Hope came knocking at the Doctor’s door in (very) deep space. He opened the TARDIS to see a small glowing cube, which, as he explained to Amy and Rory, is ‘the Time Lord emergency messaging system. In an emergency, we’d wrap up thoughts in psychic containers and send them through time and space….there’s a Time Lord out there, and it’s one of the good ones!’
Encouraged by the prospect of a reunion with the Corsair (the sender of this particular message) the Doctor follows the beacon to the sentient asteroid known as ‘House’ and is met by Uncle and Aunty, the spare-parts couple who serve as ‘House-hold’ staff there.
Forgetting for the moment that episode (6:4) focuses on ‘The Doctor’s Wife’ (see our earlier post) it is the Doctor’s angry threat to Aunty and Uncle, ‘You gave me hope, and then you took it away. That’s enough to make anyone dangerous. Basically, run!’ that drew me back to it.
I am always impressed by the Doctor’s frequent appreciation of the better qualities of human kind; it borders on envy at times. Occasionally he exhibits human characteristics himself; not always those better ones.
Here, Amy confronts him with the truth as she sees it; he is not excited simply to have crossed the path of another Time Lord or even by the prospect of rescuing him.
When she reminds him that he will have to admit that he has destroyed all other Time Lords, the Doctor says, ‘I can explain; tell him why I had to.’
‘You want to be forgiven,’ she says.
‘Don’t we all?’ he asks.
Unfortunately his hopes for forgiveness are dashed. The multiple voices of Time Lords that he has heard are only their emergency messages. They are all long dead; lured, like him, to the asteroid for the energy they provided.
As Christians we still experience disappointments; lost dreams, lost families, lost loves; but there is hope that we need never fear losing.
Paul wrote to Christians in Rome when they were experiencing persecution and the loss of everything for their faith.
He wrote, ‘Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.’ Romans 5:1-5
Our hope of the glory of God, in whom we rejoice, is a certain hope, confirmed by the gift of the Holy Spirit whom He has given to us. Whatever our sufferings, hope remains, never to fail.
‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’ Romans 15:13