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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