Christology of Who: The Parting of Ways Part Two
A look at a few of the spiritual themes in Doctor Who, episode “The Parting of Ways” by Russell T. Davies.
SPOILER ALERT: I will be giving away the end of the episode.
Episode bits pulled from Who Transcripts.
For Part One, go here.
Recap: In this episode, the Doctor and Rose discover that the Daleks, who were wiped out in the Time War, weren’t exactly wiped out. They somehow survived and have built an army to attack earth.
The first theme discussed in my last post dealt with what it means to be human.
The second theme brought out by this storyline is about evil.
The Daleks have been completely wiped out – this was made very clear in the earlier episode “Dalek” and again in this episode.
Yet despite being completely wiped out, they came back – first one, now legions.
And after being wiped out this time, they will come back. Again.
Point being: in this world, we can temporarily defeat evil – but we can’t fully destroy it.
We are called to flee from evil, to resist evil, to fight evil, to put on the armor of G-d and battle evil. Jesus prays that we be protected from the evil one, and tells us to pray to be delivered from evil.
But do not let down your guard.
We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.
-I John 5:19
We can fight the Daleks; we can defeat the Daleks for a day; but for as long as there is a world, the Daleks will come back.
Is there any hope in this?
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
-Jesus, John 16:33
Just my thoughts,
Next up: The Parting of Ways Part Three