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: Image of the Fendahl

Image of the Fendahl is a great episode for those interested in the show’s exploration of religion. It also has a moment which may be alluded to and revisited in a great episode from the Peter Capaldi era. The episode begins with the discovery of a skull, 8 million years (based on potassium-argon dating) before a human-like [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...]

Doctor Who Discount

To mark the return of Doctor Who to our television screens tomorrow evening, Darton, Longman, and Todd is offering a 30% 33% discount on the book Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith. Just enter the coupon code XOANON when checking out on the DLT website. If you don’t get the reference, there is a serious gap in your knowledge [Read More...]

Prologue to Series 9 of Doctor Who

IO9 drew attention to the release of a video featuring the Doctor returning to Karn and having an intriguing conversation there. Watch the above to whet your appetite for the new season, which premiers in just over a week! Once you’ve watched it, feel free to come back here and discuss who the “he” is that wants [Read More...]

Bond Who?

I’ve been rewatching the James Bond movies with my son, who hadn’t seen them yet. We just watched On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and are Whovians, and so it is time to mention the “James Bond is a Time Lord” theory. I’ll include a summary of it below. But even more fun, I think, is [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...]

Straight Outta Gallifrey

Another Straight Outta Compton meme, this one for Whovians. This comes courtesy of Innerd Space on Facebook, who also shared this:     [Read more...]

Doctor Who meets David Hume

This delightful video explains David Hume’s view of miracles and why you shouldn’t believe in them, using illustrations from Doctor Who. Fantastic! Of course, as I have pointed out before, this is precisely the point at which Doctor Who sends mixed messages. It regularly expresses disdain for superstition and belief in the supernatural, and yet [Read More...]

Doctor Who Series 9 Trailer #2

There’s a new trailer for the upcoming series of Doctor Who, which returns to TV on September 19th. [Read more...]

The Salvation of Doctor Who

I had a book by Matt Rawle, published by Abingdon Press, drawn to my attention today. It is The Salvation of Doctor Who: A Small Group Study Connecting Christ and Culture (The Pop in Culture Series). I tend to be wary of small group studies for religious believers focused on popular culture, since they typically point out [Read More...]