Doctor Who S01E01: Rose

Rose


Here is the Guide for Parents!

One travels with the Doctor because he shows up; because he asks; because he’s real. High adventure usually follows. But that’s not exactly why his companions join him. They join because he’s there when they get into trouble, and because he wants them to come along, and because he’s real.

He’s real in that universe, anyway. Sometimes being a companion to the Doctor leads to enrichment and maturity. Sometimes it leads to danger, sacrifice, or even death. But his companions join him when he shows up and invites them. When they see that  he’s real, and all the gifts that his friendship can give are real, they can’t help but join him.

This is the case with Rose Tyler – a girl living a plain life that is uncomfortably familiar. Her plain old job in the shop takes her to the lower floor of the building, where she’s all alone. All alone until the mannequin comes to life. Then all the mannequins come to life. From the middle of this danger, a face like that of a human emerges with one piece of advice; one warning; one word:

“Run!”

Run!

‘Run’ is the Doctor’s favorite word, I think. My memories of watching the old show as a kid (which are few) are of the Doctor and his friends running down corridors – always running; always down corridors.

His command to run is heard often. Run from danger, run from death, run from evil, run run run. At this, his first call to run to be filmed in the 21st century, he proceeds to travel down the first of many corridors with Rose.

Rose joins the Doctor on his neverending quest for justice, joy, and peace. His quest is never directed toward finding these things. His quest is to find where justice, joy, and peace are not.

This one and only Time Lord sets his TARDIS for trouble. Wherever injustice reigns; wherever oppression and depression rule; wherever violence and war destroy people and cultures – these are the places he goes. The Doctor does not travel to heal the healthy, but the sick.

He topples unjust governments without running for office, he delivers joy to others – saving his own joy for the end of his mission, and he ends wars without firing a single shot.

As the Doctor finds his way back to earth to battle the plastic men, he has just finished a great war in his home kingdom. In his new form he continues his crusade for justice against a nasty group of aliens called the Nestene Consciousness (as seen in the first of the third Doctor’s adventures, The Spearhead From Space).

They’re kind of Borg-ly connected to each other, sharing a single consciousness across many bodies. They’ve sent a dispatch down to the surface – who inhabited the mannequins that attacked Rose. More plastic men were brought up and London was a bit under siege.

After Rose’s research into “the Doctor” on various conspiracy theory websites was concluded, she faced her own proof that weird things were afoot – as her boyfriend Mickey was replaced by a plastic dusplicate! Anyway, she meets up with the Doctor again at just the right moment. He’s in trouble with the plastic consciousness and Rose just acts. She throws the anti-plastic into the vat that currently contained the consciousness. It died and Rose and the Doctor walked off.

Earth is safe again.

The Jesus Stuff

Becoming a companion to Christ is similar to becoming a companion to Doctor Who. He shows up, he rescues, he’s real. The Doctor extends a hand and pulls us into a life that is richer and deeper and more magnificent than anything we would ever experience apart from him. Jesus does the same.

You can reject him, but you’ll be waiting a long time for some other Time Lord to show up. Any madman can have a box – only one madman has a box that goes.

Rose Tyler: Really though, Doctor. Tell me. Who are you?
The Doctor: Do you know like we were saying, about the earth revolving? It’s like when you’re a kid, the first time they tell you that the world is turning and you just can’t quite believe it ’cause everything looks like it’s standing still. I can feel it…
[he takes her hand]
The Doctor: – the turn of the earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour. The entire planet is hurtling around the sun at sixty seven thousand miles an hour. And I can feel it. We’re falling through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world. And, if we let go…
[He releases her hand]
The Doctor: That’s who I am.

I was enjoying the show quite a bit til this point. After this point, I was a committed fan.

She sees things differently after knowing the Doctor.

As Jesus does, the Doctor shows his companions the depth of his vision. He hints at the darkness he must face, but shares with them the brightness of his vision. He almost pleads, “This life isn’t big enough for you! There is so much more. There is so so so much for you to see!”

2 Peter 3:8–> “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”

His scope is just so much bigger than ours and he wants to share it with us. He condescends but he doesn’t patronize.

And, he likes kittens…

Nine lives

The Key to the TARDIS

– The Doctor enlists companions who recognize that he’s real and that he’s good.

– The Doctor is on a quest for justice, joy and peace.

– Look into it. Be open-minded. You might discover something truly wonderful. Imagine if Rose were a rationalist. What a dull life she would have lived! “Sorry, Doctor. Boxes must be smaller on the inside. I’ll find another job in the shop and stay in boring, dull, old 2005.”

So Rose, you can have him and that kind of life.

…or this kind of life.

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Next TARDIS Thursday, a look at

The End of the World:

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