Tag Archives: Clara

Manic Pixie Dream Clara

Companion Tropes 5 When we are first introduced to Clara she is a mystery, a woman who the Doctor sees die, and then finds again, alive and well, somewhere else.  She also happens to be a young, female, cute mystery … Continue reading

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The Day of the Doctor

When we started this blog we decided not to write about the stories in order.  It has been done before, many times, and we wanted to have something for fans of every era right from the start, so we went … 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 Name of the Doctor

Our last finale to a split season, The Wedding of River Song, was something of a box-checking exercise, wrapping up all the loose ends.  This time around Steven Moffat focusses the two halves of the season much more tightly, so … 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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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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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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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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Last Christmas

It feels like we have been here before.  Amy’s Choice explored the philosophy of the “dream argument” and did it very well, so this is covering some familiar ground thematically.  As we saw when we looked at Amy’s Choice, genre … 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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