Indoctorination

I discovered a punny way to talk about how we share our love for Doctor Who as Whovians. From now on, let’s just tell people that we are going to “indoctorinate” them… [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Seeds of Doom

The Seeds of Doom is an episode which explores yet another widespread sci-fi trope, namely spores which fall to Earth from space and have the potential to take over humans and overrun the planet. The episode also has elements of the typical spy thriller, including the Doctor getting into more fist fights than usual. The [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius

The “brain in a vat” scenario is a famous philosophical thought experiment, as well as a recurrent feature in science fiction. Given its title, it may be no surprise that The Brain of Morbius features that scenario. Morbius describes his situation, having been given voice and hearing but otherwise no sensory inputs, and thus he describes [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Android Invasion

The Android Invasion is another Doctor Who version of a widespread science fiction trope, this time the replacement of people in a sleepy village with robot replicas. In this case, however, it turns out that not only the people but the entire village has been replicated. The symbolism as the Doctor notices a calendar in the village [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Pyramids of Mars

Pyramids of Mars is one of the great classic examples of the ancient aliens trope on Doctor Who. The episode focuses on a British explorer who, in exploring an Egyptian tomb, is taken over by the Egyptian god Sutekh, better known as Seth. The self-described servant of Sutekh, Ibrahim Namin, speaks of gods, unbelievers, and a [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Planet of Evil

Planet of Evil is one of those episodes of Doctor Who that makes no sense, scientifically speaking. The Doctor and Sarah arrive on the “last known planet” in the universe, Zeta Minor, where a team of scientists is looking for a solution to Earth’s dwindling energy resources. However, they have in fact crossed over into [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Terror of the Zygons

Terror of the Zygons was the episode that introduced the Zygons into the Doctor Who universe. The Zygons, of course, returned in the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. The episode has the Zygons as beings whose planet has been destroyed, and thus refugees. The episode thus offers opportunity to discuss real life post-colonial [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Revenge of the Cybermen

In this episode, the Doctor and his companions finally make it back to space station Nerva, but at a different time. There they encounter the Cybermen. The episode does interesting things with the fact that gold is a weakness of the Cybermen, being capable of destroying them, while in another sense gold is also the [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: The Sontaran Experiment

The episode “The Sontaran Experiment” is an interesting one when treated as a companion to “The Ark in Space.” While in the latter the story of Noah was from mythology, in this one, Space Station Nerva has become a legend, and thus viewed like Atlantis. And so Doctor Who, as so many times before, both [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Ark in Space

Doctor Who had explored the scenario of humans sending an ark into space to survive the possible destruction of our planet, in the episode The Ark from the era of the First Doctor. In that episode, the stories about Noah and the ark have been completely forgotten. In this episode, the leader of the humans on [Read More...]


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