Doctor Who Reviews – It Takes You Away

My one paragraph, instant reaction to this week’s DOCTOR WHO.  Well, without even seeing next week’s, I can confidently proclaim that ‘It Takes You Away’ is my favourite episode of this series of DOCTOR WHO. Let’s be honest, next week is not going to have a moment as magically surreal as The Doctor making friends…

Doctor Who Reviews – The Witchfinders

My one paragraph, instant reaction to this week’s DOCTOR WHO.  It’s an interesting phenomenon that this series seems to be on its surest footing in the historical episodes. The two before – ‘Rosa’ and ‘Demons of the Punjab’ – could have both, with a few tweaks, been straight historicals with no sci-fi elements at all.…

Doctor Who Reviews – Kerblam!

My one paragraph, instant reaction to this week’s DOCTOR WHO.  Like The Fourth Doctor series ‘The Robots of Death’ only rubbish-er! This felt like the weakest of the series so far. The satire was half-hearted, the plot was so-so, the jokes were poor, the effects are going to age really badly and that’s all before…

Doctor Who Reviews: The Tsuranga Conundrum

My one paragraph, instant reaction to this week’s DOCTOR WHO.  One can easily imagine the teenage Chris Chibnall watching the brightly lit white spaceship corridors of 1980s DOCTOR WHO, and thinking how great it would be if one of Joe Dante’s Gremlins were thrown into the mix. And all these years later we have that…

Doctor Who Reviews – Arachnids in the UK

My one paragraph, instant reaction to this week’s DOCTOR WHO.  What about the spiders in the safe room? That annoyingly was the question left bouncing around my mind at the end of this otherwise nail-biting episode. Is being shot dead by a Donald Trump stand-in actually a worse fate for mutated spiders than being lured…

Doctor Who Reviews – Rosa Parks

My one paragraph, instant reaction to this week’s DOCTOR WHO.  I had some concerns coming into this. The story of Rosa Parks is such an important tale, one which needs to be handled sensitively, so throwing all kinds of sci-fi shenanigans into it might not be the smartest idea. Now, I know that as a…

Doctor Who Reviews – The Ghost Monument

My one paragraph, instant reaction to this week’s DOCTOR WHO.  The aesthetic of a tent in the desert (1988’s ‘The Greatest Show in the Galaxy’); a fantastic race across the universe (1983’s ‘Enlightenment’); and the self-interested, ruthless, almost mercenary character of Epzo (who with a little tweaking could have been an actual mercenary in any…