Fear Makes Companions of Us All

For the Jewish New Year, I thought it would be appropriate to finally share a couple of articles related to Doctor Who and Judaism that came to my attention over the past week. First, Rabbi Pamela Gottfried wrote a piece for the site My Jewish Learning, with the title “Taking the TARDIS to God.” Although not a Whovian herself, [Read More...]

An Adventure in Time and Space

The folks at IO9 mentioned how genuinely moving and emotional this reenactment of the beginnings of Doctor Who is. I agree. There are some truly powerful moments, and the entire story is one that Doctor Who fans will particularly love, but can be enjoyed by anyone. It is about the BBC's first female producer and [Read More...]

The Joy of Doctor Who

IO9 drew attention to the above commercial for the documentary “Adventures in Space and Time” about the start of Doctor Who. It looks like it is going to be wonderful. Check out the photos on the IO9 site. See also the new book that IO9 drew attention to, Doctor Who: The Vault: Treasures from the [Read More...]

The Old Young Doctor

“I always think that the clown and hero are different levels in the Doctor – there is no completely straight Doctor. The folk memory of Hartnell is he’s a cranky old man, but when you watch him he plays the Doctor as a stroppy child. Very twinkly and he’s not crotchety, he’s sulky, the way [Read More...]

An Adventure in Time and Space

IO9 shared details from the BBC press release about the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special documentary, “Adventures in Time and Space.” Below is a sampling. Click through to read the rest! (Yes, it is during the AAR/SBL annual meeting…) DOCTOR WHO’S FIRST DOCTOR REGENERATED IN BBC AMERICA’S AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME PREMIERING NOVEMBER 22 [Read More...]

The Grandfatherly First Doctor

Many Doctor Who fans have commented on how old William Hartnell looked at 55 compared to Peter Capaldi at the same age. There is a reason for that: Hartnell wore a wig for the part, and also acted impressively well to portray a character who was supposed to be quite ancient, and not merely elderly. [Read More...]

Pretty Sure This Was Intentional

A number of Doctor Who fans noticed that Peter Capaldi, when he first came on stage after the announcement that he would be the next Doctor, did the lapel grab that William Hartnell sometimes did. It was almost certainly intentional. As we reach what would, if the time lords’ limit on regenerations were enforced, be [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Three Doctors

It was interesting watching The Three Doctors again recently. As a classic episode I have seen several times before, it struck me just how inadequate the special effects were for expressing the concepts the writers wanted to integrate into the story. A singularity that Omega had managed to harness looked like a flow of steam. [Read More...]

Happy Birthday, Colin Baker!

Today is Colin Baker's 70th birthday. And so, to mark the occasion and express my appreciation, I thought I would repost some thoughts I shared when I blogged about “The Twin Dilemma”: When Colin Baker took on the role of the Doctor, something marvellous occurred. More than ever since the first regeneration, there were moments [Read More...]

The First Regeneration

Via Doctor Who TV, HT IO9, I learned that an animation has been released of the ending of the lost Doctor Who episode “The Tenth Planet,” which featured the first ever instance of the Doctor regenerating. [Read more...]

Doctor Who: The First Question Trailer

In related news, David Bradley will play William Hartnell in a documentary about the origins and early days of Doctor Who! Here’s what that might look like: [Read more...]


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