Fear Makes Companions of Us All

For the Jewish New Year, I thought it would be appropriate to finally share a couple of articles related to Doctor Who and Judaism that came to my attention over the past week. First, Rabbi Pamela Gottfried wrote a piece for the site My Jewish Learning, with the title “Taking the TARDIS to God.” Although not a Whovian herself, [Read More...]

Listen, Academics!

Almost as soon as the Doctor gave his monologue in the episode “Listen,” I had the idea for this version of it, playing on a dream that all people may not have, but I am pretty sure all academics have. You’re at the conference, you’re supposed to present, and your paper isn’t there for whatever reason - it isn’t ready, [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Time Heist

The episode “Time Heist” is an episode that has the twists and turns of a characteristic Moffatt episode, complete with what the cast has come to call a “Moffatt loop.” The Doctor gets a phone call on the TARDIS, and very few people in the universe have that number. We later find that the Doctor gave [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Listen

The Doctor Who episode “Listen” has leaped immediately onto my list of all-time favorite Doctor Who episodes. Spoilers ahead! It had me at “listen.” The episode opens with a view of a planet (probably Earth) from space. It then moves to the open door of the TARDIS. Then up to the top of the TARDIS, where [Read More...]

The Doctor’s Faith in the Curse of Fenric

I previously blogged about a scene in the Doctor Who episode “The Curse of Fenric” in which the Doctor uses faith to ward off attacking haemovores. The original video clip that I included has been removed from YouTube, and so I thought I would not only update that older post, but also share this one. [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Robot of Sherwood

Doctor Who has encountered king Arthur and many other legendaries, and so his dogmatic certainty at the start of the episode that Robin Hood never existed is puzzling. But we find out by the end of the episode that it is less about realism in relation to older episodes, but precisely about heroes and the legends [Read More...]

Doctor Who Song

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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...]

Doctor Who Extra

Doctor Who Extra has a YouTube channel, and so wherever you are in the world, you can now watch the new behind-the-scenes series about the making of Doctor Who, which is rather like “Doctor Who Confidential” used to be. The first episode, embedded here, is all about the new Doctor and the making of “Deep [Read More...]

The Doctor Who Kills

I thought of other titles for this post, but the fact that it manages to include “Doctor Who” in a sense other than as the title of the TV show, while being about that TV show, made me opt for this one. (Does anyone else regularly mistake articles about a doctor who did something, as [Read More...]

Caffeinate!

Classes start today at Butler University. Caffeination is the way to prepare! [Read more...]


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