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…

Theme for 2019

With Doctor Who very much not on our screens in 2019 (apart from later today!) I’ve decided I will theme the first few (seven) months of the year around the so-called classic Doctors. Each month I will look at some episodes from the relevant Doctor and post reviews and anything else of interest. I’ll weave in some…

Doctor Who Audio Annual review

Congratulations to all those involved for creating the Doctor Who Audio Annual, released December 2017. Short review: if you like the Big Finish Short Trips range, this is an easy purchase. It’s currently £11.49 on Amazon UK, which for six stories over two discs compares well pricewise. The six stories (from Doctor Who Annuals mid-1960s- mid-1980s) are read by five…

Animated Shada finally announced

In what comes as no surprise at all if you’ve been following any Doctor Who sources, is the confirmation of the animated Shada due November 24, 2017. Does the world need another version of this story? Will it displace the Big Finish Eighth Doctor version as the go to edition? How will it’s animation compare with Power of the…