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 on. But that's a minor criticism for what is not only a very enjoyable but also dense (in plot and character) episode of Doctor Who. And there's so much to like that …Read more »
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 get a little one note after a while. Mummy On The Orient Express is definitely another of those high concept ideas though. Take …Read more »
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 production values. The scenes that feature Gallifrey take their cues from The Deadly Assassin and therefore look great. On the …Read more »
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.
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 robots! And missiles! And Egyptian Queens! It's absolutely stuffed to the gills with high concept ideas. None of which really get explored. They're …Read more »
Doctor Who Reviews: The Sontaran Experiment I have previously complained that 6 parters generally don't work in Doctor Who. The Sontaran Experiment is on the other end of the spectrum. It's a two parter in Tom Baker's first season as the Doctor. And while modern Who has shown that it's more than able to cram a lot of plot and action into a 45-50 minute show, Classic Who has a much more sedate pace. So when it comes to plot, this one is pretty minimal. Basically a Sontaran is conducting experiments on a group of humans. And the Doctor stops him. The end. Well... in between he and his companions …Read more »