Sycorax Leader: You stand as this world’s champion!?
The Doctor: Thank you. I’ve no idea who I am but that you’ve just summed me up.
Merriam-Webster dictionary tells me that a “champion” is a warrior or fighter, an advocate or defender, one that does battle for another’s rights or honour OR a winner of first place in a competition.
This definition superbly describes our Doctor. Each Christmas he fights for our very existence, as the Champion of humanity. Take Tennant’s first episode “The Christmas Invasion” (2005). In this special episode the newly regenerated Doctor, still wearing Eccleston’s outfit, travels to present day London. While the Doctor is suffering from a surplus of regeneration energy in a coma-like state, the people of the Earth are threatened by the Sycorax who threaten to destroy one-third of the planet’s population, and enslave the rest. Prime Minister Harriet Jones, in the apparent absence of the Doctor, asks for assistance from Torchwood but it’s slow in coming.
Fortunately the antioxidants in Jackie’s thermos flask of spilt tea work wonders on the Doctor and he wakens to confront the hoards on their giant spaceship hovering over London. Who else would defend this world in their pyjamas (actually, some borrowed pyjamas)? And though he goes on to lose his right hand defending the planet, his “fighting hand” wins the day.
How much more then our true Christmas Champion, Jesus Christ, who has won the battle against sin, saving us from our lost state of self-worship and rebellion, saving a people for himself! And the cost? Not the loss of a hand, but a humiliating death on a cruel cross!
And rather than regrowing a right hand, Christ gains the place of honour, at the Father’s right hand, where he intercedes for us. Though he began humbly, as a babe in borrowed pyjamas, in a borrowed cot, He has defeated sin and death – once for all. All this leads me to ponder what is probably my favourite passage from Philippians 2:
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
This is our true Christmas Champion – one that we can celebrate everyday of the year! Rejoice O earth, Rejoice! Your Champion is here.