Tag Archives: Rose

Rose the Friend Influence

Companion Tropes 39 When you look at the Doctor Who companions who were present for a regeneration, an interesting pattern emerges. In the company of Ben and Polly, the Doctor becomes much younger and more energetic, with a Sixties mop … 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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On Target: Rose

When I reviewed City of Death by James Goss, one thing that jumped out at me was how accurate the book was.  It was lifted right out of the television story adding very little beyond slight blips of internal thought … 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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The Parting of the Ways

This article covers the episodes Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways, which together form a single Doctor Who story.  Having said that, this is the least straightforward two-parter of the 2005 series, with two tonally different episodes.  First … Continue reading

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Dalek

We have already seen elements of Big Finish stories reflected in the new series at this point, and why not? Their productions have been of such a high standard over the years that it would almost seem like a waste … Continue reading

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Boom Town

Sandwiched between two exciting two-part stories, Boom Town is a chance to pause for breath and tie up a few loose ends.  Necessity is the mother of invention, and this is the cheap episode, utilising an existing monster costume and … Continue reading

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The Empty Child

This review covers the Doctor Who episodes The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances, which together form a single story. Mauve Alert!  Mauve Alert!  This is an important one, and for reasons we had no idea about at the time.  … Continue reading

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Father’s Day

Instances of the Doctor or his companions crossing their own time-streams are very rare in Doctor Who up to this point. The First Doctor and his companions encountered themselves in glass cases in a museum, the Third Doctor and Jo … Continue reading

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The Long Game

At the heart of Russell T. Davies’s approach to Doctor Who in 2005 was a radical departure from the Classic series.  He planned that most of the Doctor’s victories would be the result of the Doctor inspiring ordinary people to … Continue reading

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Aliens of London

This articles covers the Doctor Who episodes Aliens of London and World War Three, which together form a single story. In Classic Doctor Who alien invasions were nearly always the result of whole races of aliens being evil, or having … Continue reading

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The Idiot’s Lantern

The 1950s was a time when television was new to the world and, like most new things, some people viewed the new technology with a certain degree of trepidation. It is this fear that The Idiot’s Lantern exploits. The episode … Continue reading

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The Girl in the Fireplace

The Russell T Davies era of Doctor Who could be akin to a soap opera at times, and that was undoubtedly a big part of its success. There is no criticism implied in that statement.  Steven Moffatt takes that approach … Continue reading

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School Reunion

School Reunion has it all, and stands as a fine example of how to appeal to the established fans and the new viewers of Doctor Who at the same time. The Krillitane are there to entertain the kids, whilst the … Continue reading

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Tooth and Claw

Russell T Davies perfected the shopping list approach to Doctor Who, particularly for the historical stories, so we get things like: Charles Dickens and ghosts; Shakespeare and witches; Agatha Christie and a giant wasp.  The classic series rarely went in … Continue reading

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New Earth

Don’t you just love a fresh start?  And this feels very fresh.  Although it is Russell T Davies second year as showrunner, it is his first story set on an alien planet, having previously grounded the series on Earth, with … Continue reading

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Doomsday

This article covers the episodes Army of Ghosts and Doomsday, which together form a single Doctor Who story. The idea of an encounter between Cybermen and Daleks is one that has lived in the minds of fans for a very … Continue reading

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Rise of the Cybermen

This article covers the episodes Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel, which together form a single Doctor Who story. Bringing back the Cybermen was a tricky business, simply because they have been done badly so many times.  … Continue reading

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The Christmas Invasion

What happens when the Doctor isn’t around to save the Earth?  This will become a running theme of the David Tennant era, most notably in Turn Left, but it is an odd theme to explore in an episode that actually … Continue reading

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The Unquiet Dead

When a new television series launches there is often an episode early in the run that subsequently seems a bit odd.  While the writers find their feet and the series settles into a house style, one or two approaches are … Continue reading

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