Twice Upon A Time


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My first review of contemporary Doctor Who for DWM was The Waters of Mars, in DWM #417. One hundred and four issues later…

(From DWM #521)

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TARDISAnd here we are. My last thing published under Tom Spilsbury as DWM‘s editor. ‘End of an Era’ said the cover line, for all sorts of reasons.

Tom is the person who invited me to become the magazine’s ‘new series’ reviewer. I can’t remember why. I can just recall being at a press screening for ‘The Waters of Mars‘ and he asking me if I’d enjoyed it. I think I’d been gently pestering him for a while whenever I saw him at events. Either dropping hints or asking outright if I could do ‘something’. Suddenly, I was through the door, and completely thrilled about it.

I still am.

Along the way, he proved hands off in terms of moderating what I wrote, but a brilliant sounding board whenever I needed it. We spoke a lot about ‘The Caretaker‘ review, for example, and he helped me find a way to say what I wanted to.

Thanks again, Tom – you were my Doctor Who Magazine editor.

This is from DWM #515.

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Thin Ice

Thin IceTARDISLast one from DWM #512.

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.

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The Pilot

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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.

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The Return of Doctor Mysterio

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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.

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