Doctor Who: The Witch’s Familiar

I apologize for not blogging about “The Witch’s Familiar” sooner – it was airing while I was traveling back from a conference. The title of this episode is no more self-explanatory than the previous one. My hunch is that both are veiled references to Clara Oswald – the Doctor’s apprentice, and yet said by Missy to be “the puppy” [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Magician’s Apprentice

Doctor Who returned to out TV screens this evening, and it was as full as ever of the creative mind-blowing stuff that has characterized the Moffatt era. While that era has been characterized with much that has been silly and frustrating – and this episode is no exception – it has typically made up for [Read More...]

Latest Doctor Who Trailer

There are some great comments on IO9 about the latest trailer for the next new episode of Doctor Who, which airs two weeks from today. “Maximum extermination” is indeed a funny sort of phrase. Personally, I’m more intrigued by the reference to [SPOILER ALERT] the Doctor’s “last will and testament.” I was tempted to make [Read More...]

#GenCon 2015 Costumes

  Since Saturday is the day of the costume parade and contest, I decided to dress as the Fourth Doctor and show off the scarf my wife made. Here are some photos from the day:   [Read more...]

Exterminating #FoxNewsFacts

I’ve been wanting to blog about the hilariously idiotic suggestion, made by someone purportedly an expert on Fox News, that Birmingham is a city inhabited only by Muslims, with non-Muslims simply not going there. This is a case of someone saying something which is not merely an error, but indicates clearly that they are making things up [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks

“Genesis of the Daleks” is arguably one of the greatest episodes in Doctor Who history. It took a deeper look at the history of the Daleks, and also posed interesting moral questions. The time lords send the Doctor and his companions to Skaro, at a time before the first Doctor’s visit in the show’s second [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Into The Dalek

I found the Doctor Who episode “Into The Dalek” felt rushed - they could have easily made this a two-parter and taken the time necessary to introduce characters and explore details. But the concept and the themes explored are fascinating, and give viewers much food for thought. Spoilers ahead! The episode introduces the question of whether [Read More...]

Comparative Dalek Ethics

If you’ve seen the latest trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who series, you’ll have seen a hint that (SPOILER ALERT) a Dalek that develops ethical sensibilities seems like it will be a focus at some point. I’ve been intrigued ever since that early promotional spot on the BBC had a Dalek saying that it detected in [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Death to the Daleks

The episode Death to the Daleks reminded me of the unmade episode The Masters of Luxor, inasmuch as it begins with the TARDIS completely losing power, with a mysterious city with a beacon on it being responsible. But there the similarities end. As in other episodes, we encounter primitive beings who offer sacrifice, because of [Read More...]

Define Dialect

I came across the book F this Test: Even More of the Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers in Butler University’s bookstore yesterday. It includes this gem:   [Read more...]

Doctor Who: Planet of the Daleks

Sometimes a Facebook comment can make your day. I had someone tell me that they started reading my blog posts for two reasons. One was Daleks. The other is that they are the grandchild of Clarence L. Goodwin, who endowed the chair to which I was appointed in 2010! I responded with delight at the [Read More...]