If I was an unscrupulous Time Lord with the ability to travel through the fourth dimension and to try to affect changes that I thought would make things better, there’s probably a bunch of stuff I’d do with my favorite TV series, Doctor Who. Like many-a-fan (I assume), I’ve thought of these things from time to time, and I now I’m going to list them over a series of posts.
A few years ago, I did a series of 47 daily posts which all looked at different questions related to the revival series of Doctor Who, focusing on stuff I like about the show. I worked out a series of questions in advance and then picked one randomly for each day. I’ve decided to revisit the series to see how my opinions may or may not have changed, and to bring two of my daughters into the discussion, since they are both big fans and have recently finished watching the revival series.
A month or more ago, I wrote a wishlist for the Doctor Who Christmas special. Twice Upon a Time aired just a few days ago, and featured the last Doctor Who story for Peter Capaldi as the lead character and Steven Moffat as lead writer and showrunner. It was a real mixed bag of a project, with some elements that worked beautifully, and others that left me a bit disappointed. Continue reading Reflecting on Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time
A while ago I posted a list of things that I wanted to see in Doctor Who before we were introduced to the 13th Doctor. Now, with the season behind us, we have only one episode–the Christmas special–still before us. How did I go? And now that those 12 episodes are behind us, what is on my new wishlist of things I want to see before Peter Capaldi bows out this December?
There’s a lot of television that I don’t have the time to watch, but just recently, I made time for Broadchurch. The British mystery-drama from 2013 has won tons of awards and has been critically acclaimed, touted by many as a high point in dramatic television. It’s easy to see why. Continue reading Broadchurch – Really As Good As All That
Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary continues with An Adventure in Space and Time, which I got around to watching last night. If you are not familiar, this is a feature length film about the early days of Doctor Who. Written by Doctor Who and Sherlock writer & actor Mark Gatiss, the film tells the story of a number of the key personalities who were responsible for breathing life into the series back in 1963. Primarily, the focus is on Verity Lambert, the program’s original producer, and William Hartnell, who created the role of the Doctor back in 1963. Also featuring heavily are Sydney Newman, who was the original visionary behind the show, and Waris Hussein, who directed several of the early serials, including the first one. But it’s Hartnell and Lambert who really carry the lion’s share of the story. Continue reading An Adventure in Space and Time (Doctor Who)