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Cliffhangers: Davies Era 2

The Pit is open. And I am free. Bwahahahahahaha! That’s very Classic Who, isn’t it: a cliffhanger ending on the villain’s maniacal laugh.  And it’s a Classic throwback in more ways than one, because it is also a particular kind … Continue reading

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Cliffhangers: Davies Era 1

The Seventh Doctor stories were ahead of their time in many ways, and when we looked at the McCoy era cliffhangers we noticed something that foreshadowed the return of Doctor Who in 2005: the multiple-jeopardy cliffhanger.  When Doctor Who returned … 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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Time Crash

This was quite a treat for the fans.  Any connection to the Classic series is always welcome, but bringing back one of the original Doctors is a big moment and this was the first time it had happened since Doctor … Continue reading

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The Waters of Mars

Base under siege?  Check.  Creepy monsters?  Check.  Something normal and everyday made frightening?  Check.  Cute robot?  Check.  As Doctor Who fans these are some of the things we love most, so it goes without saying that this is a very … Continue reading

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Turn Left

We have had an interesting eleven years since Doctor Who came to a premature end with The Runaway Bride.  Big Finish have of course gone from strength to strength, but we have also had the very successful range of New … Continue reading

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Planet of the Dead

Hello, I’m the Doctor. Happy Easter. This is an oddity: an Easter Special.  But it’s really not even that.  This was the year where they only made a few episodes of Doctor Who, so each one was spread through the … Continue reading

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The Sontaran Stratagem

This article covers the episodes The Sontaran Stratagem and The Poison Sky, which together form a single Doctor Who story.  When bringing back old monsters, the Russell T. Davies era tends to look to their earliest appearances for inspiration, and … Continue reading

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The Doctor’s Daughter

We have not really seen the Doctor as a family man since he left his granddaughter behind at the end of The Dalek Invasion of Earth.  He is a lonely adventurer so to see him playing happy families would detract … Continue reading

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Partners in Crime

As we have come to expect, the 30th series of Doctor Who opens with a light-hearted, comedy episode.  Why mess with a winning formula?  The reintroduction of Catherine Tate as Donna makes this kind of episode especially effective, as she … Continue reading

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Last of the Time Lords

This article covers the episodes The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords, which together form a single Doctor Who story.  These are often considered to be part of a trilogy of episodes beginning with Utopia, but we … Continue reading

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Utopia

The word “utopia” was coined by Sir Thomas More in 1516, but the concept goes right back to Plato’s Republic.  The likelihood is that the idea existed long before that, as it would seem to be basic human nature to … Continue reading

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Smith and Jones

Smith and Jones is a better start to a series than New Earth.  Although there is a lot in the mix the plotting is much tighter and more accessible to new viewers.  The Judoon continue the trend for making aliens … Continue reading

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Daleks in Manhattan

This article covers the episodes Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks, which together form a single Doctor Who story, and one that was not especially well-received at the time.  Few David Tennant episodes were particularly slated, but this … Continue reading

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Silence in the Library

This article covers the Doctor Who episodes Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead, which together form a single story.  Doctor Who is often scariest when it makes monsters out of everyday things. At one time it used … Continue reading

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Human Nature

This article covers the episodes Human Nature and The Family of Blood, which together form a single Doctor Who story. When Doctor Who came back to television, Russell T Davies could have made his job a lot easier by plundering … Continue reading

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42

I love it when Doctor Who leans on the fourth wall a bit, and the plot of 42 is gloriously self-aware.  The idea of a story taking place in real-time is a good one, because it adds to the excitement … Continue reading

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The Lazarus Experiment

There is no doubt that Martha has had some harsh treatment from the Doctor, but perhaps in the aftermath of the loss of Rose that is understandable. The Lazarus Experiment begins with the Doctor basically kicking Martha out of the … Continue reading

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Gridlock

You have to admit there is something magical about a television series that can make its audience cry over the death of a giant animatronic head.  One of the many things Russell T. Davies does brilliantly is to play with … Continue reading

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The Unicorn and the Wasp

After Dickens plus ghosts, Queen Victoria plus werewolves and Shakespeare plus witches, our celebrity historical goes a bit left-field here with Agatha Christie plus a giant wasp.  It is a choice that allows Graeme Harper to employ some classic murder … Continue reading

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