Review: Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways

Not a "quickie review" because I thought this story merited a full-length review. Where, oh, where do I start? The magisterial finale to Series 1 never fails to blow me away. It was just a perfect, flawless finale, resolving the first series of the revived series exquisitely. To my mind, although Pandorica is my personal favourite, Bad… Continue reading Review: Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways

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Quickie review: Boom Town

This was a vastly better Slitheen story than Aliens of London/World War Three. It built on the few strengths of Aliens of London whilst rolling back the cheesiness and Marvel Who-y-ness. This episode was pitched at a more mature audience than its prequel. It was darker, more sombre and more intelligent. It dealt with themes of… Continue reading Quickie review: Boom Town

Quickie review: The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances

I've mentioned before that watching this story when it first aired, aged 10, is my most vivid memory of Doctor Who as a child. It was my childhood "hiding-behind-the-sofa" moment, those terrifying gasmask-wearing zombie people having seriously frightened 10-year-old me, although, unsurprisingly, I could barely tear my eyes away from the screen. I was terrified then, but… Continue reading Quickie review: The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances

Quickie Review: Father’s Day

This was a really dark, emotive episode, and certainly one of the most beautiful stories Doctor Who has done. Rose and the Doctor travel back in time for Rose to see her father. They go to the day he died so Rose can be with him as he dies. She can't stop herself from saving… Continue reading Quickie Review: Father’s Day

Quickie review: The Long Game

I didn't mind The Long Game. It was exciting and had intrigue, plot and creepiness. It wasn't a wonderful episode by any means, but it was an enjoyable and gripping tale nonetheless. I found the plot generally well-conceived and interesting. It was obviously an allusion to dystopian 1984-type scenarios, a subjugated and manipulated population in thrall to a nefarious,… Continue reading Quickie review: The Long Game

Quickie review: Dalek

"Why don't you just die!?" Series 1 couldn't have recovered from Aliens of London/World War Three any better. This episode was simply brilliant, with much of the credit due to the peerless writer Robert Shearman, who adapted Dalek from his Big Finish story Jubilee. Dalek did an exceptional job of introducing the Daleks to a new audience. It… Continue reading Quickie review: Dalek