Doctor Who: Invasion of the Dinosaurs

The dinosaurs from the Doctor Who episode “Invasion of the Dinosaurs“, although not terrible by the standards of the time, look really awful to some modern viewers spoiled by more advanced CGI special effects. When I rewatched the episode recently, perhaps I had duly lowered expectations, but I didn’t find that the special effects detracted [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Monster of Peladon

The episode “The Monster of Peladon“sees the Doctor return to Peladon. The daughter of king Peladon (whom the Doctor met in the earlier episode “The Curse of Peladon“) is now reigning. Superstition is a major focus in the episode, the plot of which revolves around a rebellion by miners and political machinations that are instigating [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Time Warrior

If the last episode saw the departure of Jo Grant, the episode The Time Warrior witnesses new opening credits (some elements of which carried over into the more famous Tom Baker credits) and the arrival of a new companion who would remain one of the most popular of all time, Sarah Jane Smith, eventually reappearing [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Green Death

The Doctor Who episode from the Jon Pertwee era, “The Green Death,” witnesses the departure of Jo Grant. It explores matters of environmentalism and big business in a way that will be a theme again in “Invasion of the Dinosaurs” in the subsequent season. The episode highlights early on the challenge of bringing about social [Read More...]

Exciting New Footage From Doctor Who

Just kidding. The above video, as IO9 points out, is nothing but a silhouette of Peter Capaldi. A teaser trailer needs to be a trailer and not just a teaser. What are you expecting from the new Doctor, when Doctor Who starts up again in August? [Read more...]

The Meaning of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Laura Brekke blogged about Doctor Who as a “third space” for interreligious dialogue. Here is a sample: I am a Doctor Who advocate. This is my bias. I have found many wonderfully rich conversations about meaning-making, ethics in practice, and theological conundrums elegantly drawn from the last seven seasons (not to mention the Classic series [Read More...]

There Will Never Be Another

I like this quote from the Doctor Who episode “The Rings of Akhaten.” It illustrates many things – that one can find meaning in telling the story of the universe in a scientifically-informed way, that discussion of natural processes does not have to lead to the conclusion that life is meaningless rather than incredibly precious. [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Planet of the Daleks

Sometimes a Facebook comment can make your day. I had someone tell me that they started reading my blog posts for two reasons. One was Daleks. The other is that they are the grandchild of Clarence L. Goodwin, who endowed the chair to which I was appointed in 2010! I responded with delight at the [Read More...]

Stuffed Carnival

Bob MacDonald has mentioned the upcoming Biblical Studies Carnival, to be hosted on his blog Dust. Apparently it is already stuffed full of ordinary Biblical studies blogging goodness. And so he has requested that further stuffing be provided, but of a particular sort. Can you find some academic Biblical studies blog posts connected with parts [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Frontier in Space

It has been too long since I last blogged about a classic Doctor Who episode. In rewatching the Jon Pertwee era, a while back I reached “Frontier in Space,” which actually ends its final part with a cliffhanger, in which the Doctor has been injured and sends a telepathic message to the time lords, leading [Read More...]

Sylvester McCoy Coming to Indianapolis

I received this in an e-mail from WhoNA: We are pleased to announce our collaboration with Indy PopCon (www.indypopcon.com) to bring Sylvester McCoy as our guest for the convention.  Sylvester is better known for his role as the 7th Doctor in Doctor Who and Radagast the Brown from the Hobbit movies. He will be attending [Read More...]


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