Rory was disappointed when the TARDIS door opened on a council estate in 21st Century London.
He says he could have caught a bus to get here (instead of a time machine/spaceship). Yes, says the Doctor, but not today; “Today, we’re answering a cry for help from the scariest place in the universe – a child’s bedroom.”
The Doctor finds George and his Dad, Alex, who is struggling with George’s fear of the monsters. He is convinced they are only imaginary, being an average sort of Dad. Not so, says the Doctor.
DOCTOR: ‘…through crimson stars and silent stars and tumbling nebulas like oceans set on fire; through empires of glass and civilizations of pure thought and a whole, terrible, wonderful universe of impossibilities. You see these eyes? They’re old eyes. And one thing I can tell you, Alex… monsters are real.’
ALEX: ‘You’re not from Social Services, are you?’
Well, since we are not from Social services either, what are we to do with this matter of the monsters in the cupboard? My Mum’s solution was simple. “Turn over and face the wall.” In other words, “Ignore them. Just go to sleep and so will they; probably.” It worked. Well, it worked for the monsters that threatened me in the dark, in my cupboard. Genius my Mum!
But then I found that there are other monsters not so easily overcome; there are some monsters we ignore at our own risk. Someone suggested that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince the world that he does not exist. As Christians who read the Bible believing it is God’s word to us, we accept that the devil is real, that he is one monster we must deal with every day;
‘Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.’ 1PETER 5:8.
The Doctor and George’s Dad struggled with what to do in regard to his cupboard full of monsters.
Open it and face them, find out just how dangerous, how evil, they really are or keep the cupboard soundly locked and help George learn to live with the fear; or not.
Even the Doctor, with all his experience of monsters, is not sure what is best.
“Monsters! Yeah, well, that’s what I do! Breakfast, dinner and tea. Fight the monsters. So this… this is just an average day at the office. Or maybe we shouldn’t open the cupboard! We have no idea what might be in there! How powerful, how evil it might be!”
Of course, he decides to take the risk for George’s sake. (By the way George is a Tenza, an alien child come to Alex and Claire in need of a family; that’s why he has been able to send all his personal monsters into his cupboard. Unfortunately they remain there, restless.)
Finally it is Alex’s successful effort to convince George that he is welcomed, loved and wanted and will never be sent away, that sees the monsters put to flight.
Paul, writing to the Christians in the city of Ephesus told them how to stand against the devil, against the ‘monsters’ not of flesh and blood but more dangerous still;
‘Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.’13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.‘ EPHESIANS 6:10-18.
Our loving Father, ‘the Physician of our souls’, will never leave us alone in confronting our enemy. We are assured that we are welcomed into his Kingdom, loved beyond all imagining, wanted with a will that has moved heaven and Earth to redeem us and that he will never, ever send us away.