Though it whizzed past me pretty quickly on Facebook, I found a really profound comment/question in an interview with David Tennant the other day. There he discusses the reasons for Doctor Who‘s popularity. He says the show is ubiquitous (nice word) and “probably means more to people than it necessarily should. . . It touches people’s lives . . . It’s indefinable . . such an odd thing . . . it connects with people internationally and down the years.” (Click the link below to watch the interview)
Well Mr Tennant (and must I say, one of my favourite Doctors) – I have to tell you why this show is so popular. It has to do with God, and the desire he has placed in our singular human hearts.
“He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” (NLT)
“He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (NIV)
Our mortality is not something we enjoy. We have a desire for eternity, for immortality and we don’t like to say goodbye. These desires come from our Creator who initially made us to be immortal. Death is but the penalty for our rebellion from God.
The creators of Doctor Who know our very basic human desire for eternity, for something greater than ourselves that can oversee all of time and space. What better than a regenerative Time Lord, who feels the turn of the universe and stands outside of history, with a desire to right wrongs and defend humanity? Brilliant concept!
Herein lies the popularity of Doctor Who.
Yet even the Doctor has his limits. He is not the Great Physician. Only in our real time-Lord/Saviour, Jesus Christ, can our desire for the eternal be fully met. In Him we have the certain and real hope of eternal life. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end of all things.
And we are not mere fans of this Great Physician – we are His hands and feet in this world.
So thanks Doctor Who, for always reminding us of that Greater Doctor and Lord, the one whose name we own and follow.