Black Archive #44 — The Pandorica Opens

Obverse Books has kindly provided details for Black Archive #44 — The Pandorica Opens. It’s available now and written by Philip Bates, co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion. Full details from the press release below.

What did the Radio Times make of the Eleventh Doctor?

November. Eleventh month, Eleventh Doctor. Simple really. For me (and it’s boring I know) modern Doctor Who peaked with the Tenth Doctor. This doesn’t mean no other stories were worthwhile, far from it. It’s just my view. As you’ll see (if you carry on) I liked a lot of the Eleventh Doctor. Let’s dig a…

New portraits of the Doctors

I’m a big fan of Doctor Who art work, so great news of new portraits for all (known, excluding the meta) incarnations of the Doctor by Jeremy Enecio. You can get the poster version from several places (including The DWC) or you get them individually…

Doctor Who’s diamond anniversary discussed

I was more downbeat than normal with my recent post Doctor Who has peaked – so what? I do think I time will come when the show has a break from TV (and not just the odd year we already get), but I also do think we will make the sixtieth anniversary in 2023. Yes,…

Doctor Who has peaked – so what?

I got drawn (slightly) into one of those pointless on-line arguments where one persons shouts and the other tries to be rational. Waste of time. A certain kind of argument has been used by fans for years: the show is failing, it’s all because of XXX, we should sack XXX and do XXXX. My position…

Black Archive 2019/20 schedule announced

Thanks to the Doctor Who Companion, we have details of the Black Archive range from Obverse Books stretching into 2020. Full details here: 2019/2020 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR OBVERSE BOOKS’ THE BLACK ARCHIVE. I’d just like to highlight a couple of these…

Target: The Day of the Doctor review

Steven Moffat’s contribution to the first set of new series Doctor Who Target novelisations is his anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. This is far more than an adaptation of the script, it is a telling of events from many angles and plays with the form of the novel. If you’re a hard-core Moffat fan you will…

The Eleventh Hour for the Black Archive

The Black Archive welcomes Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor in their nineteenth release, Eleventh Hour. It’s the third Black Archive for the prolific Jon Arnold who also did Rose and Scream of the Shalka. At 110 pages, it explores the relaunch of the new series under Steven Moffatt, and is available now in paperback or electronic formats. *** Message Ends…

When Lesley Sharp was the Eleventh Doctor

I was listening to a radio interview with Lesley Sharp, and idly wondering (as you do) if she had ever done any Big Finish (not yet), when the interview went on to how excellent she’d been in the Tenth Doctor story Midnight. It then moved on to mention that Russell T Davies had considered Lesley in the…

Black Archive: The God Complex

Another occasional look at a Black Archive release, and this time it’s Paul Driscoll’s take on The God Complex. Paul has plenty to say in this rather thorough analysis, covering 184 pages, and a quick peek at his credentials lets us know this might be an academic tome (Paul is a theology postgraduate from Oxford). If I have…

Archive Chris Chibnall interview

I thought I’d dig back through the Starburst archive and point our an interview JR Southall did with new showrunner Chris Chibnall. It’s part of a set done during the early days of Broadchurch; Chris talks about the show in general, Steven Moffatt and some of his own episodes. No real clues for next season, but…

Penguin announces 100 Illustrated Adventures

Something exciting from Penguin Books: 100 Illustrated Adventures. What makes this notable is it’s 100 episodes chosen across Doctor Who, from the First to the Twelfth Doctors, with each illustrated by either a fan or professional artist and also including facts about the episode.