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

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The Aztecs

The AztecsDVDI love The Aztecs. One of the best Doctor Who stories ever. It had been some years since I last watched it, so I was slightly anxious about coming back to it – but it was still absolutely as good as I remembered. As a result, I had a good time writing this piece.

From DWM #459… Continue reading

Revisitations 3 box set

DVDNot a huge amount of ‘added value’ in this preamble, I’m afraid.

This is from DWM #445, and I guess continues my stint reviewing the Revisitation series (see here and here).
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The Space Museum/The Chase

DVDHah! Well there’s a tiny bit of a story to tell with this one, from DWM #420…

And it begins with this,  photographic evidence. I really did spot – and then push myself upon – William Russell in Wagamama one lunch time, an incident I wrote about in my review.That's really William Russell in Wagamama, Camden

It was a happy coincidence. I was about to start work on this thing, and aside from helping me view the episodes more kindly than perhaps I might, it gave me an additional bit of business for the piece which, for a change, actually seemed worthwhile.

It also highlighted for me a truism. If your review ends up somehow as a sort of valediction for Doctor Who as a TV legend per se, then folk mostly like that.   Continue reading

The Keys of Marinus

DVDWhen I heard Gary Gillatt was giving up reviewing DVDs, I sent Tom Splisbury a text to offer my services. Hey, that’s how this kind of thing works. And, probably by dint of the fact I was available, keen and good with deadlines, I got the job. Here’s the first one I completed, and this is an early even longer version, which I then edited down before submission. It’s a piece that’s trying awfully hard. From DWM #414… Continue reading