Category Archives: Thirteenth Doctor

Eve of the Daleks

By the opening credits both the new characters introduced for this episode are dead, as are the Doctor and her two companions. Oh, and Nick Briggs got to say the line “I am not Nick” in a Dalek voice. It’s … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Flux: The Vanquishers

Flux has been a fairly complex story with lots of strands to the plot playing out over the six episodes. All those strands have been necessary, and feed nicely into the conclusion. Up until this final episode, I felt like … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Flux: Survivors of the Flux

We should have had more faith. When Chris Chibnall wrote UNIT out of Doctor Who in Resolution it seemed like sacrilege, but the man had plans. Survivors of the Flux shows us the Grand Serpent’s interference in UNIT’s history, right … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Flux: Village of the Angels

These are the days where writing doesn’t come easy. Why? Because the episode I have to write about is just too good, and there’s nothing particularly interesting about pointing out how good something is. You’re probably not interested in my … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Flux: Once, Upon Time

The Dark Times: so far little more than a cool sounding idea, a vague notion of a scary, distant past. This is the playground that Chris Chibnall is choosing to play in, and it’s surprising that no writer has really … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Flux: War of the Sontarans

For the majority of this episode we have a much more traditional Doctor Who story, and it works well. The Sontarans have invaded, and the Doctor has to defeat them. Chris Chibnall does a very good job with this episode … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Flux: The Halloween Apocalypse

It seems like forever since the last full series of Doctor Who, but we can’t really complain. Once upon a time we had to wait 16 years between seasons. As is often the case after a hiatus of sorts, we … Continue reading

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Revolution of the Daleks

I have a question. Let’s suppose you own a company which has invented the most amazing 3D printers. These things are basically magical, capable of mass producing complex robots with a level of interaction that puts any other AI system … Continue reading

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Ascension of the Cybermen

This article covers the episodes Ascension of the Cybermen  and The Timeless Children, which together form a single Doctor Who story. “That which is dead can live again, in the hands of a believer.” This one is going to divide … Continue reading

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The Haunting of Villa Diodati

Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley (well, she will be), John Polidori. All great writers, and fascinating human beings. It’s a job to get a sense of that from this episode, which just packs so much in. It’s difficult enough … Continue reading

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Can You Hear Me?

“This whole section’s covered in fingers.” Only on Doctor Who. I don’t think any other series would be crazy enough to show the villain’s fingers flying off and attacking people on their own. That’s a good thing, though. The one … Continue reading

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Praxeus

“Three years ago this was paradise.” Oh, dear. What have us naughty little humans been up to now? An alien has brought an alien virus to the Earth to use us as a petri dish, but this is Chris Chibnall’s … Continue reading

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The Target Storybook

When I was a kid, nothing was more exciting than getting a new Doctor Who book from the TARGET book range.  I utterly adored them.  Then, one day, I finished the collection and there were none left to collect.  When … Continue reading

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Fugitive of the Judoon

Wow, what is that feeling? That tingle down the spine? Can it be… I’m actually excited about watching Doctor Who again? It’s been a long time. In fact, my viewing last night had me buzzing because I watched the first … Continue reading

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Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror

“Did Tesla have the idea for Wi-Fi?” Yes he did. It might sound like an unlikely exaggeration, but it’s true. If you are unfamiliar with Tesla and this episode has sparked your interest, then I would recommend joining the doubtless … Continue reading

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Orphan 55

Why do I watch Doctor Who? What is it about it that makes me keep watching? Why has it been my favourite television show for the vast majority of my life? It’s a very hard question to answer, because there … Continue reading

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Spyfall

The most important question a writer should ask himself is “why?” That needs to be asked throughout a story. Why am I doing this as a writer? Why is this character there? Why is this happening? If a writer fails … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: The Edge of Time

When it was announced that the Doctor Who VR game was being released on November 12th, I couldn’t have been happier. So much so, that on the 11th, I set my clock ahead hoping to spoof the system.  I’d never … Continue reading

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Regeneration Influences

The talk of companions influencing how a regeneration turns out in Rose the Friend Influence has sparked off some interesting discussions in the Junkyard, behind the scenes.  Here’s Mike’s fascinating take on the subject, where he has taken my spark … Continue reading

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Fallout: The Woman Who Fell to Earth

As I come to the final examination in my Fallout series, I look back on the season with a bit of sadness.  I love good stories and I’ve been a fan of The Doctor for nearly 40 years!  (40 years!!) … Continue reading

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