R3 Guide to Torchwood series 1

I’m in the process of (very slowly) going through series 1 of Torchwood on iPlayer. I don’t intend to review every episode but will highlight a few of what (to me) are the more important ones. In this post I’ll either link out to a full review or just put a sentence or two. It’s…

Things She Thought While Falling

Today, as well as Jodie Whittaker’s message we had a (very) short story from Chris Chibnall. He tells us just what the Thirteenth Doctor thought as she fell to Earth after regenerating. It’s on the BBC Doctor Who site: A new very short story by Chris Chibnall. <<+ Message Ends +>>

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…

The Timeless Children review

I find myself in a strange place. I quite enjoyed The Timeless Children as an entertainment, yet found it badly flawed, clunky and a bit disappointing. I also found the massive re-engineering of the show’s mythos a bit unnecessary (and it had been leaked). Here I will focus on the core elements that (kind of)…

More Musings on the Timeless Children

It’s nearly the end of series 12 of Doctor Who so plenty of speculation required. I’ve already put together some Thoughts ahead of the Timeless Children and there’s so much at play here I need to record some more. I’ve also speculated on the fate of the companions. Now I’ve rewatched the (short) YouTube trailer,…

Doctor Who series 12: an arc of triumph? Or not?

We are on the cusp of the reveal for the Doctor Who series 12 arc. It’s looking like Chris Chibnall’s answer to the Cartmel Masterplan. Will it be clever, self-indulgent or just plain dull? I’ve given many thoughts on the upcoming Timeless Children elsewhere (here and here to be exact) but wanted here to consider…

Ascension of the Cybermen review

In many ways this review is a cheat. It’s not a real review and it’s conclusions are very much subject to change. In fact, as was made clear at the end, everything will change. The truth is Ascension of the Cybermen was intriguing and tantalising, but in the end incomplete. Everything pivots on The Timeless…

Thoughts ahead of Praxeus

After the tour de force that was last week’s Fugitive of the Judoon I’m expecting a more contained story in Praxeus (though I hear it may be a two parter introduction). I expect only one Doctor, no Captain Jack and only a little chance of The Master, maybe at the end. Let’s consider what we…

Fugitive of the Judoon reviewed

I’ve taken my time over Fugitive of the Judoon. I’m still struck by how good I thought it was and have rewatched both to make sure and pick some details for this review. Lots and lots to talk about, all well spoilered elsewhere so I will cover everything that occurs to me. Doctor Who at…

So, Just Who is the Ruth Doctor?

We’ve all got plenty of questions after watching Fugitive of the Judoon, but surely topmost is the conundrum of just who is Jo Martin’s character. This is going to have to be pretty spoiler packed I’m afraid, so make sure you’ve watched the episode! I’m going to look at the evidence, the ‘facts’ and try…

Doctor Who and the Myth of the Psuedo-historical

Not long to go until series 12 opens with Spyfall and we’ve had little bits of noise in the media getting public interest warmed up. This includes Chris Chibnall talking about pure historicals (eg Radio Times Doctor Who boss Chris Chibnall is open to bringing back “pure historical” stories). Like missing episodes, pure historicals are…