‘Doctor Who’ thing of the day: the Archbishop of Canterbury is a geek

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, invoked Doctor Who in his Easter sermon last Sunday. His theme? “Joy, and the capacity to be surprised by it.” The mention:

Now it’s certainly a good thing that people have publicly acknowledged that there is more to life than the level of our Gross National Product, that we’re just beginning to say out loud that corporate prosperity divorced from personal and communal fulfillment or stability is an empty thing. It’s when we try and put more flesh on this that it becomes more complicated – and, worse still, more self-conscious. Some of you might just remember an episode of Doctor Who a couple of decades ago called ‘The Happiness Patrol’ where the Doctor arrives on a planet in which unhappiness is a capital crime, and blues musicians lead a dangerous underground existence. But less dramatically, most of us know the horrible experience of a family outing where things aren’t going too well and Mum or Dad keeps saying, through ever more tightly gritted teeth, ‘This is fun, isn’t it?’

No, he didn’t talk about how Doctor Who brings joy to the world… or at least to the world of geeks. But it’s still pretty cool.

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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