What did the Second Doctor ever do for the show?

It’s February, so it’s the Second Doctor theme here on Red Rocket Rising, and how better to discuss the cosmic hobo than to ask the Monty Python Romans question: What did the second Doctor ever do for the show? It’s 2019 now and Patrick Troughton’s main run as the Doctor was 1966-1969, almost 50 years! If pushed, the Second Doctor is my Doctor (whatever…

Series 12: some ideas

It may be filming, but Doctor Who series 12 is a long way from being on our screens and we know nothing about what it might bring. This makes it a field day for speculation! Ahead of any leeks or news, I thought I’d put down some markers as to what I’d like in series…

Tenth Doctor Adventures Volume 2 review

So, Billie Piper joins the ranks of Big Finish talent and reprises the part of Rose in three adventures with Tenth Doctor, David Tennant. Three stories, three writers and three sets of monsters. What’s not to like? Let’s chat about The Tenth Doctor Adventures Volume 2…

Empress of Mars review

So, Mark Gatiss turned out an entertaining if slightly quirky story in Empress of Mars. I liked it as a piece of entertainment, despite some odd bits. Looking around I find many people found it a bit flawed but OK. There was even a treat for the old-school fans. Did I mention Ice Warriors? Yep, Ice…

Empress of Mars goodies released

The BBC has put up its usual grab bag of goodies for Empress of Mars, including a quiz, fact file, featurette on Empress Iraxxa and also a section on Friday. No new artwork, I’m afraid, as I was hoping for some decent Mars shots. Update (13 June 2017): artwork and behind the scenes photos now available!…

Thoughts ahead of Empress of Mars

Now, I’m a sucker for a good story set on Mars, and a big fan of the Ice Warriors as a race. Add a group of Victorian soldiers and the message God Save the Queen scrawled on the Martian surface and you get Empress of Mars. What’s not to like? Looking particularly steampunk, I have the feeling…

The return of Rose!

In site-breaking news yesterday at 17:15, (or just before), Big Finish announced the hardly-leaked news many fans couldn’t believe even as it happened: Billie Piper in studio with David Tennant for The Tenth Doctor Adventures Volumes 2. We were teased mercilessly by John Dorney and David Richardson and as excitement came to the boil we got the…

The return of the Ice Warriors

Several places, including The Radio Times, are reporting a new Mark Gatiss Ice Warrior story for Peter Capaldi’s final season as the Doctor. For me his previous Cold War was a mixed bag, David Warner was excellent, taking the Ice Warrior out of its armour was a mistake. I worry when I read the title: Doctor Who series…

Lost Stories Season 1 reviewed

The Lost Stories are a bit of a mixed bag. Given their genesis this is hardly surprising though it does set a challenge to the reviewer. One could review then as they were made at the time originally intended, review with modern eyes or consider them as wholly new pieces of work. In this article I…

The Register article – Punishment Gluttons

The Register are in full Doctor Who mode at the present as this article – PUNISHMENT gluttons: The Dr Who monsters that come back for more shows. This article is an excuse to show the wonderful infographic (see picture) from Paul Smith’s Time & Space Visualiser:  The Story and History of Doctor Who as Data Visualisations. The article…