What did the Ninth Doctor do for the show?

It looks like a stupid question. There’s a familiar narrative that goes along the lines of brought the show back, broke new ground, didn’t stay long enough, made it a show for a new audience and so on. Obviously I’m not just talking Christopher Eccleston but the whole Ninth Doctor season. Yes, all those things…

Doctor Who: Battle Scars review on CultBox

I reviewed July’s Doctor Who: Short Trips – Battle Scars for CultBox. It’s a Ninth Doctor story, with Nick Briggs reading and former Paul Spragg competition winner Selim Ulug with writing credits. It’s a Titanic tale [sic!] and a good one. My review is: Doctor Who: Battle Scars review. ((+ Message Ends +))

Doctor Who has peaked – so what?

I got drawn (slightly) into one of those pointless on-line arguments where one persons shouts and the other tries to be rational. Waste of time. A certain kind of argument has been used by fans for years: the show is failing, it’s all because of XXX, we should sack XXX and do XXXX. My position…

Spearhead from Space review

The Third Doctor kick-started the 1970s with Spearhead from Space and the BBC archive page linked is well worth a proper read and gives a decent view of just how many firsts this story represents. I don’t think it’s perfect, but it has a lot going for it despite certain scenes aiming too closely to…

The Unsilent Library

Here’s something I missed in 2011 when it was released, The Unsilent Library. It’s a set of critical essays on the RTD era, and includes one by Una McCormack as well as a Robert Shearman introduction. It’s a Science Fiction Foundation title and was originally priced at £10 but is now just £1 + postage! *** Message…