Dr. Who Lookalike Has Time-Travelling Funeral in Tardis Coffin

by admin on June 11, 2009

By Daily Mail Reporter

A David Tennant lookalike who died in a tragic accident had a time-travelling funeral – to go out just like his Dr Who hero.

Seb Neale, 26, had a coffin like a Tardis time machine complete with blue flashing light for his out-of-this world send-off.

His family replaced sombre funeral music with the Dr Who theme tune and mourners sang along and burst into applause.  

'Fantastic' funeral: Seb Neale was given a Dr Who-themed send-off by his friends  


And the order of service card was like a glossy souvenir brochure with picture of Seb dressed as Tennant with his sonic screwdriver. 

More than 200 mourners were greeted with words: ‘I’m a time lord … I’m not a human being. I walk in eternity.’ 

And instead of readings from the scriptures, the service used original scripts from classic Dr Who episodes.

One said: ‘One day I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine. Goodbye.’  

Sci-fi fan Seb died from head injuries after a simple fall at home at the end of a night out at a friend’s barbecue.

His shocked parents Jenny and Steve asked Seb’s friends to help organise the funeral service to celebrate his love of Dr Who.

The decorated coffin that Sebastian's friends made to look like a tardis


Under most circumstances, I would question the propriety of having a themed funeral based on a television series. However, if funerals really are for the living than it appears this funeral served its purpose in comforting the bereaved, bringing people together and “summing up the impact” the deceased had during his life as noted by his parents:

“It was not everyone’s idea of what a funeral should be but it gave us a great comfort.  He loved Dr Who and really enjoyed looking like David Tennant. So many of the lines from the series fitted what we wanted for the funeral service.  All his friends made so much effort to get it right. He was out for fun and it summed up the impact he had during his life.”

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

doggle June 11, 2009 at 11:43 am

I’m just wondering how the whole singing the theme worked out. I mean, it’s not like there are words to it or anything… O.O


Abe June 16, 2009 at 11:50 pm

I’m unclear on why this is in Ehell. The man was obviously a bit of a nerd, chose his arrangements and his friends and family followed them. It is not the cut dry funeral script but it obviously held meaning for him and for his family.


Janell August 27, 2009 at 2:31 pm

I saw this and thought, “That is so cool!” I am now coveting a funeral like this for myself (and I have no plans of dying any time soon, lol).


livvy April 29, 2010 at 11:00 am

Far better that the funeral was truly about him, not a generic event, as so many funerals can be. I’ve been to a few that made me downright angry – in that the officiant obviously knew absolutely nothing about the deceased. (For example, speaking about the deceased’s faith in God, etc., when he was a well-known atheist). The service above shows respect for the man and what he found important while he was alive.


CyanideButterflies May 22, 2010 at 8:42 am

This is beautiful. Funerals like this, ones that truly reflect the individual, are so poignant and lovely. I recently attended the very non-traditional service of a friend, Mike. His coffin was covered in a galaxy of stars, with poetry he loved written on it. The songs and readings were non-traditional. The flower arrangements were all his favourite things; motorcycles, laptop etc. A fellow funeral attendee thought it was vulgar, and I was shocked as although by many people’s definition it could be considered odd, it was perfect for Mike and the loveliest way to send off a delightful person.


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