Doctor Who and Christmas

All Doctor Who fans are eagerly waiting for the Christmas special. And I’m eagerly looking forward to talking about Doctor Who and Christmas (among other things) at the American Academy of Religion conference in November.  But there is another possible connection between Doctor Who and Christmas: as an explanation for why some people already have [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Eve

This episode from the third season of Doctor Who, “The Massacre of St. Bartholemew’s Eve,” focuses on events in 16th century France, when the spread of Protestantism has led to tensions between Catholics and the Protestant Huguenots. Like many but not all episodes in which the time travelers land in Earth’s past, this episode focuses [Read More...]

An Amusing Anthem for New Doctor Who

Via Maggie Dawn I learned of this hilarious reworking of a classic song, updated to tell the story of the revival of Doctor Who by Julie Gardner and Russell T. Davies, and performed by John Barrowman, Catherine Tate, and David Tennant (perhaps better known to some as Capt. Jack Harkness, Donna Noble and the Tenth Doctor). [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Reign of Terror

The final episode of season 1 of Doctor Who was “The Reign of Terror,” in which the Doctor, having decided to return Ian and Barbara to their own time, lands them all in France in the midst of the French Revolution. Most of the various parts of the story, like many of these early ones, [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Sensorites

The episode “The Sensorites” is the first episode in Doctor Who characterized by a plot device that would come to characterize the show, and science fiction more generally: an encounter with aliens who seem scary, grotesque and hostile, and turn out to be something else altogether. The travelers land on a spaceship, the crew of [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Aztecs

The episode “The Aztecs” brings religion to the foreground once again. The travelers find themselves in ancient South America among the Aztecs, and Barbara is mistaken for a goddess. When she learns that they are planning to offer a human sacrifice, she decides to try to persuade the people that the rains will come with [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Kinda

As I prepare to talk about religion and Doctor Who at AAR in a panel on religion and science fiction, it will necessitate occasional jumps away from watching the series in order from the beginning. One episode that simply cannot be omitted from a consideration of this topic is “Kinda” from the Peter Davison era. [Read More...]

Wise Time Lords Still Seek Him

I was reminded of two quick passing references on Doctor Who that had completely slipped my mind: I wonder whether somehow missed the first time I saw these episodes, or if perhaps I made a mental note of them but had forgotten by the end of watching them. From “Voyage of the Damned”: ASTRID This [Read More...]

Happy Wholloween!

On the occasion of Halloween, for Doctor Who fans, let me draw attention to a set of blogs dedicated to the making of Doctor Who costumes. This one focuses on the making of a suit like that worn by David Tennant (with detailed information about his ties): http://tennantsuit.blogspot.com/ In the sidebar you’ll find links to [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Keys of Marinus

The planet Marinus, the Doctor and his companions learn not long after arriving there, has a fascinating history. The people of the planet created a sophisticated computer that could serve as the perfect judge and administrator. Then they found that it could even do more – it could control the minds of people and eliminate [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Marco Polo

There is a nice audiobook of this lost episode, which combines the original soundtrack with narration, to good effect. This is the first episode to feature the Doctor and his companions traveling to a period in history that intersects them with famous people and events. It is also one of the few episodes from which [Read More...]


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