Doctor Who and Jesus - 2 - The Next Doctor

25/11/08 | Posted by Andrew Wooding

Did you see the tantalising preview of the Doctor Who Christmas Special on Children in Need a few days ago? David Tennant in fine form, a snowy Victorian market, a weird unearthly creature emerging from the shadows, and David Morrissey as the title character of the episode: The Next Doctor. But something seems a bit fishy here. Is that really a sonic screwdriver that his assistant Rosita handed him? Why is Rosita’s name so close to that of Rose? And why do ‘the next Doctor’s’ actions remind me of a famous saying of CS Lewis about Jesus?

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 ‘Who’s going to be the next Doctor?’

Bold as brass, David Morrissey announced: ‘I’m the Doctor. Simply the Doctor. The one, the only, and the best!’ He also declared himself a time lord and used the tenth Doctor’s catchphrase: ‘Alonsi!’

The obvious question then is: ‘So, David Morrissey, is he really the next Doctor?’ As far as I can see, there are only three options:

He’s lying. In The One Doctor - a Doctor Who CD drama released a few Christmases ago - the sixth Doctor, Colin Baker, stumbles across a man who claims to be the Doctor (played by Christopher Biggins). Turns out he is a conman, posing as the Doctor for financial gain, and his female assistant is in on the con. Could The Next Doctor be based on this audio adventure?

He’s mad. In an interview with website What’s On Stage, David Morrissey explains: ‘I play a character called The Doctor – a man who believes himself to be a Time Lord.’ Could it be that David Tennant bumps into someone in Victorian England who genuinely believes he is the Doctor and is living out a sad, deluded fantasy?

He really is the Doctor. Then, of course, he could turn out to be exactly who he says he is: ‘I’m the Doctor. Simply the Doctor.’ Time will tell … we may have to wait until Christmas Day to discover the truth.

Which brings me to CS Lewis. As hard as it is to believe, Christmas Day isn’t just about the Doctor Who Christmas special; it’s also the official birthday of Jesus. And Jesus – known as the Messiah; the son of God – is also a person for whom there are three options.

As CS Lewis pointed out, Jesus was either an evil liar, a madman or exactly who he said he was. The full quote can be found here on this very website. So, what do you think? David Morrissey – time lord or not time lord? And, more importantly, was Jesus a liar, deluded … or Lord?

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Jesus could not be a liar.  Because He was the Lord God.  He proved Himself by the miracles and the way He interacted with those whom He met.  Only God would forgive transgressions and conquer death.

#1. By Elisabeth Hurley on November 27, 2008

Wooooooooo Doctor Who rules! Don’t think David Morrisey is really going to be the doctor. He’s either faking it or deluded methinks. Maybe a sort of Gilderoy Lockhart type figure (from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets).
Don’t think Jesus was lying or deluded. He’s the truth.
By the way, it’s “Allons y!” (the French for “let’s go!”, literally translated as “let us go there”) not “Alonsi!” Heehee

#2. By Jenny on November 27, 2008

Oh and I think the next doctor should be a woman…only if it can be me though…

#3. By Jenny on November 27, 2008

Jesus could be all 3 of those things, i.e. a lying, deluded lord.

In any case I don’t think you could call Jesus an “Evil Liar” whatever the case. Healing people and trying to teach people “better ways” can hardly be called evil.

#4. By Staysure on December 01, 2008

I don’t think he could be all 3 Staysure. Maybe he could have been 2 of them - lying because he was mad/deluded (though he then wouldn’t have been aware he was lying). But he couldn’t be Lord as well as these things, because if he’s Lord, by definition he couldn’t delude himself or lie, it’s not his nature.

#5. By Jenny on December 02, 2008

“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God; or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

this is a “false dichotomy.”  The fact that CS Lewis is so emotional indicates he’s not really logical.  We sometimes lie, we make mistakes. Maybe Jesus is like us.  Human.

Luke 22:70

“Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am.”

You say that I am. Just like a modern preacher who says he is divinely inspired.

#6. By edt on November 02, 2011

The Doctor does not say “alonsi” he says “allons-y” which is French for “let’s go” and famous in the rugby world. It raises the question: if the Tardis automatically translates everything into English, how can we hear the Doctor speak French???

#7. By doctor david on May 27, 2013

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