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The Beast Below.

In bed above, we’re deep asleep
While greater love lies further deep

This dream must end
This world must know
We all depend on the beast below.

Amy Pond recites this verse at the end of Ep.2 Ser.5 ‘The Beast Below’ as we catch sight of the eponymous beast.
It is unique, I think. Not the Beast, though that too I suppose; but I would like to know of any other poetry in any other episode of any other adventure. Please? Granted, it applies to the people of Starship U.K.; ‘the United Kingdom of Britain and Northern Ireland bolted together and floating in the sky’, but where’s the fun if we can’t find something here for us?

In the 29th Century, solar flares roasted the Earth and the entire human race packed its bags and moved out ‘until the weather improves’.
“That’s not just a ship, it’s an idea; a whole country, living and laughing and…Shopping; searching the stars for a new home,” says the Doctor.
Of course, Amy wants to go exploring.
“First,” says Who, “there’s a thing; an important thing; in fact, ‘Thing One’.”
The Doctor explains to Amy that they must stick to this Rule, “the one rule I have always stuck to in my travels. I never get involved in the affairs of other people or planets.”

Yeah, right. And ‘d’Nile’ is just a river in Egypt.
In fact, so closely does Who stick to his own rule that he is out the door and gone before Amy even realizes; before she has finished saying, “Like a wild life documentary. That’s got to be hard; being all detached and cold.”

What did the Doctor see that moved him to break his own unbreakable rule? Amy is surprised when he shows her,
“One little girl crying. So?”
“Crying silently; I mean children cry cos they want attention, cos they’re hurt or afraid. When they cry silently its cos they just can’t stop. Any parent knows that.”

Now I am tempted to tell you the whole story but you should probably just go to the video, don’t you think?
How is this story a parable taken from the Doctor’s Big Blue Box? How does it remind me of my (our) living LORD of all and his choice to get involved in the affairs of other people and at least one planet? See his Rule One; John 3:16.

Later we find that the beast below is a giant Star Whale, the last of its kind, pressed into service by Her Britannic Majesty, ‘Liz Ten’ as the power source for Starship U.K. Beneath the wandering Brits this gigantic creature is attached with its exposed brain continually prodded to keep it moving. It is in great pain. (A little bit of good old British understatement; catching!) It is fed ‘protesters and citizens of limited value’, except that it refuses to eat children.

Eventually, Amy saves the creature when she stops its torture by pressing Liz 10’s hand to the ‘abdicate’ button. (Just watch the video, okay?)

Amy realised that, like the Doctor himself; really old, alone and the last of his kind, the Starwhale arrived willingly when it heard the children of Earth crying and afraid. You maybe see where this is going now. Our living LORD is really, really old. More than that, he is Timeless; even, ‘Eternal’. He is not the last of his kind; he is the One, the ‘I AM’ who rescued his people Israel from slavery in Egypt when they cried out to him.
He is really, really kind. More than that, he is Gracious.

“I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. For you, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling…” (Psalm 116)

Nothing is too great or too small in any part of our life, for him to care about.

  • Jesus, as Son of God and Son of Man knew this wonderful love of his Father during his ministry.

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death…” Hebrews 5:7.

  • Jesus insisted that his Father’s love was for others too.

“Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14.

  • We are all children of this One, Eternal, Gracious, Father, who hears us when we cry.

Paul wrote to the Christians in Ephesus and encouraged them with this wonderful prayer,

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:14-19.

  • Now perhaps like me you hesitate at the idea of ‘beast’ applied to our heavenly Father. Isn’t heaven, ‘up’, after all? And isn’t the ‘beast’ someone else entirely?

Well, yes, but can’t we turn all that on its head? So that as His needy children in his world below we can sing,

In bed below, we’re deep asleep
While greater love lies further deep
This dream must end
This world must know
We all depend on the LORD below.


One comment on “The Beast Below.

  1. Awesome Rob! You are showing your age by referring to the “video”, I must say. It’s DVDs these days! And as for the poetry, yes heaps. “Tick tock, goes the clock . . .” in the doll’s house episode perhaps?

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