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…
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
Looking at this review now, it’s high-time I stopped talking about
Doctor Who‘s ‘self-regard’. This is from DWM #493.
For whatever reason, I haven’t had too much problem this year in starting my reviews. Does that make sense? Coming up with a line or a thought to get it all going. Sometimes I’ll try for an obtuse opener, which doesn’t immediately connect with the story at hand (but resolves quickly – otherwise than can be annoying), sometimes I’ll just jump straight into the main discussion, sometimes I’ll try something cute. Which is what I’ve attempted here, and it’s probably not that great. I’m doing that old, old trick, you see, where the last line of the whole piece dovetails into the first. Again.
This was my last review for DWM #492.