Doctor Who: Extremis

The story begins with the Doctor at an execution for Missy, a long time ago, at which he is supposed to pull the lever, but apparently finds a way to save her. And so we find that she is the one in the vault. It is a planet and order of people dedicated to ending [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Oxygen

The episode “Oxygen” begins with the Doctor saying “Space: the final frontier.” He then talks about space, the void, wanting to kill us. The first scene after the credits features the Doctor lecturing about how space kills us (eventually leading to a student asking what that has to do with crop rotation). Responding to a distress call, [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Knock Knock

Bill and some other students are looking for a house for six, and after being frustrated with what is available, a mysterious man offers them an enormous old house. The Doctor helps Bill to move, and senses something is odd. Bill says that the Doctor is her granddad. Bill says that an old house and [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Thin Ice

The Doctor and Bill land in London 1814, and the episode starts with lots of interesting discussions of the danger of time travel to a time when slavery still exists, as well as the potential to step on a butterfly and alter the future. With respect to the latter, the Doctor says it is just [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Smile

Last night’s episode of Doctor Who began with a discussion of why the seats in the TARDIS are so far away from the controls, the fact that you don’t steer it you negotiate with it, and the fact that he doesn’t know how much it cost because he stole it. There is also a reference [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Pilot

Ten seasons into the revival of a show that is now more than 50 years old, and now they make “The Pilot”?! But in fact, the first episode of the new season does echo the very first episode – as well as many others. Bill Potts is introduced right from the beginning of the episode. [Read More…]

Doctor Who Returns Tonight!

I am long overdue to share the two overlapping trailers that have appeared in recent weeks and days for the upcoming season of Doctor Who, which begins with a new episode later today! You can read more about them on Blastr, IO9 (three times), the BBC Doctor Who blog (twice), and elsewhere. And if you yearn [Read More…]

Mutant in the Armor of God

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When Mr. Bean was Dr. Who: Steven Moffatt’s First Doctor Who Episode

Just in time for Steven Moffatt’s last season running Doctor Who, I learned that he was responsible for the famous Red Nose Day Doctor Who parody sketch starring Rowan Atkinson and a host of other famous actors, “The Curse of Fatal Death.” [Read more…]

The Doctor on “Alternative Facts”

IO9 drew attention to the fact that today marks the 40th anniversary of the first airing of the Doctor Who episode “The Face of Evil,” which I blogged about back in 2012. The above quote seems particularly relevant to the present day, when many prefer to seek to alter the facts rather than alter their views [Read More…]