When scholars of Doctor Who look back (as they will) to the twenty-first century’s (first tranche of?) the show, there will be one story that can’t be ignored. Lot’s of stories are important: Rose, Turn Left, … make your own list. Some are very good, some are clever, some controversial. Some are even not that…

Target: The Day of the Doctor review

Steven Moffat’s contribution to the first set of new series Doctor Who Target novelisations is his anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. This is far more than an adaptation of the script, it is a telling of events from many angles and plays with the form of the novel. If you’re a hard-core Moffat fan you will…

A Second Target for Tommy

Obverse Books has announced a second collection of Doctor Who material in aid of writer Tommy Donbavand, called A Second Target for Tommy. As I don’t personally know Tommy, I’ll give the official press release:

Twice Upon a Time review

So, the end of several eras and lots of nostalgia in a Christmas special combining multiple Doctors, plenty of reflection and the thinnest of stories supporting some great performances. Twice Upon a Time delivered what it promised, no less and perhaps no more. There are many spoilers to follow; you’ve been warned!

Must listen Doctor Who radio this Christmas

Just a reminder (if you need it), on BBC Radio 2 today (December 21, 2017) Jo Wiley hosts a massive Access All Areas Dr Who Special [sic]. It’s just under two hours of chat with Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, David Bradley and Steven Moffat.

On Target with new Who novels

Penguin books is producing a new collection of Target Doctor Who books, focused on the new series. We may be some way from getting The Empty Child (see mock-up by Andrew-Mark Thompson (and his related post Revisiting the Eccleston Target Book Covers…) there’s plenty to look forward to. Details from the Penguin site suggest April 2018 release for five…

The Doctor Falls review

For the sake of completeness, here’s my thoughts on The Doctor Falls. Short review: few gripes aside, like all the reviews I can find I agree it was rather excellent. Long review? Well, here’s some thoughts…

Thoughts ahead of The Doctor Falls

Tonight’s the night! In The Doctor Falls, we have cybermen of three types, two incarnations of the Doctor, and one companion (Bill) in a bad way. All the review sites suggest this is a solid (and longer) story, and all say similar things. I’ve not seen it, so what am I looking forward to?

World Enough and Time review

So, part one of the season finalé, the return of John Simm, that moment, that other moment and really a hell of a lot to chew over. Widely lauded as among the best of all ten series of modern Doctor Who, arguably so too, it was damn fine even though (you know me so well)…

Thoughts ahead of World Enough and Time

So, the finale of Peter Capaldi’s final season begins with World Enough and Time, and we have a couple of short preview clips to tease apart. In a story with a massive spaceship trapped orbiting a black hole, Mondas and its cybermen and Missy having a chance at redemption, this episode is doomed to be known for…

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…

Thoughts ahead of The Pyramid at the End of the World

So, I’ve pondered over Extremis, and now we have The Pyramid at the End of the World, to look forward to this evening. It’s a big looking story, high stakes and needs to build on last week (in my view). I’ve seen the short trailers, now what am I looking forward to?