Of Ponds, Angels, and Prayers

I am struck by the prayerful pose of Amy and Rory in this poster for tonight’s episode of Doctor Who, “The Angels Take Manhattan”: As we fans of the show brace ourselves for tonight’s episode, feel free to discuss what you expect might happen, what you fear will happen, what you will be sorry if [Read More…]

The Doctor’s View of Human Beings

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Doctor Who as Religion

I don't always blog about Doctor Who. But when I do, for the most part I blog about the intersection of Doctor Who and religion, meaning the treatment of religious themes, motifs, and images on the show. Today I had a link drawn to my attention about Doctor Who as religion. Granted, the article is [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Ghost Light

The Doctor Who episode “Ghost Light” is the penultimate episode from the classic series. For those interested in the intersection of religion and Doctor Who, the episode is full of food for thought and discussion. Early in the episode we are treated to a visit to a house by one Rev. Ernest Matthews, Dean of [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Power of Three

Whether you enjoy Doctor Who for the humor or the drama, or both, and whether you share my interest in religious themes in the show or not, there was a lot to love about tonight's episode, “The Power of Three.” There were no fewer plot holes than in the holiest of previous episodes. But if [Read More…]

Quote of the Day (The Doctor)

“The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views…which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.” Uttered by the Fourth Doctor, played by Tom Baker, in [Read More…]

They’re All Starfleet Now

Joel Watts shared a cool Star Trek version of the famous Beatles Abbey Road photo. That led me to the web site of an artist who goes by the nickname “Rabbittooth” who has done a number of photomanipulations to place a very large number of different actors into StarFleet uniforms. I particularly liked these, because [Read More…]

Scooby Doo vs. Doctor Who

It has been observed that some science fiction stories seem to make the opposite point to the one made in the classic cartoon series Scooby Doo. This image highlights the contrast well, using Doctor Who as the specific example: We can all appreciate stories that explore scenarios in which aliens visited our planet in the [Read More…]

Doctor Who: A Town Called Mercy

Tonight’s episode of Doctor Who, “A Town Called Mercy,” is a treasure trove of material for discussion for those interested in the intersection of Doctor Who and religion. What follows includes SPOILERS and so if you have yet to see the episode and don’t want to know what happens, bookmark this post and read it [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Battlefield

The first episode from the last season of Sylvester McCoy’s time as the Doctor is “Battlefield” and it is ripe to be revisited in the era of Matt Smith. Spoilers follow. In this episode, the Doctor comes to Earth at a time when former Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stuart has retired and is married (although he [Read More…]


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