Advent Reflections 2020 : Day 4

Orbital’s take on the classic Dr Who Theme. ENJOY.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Doctor Who. I think Tom Baker was ‘my doctor’ growing up but I used to watch Jon Pertwee episodes on video. In my later teens I went to comic cons in London and queued to get autographs from Elizabeth Slater and other stars. Colin Baker used to live down the road from where I grew up and often made appearances at the local carnival. Jodie Whittaker is doing an incredible job and although another series hasn’t been advertised yet, there will apparently be a Christmas special. There’s something interesting about how the new writers are engaging with the spirituality. Within the last two series we’ve had child birth, funerals and inter-faith weddings, climate change, religious extremists, and some very quotable lines that could easily be mistaken for prayers.

May the saints of all the stars and constellations bring you hope, as they guide you out of the dark and into the light. On this voyage and the next and all the journeys still to come. For now and evermore.

final scene of ‘The Tsuranga Conundrum’

I missed this when it was first released but I thinks it’s prevalent to include it in a post about the doctor in 2020. What a wonderful celebration of the character of the doctor but also the many wonderful key workers (like my wife) who continue to serve us through the pandemic and throughout the Christmas period.

There’s something about Advent that is beyond time and space, a story that begins to weave together a bunch of unlikely characters and ends up with Christ being born in human form. I think it’s one of the best opportunities we have in the year to bring a sense of awe and wonder to the world and it certainly needs it in 2020. Advent is an opportunity to think beyond our own little lives… out to the story of the universe.

Clara Oswald: You’re a fairy tale! I grew out of fairy tales.

Santa Claus: Did you, Clara? Did you really?

Many of the people living around us may think that the Christmas story is just another fairy tale, a myth that we’re taught in RE when we’re young. In a culture (in the UK anyway) that is increasingly post-secular, where everyone can have their own ‘truth’ – how are you engaging in the mystery?

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