Knock Knock, the fourth story of Series 10, takes us to a proper haunted house and (while it could be argued that the BBC tried a little too hard with the binaural thing) I enjoyed it. There is no missing the definition this episode brings to the relationship between Bill and the Doctor. Bill is […]
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I’ve been thinking about the title of this episode. Most obviously, it refers to …well…ice. Yet, the ice isn’t thin at all, is it? In fact, it is so sturdy that a several ton elephant can take a stroll without it even cracking. If we think of “thin ice” as a metaphor for the potential […]
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“A magic haddock,” the Doctor mentiond three times during Smile, the second episode of Series 10. He waits until the final five minutes to let Bill and the wayward colonists in on the reference. A scared and unhappy fisherman, upon catching a wish-granting fish, impulsively seeks relief from his fear by taking shortcuts. He wishes […]
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First, before I make an attempt to write something interesting and psychologically enlightening, may I have a moment of squee? (Please brace yourself for far too many exclamation points.) It is awesomely cool when a main character in an episode of Doctor Who has your name! I know that Heather was most likely named after […]
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In the Woman Who Lived, Catherine Tregenna invites us to enter the Doctor’s experience of immortality. Ashildre is gone, replaced with a beyond world-weary, complicated, and practically hopeless Lady Me. She has lived for almost as long so the Doctor had when the re-boot began in 2005. Her “mayfly” perspective on humanity sounds familiar to […]
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If these first two episodes are reflective of the rest of the Series 9 stories, then am I excited for what the next 10 weeks will bring. On the whole, I found The Witch’s Familiar as satisfying as The Magician’s Apprentice. The various pop culture media spheres seem to agree that Clara is Missy’s familiar. […]
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Honestly, I ask you, can it get any better than this? In The Magician’s Apprentice, we get to hang-out with the Doctor, Missy, and Clara, teasing poking, and threatening each other, as they are wont to do, while working towards a common goal. Well, Missy and Clara seem to be working together, trying to prevent […]
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Last Christmas tied up the major Series 8 arcs (aka relationship dramas) beautifully. The use of the very psychological dream within a dream trop (technically called false awakening) resolved the story-lines quite cleverly and effectively. Ya da, ya da, ya da….
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*MAJOR SPOILING SPOILERS follows. Don’t read if you haven’t seen Dark Water*
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Yes! The moment I have been waiting for…the Doctor claimed his title and told the bad guys to skedaddle. However, we find the Doctor taking on his mantle somewhat reluctantly. Does the Doctor really want to be the Doctor any more?
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