Tardis Theology #8 – In Which The Doctor Reflects On The Might Of The Small

London, 1941.  The Blitz.  Britain’s darkest and finest hour. A dramatic setting for one of the finer pieces of television storytelling.  This two part series has received accolades from fans and critics, consistently ranking in the top 10 episodes of all time.  It also won the 2006 Hugo award for short form dramatic presentation.  It … Continue reading Tardis Theology #8 – In Which The Doctor Reflects On The Might Of The Small

Tardis Theology #7 – In Which Pete Tyler Discovers That Even The Biggest Losers Still Bear Great Dignity

Every one yearns to be significant. The world tries to tell us that we’re not. Rose Tyler never knew her father, Pete.   He was killed in a hit and run accident when she was just an infant.  But all her life, Rose’s mother had told her what a great man Pete was.  In the … Continue reading Tardis Theology #7 – In Which Pete Tyler Discovers That Even The Biggest Losers Still Bear Great Dignity

Tardis Theology #6: In which the Editor reveals the subtle ways of Satan’s Snares

Do you ever get the feeling that something is off?  There’s something not quite right? That things aren’t quite what they should be? The Doctor gets that feeling in the episode “The Long Game.”  He brings his companions 200,000 years into the future, but something’s wrong.  There’s something behind the scenes, corrupting the time, keeping … Continue reading Tardis Theology #6: In which the Editor reveals the subtle ways of Satan’s Snares

Tardis Theology #5: In Which The Doctor Confronts His Greatest Enemy – Himself

Every great fictional hero has an iconic villain, a villain that they are most identified with in the public imagination.  A villain that the audience loves to hate. Sherlock Holmes has Moriarty; King Arthur has Mordred; Batman has the Joker. And the Doctor has the Daleks. Ever since the early days of Doctor Who, the … Continue reading Tardis Theology #5: In Which The Doctor Confronts His Greatest Enemy – Himself

Tardis Theology #4: In Which The Doctor Discovers That The Love Of Money Is The Root Of All Evil, Even In Aliens.

Question: does a story about flatulent baby-faced aliens plotting Phantom Menace-style to destroy the Earth really merit two episodes? Whatever your answer, I’m afraid the two-episode story only gets one Tardis Theology reflection.  Most of the first episode is simply setup of the convoluted scheme of the villainous Slitheen to infiltrate the upper echelons of … Continue reading Tardis Theology #4: In Which The Doctor Discovers That The Love Of Money Is The Root Of All Evil, Even In Aliens.

Tardis Theology #3: In Which Charles Dickens Questions The Value Of His Life’s Work

What could be better than a Christmas ghost story by Charles Dickens? How about a Christmas alien invasion story featuring Charles Dickens, in which the master of melodrama himself helps the Doctor thwart an extraterrestrial horde’s plan to conquer the Earth? Yes, it’s an absurd premise.  Absurdity, after all, is part of the fun of … Continue reading Tardis Theology #3: In Which Charles Dickens Questions The Value Of His Life’s Work