Starting points and parallels in Dr Who

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Vincent and the Doctor
The new Dr Who series with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan is proving at best very watchable, as blogger Paul Mount comments. Last week’s Van Goch episode, guest-written by Emmy/Bafta-winning script-writer Richard Curtis, was particularly moving, and engaged with a number of human issues.

Dr Who is therefore a huge opportunity as a bridge into explanations of redemptive and other Christian themes. Damaris, the Christian culture-watchers, published Back in Time several years ago. UCCF’s BeThinking site is using the opportunity with a Damaris article.

Lost also gave huge conversation-starting opportunities, as The Gospel According to Lost has used. The recent remake of The Prisoner, with its similarity to the much better Truman Show, offered starting points for several key Christian themes.

It’s vital that we use these opportunities that popular culture gives us, whether in youth groups and conversation, or online through blogs, Twitter and especially Facebook networking.

Do you know of any other examples of other people using sci-fi fantasy as a lead-in to Christian themes? Please use the ‘comment’ link below.

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