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
And there we go. Just like that a brave new era of Doctor Who is inaugurated and a shiny new Doctor baptised. What's the bet that Chris Chibnall was gnawing his fingernails as The Woman Who Fell to Earth aired on Sunday? If he wasn't, he should have been. There was an enormous amount riding on… Continue reading Thoughts on: The Woman Who Fell to Earth
Now, don't get me wrong. I don't want Series 11 to suck. Maybe, by the tone of everything I've written about Chris Chibnall, Series 11 and the Thirteenth Doctor so far, you might be under the impression that I'd be privately happy if Series 11 crashed and burned. Only then, you might think I might… Continue reading What if Series 11 sucks?
Chris Chibnall has released the names of the writers and directors who've been working on Series 11. They are: Writers Malorie Blackman (Noughts and Crosses, Pig-Heart Boy) Ed Hime (Skins, The Incomplete Recorded Works of a Dead Body) Vinay Patel (Murdered By My Father) Pete McTighe (Wentworth) Joy Wilkinson (The Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby) Directors… Continue reading Chris Chibnall has purged Moffat’s writers. Is this good?