DR. WHO SERIES 10, EPISODE 12: “THE DOCTOR FALLS”

After an entire 45-minute Doctor Who episode concerned with waiting, here comes another one. Only this week, with fifteen minutes’ extra waiting – and four extra characters to do the waiting.   The Doctor Falls took the premise of the previous Doctor’s regeneration story, The Time of the Doctor, to a whole new level. In … Continued

DR. WHO Series 10, Episode 10: ‘THE EATERS OF LIGHT’

Survival, Rona Munro’s last brush with Doctor Who back in 1989, is a story about the rise and fall of civilisations set against the coming of age of a group of self-dependent teenagers, with a great deal of metaphor threaded throughout its science fiction script. To some people, it’s one of the original run’s all-time … Continued

DR. WHO SERIES 10, EPISODE 9: ‘EMPRESS OF MARS’

A few weeks ago, we learned about the discovery of a prop Ice Warrior helmet that had originally been used in the Martians’ eponymously titled, fifty-year-old debut story, and that had then been “missing” since presumably sometime around the early 1980s. Mark Gatiss’ script for Empress of Mars feels like something he has unearthed from … Continued

DR. WHO SERIES 10, EPISODE 8: “THE LIE OF THE LAND”

This writer came home at midnight tonight, fresh from having watched this weekend’s Doctor Who and recording a Blue Box Podcast about it, only to find out about the terror attack in London. It seems strange to be writing about a “children’s” television series when nine people lie dead and the nation is once again … Continued

DR. WHO SERIES 10, EPISODE 6: “EXTREMIS”

Steven Moffat has never been one for taking the easy way out. He’s been setting challenges for himself pretty much his entire writing career. His philosophy seems to be, push yourself, make yourself work harder as a writer to take your writing into places you’ve never been before, and – this being the tricky bit, … Continued

DR. WHO SERIES 10, EPISODE 5: “OXYGEN”

Five episodes into Series Ten, with almost half the run now over, and we’re still being introduced to Bill Potts. There was a moment during Oxygen where Bill would have been happy to turn tail and flee, but the Doctor stops her. “Crew of forty,” says the Doctor. “I’ve got 36 records of life signs … Continued

DR. WHO SERIES 10, EPISODE 4: “KNOCK KNOCK”

One thing that fairy tales and usually short-form horror fiction have in common is that they will both often take place in a world that, while it might resemble our own, exists within its own rules, which very often don’t. Wolves can talk, for example, or vampires really exist. They require the reader to suspend … Continued

DR. WHO SERIES 10, EPISODE 3: “THIN ICE”

Given that the only example of such a thing between January of 1967 and the end of the series’ original run 22 years later was Black Orchid, an inconsequential Peter Davison two-parter with a reputation that might best be described as mixed, it could be considered surprising that one of the things Doctor Who fans … Continued