Tag Archives: Jodie Whittaker

Ascension of the Cybermen

This article covers the episodes Ascension of the Cybermen  and The Timeless Children, which together form a single Doctor Who story. “That which is dead can live again, in the hands of a believer.” This one is going to divide … Continue reading

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The Haunting of Villa Diodati

Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley (well, she will be), John Polidori. All great writers, and fascinating human beings. It’s a job to get a sense of that from this episode, which just packs so much in. It’s difficult enough … Continue reading

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Can You Hear Me?

“This whole section’s covered in fingers.” Only on Doctor Who. I don’t think any other series would be crazy enough to show the villain’s fingers flying off and attacking people on their own. That’s a good thing, though. The one … Continue reading

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Praxeus

“Three years ago this was paradise.” Oh, dear. What have us naughty little humans been up to now? An alien has brought an alien virus to the Earth to use us as a petri dish, but this is Chris Chibnall’s … Continue reading

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Fugitive of the Judoon

Wow, what is that feeling? That tingle down the spine? Can it be… I’m actually excited about watching Doctor Who again? It’s been a long time. In fact, my viewing last night had me buzzing because I watched the first … Continue reading

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Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror

“Did Tesla have the idea for Wi-Fi?” Yes he did. It might sound like an unlikely exaggeration, but it’s true. If you are unfamiliar with Tesla and this episode has sparked your interest, then I would recommend joining the doubtless … Continue reading

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Orphan 55

Why do I watch Doctor Who? What is it about it that makes me keep watching? Why has it been my favourite television show for the vast majority of my life? It’s a very hard question to answer, because there … Continue reading

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Spyfall

The most important question a writer should ask himself is “why?” That needs to be asked throughout a story. Why am I doing this as a writer? Why is this character there? Why is this happening? If a writer fails … Continue reading

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Resolution

A New Year’s resolution is about making a fresh start.  Maybe undoing some of the mistakes of the past.  Turning over a new leaf, being a new person.  Most resolutions fail, of course, but they are about hope, something the … Continue reading

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The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos

“I know that voice.” … and after a week of speculation, it’s… drumroll… Tim Blinking Shaw.  If there’s one thing I could ask Chris Chibnall to take on board after this year it is this: stop baiting the fans.  After … Continue reading

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It Takes You Away

It’s time to play the music It’s time to light the lights It’s time to meet the Muppets on the Doctor’s Show tonight. My oh my, that frog is going to divide opinions.  An act of surrealist genius, or a … Continue reading

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The Witchfinders

I suppose I could be boring and point out that there was only ever one “Witch-finder General” and he made the title up for himself.  Or that Matthew Hopkins was also the only “witch-finder” to test witches in water, and … Continue reading

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Kerblam!

With a cast that includes Claudia Jessie, from the sublimely intelligent comedy Porters, and Lee Mack, one of the funniest comedians this country has to offer, I was expecting a funny episode this week.  The teaser at the end of … Continue reading

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Demons of the Pubjab

I wonder if writer Vinay Patel realised what day his episode was going to be broadcast when he was writing it?  If not, it’s an extraordinary coincidence, because the theme of honouring the anonymous dead in conflicts is perfect for … Continue reading

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The Tsuranga Conundrum

Last week we were treated to The Green Death 2.0.  This week it’s The Ark in Space 2.0.  Not that there’s anything wrong in that as such, but we need some new ideas as well.  In a nutshell, the five … Continue reading

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Arachnids in the UK

I don’t like spiders.  Not one little bit.  But I do like scary films about spiders, and one of my favourites, in all its B-movie excesses, is Eight Legged Freaks.  It’s about some spiders that are contaminated by toxic waste … Continue reading

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Rosa

To understand Rosa we need to look at the episode in the context of history.  I’m not talking about the history depicted in the episode; there are other places to look for that, which will give much better information that … Continue reading

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The Ghost Monument

Hark!  Is that the sound of barrel scraping?  The barrel is labelled “making everyday things scary”.  A monster that resembles fabric coming to life is probably pushing things a bit far, but like most aspects of this series so far … Continue reading

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The Woman Who Fell to Earth

This is all very different.  The amazing thing is that the Doctor being female is one of the easiest changes to get used to.  Jodie Whittaker is immediately brilliant as the Doctor, so this whole gender change is clearly going … Continue reading

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