Category Archives: Twelfth Doctor

Class: For Tonight We Might Die

If you ask me, the Brits are superb storytellers.  They have an idea, and they tell it, length be damned.  If that means 8 episodes will tell the story, that’s what they  will do.  No need to drag an 8-episode … 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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Cliffhangers: Moffat Era

DOCTOR: Oh, big mistake. Huge. Didn’t anyone every tell you there’s one thing you never put in a trap?  If you’re smart, if you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow, there is one thing … Continue reading

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Hell Bent

The Doctor is back on Gallifrey, but once again Doctor Who refuses to do what every other sci-fi series would do.  Faced with this big moment, the episode is a stubborn rejection of the epic season finale battle with the … Continue reading

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Heaven Sent

The Doctor has always been something of a Prometheus figure, stealing (the TARDIS) from the gods (Time Lords), and giving help to humanity against their wishes (non-interference).  It has taken over 50 years, but finally we follow through with the … Continue reading

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Face the Raven

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December, And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor Eagerly I wished the morrow, vainly I had sought to borrow From my books surcease of sorrow— sorrow for … Continue reading

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Sleep No More

I thought I heard a voice cry, “Sleep no more! Macbeth is murdering sleep.” Innocent sleep. Sleep that soothes away all our worries. Sleep that puts each day to rest. Sleep that relieves the weary laborer and heals hurt minds. … Continue reading

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Under the Lake

This articles covers the episodes Under the Lake and Before the Flood, which together form a single Doctor Who story.  Writer Toby Whithouse looks to the past for this story, in more ways than one.  He takes the base-under-siege format … Continue reading

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The Magician’s Apprentice

This article covers the episodes The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar, which together form a single Doctor Who story. DOCTOR: Just touch these two strands together and the Daleks are finished. Have I that right? That was 40 years … Continue reading

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The Woman Who Lived

This is very loosely the second part of a two-parter, exploring the character of Ashildr.  There always has to be some Doctor Who jeopardy in every episode, and it is thrown in and underdeveloped, with no real motivation for Leandro’s … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Died

Doctor Who is often about figuring out how the Doctor will get out of a situation, rather than whether he will get out of it or not.  That was the point of most of the cliffhanger endings.  This episode plays … Continue reading

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In the Forest of the Night

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,  In the forests of the night;  What immortal hand or eye,  Could frame thy fearful symmetry? For a long time now I have had a pet theory that Doctor Who isn’t really a science-fiction show.  Yes, … Continue reading

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Flatline

When 14 episodes of Doctor Who per year were going to be too much for any lead actor to cope with, the Doctor-lite episode was invented, one that would include the Doctor but only to a limited degree, often allowing … Continue reading

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Kill the Moon

If you are going to make a Doctor Who story about three female characters deciding whether to abort an unborn baby or not, good grief you need to be careful.  The sensible thing to do would have been to drop … Continue reading

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The Caretaker

Once upon a time the headmaster of Coal Hill School made the assumption that the Doctor was there to apply for the job of caretaker (Remembrance of the Daleks).  The Doctor has actually worked as a caretaker before, in The … Continue reading

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Time Heist

I love it when Doctor Who does something different, particularly when it crashes into another genre.  Here, after a timey-wimey jump cut, the Doctor is forced to be the leader of a criminal gang robbing a bank, and he is … Continue reading

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Dark Water

This article covers the episodes Dark Water and Death in Heaven, which together form a single Doctor Who story. Once upon a time an old lady complained about Doctor Who to the BBC because she didn’t understand what a freeze … Continue reading

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Twice Upon a Time

“A long time ago, at the South Pole, the Doctor refused to regenerate…”  Sounds like the opening line of a children’s story, doesn’t it.  And that title: a reference to the opening words of so many fairy tales.  As somebody … Continue reading

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The Return of Doctor Mysterio

I have to be up front about this.  I’m not a big fan of the superhero genre.  It has always struck me as being something that tries to keep one foot in sci-fi and one foot in fantasy and ends … Continue reading

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The Husbands of River Song

Christmas Day is an opportunity for Doctor Who.  It always pulls in a significantly greater amount of viewers than a standard episode, usually good for an extra couple of million and sometimes as much as five or six million more … Continue reading

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