Saturday, June 26, 2010

Cold Blood

Previously, in Hungry Earth, The Doctor challenged people to be the best they could be. Now, he is depending on it, as he himself enters the underground world of the Silurians - Earth's previous inhabitants.

Just as The Doctor thinks he may have brokered a peace between humanity and the Silurian race, it turns out that Ambrose has killed one of the Silurians. This undermines the trust that had developed, and provokes an attack. The Doctor and friends are fortunate to escape.

The Doctor can be critical of human actions, but at the same time is a great advocate for the human race. When finding out about the murder, he exclaims that "you are so much less that the best of humanity". Yet in the same conversation he pleads with the Silurians on behalf of humanity. "You have to believe me - they're better than this." A powerful reminder of the God's high standards yet unlimited capacity for forgiveness.

Meanwhile, safely back on the surface, Ambrose and The Doctor have this conversation:

AMBROSE: You could have let those things shoot me. You saved me.
DOCTOR: 'An eye for an eye' was never the way. Now you show your son how wrong you were - how there's another way. You make him the best of humanity - in the way you couldn't be.

This is classic Jesus 101. Ambrose has done something terrible, and The Doctor's response is to forgive her - to save her. He offers her another chance - the opportunity to change her ways and become a better person, and an inspiration to others.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Hungry Earth

As the Silurians are approaching, the Doctor's plan involves local boy Elliot drawing a map of the immediate area.

DOCTOR: I need a map of the village, marking where the cameras are going.
ELLIOT: I can't do the words - I'm dyslexic.
DOCTOR: That's alright - I can't make a decent meringue. Draw like your life depends on it Elliot!

This attitude of seeing the value of people (while others may not) strongly reminded me of Jesus.

Whether he was speaking to a woman at a well, a tax collector, or other various social outcasts - Jesus valued them for who they were - and who they could be

In fact, even the people he hand-picked to be disciples were not the proud people who considered themselves the pinnacle of society. Instead it was completely the opposite - the people who were far from what the world considered ideal - but who were humble people committed to following Jesus, and being all that they could be.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Amy's Choice

The Doctor arrives in Amy and Rory's future - 5 years from the present day. Rory and Amy have settled in the village and Amy is heavily pregnant with their first child.

Simultaneously, Rory, Amy and the Doctor fall asleep, only to immeditaely wake up in the Tardis. They figure the village was a dream, until they fall asleep again to awake in the village. Tardis, village, Tardis, village ... and so on.

A character calling himself the Dreamlord, explains that one world is real and the other fake. With deadly dangers in each world, "if you die in the dream, you wake up in reality." But of course, death in reality means precisely that.

So the Doctor, Amy and Rory are faced with a decision to make. Which world do they think is fake? Which existence are they willing to lose? Which world do they want to be their reality?

There's a similar decision when following Jesus:
If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.

We can choose to pursue the things of this life - power, material stuff, gratification, prestige, self-interest, etc. Or we can choose a reality based on love, integrity, compassion and something greater than ourselves. It's not just Amy's choice - it's our choice.