The Name of the Doctor…Who Season Finale

The BBC Doctor Who blog posted the above poster. Wow! Do you think we will actually hear the Doctor's name? If that is revealed, what do you think the show will do to preserve the character of the Doctor's mystery?   [Read more…]

If the Doctor met Jesus

I came across this image on a Christian meme Facebook page: It had to get a mention here, since it brings religion and Doctor Who together. But I’m not impressed with what it does at the intersection. If the Doctor were to encounter the historical Jesus, surely he would have been the Galilean exorcist, teacher, [Read More…]

Westboro Baptist Church Joins the United Federation of Christian Planets

Westboro Baptist Church announced its plan to picket the funerals of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing. Anonymous responded by taking over the Westboro Baptist Church Facebook page, where they have been posting things like this: News at the intersection of Christianity and Star Trek: The Next Generation always deserves a mention here. UPDATE: [Read More…]

Peter Davison to be at Gen Con in Indianapolis

Another e-mail I received, this one from WhoNA: OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Peter Davison at Who North America and GenCon (August 15-18, 2013) FROM THE OFFICIAL GENCON ANNOUNCEMENT: Gen Con Announces First 2013 Media Guest of Honor Fifth Doctor from Doctor Who Classic Series to Attend SEATTLE (April 16, 2013) – Gen Con LLC has announced that [Read More…]

Hymn to the God of Akhaten

A commenter asked where they could find the music from the Doctor Who episode “The Rings of Akhaten.” Above is the first song, “God of Akhaten.” Below is the second, “Wake Up,” with the wonderful speech by the Doctor during it. For discussion of the religious themes of the episode, see my earlier blog review [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Cold War

It was interesting to see Doctor Who revisit the 80s situation of the Cold War, and interpose an alien into the midst of that setting, in tonight’s episode “Cold War.” The classic “base under siege” type of story is, in the case of “Cold War,” mirrored in a story of a submarine under siege. During [Read More…]

There’s More to Mos Eisley

From Glue – The Comic, by Jason “Danger” Block, via Steampunk Boba Fett on Facebook. There are quite a few other good ones on the comic’s blog, including this one about people who say “I don’t believe in evolution”: [Read more…]

Human Souls Trapped in the World Wide Web

I blogged previously about the episode “The Bells of St. John,” but did not dive in detail into its metaphorical treatment of how technology has taken hold of our lives. The idea of souls being uploaded and trapped in a world wide web, and crying out for help, sounds less like Twitter specifically, as per [Read More…]

Sense of Wonder – Now Available for Kindle!

A book to which I contributed the essay on religion in science fiction is now available for Kindle at less than half the list price of the enormous print volume. The book is Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction, and I am providing the publisher’s description and a list of contents below.   [Read More…]

Doxacon

Thanks to Rod at Political Jesus for pointing out that there will be a conference in July about science fiction and fantasy, held under the auspices of the Orthodox Church in America. It is called Doxacon. There’s something very cool about a sci-fi and fantasy conference which features Vespers and other elements of divine liturgy! [Read More…]