vincent and the doctor

Of course it’s what we’d all do if we had a time machine: slip back in time and see history being made. The future’s a dicier proposition. On the one hand, what you don’t know is always a little more exciting than what you think…

cold blood

“Cold Blood” is more fun than “The Hungry Earth,” if only because we finally get down into the Silurian city and spend most of our time there. It doesn’t look entirely real, but then again it isn’t; it’s a hollowed-out environment as artificial as anything…

the hungry earth

Maybe it’s a classic monster thing. This was easily the most frustratingly patchy Eleventh Doctor episode for me since “Victory of the Daleks.” In some respects it’s almost worse, since it’s given the luxury of a two-parter’s pace and squanders it. The first problem we…

amy's choice

They’re either going to love this one or hate it. I’m pretty sure I loved it. At first, taken in parts, it really seems a bit naff. You’ve got two realities, at least one of which may be a dream, each appearing to reflect the…

vampires of venice

I’d started to worry that the Moffat era wasn’t going to work unless Moffat himself wrote the scripts, but “Vampires of Venice” helped me breathe a little easier. The history’s just for color, of course. There’s no reason this story couldn’t have happened in Victorian…

posts from the future

I’ve been time-delaying my Doctor Who commentary in deference to American fans, many of whom have to wait two weeks to catch up to what’s being aired in Britain, but I think I’m going to go ahead and start dropping them as I write them…

flesh and stone

In the midst of rushing to the scene of the Next Big Moment this season, a lot of people ask Doctor Eleven what his plan is, and he tells them he’ll figure it out when he gets there, or words to that effect. The first…

the time of angels

Time was one of the reasons it took me a while to warm to New Who. Classic Who, as you may know, typically ran stories in four installments of about 25 minutes each, so that a complete story would last 100 minutes. That’s somewhere between…

victory of the daleks

I’d list everything I hated about this episode but I would basically be quoting the script, word for word. The concept we saw in the trailer — Daleks apparently helping the Allies in WWII — felt fresh and interesting, and there were so many ways…

the beast below

What makes Amy Pond’s rich history with the Doctor so interesting is that she has every reason to hate him. Consider: when she first meets him, he eats one bite of probably everything she has in her fridge or cupboards, making her slave over a…