The Doctor had been a parent before. He lost all that a long time ago. On the planet Messaline he was forced to become a parent again, this time to a generated anomaly, “Jenny”. But she was more than a daughter of the machine, bred as a soldier, to fight in a war. She really was his daughter.Doctor 10 says that in the end she was “too much” like him, ready to step in and take the bullet, ready to rescue someone else.
I am thoroughly convinced that one day Steven Moffat will agree with me on the importance of bringing her back into the story (since, afterall, her two hearts did begin to beat again when the regeneration cycle kicked in, right before she sped off into outer space in a stolen spaceship – sounds just like someone else!). Until that time we can ponder the whole paradox of these actors real lives, where Georgia Moffett, the Doctor’s daughter, is married to the Doctor (Tennant), while at the same time being an actual daughter of another Doctor, Peter Davidson (Doctor #5). Confused? I’m sure it’s enough to rip a significant hole in the space time continuum.
The opposing combatants in this episode, the fish-people called the Hath and the forces of General Cobb, are fighting to control the “Source”, the Breath of Life on this newly inhabited planet. What the Doctor believes to be “a creation myth” is actually a grand plan made by those who first colonised this barren planet Messaline, to systematically build the ecology and make it habitable to humans (and Hath?). I can’t help but think, with you, that just as with the planet Messaline, the Life Force behind our planet is a great designer! The one true Creator made our planet unique, the only one in the entire universe able to sustain life.
Genesis 1:1-2 – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. . . ”
Ever wondered what makes our planet so special that life can be sustained here? What makes us spin, at just the right distance from the sun to NOT be fried or frozen. What holds us to the skin of the planet as we hurtle through space? Why does the atmosphere contain just the right components to suit the human respiratory systems? Hello people! We have a Creator. He is a loving designer. It is His design that makes this life possible. He loves us with a fierce and intense love that will not let us go. This love is far greater than the love of any Doctor for his child. . . and he left her for dead on planet inhabited by fish-people!
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:4-5)
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” (1 John 3:1)