Tag Archives: Dodo

Dodo the Millstone

Companion Tropes 8 STEVEN: What’s the matter? Are you crying? DODO: No, me nose is running!  The practice of using a millstone, a circular disk to grind grain, goes back to the Neolithic.  Human beings have been particularly talented at … Continue reading

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The War Machines

This is a perfect example of a story that makes it so worthwhile to watch all of Doctor Who in order, as it is totally different to anything that has gone before.  If you dip in and out of various … Continue reading

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The Savages

Nestled between two popular stories that are complete in the archives, the missing Savages tends to get overlooked and doesn’t provoke much in the way of strong reactions.  It is neither loved nor hated.  If anything, it is forgotten, or … Continue reading

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The Gunfighters

This is one of those stories where Doctor Who crashes into another genre and sees how well the two fit together and how well the Doctor copes with being outside his usual comfort zone.  Broadly speaking there are two approaches … Continue reading

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The Celestial Toymaker

I have been looking forward to this moment with some degree of trepidation, because The Celestial Toymaker is an incredibly difficult Doctor Who story to write about nowadays.  Due to issues of racism it is probably the most controversial Doctor … Continue reading

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Audience Identification: First Doctor

Question: who is the audience identification figure or figures in classic Star Trek?  Who is the pudding-brain who has to ask all the inane questions to help the audience along?  Answer: everyone.  Trek had a clever format: everyone was a … Continue reading

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The Ark

The Ark shows us a bleak vision of the future.  Not for the last time we see the final moments of planet Earth, and the remaining humans are off on a journey to find a new home.  After ten million … Continue reading

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The Massacre

The Massacre is Steven’s story.  Not only is the Doctor absent from two of the four episodes, but he barely interacts with the plot when he is in the story, not even meeting the main villain.  As this is the … Continue reading

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