Arachnids in the UK review

Arachnids in the UK, felt to me like a more traditional (ie since 2005) episode of Doctor Who, with some horror, some silliness, conflict, coincidence and a bit of gimmickry. I enjoyed it, despite feeling it had many flaws some of which I’ll talk about here. I note the episode did better in the overnights than Rosa,…

Thoughts ahead of Arachnids in the UK

So, we reach the fourth episode of Chris Chibnall’s first series of Doctor Who and his third episode (is that a record for showrunner writing a block of episodes?) Arachnids in the UK. I’ve already mentioned the punk rock title, and I was going to talk about a false departure for the companions, but the BBC has…

Tea Watch update: Arachnids in the UK

It looks like a major breakthrough on the tea drinking front in the next Doctor Who episode, Arachnids in the UK if the latest set of pictures is any guide. Not only is tea clearly happening, but there is also a strange trailer from what must be the end of the episode (stealing my pre-episode thunder as well)…

Rosa review

On the day BBC Radio 6 Music brought us an engrossing documentary marking fifty years since the Black Power protests, with Don Letts and The 6 Music Black Power Soundscape, the Thirteenth Doctor found herself in 1955 for Rosa Parks act of defiance in the eponymous episode Rosa. It was a moving, powerfully told piece of drama, and respectful…

Thoughts ahead of Rosa

So, the TARDIS team of the Thirteenth Doctor, Graham, Ryan and Yaz are now in the TARDIS, and it’s time travel as well as space travel. It’s a typical flip-flop not unlike the very First Doctor, where you have introduction story / time travel story / space travel story just in a different order. What am I…