Doctor Who: The Haunting Of Villa Diodati (S12E08) Review

*SPOILERS* Finally, the thirteenth Doctor’s era gets a true masterpiece, an episode which not only contains a fantastic Whovian story in its own right but one that involves a historical figure and prepares the way for a high stakes season finale. While the past few episodes have struggled to juggle the number of characters and…

Doctor Who: Can You Hear Me? (S12E07) Review

*SPOILERS* The series aggravating inconsistency with format continues although this latest flip-flop is a welcome one as the cold open returns for the first time since “Spyfall” and it’s a corker too, utterly Doctor-free but set it an atmospheric historic location and featuring some fearsome new monsters. The opening credits reveal that this is yet…

Doctor Who: Praxeus (S12E06) Review

*SPOILERS* An out of control spaceship attempting re-entry, a shoplifter being arrested and a pair of Peruvian hitchhikers find that they’ve paved paradise and put up a garbage dump. What’s the connection? None of them will provide answers to the questions you have after last week’s barnstorming episode. Opening with an unnecessary monologue – as…

Doctor Who: Fugitive Of The Judoon (S12E05) Review

*SPOILERS* Time to dial up a confession of my own – when the writing credits for this week’s episode resolved and Chibnall’s name was there alongside Vinay Patel (writer of last year’s ‘Demons Of The Punjab’) I feared that he’d decided to meddle in what might have had the chance of being a decent script….

Doctor Who: Nikola Tesla’s Night Of Terror (S12E04) Review

*SPOILERS* Despite the wincingly bad title of “Nikola Tesla’s Night Of Terror” – bed enough to rival “Let’s Kill Hitler” and nearly enough to make me long for one of Chibnall’s dad-joke puns, this is a welcome return to the series’ core values of edutainment: a breezy historical romp which offers just enough information about…

Doctor Who: Orphan-55 (S12E03) Review

*SPOILERS* There’s a distinct air of déjà vu around this week’s episode, the first this season not written by showrunner Chris Chibnall, or at least not directly credited to him. First of all, in an echo of the previous season, there’s no cold open (despite the script clearly being written to accommodate one) but at…