Thoughts on: The Stolen Earth / Journey’s End

What a show. I'd forgotten how incredible the Series 4 finale was, and I'm happy to admit I was thoroughly blown away upon this rewatch. Russell T Davies upped the ante to full blast and delivered the most magnitudinous story yet, the stakes higher than they've ever been before or possibly since, and a great, walloping… Continue reading Thoughts on: The Stolen Earth / Journey’s End

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Thoughts on: Turn Left

The producers probably couldn't have done anything more recklessly audacious than to follow up the dark, depressing Midnight with the possibly even grimmer Turn Left. This is surely one of the darkest televised stories Doctor Who has ever produced, a bleak "what if?" following the trail of events that would ensue if the Doctor had never met… Continue reading Thoughts on: Turn Left

Thoughts on: Midnight

The genius of this script lies in its simplicity. It's a group of people in a room talking for forty-five minutes. That's really it. The simplicity of the script facilitates the intimate study of these people that made up this story. What happens when you put a group of ordinary people in a locked room with an… Continue reading Thoughts on: Midnight

Thoughts on: Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead

Once again Steven Moffat has delivered an absolute triumph of a story. This two-parter was exciting, scary, beautiful, tear-jerking and completely engrossing. It exercised the nerves like only a Moffat story can, and was also generously laden with absorbing character drama, electric dialogue, and some of the most beautiful moments ever in this show. It… Continue reading Thoughts on: Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead

Thoughts on: The Unicorn and the Wasp

A story idea about Agatha Christie and a giant wasp is naturally going to incite scepticism. It just sounds too silly for words. Remarkably, though, this story managed to play out that idea totally convincingly and without a hint of self-conscious irony. Admittedly, the giant wasp was the most problematic aspect of this otherwise fantastic episode… Continue reading Thoughts on: The Unicorn and the Wasp

Thoughts on: The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky

The one thing this story did fantastically was the thing it substantially set out to accomplish: to re-introduce the Sontarans. I would confidently say this story was the Sontarans' best, in the sense that the Sontarans were portrayed the best. This story was hugely successful in re-introducing the Sontarans, perfectly encapsulating what they were and what… Continue reading Thoughts on: The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky