CLARA: Why are we walking away? We can’t just walk away. This is my fault! I talked her into doing this.
DOCTOR: Listen. There’s one thing you need to know about travelling with me. Well, one thing apart from the blue box and the two hearts. We don’t walk away.
I just picked up this great little picture on a fleeting facebook post from a Who fan. Though I haven’t yet made comment on any of the newest series with companion Clara, I must say there is a clear parable here. In “The Rings of Akhaten” (series 7/2) the Doctor’s advice to Clara encourages us to be more than determined in our efforts to help others, in a world where selfless actions are not always applauded or rewarded. Even when it would be so much easier to give up, to walk away, the Doctor refuses to do so. He rescues the Queen of Years, and similarly Clara rescues the Doctor from the giant ball of flames that threatens to consume his soul.
This is the same advice we hear from the ‘Ancient of Days’, one of many titles owned by Jesus Christ. This is His teaching, which we know as the parable of one good Samaritan. Though he was considered worthless by the Jews, he persisted in his efforts to help a fellow human in need, even when pious and religious others had declined the opportunity! (Find this parable in Luke’s Gospel, chapter 10 from verse 30.)
The Doctor and Jesus bring us this challenge together: never give up in helping our neighbour. Never walk away! Who do we know who is in need, neglected, abused, outcast? Have we chosen our own comforts over theirs. Have we walked away, deciding that the situation is just too difficult? Who could do with our persistence?
Looks like we will be in for plenty more exciting rescue missions with this persistently helpful Doctor and the impossible Clara!