In which I reflect on the possibility that Doctor Who's vaunted flexibility (hey, I vaunted it myself during Radio Free Skaro Live at Gallifrey One last weekend) can also be a bit of a trap for the show…
BBC Week continues, with five-year expatriate professor Mark Goodacre, the Resident Alien, talking about his concern over the BBC and drawing a parallel with those dark Doctor Who years that began in 1989. PLUS: A bonus spoiler section at the end, regarding certain revelations from the "Death of the Doctor" Sarah Jane Adventures screening!
An easy answer to the success of Doctor Who is that it's not limited by genre — and no doubt that's a big part. But even more important is the mystery of the elevenfold man, the Doctor himself. How does that help hold longtime fans who must inevitably say goodbye to "their" Doctor?
So how many Doctors have there been: eleven or one? Steven Moffat's been pushing the second answer, although there's plenty of evidence to the contrary — not only in Doctor Who's near-50-year history, but in Moffat's own "The Beast Below."
The end of an era, considered.
Paul Cornell's "The Last Doctor," a wonderful short story. 2MTL #87, which was on RTD's wavelength about the Doctor's fear of death and regeneration. 2MTL #4, in which I expressed my druthers about how the regeneration should go. The definition of pompous, in [...]
Why should an immortal Time Lord fear death the way the Tenth Doctor seems to? Haven't his other incarnations taken it relatively in stride? (Except for that Second Doctor business, of course….)
If I were Russell T. Davies — I'd be taller. But I'd also have my own ideas about how to pull off one of the most anticipated regenerations in Doctor Who's history. Here's my take with a twist: using the regeneration as a teachable and painless moment to help kids and not a few adults prepare [...]
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