Now that the dust has settled on the excitement of the Day of the Doctor anniversary celebration, it’s time to ponder how this new epic plot twist affects the parable we have noted so far…..if indeed at all.
In the anniversary special the three Doctors managed not only to save the humans from shape shifting Zygons, he also saved his own people, changing the fate of the Time Lord empire. Nevermind that the plan took him 400 years to figure out, and that in all its timey-wimey (I don’t know where he gets this stuff?) brilliance the plan undoes a catastrophic event that has already happened.
This is what the Doctor is about. He is a rescuer, he saves and restores. He defeats the Daleks in the past Time war through the combined strength of 13 versions of himself working together. (Strangely, the mystery of the Trinity comes to mind here!) He freezes Gallifrey and its inhabitants safely in a pocket universe. And now he can embark on a journey to find it. Imagine if we had known this was where the story would lead, way back when Doctor #9 Eccleston arrived on the scene. All the sorrow which drove him and deepened his character would have seemed far less important and compelling as the story unfolded.
We know a similar Man of Sorrows, who is eternally victorious. The One True Time Lord, Jesus, has defeated our present foes (sin, death, the devil) in the past. This victory has ongoing consequences yet for us we seem to be still fighting the battle. Jesus has rescued a people for Himself. We are his reward! He has saved us, positioned us in our own ‘pocket universe’ (his hand!) until the time comes when he returns to take us to be with him. Unlike the people of Gallifrey, Jesus knows exactly where we are, who we are, and His Spirit is with us, empowering us to live for Him day by day as we wait.
At this time of Advent, we remember Christ’s first arrival on earth, wrapped in frail human flesh for our sake. We wait now for his return, for the fulfillment of all time and the full restoration of his people to himself.
Whilst you are also awaiting the Doctor Who Christmas Special ‘The Time of the Doctor’ (which will bring us the next incarnation of the Doctor) keep your eyes on the blessings that the Emmanuel Christ has brought us by his Incarnation, his life, his death, for us!
You can read more about Advent here.