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 every were is admit­tedly debat­able, but still it's a bit of a hot button with people. I mention this because Season 8, Episode 10 — In The Forest Of The Night just screamed fairy­tale to me.

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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 … Read More…

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.

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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 … Read More…
Day of the Doctor

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 to fill.

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Doctor Who Season 6 Mid-season Review

So by this point most fans have seen A Good Man Goes To War and now impa­tiently waiting for the second half the season some time in the Autumn. Which seems like a good time to look back at the season so far. The most obvious thing about season 6 is how domi­nating the story arc is. In season 5, Moffat made the arc much more promi­nent than it had been in the previous 4 seasons, but this time out Moffat laid out multiple on-going plot lines from the first episode of the season and they have been strongly refer­enced in the stand alone episodes as well. That has given the season a different and more struc­tured feel to any previously.

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The Great Game

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 and Steven Moffat is rarely out-written.

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