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 and how it relates to the ineffable name of God. It is a fairly short treatment, so it does more to raise interesting discussion points than anything else. Definitely worth reading if you are a Doctor Who fan, and/or interested in the intersection of religion and science fiction. And so I recommend clicking through and doing so!

HT Jim Davila, 3quarksdaily, and Andy Crome on Facebook.

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  • Susan Burns

    If only Nazis had not been able to climb stairs.

  • Another Doctor Who post yet nothing on the death of Geza Vermes?

    • Ouch – but it is a fair point! I had been hoping to post something grandiose in keeping with his amazing impact, and so kept putting it off. I have a post scheduled to appear tonight. I had really wanted to try to round up links to articles, books, and videos of his. But there just wasn’t time – whereas linking to an article with a few comments didn’t take long at all.