Doctor Who Christmas Special Preview

I was so delighted to see this snippet of the Doctor Who Christmas special, courtesy of IO9. The Doctor, Clara, and Santa, will all be back, together with a couple of elves! [Read more...]

Doctor Who: Flatline

The title of this episode may remind one of “flatland,” that famous illustration of dimensions, and so it should. In “Flatline,” the Doctor and Clara encounter beings from a universe of two dimensions, who have been causing the disappearance of people on a particular housing estate in Bristol. The lack of police interest is highlighted, [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Mummy on the Orient Express

“Mummy on the Orient Express”brings together all the things that Doctor Who has done well for a long time – myth, science, and terror. The episode takes place almost entirely on board a faithful replica of the Orient Express train – in space. The plan is for this to be the last journey for the Doctor [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...]

Sneak Peek of The Day of the Doctor (Children in Need)

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Day of the Doctor Teaser

The BBC released the short clip above from “The Day of the Doctor.” Don’t miss what a character we haven’t met before is wearing! And here’s a preview of the Science of Doctor Who with Brian Cox: [Read more...]

The End of Doctor Who?

There has been a lot of speculation, and many rumors, related to the next Doctor after Matt Smith. But today I find myself wondering whether there will be another Doctor. I wonder whether the BBC is not planning on ending the show’s run. Trenzalore, we have learned, is the place where the Doctor dies and [Read More...]

Soufflés and Souls

The episode “The Name of the Doctor” offered some interesting material for discussing notions of identity and immortality, life and death. When the Great Intelligence is asked where he obtained certain information, he replies that he is “nothing but information.” A similar idea is present when Clara is planning to pursue the Great Intelligence along [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Name of the Doctor

If you’re expecting the episode “The Name of the Doctor” to make perfect logical sense, you must be new to Doctor Who. As it has from the beginning, Doctor Who skirts the boundary between science fiction and fantasy, and so some of the “science” is always little different from “magic.” But on a storytelling and [Read More...]

Do You Want to Know the Name of the Doctor?

Do you want to know the Doctor's name? I'm not asking whether you want to watch a leaked copy (more information here) of “The Name of the Doctor” early after downloading it, assuming you have found a torrent that doesn't lead to a fake copy. I'm asking whether you actually want to know the Doctor's [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Nightmare in Silver

We were told that, in the episode of Doctor Who “Nightmare in Silver,” Neil Gaiman aimed to make the cybermen scary again. It is arguable that he accomplished that, not only by making the cybermen a little scarier, but also making them part of something even scarier than they are. Spoilers ahead! Some speculated about whether the [Read More...]


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