Stuff I’ve Read, Watched, Done – May 12, 2022

In the last two weeks, my wife and youngest daughter have been away seeing my oldest daughter as she has finished her missions training program.  Then they went onto another place to see my wife’s family, including her father who is hot well.  My middle (and arguably nerdiest) child has remained home with me, as she is in the midst of her Year 12 studies, which are pretty demanding and certainly require her consistent attention.

But this has opened up room for a whole lot of TV and movies.

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Doctor Who: Legend of the Sea Devils

Once upon a time, a new episode of Doctor Who was something to get excited about. These days, not so much. The latest special–the second of three to air this year–is a bland affair. It’s not egregiously bad, but is certainly drab and uninspiring. I almost skipped out on writing about it, it was so unmemorable. And strangely cheap looking.

Spoilers, I guess. But really, with an episode so unmemorable, who cares?

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Doctor Who: Eve of the Daleks

When Doctor Who: Flux was approaching, my expectations were not high. Two seasons (plus specials) of underwhelming and frustrating episodes under the auspices of Chris Chibnall had made sure of that. But when the episodes hit I was, for the most part, pleasantly surprised–there was some stuff I didn’t like but a solid majority of the story was fun and entertaining and even occasionally brilliant.

So as Eve of the Daleks approached, I was cautiously optimistic. After viewing the story, my sense of universal order in chaotic times is somewhat restored, as Doctor Who reverts to the same sort of flippantly sloppy storytelling that has characterized the last few years. In other words, I was disappointed by the special, both in the sense that it wasn’t very good, and that I had actually allowed myself to think it might be better.

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Doctor Who: Ranking the Modern Series Openers

I was listening to an old podcast the other day about Asylum of the Daleks, recorded shortly after the episode aired, and in it they mentioned that this was one of the better season openers, with, I think, only The Eleventh Hour and Partners in Crime as rating higher. 

(Daily Doctor Who #362)

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Doctor Who: The 51 Episodes I Love the Most – Analysis

Quite some time ago, I posted a video about the 51 episodes of Doctor Who that I love the most. I’ve always had it in the back of my mind to do a quick analysis of my choices. Today, that idea has gone from the back of my mind to the front of my mind to my fingers to this blogpost and now soon, into your brain. After that, who knows?

(Daily Doctor Who #359)

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Will Russell T. Davies break all the Doctor Who records?

A while ago I did a post where I ranked how successful each Doctor Who producer was at farewelling the show’s companions. At the time, I said that the only person whose specific ranking could still feasibly change was Chris Chibnall, as he was still running the show and was likely to still write out one or two companions. But, it turns out I was wrong, but now we hear that Russell T. Davies is returning to helm the program in 2023!

(Daily Doctor Who #357)

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