Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear

The Doctor Who episode The Hand of Fear is probably best known as the episode in which the show says farewell to Sarah Jane Smith, one of the more popular companions of all time – revisiting in several later episodes, and becoming the subject of a TV movie, K9 and Company: A Girl’s Best Friend, [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Masque of Mandragora

There are a lot of nice elements in the Doctor Who episode The Masque of Mandragora. Towards the beginning, we get a tour of the TARDIS, including the secondary control room, which the Doctor then begins using – making for a redecoration of the longstanding control room set, which the show would later return to. But it [Read More...]

Is That Dalek Blue and Black?

A Whovian contribution to the blue and black dress fervor. [Read more...]

The Buddha has been Upgraded

When I saw the photo above by M. Elsevier Stokmans, which accompanied the news that a CT scan of a Buddha statue had revealed a mummy inside, I presume I wasn’t the only one to think of the Doctor Who episode “Dark Water” and the Cybermen, right? There’s more information on Robs Webstek’s website. [Read more...]

Indoctorination

I discovered a punny way to talk about how we share our love for Doctor Who as Whovians. From now on, let’s just tell people that we are going to “indoctorinate” them… [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Seeds of Doom

The Seeds of Doom is an episode which explores yet another widespread sci-fi trope, namely spores which fall to Earth from space and have the potential to take over humans and overrun the planet. The episode also has elements of the typical spy thriller, including the Doctor getting into more fist fights than usual. The [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius

The “brain in a vat” scenario is a famous philosophical thought experiment, as well as a recurrent feature in science fiction. Given its title, it may be no surprise that The Brain of Morbius features that scenario. Morbius describes his situation, having been given voice and hearing but otherwise no sensory inputs, and thus he describes [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Android Invasion

The Android Invasion is another Doctor Who version of a widespread science fiction trope, this time the replacement of people in a sleepy village with robot replicas. In this case, however, it turns out that not only the people but the entire village has been replicated. The symbolism as the Doctor notices a calendar in the village [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Pyramids of Mars

Pyramids of Mars is one of the great classic examples of the ancient aliens trope on Doctor Who. The episode focuses on a British explorer who, in exploring an Egyptian tomb, is taken over by the Egyptian god Sutekh, better known as Seth. The self-described servant of Sutekh, Ibrahim Namin, speaks of gods, unbelievers, and a [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Planet of Evil

Planet of Evil is one of those episodes of Doctor Who that makes no sense, scientifically speaking. The Doctor and Sarah arrive on the “last known planet” in the universe, Zeta Minor, where a team of scientists is looking for a solution to Earth’s dwindling energy resources. However, they have in fact crossed over into [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Terror of the Zygons

Terror of the Zygons was the episode that introduced the Zygons into the Doctor Who universe. The Zygons, of course, returned in the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. The episode has the Zygons as beings whose planet has been destroyed, and thus refugees. The episode thus offers opportunity to discuss real life post-colonial [Read More...]


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