December 22, 2007

Doctor Who vs. Jesus

Some people have too much time on their hands and very tiny brains. Witness British evangelical group Christian Voice (who knows if it's really one guy or maybe three...) who are terribly concerned that people may turn away from Jesus to worship... Doctor Who.

Christians protest as Doctor Who is portrayed as ‘messiah’

The BBC has provoked controversy over a Christmas Day Doctor Who special that uses religious imagery to depict the Time Lord as a “messiah”.

Voyage of the Damned, starring Kylie Minogue, is expected to be the holiday viewing highlight.

However, Christian groups expressed concern that the imagery employed was inappropriate for a BBC One Christmas evening show.

The Doctor (David Tennant) must save a group of passengers after the Titanic, now a futuristic space vessel, is holed by a meteorite storm.

He convinces the despairing survivors to believe in his powers after ascending through the ship’s decks, carried by a pair of robotic angels. Russell T. Davies, the writer and executive producer of the revived series, said: “The series lends itself to religious iconography because the Doctor is a proper saviour. He saves the world through the power of his mind and his passion.”

Stephen Green, of the evangelical group Christian Voice, said: “The Doctor would have to do a lot more than the usual prancing around to be a messiah. He has to save people from their sins.” But Malcolm Brown, director of mission and public affairs for the Church of England, said: “Science fiction at its best helps to illuminate eternal themes, and that’s something the Church can happily work with.”
Note that the article says that "Christian groups" are expressing concern but the only person in the article who expresses any is some bloke (I get to use that word here!) named Stephen Green who speaks on behalf of a single group.

Stephen Green's brain has surely been pilfered by cybermen. Is he really worried that people are going to confuse Doctor Who with Jesus?

The real question, of course, is — who would win in a fight between Doctor Who and Jesus?

Nobody. They're both fictional characters! Besides, when was the last time you saw Jesus lay the smackdown on a legion of daleks?

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