Thoughts ahead of Heaven Sent

Heaven Sent by Steven Moffat is the bridge from the death of Clara to the season ending for Doctor Who. The various spoiler-free reviews all say interesting, dark and a brilliant solo performance by Peter Capaldi.

Face the Raven reviewed

Sarah Dollard’s Doctor Who story, Face the Raven, can be summarised simply. Ashildr returns, tricks the Doctor into wearing a teleport bracelet and in so-doing Clara takes one risk too many. Clara ends up dead and the Doctor is teleported away as Ashildr wonders just what she has done. Of course a little bit more happened than that (and…

Complete History volume 76 reviewed

Volume 76 of Doctor Who The Complete History covers Deep Breath and Into the Dalek. The stories are only a year old; do we really need them featured in this series so early? This volume was a free gift with Volume 17 so wasn’t a large investment. Even so, is it any good?

The Girl Who Died review

I’ve been mulling over The Girl Who Died and have decided it needs to be considered from four directions. Partly this is as it has two writers (Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat), mostly for reasons I’ll explain. The four directions are: the Viking story, the Doctor’s face, Ashildr (aka the Girl who Died herself) and Maisie Williams….

The Witch’s Familiar reviewed

My overall view of this episode is it was quite brilliant in many places, though I do worry it was too focussed on hard-core fans and will have alienated more casual viewers. With the unfortunate timing of the England-Wales Rugby World Cup game, Saturday’s viewing figures were as bad as they have been since the…

Gratuitous Blue Waitress Outfit pictures of Clara

In a follow-up to last years Gratuitous Red Dress pictures of Clara we have Wales News Service to thank for flooding the Whovian interweb with pictures of Jenna Coleman dressed as a waitress in a (TARDIS) blue outfit. Various news outlets have selected several pictures of Jenna in costume outside a diner. Other pictures give us a sight…

DWM 486 – some interesting snippets

I know the latest Doctor Who Magazine (DWM) is only just out, and I have yet to read mine but some snippets are already being widely reported. From the cover we see Sylvester will be talking Seventh Doctor, and the Radio Times on DWM 486 mention Moffat talking about where Missy might sit in the Master’s timeline (before Simm?)…

Vote Radio Times cover

A chance to vote for an award for the Radio Times and the Doctor Who cover on the left. Sound simple? It is, just visit the PPA, Cover of the Year page and click. If you want more on this, the Radio Times has a feature: Help make Doctor Who and Radio Times award winning… -+- Message Ends…

Capaldi crashes Big Finish continuity

Peter Capaldi is talking to some young fans about companions in a clip just released by the BBC: Doctor Who: Who were the Doctor’s favourite companions?. Sadly his comments have some consequences for Big Finish continuity…

Everybody loves Deep Breath – or do they?

The BBC is making a point that critics almost universally liked Deep Breath (as did I). Their article rounding up the feedback is: Critics hail Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who debut.

Welcoming Peter Capaldi

Just in case Mr Capaldi ever wanders by this piece of the web I’d just like to add my congratulations. I’m absolutely looking forward to his turn at the TARDIS helm and this is not a reflection on Matt Smith’s energetic performance but a sense of emerging possibilities for the show. I liked his performance…