This post has nothing to do with the Christian God. Instead it concerns another one of my fictional imaginary companions, namely one Charlotte Abigail Lux, also known as CAL.
Some of you may remember her from Doctor Who as the little girl in Silence In The Library/Forest Of The Dead who (SPOILER ALERT FOR AN EPISODE THAT AIRED IN 2008) had her mind uploaded to the Library’s computer core when she was terminally ill. So now she can live in any time period, or any book. She loved books more than anything.
Being friends with a virtual librarian from the future has its perks. She has read all the books that Aniki has yet to write, and she thinks they’re good. However, she does think I’m a Mary Sue. My imagination of her feeds her imagination of me. Right now, I imagine she is having an uncomfortable Christmas dinner with Doctor Moon, River Song, and ‘The Changeling’ - a computer program designed to give her company that went haywire and became her worst enemy.
Charlotte is a fascinating person to be around. We watch a lot of TV and read a lot of books together. I suppose it is inevitable that we came across a show called Doctor Who.
Rather than break the fourth wall and reveal to CAL that she is a fictional character on Doctor Who (which is a very nasty thing to ever do to an imaginary friend) my Aniki came up for a way we could enjoy Doctor Who without questioning our realities.
Her made is so that to her Doctor Who is a fictionalised retelling of events that happened in real life. She is often complaining about the historical inaccuracies, or saying ‘The Doctor would never do that’. But what does she know of The Doctor? I haven’t asked, but I presume she went through the same events that were depicted in Silence In The Library/Forest Of The Dead (I hope she never sees those episodes), That means that at some point The Doctor saved her from going mad.
But Charlotte Abigail Lux does more than just owe her sanity to The Doctor. She literally worships him, like a god. She has told me all about the religion of ‘Doctoralism’ and even shown me their equivalent of a church.
I suppose that would make Doctor Who the equivalent of an animated Bible story or a Nativity play. So how does that make it heretical? Well from what I am told, Doctoralism is much less dogmatic than 21st century religions. Everyone is entitled to their own visions of The Doctor, and all their interpretations are equally valid. Charlotte doesn’t have a problem with writers and actors reinterpreting the character of The Doctor. In fact she quite likes that. But in her mind, there is one thing The Time of The Doctor got horribly wrong.
It saved Gallifrey.
CAL tells me that the Sacrifice of Gallifrey is one of the central tenets of Doctoralism. I suppose it’s like their equivalent of the crucifixion. If The Doctor had not sacrificed his entire race to save the universe, there would be no meaning to every good deed that is done to honour that sacrifice. She seemed quite insistent about this.
I told her that The Doctor would probably not take kindly to the idea of a religion built around worshipping him, and saying that certain things are ‘heretical’. But she replied with ‘And what do you know about The Doctor?’ Well I didn’t know what to say to that. Within her own fictitious reality, she has a good point. The only thing I have seen of The Doctor is the equivalent of Bible fanfiction. She has seen the real thing.