Bearing Witness to Love and Hate in Doctor Who’s “Demons of the Punjab”

Every family has their secrets—and some are too painful to talk about. When Yaz’s grandmother Umbreen gifts Yaz with a shattered watch but won’t tell her anything else about it, there’s just one thing to do—travel back in time. After all, she tells the Doctor, “What’s the point in having a mate with a time …

Light in Dark Times: Doctor Who’s “The Tsuranga Conundrum” Continues Its Journey Towards Hope

A pilot with a weak heart. A cute but dangerous alien dead set on draining a medical ship of its energy. Male pregnancy and the hardships of being a parent. All these obstacles and more make up the bulk of “The Tsuranga Conundrum.” The episode starts simply enough, with the Doctor and her companions surveying …

Mummy Come Back, ‘Cause the Water’s All Gone: Doctor Who’s “Arachnids in the UK” Creeps Back Into Monster of the Week Territory

“Don't you hear this wasted cry, Life is over you” - “Glass Spider,” David Bowie With Rosa Parks’ history safe and sound, the Doctor finally gets Ryan, Yaz, and Graham back to present-day Sheffield, with only a half-hour having passed since they embarked to find the TARDIS. The Doctor seems sad that their travels are …

Guarding History: Doctor Who’s “Rosa” Faces Racism Head On

  “Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.”–Rosa Parks December 1, 1955: African-American seamstress Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white person in Montgomery, Alabama, and is arrested. This simple act …

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor: Teamwork Wins the Day in Doctor Who’s “The Ghost Monument”

"Okay you three. I’m almost gonna miss you." That's what the Doctor said to Ryan, Yaz, and Graham as she pointed her newly made sonic screwdriver at a homemade teleport device. She thought she'd be reunited with her beloved TARDIS and settle into her new life cycle. Instead, she and her newly minted companions found themselves …

World and Time Enough for “The Time Traveler’s Wife”

“Everything seems simple until you think about it. Why is love intensified by absence?” - Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife [Note: Plot spoilers for The Time Traveler's Wife and Doctor Who] It’s no secret that Steven Moffat loves Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife. The book’s concept of lovers living in out-of-order timelines became …