Some thoughts about Doctor Who

Up to now my experience with Doctor Who has been almost entirely a pleasant one. (Aside, of course, from that one episode Gridlock, but that was more ignorance than arrogance. The hymn The Old Rugged Cross meant nothing to them, so why would it bother them to have a huge bunch of people who obviously did not believe it singing it?) But this – this was just uncalled for. I was watching the episode with the 11th Doctor entitled A Town Called Mercy, and I was actually surprised by how the pastor and the people’s Christian faith was shown in such a positive light at the beginning. Of course, I knew the Doctor obviously did not believe that they were praying to the real god, but he didn’t say anything about it (he usually doesn’t say anything against people’s religious beliefs, even if he doesn’t agree with them), so I was pretty much okay. And then it came. The Doctor wanted to borrow the pastor’s horse (or rather he said he was going to borrow it, without really giving the pastor a chance to say he could or not). As the Doctor jumped up onto the horse’s back the pastor says, “He’s called Joshua. It’s from the Bible; it means ‘the deliverer,’” and the Doctor looks back at him and says, “No he isn’t. I speak horse; he’s called Susan and he wants you to respect his life choices.” I was quite taken aback. I mean, was that really necessary? All that was was a cheap shot at Christians, disrespectful and uncalled for.
Think about it this way. In a previous episode, The God Complex, one of the characters is Muslim. Just as many Muslims are against gay marriage and things like that as Christians are – as a matter of fact, some Muslim gays have actually been beheaded because of their practices. But when the Doctor found out that the character was Muslim, he didn’t say a thing against her beliefs, no indeed; in fact, he smiled and seemed pleased with the idea. Now I’m not saying he should have said anything against the Muslim faith, in my opinion in a show like this I’d rather they just keep religion out of it completely, that way no one has to be put through stuff like this and the show doesn’t have to be that controversial. And up to now the writers of Doctor Who had been very good with this. But I’ll just say it right out; this was not right. Why make fun and, yes, even insult one religion because it believes something when you show favor to a different religion that believes the exact same thing?
This just shows again how people always say, “we tolerate and accept all religions,” but when it really comes down to it, they don’t. Christianity is always the faith they take a swing at first. What does that say to you? It’s the religion that they are the most scared of. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, and I really shouldn’t be angry. Christians should expect things like this, and accept them, but still, that doesn’t mean I’m very happy when it happens. I can tell you one thing, I won’t ever be watching The Town Called Mercy again, which is kind of too bad, because the rest of the episode was pretty good. I guess this could be a warning to the writers of Doctor Who – keep in mind, if you keep putting things like that in your episodes, it’s possible you’ll lose a fan. I love Doctor Who, a lot, but my faith is far more important to me than anything else. I can’t watch a show and love a character that frequently jibes and makes fun of Christianity. Does that make sense? I don’t mean to be overreacting, but it’s just that Doctor Who has done so good with this sort of thing in the past I’m worried that now that they did it once, they’ll do it again. I certainly hope that that never happens.


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