My history teacher in high school once recommended me a book called Montaillou, written by the French historian Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie. In it, Ladurie examines the lives of the residents of a small Occitan village in the early 14th Century from the records of a local church register. Through examining the lives and beliefs… Continue reading Thoughts on: Demons of the Punjab
I haven’t seen Alien. I don’t know what happens in it, either. But lots of people are comparing The Tsuranga Conundrum to Alien, and because I haven’t seen it I’m not sure if that’s supposed to be a good thing. From the fact that the comparison is being made, though, I can gather that Alien… Continue reading Thoughts on: The Tsuranga Conundrum
Who remembers Kill the Moon? Cast your minds back to the heady days of Series 8, when much of the Doctor Who fanbase was still in shock from Peter Capaldi thundering down the camera as a raw, roughly-hewn Twelfth Doctor. The most memorable thing about that highly polarising episode, plonked right in the middle of… Continue reading Thoughts on: Arachnids in the UK
Last week I criticised The Ghost Monument – otherwise a good episode – for being, at times, patronising. I said, “I’m not opposed to Doctor Who pushing ethical or philosophical lessons, or even trying to appeal to children, but I don’t like feeling like I’m being patronised. Neither, for that matter, do children.” If Doctor… Continue reading Thoughts on: Rosa
Now this is more like it. I was worried, for a moment, that The Woman Who Fell to Earth was going to set the tone for the rest of the series. It’s not that that episode was rubbish – it was okay, as far as openers go – it’s just that it didn’t do anything… Continue reading Thoughts on: The Ghost Monument
Should Doctor Who be sold to Netflix? Why not? Who doesn't love Netflix? Everyone's favourite online streaming service makes some great shows. Look me in the eye and tell me Stranger Things isn't one the best TV shows of our time. Tell me The Crown is rubbish. That's right, you can't. So you'd agree that Doctor Who… Continue reading Pros and Cons of selling Doctor Who to Netflix
Warning: spoilers for The Final Problem. (My belated review of The Final Problem will be posted soon---I'm doing a Sherlock marathon at the moment and I'm going to write the review when I get to TFP 🙂 ) So the long-awaited fourth series of Sherlock has come and gone in a whirlwind of suspense, emotion, anticipation and controversy and it's… Continue reading Whither Sherlock?