Doctor Who: The Chase

“The Chase” is the episode of Doctor Who which saw the departure of the remaining two of the original companions from the show’s beginning, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright. In a very real sense, they were the main characters of the show, and the Doctor was a mysterious figure who had whisked them away for [Read More…]

Darth Jesus

I found this online while looking for something else. It definitely sits at the intersection of religion and science fiction: Someone added the comment: And now abideth anger, fear, aggression, these three; but the greatest of these is anger. Darth Jesus can feel your anger. He wants to give you focus and make you stronger. [Read More…]

Post-Apocalyptic Churches

The science fiction site IO9 posted some photos altered by a Russian artist to depict post-apocalyptic scenes. Several of them are very striking. This one, however, particularly caught my attention: I suspect that churches that remained standing after an apocalypse would take on new or renewed significance – not necessarily in a manner that was [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Abominable Snowmen

The classic episode from the Patrick Troughton era, “The Abominable Snowmen,” is almost entirely lost. It is a pity, as it is an engaging episode with a convincing story and interesting exploration of religion. Doctor Who has had a longstanding affection for Buddhism, but in some respects “The Abominable Snowmen” offers a more explicitly positive [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Trial of a Time Lord: Mindwarp

The next four parts of the episode “The Trial of a Time Lord” are known by the subtitle “Mindwarp.” This segment is powerful inasmuch as it makes us really wonder about the Doctor’s sanity and stability, and later, about Peri’s fate. Having coped with the Doctor’s instability early in the Sixth Doctor’s tenure, and finally [Read More…]

Robot at Prayer

Thanks to Jeff Carter for drawing to my attention the Korean science fiction film “Doomsday Book” which apparently features a robot praying and in other ways explores the intersection of religion and science fiction. [Read more…]

Favorite Science Fiction Music: Deep Impact

James Horner’s film music is fairly well known, but like most film composers, there is incredible music by him that is less well known than it deserves to be. Here are some samples from the science fiction film, Deep Impact.   [Read more…]

Doctor Who: Trial of a Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet

“The Trial of a Time Lord” is an episode (or sequence of episodes, depending how one thinks about it) that I remember vividly from when I was younger. I also remember before I saw it, a friend of mine telling me some things about it that were so mind-bending I was sure he was lying. [Read More…]

Favorite Science Fiction Music: Star Trek VI – The Undiscovered Country

There are a lot of soundtracks that I love – not only science fiction ones, I might add, and perhaps I will share some of my favorites non-sci-fi film music at some point. But there is a lot of science fiction music that is simply excellent, and which deserves to be better known. If I [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks

Revelation of the Daleks is a rather morbid episode set at a galactic funeral home. It has much comedy in it, as always, but some of the humor is blacker. The Doctor and Peri arrive on the suitably-named planet Necros, supposedly for the funeral or memorial service for a friend of the Doctor’s. The Doctor [Read More…]


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