Something’s inhibiting my enzymes

With the breaking news today that Matt Smith will be leaving Doctor Who (via a regeneration in the upcoming Christmas episode) comes a shocked response from many Whovians! But really I wonder why. Afterall we are following the story of a time lord who regenerates. That’s the story! Yes, Matt has been a fun doctor and there have been some great tales told through Doctor 11, but the show must go on, as they say. If #9 had never morphed into ten, think of all we would have missed . . . similarly for any of the Doctors and their successors.

I’m sharing today some thing not overly profound, but more a reminder of the crazy fun that is Doctor Who. This clip is from Tennant’s Doctor, in that great Agatha Christie episode (series 4/7). He has just been poisoned and requires something to help detox it from his system. He is ably assisted by Donna!

In terms of spiritual parallels – well there are several. But to be brief (since today’s news may be inhibiting your enzymes and inducing a state of shock) let’s just say Jesus has done our detox for us, on the Cross . . . and I’ll let you do the thinking!

And here is the script for the clip above if you prefer to read it!

DOCTOR: No. Something’s inhibiting my enzymes. Argh! I’ve been poisoned.
(The Doctor is nearly doubled up in pain.)
DONNA: What do we do? What do we do?.
(Agatha sniffs his drink.)
AGATHA: Bitter almonds. It’s cyanide. Sparkling Cyanide.


(The Doctor staggers in and grabs Davenport.)
DOCTOR: Ginger beer!
DAVENPORT: I beg your pardon?
DOCTOR: I need ginger beer.
HART: The gentleman’s gone mad.
(The Doctor finds his ginger beer and drinks.)
AGATHA: I’m an expert in poisons. Doctor, there’s no cure. It’s fatal.
(The Doctor spits out the surplus ginger beer.)
DOCTOR: Not for me. I can stimulate the inhibited enzymes into reversal. Protein. I need protein.
DONNA: Walnuts?
DOCTOR: Brilliant.
(The Doctor fills his mouth with them.)
DONNA: I can’t understand you. How many words? One. One word. Shake. Milk shake. Milk? Milk? No, not milk? Shake, shake, shake. Cocktail shaker. What do you want, a Harvey Wallbanger?
DOCTOR: Harvey Wallbanger?
DONNA: Well, I don’t know.
DOCTOR: How is Harvey Wallbanger one word?
AGATHA: What do you need, Doctor?
DOCTOR: Salt. I was miming salt. It’s salt. I need something salty.
DONNA: What about this?
DOCTOR: What is it?
DONNA: Salt.
DOCTOR: No, too salty.
DONNA: Oh, that’s too salty.
AGATHA: What about this?.
DONNA: What’s that?
AGATHA: Anchovies.
(The Doctor downs the contents of the jar.)
DONNA: What is it? What else? It’s a song? Mammy? I don’t know. Camptown Races?
DOCTOR: Camptown Races?
DONNA: Well, all right then, Towering Inferno.
DOCTOR: It’s a shock. Look, shock. I need a shock.
DONNA: Right then. Big shock coming up.
(Donna grabs the Doctor and kisses him long and hard. When she releases him, smoke comes from his mouth.)
DOCTOR: Detox. Oh my. I must do that more often. I mean, the detox.
AGATHA: Doctor, you are impossible. Who are you?


About sevennotesofgrace

The author musing here about music, grace and God goes by the name of Ros. I have a husband (married 27 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/

3 comments on “Something’s inhibiting my enzymes

  1. Well my enzymes are buzzing alright! Thanks for sharing the news of Matt’s departure in such a sensitive, candy-coated way!

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