There’s something I really like about the new Doctor Who. It’s not Jodie Whittaker although I think she’s doing an amazing job… There’s something interesting about how the new writers are engaging with the spirituality of the cosmos. Within the first few episodes we’ve had weddings, funerals and child birth, and some very quotable lines in the scripts.
May the saints of all the stars and constellations
Bring you hope
As they guide you
Out of the dark and into the light
On this voyage and the next
And all the journeys still to come.
For now and evermore.
I have always been a fan of Doctor who, I think Tom Baker was ‘my doctor’ growing up but I used to watch Jon Pertwee episodes on video. In my later teens I went to comic cons in London and queued to get autographs from Elizabeth Slater and other stars. Colin Baker used to live down the road from where I grew up and often made appearances at the local carnival.
There’s something about Advent that is beyond time and space, a story that begins to weave together a bunch of unlikely characters and ends up with Christ being born in human form. I think it’s one of the best opportunities we have in the year to bring a sense of awe and wonder to our church services… to think beyond our own little lives… out to the story of the universe.
Clara Oswald: You’re a fairy tale! I grew out of fairy tales.
Santa Claus: Did you, Clara? Did you really?
Many of the people living around us may think that the Christmas story is just another fairy tale, a myth that we’re taught in RE when we’re young. In a culture (in the UK anyway) that is increasingly post-secular, where everyone can have their own ‘truth’ – what opportunities are you taking to share the mystery?