A Town Called Mercy

A Town Called MercyTARDISI wrote this in two concentrated bursts, heading to and from Glasgow on the train. Other than that, I’m not sure there’s much more to add. I hope it means something to folk that DWM is willing to publish critical (albeit, level-headed – I hope!) pieces about the programme.

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The God Complex

TARDISHere’s fun (perhaps). Obviously, a blog like this is a wholly self-regarding project.

So, in that spirit, I’m reproducing here a couple of pages of notes I took while reviewing The God Complex. My routine, should you care, when writing about Doctor Who is to watch the episode once (usually in my lunchbreak, via the BBC’s preview site for journalists) without taking notes. Just to give me a chance to enjoy the thing. Then, I’ll watch again the following day – and take an insane amount of notes – in insane handwriting. Which brings us to figure 1…

My first draft of notes for The God Complex

My first draft of notes for The God Complex

The 'rationalised' notes

The 'rationalised' notes

Yes, it can get a bit befuddled.

With that in mind, I quite often – but not always – ‘rationalise’ my scribbles. This can help me get a clearer picture of what I want to say… but it’s a process I loathe. It feels, I guess, like having to write a plot outline. However, once done, it’s terribly helpful.

The thing on the left is what that stage looks like. Click it for a larger version.

And that, I guess, is that.

Well, kind of. I do keep a sporadic diary of sorts, and on September 14, I wrote, referring to this review: “I can’t remember the last one of these that took me so long to write. Even now, it isn’t there. I can’t see it through the fog”. The fog, probably, of too many notes.

Anyway, this is from DWM #440.

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