Doctor Who Review: S09E02 — The Witch’s Familiar

Episode 2 is even better than episode 1 (which I enjoyed a lot). I'm pretty sure a lot of the people who haven't liked the direction Who has gone in for the last few seasons still won't like it though. The show isn't offering methodical, fill in all the gaps type of stories. It takes jumps and expects you to accept it (like the cuppa). Nor is it offering up sciencey science fiction. In all honesty it rarely did, but it has fully embraced bombastic movie blockbuster fantasy in stylings in recent years. The Titles, They Mean Something So last week Clara was the Magician's Apprentice and this week she …Read more  »

Doctor Who Review: S09E01 — The Magician’s Apprentice

Don't spend too long thinking about the title, its significance is likely not that great and besides you'll need to concentrate to catch everything that's going on in this episode. Despite being the return of two-parters (something I am terribly happy about)  there is no noticeable slowing of Doctor Who's break-neck pace here. If anything Moffat goes overboard in scattering ideas that could probably have sustained an entire episode in their own right only to sweep them aside and move on. But that's a minor criticism for what is not only a very enjoyable but also dense (in plot and character) episode of Doctor Who. And there's so much to like that …Read more  »

Doctor Who Review: S08E02 Into The Dalek

I was really looking forward to this episode. We’re now free of the encumbrance of regeneration and able to see the 12th Doctor in his own environment. Plus a return of the Daleks. Granted Dalek stories have always been hit and miss affairs, but when they work they can be really good. The episode opened strong with CGI that seemed noticeably better than the giant dinosaur from last week and I loved Peter Capaldi’s delivery of the Doctor’s lines as he insisted on a “please” from the person he rescued. Its that sort of detail that makes this Doctor feel different to what we’ve seen for years now. And that …Read more  »

Doctor Who Silicone Ice/Chocolate Mold Gives You Your Own Dalek Army To Eat!

This Doctor Who themed Silicon Ice Tray and Chocolate mold lets you create your own army of Daleks or populate your table with a thousand (if you're very, very, very, very, very patient) TARDISes. Plus if you use it as an ice mold the TARDIS has a realistic dematerialzation effect! Okay, I may have made that bit up and since this only makes 6 ice cubes I guess its usefulness is somewhat limited. But you know you want and army of ice daleks! Plus... chocolate! Source: Amazon.com - Doctor Who Silicon Ice Tray and Chocolate Mold

Doctor Who Review: The Power Of The Daleks

Unfortunately despite being the first story for the Second Doctor and thus a rather pivotal moment in Doctor Who history, The Power of the Daleks is a story which is almost entirely missing from the BBC archives. Which does make it rather difficult to watch, never mind review. Some years ago (okay it was probably more like a couple of decades) I listened to the audio version which was a combination of the tv episode sound track and narrated by Tom Baker and it seemed to be to be a really strong story. Though let's be honest Tom Baker's narration can make anything sound good. This time round I watched …Read more  »

Doctor Who Re-Review: Season 7 Episode 1 — Asylum of The Daleks

When Season 7 of Doctor Who aired, I posted (generally short) reviews of the episodes which made up my initial impressions. Now that the season is available in its entirety on Hulu+ I thought it might be interesting to do a re-watch and see how my opinions have changed or not. I'm also interested to see how well the season progresses thematically and otherwise given the criticism it's received. My original review of Asylum of the Daleks can be found here and I was a bit negative about. And a lot of my issues seemed to be with the pacing. On rewatching most of those pacing issues seem to have …Read more  »

Doctor Who Reviews — The Dalek Invasion Of EarthAt 50 years its inevitable of course that 60s Doctor…

Doctor Who Reviews - The Dalek Invasion Of Earth At 50 years its inevitable of course that 60s Doctor Who shows its age and miniscule budget. I've read that the budget for some episodes was as little as 2,000 UK pounds, which translates to about $25,000 per episode today. Think about that for a moment. What sort of alien invasion do you think a US production today could manage on say $150,000? The reason I bring this up now is that in many ways The Dalek Invasion of Earth both transcends and is hampered by its tiny budget. The first episode, which is quite frankly one of the best the …Read more  »

Doctor Who Reviews — The Dalek Invasion Of Earth

At 50 years its inevitable of course that 60s Doctor Who shows its age and miniscule budget. I've read that the budget for some episodes was as little as 2,000 UK pounds, which translates to about $25,000 per episode today. Think about that for a moment. What sort of alien invasion do you think a US production today could manage on say $150,000? The reason I bring this up now is that in many ways The Dalek Invasion of Earth both transcends and is hampered by its tiny budget. The first episode, which is quite frankly one of the best the series has managed (and I'm not just talking 60s …Read more  »

Stone Dalek

This Dalek toy has been sitting outside on a mountain top (specifically Cairn of Claise in the Cairngorms Mountain Range in Scotland) for so long it seems to have developed a skin of stone. Not a particularly significant mountain in it's own right Cairn of Claise is never the less one of the Munros (one of the 282 mountains in Scotland with a height of over 3,000 feet) and as such heavily frequented by hikers. And apparently it's considered important enough to have its own Dalek guard. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jac-johnson/9013058042/in/pool-3788706805[email protected]/