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Cliffhangers: Moffat Era

DOCTOR: Oh, big mistake. Huge. Didn’t anyone every tell you there’s one thing you never put in a trap?  If you’re smart, if you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow, there is one thing … 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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The Power of Three

Back in May I wrote an article about the significance of the number three in Doctor Who, and came to a conclusion that stated three reasons why the number three was important, one of which focussed on the Doctor, the … Continue reading

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A Town Called Mercy

Doctor Who crashing into other genres can be a lot of fun, but every so often it crashes into a genre that is so vastly inferior that it runs the risk of being diminished by the effort.  This happened with … Continue reading

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Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

The last time the word “dinosaurs” appeared in the title of a Doctor Who story things went awry, but special effects have moved on to an extent that dinosaurs can now be the selling point of an episode without embarrassment.  … 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 Wedding of River Song

Russell T. Davies used to wrap up a season with a two-parter.  Here Steven Moffat wraps up two seasons with a one-parter.  The resulting episode is a bit of a muddle, and reprises a lot of things in slightly less … Continue reading

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Let’s Kill Hitler

Any article written about Let’s Kill Hitler is always going to end up not being about Hitler, as the episode has very little to do with him, so let’s at least give that part of the episode a passing mention … Continue reading

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A Good Man Goes to War

This is something new: a mid-season finale.  It functions in a very different way to a season finale because instead of bringing all the plot strands together and resolving them, it instead resolves some while creating others, but leaving the … Continue reading

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The Rebel Flesh

This article covers the episodes The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People, which together form a single story.  Your appreciation of this one will probably depend on what it is that you want from a Doctor Who story.  If you … Continue reading

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The Curse of the Black Spot

Just this once, everybody lives!  This is the story of alien medical technology malfunctioning and creating terror in the process.  There is also a young boy whose relationship to his parent needs to be healed.  So, superficially we have the … Continue reading

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The Impossible Astronaut

Don’t you just love a season finale?  The epic storytelling, the payoff for everything that has gone before, the big bad monster, the ensemble cast, the complex plot threads coming together as a satisfying resolution.  This article covers the episodes … Continue reading

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The Pandorica Opens

This article covers the episodes The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang, which together form a single Doctor Who story, albeit one with very different individual episodes, but this is the Moffat way with two-parters.  The first thing to notice … 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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Closing Time

So it’s 2011 and we still haven’t had a Doctor Who story where the Cybermen have really been used in an effective way since 1969.  We had a couple of decades of stomping robots with bad attitudes, and then the … 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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The Snowmen

The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe gave us our most straight-up take on Doctor Who as children’s fantasy fiction, but the approach endures here, as it has endured for the entirety of the Steven Moffat era of Doctor Who.  … Continue reading

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The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

Just in case you didn’t get the literary reference this episode is going for, it’s writ large in the title.  I will be spinning off the Narnia references into a Six Degrees article tomorrow, and looking at the wider parallels … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol

This is the first Doctor Who Christmas Special.  OK, I’m twisting things a bit there, but to explain what I mean by that let’s look at the plotlines of previous ones: The Feast of Steven: the Doctor and his companions … Continue reading

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Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

The Eleventh Doctor has developed a habit of treating his companions as puzzles to be solved.  In fairness, that’s how they are being written, so setting it up as some kind of character flaw is a bit odd, but nevertheless … Continue reading

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