Brand Echh: Dr. Who and the Daleks

By the middle of the 1960s, Dell, once the leader in the field, was battling for market share and audience attention. Their split from Western Publishing had caused them to lose most of their creative staff as well as a number of licenses, and so the quality of their output had seriously dipped. Dell continued … Continue reading Brand Echh: Dr. Who and the Daleks

Doctor Who: Legend of the Sea Devils

When the histories are written about this period of DOCTOR WHO, while they may differ on their analyses of the strengths and weaknesses of the program during this time, one thing that they will all be able to agree upon is the fact that this production team really loved doing historical stories, probably more so … Continue reading Doctor Who: Legend of the Sea Devils

Doctor Who: Eve of the Daleks

Given how long the series has been on the air, it's a little bit surprising that DOCTOR WHO has never done a time loop episode before, especially since the concept became mainstream in the film Groundhog Day so long ago. But then, for all that time travel sits at the heart of the series, playing … Continue reading Doctor Who: Eve of the Daleks

Doctor Who: The Vanquishers

I can't honestly say that I was disappointed by The Vanquishers, the wrap-up chapter of this season of DOCTOR WHO and the one in which, by necessity, all of the plot threads must be gathered together and tied off. But that's because my expectations were so low--and I must sadly report that they were met … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Vanquishers

Doctor Who: Survivors of the Flux

Well, that was a bit of a mess, albeit an exciting mess. But it really doesn't bode well for satisfyingly wrapping up al of the disparate threads of this season in a single final episode. It also felt very much like a lot of the business along the way, while fun, was really there as … Continue reading Doctor Who: Survivors of the Flux

Doctor Who: Village of the Angels

I may be in the minority here, but I am not a huge fan of the Weeping Angels. I agree that they were the centerpoint of one of the best single episodes of the new series, "Blink", which was genuinely scary and well put together. The problem is that the attributes of the Angels as … Continue reading Doctor Who: Village of the Angels

Doctor Who: Once, Upon Time

Well, now we know what happens when Chris Chibnall attempts to write a Steven Moffat-style puzzle box episode. it's all sizzle and very little steak, but the sizzle is at least largely entertaining. It's a shame that they forgot to put a story in this episode, so focused was the production team on delivering backstory. … Continue reading Doctor Who: Once, Upon Time

Doctor Who: War of the Sontarans

Well, that was, if nothing else, a lot more straightforward of an episode than last week, and if it didn't provide a whole lot of answers, neither was it as fractured as the initial outing. A solid enough piece of modern DOCTOR WHO, if not one that I'm in any particular rush to watch again. … Continue reading Doctor Who: War of the Sontarans

Doctor Who: The Halloween Apocalypse

All right, so the first part of the six-part DOCTOR WHO season "The Flux" just aired, meaning that I've had time to gather my thoughts, which I'll share with you here. As usual, this isn't really meant as a review per se, more like just some casual conversation about the show, the story, and the … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Halloween Apocalypse

Doctor Who: The Flux pregame

We're just under a week away from the start of a new season of Doctor Who, this one produced under the difficult conditions of the pandemic lockdown. As we now know, this will represent the final full season for both actor Jodie Whittaker and the current production team headed up by Chris Chibnall. After which, … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Flux pregame