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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 Angels Take Manhattan” – Review: Redux

Amy “Hello, old friend. And here we are. You and me, on the last page. By the time you read these words, Rory and I will be long gone. So know that we lived well and were very happy. And above all else, know that we will love you always. Sometimes I do worry about you though. I think once we’re gone you won’t be coming back here for awhile. And you might be alone. Which you should never be. Don’t be alone, Doctor.”

The Angels Take Manhattan

And so it came to pass that the Ponds/Williams’es have finally left the Doctor to his own devices and gone to live as normal a life as they could muster. Not in the Victorian terrace that had been their Earthbound domestic dwelling place donated to them by their friend but instead in old New York. Prior to airing and, in essence, ever since Karen and Arthur announced that they would be leaving, speculation was rife as to exactly how this would happen. Infamously, The Moff said that not everyone would make it out alive and that “This time I’m kidding!”: A none too subtle reference to the fact, and an admission of his fibbing, when he had said that one of the characters would absolutely, definitely be killed in “The Impossible Astronaut” Continue reading

“The Time of Angels” – Review: Redux

Doctor “The writing… the graffiti… Old High Gallifreyan. The lost language of the Timelords. There were days, there were many days, these words could burn stars, and raise up empires, and topple gods.”

Amy “What does this say?”

Doctor “Hello sweetie.”

Time of the Angels

Well, if the last ep’s return of the Daleks wasn’t quite the unmitigated success that everyone had hoped for, then this week’s offering saw two returns for the price of one but the question was, could they live up to the hype? The answer: a resounding “Yes” and the pre-credit sequence alone was worth the price of admission. First up, and making the most memorable of returns was Alex Kingston, clearly having a whale of a time reprising her role as the Doctor’s bickering future “love interest”, River Song. Not qualified as a professor yet, this version of Song was obviously younger than the one we saw at the end of her real-world life in The Forest of the Dead two years ago. Devising an ingenious escape from a starliner by etching some ancient Gallifreyan on the ship’s black box in the knowledge that it would be found in a museum at some point in the future and that the Doctor would return to save her, was almost the perfect illustration of Steven Moffat’s promise that there would be a bit more playing about with time in his version of Doctor Who. There was even time for a cameo from The Streets’ Mike Skinner. The cleverness of such a five-minute scene reassured us that we were in safe hands. 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

“Blink” – Review: Redux

The Doctor “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a nonlinear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey… stuff.”


It might have just been me, and judging by reaction elsewhere I could be right that it is only me, but “Blink” wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. You’d think that this might teach me (once again) not to believe the hype generated by an online fan community, I had been hearing tales of RTD being positively chilled as he viewed the rushes during production and scoring it as 5-and-a-half out of 5. It is, without doubt it is an episode that stays with the viewer. For about a week after first watching “Blink” I remember that every time I saw a statue in the background of a news report or if I caught a glimpse of one in any TV programme, I would whisper to my wife “Whatever you do, don’t blink!” (Yes, I am an absolute joy to live with). Continue reading

1,000 Pieces



Completed my Christmas holiday challenge this evening…..



Now, I’m no expert about such things but I found it to be a very high quality product and a step up from the standard of jigsaw that I recall from my youth. The colour reproduction is great, the artwork is actually very impressive (apart from the decision to include a TARDIS in what is essentially a villains and monsters image). It’s not exactly the most dynamic or sociable way to pass the time, but I found the whole exercise to be rather therapeutic and a complete change of pace from all the usual festive running around and over-eating. Hats off to Ravensburger for finally creating a jigsaw that’s more than the typical 60 or 80 piece efforts that appeal solely to the young fan base.