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Doctor Who Review: Face the Raven, Heaven Sent, and Hell Bent

First, “Face the Raven.” It was a bit rushed, but they pulled off the death scene, which seems to have been the only real significance of this episode. (“Lady Me is selling you to some aliens” would’ve fit in an opening scene.) The death scene, though. I’m not gonna lie, I cried, and I resent it…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: Face the Raven, Heaven Sent, and Hell Bent

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Doctor Who Review: Sleep No More

Finally catching up on Doctor Who! I’m told the final three go together, so I’m planning to put them all in one review, but first just a quick discussion of “Sleep No More.” It was dumb. There were glimmers of something good — Hints of creepiness, with the scientist narrating events from the future. And…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: Sleep No More

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Doctor Who Review: The Zygon Inversion

Peter Capaldi acted his heart out in this episode. I’m happy to say “The Zygon Inversion” pulled it all together for me, and even though I wasn’t crazy about the first part, having seen the whole story I can say I really love this episode. Firstly, it was fun to see the Doctor and Osgood…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: The Zygon Inversion

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Doctor Who Review: The Woman Who Lived

(“The Woman Who Lived” is indeed last week’s episode, I’m just behind. Yesterday’s episode will be reviewed in the next day or two.) “The Woman Who Lived” is blessedly quieter than “The Girl Who Died.” For much of the episode it’s just two characters talking, but the whole thing is still a bit funny, with…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: The Woman Who Lived

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Doctor Who Review: The Girl Who Died

“The Girl Who Died” was all right. Not awful, but a little disappointing after the last four. For starters, it’s all very strange and more than a little silly. It’s corny jokes interspersed with heart-rending infant poetry as translated by the Doctor, with a heavy helping of odd characterization for him and Clara. There’s no…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: The Girl Who Died

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Doctor Who Review: Before the Flood

“Before the Flood” was a pleasure to watch and a solid follow-up to “Under the Lake.” There are a few problems, but from the first moments I felt like I could really relax and just be a Doctor Who fan, because this is good stuff. I love the “Listen”-style monologue opening — I loved it…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: Before the Flood

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Doctor Who Review: Under the Lake

Ohhhhmygod, y’all! That was much more intense than I expected! A streamlined plot AND an awesome deaf character AND an underwater setting AND a genuinely gripping cliffhanger all in one go?? I was pretty into “The Magician’s Apprentice/The Witch’s Familiar,” as you know, but “Under the Lake” left more excited for next week than either…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: Under the Lake

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Doctor Who Review: The Witch’s Familiar

I regret to inform you all that I really liked this episode, and therefore my curmudgeonly Classic Who fan status may be at risk, but heck… I really liked it. Not to say it’s perfect. Some of it was a bit silly. I still think Colony Sarff is a pointless idea, and even though the story’s all…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: The Witch’s Familiar

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Doctor Who Review: “Last Christmas”

I guess we’d better talk about the Doctor Who Christmas special. Major spoilers. There’s a lot to like here. We’ve had some stinkers of Christmas specials, and frankly I get sick of Christmas if I’m rewatching the new series because it’s Christmas every eight episodes or so. I liked this one, though, because it felt very much…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Last Christmas”

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Doctor Who Review: “Death in Heaven”

After an extremely shaky last-half-of-season-eight, Doctor Who has pulled off an extremely good finale with “Death in Heaven.” Not much “stuff” happened in “Dark Water,” the first half of the two-parter, but they totally make up for that in the first ten minutes of this episode. Major spoilers. Danny’s a Cyberman. Clara lies about being the…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Death in Heaven”