Doctor Who: The Edge of Destruction

The short (two part) story “The Edge Of Destruction” (the second part to which bears the title “The Brink of Despair”) was the first story to be told solely within the TARDIS and involving the Doctor and his regular companions. This was at least partly motivated by budgetary concerns, but in fact the story works [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Novelization of the Daleks

As I have mentioned before, one of the ways I am going back to “rewatch” Doctor Who from the very beginning is taking advantage of the opportunity to listen to these classic episodes in the car as audiobooks. Yet other than the lost episodes, the recordings of the actual soundtracks of Doctor Who episodes generally [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Firemaker

This post is about the last two parts of the very first broadcast Doctor Who story, variously called in its entirety “An Unearthly Child,” “100,000 BC,” “The Tribe of Gum,” and a few other names besides. The fourth part, “The Firemaker,” is the one I’ve chosen to use in the title. In parts three and [Read More...]

Doctor Who: 100,000 BC

One of my recent posts asked just how far back in the show’s history the intersection with religion goes. I’d like to suggest that the answer is the very first episode – or the second if one considers each half-hour installment an episode. In this installment, “The Cave of Skulls,” we encounter early humans struggling [Read More...]

The (Apparent) Death and Resurrection of the Doctor

A commenter pointed out to me that the date chosen for the death of the Doctor by Lake Silencio, April 22nd, 2011, was significant, advising me to Google it. I did. That date was Good Friday this year. The same commenter also related the question about the Doctor’s identity to the classic one from the [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Starting Again From The Beginning

Doctor Who fans may be wondering what to do between now and the next new episode, the Christmas special that is a few months away. I’m planning to re-watch or at least listen to all Doctor Who episodes, beginning from the very beginning. I’ve seen many of them before, but have not watched or listened [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Wedding of River Song

“The Wedding of River Song” was absolutely fantastic as an episode offering all that we hope for from Doctor Who, as well as providing a satisfying season finale and pointing ahead to what lies ahead on the Fields of Tranzelor. Spoilers lie ahead, because this episode is just too full of good stuff not to [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks

I have begun listening to early Doctor Who episodes in the car in audiobook form. I started with this episode, “The Power of the Daleks.” It was the first to feature a regeneration scene, and the first episode in which Patrick Troughton replaced William Hartnell, who up until that time was the only actor to [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Let’s Kill Hitler (and answer the oldest question in the universe)

Doctor Who returned today with the long-awaited episode “Let’s Kill Hitler.” The show is not only avoiding doing obvious things with such a title, but is also delivering answers to questions it had previously raised, while raising new ones – in other words, it is full speed ahead doing all the things that fans love [Read More...]

Dr. Snoopy the Time Lord

It was suggested to me today that Snoopy must be a time lord, since his doghouse seems to be bigger on the inside than the outside. Apparently this is not the first time the idea has occurred to someone, since I found these pictures online: There are other Peanuts meets Doctor Who images out there. [Read More...]

The Doctor Who Experience

One of the non-conference-related highlights of my recent visit to London was taking my son to the Doctor Who Experience. This post will contain some spoilers which, if you are planning on going, you might want to skip. Then again, I remember thinking as I was waiting in line to go in, and the guide [Read More...]