Doctor Who: The Crusade

The Doctor Who episode The Crusade sees the TARDIS and its passengers encounter Richard the Lionheart as he fights – and unsuccessfully considers a means of potentially reaching peace with – Saladin. The episode had the potential to have much more reference to religion than it did. But in fact, it was probably realistic to [Read More...]

11/11/11

On the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, of the eleventh year, because of the eleventh Doctor… Silence will fall… [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Myth Makers

The Doctor Who episode The Myth Makers witnesses the TARDIS and its occupants arriving near ancient Troy, which had been at war with Greece for ten long years. Achilles and Hector are fighting and after Hector insults the gods of Greece including Zeus, and so when the Doctor suddenly emerges from the TARDIS, he is [Read More...]

Doctor Who and Christmas

All Doctor Who fans are eagerly waiting for the Christmas special. And I’m eagerly looking forward to talking about Doctor Who and Christmas (among other things) at the American Academy of Religion conference in November. ┬áBut there is another possible connection between Doctor Who and Christmas: as an explanation for why some people already have [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Eve

This episode from the third season of Doctor Who, “The Massacre of St. Bartholemew’s Eve,” focuses on events in 16th century France, when the spread of Protestantism has led to tensions between Catholics and the Protestant Huguenots. Like many but not all episodes in which the time travelers land in Earth’s past, this episode focuses [Read More...]

An Amusing Anthem for New Doctor Who

Via Maggie Dawn I learned of this hilarious reworking of a classic song, updated to tell the story of the revival of Doctor Who by Julie Gardner and Russell T. Davies, and performed by John Barrowman, Catherine Tate, and David Tennant (perhaps better known to some as Capt. Jack Harkness, Donna Noble and the Tenth Doctor). [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Reign of Terror

The final episode of season 1 of Doctor Who was “The Reign of Terror,” in which the Doctor, having decided to return Ian and Barbara to their own time, lands them all in France in the midst of the French Revolution. Most of the various parts of the story, like many of these early ones, [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Sensorites

The episode “The Sensorites” is the first episode in Doctor Who characterized by a plot device that would come to characterize the show, and science fiction more generally: an encounter with aliens who seem scary, grotesque and hostile, and turn out to be something else altogether. The travelers land on a spaceship, the crew of [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Aztecs

The episode “The Aztecs” brings religion to the foreground once again. The travelers find themselves in ancient South America among the Aztecs, and Barbara is mistaken for a goddess. When she learns that they are planning to offer a human sacrifice, she decides to try to persuade the people that the rains will come with [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Kinda

As I prepare to talk about religion and Doctor Who at AAR in a panel on religion and science fiction, it will necessitate occasional jumps away from watching the series in order from the beginning. One episode that simply cannot be omitted from a consideration of this topic is “Kinda” from the Peter Davison era. [Read More...]

Wise Time Lords Still Seek Him

I was reminded of two quick passing references on Doctor Who that had completely slipped my mind: I wonder whether somehow missed the first time I saw these episodes, or if perhaps I made a mental note of them but had forgotten by the end of watching them. From “Voyage of the Damned”: ASTRID This [Read More...]


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