Hot on the heels of the news of Steven Moffat leaving after 2017, with Chris Chibnall to take over Doctor Who, there are now reports that Peter Capaldi could depart as well. Some are calling it a fresh start with a new producer in Chibnall, and it might be. The thing is, if I were taking … Continue reading Doctor Who: reports from afar
I should stop reading comments on Doctor Who pages. Mainly because of the hate. And also people don't get story telling and context. Fans are rabid about change, and angry when they don't change fast enough or in the way they want or understand. I don't understand it. Even if I haven't loved every episode … Continue reading Doctor Who: lonesome too and blue
If Heaven Sent was about death, then Hell Bent returns to a corrupted culture obsessed with it in this season finale and end of an era. The Doctor's quest, set up as a hope of a dream in The Day of the Doctor, is now an ode to his devotion to his companion and a revelation of … Continue reading Doctor Who: Who Dares Wins?
Shortcuts & slogans This Doctor Who episode, Last Christmas wore many of its influences overtly. Within a few minutes they could be identified as a formula: Alien + Inception + Christmas X 2 = Doctor Who. It's fine I guess. We can all rest and consider that we 'get' the episode. Any dream within a dream … Continue reading Doctor Who: Last Christmas Analysis
Thought there was no more Doctor Who til Christmas? There is a lil bit. The Children in Need Special. This particular one is more of a preview for the Christmas Special than a short stand alone. The only thing it proves is that it's obvious Clara Oswald isn't quite gone. And that Father Christmas is real. … Continue reading Ain’t no Xmas like a Doctor Who Xmas
The new Hobbit trailer is out, partly because of this, and because of The Hobbit fan competition, and Halloween and 'cons' I've been thinking about the fan phenomenon. As The Doctor explained to Charles Dickens it’s about fanaticism. I was going to say such devotion is usually motivated out of a deep appreciation or love, … Continue reading Be the Hero?
Flatline - Clara's Choice Seems some people are upset with Clara, mainly for not wanting the kids saved in Flatline. I think she spoke as a someone who has seen a bit of the universe and seen how lonely and dangerous it is for survivors. I also think she spoke as someone who has lost … Continue reading Doctor Who: Clara vs The Doctor
After the wrongness of Kill the Moon, Mummy on the Orient Express is back on track (ah, I make me laugh), but a bit odd. It's like every episode Clara or The Doctor have to work each other out, even though they have all their combined history: for instance, Clara only now realises he lies. It is … Continue reading Doctor Who: Strangers on a Train
I was going to write a post about my adventures the other Saturday. And then I was going to review the Doctor Who episode Time Heist. Then everything sat in my brain for a few days. So I'm going to write about both-ish Mainly because they involve heists, bank vaults, rare and precious things in a museum, … Continue reading Doctor Who: Blue Steal
Cooking up a story Writers are like chefs. They have ingredients: pop culture tropes, personal influences, knowledge of their audience, big themes and little obsessions. They also have recipe rules they can choose to follow or ignore when they cook up a story. They chuck everything into a mixture, have it whiz in their brains for … Continue reading Heroic Codes in Doctor Who