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“Time of the Doctor” – The Second Trailer

A second trailer for “Time of the Doctor” has been released by the BBC. It’s similar (if not identical to the BBC America one). Not sure about the dodgy voiceover bloke though: might as well have got Peter Dickson in to do it. Completely detracts from what would otherwise have been a nice tease. However, it does seem to be fulfilling the promise that a lot of the loose ends from the Matt Smith era will be tied up, even to the extent of going back to “The God Complex“, to find out what was behind the door to “Room 11”.


“The Day of the Moon” – Review: Redux

Neil Armstrong “…one giant leap for mankind”
Doctor “And one whacking great kick up the backside for the Silence.”

Day of the Moon

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s review of the sumptuous “The Impossible Astronaut” we’re straight back to cast a weekend weary eye over the shenanigans that was “Day Of The Moon”. Glorious weather on a Bank Holiday weekend caused the overnight viewing figures of the original showing to shed about 1m viewers from the previous outing, so Series Six had its first little wobble. No-one was really expecting record high viewing figures though. Additionally the near-unprecedented early arrival of DWM managed to give away the very last scene in the opening paragraph of Tom’s editorial as well as an accompanying picture of the little girl in the throws of regeneration. Ah well, a little spoiler never hurt anyone although try telling that to River Song. Continue reading

“The Impossible Astronaut” – Review: Redux

River “Who are you? Why did you come?”
Delaware “Same reason as you. Doctor Song. Amy. Rory. I’m Canton Everett Delaware the third. I won’t be seeing you again but you’ll be seeing me.”

The Impossible Astronaut

In the rewatch of the final episode of Series Five “The Big Bang”, I struggled (only a little) with the fact that the narrative of the story was not linear. Not so much about any intrinsic complexity that may have been hard to comprehend but instead the fact that to weave time travel so tightly into the story gives the writer an infinite number of cop-outs to get out of a hole. Now, I have to say that Mr Moffat is a master of this. He does not, from my perspective, shoe-horn a cop-out slice of timey-wimey fluff into a situation simply because he’s written himself in to a corner. Rather, he glories in the absurdity of it all. Welcome to Series Six, which begins with the Doctor dying and as Canton Delaware III tells us, “That is most definitely the Doctor and he is most definitely dead” as he lies on a Utah shoreline at the end of his 1,103 year life. To say that the series had been much anticipated, is something of an understatement. There was a deliberate exercise to mislead the viewer both on and off screen, which I can understand might upset a few folk, and all the preamble I remember being there to heighten the anticipation. However, we were brought back to reality with a bump at the start of things with a dedication to the late, great Liz Sladen. (I wrote a few words at the time, about the impact that this great matriarch of Doctor Who had on my life over on my personal blog, for those who want to read it). Continue reading

“The Lodger” – Review: Redux

Craig “Has anyone ever told you that you’re a bit weird?”

Doctor “They never really stop.”


“The Lodger” is a really lovely little episode from the pen of Gareth Roberts, long-term Who fan but first time writer with this story of a ground floor flat with mysterious goings on upstairs. This perspective of finding the episode lovely, I imagine, relies on the viewer finding James Cordon to be a watchable talent. I have heard of some people who say that they can’t stand the guy, but I can’t see what’s to dislike; he’s affable and polite with a childish sense of humour, he seems to throw himself into everything he does with gusto, and he has been widely lauded with critical acclaim for his acting talents in “One Man, Two Guvnors”. This story was originally based on Doctor Who Magazine comic strip in which the person looking for a lodger was none other than Mickey Smith. Seeing Noel Clarke in character with Matt Smith could’ve been interesting, although I am not sure if (a) this was ever considered, or (b) could’ve actually worked given that the last on-screen Mickey appearance was battling as a freedom fighter alongside his new wife, Martha Jones, at the end of “The End of Time”. Continue reading

“Vampires of Venice” – Review: Redux

Doctor “There were cracks?”

Rosanna “Some were tiny. Some were as big as the sky. Through some, we saw worlds and people, and through others, we saw Silence and the end of all things. We fled to an ocean like ours and the cracks snapped shut behind us and Saturnyne was lost.”

Vampires of Venice

“Vampires of Venice” marks a significant moment for this blog’s countdown to the 50th Aniiversary. It is the first episode of 21st century Doctor Who that I hadn’t blogged about before and thus, the first review that I have had to write from scratch without some basis of a format on which to base it. There are 24 more episodes currently sitting in such an un-reviewed state, so I am really hitting make-or-break time as to whether I am going to have the where with all to make it to the finishing line. VoV was also the first time, since the post-regeneration scene in “The End of Time, Part Two” where anyone had had the opportunity to see Matt Smith in action in the lead role, courtesy of a clip that ran on the Jonathan Ross show (back when it was still on BBC1) way before the start of the series. However, despite initially being a little bit thrilled, especially because the clip in question featured William Hartnell’s visage on a library card, I recall being rather disappointed when the whole thing finally came to be broadcast, which may go some way to explaining why I never got round to writing a review in the first place. Continue reading

“Forest of the Dead” – Review: Redux

River Song “If you die here, it will mean I never met you.”
The Doctor “Time can be rewritten.”
River Song: “Not those times. Not one line. Don’t you dare.”

The Forest of the Dead

The genius of this piece is the added irony that it depicts both River’s last meeting with the Doctor and his first meeting with her. Well, this statement would have been true had not, River from “The Day of the Doctor”, implied that she was visiting Vashtra, Straxx, Jenny et al from after her death/upload seen here at the end of “Forest of the Dead”.  I’d hazard a guess that Audrey Niffenegger’s book, The Time Traveller’s Wife would have been just out of shot of Steven’s bookcase that had appeared in the accompanying Doctor Who Confidential instalment. This appetiser of Moffat-era Doctor Who, is all the more interesting in that it features David Tennant in the role. We know, anecdotally, that there was an initial plan to keep him in the role after Russell T Davies left, so the chemistry between Tennant and Kingston is a taste of what might have been. Continue reading

“Silence in the Library” – Review: Redux

Proper Dave “Who turned out the lights?”

The Silence In The Library

It was back in 2008, during the revived Doctor Who’s fourth series, when we found out that Russell T Davies would be leaving the show and a new Executive Producer was being lined up. It came as a surprise to precisely no-one at all that the replacement was to be Steven Moffat. He had previously delivered unto us “The Empty Child”, “The Doctor Dances”, “The Girl in the Fireplace”, “Blink” and “Time Crash” and they had all been bloody brilliant. Completists may even look to “The Curse of Fatal Death” and proclaim that to be not too shabby either. My recollection is that The Moff was universally adored at about this time. Of course, I am sure that there are those who would look back on these stories and explain in meticulous detail why they are not big fans of Moffat’s early dalliances with writing Who, but in various corners of the internet in which I am known to inhabit there is now as much Moffat-bashing taking place as there was RTD-bashing back in 2008. It was ever thus.  Continue reading