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Doctor Who Review: The Magician’s Apprentice

When doing weekly reviews, it’s easy to fall into a “the show is only as good as its last episode” mentality. In this case, “The Magician’s Apprentice” is a pretty good episode, but I want to hold off on mega-excitement and see where the season is going. They bring out all the stops for this…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: The Magician’s Apprentice

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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”

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Doctor Who Review: “Dark Water”

I have three things to say about “Dark Water” related to Doctor Who season 8 in general, and then a few thoughts more specific to the episode. Heavy spoilers. 1) I love the Doctor, and I love Peter Capaldi. I haven’t said that enough in this season. I love him. I love that he’s in control of…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Dark Water”

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Doctor Who Review: “In the Forest of the Night” (with finale predictions)

I didn’t dislike this episode as much as the ones I hated… But I didn’t like it as much as even “Mummy on the Orient Express,” a good episode just brought down by Clara Oswald’s existence. It was basically on par with last week’s “Flatline” for me — just meh. It didn’t hang together. It…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “In the Forest of the Night” (with finale predictions)

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Doctor Who Review: “Flatline”

“Flatline” was a pretty normal “freaky idea of the week” type of Doctor Who episode, but channeling Flatland. The monsters are two-dimensional. It’s a creative idea, but… meh. Maybe my undying love of Flatland is to blame, but it was kind of disappointing. Episodes (and horror-ish sci-fi movies) like this are always a let-down for me,…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Flatline”

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Doctor Who Review: “Time Heist”

No-spoiler review this time! After the intensity (and divisiveness) of “Listen,” Doctor Who presents us with a solidly average, not-too-heavy adventure episode. I just have a few quick responses: The plotting was good. There’s a basic use of questions to get the viewer involved — Why is the Doctor robbing this bank? Who are these other characters? Who…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Time Heist”

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Doctor Who Review: “Listen”

Spoilers — limited, but important ones are included. I think everyone was expecting another “Blink” with this episode. Therefore, the challenge was to make it unexpected. To maintain the fear, when we feel like we know what we’re getting into. Moffat succeeded. I’ve watched it twice and I don’t know what to do with myself…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: “Listen”

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Doctor Who Reaction: “Deep Breath”

(low spoilers, but I write assuming you’ve seen it — you may be confused otherwise) The more I think about this episode, the more I realize I liked it. I’d started to think Moffat and Gatiss couldn’t actually do this, that they were too caught up in trying to be over-the-top and couldn’t just write…… Continue reading Doctor Who Reaction: “Deep Breath”

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The Doctor and Sherlock are Mary Sues

This isn’t a Moffat hate post, but I have a complaint, and it’s with something Steven Moffat’s done… He’s turned Doctor Who and Sherlock into shows about Mary Sues. I don’t know the man, maybe they aren’t really his Mary Sues as such, but both the Doctor and Sherlock tick some important Mary Sue boxes.…… Continue reading The Doctor and Sherlock are Mary Sues