Finding a Meaning

A couple of news sites have drawn attention to Simon White, a Doctor Who fan who used the series to get through addiction and is now selling a collection of merchandise in order to be more comfortable with his new found Christian faith.

His collection includes a home built Police Box replica, and the 47-year-old, of Trowbridge in Wiltshire, has said

‘As the Doctor would say, it’s time to move on.’

Yet a couple of people are mocking him on the website link, along with the risible SyFyPortal. It’s easy to see why, but let’s just see what else White has said.

"I turned to drink and became and alcoholic, and the ‘Doctor Who’ obsession was the only thing that kept me going," he said. "I wouldn’t have given it up if you’d have put a gun to my head."

"God delivered me from the evil that is ‘Doctor Who,’ materialism and alcoholism. Through my relationship with Jesus, I saw that none of this was making me happy and I was born again like Lazarus."

"I wanted to tell others that no matter what trouble you are in, God can deliver you from the evil," White said. "If you are prepared to have a relationship with him, then God can help. I can been resurrected. My old life is dead, my new life is alive.

And yet… he describes Doctor Who as a lie of Satan, and is announcing his conversion just before the start of the 2008 series, suggesting a nuance for marketing that you don’t find explained in the Bible. Scam? Loon?

One thing’s for sure – decrying a work of fiction as the work of Satan in a world of untrustworthy leaders and mass media isn’t normal behaviour.

This isn’t a demonstration of a conversion to Christianity.

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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