Photograph: 'The TARDIS' / Phil Long
Arts & Culture

Review: Doctor Who – 9.11 – ‘Heaven Sent’

‘Heaven Sent’ is possibly the greatest episode of Doctor Who ever put to screen. It contains every cumulative lesson and success that the show has enjoyed and learnt since its revival and was arguably the pinnacle of the characterisation begun more than 50 years before. It certainly went the longest way to answering the eponymous question of ‘who’ by revealing what was in the lead character’s soul. (Read More)

Photograph: 'The TARDIS' / Phil Long
Arts & Culture

Review: Doctor Who – 9.3 – ‘Under the Lake’

What made this episode unique is the combination of structure, writing and characterisation. The base itself, under water in Scotland, is infinitely more claustrophobic than the vastness of space where these siege stories tend to take place and there is a real sense of being trapped. All of this hits home considering the villains, or ghosts, of this week are sincerely, properly scary: vacant eyes, inaudible utterances and their seemingly benign nature that turns parochial and deadly. There’s also the freaky Victorian look to them that makes them an old school monster that could have come from the pages of Poe or Dickens. (Read More)

Photograph: 'The TARDIS' / Phil Long
Arts & Culture

Review: Doctor Who – 9.1 – ‘The Magician’s Apprentice’

I have to say I never clicked with Doctor Who last year. It took me a bottle of Jack Daniels to get through David Tennant’s regeneration (‘Wilf, it was my honour’) and Matt Smith’s old man regenerating was the epitome of the series and was the point where it should have ended. The grumpy, scowling, back to basics with no frilly scarfs was exactly what Doctor Who was not to me. Young body, old soul, joie de vie. (Read More)