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… Continue reading...

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… Continue reading...

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… Continue reading...

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… Continue reading...

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… Continue reading...