Think of "The Long Game" as the mirror-universe version of "Torchwood: Children of Earth." Many of the same attitudes and philosophies Russell T. Davies portrayed in that later, much better work are present in "The Long Game." But in a cheap-sets far-future playground, it's much harder to muster finesse…
Shannon Patrick Sullivan's excellent A Brief […]
"Rose, I'm trying to resonate concrete." Sometimes, the Doctor is tinkering with something he can't take his attention from, which traps him in a revealing conversation. It's a scripting strategy that RTD and Steven Moffat have used since 2005, most recently in "Death of the Doctor," and it's worked to great effect in revealing […]
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!
So. Um. This one's slightly longer than usual. Couldn't fit it all in two minutes, no matter how hard I tried. FOUR minutes, however, was just enough for me to review every — single — episode — since 2005. "It's the end, but the moment has been prepared for, by reciting very quickly." Merry Christmas!
Russell T. Davies took a lesson from Anton Chekhov, methinks. It's a great one, indeed, leading to a surprising track record of playing fair with the audience. And yet, maybe we saw this lesson in action too much?
Alasdair Wilkins, a contributor to SF blog io9, recently offered 5 Lessons We Hope RTD's Learned From His Past Doctor Who Epics. I disagree with a few of those lessons; what do you think? BONUS FEATURE: Bullet points!
Who ever expected to see thousands of people singing "The Old Rugged Cross" in a planet-wide flying traffic jam? What impact did that moment have in a story that's all about the limitations of faith? And where does your humble host wish the lesson of "Gridlock" would be learned?
There are examples all over the Internet of academics and fans deconstructing Doctor Who for its politics. As long as it doesn't interfere with the running and jumping, that's fine with me. And it helps that RTD's run of Doctor Who has been fairly politically aware.
I can hear the screaming now, in the distance. The words are carried on the wind: "What, again?" But as long as the story's executed well, I'm looking forward to the return of (SPOILER), as foretold by the set reporters and tabloids…
The Two-minute Time Lord Podcast: Now and forever, a safe haven for those […]
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