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...]

If You Could Only Pick Two Episodes

I will be giving a guest lecture at another university in October, on the subject of Doctor Who and religion. I was asked to pick two episodes that it might be worth watching in between now and my lecture, which might be shown at student events between now and my talk. I have a couple in mind, but [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Deep Breath

Doctor Who is back, and I'm going to be discussing the details of the first episode of the new season, “Deep Breath,” with Peter Capaldi taking over as the Doctor. Spoilers ahead! In the new episode, many things that are familiar to viewers – from a dinosaur in London to Vashtra, Jenny, and Strax – [Read More...]

The Doctor Stands Before The Redeemer

The intersection of religion and Doctor Who in this photo from the Doctor Who world tour caught my eye. How would you caption it? What Doctor Who dialogue could you imagine if this were a scene from an episode? In related news, I'm thinking of including on a list of fun assignments for a class [Read More...]

Doctor Who Infographic

  Kasterborus shared the above infographic (click through if the size doesn’t appear correct here). Although the Doctor has encountered monks, and mentioned learning from monks, throughout the show’s history, as far as I know Tom Baker is the only actor to play the Doctor who actually was connected with the profession of monk. I [Read More...]


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