Christology of Who: The Christmas Invasion Part Two

A look at a few of the spiritual themes in Doctor Who, episode “The Christmas Invasion” 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.

In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 18, Jesus tells a story about a servant.

The servant owed a lot of money to his master, more than he can pay. But the master forgives the servant’s debt.

The servant then runs across a fellow who owes him a little bit of money, and the fellow doesn’t have it on him. So the servant has this fellow tossed in prison.

When the master finds out how unforgiving his servant behaved, he back tracks on his own forgiveness, and treats the servant just as the servant treated his debtor. The servant gets tossed in jail and tortured until he can pay back the debt.

Window in Scots' Church in Melbourne

Jesus wraps up this light hearted vignette by telling us that this is just how our heavenly Father will treat us if we don’t learn how to forgive.

This notion is reinforced in the Lord’s prayer:

“Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

At the end of “The Christmas Invasion,” all seems good and right in the world: the Doctor defeated the bad guys and sent them packing, warning them to spread the word that the earth is defended!

As the good Doctor and his friends celebrate, Harriet Jones (Prime Minister) gives an order for an elite military force to use an alien weapon – firing upon and destroying the retreating alien armada.

Shot in the back, just like the Sycorax leader tried to stab the Doctor in the back.

The Doctor is not pleased – Harriet Jones has negated his offer of grace to the marauders.

THE DOCTOR
I gave them the wrong warning. I should’ve told them to run – as fast as they can, run and hide because the monsters are coming: the human race.

Harriet’s actions are understandable – her planet was attacked, and she acted to defend it.

Except she wasn’t defending; she was getting revenge. The war was over. She did not trust the Doctor’s offer of grace, and replaced it with an act of vengeance.

We are called to forgive: not “forgive and forget,” but to forgive despite remembering.

We have been offered grace, and we are told to live in that grace so securely that we can extend that grace to others.

I don’t know about you, but I am more like Harriet Jones – bound to distrust grace and replace it with my own petty vengeances.

Heaven help me; the monsters are coming.

Just my thoughts,

Sean

NEXT: ??

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