Tag Archives: Rory

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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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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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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Asylum of the Daleks

This is the oddest of oddities.  Never has there been an episode of Doctor Who that traded more on knowledge external to what we see on screen.  Without that knowledge it is distinctly average while being bizarrely frenetic.  With the … Continue reading

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Amy’s Choice

The philosophy of the “dream argument” goes right back to Plato, but was really popularised by Descartes.  It takes dreaming as evidence that we cannot trust our senses to show us the difference between reality and illusion.  For centuries philosophers … Continue reading

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Night Terrors

Night Terrors features the only monster I have actually seen scare somebody in real life.  When we were at the 50th anniversary convention in London there were some people wearing the peg doll costumes.  One of them started moving towards … Continue reading

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The Vampires of Venice

The Vampires of Venice is all about the Doctor trying to fix Amy and Rory’s relationship.  The reason he wants to do this is slightly troubling because it has overtones of somebody deciding the path Amy’s life is going to … Continue reading

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The God Complex

The God Complex is an amazing, ground breaking episode, but there are a couple of major problems with it that I am going to get out of the way straight away, because I really don’t want to end up wrapping … Continue reading

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The Angels Take Manhattan

Companion departures have been a tricky business since Doctor Who came back in 2005.  It wasn’t quite so much of a problem for the classic run because we had limited expectations of the character development and story arcs that the … Continue reading

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