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.
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
I blame me. I genuinely didn’t ‘get’ the Doctor’s speech at the end of this story. And I still don’t. I’ve had another look, and it continues to feel over-written and stagy. Yet I don’t doubt its power, because I’ve since seen so many people demonstrating how moving they found it, which is truly delightful. But… it leaves me cold. Perhaps I am cold.
This review is from DWM #493. Continue reading