Religion Science fiction/fantasy

This might almost make me go back to church!

i-9a85c9b2641cdda37e35e91516dfbefc-doctorwhoBBC_175x125.jpgNow here’s a church service that I could get into, the Church of the Time Lord. As an article in says:

A congregation are to be invited to compare a Time Lord with the Lord of Time at a special Dr Who-themed church service, it was disclosed today.

Teenagers and young people in their early 20s are being targeted for the “cafe-style” Communion service, with music and video clips from the hit series, at St Paul’s Church in Grangetown, Cardiff.

The Anglican church was used as a location two years ago for an episode of the series starring Christopher Eccleston as the ninth Doctor.

Fr Dean Atkins, youth officer with the Diocese of Llandaff and one of the organisers of the service, said: “The figure of Doctor Who is somebody who comes to save the world, almost a Messiah figure.

“In the series there are lots of references to salvation and the doctor being almost immortal. We are using the figure of Doctor Who as a parable of Christ.

“The language used in the series lends itself to exploring the Christian faith.”

This whole comparison of the Doctor to Christ is rather amusing, given that the producer responsible for resurrecting Doctor Who in its current glorious form, Russell T. Davies, is an avowed atheist. Of course, there is the old joke about how the Doctor is better than Jesus because he’s come back from the dead nine times now and Jesus only did it once…

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

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