REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 6: Extremis

REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 6: Extremis

A good word to describe “Extremis,” the latest episode of Doctor Who, would be cryptic. As the first instalment of multi-episode arc, there is much that is left deliberately vague and mysterious in the episode. Breaking the pattern set by the previous episodes of this series, “Extremis” isn’t a standalone adventure with a refreshingly classic vibe. Written by show runner Steven Moffat, the episode is far more evocative of his most recent efforts on the…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 5: “Oxygen”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 5: “Oxygen”

I’ve been genuinely loving this series of Doctor Who thus far. It’s almost as if Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi, both in their final full series, are taking the approach that this last hurrah is going to be a greatest hits tour, crafting stories that feel as archetypal as possible. “Oxygen” is no different in this ambition from the previous episodes of the series; it’s clearly tapping into the scarier side of Doctor Who, exemplified…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 4: “Knock Knock”

REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 4: “Knock Knock”

One of the great qualities of Doctor Who has always been its willingness to embrace a variety of other genres beyond simple space opera. Throughout its over 50 year history, the series has never been afraid to expand its reach, easily shifting from science fiction to simple adventure then to fantasy, or from comedy to drama. But, since its beginning, Doctor Who may have been most comfortable exploring the genre of horror. This is a…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 3: “Thin Ice”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 3: “Thin Ice”

“Thin Ice” continues the trend of this 10th season of New Doctor Who embracing the best qualities of what makes the show such effervescent fun when it’s at its best, even as Sarah Dollard‘s script improves upon the first two episodes of the season in how it manages to weave in some weightier themes and character moments along with the fun. I really enjoyed the first two episodes of this season, but “Thin Ice” might be…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 2: “Smile”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 2: “Smile”

“Smile”, like “The Pilot” before it, represents a return to a classic approach to this season of Doctor Who, and just like the premiere episode, this instalment is refreshingly fun, engaging and tremendously enjoyable. Its structure in many ways is a modern interpretation of the archetypal Doctor Who story; the Doctor and his companion arrive at a  otherworldly locale, wander around for a bit, then get sucked into a conflict due either to the Doctor’s…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 1 – “The Pilot”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 1 – “The Pilot”

Doctor Who returns for its first full season of adventures in over a year. True, we got a solid Christmas Special and the spin-off show “Class,” but in actuality it’s been far too long since the Doctor graced our screens for a run of stories through all of time and space. The first episode of the 10th series, the last series to star Peter Capaldi in the title role, is a fun and engaging story…

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“Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #3”

“Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #3”

As this mini-series is dependent upon the history of the television show and comics, I hope my taking a moment to provide a little bit of context can be helpful. The third Doctor was grounded on earth for the bulk of his tenure, and instead of exploring the universe he was primarily relegated to helping a British agency known as U.N.I.T (Unified Intelligence Task Force) in defeating the baddies that popped up. The third Doctor…

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“Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #2” a Celebration of Confidence

“Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #2” a Celebration of Confidence

“It’s a large universe, Zoe. And there is still much in it…that makes me despair.”  While the first Doctor encapsulated the personality of a wise old school master the interesting thing about the second Doctor is his complex vacillating between being arrogant, insightful, and unsure. This incarnation of the Doctor jumps between such extremes in his adventures, and writers Scott and David Tipton craft a very laudatory tale (this is a celebration of the character…

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“Doctor Who #5”

“Doctor Who #5”

This issue, part one of two of the new adventure “The Eye of Ashaya,” does a very good job of NOT focusing on the Doctor, rather it pushes the story forward with other characters. As this story opens, Amy and Rory, the committed companions, have once again had an unsatisfactory vacation experience. This gag remains something that always is humorous to me (and it has been a recurring one), as it reminds the reader that…

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“Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #1”

“Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #1”

I will begin with ending because there is a great post-script on the final page of this issue from writer John Ainsworth, a Who-comic veteran from the 1990s. In his brief reflection on being apart of the history of Doctor Who, he alludes to the power that the comics medium can have on an existing property from another media outlet. Doctor Who began as a television show in 1963 in the U.K. and soon began…

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