The Doctor Investigates Gravity Hill

I decided to take a drive with my son yesterday to two places that we had never been to. I had heard about the phenomenon of a “gravity hill” as a kid, probably via to the show Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. I found out some months ago that one such place is right near Indianapolis, [Read More…]

Who North America Reopens!

I received this notice from Who North America today: FINALLY!  It is with great pleasure that we announce our soft opening of the new store on Tuesday, March 1, 2016!!! Our new location is at: 8901 S. State Road 67 Camby, IN 46113 Our telephone number and email remains the same.  Our operating hours for [Read More…]

Geoffrey Burgon: Connecting the Church, Monty Python, Doctor Who, and More

In exploring the Naxos music database’s new releases, I discovered Geoffrey Burgon’s Requiem. Burgon is known for TV soundtracks (including Doctor Who) and film score work, such as on Monty Python’s The Life of Brian. I read the conference volume that looked at Jesus and Brian, but although the music was mentioned, no one seems to have focused [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song

Tonight’s episode of Doctor Who works as a comedy episode throughout most of it, and then as a tender romance towards the end. Whether the combination of the two really works or not is hard to say, but the result was enjoyable even if it didn’t consistently feel believable even by Doctor Who standards – and [Read More…]

Whovian Christmas

Jeff Carter offered some Whovian versions of Christmas carol titles. I didn’t think I could do better, so I’ll just link to his list. And as usual, the BBC has some Doctor Who Christmas cards that you can download and print. I particularly like this one (notice the sign on the door):   [Read more…]

Doctor Who: Hell Bent

“Hell Bent” was a nice season finale for what has been, I would say, the best season of the Peter Capaldi era thus far, with some episodes that will surely remain all-time classics. The way the episode begins is mysterious, and makes sense only at the end. The Doctor is in Nevada, and stops by [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Heaven Sent

This episode begins with a monologue about the sense of life being lived in constant threat of danger and death. The Doctor thinks about Clara’s death, and is angry in a way that we have rarely seen. The Doctor has been brought to a castle, but with TV screens on the walls. The Doctor realizes [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Face the Raven

Due to the AAR/SBL conference and Thanksgiving, I am more than a week behind in blogging about the latest Doctor Who episodes. And so I will get caught up with two blog posts today – and then will soon get back to finishing off my blogging through the classic series, which I finished rewatching a [Read More…]

Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship at #AARSBL on Saturday Afternoon

This session focused on canon and fan fiction, making comparisons between science fiction and other genres on the one hand, and Biblical studies on the other. Frauke Uhlenbruch presided. My paper was up first, and it turned out there was no projector, and so my slides – which had no point to them other than [Read More…]

Nerd Fundamentalism at #AARSBL15

Today I travel to the joint annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature. I will try to blog about the conference as it happens. My conference paper for this year’s SBL conference will be presented in a session of the Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship program unit on the theme Imaginal [Read More…]