How did Luther change in series 2? Crime mythology, dadcore storytelling, Alice magnetism, brazen corruption, illicit fun, video game killers, endearing moral disinterest, fandom-building, & more are discussed as we look at the second series of Luther, Neil Cross’ detective show starring Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson.Continue reading
What is Disney & Doctor Who’s new relationship? Where is RTD taking the show now? What gets confused, & what gets clarified, between production & fandom? New interviews are scoured, as we make sense of the development of the second era of Russell T Davies. Discourse with the Doctor, mechanics of misinformation, empire-building, saviour complexes, demystification, & the Liberation of the Daleks are just some of the topics discussed within!Continue reading
What makes Tesla & Demons distinct from other Chibnall Era episodes? How did their writers approach historicals? What were the contrasts and tensions within S11 & S12? We explore these questions in a metacommentary unpacking the audio commentary tracks for Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror, and Demons of the Punjab.
Along the way, we discuss tensions in historicals, earlier structures, clashes within series, power of storytelling, scriptwriting styles, producer input, commentaries from other shows, Graham whispering, & more!Continue reading
What was cut from Spyfall, and why? Why did Chibnall include, and mindwipe, Noor Inayat Khan and Ada Lovelace? What did he want viewers to do after watching? We explore these questions in a metacommentary unpacking the audio commentary track for Spyfall: Part Two.
Along the way, we discuss phonewatching, historical agency, delayed gratification, additive iconography, educational remits, thematic irony, technological themes, fandom appeals to authority, & more!Continue reading
Experimental formats, the ‘War on Christmas’, greener grass, fatalistic myopia, the nature of satire, ergodic literature, silliness vs seriousness, embedded narratives, & more are explored in this discussion over Flip-Flop, the 2003 Doctor Who Christmas audio drama.Continue reading
Characterising historical figures, Gatiss writing, rift origins, contrasting moralities, cultural force, immersive settings, binary oppositions, the drafting process, invective & idolatry, & more are discussed in this review of The Unquiet Dead, the 2005 Doctor Who Christmas episode from Mark Gatiss.Continue reading
Comic book London, merging British & American detectives, deindustrialisation, literal edginess, 2010 in detective TV, societal decay, murder morality, & more are discussed in this review of the first series of Luther, Neil Cross’ detective show starring Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson.Continue reading
Why did the Chibnall Era end the way it did? What motivated the final decisions across the three final episodes? What sort of finality did the era arrive at? How do the actor and audience relationships with Doctor Who differ? We explore these questions in a metacommentary unpacking the audio commentary tracks for The Power of the Doctor, Legend of the Sea Devils, and Eve of the Daleks.
Along the way, we discuss circularity, ‘we’ll fix it in post’ mentality, unity of effect, character continuity, audio afterlives, accumulated history, performer humility, editing bay instincts, Guinness Recordification, & more!Continue reading
We discuss the first TV show from Russell T Davies! Mystical computers, proto-Doctor Who, ‘no subtext’, the power of TV, writing to children, showrunner semantics, career origins, genre savviness, extra novelisation material, bifurcated structure, fantastical contrasts, blonde supremacists, & more are explored in this review of Dark Season’s 1991 run of six episodes.Continue reading
Which showrunner has the best take on the Daleks? Three opposing sides battle this question out in a Doctor Who Debate!
1 show. 3 fans. 1 question. 3 perspectives. This is Doctor Who Debate, where we each take a side, and tackle a controversial question about Doctor Who — but it’s up to you to decide who won the debate!Continue reading
The Fourteenth Doctor’s first story is out, over a year before their actual TV specials air. Meanwhile, lots of new topics (and debates) are cropping up as Doctor Who transitions from Chibnall’s era to the second era of Russell T Davies. So we discuss 14’s first story, future furor, 13 to 14’s costume debate, Disney & doomsaying, pre-emptive storytelling, fans feeling scorned, ‘sanctity’ of regenerations, novelty & familiarity, erasure & overshadowing, era liminality, & more.Continue reading
Chibnall’s era is over. How did it end? Degeneration, past possessiveness, holographic agency, character arcs, worshipped iconography, emotional incuriosity, actors as museums, literalised toxicity, and companion therapy are just some of the topics we discuss, as we chew over the final episode of the Thirteenth Doctor’s era.Continue reading
A deep dive into the longest-running companion of Doctor Who. Who is Yasmin Khan? What is Yaz’s story, what is Yaz’s character, what has been Yaz’s journey, and what is the nature of Yaz’s relationship with the Doctor?
All these sorts of questions are explored through an exhaustive journey through Chibnall’s era, examining every episode, and a multitude of interviews and extras. Along the way, key running themes and storytelling quirks of the era are identified and discussed, in a cumulative analysis capturing how the era was shaped, and how it shifted over time.
The character of Yaz is approached from a place of curiosity and empathy. Topics visited along this journey include the idea of storytelling ‘time loops’, evolving character writing, infantilisation, the impact of an audience upon how characters are written, character regression and storytelling oscillation, the interplay between offscreen platonic relationships and ‘in-character’ relationship shipping, expectations of audience affection, disinterest in drama, claims and positioning of LGBT representation, and many more.Continue reading
Moffat finales, murder elitism, TV writing conventions, self-martyrdom, everyman characters, sitcom structure, intellect & indulgence, realism & redundancies, the show’s future, & more are discussed in this review of the last two episodes of Inside Man, Steven Moffat’s 2022 thriller.Continue reading
Moffat marginalia, genre savviness, Tennant charisma, whodunnits/whydunnits/whodonewhats, suspense mystery farce, lying as authorship, Brits writing America, & more are discussed in this review of the first two episodes of Inside Man, Steven Moffat’s 2022 thriller.Continue reading