The fall of the Eleventh

“Fall” can refer to many things: Death. Defeat. A literal fall, like the one the Fourth Doctor took from the Pharos Project tower that caused his regeneration, or the much longer fall that the Tenth Doctor took in “The End of Time” that didn’t (at…

Read this: Philip Sandifer’s blog

If you’ve never read Philip Sandifer’s Doctor Who blog (sometimes known as the TARDIS Eruditorum), there’s never been a better time to jump on board. He’s just dropped an epic, meticulously observed entry about “Rose” to kick off a series of essays about every episode…

Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

At the beginning of this episode, the Doctor turns off some key TARDIS defense systems so that Clara can more easily fly the ship. That would also be a good time for you to turn off your brain so you can more easily enjoy the…

Hide

I’m scared to watch “Hide.” I’ve watched it twice now, and I’m scared that if I watch it one more time, I’ll start to notice things I don’t like about it. I’m scared that it’ll lose its sheen and become just another Doctor Who episode….

Cold War

Mark Gatiss has failed to make the Ice Warriors scary again. That’s because they weren’t scary in the first place, so it wouldn’t be possible to make them scary “again.” Well, okay, I wasn’t even alive in the 60s, let alone watching Doctor Who from…

The Rings of Akhaten

The Doctor and his brand new companion, a pretty white woman in her early twenties, take their first real trip in the TARDIS. They travel both in space and time, arriving in an unfamiliar society with strange rules. Right away the companion wanders off and…

The Bells of St. John

“The Bells of St. John,” indeed. That Steven Moffat is one clever bastard, isn’t he? Well. When I heard the elevator pitch for this one—”there’s something in the wifi”—I rolled my eyes, because come on. We’ve had sinister cell phone networks, Bluetooth headsets, GPS devices,…

Time-Flight & The Runaway Bride

I was thinking that I’d maybe been too generous to the TV Movie. That maybe I’d been right the first time I saw it in assessing it as the worst Doctor Who story of all time. Then I rewatched “Time-Flight” for the first time in…

Doctor Who: The TV Movie

You guys! I just watched the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie for the first time since 1996. And it didn’t completely suck. No, really. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I hated this thing back then as much as anybody did. I had already been…

The Snowmen

There’s a very old man who cannot die, and his business has always been saving the world…until now. Now he has withdrawn from that world, having sacrificed one of his dearest protegées in saving it. Now he lives in a gleaming white palace on top…