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Doctor Who: Series 2, Episode 4 - The Girl in the Fireplace

Published July 18, 2013

Doctor Who: Series 2, Episode 4 - The Girl in the Fireplace

The Girl in the Fireplace takes us to 1700s France, for an adventure in history written by future showrunner Steven Moffat. It’s one that was incredibly popular when it first aired, and has an enduring quality to it - being about the people rather than the science, as is so often Moffat’s style. This time, we’ve got Mickey along for the ride, as Rose tries to figure out the complicated relationships she has with the two men in her life.

Waving goodbye to another Doctor

Published June 2, 2013

Waving goodbye to another Doctor

It was confirmed yesterday that Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who at the end of the year, after taking part in the 50th anniversary celebrations and a Christmas special that will feature the regeneration. I had pondered recently whether it was time for the show to have the change and shake-up that comes with a new Doctor, and it seems those in the know are on the same page. Three and a bit series is the magic number!

Doctor Who: Series 7, Episode 14 - The Name of the Doctor

Published May 22, 2013

Doctor Who: Series 7, Episode 14 - The Name of the Doctor

I vividly remember watching the episode of Sex and the City where they finally revealed Mr Big’s name. It was such an intense letdown that I couldn’t believe it had been given the go ahead to be screened. I was so disappointed, and I wasn’t even that big a fan of Carrie and co. Thus, I approached this episode of Doctor Who with some trepidation, worried they would reveal our favourite alien’s name as Bob or Trevor or something.

Doctor Who: Series 7, Episode 13 - Nightmare in Silver

Published May 14, 2013

Doctor Who: Series 7, Episode 13 - Nightmare in Silver

Expectations couldn’t be anything but high for this episode of Doctor Who. The Cybermen were promised to be back - bigger and better, but hopefully less colourful than the Daleks 2.0 - and it was also a return to the series for Neil Gaiman, after his incredible episode, The Doctor’s Wife. Although the man himself spoke of how different this episode would be, I was still anticipating good things. And mostly, I was not disappointed.

Doctor Who: Series 7, Episode 12 - The Crimson Horror

Published May 7, 2013

Doctor Who: Series 7, Episode 12 - The Crimson Horror

Knowing this episode was written by Mark Gatiss and was set in Victorian Britain, I was fully expecting his brand of gothic horror to be stamped all over it. I hadn’t expected it to be quite so disturbing, but it was an episode that stood up for itself very well, despite very little alien or sci-fi meddling. The highlights of the episode were, of course, provided by Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax.

Doctor Who: Series 7, Episode 11 - Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

Published April 29, 2013

Doctor Who: Series 7, Episode 11 - Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

I watched this episode not from the comfort of my own armchair, but in a hotel room on a tiny television. I never quite realise how used to HD I am until it is taken away from me! Thankfully, this episode didn’t look like it delivered much on the grand scale of beauty. Rather than gorgeous outer space landscapes, or moody forest settings, we were locked away inside the TARDIS - quite literally going round and round in circles.

Doctor Who: Series 7, Episode 10 - Hide

Published April 23, 2013

Doctor Who: Series 7, Episode 10 - Hide

Just two weeks after the divisive Rings of Akhaten, Neil Cross was back on writer’s duty for Hide - a ghost-hunting romp through an old stately home in the seventies. What begins as a traditional ghost story, moves through some really quite tense and scary scenes, before resolving itself as a love story that spans pocket/balloon universes. This felt more like the Doctor Who people expect, dashing through corridors, unravelling a mystery that appears to be one thing but is actually something quite different.

Doctor Who: Series 7, Episode 9 - Cold War

Published April 16, 2013

Doctor Who: Series 7, Episode 9 - Cold War

I keep telling myself I will go back and watch these episodes again before I write about them, so that I have one viewing for the sheer enjoyment of it, and another to take in the finer details. So far, I have not managed to do that. Is it just a lack of time, or is there a lack of motivation here too? The recent episodes do seem to suffer a lack of the magic that makes something instantly rewatchable - episodes such as Van Gogh or Idris the TARDIS spring to mind when I think of those I would watch again in a heartbeat.

Doctor Who: Series 7, Episode 8 - The Rings of Akhaten

Published April 9, 2013

Doctor Who: Series 7, Episode 8 - The Rings of Akhaten

Doctor Who is one of those television programmes that will never be able to win. It’s demographic is so wide-spread, and people want such different things from their Doctor Who experience, it really is impossible to please everyone. He’s too human, too alien, there’s too much sci-fi, too much humanity, it’s too childish, too adult, boring, complicated, incredible, ridiculous, etc, etc. Obviously opinions matter, and we write blog posts about the programme because we care about it.

Doctor Who: Series 7, Episode 7 - The Bells of Saint John

Published April 1, 2013

Doctor Who: Series 7, Episode 7 - The Bells of Saint John

Ahh, it made so much sense when finally we realised what the bells related to. It made sense, and also made me feel stupid. There’s so much about Doctor Who that should be obvious but it never is until it is revealed. It’s one of the joys of Steven Moffat’s era of the show, that you can concentrate too hard on unravelling the riddles, or you can just ride the wave and see where you wash up.