Tag Archives: Romana

Romana the Distaff Counterpart

Companion Tropes 4 Supergirl, Spider-Woman, She-Hulk, Batwoman, She-Ra, Little Miss Chatterbox, Mrs Potato Head, Romana. OK, not quite the same thing, but on a fundamental level these are all distaff counterparts. The term refers to a particular kind of female … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Annual 1981

The amount of stories was reduced again for the 1981 Doctor Who Annual, with just one comic strip and five short stories.  However, the child of 1980 had no reason to feel hard-done-by, because the stories are actually all of … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Annual 1980

The 1980 Doctor Who Annual offers slim pickings once again to fans of Doctor Who fiction, with only five stories and two comic strips.  On the plus side, it’s the first annual for many years to feature recognisable artwork for … Continue reading

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Shada

Oh I do love the spring.  All the leaves, the colours. Cambridge is an amazing place.  When I was a teenager I stayed in one of the colleges for a few days, one summer, with a view to possibly studying … Continue reading

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City of Death

The appreciation of art can easily be extended to film and television.  It is not a giant leap to interpret Doctor Who as art, and more than once a story has actually taken a work of art as the starting … Continue reading

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Destiny of the Daleks

I’ll turn Davros and his life-support system into scrap metal. Now spack off! It’s not often we hear the Doctor swear.  I suppose that must be some kind of Time Lord insult.  All joking aside, the situation at that point … Continue reading

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Nightmare of Eden

Season 17 has been big on ideas, and following on from a story that was a mashup of issues of capitalism and Greek mythology we have an anti-drugs parable where worlds collide. To tackle drug addiction in Doctor Who in … Continue reading

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The Creature from the Pit

Me only cruel immortality Consumes: I wither slowly in thine arms, Here at the quiet limit of the world… Oh dear, look at that monster.  It’s shaped like… well, that’s unfortunate.  How did nobody notice before it went in front … Continue reading

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The Armageddon Factor

A big climax to a 26 episode story arc needs to be epic, and that’s exactly what The Armageddon Factor shoots for.  It has a mixed reputation and maybe I’m just a sucker for the tricks the story plays, but … Continue reading

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The Power of Kroll

The Power of Kroll is one of those Doctor Who stories where people sometimes struggle to see past the special effects.  They would have been a lot better, were it not for a couple of mistakes: only the bottom half … Continue reading

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