Not to knock God or anything, but Doctor Who is the most logical version of God I’ve seen yet. When I say logical I’m sure many Christians may roll their eyes and reference how illogical that truly sounds, since Doctor Who is merely a fictitious alien who galavants around the universe in a time-traveling police box saving people. But then again, that’s not a far cry from the typical “Sunday School” logic when you think about it. Some might say that the Doctor Who series, taken literally, makes aheck-ov-alot more sense than most organized religions when taken literally. But true or not, Doctor Who is ripe with deep theological and philosophical goodies that put him in the same conversation as The Almighty. Here’s a few examples…
THE THREE OMNI’S
The over-hellenized (Greek) version of God has been a trademark of religious Western Thought. Basically, God can do anything (omnipotent), knows everything (omniscient), and is everywhere (omnipresent). Doctor Who satisfies this God-requirement quite nicely, and in a much more logical (and poetic) fashion.
“Because you don’t need to own the universe, just see it. Have the privilege of seeing the whole of time and space. That’s ownership enough.” -The End of Time: Part Two
As all Who-vians are aware, Dr. Who travels via the T.A.R.D.I.S (i.e. Time and Relative Dimension In Space). This gives The Doctor access to… everything. He can travel anywhere, which equals omnipresence. There is no need for him to occupy ALL of space at the same time (as you may assume God does) because having equal access to time travel makes such a God-requirement to be completely irrelevant (since he can be anywhere, anytime he wants). If anything, this is the only logical way to be omnipresent, other than being everything. (Just Google ‘Pantheism’ if you want to go down that rabbit whole).
The Doctor, while being held captive by “The Master” (a rogue Time Lord, hell-bent on ruling the universe), puts things in perspective. We don’t have to rule the universe. We don’t have to own the universe. We just have to see it. Having the ability to see it all… nothing could be better. I’d like to think that God would see things similarly, just basking in the joy of all that exists rather than punishing those who question his divine right to rule.
The other omni’s fall right into place as well. The Doctor doesn’t have to know everything at once; he can discover it all. He has all the time he needs. And the ability to do anything? Short of making 5-sided triangles, The Doctor has arguably done more than any other being in the universe, has the tools to accomplish them, and all the time he needs to do them. Again, this is seemingly the most logical way to possess such a power.
HE RECREATED THE “BIG BANG”
In the fifth season finale entitled “The Big Bang”, The Dr. flies The Pandorica into the exploding Tardis to prevent the universe from never having existed by triggering a second Big Bang. Yeah, that’s right. You heard me. (With plot lines like that, you can’t not be a fan of this show.)
I mean… kickstarting the universe is pretty God-ish if you ask me. And if you think “Well, only the true God could have done it the first time,” then you might want to ask yourself…
In the beginning, after the first beginning, Who created created the Heavens and the Earth? Exactly.
HE’S STILL KINDA RESPONSIBLE FOR HORRIBLE ATROCITIES
While The Dr. devotes much of his existence to helping others, sometimes there’s just no perfect outcome. For example, in Season 4, episode 2, “The Fires of Pompeii”, he ends up on the historically-doomed island. You’d assume he’s going to prevent the eruption or at the very least prevent a lot of deaths, right? Nope. He discovers that aliens live inside the volcano and are setting the stage to destroy the world. The Doctor realizes that he must CAUSE the eruption of Mount Vesuvius to destroy the aliens and save the planet (which implies that he was ALWAYS the historical cause of the eruption). He does manage to save one family, becoming a household deity in the process.
And then there’s the mass genocide, specifically his complete annihilation of the Daleks. (Don’t worry. They come back every time they’re completely annihilated.) Now, any fan of the show would acknowledge that the Daleks totally have it coming. It’s like killing robot Hitlers. You just don’t care if they die. But that’s the thing. HE CARES!
In episode 13, season 4, “Journey’s End”, The Daleks were going to detonate the Reality Bomb which would… destroy all of reality. Yeah, you heard me. (Why are we not watching this show right now? Oh yeah, the blog post!) So, I mean, they really did have it coming. The Doctor had to completed destroy the Daleks to save the universe.
Being like God is a raw deal. Some days you’re savior of the world, other days you’re destroyer of worlds… sigh. Haters gonna hate.
HE ACTUALLY LOVES HIS ENEMIES
What I love most about The Doctor is that he doesn’t ever see things in black and white. For every conflict he faces, he seeks to first understand the enemy and legitimately offer his help. He understands that nothing is pure evil, not really. His enemies are either programmed for mindless tasks (e.g. The Cybermen and Daleks) or acting out of fear, ignorance, or desperation. When a conflict is resolved and the original figures who have been saved wish to enact vengeance upon the defeated foes, The Doctor is quick to enact his own form of “justice”. Here’s the best example, using only six words.
IN CONCLUSION: The Doctor may not be God-enough for everyone, but God may not be Doctor-enough either. Honestly, I think we could do a lot worse.