First Contact?

A Facebook friend shared this, and it seemed worth passing along. Reflecting on possible alien religious beliefs, and how they might or might not resemble those of human beings, is a great thought experiment. So what do you think? Is the scenario in the cartoon possible, in your view? Would you be happy, or disappointed, [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones

The Doctor Who episode “The Faceless Ones” from the Patrick Troughton era is a gripping mystery set largely in Gatwick Airport, where aliens have infiltrated and are working to abduct human young people. Most of the action revolves around the Doctor’s attempt to determine what exactly is going on, who is responsible, and why they [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Rescue

The Doctor Who story “The Rescue” is a relatively short (two-part) but nevertheless powerful episode. With “The Dalek Invasion of Earth” having seen the departure of Susan, “The Rescue” introduces a new young girl to fill the function she did, namely providing a relatively young person’s perspective and involvement in the action. In fact, it [Read More...]

Thutmose and Hyksos Discuss the Gods

In discussing The Daleks’ Master Plan recently, I neglected to include one important element related to religion. The Doctor, the meddling monk from “The Time Meddler,” and the Daleks, all find themselves in the vicinity of the great pyramids, one of which is being completed and prepared to house the treasures of the pharaoh. There [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Galaxy 4

The Doctor Who episode “Galaxy 4″ is another of the lost episodes which can be enjoyed in audiobook form. And it is one that confirms my sense that audiobooks are an ideal way to experience these early episodes. I listened to the story, and then in preparing to blog about it, I looked for photos [Read More...]

Using Science Fiction To Promote Higher Education

A commercial for the University of Huddersfield, featuring the voice of Patrick Stewart. HT IO9 [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Daemons (Conflicting Signals about Science and the Supernatural)

The session on religion and science fiction at AAR went well, and I will blog about that separately. But let me write my post now on one of the episodes I focused particular attention on in my own presentation on religion in Doctor Who: “The Daemons” from the Jon Pertwee era. Two bits of dialogue [Read More...]

The Bible vs. Men in Black

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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...]

Torchwood: Greeks Bearing Gifts (and Gods Bearing Curses)

The Torchwood episode “Greeks Bearing Gifts” alludes to the proverb about the Trojan horse, and seems fitting for an episode in which an alien disguises itself in human form, and under the name Mary befriends and seduces Toshiko so as to gain entrance to Torchwood and seek to retrieve a transporter device that brought it [Read More...]

Torchwood: Countrycide

I was tempted to write off this episode of Torchwood as simply a serving of horror for its own sake. Even for someone who has followed the X-Files and Fringe, and watched The Road, this episode still seemed graphically gory. But a little thought made me realize that there is poignant depth to this particular [Read More...]


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