To The Name Above Every Name

Arnold Bax is a neglected composer over all, but his works for choir are even more neglected than some of the rest of his compositions. [Read more...]

Time for a Name Change?

I’ve been thinking that the Matrix reference in the name of my blog has become rather dated. And so I’m contemplating changing it. Any suggestions for a new name? Should I just call it “James McGrath’s Blog,” or would something else be better? Silly as well as serious suggestions are welcome. Of course, I could [Read More...]

Avoid Bible Churches

The blog Two Friars and a Fool has a tongue-in-cheek list of things to watch out for when church shopping. I particularly liked this sign that you should give the church a wide berth: Has “Bible” in the Name Look, any church will have Bibles in it, as well as people who read those Bibles [Read More...]

The End of Doctor Who?

There has been a lot of speculation, and many rumors, related to the next Doctor after Matt Smith. But today I find myself wondering whether there will be another Doctor. I wonder whether the BBC is not planning on ending the show’s run. Trenzalore, we have learned, is the place where the Doctor dies and [Read More...]

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Trailer

I'm not entirely certain whether this is official, but it is still well done. Do you think they are still planning to do something with the Doctor's name along the lines of the hints we had received up until now, as highlighted in the video? Or is that all a red herring? Or is it [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Name of the Doctor

If you’re expecting the episode “The Name of the Doctor” to make perfect logical sense, you must be new to Doctor Who. As it has from the beginning, Doctor Who skirts the boundary between science fiction and fantasy, and so some of the “science” is always little different from “magic.” But on a storytelling and [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Nightmare in Silver

We were told that, in the episode of Doctor Who “Nightmare in Silver,” Neil Gaiman aimed to make the cybermen scary again. It is arguable that he accomplished that, not only by making the cybermen a little scarier, but also making them part of something even scarier than they are. Spoilers ahead! Some speculated about whether the [Read More...]

Doctor Who: She Said, He Said (Prequel to The Name of the Doctor)

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Doctor Who, Judaism, and the Ineffable Name

Tablet magazine has an article about Doctor Who from a Jewish perspective. It includes less well known details, such as the Jewish background of the show’s creator Sydney Newman, as well as more familiar topics such as the depiction of Nazism in the form of the Daleks, and the seemingly ineffable name of the Doctor [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Rewatching Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead

I recently rewatched the double Doctor Who episode “Silence in the Library” and “Forest of the Dead.” Having now seen so much of the later interaction between the Doctor and River Song, and having so many questions answered and details filled in, rewatching the episode where they first introduced River reinforces just how impressively the [Read More...]

The Doctor Who Can Be Named

Over on the blog A God-Sized Puzzle, Eruesso brought Doctor Who and the Tao Te Ching together and came up with this: This can lead to some interesting discussions at the intersection of religion and science fiction. Human beings hunger revelations, but they fail to satisfy in the long term. You can see this in [Read More...]