Doctor Who Re-Review: S07E07 — The Bells of Saint John

 When reviewing The Bells of Saint John for the first time my takeaway was that this was a solid but unexceptional episode that used a lot of familiar elements. After a re-watch I think that's still broadly true. It's certainly not the strongest episode of the season and the Spoonheads with their revolving head gimmick are clearly very similar to The Winders in The Beast Below, only not quite as effective. There's not a lot of depth to the story either. It's very much a reintroduction to The Doctor and what he does. Which obviously isn't going to be incredibly appealing to long time fans. But I think we sometimes forget …Read more  »

Doctor Who Re-Review: S07E06 — The Snowmen

Season 7's Christmas special was the official introduction of the new companion Clara as played by Jenna Coleman. Of course she had appeared previously in the show but this is where her story really begins. And her interaction here with Matt Smith's 11th Doctor, just like the previous verbal sparring in Asylum of the Daleks is the high point of the episode. The core of this particular story is the Doctor finding himself again. He's essentially moping after what happened with the Pond's (okay I'm not being very sympathetic... but it's true) and he's largely cut himself off from interaction with the world. Not completely though, which is the first hint …Read more  »

Doctor Who Re-Review: The Power Of Three

When I posted my original review of The Power Of Three I called it "almost a great Doctor Who story." Has my opinion changed with a fresh watch? It certainly starts strong with a very distinctive hook. The mysterious cubes raise lots of questions and there's no immediate answers. And then we get some solid character building scenes between Amy and Rory. There's been a running theme this season about the Pond's slow departure from the Doctor's life. The introduction of Kate Stewart (daughter of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart) is another high point early in the episode. Jemma Redgrave plays the role with appropriate authority and it's always nice to see UNIT …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 Cosplay : Silurian Warrior

The Silurians first appeared in Doctor Who back in 1972 in a face off with the Third Doctor. They came back a couple of times in Classic Who before their appearance against the 11th Doctor, for which they got a pretty major redesign. And it's that redesign that this cosplay is based on. It's a pretty impressive recreation too. the face makeup alone is very complex. You can see more photos at the link.                 Source:!featured/cixd

Doctor Who Review — The Day of the Doctor

Writing an anniversary special is something of a poison chalice at the best of times. Writing a 50th Anniversary special for a show that has to appeal to all ages in prime time and has a rabid fan base who have memorised every detail of the shows inconsistent continuity and will pick it to death is and all of those people expect references to their memories of the show…. Well Moffat was the script writer on the day it wasn’t possible to get it right really wasn’t he? No, The Day of the Doctor is not the perfect Doctor Who episode. It can’t be, because it has too many roles …Read more  »

TV Review: Doctor Who S07E13 — The Name Of The Doctor

So the episode that has been hype for months. Could it possibly live to that? Could it even live up to its name? Yes. I think it could and did. It's not perfect, but I came away overwhelmingly satisfied on multiple levels. And that's all I ever ask from a TV show. In a sense the question in the title was answered, if indirectly. And yes that's technically a co-out, but it's the right one because no direct answer would have been satisfactory. Instead we find that it's not the actual name that matters, just knowing the name. Because it gains entry to the Doctor's tomb on Trenzalore. And cleverly the fall of …Read more  »

TV Review: Doctor Who S07E12 — Nightmare In Silver

So here's an episode that had built up expectations to an almost impossible level. It was Neil Gaiman's second Doctor Who episode with the first (The Doctor's Wife) being considered one of the best the show has produced since it was revived. And if that wasn't enough pressure the stated goal of this episode was to make the Cybermen scary again. Despite all this Nightmare in Silver succeeds on pretty much every level a Doctor Who episode needs to work on. Starting with the rejuvenated Cybermen who are a little sleeker than they used to be while still being the Cybermen we know. They're also faster, and smarter, able to take …Read more  »