Is the Chibnall Masterplan a catastrophe for Doctor Who?

Another post on the Chibnall Masterplan where I argue that it’s a catastrophe, then go on to say that might be a good thing! Some of my argument is semantics; in my defence it’s also a chance to look back on the entire history of Doctor Who. Let’s do it!

When did the Doctor become the Doctor?

In the post Chibnall Masterplan world we can ask lots of questions about Doctor Who and get some new answers. Of course this is a lot of why a masterplan happened. It gets the show re-examined in the light of a set of principles (I hope) rather than the organic way it first developed. One…

The Chibnall Masterplan and series 13

As I write this today is Friday 13th. I’m not overly superstitious, but I suspect there’s a pun to be made around series 13 and being lucky for the show. Be that as it may, the new world of the Chibnall Masterplan means changes for Doctor Who. It might be nice to take the Jason Bourne…

Why does Doctor Who need a masterplan?

With the reveal of the Chibnall Masterplan for Doctor Who in The Timeless Children and in light of the furore over what it means (including several posts of my own), I thought it worth reflecting on if / why the show needs a reset. In a nutshell I believe these things are both inevitable and…

Does the Chibnall Masterplan explain why the Master hates the Doctor?

Yes more clickbait! Actually I’m trying to think through what we know of the Chibnall Masterplan and how it might be used in context of part of Doctor Who history. I’ve thought about why the Doctor left Gallifrey, now another long-standing theme – why does the Master hate the Doctor? Is it instinct? Is it…

Does the Chibnall Masterplan explain why the Doctor left Gallifrey?

We know (unless it gets rewritten) William Hartnell’s First Doctor left Gallifrey by stealing (borrowing) a TARDIS. He went with Susan, a Time Lord who is represented as his granddaughter. We learn in Remembrance of the Daleks how the Doctor also sneaked The Hand of Omega onboard (and never mentioned it until his seventh incarnation…

What do we know about the Chibnall Masterplan?

With The Timeless Children like it or not Doctor Who entered a new phase. In the 1980s / 90s we had aspects of the Cartmel Masterplan, then RTD reset the show to bring it back. Steven Moffat undid some of that, weaved his own ideas and now Chris Chibnall has really stirred things up. There’s…

When will Big Finish release a Division boxset?

The idea is irresistible. It must be when not if. Following the Chibnall Masterplan re-engineering of Time Lord history in The Timeless Children, we now have a whole new era to explore. We have any number (including Jo Martin’s Ruth / Fugitive incarnation) of previously uncharted versions of the Doctor. We have a pre-CIA secret…