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What is that ‘something special’ about Doctor Who?

10Though 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.

Ecclesiastes 3:11
“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.

About sevennotesofgrace

The author musing here about music, grace and God goes by the name of Ros. I have a husband (married 24 yrs) and three daughters. I've been many things over the years, particularly a mother, high school teacher, church music director and women's ministry co-ordinator. Now I'm back to teaching high school English full-time. All these experiences have come to me from God's gracious hand, and each day I try to remember that! I live in a home among many gum trees in Brisbane Australia. Our extended family includes a white Maremma dog named Mia, two kittens, Simon and Catniss, and one chickens. Why “seven notes of grace”? The grace refers to God’s grace, which He offers to unworthy people like myself. We can freely receive His forgiveness and love. Music is another gracious gift to us: our ability to create, play, sing, communicate with and enjoy it. So the seven refers to the seven notes of the musical scale (yes there are seven, count them A to G) and the notes refers to writing (text and music) and musical notes. I was very relieved when this original blog title finally came to me, which encapsulates so many different aspects of who I am, a musical sinner saved by grace! http://sevennotesofgrace.com/

One comment on “What is that ‘something special’ about Doctor Who?

  1. Thanks for this. The text from Ecclesiastes is one that comes to mind often (most recently while watching David Attenborough’s ‘Galapagos’). Looking forward to the new series starting next weekend 🙂

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