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A Special Look at: The Tomb of the Cybermen

A Special Look at: The Tomb of the Cybermen

Continuing on classic Doctor Who serials, like The War Machines, is The Tomb of the Cybermen, the earliest surviving complete Cyberman story. Considering the elements of the expedition in the story, and the first appearance of the Cyber Controller and the Cybermats, it has always ranked high after I first watched it. But I wouldn’t say … Continue reading

A Special Look at: The Time Warrior

A Special Look at: The Time Warrior

The Time Warrior essentially begins the 11th season of the original Who, which would serve as the final season for the Third Doctor, played by John Pertwee, and it also introduces the companion Sarah Jane Smith, and the villains Sontarans. Gallifrey is also mentioned by name for the first time. The Sontarans would later appear … Continue reading

A Special Look at: Sleep No More

A Special Look at: Sleep No More

Sleep No More, written by Mark Gatiss (Robot of Sherwood, The Crimson Horror, Victory of the Daleks, The Idiot’s Lantern, The Unquiet Dead) was a rather bold episode in format, willing to try a new form of storytelling – found-footage, POV-cam episode. I was not much into the different format, though I think it was … Continue reading

A Special Look at: The Angels Take Manhattan

A Special Look at: The Angels Take Manhattan

The Angels Take Manhattan, seemingly getting it’s title from The Muppets Take Manhattan, is yet another great example of a Moffat mess. Think The Time of the Doctor, A Good Man Goes to War, Let’s Kill Hitler, and Sherlock‘s The Final Problem for other examples of Moffat incoherent storytelling. Sure, it’s dramatic storytelling, with a … Continue reading

A Special Look at: The War Machines

A Special Look at: The War Machines

This post begins a series based upon classic Doctor Who serials, and what better way to begin than with one of my favorite of the earliest serials: The First Doctor’s story, The War Machines. It’s a wonderful story with a classic science fiction trope: Computers taking over the world, which, though seems silly now, was … Continue reading

A Special Look at: A Christmas Carol

A Special Look at: A Christmas Carol

What would Christmas be without Doctor Who? Since 2005, it simply wouldn’t be, so in appreciation of this, and the relative theme of the day, we’re taking a look at the first Christmas Special featuring Matt Smith (and without David Tennant), and written by Steven Moffat (not written by Russell T Davies): A Christmas Carol. … Continue reading

The Best and Worst of Doctor Who: Series 9

The Best and Worst of Doctor Who: Series 9

For previous installments: The Specials A Special Look at: Into the Dalek, Robot of Sherwood, Listen, Time Heist, and Mummy on the Orient Express Series 8 A Special Look at: The Power of Three, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, The Snowmen, Hide, The Crimson Horror, and The Day of the Doctor Series 7 A Special Look at: … Continue reading

A Special Look at: The Unquiet Dead

A Special Look at: The Unquiet Dead

The Unquiet Dead, yet another pseudo-historical, is one of my favorite episodes to watch again, and again. This episode also features Gwyneth, played by Eve Myles, who would then go on to play Gwen Cooper in the spin-off, Torchwood. When Rose Tyler and the Tenth Doctor see Gwen on Tochwood’s view screen in Journey’s End, … Continue reading

A Special Look at: Father’s Day

A Special Look at: Father’s Day

I was never quite the big fan of Father’s Day, another pseudo-historical. The episode isn’t that bad actually, in term of how women are depicted, according to Simon’s incoherent blog post, “How sexist is Doctor Who?–Part Eight“: Welcome to Part Eight of my attempt to analyse the sexism in every Doctor Who story ever, using the Bechdel … Continue reading

A Special Look at: The Girl in the Fireplace

A Special Look at: The Girl in the Fireplace

It’s hard not to think some elements of the film Virus had a part of inspiring this episode, which unknown to me at the time. Horror would also be an element of staple to Steven Moffat stories, like in The Impossible Astronaut,  Blink, and Listen. Although it is a story I rather enjoy (for time being used cleverly, … Continue reading