Tag Archives: Amy

Amy Pond: Damaged Goods

Companion Tropes 25 I mentioned in a previous article how Amy is a strong example of a tsundere character.  In fact, she’s probably the best example Doctor Who has ever given us, with the possible exception of Tegan, although she … Continue reading

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The Power of Three

Back in May I wrote an article about the significance of the number three in Doctor Who, and came to a conclusion that stated three reasons why the number three was important, one of which focussed on the Doctor, the … Continue reading

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A Town Called Mercy

Doctor Who crashing into other genres can be a lot of fun, but every so often it crashes into a genre that is so vastly inferior that it runs the risk of being diminished by the effort.  This happened with … Continue reading

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Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

The last time the word “dinosaurs” appeared in the title of a Doctor Who story things went awry, but special effects have moved on to an extent that dinosaurs can now be the selling point of an episode without embarrassment.  … Continue reading

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The Wedding of River Song

Russell T. Davies used to wrap up a season with a two-parter.  Here Steven Moffat wraps up two seasons with a one-parter.  The resulting episode is a bit of a muddle, and reprises a lot of things in slightly less … Continue reading

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Let’s Kill Hitler

Any article written about Let’s Kill Hitler is always going to end up not being about Hitler, as the episode has very little to do with him, so let’s at least give that part of the episode a passing mention … Continue reading

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A Good Man Goes to War

This is something new: a mid-season finale.  It functions in a very different way to a season finale because instead of bringing all the plot strands together and resolving them, it instead resolves some while creating others, but leaving the … Continue reading

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The Rebel Flesh

This article covers the episodes The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People, which together form a single story.  Your appreciation of this one will probably depend on what it is that you want from a Doctor Who story.  If you … Continue reading

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The Doctor’s Wife

To get the obvious remark out of the way, this is by Neil Gaiman, and it’s magnificent.  Of course it is – Neil Gaiman is an incredible writer.  He is also perfect for Doctor Who, especially if you like your … Continue reading

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The Curse of the Black Spot

Just this once, everybody lives!  This is the story of alien medical technology malfunctioning and creating terror in the process.  There is also a young boy whose relationship to his parent needs to be healed.  So, superficially we have the … Continue reading

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The Impossible Astronaut

Don’t you just love a season finale?  The epic storytelling, the payoff for everything that has gone before, the big bad monster, the ensemble cast, the complex plot threads coming together as a satisfying resolution.  This article covers the episodes … Continue reading

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The Pandorica Opens

This article covers the episodes The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang, which together form a single Doctor Who story, albeit one with very different individual episodes, but this is the Moffat way with two-parters.  The first thing to notice … 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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Tsundere

A useful word has sprung out of Japanese culture in recent years. Originating in the murky world (from a Western perspective) of bishojo games, which we could charitably call dating simulators, the concept has spread to anime and manga. The … 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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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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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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