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.
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.
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.”