Lie of the Land review

Now everyone else has had their say on Lie of the Land [note to self – it’s The Lie of the Land], I’ve decided too add my two penneth. For the first time this series, I liked the episode a lot more than I found fault. It’s not perfect, there are obvious holes, but it took…

Thoughts ahead of The Lie of the Land

So, what do we know? Well, Bill seems to shoot the Doctor (didn’t River do that?) and Missy might be pulling her strings (a bit Witches Familiar?), meanwhile the Doctor has joined the enemy and gone a bit eccentric (presumably playing a long game). The trailers are scant, so what else do we know, and what…

Pyramid at the End of the World review

Again I’ve delayed reviewing a TV episode, and again it’s a reluctance to document exactly why I felt an episode didn’t work. At the highest (most abstract) I felt Pyramid at the End of the World was interesting, but beyond that it seemed a victory of style over substance. Harsh words, and possibly unfair, but bear…

Extremis review

I’ve put it off so long I’ve nearly hit the transmission of the next episode! Here’s my somewhat ambivalent take on the Doctor Who story Extremis. In short I think a missed opportunity, but it might all come out in the wash once we’ve seen the next episode(s). If nothing else I like the pre-prod artwork (left).…

Plague City by Jonathan Morris reviewed

Jonathan Morris wrote Plague City, a Twelfth Doctor novel featuring Bill and Nardole. It ties in (like the other two books released at the same time by Cavan Scott and Mike Tucker) with the arrival of Bill in the TARDIS for season 10. I really liked the Edinburgh in the plague setting; my review is: PLAGUE CITY (DOCTOR…

Oxygen review

So, I’ve mulled over Oxygen and decided it really is rather good indeed (as if my opinion carries any weight;-) My reviewer brain did find a few gripes, but at heart there are some strong elements to a mostly well-told story, great performances and a twist. You can’t really ask for more, but ware some serious…

Thoughts Ahead of Oxygen

Next up is a Jamie Matheson story for the Doctor, Bill and Nardole: Oxygen. Nice spacesuits, base under seige, all three of the TARDIS crew and zombies in space. What’s not to like?

The Pilot – review

So, that’s season 10 underway with The Pilot, and I’ve been surprised at how the feedback has been largely positive (maybe I don’t frequent the more extreme parts of the web;-) and how few negative comments there have been. I liked a lot of it, but there are elements that didn’t work for me. Does…

Thoughts ahead of The Pilot

So, not long now, in fact as I write it is three days and two hours until season 10 and The Pilot hits our screens. I’ve not seen or nor read any spoilers. The few pre-reviews are mixed but I get the sense this is a jumping-on point (and the word pilot is relevant here) and that…

The Return of Doctor Mysterio review

I’ve simmered my thoughts on the 2016 Christmas special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio and watched it twice just to make sure. My conclusion? Steven Moffat delivered a holiday treat and it was a wonderful piece of TV. Was it a great addition to canon? No. Did it break the mould of Doctor Who? Again no. Was…