Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World

The Doctor Who episode Enemy of the World from the Patrick Troughton era is something of a first, an episode that is more like a James Bond movie than any of the typical scenarios in which the Doctor and his companions typically find themselves (and I was pleased to find that I wasn’t the only [Read More…]

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Longing for a Post-Racial Society

The ways that people in the United States talk about race and skin color troubles me. I have long wanted to blog about this, and as I have thought about it time and time again, I kept returning in my mind to the cast of The Sarah Jane Adventures, a Doctor Who spin-off for younger [Read More…]

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The Hunger Games

Tonight I went to see the movie The Hunger Games with my son. It is fantastic and well deserving of all the attention it is getting. But in addition to being a movie with excitement and adventure that can be enjoyed by fans young and old, the movie also offers sharp social criticism. I won’t [Read More…]

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Jesus Loves You, Aliens!

The image above was shared by a friend on Facebook. I’m sharing it not only because it is at the intersection of religion and science fiction – an intersection I enjoy exploring both professionally and personally – but also because it helpfully highlights religion as something typically human, and the question whether artificial intelligences we [Read More…]

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Doctor Who New Series Season 7 Trailer

Here’s the trailer for the new season of Doctor Who. HT IO9 At :54 seconds into the clip, there is a person who as it flashes by looks like it could be William Hartnell’s Doctor! If you actually stop the video there, the resemblance evaporates on closer inspection. But precisely because the First Doctor visited [Read More…]

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Fringe: There is No Scientific Explanation, But I Have a Theory

Fringe is back and as great as ever. It was hard to choose a title for this post that accurately reflected and encapsulated this week’s episode, “A Short Story About Love,” without being spoilery. If you wish to avoid spoilers because you have yet to see the episode, read no further! The title, those reading [Read More…]

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Darth Vader Reading The Only True God

I am grateful to Keika, a regular reader of and commenter on this blog, for sharing a photo of Darth Vader reading what apparently is one of his favorite books. I’m honored, both by the sharing of the photo, and by Darth Vader’s choice. [Read more…]

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Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors

The episode The Ice Warriors from the Patrick Troughton era is particularly interesting to watch today, because it is set in a time in Earth’s future when humanity faces a crisis as a result of anthropogenic climate change. In this case, developments in both food production and population led humans to reduce the amount of [Read More…]

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Hebrew Text on Darth Vader’s Armor?

A post that appeared today on IO9 drew to my attention a topic at the intersection of religion and science fiction that I somehow managed to remain completely unaware of. Apparently there is Hebrew writing on the front panel of Darth Vader’s armor. Here’s an image (you will probably need to zoom in to see [Read More…]

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Doctor Who: Paradise Towers

I find myself in two minds about the episode “Paradise Towers.” It certainly gives impressive expression to the Seventh Doctor’s persona. But the plot of the story seems in many respects to bring things down to the level of a relatively unconvincing children’s show. And while Doctor Who has always been a show for children, [Read More…]

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The Doctor vs. Scotty

This is a follow-up to my motivational poster Doctor Who/Star Wars mash-up of the Doctor and Leonard “Bones” McCoy. If you join in one of these memes, please do share a link to your creation here! [Read more…]

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