Academics in the field of religion who are also fans of Doctor Who are finding themselves torn. The major conferences in our fields, the annual meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion coincide with the broadcast on television – and showing in theaters in 3D – of “The Day of the Doctor,” the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who.
I have a ticket to see it at the theater nearest Baltimore that I could find. But it is turning out that to get there will involve choosing to miss at least part of sessions and papers that I am interested in (ironically including one about Doctor Who!) as well as a reception that is typically the best at the conference, hosted by the publisher of the book I edited, Religion and Science Fiction. And so I have made up my mind not to go after all.
I’m sure that I will manage to see it somehow. I’m just wondering whether there isn’t some chance that there will be a repeat showing in a movie theater so that I can see it there in 3D. In the meantime, here is the brief synopsis of the episode that the BBC has released.
In related news, there is apparently a minisode (perhaps a prequel?) in the works called “The Last Day” which is of obvious interest to those fascinated by Doctor Who’s religious themes. And this great image about waiting for an older Doctor comes to us courtesy of Brian of Morbius:
Here is the trailer for “The Day of the Doctor” in case you haven’t seen it: