Doctor Who: The Invisible Enemy

The Invisible Enemy is famous as the episode that introduced K-9. But what I find most interesting about it is its exploration of racism and specieism. The Doctor and Leela arrive in the year 5,000, at a point at which humanity has been expanding through the solar system. The Doctor explicitly makes a comparison between humanity and a [Read More...]

Bond Who?

I’ve been rewatching the James Bond movies with my son, who hadn’t seen them yet. We just watched On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and are Whovians, and so it is time to mention the “James Bond is a Time Lord” theory. I’ll include a summary of it below. But even more fun, I think, is [Read More...]

Latest Doctor Who Trailer

There are some great comments on IO9 about the latest trailer for the next new episode of Doctor Who, which airs two weeks from today. “Maximum extermination” is indeed a funny sort of phrase. Personally, I’m more intrigued by the reference to [SPOILER ALERT] the Doctor’s “last will and testament.” I was tempted to make [Read More...]


I watched the movie Lucy a while back and meant to blog about it. Although it doesn’t have the kind of nuance and depth that Frank Herbert’s Dune novels have, the movie does have one thing in common with that series: the idea that a drug might be capable of unlocking humanity’s potential, allowing us to transcend [Read More...]

The Church of the Latter-Day Geeks

One of the disadvantages of not living in Australia is not being able to go to Rev. Avril Hannah-Jones’ church for their annual sci-fi and fantasy service. For a sense of the church’s outlook apart from their love of science fiction, take a look at this recent post from Avril’s blog.   [Read more...]

Jason and the Jedi

Some have tried to separate the serious from the frivolous on their blogs, but I have always sought to keep the two together here. I am happy when I see that others do likewise. I was revisiting the history of the very early blogging about the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife, in preparing a conference paper on the [Read More...]

Straight Outta Gallifrey

Another Straight Outta Compton meme, this one for Whovians. This comes courtesy of Innerd Space on Facebook, who also shared this:     [Read more...]

Doctor Who meets David Hume

This delightful video explains David Hume’s view of miracles and why you shouldn’t believe in them, using illustrations from Doctor Who. Fantastic! Of course, as I have pointed out before, this is precisely the point at which Doctor Who sends mixed messages. It regularly expresses disdain for superstition and belief in the supernatural, and yet [Read More...]

Robot Ethics CFP

Via the Religion Call for Papers Tumblr I learned about this volume, which I should perhaps consider submitting an abstract for, since I have published on the topic in the past. But I have other projects I am committed to completing before the end of the year, and so am still unsure if I will. But I [Read More...]

Rainmeter (LCARS my Desktop)

I just had Rainmeter drawn to my attention. How did I miss it for so long? It is a way of customizing your computer’s desktop background and making it interactive. The first thing that came to mind was obviously Star Trek’s interactive computer screens from The Next Generation onward. I mentioned a few years ago my [Read More...]

Doctor Who Series 9 Trailer #2

There’s a new trailer for the upcoming series of Doctor Who, which returns to TV on September 19th. [Read more...]