindness of a Time Lord are equal parts of the same being whose very life acts as a beacon of light showing the way to a better day.
This my friends is a most insightful description of Yeshua the Messiah, the original Doctor… and if your understanding of Him doesn’t include these things then I pity you. For just as with the characters on BBC’s science-fiction epic, our hope doesn’t rest in raw abstraction. Our hope is in the person of Yeshua the Messiah, the Healer, the Redeemer, the Lover, the Conqueror, the One who was and is and is to come.
Now as to why I find Captain Jack Harkness so compelling, its because his character is the perfect example of what happens when humanity encounters the Doctor/ Yeshua – for no one one who comes into contact with him is left unchanged. Like Jack we are all broken hoping to be made whole. We are all mired in past hurts, past decisions that haunt us. Like wise we are all looking to honor the life of the One who gives/ gave us hope by being better than we were. None of us are at all perfect, not even close… but we are in the process of becoming more and more like the one we love (Philippians 3:7-14).
So the next time you watch the Doctor, consider this…
That passion is how Yeshua feels about you. That kindness is what Yeshua extends to you. And that fury is what awaits those who defy the passion and kindness of Yeshua.
Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of those who are hostile towards God,
Or conform themselves to the mindset of the rebellious,
Or affiliate themselves with the arrogant and proud and foolish.
But they delight in the Revelation of YHWH,
Reflecting on and considering what it means and how to apply it both day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
Bearing their fruit in it’s season.
Their leaves never wither and everything they put their hand to prospers.
They are like the worthless chaff which separated from the wheat,
It is scattered and driven by the wind.
They will not be able to stand at the time of judgment.
For the rebellious have no place among the People of God.
For YHWH is intimately acquainted with of the Way of the Righteous,
but the Way of those who are hostile towards God inevitably results in their own destruction.
~ Psalm 1 ~