‘DOCTOR WHO’



Reader, please note that this picture is a partial one! While I am sad and fannish enough to watch every episode I am not quite sad and fannish enough to review them all. Non-covered episodes are mentioned in passing just to show I’m not ignoring them. (I am in fact ignoring them.)

Looking over this list, I note my reviews are becoming longer the more that time wimes on. The first series of ’New Who’ (quite possibly my favourite) was served with an overview. I then proceeded through mini-reviews to full-blown obsessiveness. Some episodes I wrote about more than once, which is probably less a sign of something than a symptom. Reviews of the next series will probably be longer than the episodes themselves, unless I am put on the correct medicine before then.

GENERAL:

THE 'DOCTOR WHO' CREDIT SEQUENCE – A CLASSIC OF IT'S TIME
(Which of course it is. An over-view through the years…)

NOT A PROPER REVIEW AT ALL OF 'AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME'
(A rumination on what precisely constitutes the show, poorly disguise as a review of Gatiss' Fiftieth anniversary docu-drama)


THE FIRST DOCTOR:

AN UNEARTHLY CHILD
(The fantastic first ever episode! With some mention of the following three-parter 'Tribe of Gum', despite my better judgement.)

(aka ‘The Daleks’ or ‘The Dead Planet’. Some have even been known to insist on ’The Mutants’, even though this invites comparison to something which was actually called ’The Mutants’.)

(I will do more of these at some point. Yes, one day I will come back. But for now we skip straight to…)


THE NINTH DOCTOR:

(These are more a thematic overview than an episode-by-episode guide, looking at what the old series was all about, and when the new show did and didn’t need to do to change the record.)

TENTH DOCTOR:

For no good reason, I seem to skip both series two and three.

(From ‘Partners in Crime’ to the resistibly risible ‘Unicorn and the Wasp’)

(Picking up from ‘Silence in the Library’ and taking us through to ‘Journey’s End’)

LATE BREAKING NEWS! DOCTOR WHO AND JESUS CHRIST IN SEPARATE PEOPLE SHOCK! (1)
'Last of the Time Lords', 'Midnight' and 'Turn Left' as contrasts in Davies' scripting style.

(aka ’The Next Doctor’, ‘Planet of the Dead’, “Waters of Mars’ and ’The End of Time.’)


ELEVENTH DOCTOR:

SERIES 5

LOOK WHO’S BACK! (‘The Eleventh Hour’/ ‘The Beast Below’)



(A post-script to the above)

‘Vampires of Venice’ seemed to pass best unreflected, so next up we have…




I was not commonly described as one of the fans of ‘The Lodger’, so next up we have…


(On fables and fairy stories, and how well they get on with metafiction)

(On the love/hate reaction this series induced in some)

The Christmas special ’A Christmas Carol’ was then skipped, even though it wasn’t actually bad.

SERIES 6:










‘Closing Time’ was then unceremonially skipped, taking us to…

‘THE WEDDING OF RIVER SONG’

Rumour has it there may have been some kind of Christmas special at this point. Me, I find it best not to entertain such notions...

(Thoughts on the politics behind ‘Girl in the Fireplace’, ‘Empty Child’ and ‘Beast Below’, plus some other stuff)

SERIES 7:

'ASYLUM OF THE DALEKS'

'DINOSAURS ON A SPACESHIP'/ 'A TOWN CALLED MERCY'

'THE POWER OF THREE'/ 'THE ANGELS TAKE MANHATTAN'

...then we have a gap (quite frankly caused by lack of interest) until...

"I'LL EXPLAIN LATER": BELATED THOUGHTS ON THE MOST RECENT SERIES OF 'DOCTOR WHO'

'THE NAME OF THE DOCTOR' (PLUS SOME SPECULATION OVER HIS RANK AND SERIAL NUMBER'
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'THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR'