Doctor Who: The Girl Who Died

I apologize for taking so long to get to blogging about the most recent episode of Doctor Who, “The Girl Who Died.” The episode was full of everything that I love about Doctor Who – silliness, serious reflection, connections with earlier episode, and religious themes. Spoilers ahead! Many fans have been waiting for a key [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Before the Flood

The entire episode “Before the Flood” is about the bootstrap paradox, something that comes up sooner or later in every science fiction story, and is nothing new to Doctor Who. But this episode tackles it explicitly – indeed, so explicitly that the opening segment prior to the credits is essentially a PSA about the bootstrap paradox. [Read More…]

Doctor Who in Christianity Today

There was an article by Sarah Bessey just recently in Christianity Today about Doctor Who, and it included a mention of the book that I co-edited, Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith: Religion and Doctor Who. Bessey blogs quite a bit about Doctor Who, and so it is great to see that turn into an article aimed at [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Under the Lake

Tonight’s episode of Doctor Who upped the ante for cliffhangers, with something that I don’t think we’ve ever seen before in all the show’s more than 50 years of history. SPOILERS AHEAD! The episode begins with some classics of Doctor Who: A crashed alien spacecraft at the bottom of a body of water on Earth. Mysterious writing. Ghosts. [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Witch’s Familiar

I apologize for not blogging about “The Witch’s Familiar” sooner – it was airing while I was traveling back from a conference. The title of this episode is no more self-explanatory than the previous one. My hunch is that both are veiled references to Clara Oswald – the Doctor’s apprentice, and yet said by Missy to be “the puppy” [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Image of the Fendahl

Image of the Fendahl is a great episode for those interested in the show’s exploration of religion. It also has a moment which may be alluded to and revisited in a great episode from the Peter Capaldi era. The episode begins with the discovery of a skull, 8 million years (based on potassium-argon dating) before a human-like [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Magician’s Apprentice

Doctor Who returned to out TV screens this evening, and it was as full as ever of the creative mind-blowing stuff that has characterized the Moffatt era. While that era has been characterized with much that has been silly and frustrating – and this episode is no exception – it has typically made up for [Read More…]

Doctor Who Discount

To mark the return of Doctor Who to our television screens tomorrow evening, Darton, Longman, and Todd is offering a 30% 33% discount on the book Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith. Just enter the coupon code XOANON when checking out on the DLT website. If you don’t get the reference, there is a serious gap in your knowledge [Read More…]

Prologue to Series 9 of Doctor Who

IO9 drew attention to the release of a video featuring the Doctor returning to Karn and having an intriguing conversation there. Watch the above to whet your appetite for the new season, which premiers in just over a week! Once you’ve watched it, feel free to come back here and discuss who the “he” is that wants [Read More…]

Bond Who?

I’ve been rewatching the James Bond movies with my son, who hadn’t seen them yet. We just watched On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and are Whovians, and so it is time to mention the “James Bond is a Time Lord” theory. I’ll include a summary of it below. But even more fun, I think, is [Read More…]