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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

The Tragedy of a Time Lord

Lonely Doctor, Doctor Who

As humans, we count our age in years and measure cultural change in decades. Human civilization of any sort has existed a mere 5000 years. The species itself is 200,000 years old, give or take. Gallifreyan civilization, on the other hand, can be measured in billions of years. They were building transmats before our evolutionary ancestors crawled from the primordial ooze. They can crush stars into black holes and contain them as power sources. And, of course, they’ve mastered time

Why Doctor Who Time Travel Needs to be Timey-Wimey

Weeping Angels "Blink" Doctor Who

“People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly… timey-wimey… stuff.” – The Doctor, “Blink” There’s two ways of writing time travel fiction. The first is to rigorously uphold exact laws. The second approach to time travel is, well, timey-wimey. Play fast and loose with the concept of rules but use the technology primarily to create plot rather than solve it. Doctor Who falls solidly

Bridging the Gap: How the New Doctor Who Series Incorporates the Old

Doctor Who "Under the Lake" Sympathy Card

The twelfth incarnation of the Doctor is the most abrasive we’ve seen in a long time. That’s why he has Clara, his “carer,” meaning she cares so he won’t have to. But occasionally even he realizes he’s being overly callous, so he and Clara have put together some sensitivity flash cards to flip through when he’s at a loss for a kind word. “It was my fault. I should have known you didn’t live in Aberdeen.” – from “Under the

The Magician’s Apprentice: Past Lives and Future Consequences

Twelfth Doctor with Dalek Gun

Here there be spoilers! This post contains revelations from the Doctor Who season 9 opener, “The Magician’s Apprentice,” which can be watched for free on YouTube: “I’ve lived for over two thousand years, and not all of them were good. I’ve made many mistakes, and it’s about time I did something about that.” –The Doctor, “Deep Breath” Since the beginning of the new Doctor Who series in 2005, the universe has been seen through the eyes of a man haunted

Volcano Day; or, the Fall of Pompeii

Pompeii excavation site

Sometimes,, historical tragedy is the archaeologist’s best friend. Most cities slowly fade into obscurity as people gradually pack up their belongings and move away, chasing greener or safer pastures. The buildings they leave behind slowly crumble until there’s nothing left but foundations which often become buried by debris, newer construction, or both. When death is instantaneous and on a massive scale, however, sometimes belongings survive intact and in their natural places for scientists to one day find. The eruption of

The State of Things; or a Broken Hip is a Pain in the Ass

A few months ago, I wrote how I was going for silent for a little while because I was writing a book. Specifically, I was editing my master’s thesis on Renaissance occult philosophy (not light reading) for publication, which will hopefully happen next spring. And then I went largely silent for two months. The good news is I got the manuscript done. The bad news is just a couple days after I posted that, I had a bicycling accident. It

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