Skyfall

The theme tune is just okay. I want to love Adele, but I don’t, quite. She seems a sort of pale imitation of what she ought to be. The girl is young, though, and perhaps she’ll grow into that voice. Surprisingly, the Chris Cornell theme…

New Who Season 2

It’s hard to believe I’ve watched these episodes for only the second time ever. In the old days I’d watch Doctor Who over and over on VHS, but these days one or two times through is usually enough for me for quite a while. Anyway,…

The Angels Take Manhattan

Spoiler warning: watch the episode first. One of the more interesting answers to the question “Doctor Who?” that I’ve read goes all the way back to the 1968 story “The Mind Robber.” The theory (which I first read on TARDIS Eruditorum, and you should read…

The Power of Three

If there are two things Gareth Roberts does better than anyone else in his scripts for the Eleventh Doctor, they’re domestic life on Earth and warm-hearted humor. They’re not traditionally the foremost qualities of Doctor Who, which makes them all the more welcome for bringing…

A Town Called Mercy

The last time the TARDIS visited the Old West was in 1966’s “The Gunfighters.” I’ve never gotten around to watching that story, partly because it’s historically been regarded as one of the worst of the series. I can confidently say it’s a better Doctor Who…

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

I was gearing up to compare this episode to “Invasion of the Dinosaurs,” the 1974 Doctor Who story where a cultlike organization scooped dinosaurs from the distant past to present-day London in order to incite an evacuation. I had expected that the older story’s combination…

Asylum of the Daleks

People always say Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who scripts are confusing, but I never really felt that way until now. I had to watch “Asylum of the Daleks” twice before I was able to understand and (mostly) enjoy it. Let me see if I have this…

The Key To Time

The Ribos Operation When I was a kid, the marvelous script, sparkling relationships, hilarious plot and premise, terrific performances, etc. went right over my head. I thought it was OK, but at the time I was fooled by the tasteful but subdued costuming, the talkiness,…

Remembrance of the Daleks

This is the point at which it’s widely claimed that Doctor Who got back on track after at least three, perhaps as many as ten seasons depending on what kind of fan you are. Even the people who never quite warmed to Sylvester McCoy tend…

Tooth and Claw

I’d remembered this as being a bit of a dud the first time I saw it, but on second viewing it’s actually not terrible at all. There’s not a lot to it, is all, but there are worse crimes. As has been well documented, we’re…