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…]

Time the Terminator

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PSA for Compulsively Late American Churchgoers

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Wait Just a Second!

Most readers will have already heard that a leap second will be inserted just after midnight tonight. If you are someone who obsessively ensures that their clocks are set just right, the thought that you can have it set perfectly when you go to bed, and when you wake up it will be a second [Read More…]

Spring Ahead

If you are reading this in North America at the time I’ve scheduled it to post, then you really ought to go to bed, since you have presumably forgotten that you can’t afford to stay up so late. Tonight we lose an hour of sleep…so please consider changing your clock, and then going to bed! [Read more…]

Fringe: Making Angels (Observers ex Machina)

The episode of Fringe which aired this past Friday, “Making Angels,” explores religious themes in interesting ways. The starting point of the episode is the death of the father of Astrid in the parallel universe. That Astrid, who is autistic, comes to our universe to meet her parallel self who does not suffer from autism. [Read More…]

Pat Robertson vs. Doctor Who

The key difference is that what the Doctor says is supposed to be funny. HT PZ Myers [Read more…]

Doctor Who: The Space Museum

The Doctor Who episode “The Space Museum” explores a temporal paradox of the sort that the show up until this point has largely sidestepped, but which has characterized the post-hiatus series. The Doctor and his companions arrive in a space museum, in which they find themselves and the TARDIS on display. The Doctor realizes that [Read More…]

The End Of Time, Part Two

Even before I saw the second half of this episode, I loved the irony of the title. It provides a great illustration of one of the difficulties in telling time-travel stories, and an even greater difficulty of making sense of an allegedly timeless deity encountered in and through history and/or stories. How can the “end [Read More…]