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)"
Finally! The Doctor see’s Bill as a grown-up and is treating her accordingly, at least as much as he can during an episode in which neither of them does much of anything. Empress of Mars read to me like a typical Gattis, stand-alone episode, unrelated to the series’ story arcs, and focusing primarily upon a […]Read more "Empress of Mars (S10E7)"
No surprise. Missy is in the vault. From Moffat’s interview with DWM, it sounds like we were all supposed to guess she was in there. And, again unsurprisingly, the vault serves as a device to thrust us into the Doctor’s and Bill’s next series of adventures. I so rarely guess correctly that I am happy […]Read more "And She’s Back! (Extremis S10:E6)"
Another Doctor Who treat, this time by one of my fav DW writers, Jamie Mathieson. This is an awesome roller coaster of an episode! I counted no less than three heart stopping moments in the first 10 minutes of Oxygen. My love for Doctor Who is unrelated to the fact that it rarely scares me […]Read more "In-2-3-4 and Out-2-3-4 (Oxygen 10E5)"
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"
I just spent the weekend with my 13 year old Whovian god daughter at the San Diego Who Con. We had a great time. Coming from the monster that is SDCC and the rarified Whovian air of Gallifrey One, I didn’t have high expectations for Who Con. There had not been much publicity that I […]Read more "The (First EVER) San Diego Who Con: The Little Con with a Big Heart"