Category Archives: doctor who

Growing up with the Doctor

You kneel hunched in front of the dining room chair. Sitting on its seat is a cassette recorder: squat as a cat: chunky, black, a long thin tail of microphone lead. Forcing the record and play buttons down together – you … Continue reading

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The gropes of Roth

It appears that the broad fan consensus is that Claire Bloom was the Doctor’s mother in Doctor Who the End of Time. As the Doctor is half human (according to the TV movie), this suggests that given that she is a Time Lord … Continue reading

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The Doctor Who finale summarised for beginners

After dealing with Sam Tyler – who had had an evil heartbeat (as orchestrated by Murray Gold) put into his head by James Bond, sometime after his earlier Sydney Newman and Philip from Rising Damp incarnations – young Casanova heard Great Uncle Bulgaria knocking at the magic … Continue reading

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New Doctor Who

So that’s why James McAvoy was ruled out…

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Obligatory Doctor Who post

I understand the new Doctor has been cast and it’s Matt Smith.  I can see why he’d like to leave ITV SPort.  He has been sidelined a bit recently since the arrival of Steve Rider – although the departure of JIm ROsenthal must … Continue reading

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Next: Who?

I had to wake up for this. So, who should be the next Doctor?

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Doctor Who news

Amidst all the fuss about Arty Dobe’s book about writing for Doctor Who what appeared to be spoilers about the forthcoming Christmas special were merrily trotted across the pages of The Times during the serialisation.  It appears that this may have prompted … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Mornington Crescent

I think it is time to begin a game of Doctor Who – Mornington Crescent, a game possible since the late 1960s with the introduction of The Web of Fear to the Doctor Who canon. As a tribute to the … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – the hidden arc

Viewers of the RTD produced Doctor Who are aware that each series he has some common theme for loyal viewers: we’ve had Bad Wolf; we’ve had Torchwood; we’ve had Saxon.  This year regular viewers have been at a loss.  Fortunately … Continue reading

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Damon Querry on the changeover

Readers of the excellent Behind the Sofa blog will be aware of the comic mastery of Damon Querry, whose inspired forays into hinterlands of popular culture while critiquing each new episode, and old episodes, is a joy to behold.  This … Continue reading

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Pedantry: Look, it’s Steven Moffat – that’s his name, S T E V E N M O F F A T

It has come to my attention from various posts on t’internet that Russell “Television” Davies is stepping down as head honcho of Doctor Who.  Indeed I have posted on this topic earlier this evening.  However, I am not sure who … Continue reading

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More on MOffat

May I be the first to complain about Moffat’s new heterosexual agenda? ;-)

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Moffat to take over Doctor Who

Apparently  via behind the sofa So when can we expect Gina Bellman and Julia Sawalha?

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When weather meets Doctor Who

You know you’ve read too many Doctor Who novels when your first thought on seeing weather forcecaster Laura Tobin is wondering how she’s going to take to her transformation into a TARDIS.

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Judges as critics II

Yesterday I posted a brief mention of Norris, J’s critique of The Chase as “memorably bad”.  It appears he’s a bit of a closet Doctor Who fan and gives this coded message about Terry Nation’s Pertwee stories: “among the items … Continue reading

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Even the judges are critics now

So we have judicial authority on the merits of Terry nation’s “The Chase” – the Doctor Who story that saw the departure of Ian and Barbara, the introduction of the Mechanoids, and the true explanation behind the mystery of the … Continue reading

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Dalek survival book not breach of copyright

 Some time ago the Beeb published the Ultimate Dalek survival guide – a small pocket sized paperback, black covered and comprising a mishmash of material treating DW as a fly on the wall documentary and this guide, a handy pocket … Continue reading

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Things you don’t expect to find on your Doctor Who DVD – number 132

In the latest in this occasional series of things you don’t expect to find on your Doctor Who DVD: Roy Hattersley discussing the socio-economic condition of Britain as it relates to Malcolm Hulke’s Doctor WHo and the SIlurians. 

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Best television of 2007

Happy new year to my regular reader.  Having been in self-imposed exile from the internet and work for the past week and a half I have indulged in watching a number of bad television programmes (Goldenballs is back folks) and … Continue reading

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Obituary news

So farewell then Verity Lambert – and while, like all Doctor Who fans, her role in bringing the show to air is something that I am grateful for and that has given me and now my children years of pleasure, … Continue reading

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