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Donna the Conscience

Companion Tropes 12 The Doctor is a hero, and sometimes a hero can be too busy fighting the monsters and being generally magnificent to stop and think about the moral implications of his actions.  He can start thinking he knows … 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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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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Journey’s End

This article covers the episodes The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End, which together form a single Doctor Who story, and a story that arguably represents the peak of Doctor Who’s popularity.  It captured 45% of the viewing audience, received an … 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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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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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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The End of Time

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Christmas is cancelled. Prepare the Gate!”  Christmas is indeed cancelled for this Christmas special, which is actually a two-parter so is only 50% Christmas special anyway.  Apart from a few irrelevant references thrown in there is not … Continue reading

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The Runaway Bride

The Runaway Bride never lets up for a minute, almost like watching a blockbuster movie. The TARDIS car chase is breathtaking, although you need to suspend disbelief: other cars are caught in the chase, bumped and bashed, but they never … Continue reading

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Midnight

The Doctor has coped with some extraordinary things over the years. At times he has defeated the deadliest of enemies with such panache as to make it seem easy. But every once in a while he gets into a situation … Continue reading

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The Fires of Pompeii

The Fires of Pompeii continues the New Who tradition of a good, solid historical story early in the series. Previous efforts have made use of historical “celebrities” (Dickens, Queen Victoria, Shakespeare) but here we have a slightly different take on … Continue reading

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Planet of the Ood

This episode seems to exist for the sole purpose of putting right a mistake in The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit.  And it’s a really, really big mistake.  The Doctor accepts that the Ood are a natural race of … Continue reading

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