For what it’s worth, when I write these pieces for the magazine, I know in advance what the page-flow will be. In this case, it meant I was aware this would be the last of my reviews in the issue, so I tried to give it the sense of also rounding off my reviews thus far. A sort of ’till next month…‘ feeling.
I’ll get to it later, but I wasn’t especially upbeat coming into this series. That was only because the Christmas episode – which prompted an extremely positive reaction in general – left me cold (no pun). This, I thought, was representative of the new direction for Peter Capaldi’s final year.
It sort of was too. But, as it transpired, once Bill was locked into the equation, I really enjoyed what was to follow.
This review is from DWM #512.
It’s been a long time, Doctor. It really has. When the title sequence roared on Christmas Day – the cogs, the spiralized clockface – it was palpable that we hadn’t seen it for a whole year. You shouldn’t have left us. In your absence, 2016 went to absolute pot, with cultural divisions deepening both domestically and internationally, wholesale mayhem across UK politics, the passing of many of our most beloved figures and obviously, hoo-boy, the Shadow Kin.
This one’s from DWM #495…
Wherein I make a slightly catty remark at the end about how long it was going to be until Doctor Who was back on telly. Continue reading
Last one from DWM #494, and a happy place to end, I guess, reflecting on series as great as any the show had brought us… Continue reading
Still chugging through DWM #494. And it strikes me a lot of writing about Doctor Who – and not just my writing about it – comes to rest upon the notion that the series is forever moving forward. That new things are coming. Is that simply because it’s the promise of the format, or because we (still!) like continual reassurance there’s more to follow?
But reading it back now, isn’t it a little over-wrought? Not to mention overly wrought…
A review from DWM #494, that tries to capture the shock of Clara’s death, while at the same acknowledging it had been thoroughly PR-ed before it happened on screen. Continue reading
I loved Sleep No More. I proselytised about it to my wife, who doesn’t follow Doctor Who. I made her watch it. I probably dropped horrendous knowing hints to friends – “Next Saturday’s is amazing” – and awaited the happy revelation for everyone that this series was just getting better and better…
This review is from DWM #494. Continue reading