Doctor Who: The Timeless Children

Okay, I'm a bit late to this party thanks to my time at C2E2. So let's get into things. First off, this was a solid enough episode, and it felt like an episode of Doctor Who (which is something that assorted episodes over the past two seasons have occasionally struggled with.) But it's very much … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Timeless Children

Doctor Who: Ascension of the Cybermen

We're into the endgame now, although I'm not quite certain that writer and showrunner Chris Chibnall realizes that. Because this is an episodes that's packed with more questions and precious few answers. I suspect it's really going to be a matter of how well next week's episode serves to tie all of these threads together … Continue reading Doctor Who: Ascension of the Cybermen

Doctor Who: The Haunting of Villa Diodati

I think it's an important concept for fans to grasp hold of that Doctor Who has changed. This is nothing new, the long history of the series is rife with format and tone and style changes. So while I still love the elements of the "classic" New Who, it's not that show any more. No … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Haunting of Villa Diodati

Doctor Who: Can You Hear Me?

This week's DOCTOR WHO episode crystalized one of the failings of the season for me. And it is this: the stories don't seem to be of consequence to the main characters. There's danger and adventure and stuff, yeah. But somehow, the principles seem to remain at a distance from it all. None of it changes … Continue reading Doctor Who: Can You Hear Me?

Doctor Who – Praxeus

Well, going to have a lot less to say about this episode than the last one, I expect. Praxeus was a nice, simple done-in-one adventure without any particular connectivity to the ongoing arc of the series. Without the lead-in bit last episode, you really could have watched this one at any point during the series. … Continue reading Doctor Who – Praxeus

Doctor Who: Fugitive of the Judoon — More Thoughts

So, a day later and like seemingly everybody else, I have a few follow-up thoughts concerning last night's DOCTOR WHO. Time was, I used t be pretty good at predicting were plotlines were going, though of late I've been flummoxed more and more often. So these assorted conjectures will either look brilliant or asinine in … Continue reading Doctor Who: Fugitive of the Judoon — More Thoughts

Doctor Who: Fugitive of the Judoon

Based on the fact that showrunner Chris Chibnall had taken a co-writing credit on this episode, I had assumed going in that we were going to get some more of the architecture of the season-long arc story in tonight's episode, and I was braced for that. The timing seemed to be about right as well--you … Continue reading Doctor Who: Fugitive of the Judoon

Doctor Who: Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror

That title's a bit of a mouthful, isn't it? This fourth episode this season is a solid entry. In terms of its structure, its pacing and its form, it resembles nothing so much as a Russell T Davies-era outing. Which, I think, is a good thing. For a change, the Doctor is active throughout, confident … Continue reading Doctor Who: Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror

Doctor Who: Orphan 55

And we are back, unfortunately, to many of the deficits which plagued the first series of Jodie Whittaker's DOCTOR WHO with today's third episode, an entry that's heavy-handed, completely forgettable and which does nothing to broaden our understanding of the core characters. This is a distressing development given how much progress the opening two-parter seemed … Continue reading Doctor Who: Orphan 55

Doctor Who: Spyfall, part two

Okay, well, that was about as properly DOCTOR WHO as DOCTOR WHO has felt since the start of this new regime. It wasn't perfect, naturally, it had its flaws--the largest of which being that the underlying plan of the Kasarvin is not only utter nonsense, it's dispensed with almost off-handedly, so much so that secondary … Continue reading Doctor Who: Spyfall, part two