REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 12: “The Doctor Falls”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 12: “The Doctor Falls”

And so we come to the end of another series of Doctor Who, this one all the more momentous as it marks the end of the last full series under star Peter Capaldi and show runner Steven Moffat. There’s a Xmas Special still to come but for all intents and purposes, “The Doctor Falls” marks the end of an era, and all that remains is a coda. The episode has a lot that it needs to…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 11: “World Enough And Time”

REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 11: “World Enough And Time”

As I have written in my reviews of the previous episodes of Series 10, the best stories of the run have attempted to recapture a classical feel while incorporating modern thematic elements. In short, this series has worked best when it’s tried to be old-school, fun and scary, straight-forward Doctor Who; when it has actively sought to distill the classic programme’s best qualities and marry them with skilful execution. And “World Enough And Time,” with…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 8: “The Lie of the Land”

REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 8: “The Lie of the Land”

The so-called “Monks Trilogy” comes to an end with this episode, written by Toby Whithouse and directed by Wayne Yip. This episode of Doctor Who starts off strong, with a bleak and tense predicament that seems hopeless and some nice thematic underpinnings about a society ruled by the sci-fi equivalent of fake news. However, its strengths ultimately don’t overcome some narrative weaknesses and a story that is resolved in an overly familiar way and easy…

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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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