Doctor Who S09E11 - Heaven Sent

Well if this isn't just the most Moffaty of Steven Moffat episodes. In many ways it epitomizes what Steven Moffat brings to Doctor Who, both the good and the bad. Heaven Sent is the much heralded Doctor on his own episode with a promised huge cliffhanger. And, based on the online commentary at least, it has proved to be very popular episode. Which surprises me because as I said it's a very Moffat episode and not just the stuff everyone likes but the things people have been complaining… Continue reading...

Doctor Who Review: S08E12 - Death In Heaven

As I mentioned in my review of Dark Water, Steven Moffat doesn't have the greatest track record when it comes to concluding two parters. Indeed if there's one criticism you can always levy at him it's that he tries to cram too many ideas into his stories. I loved Dark Water which kept the action going from beginning to end and set up multiple cliffhangers for the season finale. But would Death In Heaven be able to deliver? Yes and no. There are some really strong elements to Death In… Continue reading...

Doctor Who Review: S08E11 - Dark Water

This is what happens when you have 10 episodes to build up an emotional connection with a character. An opening sequence that hits hard and then a story that just keeps kicking you. For me, Steven Moffat's track record on season closing stories is a bit mixed. So this could still go off the rails. But, judging purely by Dark Water, the first part of this two part finale for Season 8, this could also be the strongest story in what I think has been a great season.

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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 NightContinue reading...

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…
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