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
Technology & technofarce, mechanisms of control, contested history, joint authorship, iterations in Moffat’s career, matrices of ideas, repressive morality, sitcom structure, evaluating Captain Jack, sex in Doctor Who, what’s changed from 2005 to now, & more are discussed in this review of Steven Moffat’s 2005 The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances episodes of Doctor Who.Continue reading
Science fiction romance, tonal shifts, narrative exoneration, what’s unique to the book compared to the adaptations, body horror, predetermination, sequels, & more are discussed in this review of the 2003 novel The Time Traveler’s Wife.Continue reading
Wish fulfilment, adaptation comparisons, time travel tone, advantages of film, movie metaphors, interior vs exterior conflict, stages of grief, sweetness & sincerity, drama & stasis, & more are discussed in this review of the 2009 film adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife.Continue reading
Effective finality, mindbending time trips, miracle moments, greener grass, marriage totality, separate selves across time, ideal versions of partners, wedding metaphors, maturity levels, romance of devotion, memory perspectives, & more are discussed in this review of the 2022 finale of The Time Traveler’s Wife.Continue reading
A new Doctor Who spinoff? We discuss Doctor Who: Redacted, the 2022 audio series, looking at liminal eras, generational shifts, distinct characterisation, corrosive continuity, storytelling priorities, dramatic irony, accessibility & diversity, & more!Continue reading
Childhood vs adulthood, relationship scorekeeping, sacrificing identity, friend determinism, viewpoint characterisation, the right to expectations, Moffat humour, continuums of change, & more are discussed in this review of the 5th episode of The Time Traveler’s Wife.Continue reading
Marriage experience, future foresight, sitcom farce, multi-character specials, age attitudes, Moffat comments, fidelity & infidelity, dwelling overlong, seeing yourself and others at different ages, & more are discussed in this review of the 4th episode of The Time Traveler’s Wife.Continue reading
Love predetermination, feedback loops, characters across different actors & ages, relationships as art, Moffat themes, book differences, time travel rules, stagings & implications, & more are discussed in this review of the third episode of The Time Traveler’s Wife.Continue reading