The Pyramid at the End of the World

TARDISSee me belabouring for some kind of pithy pay-off. And getting nowhere near to that.

My last one from DWM #513.

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Oxygen

OxygenTARDISOh dear. That plot point where the Doctor turns blind. I have a real problem with storytelling based around arbitrary obstacles, like this. Because you just know the character will be blind, until the show requires him not to be again.

Anyway: Another from DWM #513.

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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 Myth Makers

The Myth MakersTARDISOkay, firstly, thank you Andrew Pixley who gave me a very good steer by pointing out William Hartnell’s possible slip of the tongue on Desert Island Discs. And then there’s my brother, Jack, who moaned that why would anyone want to read another review of an old Doctor Who story? And couldn’t I do something more with a piece on The Myth Makers? Give it a bit more scope. So I tried. This ran in DWM #496. Continue reading