“Spare Parts” and the Cybermen

"We are human." "We will survive." Two lines from the Doctor Who audio Spare Parts that together encapsulate so perfectly and chillingly what the Cybermen are supposed to be. Spare Parts, an origins story of the Cybermen featuring the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa, is a tragic tale of a small, dying human population on Earth's twin… Continue reading “Spare Parts” and the Cybermen

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On a female Doctor and sex-change regeneration

The regeneration of the Master into Missy has brought to the fore debate over the prospect of a female Doctor. The debate among the fandom about whether the Doctor should one day regenerate into a female form onscreen has been as vociferous as any debate about UNIT dating, whether Susan named the TARDIS, or whether or not… Continue reading On a female Doctor and sex-change regeneration

Resurrection of the Roundels?

Are we going to see a new TARDIS for series 9? Peter Capaldi has remarked that he would like to see the TARDIS interior renovated, noting his preference for the minimalist roundel designs of the TARDIS in Classic Who. "Roundels. I like the old Sixties roundels. That was the coolest look and I think it’s also… Continue reading Resurrection of the Roundels?

Susan should be the next companion

Susan Foreman, the Doctor's granddaughter, was left by the First Doctor on Earth in the 22nd Century at the close of The Dalek Invasion of Earth, Susan having fallen in love with David Campbell, a London freedom fighter, during that serial. It was the Doctor's first goodbye, and his goodbye to the only member of… Continue reading Susan should be the next companion

Thoughts on Dark Water/Death in Heaven

I thought I'd begin this blog by offering my review (of sorts) on the series 8 finale, Dark Water/Death in Heaven. In general I quite enjoyed the finale. I found a lot to like, and found myself utterly captivated by the unfolding drama more than once. However, there was also causes for criticism. Dark Water was,… Continue reading Thoughts on Dark Water/Death in Heaven