On CAPC: Heroes Can Be Idiots Because Love Is A Promise

The Twelfth Doctor: “Love — it’s not an emotion. Love is a promise.”
E. Stephen Burnett | Nov 20, 2014 | No comments |
“Love — it isn’t an emotion. Love is a promise.”

“Love — it’s not an emotion. Love is a promise.”

Some fans are still grumbling, as is their wont. But I loved “Doctor Who” series 8.1 Today I share one reason why at Christ and Pop Culture in the latest “Doctor Who’s Doctrine” article.

The Tenth Doctor tolerated Rose’s loser boyfriend Mickey Smith, then praised his heroism. But the Twelfth Doctor mocks Clara’s new boyfriend Danny — a good man, former soldier, and math teacher. The Eleventh Doctor brings a child to a Narnia-like world that she calls a fairyland; “Grow up,” Eleven feigns to chide, “Fairyland looks completely different.” But Twelve upon meeting the real-life Robin Hood is rude and skeptical of fantasy heroes.

Of course Twelve remains the hero, the cleverest one in the room, the man who solves the mysteries, defeats monsters without violence, and makes the tough decisions about who lives and dies. But he constantly behaves in unheroic ways. Why? He loves to help others but his attitude makes him feel unloving. Why?

The Doctor himself answers both questions in the series 8 finale, “Death in Heaven.”

Read the rest at Christ and Pop Culture: Heroes Can Be Idiots Because Love Is A Promise. And consider signing up to support Christ and Pop Culture, the web’s best resource for teaching biblical Christians to interact with their world.

  1. With the exception of the debut story “Deep Breath” that was fragmented and tonally skewed.
E. Stephen Burnett is coauthor of a nonfiction book about parenting and popular culture (title TBA), to release spring 2020 from New Growth Press. He also explores biblical truth and fantastic stories as editor in chief of Lorehaven Magazine and writer at Speculative Faith. He has also written for Christianity Today and Christ and Pop Culture. He and his wife, Lacy, live in the Austin area and serve as members of Southern Hills Baptist Church.

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