Category Archives: Eleventh Doctor

The Crimson Horror

This might be the 100th episode of Doctor Who since it returned in 2005, but it feels more like a pilot episode for a Paternoster Gang spinoff, which bizarrely has never happened.  The Doctor doesn’t feature much in the first … Continue reading

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Nightmare in Silver

Another Cybermen episode, another rummaging around into their past to try to find out why they used to be scary but haven’t really been since 1968.  Little by little, we’re getting there.  The redesign is an attempt to recreate the … Continue reading

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Closing Time

So it’s 2011 and we still haven’t had a Doctor Who story where the Cybermen have really been used in an effective way since 1969.  We had a couple of decades of stomping robots with bad attitudes, and then the … Continue reading

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The Time of the Doctor

The Eleventh Doctor’s time ends as it began, at Christmas (well, sort of), just like his predecessor (ditto).  More accurately, it begins and ends in winter, and there is a bookending feel to this, or a life cycle through the … Continue reading

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The Snowmen

The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe gave us our most straight-up take on Doctor Who as children’s fantasy fiction, but the approach endures here, as it has endured for the entirety of the Steven Moffat era of Doctor Who.  … Continue reading

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The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

Just in case you didn’t get the literary reference this episode is going for, it’s writ large in the title.  I will be spinning off the Narnia references into a Six Degrees article tomorrow, and looking at the wider parallels … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol

This is the first Doctor Who Christmas Special.  OK, I’m twisting things a bit there, but to explain what I mean by that let’s look at the plotlines of previous ones: The Feast of Steven: the Doctor and his companions … Continue reading

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Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

The Eleventh Doctor has developed a habit of treating his companions as puzzles to be solved.  In fairness, that’s how they are being written, so setting it up as some kind of character flaw is a bit odd, but nevertheless … Continue reading

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Hide

This is the second of Neil Cross’s Doctor Who stories, and is by far the simpler of the two.  That was entirely deliberate, with the writer intending to put together a very self-contained small-scale Doctor Who story, and in fact … Continue reading

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The Rings of Akhaten

Doctor Who has often seemed to me to be a fantasy series with a thin veil of technobabble to describe that.  It rarely has any kind of strong scientific premise that would make logical sense to a scientist.  This episode … Continue reading

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The Bells of Saint John

There was a charming little prequel to this episode with the Doctor meeting Clara when she was a child.  You might be forgiven for thinking “here we go again” at that point, and assuming that the Doctor is again going … Continue reading

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Asylum of the Daleks

This is the oddest of oddities.  Never has there been an episode of Doctor Who that traded more on knowledge external to what we see on screen.  Without that knowledge it is distinctly average while being bizarrely frenetic.  With the … Continue reading

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Virtually, The Gunpowder Plot

Remember, remember, the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder, treason, should ever be forgot. Welcome to the Junkyard on November the 5th.  In the spirit of the day, I will look back to … Continue reading

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The Lodger

I don’t like football. It was tempting to end the review there, but that wouldn’t be entirely fair.  Let’s just say my opinions might be slightly affected by that so I am probably a bit less tolerant than most people … Continue reading

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Vincent and the Doctor

There are very few episodes of Doctor Who that you can’t write about without talking about the writer.  Vincent and the Doctor is one of those select few, because it is written by Richard Curtis.  This is the only example … Continue reading

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Amy’s Choice

The philosophy of the “dream argument” goes right back to Plato, but was really popularised by Descartes.  It takes dreaming as evidence that we cannot trust our senses to show us the difference between reality and illusion.  For centuries philosophers … Continue reading

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Night Terrors

Night Terrors features the only monster I have actually seen scare somebody in real life.  When we were at the 50th anniversary convention in London there were some people wearing the peg doll costumes.  One of them started moving towards … Continue reading

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The Vampires of Venice

The Vampires of Venice is all about the Doctor trying to fix Amy and Rory’s relationship.  The reason he wants to do this is slightly troubling because it has overtones of somebody deciding the path Amy’s life is going to … Continue reading

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The God Complex

The God Complex is an amazing, ground breaking episode, but there are a couple of major problems with it that I am going to get out of the way straight away, because I really don’t want to end up wrapping … Continue reading

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The Angels Take Manhattan

Companion departures have been a tricky business since Doctor Who came back in 2005.  It wasn’t quite so much of a problem for the classic run because we had limited expectations of the character development and story arcs that the … Continue reading

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