I was watching a Doctor Who reviewer on YouTube, some seasoned whiskery Northerner.
He said, “I didn’t really understand the concept of regeneration when I saw the 9th Doctor’s regeneration, ’cause I was only five years old…”
Get the hell off my lawn.
Still surprises me that there are full grown adults for whom the start of New Who…[Read more]
(Rewatching all of post-gap Who with my 11 year old son and now his 6 year old nephew, continued: 3C)
“The Runaway Bride”
Donna’s spectacular intro. I kind of had the feeling we would see more of her.
The Doctor says Donna is not important: he has said this about other people too. Kind of contradicts his comments for instance in “Christmas…[Read more]
Yeah I never really understood the lack of enthusiasm for Clara or Martha. My favourite companion is still Donna, though.
(Rewatching all of post-gap Who with my 11 year old son and now his 6 year old nephew, continued: 2×12 to 2×13)
“Army of Ghosts”/”Doomsday”
Why oh why does the BBC give away the farm in the end-of-episode p…[Read more]
(Rewatching all of post-gap Who with my 11 year old son, continued: 2×7 to 2×11)
Although I’d remembered the Cyberman-related eps of Series 2 fondly, somehow in my memory the rest of the second half of the Series was a bit bland. Although they certainly have their weaknesses, they are much better than I’d remembered. They all contain Torchwood r…[Read more]
(Rewatching all of post-gap Who with my 11 year old son, continued: 2×4 to 2×6)
(Forgot to mention that in School Reunion, a conversation between SJS and 10 makes another Time War ref: “I lived. Everyone else died.” The slow drip drip drip of information is always something I liked about Who, even in the Before Times.)
“The Girl in the F…[Read more]
(Rewatching all of post-gap Who with my 11 year old son, continued: 2×2 to 2×3)
“Tooth and Claw”
Opening with Western monks doing Eastern martial arts: whacky, exciting start.
This is a historical episode but, unlike some others, it’s unlikely to teach youngsters anything important, though it is true that Albert had the Koh i Noor whittled d…[Read more]
(Rewatching all of post-gap Who with my 11 year old son, continued: 2×C to 2×1)
“Christmas Invasion” is the first Christmas special, and not a bad one. It’s a fine introduction, and sets up a number of things that are important or called back to in later episodes: The Doctor’s lost hand, his inability to resist big red buttons, the fall and…[Read more]
“I haven’t seen much of pre-2005 Doctor Who yet so there’s a lot of those that I don’t recognise, but I know #11 is a Dreg from Orphan 55, #12 is clearly Gallifrey but I’m not sure what the shapes in the foreground are, and #19 is the Pting from The Tsuranga Conundrum. I recognise #15 but can’t think who she is. I’ve seen…[Read more]
28/ 12th Doctor standing proudly
29/ 12th Doctor holding a weapon
30/ 12th Doctor standing in front of bright sky
31/ 11th Doctor standing
32/ 11th Doctor standing in close up
33/ 11th Doctor in the TARDIS doorway
34/ 10th Doctor crying … is he holding the Master?
35/ 10th Doctor yelling
36/ 10th Doctor in front of a circle of bright dots
I tried to post a list of the images shown when The Doctor was trying to blow up the Matrix but I think that post kind of blew up the Matrix, so I’ll break it up a bit.
So here are the images that are shown before The Doctor blows up the Matrix. I counted 89 images, it runs for about 10 seconds, so it’s about 3 frames per image, average. It’s a…[Read more]
Previous mentions of the Shobogans on-screen:
In “The Deadly Assassin”
SPANDRELL: Just the kind of hooliganism we’re always running the Shobogans in for.
In “Hell Bent”:
DOCTOR: The last I heard, he stole the moon and the President’s wife.
CLARA: Was she, er, Was she nice, the President’s wife?
DOCTOR: Ah, well, that was a lie put about by…[Read more]
Overall, I enjoyed this episode. I did not suspect that the Ireland scenes were a screen for what was happening to the Doctor as an agent on Gallifrey: not for a second. Great work by intense Whittaker and manic Dhawan. Cyber Time Lords really is an unnerving idea, so that part of the plot was nice enough in itself. Beautiful callbacks to The…[Read more]
This is the kind of ep I like. Mystery, WTF, action, pathos.
I suppose you all have covered all the possibilities. The connection between Jack’s condition and Brendan’s is an obvious thought but I don’t think it is hereditary. Sadly we know that Jack’s descendants can be killed…
Are Bren’s guardians Time Lords? Is the master stocking Gallifrey…[Read more]
(Rewatching all of post-gap Who with my 11 year old son, continued: 1×11 to 1×13)
Boom Town is not among my favourite episodes, and the Slitheen aren’t my favourite aliens… but this episode does some important setting up. We’re re-introduced to the importance of the Rift mentioned in The Unquiet Dead, we’re shown some of the power of looking i…[Read more]
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