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“The Name of the Doctor” – Review: Redux

War Doctor “What I did, I did without choice.”
The Doctor “I know.”
War Doctor “In the name of peace and sanity.”
The Doctor “But not in the name of the Doctor.”


Following a couple of duff episodes and, if I’m being brutally frank, a below-par Series 7b in general, one could be forgiven for thinking that all of everyone’s attention behind the scenes had been so drawn to the impending 50th Anniversary that some of the other episodes may not have got the attention they deserved. However, “The Name of the Doctor” was everything I could ever have wanted it to be. That is despite the fact that it didn’t really have much of a plot of which to speak. Essentially what happened was that the Paternoster Road gang were kidnapped by the Great Intelligence (and his Whispermen henchmen) and taken to the much mentioned Trenzalore, luring the Doctor and Clara to follow them against the Doctor’s better judgement. The reason being that Trenzalore is the location of the time-traveller’s grave amd time travellers should never, ever visit their own graves (Obviously?!). Once there, the Richard E Grant character jumps into the Doctor’s timeline (they don’t have bodies) to disrupt the Doctor’s history, and Clara jumps in afterwards to put it all right again. As if that wasn’t enough, the Doctor then completes the hat-trick by jumping in as well to rescue Clara. Continue reading


“The Crimson Horror” – Review

Madame Vastra “I was in fact speaking to Jenny.”
Strax “Jenny?! If this weak and fleshy boy is to represent us, I strongly advise the issuing of scissor grenades, limbo vapour and triple-blast brain spitters.”
Madame Vastra “What for?”
Strax “Just generally. Remember, we are going to the north.”

Crimson Horror

Following “The Snowmen” at Christmas, “The Crimson Horror” takes us back to Victorian England and the chance to meet up with Team Vastra again. Having left the Doctor babbling about the ‘impossible girl’ in the graveyard at the conclusion of the annual festive outing, the team from Paternoster Road had no idea that another Clara had been found… again. However, it was quite some way into the episode before we got to meet up with the Doctor and his newest companion. Before that the news of the Crimson Horror had been relayed to Vastra along with the fact that there was suspicion around the Sweetville community. Confusingly, Mr Thursday (the man who contacted Vastra and kept fainting) was supposed to be the brother of the first victim, however, they were both played by the same actor, which left me bewildered on first viewing. Continue reading

“The Snowmen” – Review: Redux

Doctor “When you find something brand new in the world. Something you’ve never seen before. What’s the next thing you look for?”
Strax “A grenade”

The Snowmen

In the grand scheme of things and the fact that this one-hundred-and-two day Doctor Who extravaganza is now 93 days old, last Christmas seems like no more than a blink of an eye away. Throughout its resurgence since 2005, one of the only constants in twenty-first century Who’s life has been the Christmas special. So the question as we sit down to re-watch the the eighth and most recent is “Have they figured out what to do with them yet?. The answer is an unequivocal “Yes!” and as we sit here on the eve of the 50th Anniversary , looking forward to the next ‘golden’ special as well as the first Christmas Special to feature a regeneration, we can cast an eye back over the last festive outing and can assess a job well done. Continue reading

And So It Begins… #SaveTheDay

I am taking a break from the marathon viewathon of all 102 21st century episodes of Doctor Who, to bring you the news that all Doctor Who fans have been waiting for: the big marketing push is well and truly underway. The episode will be here in just 15 short day’s time but firstly a few videos have been released.

First up, we have the Doctor, finally jumping aboard the social media bandwagon with this plea to use the hashtag: #SaveTheDay in every place possible (oh, go on then)….

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“A Good Man Goes to War” – Review: Redux

River “Demons run when a good man goes to war. Night will fall and drown the sun when a good man goes to war. Friendship dies and true love lies, night will fall and the dark will rise when a good man goes to war. Demons run, but count the cost. The battle’s won but the child is lost.”

A Good Man Goes to War

“A Good Man Goes to War” is a very different kind of Doctor Who episode. It is stand-alone story in as much as it does not have a second part but in truth the storyline is essentially the tying together of many plot threads from previous Moffat era stories and the creation of many new ones that reach out in to Series Seven and perhaps, beyond. The revelation at the end of the previous episode that the Amy who has been travelling with Rory and the Doctor (since, as we discover here, before the beginning of Series Six) has been nothing more than a Flesh Avatar, meant that we now find out that the real Amy has been stuck on the converted Demon’s Run asteroid, being guided through her pregnancy under the beady eye of Madame Kovarian, played with delightful evilness by Frances Barber. The discovery of this deceit has clearly spurred the two men in Amy’s life into a massively complicated and not a little timey-wimey plan that is cleverly played out in the pre-title sequence. Continue reading

“The Poison Sky” – Review: Redux

Commander Skorr “This isn’t war. This is sport.”

The Poison Sky

The Poison Sky was the conclusion to yesterday’s cliffhanger although no-one was expecting the surprise of another one tagged on the end, which, upon original broadcast, had been only slightly spoiled by the BBC’s “One to Watch” trailer earlier in the day, more on that later though.  It hardly took a great mind to work out the best way to rescue poor Wilf from the car, in fact while the “great mind” was tinkering about under the car with his suddenly impotent sonic screwdriver, it was Sylvia, whose handy (and somewhat scary) burglar-detering axe was readily available for some windscreen smashing, and a short time later we were back in to the action finding out why the Sontaran’s wanted  to poison the sky in the first place. Continue reading

“The Sontaran Strategem” – Review: Redux

General Stall “Sontar-Ha”

The Sontaran Strategem

It’s always nice to have a stratagem, which, according to the dictionary is a plan, scheme or trick for deceiving an enemy, although what exactly the inhabitants of Earth had done to deserve the wrath of Staal The Undefeated and his Tenth Sontaran battle fleet wasn’t quite clear from episode one of this series’ first two-parter, although I’m sure all will be revealed tomorrow. Essentially, the plot involved the Sontarans surreptitiously distributing a new carbon eliminating device for all the world’s 800 million cars that was coupled with a free satnav device that had a secret, second purpose that turned the cars into weapons for the impending invasion. Business as usual in the world of Doctor Who then. Continue reading