Donna, one of my favourite companions. Was she the woman in the shop?
“The Doctor. The man who makes people better”.
He is still a hero because when it really counted, the Doctor told Amy Pond the truth. That he needs that faith from people because it keeps him going. That he isn’t a god, or a saint, or a great sorcerer with a magic screwdriver who keeps all the bad things in the universe at bay. That her belief in him was so much stronger than it ever should have been, and she needed to let him go. His choice to let Amy grow up, to tell her she needed to stop waiting for that mad raggedy man who saved her as a child, perhaps makes him more of a hero than any Doctor before him. It also proves that her trust in him was ultimately not misplaced. So the Eleventh Doctor lies, and maybe you cannot take everything he says at face value. But it turns out that we never needed that assurance in the first place: after all, viewers have been entranced by Doctor Who for decades now, and not because we are impressed by the Doctor’s unwavering principles. We love him for his ability to reevaluate, to evolve. To become more or less honest as experience has taught him — just like one of us. (via “Trust me. I’m a Madman.”: Putting Faith in the Doctor | Tor.com)
The following from: http://jamesprescott.co.uk/blog
Hands down, best two programmes on TV right now. And I’ll argue anyone on that one.
Outside the sheer quality of the programmes themselves, one thing they are known for is the sheer secrecy which surrounds the build up to their airing.
They barely get previous for reviewers, because the creators don’t want anything slipping out. Cast members actually have it in their contracts that they’re not allowed to give away anything about the stories.
For the 50th anniversary edition of Doctor Who the build up was so intense, and so many had so many questions about what would be in the show.
And no one gave away anything.
Then of course there’s the cliffhangers – like the ‘How did he survive?’ question in the last episode of Sherlock in 2012, and which has remained unanswered to date (nearly 2 years). People are desperate to find out what happened, or how it happened. Huge websites and movements are grown simply on the back of wanting to know what happens or how it happened, or what will happen.
Why is this? Because there is an inbuilt human desire for certainty.
We like to feel in control of our lives, and the outcome of our lives. We get our uncertainty through the build up to TV shows or films, things which don’t govern how we live our lives.
But in what really matters, we crave certainty. We fear the unknown. So culture constructs stories and formulas for how we should live.
For example, you get this job, you do what means most to you, you meet the right person and then when all this happens you’ll be happy. And when, inevitably, life doesn’t follow that plan, we get upset, disillusioned and bitter. But it’s only because we still believe this story is the right story, because we want to conform to a pattern, because we were promised certainty but didn’t get it.
And this happens worst of all in the Christian church. So many Christians I talk to, including many I call friends, speak about God with such certainty, and I hear Christian leaders often speak of the divine insurance policy, which is effectively saying,
“Believe the right theology (my theology, of course), and then you are guaranteed eternal life”
And because we want certainty Christians end up worshiping the scriptures – or at least their interpretation of them – instead of worshiping God, and having a belief which is almost based on certainty.
I say belief, and not faith, because it’s not faith. If it’s certainty, it cannot be called faith. To have faith in Jesus isn’t trusting Him once you know the answers – it’s to trust Him when you don’t know all the answers, when you have doubts, questions, when life doesn’t work out.
Jesus invites us into a life full of uncertainty – to be a Christian is to embrace doubt, uncertainty and questioning.
Yes, of course there are fundamental truths, core values, but we take this way too far, especially when it comes to doing church, evangelism and scripture. People stop using historical context, forget to take the original audience into account, who it was written to and by and when and what they were writing to, forgetting the basic truth that when these books were written nobody knew the Bible would get put together, that was decided much later on – by human beings.
One of the things which makes Doctor Who & Sherlock so much fun is the uncertainty & mystery which surrounds them. It makes the journey worthwhile, and much more exciting. And it’s the same with faith.
God is full of mystery, uncertainty, unseen, unknowing, and invites us into this adventure with Him, to trust in the basic truths of who He is, who Jesus was, and in resurrection, and the values they stand for, and to settle for not knowing all the answers.
But if you think you have all the answers about God, you don’t know God at all.
And if your faith – whatever it’s in – has no room for doubt or mystery, it’s not faith at all.
God invites us on a unique journey, one which no one has ever lived before or will again, and to do this in community – and that means by definition you’ll have to embrace the unknown, to trust, to accept you don’t know all the answers or what will happen next.
Are you with me?
Sounds like a Whovian statement to me.
I really loved a comment that responded to this page:
Likewise for River. It is indeed in this episode that she realizes that everything she was told about the Doctor was a lie, and because he was dying, she was forced to act quickly before her mistake was finalized. But mind you that it isn’t just seeing that the Doctor cares, it is seeing that he cares deeply for her, specifically, and that her parents also belief that he is worth it. She was trained to hate him, but everything that she is witnessing and experiencing in this episode contradicts her beliefs. And while she acts quickly to rectify her mistakes in this episode, she doesn’t accept everything right away. She gets into archaeology not only to find the Doctor, but to find the truth. She is striving for independence; up until this point, her whole life had been controlled by other people. So now she is going to find her own beliefs and decide for herself what to think of the Doctor. She has seen that he isn’t a monster and that he does have good in him, and she wants to confirm that for herself. “I’m looking for a good man” has a double-meaning. She is indeed looking for the Doctor, but she is also looking for the existence of the Doctor, a good man, and not the bad one she was raised to see him as.
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NECKLACE COLLECTION OF A WHOVIAN
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Can we stop pretending that “the Doctor takes ordinary people and shows them they’re extraordinary”? Not only is that rarely true, and only marginally more so in New Who versus Classic, it gives the Doctor undue credit. The Doctor doesn’t ever really do shit. It wasn’t the Doctor who ‘made’ Donna…
Extraordinarily important because of the decisions they made.
Outside the Beatbox Club, two in the morning. Street corner. I’d lost my purse, didn’t have money for a taxi. I took her home. Wrote his number on the back of my hand. Never got rid of her since.
Everyone’s Important enough to try to save!