Doctor Who: The Ribos Operation

The first episode of the Key to Time series of episodes, “The Ribos Operation,” introduces a deity, as well as another time lord as the Doctor’s travel companion for the first time (unless I am mistaken) since his granddaughter Susan was traveling with him. The Doctor tells K-9 that they will go on holiday, when [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Invasion of Time

The Invasion of Time is a true classic of the Tom Baker era. It is one of many episodes in which the Doctor seems to be behaving erratically, and we the viewer are made to wonder how he can be doing some of the things that we see him doing. At the beginning, we see the [Read More…]

Doctor Who: Hell Bent

“Hell Bent” was a nice season finale for what has been, I would say, the best season of the Peter Capaldi era thus far, with some episodes that will surely remain all-time classics. The way the episode begins is mysterious, and makes sense only at the end. The Doctor is in Nevada, and stops by [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…]

Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius

The “brain in a vat” scenario is a famous philosophical thought experiment, as well as a recurrent feature in science fiction. Given its title, it may be no surprise that The Brain of Morbius features that scenario. Morbius describes his situation, having been given voice and hearing but otherwise no sensory inputs, and thus he describes [Read More…]

The Doctor’s Ark

Jerry Coyne shared the picture below, showing how invoking a certain fictional technology from a show I enjoy could solve a very serious problem that confronts young-earth creationism: how could all those animals fit on the ark? Fans of Doctor Who will know that space arks have featured more than once on the show, from [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor

SPOILER ALERT  The final episode with Matt Smith in the leading role, “The Time of the Doctor,” is the first time that the entire run of a particular actor as the Doctor has had such a unified arc, with elements that came into view in the first episode (“The Eleventh Hour”) being finally brought to [Read More…]

Time Lords Have Something Similar

Via Episcopal Church Memes   [Read more…]

Doctor Who: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

The episode “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS” has a lot of contrived dangers and resolutions. But in the process, it gives us a nice tour of the longest running character on the show (we saw the TARDIS slightly earlier than we first encountered the Doctor), and also carries us closer to the end [Read More…]

Do Time Lords Pray or Meditate?

A comment left on this blog recently brought up the question of the Doctor’s monkishness. The episode “The Bells of St. John” isn’t the first time the Doctor has been a monk. Indeed, the first time he encountered the Great Intelligence, it was at a monastery where he had previously spent some time. In that [Read More…]