Doctor Who: The Claws of Axos

The Doctor Who episode “The Claws of Axos” from the Jon Pertwee era features aliens who remind me of golden gods, perhaps from Greek mythology. And the story actually echoes, in a sense, a famous mythic story from that tradition, but on this occasion it is godlike beings who bring the treacherous gift. The Axons [Read More…]

Doctor Who: First Night, Last Night

How had I missed these Doctor Who minisodes until now? [Read more…]

Still Thinking About LOST

Tony Rossi has reposted some of his reflections on the show and its religious themes on the blog Christopher Closeup. Of course, there is a lot of blogging at Exploring Our Matrix about LOST, although, since most of it is from before the move to Patheos, it doesn’t have the convenient tags to help you find [Read More…]

WHOcharist

I received an invitation on Facebook to attend WHOcharist. It is apparently a discussion of Doctor Who at a church called South Wedge Mission in Rochester. Who knew? In honor of this creative event title, here is “The Penultimate Supper” by Ray Friesen:   [Read more…]

Doctor Who: The Original Concept

I had it drawn to my attention that the original background notes for the TV show Doctor Who, written by Cecil E. Webber and Sydney Newman, is available on the BBC website (I’ve embedded the entire thing below). The document sets forth a vision for where the show would go. It appears that the Doctor’s identity [Read More…]

Do You Want to Know the Name of the Doctor?

Do you want to know the Doctor's name? I'm not asking whether you want to watch a leaked copy (more information here) of “The Name of the Doctor” early after downloading it, assuming you have found a torrent that doesn't lead to a fake copy. I'm asking whether you actually want to know the Doctor's [Read More…]

Doctor Who season finale “The Name of the Doctor” leaked early!

If you are a Doctor Who fan, you have surely heard the news that some copies of the season 7 Blu-Ray shipped early, meaning that a few lucky people in the United States who pre-ordered them now have access to the season finale, “The Name of the Doctor,” before it airs next Saturday. If you [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Nightmare in Silver

We were told that, in the episode of Doctor Who “Nightmare in Silver,” Neil Gaiman aimed to make the cybermen scary again. It is arguable that he accomplished that, not only by making the cybermen a little scarier, but also making them part of something even scarier than they are. Spoilers ahead! Some speculated about whether the [Read More…]

Doctor Who: She Said, He Said (Prequel to The Name of the Doctor)

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Doctor Who, Judaism, and the Ineffable Name

Tablet magazine has an article about Doctor Who from a Jewish perspective. It includes less well known details, such as the Jewish background of the show’s creator Sydney Newman, as well as more familiar topics such as the depiction of Nazism in the form of the Daleks, and the seemingly ineffable name of the Doctor [Read More…]