Doctor Who: liturgical time clue

Did anyone watch the Doctor Who episode, “The Family of Blood” on SciFi tonight?

There were two liturgical clues in the last scene, placing the action on a particular day (saying which would be a spoiler) in one of the years from 1994 to 2000, inclusive. I’m feeling rather clever. Did anyone else catch them?

Author: Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

12 thoughts on “Doctor Who: liturgical time clue”

  1. Not up on my British church holidays. Caught the Anglican vicar reading something psalmish at a memorial with “old Tim” sitting nearby, but I couldn’t possibly tell you the date.

  2. I saw a ad for a new show (can’t rember the channel) about a guy who get’s unstuck in time every episode.

    I’m fascinate about those time traveling shows because I think a good deal of some UU’s beef with fundamentalists over evolution results from a medieval concept of time in the heads of both sides.

    “…for us physicists believe the separation between past, present, and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one.” …Einstein’s letter to Besso Family

  3. SLIGHT SPOILER FOLLOWS. OK — that last scene has to be between 1994 and 2000 because the service was conducted by a woman priest (not a lay reader, per her choir dress with black tippet) using the Alternative Service Book.

    The ASB was only authorized for use in the Church of England between 1980 and 2000 (Common Worship picks up from it) but women weren’t ordained until 1994.

    The day was, presumably, November 11: Remembrance Day.

    It was wise to push back the date a few years; even when Hubby and I honeymooned in England in November 2003, three or four World War One vets participated in Remembrance Day observances at the Cenotaph in London. Today, there are only three WWI veterans left in the UK.

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