Voyage of the Damned

I finally watched the Doctor Who Christmas special “Voyage of the Damned” last night. It was certainly entertaining, and as tragic as the recent episodes have often tended to be. The “earthologist” (with a fake degree from a degree mill that also did dry cleaning) was particularly funny, with his poorly-informed understanding of human traditions: The people of Earth worship the great God Santa, with his fierce claws, and his wife Mary. Every Christmas they go to war against the people of Turkey and then eat the conquered for Christmas dinner like savages.

Eventually the Doctor objects that this hasn’t got the meaning of Christmas quite right, and when he is asked what Christmas is really about, he says it is a long story – and he should know, because he was there. In fact, he got the last room!

It was also great to have Chuck make a reappearance on TV recently. With more Doctor Who, LOST, sooner or later the end of the writers’ strike, more Chuck, Battlestar Galactica and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles to look forward to, there is only one big question left unanswered…

How will I find the time to watch all the things that are worth watching?

Giant Leaps
Proof of Heaven?
Richard Carrier at SBL