Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 11: Best of Show

The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), left, with a previously unknown doctoral incarnation (John Hurt) in the 50th anniversary special.

Ask fans for their favorite moments from any story and you’ll get a full spectrum of responses. Some quips, plots, characters, special-effect bits, anything, will rise to the top because of that strange wibbly-wobbly (see what I did there?) force of “meme”-ification.Other favorites will be all over the place because of personalities and histories. Recently I began viewing the television series Arrow on Netflix, and I strongly identified with the older-brother hero, Oliver. Days later, I was c … [Read more...]

Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 10: Showing the Perfect Forever-Love Story

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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” Part 9: From Dark Sci-Fi to Joyous Fantasy Christians may have one deadlocked criticism that’s s … [Read more...]

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

The Empty Child is now filled in a "Doctor Who" series 1 story's joyous conclusion "The Doctor Dances."

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...]

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

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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

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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...]

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

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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 5: Music for a Mad Man

The Doctor and company on the cover of a soundtrack album by Murray Gold.

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 LifetimeYour favorite TV series may have fantastic plot twists, excellent effects, brilliant set and costume designs, and memorable actors. But if that series is Doctor Who, none of those have their own echoing magic as the series' cinematic music score b … [Read more...]

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

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(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...]

Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 3: Exterminating Evil

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Before “Doctor Who” officially turns 50 this November, Christ and Pop Culture will spend 12 weeks delving deep into the science-fiction series phenomenon. Read Part 1. Then read Part 2. Whenever I talk about Doctor Who with others, the conversation often turns to the show’s cheesiness. As a fan, I don’t mean that disparagingly, but fellow fans, let’s be honest, shall we? From the special effects to the set designs, from the alien costumes to the overwrought acting (e.g., Matt Smith’s twirling … [Read more...]

Doctor Who’s Doctrine, Part 2: Genre Roots

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Before “Doctor Who” officially turns 50 this November, Christ and Pop Culture will spend 12 weeks delving deep into the science-fiction series phenomenon. You can find part 1 in our series here.by Royce HuntThe British sci-fi series Doctor Who returned to television in 2005, finding thousands of new fans. But my love for the Doctor’s stories goes further back in time.In the 1970s I enjoyed a host of new and syndicated science-fiction programs, cheering on the feats of The Six Millio … [Read more...]


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