Closing Time for Doctor Who? Silence Will Fall

Today’s episode of Doctor Who, “Closing Time,” brought together everything that we love about the show: the Doctor swinging back and forth between cocky overconfidence and severe self doubt, robot dogs, Cybermen turning up in unexpectedly ordinary places, mysteries about the Doctor’s past and future, and an abundance of humor as the Doctor says and [Read More…]

Happy 7th Anniversary, LOST Fans!

Nikki Stafford offered anniversary wishes on her blog, reminding us that it is 7 years since the first episode of LOST aired. How time flies. Nikki will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming LOST mini-conference in New Orleans in October. The program can be viewed online. [Read more…]

Darth Vader’s New Voice

There has been a lot of discussion of George Lucas’ alterations to the classic Star Wars films for their Blu-Ray release. This parody is the one that I think is the funniest: If nothing else, watching the parody will make you feel better about what George Lucas actually did. [Read more…]

I Can’t Believe This Book Has Nothing To Do With Doctor Who!

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Antievolutionism in the Classroom and around the Blogosphere

My freshman “Faith, Doubt and Reason” class yesterday took an unexpected turn, as a discussion of Paul Tillich’s treatment of symbols in his Dynamics of Faith raised the issue of whether faith is necessary in the natural sciences, which led some students (the vast majority, at least of those who spoke) to express a “lack [Read More…]

When 900 Years Old You Reach… (for fans of both Star Wars and Doctor Who)

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Everything Changes from Day One when you start watching Torchwood

You may be surprised to learn what a latecomer I am to Torchwood. I just started watching the show a few days ago – and I don’t mean just started getting caught up on the latest season, but I just watched the first two episodes from season 1 a few days ago. As a Doctor [Read More…]

Reviews of The God Complex and More

There has been a fair bit of interest and discussion in response to my post on the most recent Doctor Who episode, “The God Complex.” Here are some other reviews and blog reflections on the episode that I’m aware of: The Oncoming Hope  God Complex aka The Characters Uncomplex Stuff and Conscience  The Doctor and [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The God Complex (and the Complex God)

Today’s episode of Doctor Who, with the title “The God Complex,” was bound to have interesting things to talk about if you are interested in religion and science fiction. But the episode offered far more than I anticipated, and the title (like quite a few recent titles of Doctor Who episodes) turned out to refer [Read More…]

Epic Storytelling from the Bible to Star Wars

While searching for a recording of “O Fortuna” from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana I came across this video which brings together scenes from across the various six Star Wars films to that musical accompaniment, connecting the early and later in a pretty effective way. The look on Obi Wan Kenobi’s face in the first Star [Read More…]