Doctor Who: The Caretaker (S806) Review

*SPOILERS* Okay – this, I think, is the one where I’m going to say Season 8 of “Doctor Who” has clicked, and all the pieces have snapped together in a pleasingly familiar and yet genuinely fresh and different configuration. For the first time, for a whole episode, Capaldi’s Doctor felt like the Doctor. Yes, he’s … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Caretaker (S806) Review

Doctor Who: Time Heist (S805) Review

*SPOILERS* There’s a commonly held belief that Doctor Who stories which contain the word ‘Time’ are generally disappointing. There’s certainly plenty of evidence: “The Time Monster”, “Time Flight”, “Time And The Rani”, “The End Of Time” but “The Time Of The Doctor” was pretty good so maybe… When the Doctor and Clara find themselves teamed … Continue reading Doctor Who: Time Heist (S805) Review

Doctor Who: Listen (S8E04) Review

*SPOILERS* I'm starting to quite enjoy this new series of “The Adventures Of Clara Oswald”. They've done a really good job of replacing her time travelling sidekick without allowing him to hog too much of the limelight and take the focus of the series off our heroine. In this episode, the Doctor comes up with … Continue reading Doctor Who: Listen (S8E04) Review

Doctor Who: Robot Of Sherwood (S8E03) Review

Refreshingly standalone (although there was still an oblique reference to ‘The Promised Land’ and therefore the enigmatic Missy), “Robot Of Sherwood” is the first universal Doctor Who story of the Capaldi era. By universal, I mean it could have successfully featured any Doctor. The 11th would have loved meeting Robin Hood and all the sceptical … Continue reading Doctor Who: Robot Of Sherwood (S8E03) Review

Doctor Who: Into The Dalek (S8E02) Review

Oh look – they’ve done a remake of “Dalek” from series one. With the post-regeneration shenanigans of last week behind us, this was our first chance to see the new Doctor in business-as-usual mode. Unfortunately, what we got was a lot of set-up for the series (re-introducing Coal Hill School, introducing Danny Pink, a curious reappearance … Continue reading Doctor Who: Into The Dalek (S8E02) Review

Doctor Who: Deep Breath (S8E01) Review

*SPOILERS* Post-regeneration stories are always a bit of a mixed bag. There's a lot of heavy lifting to do: setting up the new Doctor, giving the general tone of the new era (although this usually only kicks in by the second or third adventure) and they need to restate the basic premise of the series … Continue reading Doctor Who: Deep Breath (S8E01) Review

The Regeneration Game (1966-2010)

I’ve been a fan of “Doctor Who” since I can remember, and certainly way, way back before it was cool to like Doctor Who. I followed it from its Saturday teatime slot, through experimental Monday Tuesday scheduling and suicidal Wednesday showdowns with soap operas to cancellation. Through the wilderness years I waited, had my hopes … Continue reading The Regeneration Game (1966-2010)