Flatline

I can’t remember the last time I had feelings this mixed about a season of Doctor Who, new or old. On the one hand, I can’t deny that the quality of the show is at a local maximum. Acting, cinematography, writing, conceptual sophistication, special effects,…

Mummy on the Orient Express: Notes

This one was a lot like “Time Heist” for me. Based on what I knew of it going in, I thought, “this is going to be fun!” but by the end I was so indifferent I couldn’t even bring myself to write about it. This…

Kill the Moon

One of the few things I’m certain about regarding “Kill the Moon” is that it makes my science objections to “Listen” seem petty by comparison. Doctor Who has never been anything like a hard science fiction show, and a casual sampling of classic series episodes…

The Caretaker: Notes

I’m finding that I have little to say about “The Caretaker” too, but this time it’s because I loved it and feel it speaks for itself eloquently. In its way I think it’s on par with “Listen” in its ability to change the way we…

Time Heist: Notes

I’m taking a break from writing full reviews of Doctor Who episodes. I’d planned to do so anyway after Time of the Doctor, but was tempted back to write a few more amid the excitement of a new Doctor. My enthusiasm for it is flagging,…

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…