Series 1, Episode 1
By Russell T Davies

The alien and the normal

In this episode, we meet the Doctor (who is an alien) and Rose (who is normal). Together, they will save the world. As they do so, we learn about the importance of alienness and normalness.

Posted on 14/08/2016  •  1822 words

Series 1, Episode 2
The End of the World
By Russell T Davies

Vanity at the end of the world

The world is about to end. Mercifully, the Doctor and Rose are there to watch it happen. In the ensuing explosion (and in the explosion of drum-skin-thin Cassandra) the sheer vanity of human endeavour is exposed.

Posted on 21/08/2016  •  2055 words

Series 1, Episode 3
The Unquiet Dead
By Mark Gatiss

Pragmatism, rationalism and supernaturalism in Victorian Cardiff

Yes, it’s the one with Charles Dickens in Cardiff at Christmas. What better setting could there be for a study in rationalism and supernaturalism? (Spoiler alert: the rationalist gets converted).

Posted on 28/08/2016  •  1457 words

Series 1, Episode 4
Aliens of London
By Russell T Davies

Coming of age in an alien invasion

A giant spaceship has crash-landed in central London. Could this be the opportunity the human race needs to “grow up” and start reaching for the stars? And what on earth would “growing up” look like?

Posted on 04/09/2016  •  969 words

Series 1, Episode 5
World War Three
By Russell T Davies

The parable of the sower

Russel T Davies unwittingly retells one of Jesus’ most probing parables. In a story involving gangly, flatulent aliens. Don’t say this blog doesn’t deliver on high-concept theological reflections.

Posted on 11/09/2016  •  2220 words

Series 1, Episode 6
By Robert Shearman

Existential questions from an impure Dalek

The Doctor stumbles upon a Dalek. The Dalek stumbles upon Rose’s DNA. And then the Dalek begins to question itself. What is it? What is it for? And what should it do with itself?

Posted on 18/09/2016  •  2322 words

Series 1, Episode 7
The Long Game
By Russell T Davies

Information wants to be free

A big media organisation is lying to the human race, enslaving them through suggestion and coercion and a suppression of inquisitiveness. Mercifully the Doctor is on hand to set the truth free.

Posted on 25/09/2016  •  2224 words

Series 1, Episode 8
Father's Day
By Paul Cornell

Works-righteousness and the most important thing in creation

Human beings are the most important things in creation. Unless they make bad choices. But good choices earn them special honour. This is works-righteousness according to the Doctor.

Posted on 13/11/2016  •  1572 words