The Trial of a Time Lord

A review of the DVD box set for Doctor Who Magazine, from 2008. (The David Tennant/Catherine Tate season had just been broadcast, if that helps you see what I’m trying to do with the opening paragraphs!) _____________________________________________________________ As a recipe for success, the ingredients are tasty enough. There are certainly some big ideas in theContinue reading “The Trial of a Time Lord”

Doctor Who: The Legacy Collection

A review for Doctor Who Magazine, 2013 ____________________________________________________________________________ DISC ONE Many have attempted to complete Shada. But it can never be completed in any meaningful way. That’s because we can never know, for certain, what happens to Skagra’s hat. Similarly, many have pondered whether Shada might have stood as one of Doctor Who’s great, definingContinue reading “Doctor Who: The Legacy Collection”

Review: The Power of the Daleks. Animated version.

“Nothing dates faster than people’s fantasies about the future,” observed art critic Robert Hughes. He was discussing the architecture of the modernist city of Brasilia at the time, but it’s a truism that holds for many a Doctor Who adventure. The Power of the Daleks takes us to the Earth colony planet of Vulcan in theContinue reading “Review: The Power of the Daleks. Animated version.”

The Twin Dilemma

A review of the DVD for Doctor Who Magazine, from 2009 __________________________________________________________________________________ It’s such an unfortunate coincidence, you have to laugh. The very month DWM publishes the results of its Mighty 200 survey, Doctor Who’s 200th most popular adventure is released on DVD. They should pop a sticker on the box to celebrate the fact.Continue reading “The Twin Dilemma”

Frontios

Originally posted on Squabbling Rubber:
A review of the DVD, from 2011 ________________________________________________________________ “Let me show you how we smooth our walls, Doctor,” gushes the Gravis, queen of the Tractators, his flippers flapping with girlish glee. It’s one of the odder things ever to be said by a Doctor Who enemy, but at least he’s…

The Trial of a Time Lord

Originally posted on Squabbling Rubber:
A review of the DVD box set for Doctor Who Magazine, from 2008. (The David Tennant/Catherine Tate season had just been broadcast, if that helps you see what I’m trying to do with the opening paragraphs!) _____________________________________________________________ As a recipe for success, the list of ingredients is sound enough. There…