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
Spooky Christmas mysteries, comedy meeting horror, class & labour, emotional paradoxes, evolution of Doctor Who, writer instincts, aural imagery, narrative traps, genre expectations, magic time brainwashing, & more!Continue reading
Chibnall comments, character arcs, emotional storytelling, maximalist Who, can-kicking, deflection discourse, tautological morality, fandom perspectives, incuriosity, 13 & Yaz, avoidance, serialisation, & more!Continue reading
Moral infection, 2018 nostalgia, UNIT & fanservice, phone-watching, multiverses & mythology, timeless motherhood, coherence & contractions, rhythm & legacy, and more!Continue reading
Temporal menace, disparate apocalypses, Angelification, conceptual threats, tonal control, mindfulness amongst serialisation, cliffhangers, exposition, & more!Continue reading
Appeals to possibility, imaginative concepts, shadow shows, the nature of serialisation, validities of fan judgements, space laws, why episodes get compared, preferred versions of history, tensions, projections, producer comments & more!Continue reading
Ritualistic beats, Swarm’s physicality, educational writing, a sense of fun, timey-wimey storytelling, Chibnall’s framing of Mary Seacole & Russia, Lungbarrow, Marvel, & more!Continue reading
Strange new structures, new production logistics, the ‘too early to judge’ argument, accents, stakes, Liverpool, meta foreknowledge, new companion dynamics, & more!Continue reading
David Tennant’s 2021 series of Doctor Who comes to a close. We look at retroactive characterisation, the draw of the past, season structures, the role of cover art, event storytelling, resolution repetition, character continuity, physicality, promotion, & much more.Continue reading
Did Series 12 of Doctor Who disrespect Steven Moffat’s era? Two opposing sides battle this question out in a Doctor Who Debate!
1 show. 2 fans. 1 question. 2 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! Let us know what you think in the comments.Continue reading
David Tennant’s new series of Doctor Who — before the Time War, on audio, and releasing three episodes at a time — continues. We look at the middle stretch of the series in depth, talking twists and secrecy, companion chemistry, body horror on audio, android identity, bubble dimensions, ‘fanbrain’, self selection, alien bears, vanity and sacrifice, the Time War as a meta scar across the show, & much more.Continue reading