Listen

This is beautiful. Nothing I can say beyond that is really necessary. You can stop here if you like. Still here? Well, let’s see. I didn’t think this was beautiful the first time through. Even if we grant, as some fan theories have conjectured, that…

Robot of Sherwood

Once again it’s easy to see the antecedents for this episode. There are a few intentional shout-outs to the Third Doctor’s era — the “Hai!” karate-chop (“Venusian aikido,” he used to call it), the Miniscope theory. You might also think fleetingly of classic season 11’s…

Into the Dalek

Well, let’s get these out of the way: “Planet of Giants” (1964): miniaturization “Carnival of Monsters” (1973): miniaturization, crawling around inside a machine “The Invisible Enemy” (1977): miniaturization, crawling around inside a person trying to cure him “Resurrection of the Daleks” (1984): human soldiers vs….

Deep Breath

Change isn’t hard. Doctor Who depends on it. If you count the very first story, in which viewers in 1963 had to get used to an eccentric, cranky old professor whose first adventure took him to prehistoric Earth and saw him apparently willing to murder…

Pilot season: The Tudors, Clone Wars, The Wire

The Tudors: CANCELLED At one point in my life I would have been up for pretty much anything involving Jonathan Rhys Meyers, but even then it wasn’t because I was impressed with his acting ability. Not much has changed apart from my priorities: he still…

Pilot season: The League, The Tomorrow People, Luther

Now that I’ve gotten my girlfriend hooked on Community, I’ve stopped watching it at the gym and started watching it with her. That’s good — if nothing else, it’s slowing us down so that the limited quantity of episodes that are left will last that…

Way Beyond Blue

The really remarkable thing about Blue is the Warmest Colour is that it turned out so beautifully given the conditions under which it was reportedly made: [Director Abdellatif Kechiche] was always searching, because he didn’t really know what he wanted. We spent weeks shooting scenes….

Blue is the Warmest Colour

One of the things I most appreciated about Blue is the Warmest Colour — about all of the last three films I saw, actually, so Under the Skin and Jodorowsky’s Dune as well — was the sense in all three of intention over cliché. This…

Under the Skin

I was about 75% of the way through Under the Skin the novel when I decided I couldn’t wait and needed to see the film. I was spellbound by it, though one scene toward the end bothered me because it seemed gratuitous. And then I…

Reading and Watching, April 2014

Ohhhh, it’s been a while. I’ve spent the last few months either onstage or writing sketch comedy instead of writing about Doctor Who. Which is healthy, I think. I do have a couple of Who-related posts I’m drafting, just for fun, as well as a…