What did the Fourth Doctor do for the show?

There’s a quick guide to the Fourth Doctor on the generally excellent BBC America website: ‘Doctor Who’: A Companion To The Fourth Doctor. It makes a few good points, but I’ve been thinking structurally. I’ll give a thumbnail view of the previous incarnations then hone in on the contribution of the Fourth Doctor. I’m ignoring…

Shada (BluRay 2017) Review

I’ve talked about Shada before, mostly around the Big Finish / BBC Eighth Doctor version; now it’s time to consider the 2017 part-animated version (as discussed on BBC Cambridgeshire: Doctor Who: Tom Baker finishes abandoned 1979 Shada serial).

How do you evaluate the Fourth Doctor?

For a lot of people who watched the show last millennium, Tom Baker, the Fourth Doctor, is the Doctor. My view on that is for another post, I am though keen to consider just how you evaluate the impact of an incarnation who owned the role for so much of the ’70s. While I put…

Radio Times reviews of the Fourth Doctor

If you’ve ever wondered just what the Radio Times thought of Tom Baker’s finest and perhaps not so fine stories, their reviews are all collected on the website, in reverse order starting from Fourth Doctor. It’s everything from Robot (3*) to Logopolis (4*) and all points in-between. I don’t agree with all of them, but…

Sarah Jane Smith considered

The third of the Third Doctor’s on-screen companions (and yes I know the Brig and some UNIT personnel sort-of count) was Sarah Jane Smith. And of course she bridged the gap into the Fourth Doctor‘s era, and had various spin-offs as well. She even managed to meet the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors as well. Busy,…

Doctor Who back on Twitch Jan 2019

As reported on The Doctor Who Companion and elsewhere, there’s another run for Doctor Who on Twitch coming up. What’s worth calling out about their coverage is a full list of when each story will be broadcast (UK time focussed). See the details: DOCTOR WHO IS RETURNING TO TWITCH: HERE’S THE FULL JANUARY SCHEDULE. Just in time for my…