I sat with a newish client the other day. They were struggling with how to handle a professional relationship that had gone sour. Their former business partner seemed set on damaging my client’s business via targeted, malicious social media attacks. My client felt torn between the choices we all have when facing a bully. Give […]Read more "Choosing Tesla"
The Doctor has returned and (far less exciting) so have I. Everything about this Series of Doctor Who feels different. The new show runner, writers, directors, composers and costumer designer, even the lens and film, tell the story of the Doctor and her companions differently than it has been told before. In all ways possible, […]Read more "Families Lost and Found"
Lots of people fall in the final episode of Series 10: Missy falls to the ground and presumably dies; the Master falls as the elevator plunges down to the lower levels of the colony ship; Bill’s Cyberman body falls as Heather rescues her. In fact, the only person who doesn’t fall, in fact fights falling […]Read more "The Doctor Falls…Not (S10E12)"
Wow. Moffat and Whithouse deal up a plateful of drama for our ninth episode of the series, starting with the Doctor delivering fake news so well, even Trump would have approved. However, hidden in in the nooks and crannies of this confusing crisis, we find the much subtler ongoing drama of Bill and the Doctor […]Read more "The Doctor’s (Fake) News Network (The Lie of the Land S10E9)"
At last! Bill in action! It’s about time Bill had some responsibility and agency. In this episode she does it all with a vengeance. Bill’s choice to put the Doctor’s needs over conventional wisdom (though she rightly planned on the Doctor eventually saving the world, as one does), reveals the powerful familial relationship between them. […]Read more "Careful What You Fear (The Pyramid at the End of the World S10E8)"
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 […]Read more "Family First* (Knock Knock S10E4)"
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 […]Read more "Walking with the Doctor (Thin Ice S10E3)"
“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 […]Read more "Shortcuts to Happiness Via Magic Fish 🐟 (Smile S10E2)"
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 […]Read more "The Families We Make (The Pilot S10E1)"
If you are reading this blog post, you don’t need to be reminded that Series 10, premiering April 15, 2017, will be Peter Capaldi’s final one as The Doctor. Many people in fandom have described how fully and authentically P-Cap has embodied this role, bringing a depth and complexity to the character not seen in […]Read more "Just Jump…We’ll Catch You"