Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 9: From Dark Sci-Fi to Joyous Fantasy

Before the 50-year anniversary of “Doctor Who” on Nov. 23, Christ and Pop Culture is exploring the sci-fi series in Doctor Who’s Doctrine. Part 1: Mad Man with a Box Part 2: Genre Roots Part 3: Exterminating Evil Part 4: The Trip of a Lifetime Part 5: Music for a Mad Man Part 6: Those Complicated Companions Part 7: The Episode I Never Want to See Again Part 8: Christianity and “Whomanism”Rush through Doctor Who’s opening sequences to follow the TARDIS through the spinning time vort … [Read more...]

These Comedians Getting Coffee Are not My Friends

A friend of mine told me about a web series, hosted by Jerry Seinfeld, titled Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. In each episode, Jerry calls a famous comedian friend and they go get a cup of coffee or a sandwich or something. And I have to say, when I first heard of the series, I thought it was going to be a laugh-a-minute kind of show. But it doesn’t work in the way a sitcom does. Rather, it works like a real friendship. At times, the conversation lags, and there’s not much interest. Jerry hims … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Jim Henson’s Compromise

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.I’ve long appreciated the Muppets—those on Sesame Street as well as in the films and on the quintessential The Muppet Show—for their appeal to both children and adults. The quality of children’s entertainment programs often reveals the creators’ understanding of children; some shows are “dumbed down” with the unspoken belief that children are stupid simply by virtue o … [Read more...]

Walking with the Dead: The Immanence of God in the Zombie Apocalypse

Each week in "Walking with the Dead," David Dunham reflects on the latest episode of AMC's The Walking Dead.What is the difference between faith and naiveté? The Scriptures tell us that faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Gullibility, however, can often be found in those of faith. In this episode of The Walking Dead Herschel tends to walk the line between faith and naiveté. To have solid hope, however, he needs more immanence to ac … [Read more...]

Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 8: Christianity and “Whomanism”

Before the 50-year anniversary of “Doctor Who” on Nov. 23, Christ and Pop Culture is exploring the sci-fi series in Doctor Who’s Doctrine. Part 1: Mad Man with a Box Part 2: Genre Roots Part 3: Exterminating Evil Part 4: The Trip of a Lifetime Part 5: Music for a Mad Man Part 6: Those Complicated Companions Part 7: The Episode I Never Want to See Again Could the Doctor be an intergalactic Jesus? Consider the following: 1. He is a timeless being; 2. He is known across the univers … [Read more...]

Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 7: The Episode I Never Want to See Again

Before the 50-year anniversary of “Doctor Who” on Nov. 23, Christ and Pop Culture is exploring the sci-fi series in Doctor Who’s Doctrine.  Part 1: Mad Man with a Box Part 2: Genre Roots Part 3: Exterminating Evil Part 4: The Trip of a Lifetime Part 5: Music for a Mad Man Part 6: Those Complicated Companions Despite Doctor Who’s greatness, it has one story I’ve seen only once and won’t see again.In the Who-verse, the worst a Dalek can do is exterminate you. If you get caught in a dark … [Read more...]

NBC’s ‘Dracula’ Defangs Sin

On Friday, October 24, NBC premiered its new series Dracula, starring British actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the title role. The show earned surprisingly solid ratings for a late-Friday time slot, suggesting that, like its eponymous vampire, it may possess some longevity. Loosely based on Bram Stoker's 1897 novel of the same name, Dracula follows the infamous Count to 1896 London, where he is posing as the nouveau riche American inventor Alexander Grayson and promising a new steampunk-style form … [Read more...]

Fear’s Great Revelation

Perhaps our deepest modern fear is the collapse of society, but if recent films and TV shows are any indication, it is also one of our most satisfying fantasies. Whether it's a zombie infestation, the biblical apocalypse, a terrorist attack, or even an economic crash which returns us to the gold standard, we are fascinated and horrified at the idea of the world we know ceasing to exist. Why is that?We fear and crave the end of civilization because it is through civilization that we come to … [Read more...]

Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 6: Those Complicated Companions

Before the 50-year anniversary of “Doctor Who” on Nov. 23, Christ and Pop Culture is exploring the sci-fi series in Doctor Who’s Doctrine. Part 1: Mad Man with a Box Part 2: Genre Roots Part 3: Exterminating Evil Part 4: The Trip of a Lifetime Part 5: Music for a Mad ManI came for the Doctor; I stayed for the companions.Like most, I wandered into my obsession with a strange, sci-fi children’s show called Doctor Who at the recommendation of friends. And by recommendation, I mean f … [Read more...]

Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 4: The Trip of a Lifetime

(Before the 50-year anniversary of "Doctor Who" on Nov. 23, Christ and Pop Culture is exploring the sci-fi series in Doctor Who's Doctrine. Catch up with part 1, part 2, and part 3.)Lately I’ve not been able to view trailers and other marketing for the forthcoming Marvel fantasy film Thor: The Dark World without thinking, “Doctor! What have they done to you?”Yes, the Asgardian Avenger’s second franchise episode includes a new antagonist, Malekith, played by Christopher Eccleston, yet in m … [Read more...]


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