Sure, River Song’s diary has “spoilers” about the Doctor’s future. But reading Religion and Science Fiction will clue you in to more about what’s coming in your favorite science fiction show. Sci-fi, like all genres, thrives on doing creative things that explore big questions and topics that are of perennial interest. And so if you want to try to figure out what is coming on a show, when even the writers may not know yet, then there is no better approach than to read about the history of science fiction and the big questions that it has tackled in the past. They are bound to come up again.
Fans of Doctor Who will already know, but the show returns this month, with some specials scheduled to air on BBC America prior to the next new episode we’re all waiting for, “Let’s Kill Hitler.”