Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng Chiang

The Talons of Weng-Chiang is an episode that one could discuss from many perspectives – including an examination of whether it mainly reflects, or at times challenges, racist stereotypes about the Chinese. The choice of a British actor not of Chinese descent to play the main Chinese character is certainly an odd one. And does [Read More...]

To the Rational Mind

I came across an image on Twitter with the quote from the Doctor Who episode The Robots of Death which I blogged about, and thought I should share it. I’m interested how many readers of this blog agree with or disagree with the quote. [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin

The Doctor Who episode The Deadly Assassin offered another glimpse of the Doctor’s home planet, Gallifrey, and a return for the Master after the death of the actor, Roger Delgado, who had played him. The Master appears as a degenerating figure, at the end of his final regeneration. And the Matrix, a database of history [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear

The Doctor Who episode The Hand of Fear is probably best known as the episode in which the show says farewell to Sarah Jane Smith, one of the more popular companions of all time – revisiting in several later episodes, and becoming the subject of a TV movie, K9 and Company: A Girl’s Best Friend, [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Seeds of Doom

The Seeds of Doom is an episode which explores yet another widespread sci-fi trope, namely spores which fall to Earth from space and have the potential to take over humans and overrun the planet. The episode also has elements of the typical spy thriller, including the Doctor getting into more fist fights than usual. The [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius

The “brain in a vat” scenario is a famous philosophical thought experiment, as well as a recurrent feature in science fiction. Given its title, it may be no surprise that The Brain of Morbius features that scenario. Morbius describes his situation, having been given voice and hearing but otherwise no sensory inputs, and thus he describes [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Android Invasion

The Android Invasion is another Doctor Who version of a widespread science fiction trope, this time the replacement of people in a sleepy village with robot replicas. In this case, however, it turns out that not only the people but the entire village has been replicated. The symbolism as the Doctor notices a calendar in the village [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Pyramids of Mars

Pyramids of Mars is one of the great classic examples of the ancient aliens trope on Doctor Who. The episode focuses on a British explorer who, in exploring an Egyptian tomb, is taken over by the Egyptian god Sutekh, better known as Seth. The self-described servant of Sutekh, Ibrahim Namin, speaks of gods, unbelievers, and a [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Planet of Evil

Planet of Evil is one of those episodes of Doctor Who that makes no sense, scientifically speaking. The Doctor and Sarah arrive on the “last known planet” in the universe, Zeta Minor, where a team of scientists is looking for a solution to Earth’s dwindling energy resources. However, they have in fact crossed over into [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks

“Genesis of the Daleks” is arguably one of the greatest episodes in Doctor Who history. It took a deeper look at the history of the Daleks, and also posed interesting moral questions. The time lords send the Doctor and his companions to Skaro, at a time before the first Doctor’s visit in the show’s second [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Sontaran Experiment

The episode “The Sontaran Experiment” is an interesting one when treated as a companion to “The Ark in Space.” While in the latter the story of Noah was from mythology, in this one, Space Station Nerva has become a legend, and thus viewed like Atlantis. And so Doctor Who, as so many times before, both [Read More...]


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