Doctor Who: Dark Water

What an amazing episode of Doctor Who “Dark Water” is. It starts with Clara speaking intensely¬†with Danny on the phone, including saying that she loves him, and emphasizing that this isn’t just the casual phrase but something deeper. And then he stops responding, and we soon learn that Danny had been hit by a car [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...]

The Doctor and The Master: Lightsaber Duel

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Doctor Who: The Time Monster

This classic episode of Doctor Who, “The Time Monster,” is arguably one of the best for discussing the show’s interaction with religion. It has points at which ancient Greek mythology, Buddhism, and Christianity are in view. The story focuses on the attempt by the Master to summon Kronos, the Greek god who apparently really exists [Read More...]

Doctor Who Star Wars Mash-Up

Like many mash-ups, this Doctor Who Episode II: Attack of the Sontarans trailer makes little sense. But like many mash-ups, it is still entertaining, and impressive in what it shows about how it is possible to take people from one movie or TV show and weave them effectively into another. [Read more...]

The Doctor’s Hidden Secrets Revealed

IO9 shared a variety of bits of test footage from auditions for parts in science fiction and superhero TV shows and movies. The bit of script that was used for Paul McGann’s audition to play the 8th Doctor includes some fascinating details, which never made it into the TV movie he starred in. Could any [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Colony in Space

The Doctor Who episode “Colony in Space” from the Jon Pertwee era sees the Doctor sent on a mission on behalf of the time lords, although without his being informed of the nature of the mission in advance. It seems as though the confines of Earth felt too restricting not only to the character of [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons

The episode Terror of the Autons, the first episode from the second season featuring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor, is an important one in the history of Doctor Who for a number of reasons, not least of which is that it saw the introduction of the Master, another renegade time lord, and former classmate of the [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Survival

There is something striking about the fact that the last episode of Doctor Who before its long period of non-production was called “Survival“. The DVD release of the episode includes a second disc with extras, one of which is a documentary “Endgame” about the show’s cancellation, about which I’ll say more after discussing the episode [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Mind of Evil

This Doctor Who episode from the Jon Pertwee era, “The Mind of Evil,” offers interesting explorations of religious themes, as well as some intriguing connections with (or perhaps disconnects from) more recent episodes. The Doctor and Jo Grant go to see a demonstration at a prison of a device called the Keller Machine, which supposedly [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Castrovalva

The episode “Castrovalva” marked the beginning of the era of the Fifth Doctor, played by Peter Davison, until then the youngest actor to have played the role. The actor, writers, and the show itself had their work cut out for them. Tom Baker had occupied the role for longer than anyone previously or since, a [Read More...]


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