Along with all of my fellow Whovians in the United States, and also in the U.K., I had been waiting months for the new Doctor Who series. I wanted so very badly to spend the episode contemplating Peter Capaldi’s potential as the new Doctor, and formulating theories to explain Moffat story-archs. Sadly, I could not, because my mind was simultaneously distracted and perturbed by the ever-growing presence of the agenda to normalize homosexuality.
Steven Moffat seems to have developed a fondness for Victorian England, so that’s where we begin this episode, with a Tyrannosaurus Rex running rampant across the city. But we don’t start off with The Doctor and Clara, but rather with Vastra, Jenny, and Strax, which is pretty representative of the episode as a whole. Reminiscent of David Tennant’s first episode in the series, The Doctor spends much of the episode’s first half ranting nonsense and passing out, then proceeding to run off.
I didn’t like having The Doctor in the episode so little, but the ending was a promising resurgence of him, and his relationship with Clara. Most especially his firm declaration that he’s not Clara’s boyfriend, designating the end of the flirtatious Doctor-companion relationship, which was much appreciated and long overdue. On the negative side, however, the episode goes to an unfortunate source to compensate for the time that we’re missing The Doctor. To fill in, the episode is mostly a conduit for reminding us repeatedly that Vastra and Jenny are “married,” even working in a plot element that allows them to show a kiss between the two.
This is bad form, and for more than one reason. A Doctor Who episode in which The Doctor is hardly present undermines what the entire show’s appeal is supposed to be. There is the somewhat interesting plot element surrounding Clara’s struggle to accept The Doctor’s new face, but it’s hard for us to buy that when we don’t even see enough of The Doctor to establish that the discrepancy really exists, other than Clara’s dialogue. So what we really end up with is a sort of bait-and-switch, where instead of a story of The Doctor’s triumph, we have a story about a lesbian couple in The Doctor’s time slot, taking up more time even the mystery surrounding the robotic man and the burning alive of the dinosaur.
But it’s not the bait-and-switch that concerns me. After all, these two will probably only have limited appearances on the show, as in past seasons. Instead, it’s what this episode’s focus represents. Since Steven Moffat has take over as the show-runner, there have been numerous sly references to homosexuality, and even transsexualism, in supposedly subtle ways. But this is a much bolder move than has ever been made on the show before. Prior to this, the references have been few enough that The Doctor’s heroism and concern for life caused the positives of the show to outweigh the negatives. That was not the case with this episode.
In light of this, it’s necessary to remember the immortal truths of scripture in regards to homosexuality, lest we be easily swayed by modern culture’s approach to deviant forms of sexuality.
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. – Rom 1:26-28
It’s my recommendation that Christians skip this one. If you’re a completist like I am, that can be difficult to do, but there simply aren’t enough redeeming qualities to justify the glaring worldview problems. And if this becomes a template for the season to come, I just might find myself saying that The Doctor is traveling to many places, but they aren’t places that we can follow.