Doctor Who: Series 11 pre-finale triage

During the Moffat era, I posted my season rankings pre-finale, because finales are so often either uncommonly great or massive train wrecks. This time I decided just to triage the series, since it divided so evenly, and since I found it difficult to order my…

Doctor Who: “It Takes You Away”

“‘It Takes You Away’ appears to change genre throughout the episode — from cabin-in-the-woods-style horror to dark fantasy to Solaris-esque SF, but really there’s only one overarching genre at work: the fairy tale.”

Doctor Who, “The Witchfinders”

They really backloaded this season with the good stuff, didn’t they? I spoke way too soon about favorite episodes last week. This is riveting Doctor Who, put way over the top in more ways than one by Alan Cumming’s delicious “I know everything about Satan!”…

Doctor Who, “Kerblam!”

“It’s likely that future Doctor Who episode guides will recall this episode as ‘never letting us look at bubble wrap the same way again.’ But there’s a chance — just a chance, but a good one — that I’ll recall it as ‘my favorite story of the Whittaker era.’”

Doctor Who: “The Tsuranga Conundrum”

I’m at a loss to understand why Chibnall felt this story was worth telling. The setting, while featuring lovely set design of almost Tron-level sterility, was just a ship; the individual stories (a decorated pilot with a career-limiting ailment, a pregnant man from a race…

Doctor Who: “The Ghost Monument”

Since I’m no longer writing these for publication to a general audience, the torch having been passed to a new runner, we can let our hair down a little and just talk. I’ve been listening to the Trial of a Time Lord Podcast a lot…

Doctor Who: “The Woman Who Fell to Earth”

It’s the beginning, and the moment has been prepared for. We’ve seen so much of Jodie Whittaker over the past six months especially, not just in trailers but promoting the show at conventions and on the talk show circuit, that to see her finally appear…

The Moffat > Chibnall regeneration

There’s a civilized discussion happening at Eruditorum Press about the showrunner change coming two years from now. Here’s what I wrote there: Not only has Chibnall never written an outstanding Who episode, but I have a hard time picturing him doing a charismatic, daring, innovative…