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...]

Doctor Who: The Crimson Horror

“The Crimson Horror” brings together a team of characters to tackle a somewhat stereotypical evil, but with some interesting religious elements to explore for those interested in the intersection. Spoilers ahead! The story is set in the Victorian Era, with Vastra, Jenny, and Strax providing heroism and laughs. It begins with a mystery – dead [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

The episode “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS” has a lot of contrived dangers and resolutions. But in the process, it gives us a nice tour of the longest running character on the show (we saw the TARDIS slightly earlier than we first encountered the Doctor), and also carries us closer to the end [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Hide

The latest episode of Doctor Who, “Hide,” illustrates the classic tension in the show between offering scientific explanations for the seemingly supernatural, and positing the reality of the paranormal. Spoilers ahead. The episode presents itself as a ghost story. It has a haunted house, an apparition, and the Doctor and Clara turning up and presenting [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Cold War

It was interesting to see Doctor Who revisit the 80s situation of the Cold War, and interpose an alien into the midst of that setting, in tonight’s episode “Cold War.” The classic “base under siege” type of story is, in the case of “Cold War,” mirrored in a story of a submarine under siege. During [Read More...]


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