Doctor Who: The Power of the Doctor

And now, after many moons, the Chibnall-Whittaker era of Doctor Who has come to an end. My thoughts are many.

I have not been the biggest fan of this era of the show. Jodie Whittaker is appealing enough, but I have found her performance too broad to be actually engaging. In spite of the occasional bright spot, Most of the stories have been either underwritten or badly written, and filled with bland characters and uninspiring plots. There have been a handful of “shocking plot twists” that were memorable for all the wrong reasons, which leaves one tempted to rant that the last three seasons haven’t only failed to move the show forward in a positive way, they have actually done the series a bit of harm.

But of course, that’s just a grumpy old fan ranting away. What about The Power of the Doctor itself?

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Doctor Who Timeline: Debuts & Departures Timeline

I found myself getting curious about the various ages of different actors and creators involved with Doctor Who over the years, and so today we have a little timeline that tells us throughout the years of when people were born, when they debuted on the show, and when they died (for those no longer living).

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Doctor Who Trivia: Only True Whovians need try, apparently — Part 1

I was wondering what to write about on this, the 302nd day of my Daily Doctor Who year, and I struck upon the idea of looking at a Doctor Who trivial quiz online and seeing how I do at it.

(Daily Doctor Who #302…pretty obvious, right?)

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Doctor Who: How old was each actor to play the Doctor?

Some random thoughts here about the Doctor’s ages. Not the character, but the actors who played him / her.

Updated to include the 14th Doctor (as best I can at this point).

(Daily Doctor Who #233)

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The Time Meddler: My Twelfth Doctor Wish-list

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. 

(Daily Doctor Who #227)

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Doctor Who Trivia #2: What order are the Doctors listed here?

I like Doctor Who, and I like trivia. Two great tastes that go great together. This is Question #2.

(Daily Doctor Who #183)

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Doctor Who: Looking Back at 47 Days #31 – Favorite Doctor

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.

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Reflecting on Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time

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

Doctor Who: 13 (Updated) Things I’d love to See Before I See the 13th Doctor!

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?

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Broadchurch – Really As Good As All That

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