“The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” — The Doctor
Today was a good day with family. I didn’t write my usual diatribe on life, the universe, and everything. Instead, I followed my own advice and lived in the now. I slept late, had coffee and cake for breakfast, and watched Doctor Who with my family. I also went to an awards banquet for my daughter, ate tons of food, and watched more Doctor Who with my family.
Miracles do happen. I’ve loved the stories since I was a child, but I never saw any of the early episodes of Doctor Who growing up. Now, I can watch them on BBC America or even download them on Apple TV. That’s not the miracle. No.
I got to watch something on television in my own house. That’s a miracle! Actually, to have my family sit and watch anything with me together without anyone grumbling is an amazing way to spend any day. I think I may have actually made some converts in the process – they all appeared to like the shows.
It’s not a normal television series. Although the series is 50 years old, the worldwide audience has exploded since the reboot about 10 years ago. It’s different, not because of the aliens, time travel, or quirky characters. It’s different because there is practically no sexual content or swearing. The main character is a moral man who hates evil, loves humanity, and always shows up to rescue earth in a time of peril. He calls down and out humans to travel with him and join him in his mission to save humanity and he promises to show them a beautiful universe in return.
I once tried to explain to a friend that God is not subject to linear time. Time is round and God sits in the middle of it all. He is everywhere at once, all at once. Everything that ever has happened or ever will happen is God’s present tense. They looked at me with a blank expression. Then, I heard Doctor Who try to explain time in almost the same way today on the show. He said “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff.”
He couldn’t explain it either but he’s right about one thing: “being alive right now is all that counts.”