Author Archives: Cassie Beyer

The Separation of Britain and Europe

Signposts bearing flags of UK and EU

Even before Brexit, there were debates as to whether the UK should be described as a European country. On one hand, the UK is certainly culturally closer to European countries than, say, Asian ones. On the other hand, there are significant differences between UK and the rest of Europe.

Empty London: Sheltering from the Blitz

Bus in Crater, London Blitz

In the early 19th century, this grand city became the first in the modern world* to reach a population of one million, and over the next 100 years, that number multiplied six times over.  By the mid-20th century, London was home to over 8 million people. Not that you’d think it looking at London at the height of the Blitz in 1940.  Buildings lay in crumbling ruins.  Millions of people are missing, either serving in the armed forces or having

Wasted Potential: Doctor Who’s “Hell Bent”

The net is dark and full of spoilers! This article discusses the Doctor Who episode “Hell Bent,” as well as other events in season 9.

It’s not that they didn’t do what I was hoping they would do. It’s that they really didn’t do anything at all. “Hell Bent” squandered what the season had established, resulting in a bland and confusing finale that flattered neither the Doctor nor Clara.

The Weight of Sacrifice: Countdown to the Doctor Who Season Finale

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The net is dark and full of spoilers.

This review discusses incidents which occur in the Doctor Who episodes “Face the Raven” and “Heaven Sent.”

Steven Moffat is poised to cap an already excellent season with a terrific three-part finale, two of which have now aired. A lot happened in those two episodes, and a lot more is promised for the final one, “Hell Bent,” scheduled for this Saturday, Dec. 5 on BBC America.

Fair of Mad Science at TeslaCon VI

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For the fifth year, the Promethean Society has presented the Fair of Mad Science at TeslaCon VI, where builders display all manner of working gadgets and non-working props.

And for the fifth year, I continue to be amazed by the entries. People submit all manner of props: rocket packs, weapons, detectors, time machines, breathing apparatus, scientific kits, gauntlets, communicators, vehicles and more created from a vast array of materials.

Doctor’s Who’s “Sleep No More” A Horror in All the Wrong Ways

Doctor Who Sleep No More Doctor and Clara

“You must not watch this.”

It’s the opening line of Doctor Who’s episode “Sleep No More,” and everyone should totally heed it: turn it off, delete it from your DVR, and find yourself a better story to watch. Or get a snack. Or go to bed. Just don’t put yourself through this nightmare of an episode.

The following contains spoilers. I’m providing them as a public service to save you from having to watch this story.

Why Osgood Won’t Be the New Doctor Who Companion

Osgood Doctor Who

Osgood is certainly a beloved character. However, her most endearing quality should also categorically exclude her from becoming a regular: she’s a Mary Sue. Granted, she hasn’t committed the cardinal sin of Mary Sues by impossibly, single-handedly saving the day despite being surrounded by a plethora of more qualified people, but she’s a Mary Sue nevertheless.

What Evidence Proves: Ben Carson and His Unprofessional Take on the Pyramids

Alien Guy from History Channel saying "Grain Storage"

BuzzFeed recently uncovered an old video of now-presidential hopeful Ben Carson expressing the belief that ancient Egyptian pyramids were granaries rather than the archeologically accepted explanation of them being tombs. When asked, Carson acknowledged that he still holds this belief. “My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain,” said Carson, referring the Old Testament story where the prophet Joseph warned the pharaoh of famine and recommended great quantities of grain be stored. “I happen to

Doctor Who: Let Zygons be Zygons

Doctor Who Zygon Invasion Quote

  This week, “The Zygon Invasion” revealed the shapeshifting Zygons, galactic refugees since their world was destroyed, have been secretly welcomed into the Earth population. After a rather unique peace treaty was hammered out after “Day of the Doctor,” UNIT allowed 20 million Zygons to masquerade as humans and live out their lives here. The problem is a small minority of young Zygon extremists who object to having to live as humans. They demand they be able to live fully

Fleetingness of Life in History

Ashieldr, Doctor Who

In “The Woman Who Lived” this week on Doctor Who, the long-lived Ashildr explained how she gave up having children because she grew tired of burying them. Specifically, she lost three small children to the Black Death in the 14th century. The reality of most of history, however, is that people died all the time, and children died more often than most. Today, we have the good fortune to be able to say it’s a tragedy when a parent must

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