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The BBC has provoked controversy over a Christmas Day Doctor Who special that uses religious imagery ,to depict the Time Lord as a "messiah" (Adam Sherwin writes).

Voyage of the Damned, starring Kylie Minogue, is expected to be the holiday viewing highlight.

However, Christian groups expressed concern that the imagery employed was inappropriate for a BBC One Christmas evening show.

The Doctor (David Tennant) must save a group of passengers after the Titanic, now a futuristic space vessel, is holed by a meteorite storm.

He convinces the despairing survivors to believe in his powers after ascending through the ship's decks, carried by a pair of robotic angels. Russell T. Davies, the writer and executive producer of the revived series, said: "The series lends itself to religious iconography because the Doctor is a proper saviour. He saves the world through the power of his mind and his passion."

Stephen Green, of the evangelical group Christian Voice, said: "The Doctor would have to do a lot more than the usual prancing around to be a messiah. He has to save people from their sins." But Malcolm Brown, director of mission and public affairs for the Church of England, said: "Science fiction at its best helps to illuminate eternal themes, and that's something the Church can happily work with."

Caption: David Tennant as the Doctor, with Kylie Minogue and robotic angels

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  • APA 6th ed.: Sherwin, Adam (2007-12-21). Christians protest as Doctor Who is portrayed as 'messiah'. The Times p. 9.
  • MLA 7th ed.: Sherwin, Adam. "Christians protest as Doctor Who is portrayed as 'messiah'." The Times [add city] 2007-12-21, 9. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: Sherwin, Adam. "Christians protest as Doctor Who is portrayed as 'messiah'." The Times, edition, sec., 2007-12-21
  • Turabian: Sherwin, Adam. "Christians protest as Doctor Who is portrayed as 'messiah'." The Times, 2007-12-21, section, 9 edition.
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