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Doctor Who Series 5 Flashback: Steven Moffat's Triumphant First Season

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 09/04/2022 - 11:07pm in

With the BBC's Doctor Who looking back on Series 5, here's what made then-incoming showrunner Steven Moffat's first season a true triumph.

Doctor Who Season 6 Gave Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith Way, Way Too Much

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 12/03/2022 - 12:08am in

The BBC's Doctor Who Series 6 video focuses on Matt Smith's second season when the show hit peak popularity but also showed some cracks.

The Time Traveler's Wife: Steven Moffat Discusses HBO Series Adapt

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 17/02/2022 - 1:37am in

Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) discusses how they approached adapting Audrey Niffenegger's novel The Time Traveler's Wife for HBO.

Why Is Doctor Who Tiptoeing Around the Doctor's LGBTQ Identity?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 10/01/2022 - 1:28am in

Doctor Who continues tiptoeing around the Doctor's LGBTQ identity despite Jodie Whittaker's Doctor being the most queer-coded of them all.

Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol – Steven Moffat's 1st Overbaked Special

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 20/12/2021 - 12:38am in

Doctor Who A Christmas Carol is Steven Moffat's first and most overbaked Christmas Special, just throwing in way too much for the viewers.

Doctor Who - Series Seven on Target

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 14/06/2021 - 9:04pm in

 A bumper crop here for what became the 50th anniversary series. 

To a certain degree, it was two series. The first five episodes aired in late 2012 and saw the departure of Amy and Rory. This led into a Christmas special that introduced for a second time, the new companion Clara. The series returned in Easter 2013 with another introduction for Clara whom this time, we were assured was safe and not liable to die for at least the rest of the series. This run of eight episodes climaxed with the revelation of the retrospectively named 'War Doctor' played by Sir John Hurt. This in turn was followed by the anniversary special in November which in turn was followed a month later by another Christmas special which bade farewell to Matt Smith. 

We never had it so good!

The second batch of eight contained some of my favourite eleventh Doctor stories, 'Cold War', 'Hide' and 'The Crimson Horror' were all high points with the only low point being the disappointing 'Nightmare in Silver', which despite being written by the great Neil Gaiman, felt like a remix of old ideas with some superficial re-colouring. The new Cybermen were cool though. Their looked smoother and more streamlined than the more robotic Cybus versions. It's just a pity they still had that clanky stiff sound effect every time they took a step. 

Here they are anyway. And don't worry, I've no After Party to follow this post.

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Doctor Who - Series Five on Target

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 13/06/2021 - 8:52pm in


Matt Smith

Back to catching up with my faux Target covers. 

A few months ago, for some reason known only to my raddled subconscious, I ended up doing 70s style Target covers for the current run of Doctor Who series-by-series... but in reverse. This meant I started with series ten and worked my way back to series five. Thus if you accept the fact that one gets better and better, the more you perform a task, then these selections of Target book covers will get progressively worse as I'm post them in series order beginning with Matt Smith's debut series. 

I liked Matt's debut series but not as much as series seven and certainly more than series six. I hope this shows with this selection. 

Particularly pleased with the one for Amy's Choice. This really was a great example of Doctor Who doing a unique standalone tale which needs no introduction or follow-up. It's got a beginning, a middle and an end... And that's it. No necessity for a prequel or a sequel. No need for Toby Jones' Doctor to return as a villain in a Big Finish spin-off set in a dreamscape where he traps a different character from the Doctor's past every episode... The story is a nice enclosed little tale of its own. I'm surprised Simon Nye didn't write at least another script for the series but there you go. 

Anyway, here goes... 

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