Dr. Who

I had someone suggest to me that writing “Dr. Who” is inappropriate, as it should always be “Doctor Who.” That can only be said by someone who has only been watching for a relatively short number of years…or at least, not since the beginning. Here is the way the credits looked back when the show [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Original Concept

I had it drawn to my attention that the original background notes for the TV show Doctor Who, written by Cecil E. Webber and Sydney Newman, is available on the BBC website (I’ve embedded the entire thing below). The document sets forth a vision for where the show would go. It appears that the Doctor’s identity [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Blogging the First Doctor

Here is a round-up of my blogging about the earliest seasons of Doctor Who, as originally portrayed by William Hartnell. An Unearthly Child (continued in 100,000 BC and The Firemaker) The Daleks (novelization) The Edge of Destruction Marco Polo The Keys of Marinus The Aztecs The Sensorites The Reign of Terror Planet of Giants The [Read More...]

Doctors and Tribble-ations: An Idea for a Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special

Doctor Who fans are looking forward to there being one or more special episodes in celebration of the show's 50th year. In the past there have been episodes like “The Three Doctors” and “The Five Doctors” which brought back actors who played the Doctor previously to play the role as the Doctor encountered his past [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric

I was sure that I had already blogged about this episode, The Curse of Fenric. But if I did, the post seems to have been lost. Does anyone remember reading a post by me about this episode? Or did I gather my thoughts but never share them? The episode “The Curse of Fenric” is considered [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Ghost Light

The Doctor Who episode “Ghost Light” is the penultimate episode from the classic series. For those interested in the intersection of religion and Doctor Who, the episode is full of food for thought and discussion. Early in the episode we are treated to a visit to a house by one Rev. Ernest Matthews, Dean of [Read More...]

A Whovian Prayer

I saw this on Facebook, and thought I’d share it here, even though I don’t really like it – for reasons I’ll comment on below. Why am I not delighted? It isn’t because I object in principle to science fiction doing potentially irreverent things with religious material – after all, I previously shared these. It [Read More...]

Pond Life – Part Two

Here’s part two of the webisode series Pond Life leading up to the new season of Doctor Who this weekend. [Read more...]

Doctor Who and the Council of Nicaea

I have focused in my listening and reading on actual episodes of the Doctor Who television series, or novelizations thereof. But I think the time has come for me to branch off into other audiobooks. You see, I’ve just learned that there is a story about the Doctor visiting the Council of Nicaea! Apparently Arius [Read More...]

That TARDIS Looks Like a Confessional

From The Far Left Side. The official stance of the Catholic church is that evolution occurred, but there are certainly promoters of pseudoscience among Catholics (think Denyse O’Leary). And so this seems like a rather complimentary cartoon about Catholicism, depicting the church going to such great lengths to promote mainstream science and convince skeptics among [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Underwater Menace

In the episode “The Underwater Menace,” the Doctor, Ben, Polly, and Jamie arrive in the lost underwater city of Atlantis. The situation they find their combines the worst of both religion and science. Soon after arriving, the travelers are nearly sacrificed to the “living goddess Ando” who is depicted as part human, part fish. They [Read More...]


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