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 Review: S08E08 - Mummy On The Orient Express

For the last few years Doctor Who has been fixated on high concept episodes. Big, bold ideas of the sort you could imagine people mashing together and throwing out on twitter. There's not a lot of room for subtlety in these ideas though. In fact subtlety is something we aren't seeing very much of in Doctor Who currently. Even the latest title sequence is an exercise in hitting the viewers over the head. Clocks... time travel... we get it. That isn't necessarily a terrible thing but it can… Continue reading...

Doctor Who Review - The Invasion Of Time

The Invasion of Time wants to be an epic story. And it sets out all the elements to be just that. Unfortunately that ambition is repeatedly undercut by budget and other factors. I've been fairly critical of the 6 part story format for classic Doctor Who, because more often than not it results in a lot of padding. In this case however, there's no shortage of plot to fill all six episodes. Unfortunately it seems they had money for no more than 4. As a result we get wildly variable… Continue reading...

Phone Who? - Doctor Who / E.T. Mashup Fan Art

  Artist James Hance has painted this rather epic mashup of Doctor Who and E.T. of all things which he calls "Healer" but I have egotistically re-titled Phone Who because cheap puns make good headlines. I love the vibrant colors and somehow Tom Baker's 4th Doctor scarf looks entirely appropriate wrapped around ET's neck.. Continue reading...

Doctor Who Re-Review: Season 7 Episode 2 - Dinosaurs On A Spaceship

  After my first watching of Dinosaurs on a Spaceship my review could be summed up as fun but shallow and crazily fast paced. I don't think my opinion has actually changed very much with a second viewing. But perhaps I can go into a bit more detail. Dinosaurs On A Spaceship is probably the best example of the mini-movies feel that Doctor Who seemed to be aiming for during season 7. I mean it's an action packed blockbuster with... well... dinosaurs... on a spaceship. Oh, and… Continue reading...