Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Happy Hogswatch

My Christmas list:

  • Friends.
  • Food.
  • Wine.
  • Stack of books.

What have I missed? Oh, that's right, seasonal nuttiness.

From the Times Online (The original piece contains spoilers.)

The BBC has provoked controversy over a Christmas Day Doctor Who special that uses religious imagery to depict the Time Lord as a “messiah”.

Russell T. Davies, the writer and executive producer of the revived series, said: “The series lends itself to religious iconography because the Doctor is a proper saviour. He saves the world through the power of his mind and his passion.”

Stephen Green, of the evangelical group Christian Voice, said: “The Doctor would have to do a lot more than the usual prancing around to be a messiah. He has to save people from their sins.” But Malcolm Brown, director of mission and public affairs for the Church of England, said: “Science fiction at its best helps to illuminate eternal themes, and that’s something the Church can happily work with.”

I'm confused. Does Green think the Doctor is not up to scratch as a messiah and wants him to try harder?

Happy Hogswatch, one and all! Ho ho ho!


sarala said...

Anyone who feels Dr. Who threatens their religion needs to get a life or another religion.
Like your choice of holiday reading.
OK--my word verification for today is "fhuhk"--I hope this is not a message from someone.

pohanginapete said...

My guess is that Green thinks the Doctor would have to make people adopt a set of beliefs that are important only if one holds that set of beliefs.

Brown's comment about s.f. is interesting in light of Doris Lessing's Nobel Prize. While her recent s.f.-themed books have certainly been criticised (I don't agree with the criticisms, although her earlier work was probably better), she's done exactly what Brown claims for s.f.

Green vs Brown, huh? Unusual for me to oppose the former and support the latter.

(Sarala: that's a message if I ever heard one! :^D)

Snail said...

I agree with both of you. It's a dodgy faith that's challenged by space opera. (Although some of them seem to have been built on it.)

Brown is spot on about good science fiction. It has the freedom to explore those themes beyond the constraints of other forms of literature.

Happy new year to you!