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
We discuss the first Doctor Who story from Russell T Davies, looking at the development of his style, what’s changed between 80s TV and today, a ‘draft renaissance’, writing for TV vs audio, Doctor Who before 2005, RTD’s second reign, writer repetition/iteration, family focus, & more!Continue reading
Pros & cons of time travel, multi-Henry ‘specials’, Moffat story structure, senses of self, dual storylines, child fantasies, whether we’re different people as we age, & the show’s overall plan are discussed in this review of the second episode of The Time Traveler’s Wife.Continue reading
Timey-wimey romance, Steven Moffat’s influences, romantic ideals, forming yourself around another person, fated love, genre & gender, Doctor Who linkages, structural gimmickry, heightened dialogue & more gets discussed in this review of the first episode of The Time Traveler’s Wife.Continue reading
David Tennant is back…but just what does that mean?
We discuss Tennant and Catherine Tate’s return, and Russell T Davies’ casting of a new Rose. We talk exorcising the past, leak literacy, fanservice friction, character stasis, the interaction of Chibnall’s outgoing centenary and RTD’s opening anniversary, universe contraction and expansion, new costumes, and who is driving Doctor Who.
The first half of this discussion looks at these public announcements and what they signify, and the second half explores the nature of leaks, spoilers, and digs into why these announcements surprised some fans less than others.
We discuss the opening move of Russell T Davies’ second era as showrunner, the casting of Ncuti Gatwa as the Doctor. Beside the star himself, we talk about the telos of the show, the way castings get announced, the way fandom processes castings, the messages and meanings of this casting, optics and intent, and our hopes and fears for this era to come.Continue reading
Companionzoning, violence & moral standards, scene compartmentalisation, Thasmin, spectacles of pacifism, companion contempt, repetition, historical attitudes, & more!Continue reading
Thasmin, intent, improvisation, late in the game storytelling, time loops in and out of the show, entitlement, inspirational speeches, fandom narratives, shipping, & more!Continue reading