To the Rational Mind

I came across an image on Twitter with the quote from the Doctor Who episode The Robots of Death which I blogged about, and thought I should share it. I’m interested how many readers of this blog agree with or disagree with the quote. [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Robots of Death

The Doctor Who episode The Robots of Death explores a perennial theme in science fiction: the great potential for robots to make our lives easier and safer, the potential for them to do us great harm if they are misused, and the fear that any safeguards we put in place to avoid the second possibility may not [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin

The Doctor Who episode The Deadly Assassin offered another glimpse of the Doctor’s home planet, Gallifrey, and a return for the Master after the death of the actor, Roger Delgado, who had played him. The Master appears as a degenerating figure, at the end of his final regeneration. And the Matrix, a database of history [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear

The Doctor Who episode The Hand of Fear is probably best known as the episode in which the show says farewell to Sarah Jane Smith, one of the more popular companions of all time – revisiting in several later episodes, and becoming the subject of a TV movie, K9 and Company: A Girl’s Best Friend, [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Masque of Mandragora

There are a lot of nice elements in the Doctor Who episode The Masque of Mandragora. Towards the beginning, we get a tour of the TARDIS, including the secondary control room, which the Doctor then begins using – making for a redecoration of the longstanding control room set, which the show would later return to. But it [Read More...]

Is That Dalek Blue and Black?

A Whovian contribution to the blue and black dress fervor. [Read more...]

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...]


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