Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song

Tonight’s episode of Doctor Who works as a comedy episode throughout most of it, and then as a tender romance towards the end. Whether the combination of the two really works or not is hard to say, but the result was enjoyable even if it didn’t consistently feel believable even by Doctor Who standards – and [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…]

Rain Gods

I had this short Doctor Who minisode drawn to my attention, and even if it hadn’t intersected with religion, I would have wanted to share it. I wonder how many people who watch it will remember the episode “The Aztecs” from the William Hartnell era, in which a similar issue of human sacrifice and rain [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Name of the Doctor

If you’re expecting the episode “The Name of the Doctor” to make perfect logical sense, you must be new to Doctor Who. As it has from the beginning, Doctor Who skirts the boundary between science fiction and fantasy, and so some of the “science” is always little different from “magic.” But on a storytelling and [Read More…]

Doctor Who: First Night, Last Night

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

Doctor Who: The Snowmen

Tonight’s episode of Doctor Who, the long-awaited Christmas special “The Snowmen,” did a wonderful job of preserving the humor, magic, and terror that make Doctor Who more than a science fiction show. SPOILERS AHEAD! The episode begins with a Doctor that is gloomy and withdrawn, having decided to try to avoid becoming attached to anyone [Read More…]

Time Lord vs. Stormtroopers at Christmas

It doesn't look like Demons Run…although that can have some nice Christmas symbolism anyway, if you think about it! [Read more…]

Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons

The episode Terror of the Autons, the first episode from the second season featuring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor, is an important one in the history of Doctor Who for a number of reasons, not least of which is that it saw the introduction of the Master, another renegade time lord, and former classmate of the [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Angels Take Manhattan

Steven Moffatt promised a moving and fitting farewell to Rory and Amy. I think he pulled it off in the end, although in many ways, the episode faces the problem that “The Caves of Androzani” faces: we knew when watching it that the Doctor would regenerate, and there were so many perilous moments that at [Read More…]