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Praise the Time Lord

PBS’ Idea Channel series of videos this week tackles a topic relevant to the interests of many of you. Specifically, they’re looking at you, Doctor Who fans, and the premise is that Whovianism is a religion.

I’m not going to go into the details; you can watch the video and see how elements of other religions parallel both the show and its fandom/culture. At the very least, it’s an interesting discussion in light of the way religion tends to be a third rail when it comes up on podcasts, and it’s applicable to many other cultural phenomena with rabid fan bases.

(And extra points for the “Marquee Moon” cover on the wall behind Mike Rugnetta. One of the greatest albums ever. Plus, it played a role in my meeting my wife — really! — so there’s that)

HT: Geeks Are Sexy


  1. Jordi says:

    I found The Doctor a year ago and I’ve been running ever since. The show makes me feel euphoric at times, so I guess it’s a spiritual experience.

  2. Brucey says:

    Futurama suggests that Star Trek Will be a religion in the America of the future, perhaps Whovianism will be the future equivalent of the Church of England.

  3. I really tried hard to think of something to say about this, but nothing comes to mind. I can’t argue against anything that was presented here, and as someone who is wholly irreligious, Doctor Whoism might just be the only “religion” i could ever subscribe to.

    Apart from the Doctor, the only other fictitious figure who has impacted my morality is Captain Jean-Luc Picard!