Doctor Who, S12.9: “Ascension of the Cybermen” rises to the occasion…

*****TARDIS-SIZED SPOILERS!!****** Well, just as I was beginning to doubt that Doctor Who could make yet another Cybermen armageddon-finale work, showrunner/writer Chris Chibnall and director Jamie Magnus Stone pull it off, delivering a penultimate 12th season finale that offers a solid new story, as well as the promise of wrapping up certain mysteries left for…

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, S12.7: “Can You Hear Me?” isn’t giving us the finger(s)…

*****TARDIS-SIZED SPOILERS AHEAD!***** Stylishly directed by Emma Sullivan, Doctor Who 12.7, “Can You Hear Me?” was written by current showrunner Chris Chibnall and Charlene James, and is a solid, if not exceptional, outing in what has largely been a hit-and-miss era from Chibnall. “Can You Hear Me?” isn’t among the best of the series, but…

Doctor Who, S12.6: “Praxeus” is a mashup with a message…

*****TARDIS-SIZED SPOILERS AHEAD!!***** The latest episode of Doctor Who, “Praxeus”, is written by current series’ showrunner Chris Chibnall & Pete McTighe, and was directed by Jamie Magnus Stone. Once again, as we’ve seen many times in the Chibnall-era, global locations are used to impart some international scope to the episode, with various locations passing for…

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…

Doctor Who 11.9, “It Takes You Away”…

The latest Doctor Who episode (S11.9), “It Takes You Away” doesn’t exactly have the most original central story idea to date, though a few heartstring-pulling (and genuinely bizarre) moments make it better than it could’ve been. ****TARDIS-SIZED SPOILERS!!**** If one is a Star Trek fan, then tonight’s Doctor Who should be familiar to those who’ve…