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While many fans wondered if this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special would be the last appearance of Jenna Coleman‘s companion character Clara Oswald. Amidst the ever bubbling and seemingly on target rumors that persisted the entire last season that Coleman would not be back, it was an easy prediction to get wrong. Now we’ve got confirmation from the lady herself. (more…)

‘Doctor Who’ Too Dark? Not According to Moffat

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There may be a great many grown up nerds amongst its fan faithful, but Doctor Who was conceived, sold and continues to be marketed as a family show. Say whaaaaaaaaat? Yes, consider the Saturday at 8 pm timeslot, the lack of blood and bad language, and the hero’s aversion to violence and always using the power of his mind over a firearm. Yes, Doctor Who is meant for kids to enjoy every bit as much, if not more, than the adults who also enjoy it. But has it gotten too dark for those kids? Many people have been asking themselves that question, and now it’s Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat‘s turn to give us an answer. Spoiler alert: he doesn’t think it is. (more…)

doctor who death in heaven review

This season of Doctor Who is definitely one that grew stronger the longer it went on. Much of that was in allowing Peter Capaldi to grow more comfortable in his role as the Twelfth Doctor, and for him and Jenna Coleman to find their rhythm as Doctor and companion. But there were also the slowly developing threads linking The Doctor, Clara, Danny (Samuel Anderson), and eventually, Missy (Michelle Gomez) that once fully exposed made series 8’s finale so powerful. (more…)

doctor who mummy on the orient express review

It’s a bit of a cheat, I’ll admit, combining these two episodes into one review. But beyond simply making up for lost time, both episodes come from new-to-Who writer, Jamie Mathieson and center on the constantly evolving relationship between The Doctor and Clara. And while the basic premises of these two episodes don’t necessarily form a link between them, how The Doctor and Clara interact definitely does. (more…)

doctow who kill the moon review

The Twelfth Doctor’s introductory season has been a bumpy one. The opener was a bore and just about each episode since has been a mix of highs and lows. With “Listen” and “The Caretaker,” Series 8 has begun to come into its own, better defining its characters. “Kill the Moon” builds off those previous installments and ways I never expected, and it all pays off tremendously well. (more…)

doctor who review the caretaker feature

Coming off an exhilarating bank heist it’s back to the daily grind of Coal Hill School for Clara and… The Doctor? Yes, this week’s episode sees The Doctor again trying to blend in with humans, going deep undercover in “The Caretaker” from returning writer Gareth Edwards (“The Lodger”, “Closing Time”) and Steven Moffat. What is it that brings The Doctor to Coal Hill? Aliens? Robots? Alien robots? (more…)

doctor who time heist review

[Pardon the tardiness of this review, and instead enjoy an extra helping of Doctor Who critique and discussion this weekend!]

Switching gears – yet again, like only Doctor Who can – Series 8 transitions from a spooky inspection of fear to a bank heist, or in this case, a “Time Heist.” Written by Steven Moffat and Stephen Thompson, it’s a less profound episode than last week’s but that doesn’t it make it any less interesting. (more…)

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The BBC has released a series of promotional stills for the upcoming Doctor Who episode The Caretaker. It seems that Clara (Jenna Coleman) is having one of those Doctor Who kind of days. While most people might be worried about the alien trying to destroy the Coal Hill School where she teaches between Doctor Who jaunts, Clara has another more pressing problem to deal with. Her love interest Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson) is about to meet the Doctor (Peter Capaldi). (more…)

doctor who listen review

What’s always made Doctor Who unique as well as enduring as a television show is its ability to constantly reinvent itself. From season to season, decade to decade, Doctor Who is allowed–no, expected to be something entirely different. Last week was a funny, charming romp in the past with Robin Hood and his Merry Men. This week we’re forced to face one of our oldest fears – what’s that under the bed? (more…)