Doctor Who and the Council of Nicaea

I have focused in my listening and reading on actual episodes of the Doctor Who television series, or novelizations thereof. But I think the time has come for me to branch off into other audiobooks.

You see, I’ve just learned that there is a story about the Doctor visiting the Council of Nicaea!

Apparently Arius is depicted as the hero of the story…

As someone interested in the intersection of religion and Doctor Who, I’m absolutely going to have to get hold of a copy of this and give it a listen!

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  • goodacre

    Yes, definitely worth a listen, James.  Main annoyance is Peter Davison talking about Constant-I-ne and ARRius. I do struggle a bit with fifth doctor audios because Davison’s voice is so different from when he was in the show — just can’t imagine the young doctor running around.  But it’s a nice audio.  It’s written by Caroline Symcox who studied for a DPhil in Theology in Oxford.  She’s married to Paul Cornell, author of lots of Doctor Who in different formats, but most famously Human Nature / Family of Blood, which have their own connection to the incarnation.

    • admiralmattbar

      Her husband has also written some excellent DC comics.

    • James F. McGrath

      Mark, thanks for the biographical info!

  • Edwardian Adventurer

    Here is a link to the web site of Big Finish, the company that produces the Doctor Who audio adventures. You can purchase a download for $12.99

  • Brettongarcia


    It seems that Science Fiction partially inspired more than one theologian. 
    Why is this?  Likely because Science Fiction 1) presents many different imaginative models of the genesis of past and future society.  While 2) of course “Doctors” and “science” are allowed, as important in all that. 
    This popular genre no doubt encouraged many of us to look critically and imaginatively into the dilemmas of History.

    It might be interesting to hear a brief synoposis of this particular episode; anybody recall the details?  Did it offer any specific “take” on Arianism?   Or did it diplomatically skirt anything that controversial?

  • goodacre

    Correction: they call him ConstantEEn throughout — that was my annoyance and main memory of the piece!