Tag Archives: Steven Moffat

Doctor Who Review: S08E10 — In The Forest Of The Night

An episode with signif­i­cant struc­tural flaws yet it enter­tained me anyway. Steven Moffat has gone on record that part of his vision for Doctor Who is for the show to be a dark fairy­tale. This approach is certainly not univer­sally popular since it tends to down­play the science elements of the show. How strong those science elements … Continue reading Doctor Who Review: S08E10 — In The Forest Of The Night

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

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 … Continue reading Doctor Who Re-Review: S07E06 — The Snowmen

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 … Continue reading Doctor Who Review — The Day of the Doctor

Sherlock S01E03 — The Great Game, Review

Absolutely bloody bril­liant! The third and final episode of Sher­lock was the best of the series.  The first episode was excel­lent and the second okay, but this one didn’t put a foot wrong for the entire 90 minutes. I have to admit I had my doubts going in. Mark Gatiss recent Doctor Who episode hadn’t  impressed me much … Continue reading Sher­lock S01E03 — The Great Game, Review

Doctor Who S05E12 — The Pandorica Opens, Review

So now we know who is inside the Pandorica. I’ll be honest, even avoiding spoilers, the answer was the one I was expecting. But that isn’t a crit­i­cism. It’s the most satis­fying answer given the under­lying story arc of the season. Spoilers will follow… The Pandorica Opens had most of the hall marks of modern Doctor Who … Continue reading Doctor Who S05E12 — The Pandorica Opens, Review

Doctor Who S05E05 — Flesh and Stone, Review

I absolutely loved Time of Angels (The first part of this 2 part Doctor Who story) and so inevitably went into this one with high expec­ta­tions. Fortu­nately Steven Moffat didn’t let me down. The story wasn’t quite what I expected it to be, but the surprises were of the good variety. I don’t speak about cine­matog­raphy very much … Continue reading Doctor Who S05E05 — Flesh and Stone, Review

Doctor Who — Victory of the Daleks, Review

Three episodes into the new season and it’s time for the Dalek story. Moffat’s a brave man. There’s a feeling amongst many fans (including me) that the Daleks were over-used by Russell T Davies. Although to be fair it’s been almost two years since we had a Dalek story. I had other concerns about this episode going in too. … Continue reading Doctor Who — Victory of the Daleks, Review