Doctor Who, 12.8: “The Haunting of Villa Diotati” scares up an old enemy…

*****TARDIS-SIZED SPOILERS AHEAD***** This week, the Doctor and her TARDIS-traveling companions arrive at Lake Geneva, Switzerland on a stormy night in June of 1816; the very night that saw the birth of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s “Frankenstein” story…and their time travel tour, as usual, hits a few snags. Written by Maxine Alderton and directed by Emma…

Doctor Who, S12.5: “Fugitive of the Judoon” is quite a boon…

****TARDIS-SIZED SPOILERS AHEAD!!**** I’ve said in previous posts that I’ve had many issues with the Chris Chibnall-era of Doctor Who; mainly that it’s been characterized by uneven writing and an overall feeling of creative entropy. Tonight, with “Fugitive of the Judoon”, scripted by Chibnall, Vinay Patel (“Demons of the Punjab”) and directed by Nida Manzoor…

“The Macra Terror”: Another classic Doctor Who story is regenerated…

Animated Regenerations. In November of 2006, BBC home video two animated versions of missing (i.e. deleted) Doctor Who serials of the classic Second Doctor story, “The Invasion.” Cosgrove Studios had produced the newly animated segments, which have paved the way for the BBC to reconstruct segments of other missing classic stories, such as “The Tenth…

War and Remembrance: “The War of the Worlds”…

War Correspondent.  It was over 120 years ago that Herbert George Wells first published the seminal alien invasion story, “The War of the Worlds.”  Like so many of Wells’ works (“The Time Machine,” “The Invisible Man,” “The Shape of Things To Come”) WOTW became a template for many such alien invasion stories to come, such…