You Know You Write About Doctor Who A Lot When…

You know you write about Doctor Who a lot when you go to write the word “doctor” and instinctively capitalize it. I did that this morning. [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Wheel in Space

The episode The Wheel in Space is an excellent dramatic adventure, unfortunately not surviving in its entirety, but thoroughly enjoyable as an audiobook. Indeed, like so many classic episodes, it may be better as an audiobook, since the special effects of this period were even at their best disappointing compared to one is presently possible. [Read More...]

Theme from Exploring Our Matrix

I previously tried to post this but was unsuccessful, and so I am trying again. Blog reader Keika made this video opening credits for the blog: He also made an extended version which features both Darth Vader and a Gorn as creationist foes. Watch what I do to them! Thanks, Keika, for both of these! [Read More...]

Why Is There Only One Set Of Footprints?

I thought for sure that I had shared this before, but since I can’t find it, here it is again, in several versions I’ve found around the internet. Which one do you like best? [Read more...]

The First Redshirt

I was looking for images to accompany a talk I will be giving in early May on religion in Star Trek and Doctor Who, and found something that was not what I was looking for, but is definitely worth sharing. An artist took the painting “The First Mourning” – which depicts Adam and Eve mourning [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Face of Evil

The episode “The Face of Evil” from the Tom Baker era is famous for introducing Leela as the Doctor’s companion. For those interested in the show’s treatment of religion, it is also famous for its content. It originally bore the title “The Day God Went Mad.” The Doctor lands on a planet where remnants of [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Happiness Patrol

The Doctor Who episode “The Happiness Patrol” provides a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek exploration of the nature of happiness and of society, at times functioning as a parable, at other times engaging in wicked satire – as when the dictatorial ruler of the colony, Helen A, herself responsible for requiring happiness of the population, speaks of the [Read More...]

Religion in Star Trek and Doctor Who: From a Gallifreyan God to the Enlightened Enterprise

Jim Linville has shared a poster from the upcoming Research in Religious Studies Conference that the University of Lethbridge is hosting in early May: I wonder whether the attendees will be mostly people indifferent to science fiction, people who think the topic sounds interesting, or will be such die-hard fans of Star Trek and/or Doctor [Read More...]

Fringe: Philip Broyles did not Spare his Only Son

There was a lot of God-talk in the episode of Fringe “The Consultant.” Discussing a case which (like almost all of them on Fringe) involved someone dying under unusual circumstances, the subject comes up whether God killed the man in question, as Walter quotes from Romans 1. Walter adds that some would say that God [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Time Meddler

The Doctor Who episode “The Time Meddler” concluded the second season in the show’s history, and it represented another major first: in it, the Doctor and his companions encountered another time traveler, who it is eventually discovered has a TARDIS of his own and is from the Doctor’s own world. Apart from the Doctor and [Read More...]

Happy Easter!

Χριστός ανέστη, Hristos a înviat, and Happy Easter to those who observe the orthodox calendar! Thanks for the above image to Pithless Thoughts – who I hope will also share how one actually says “Christ is Risen” or “Happy Easter” in Klingon, since even the language site Omniglot doesn’t know. I wonder if that is [Read More...]


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