Doctor Who and Religion Brown Bag Talk

Doctor Who and Religion Brown Bag Talk September 12, 2013

My talk yesterday on Doctor Who and religion was well attended. A colleague snapped a photo afterwards when I was still answering questions but numerous people had had to slip out.

I honestly don’t remember doing the jazz hands thing, but I’m sure it was appropriate in connection with whatever point I made. Also, apparently the window behind me looked like a cross, and some colleagues wished that I were taller and had extended my hands upwards to allow for a James-being-crucified photo!

I showed a number of clips in the presentation, including this one, which illustrates one of the ways that the Doctor has been depicted as a focus of quasi-religious hopes for salvation – even faith and prayer!

Today in my religion and science fiction class, students had read Michael Moorcock’s “Behold the Man” (the short story, not the novel) and there were also numerous Doctor Who references, as we discussed time travel and religion. And of course, this cartoon had to be shown:

I didn’t include that one in my talk yesterday – but I did show clips from “Voyage of the Damned” and “Planet of the Dead” which relate to Christmas and Easter. I may try to upload those to YouTube and share them sometime soon.

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  • Kubricks_Rube

    By the way, you can take partial credit for another Doctor Who convert. I’ve recently started watching on Netflix (starting with the Ninth Dcotor) and I’m really enjoying it. I just watched an excellent two-parter: The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit.

  • No classic Who?

    • What gave you that impression? I talked extensively about the classic series, both on a general level and in detail, including clips from The Aztecs, The Daemons, and The Time Monster, and mentions of Marco Polo, The Abominable Snowmen, Underworld, the Mara stories, and The Curse of Fenric.

      • Just the mention of the clips in the above post. I was curious, that’s all.