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…

Doctor Who: “The Witchfinders” works some practical magic…

Continuing season 11’s tonally mixed bag, the latest Doctor Who has a bit of Halloween-creepiness and also feels very much like a lighter, 1980s-era episode of the classic series (the Peter Davison-era stories “The Visitation” and “The King’s Demons” come to mind).  Not an inordinately important or deep-message story, “Witchfinders” quickly sheds much of its…

Doctor Who S11.7: “Kerblam!” delivers a mixed bag…

As Jodie Whittaker settles quite nicely into the role of The Doctor, the series itself seems to be taking an alternating pattern of light and heavy;  going from serious, deeply topical material one week to lighter, frothier adventures the next.  After last week’s powerful and original  “Demons of the Punjab,”  I was prepared for this…

Doctor Who’s “Demons of the Punjab” is one for the ages…

Following a completely lackluster episode (the instantly forgettable “Tsungara Conundrum”, which felt like a patchwork of Doctor Who cliches), the series rebounds strongly with “Demons of the Punjab”; an episode that is easily on a par with “Rosa” and may even find its future status among the series’ all-time best episodes.  Written by Vinay Patel (take a bow)…

Doctor Who’s “Twice Upon a Time” is a true sentimental journey…

  This year’s Doctor Who Christmas offering, “Twice Upon a Time” is the holiday season swan song from writer/producer Steven Moffat, as well as departing current Doctor, Peter Capaldi.   It’s not quite as frantic as other Doctor Who Christmas specials; with the series’ annual holiday angle worked in less gaudily than in some previous…

The (new) Doctor will see you now…

  Once again, we Whovians are faced with that time of bittersweet anticipation/excitement as one Doctor exits, and another enters.   The announcement was made this morning that the 13th incarnation of the beloved Doctor (or 14th, if you count the late John Hurt’s War Doctor) will be…. …. “Broadchurch”’s  Jodie Whittaker! Well done, powers-that-be…