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: The Horror of Fang Rock

Horror of Fang Rock sees the Doctor and Leela arrive on the coast of England near a lighthouse as a spooky fog is coming in. Steven Moffatt recently commented on the episode’s coolness. It is very much in the vein of those episodes of Doctor Who which are predominantly horror – something mysterious and monstrous is [Read More…]

#GenCon 2015 Costumes

  Since Saturday is the day of the costume parade and contest, I decided to dress as the Fourth Doctor and show off the scarf my wife made. Here are some photos from the day:   [Read more…]

Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng Chiang

The Talons of Weng-Chiang is an episode that one could discuss from many perspectives – including an examination of whether it mainly reflects, or at times challenges, racist stereotypes about the Chinese. The choice of a British actor not of Chinese descent to play the main Chinese character is certainly an odd one. And does [Read More…]

To the Rational Mind

I came across an image on Twitter with the quote from the Doctor Who episode The Robots of Death which I blogged about, and thought I should share it. I’m interested how many readers of this blog agree with or disagree with the quote. [Read more…]

Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin

The Doctor Who episode The Deadly Assassin offered another glimpse of the Doctor’s home planet, Gallifrey, and a return for the Master after the death of the actor, Roger Delgado, who had played him. The Master appears as a degenerating figure, at the end of his final regeneration. And the Matrix, a database of history [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear

The Doctor Who episode The Hand of Fear is probably best known as the episode in which the show says farewell to Sarah Jane Smith, one of the more popular companions of all time – revisiting in several later episodes, and becoming the subject of a TV movie, K9 and Company: A Girl’s Best Friend, [Read More…]

Doctor Who: The Seeds of Doom

The Seeds of Doom is an episode which explores yet another widespread sci-fi trope, namely spores which fall to Earth from space and have the potential to take over humans and overrun the planet. The episode also has elements of the typical spy thriller, including the Doctor getting into more fist fights than usual. The [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…]

Doctor Who: The Android Invasion

The Android Invasion is another Doctor Who version of a widespread science fiction trope, this time the replacement of people in a sleepy village with robot replicas. In this case, however, it turns out that not only the people but the entire village has been replicated. The symbolism as the Doctor notices a calendar in the village [Read More…]


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