Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders

This episode is of great interest, not only because it marks the end of the Jon Pertwee era, but also because of the strong elements related to Buddhism. Not only broad themes but specific plot elements from this episode are echoed in the later Peter Davison episode with a Buddhist focus, Kinda and Snakedance. The chanting [Read More...]

Religion’s Future and the Future’s Religions Through the Lens of Science Fiction

If you have $1,200 to spare, you might be interested in this forthcoming multi-volume work, to which I contributed the chapter “Religion’s Future and the Future’s Religions Through the Lens of Science Fiction.” In fact, it is available for pre-order on Amazon.com for a mere (!) $874.32. Considering that it is five volumes, less than [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Kill the Moon

This season promised us a darker Doctor. I’m not convinced that it has delivered, if one is comparing to the Doctor at his darkest in the past. But I was delighted that the episode “Kill the Moon” featured less attempt at making the Doctor simply less kind and likeable, and made him instead harsh and [Read More...]

Saul of TARDIS

Someone recently heard me make reference to “Saul of Tarsus” and they thought I said “Saul of TARDIS.” I supposed talking so often about the New Testament and also Doctor Who, the two are bound to blur together. I’d love to see an image made that brings Paul the apostle and the TARDIS together under [Read More...]

Religion and Doctor Who for Kindle

The book Religion and Doctor Who: Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith is now available for Kindle from Amazon.com. The Kindle price is $9.99, which is significantly less than the price of the print volume, and even cheaper than the Kindle book for the British edition. [Read more...]

Doctor Who and Religion: A Short Trip through 50 years of Time and Space

I will be guest speaking later this week at the University of Mississippi, as the first of this year’s Religion Forum speakers. My lecture is titled “Doctor Who and Religion: A Short Trip through 50 years of Time and Space.” It will be  on Thursday at 4:30 pm, in Bryant Hall 209. [Read more...]

Aliens Helped Humans Build the Pyramids

This came my way via Kara Cooney on Facebook, who also shared this gem (presumably depicting a scene connected with the audiobook The Eye of the Scorpion):     [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Caretaker

The Doctor Who episode “The Caretaker” has more than one possible meaning, presumably intentionally. The Doctor goes undercover at the school where Clara teaches, as a “caretaker” or custodian. But what he is actually doing there is “taking care” of Earth, seeking to find and remove a deadly robot. But the episode begins with Clara running back [Read More...]

Dalek Recipe

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Fear Makes Companions of Us All

For the Jewish New Year, I thought it would be appropriate to finally share a couple of articles related to Doctor Who and Judaism that came to my attention over the past week. First, Rabbi Pamela Gottfried wrote a piece for the site My Jewish Learning, with the title “Taking the TARDIS to God.” Although not a Whovian herself, [Read More...]

All Are Welcome Here

A friend shared these photos of the sign outside his church on Facebook. He was inspired by a sign I shared on this blog!   [Read more...]


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