Doctor Who: The Timeless Children (S12E10) Review

*SPOILERS* After last week’s cobbled together chaotic opener, “The Timeless Children” continues Season 12’s trend of two-part continuations which aren’t really two-part stories. With the arrival of The Master on the scene, the Cybermen and their Cyberprophet are relegated to disposable henchmen as the real master plan, Chibnall’s master plan, takes centre stage and he…

Doctor Who: Ascension Of The Cybermen (S12E09) Review

*SPOILERS* There’s no denying it’s a classy and confident opening to this archly hyped ‘game-changing’ two-part season finale, even if it does evoke David Lynch’s “Dune” just a little. Falling through the floating cyberman eye into the credits is a lovely move although I have to admit as the titles faded, I thought I’d fallen…

Doctor Who: Spyfall Part 2 (S12E02) Review

*SPOILERS* There’s something quite reassuring about how the cliff-hanger is resolved, especially for Ryan, Yaz and Graham as it taps into one of the strongest themes of previous seasons of the show: the Doctor always assumes she’ll win, so of course she’ll already have taken care of the plummeting aeroplane quite nicely, thank you. There’s…

Doctor Who: The Sirens Of Time (BF001) Review

Back in the dark days of the end of the last millennium, things looked bleak for Whovian fandom. The TV movie was a still divisive but fading memory and the prospects of any new “Doctor Who” were but a distant dream. Into this dark space, Big Finish shone a bright light of hope. Founded in…

Doctor Who: Hell Bent (S9E12) Review

*SPOILERS* I’ve taken the luxury of watching “Hell Bent” a few times now, savouring its courage and ambition. As a season finale it’s a curious beast, lacking the overt bombastic urgency of a universe-ending threat, instead underplaying the threat of a threat from the ill-defined ‘hybrid’ and allowing character driven action to take centre stage….

Doctor Who: Heaven Sent (S9E11) Review

*SPOILERS* I wonder if there was a thematic echo of last week’s ‘Let me be brave’ motif as, a mere two weeks after the failed experiment of “Sleep No More”, Steven Moffat brings us another bold twist on the usual “Doctor Who” format? Materialising in a mysterious fortress, the Doctor finds himself stalked by an…