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…]

Doctor Who: Rewatching Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead

I recently rewatched the double Doctor Who episode “Silence in the Library” and “Forest of the Dead.” Having now seen so much of the later interaction between the Doctor and River Song, and having so many questions answered and details filled in, rewatching the episode where they first introduced River reinforces just how impressively the [Read More…]

The Doctor Who Can Be Named

Over on the blog A God-Sized Puzzle, Eruesso brought Doctor Who and the Tao Te Ching together and came up with this: This can lead to some interesting discussions at the intersection of religion and science fiction. Human beings hunger revelations, but they fail to satisfy in the long term. You can see this in [Read More…]

The Doctor’s Name – One Excellent Possibility

It isn't just the Silence who want the secret kept. There are also many fans that simply don't want to know the Doctor's name. For instance these folks here: I don't blame them. Let's face it, if there is a big reveal on Doctor Who after 50 years of secrecy, and it turns out the [Read More…]

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…]

Sheol Identified

Scholars and laypeople have engaged in significant debate about the precise meaning of the word/name “Sheol” in the Bible. At times it seems to be an underworld, at times simply the grave, and at times perhaps something else. A student in my class on the Bible has actually solved the mystery and come up with [Read More…]

Substance and Advertising: Southern Baptists as “Great Commission Baptists”

Various news outlets are reporting that the Southern Baptist Convention stopped short of voting for a name change, and has instead added an additional name to their denomination: “Great Commission Baptists.” The article in the Washington Post says Convention President Bryant Wright and other church leaders are concerned that the Southern Baptist name is too [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The War Machines (and the computer that knew the Doctor’s name)

The episode of Doctor Who, “The War Machines,” may seem to explore familiar terrain to viewers today. But keep in mind that this episode was written and aired not only decades before Skynet and the Terminator films, but also years before the movie Colossus: The Forbin Project was released. And so the Doctor Who episode [Read More…]

How Will Doctor Who Fans React If The Doctor’s Real Name Turns Out To Be…?

How will Doctor Who fans react if the Doctor’s real name turns out to be… …what River Song always calls him? In other words… “Sweetie” [Read more…]


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