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.”

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…

The Green Death (Special Edition)

A review of the DVD for Doctor Who Magazine, from 2013 _____________________________________________________________________ Let us take a moment to grieve for Tom the Sea Captain, long since mouldered under the Glamorgan sod. “Who?” you will surely cry, for such is his tragedy. And what of Mrs Cartwright’s ginger cat; nameless and unmourned these last 40 years?Continue reading “The Green Death (Special Edition)”

The Reign of Terror

A DVD review for Doctor Who Magazine, from 2013 _________________________________________________________________________ “The streets of Paris, strewn with the carcasses of the mangled victims, have become so familiar to the sight that they are passed by and trod on without any particular notice. The mob think no more of killing a fellow man – one who isContinue reading “The Reign of Terror”

Nightmare of Eden

A review of the DVD for Doctor Who Magazine, from 2012 ____________________________________________________________________________ There’s something seriously awry with the laws of physics out on the west side of the Milky Way. Things just don’t move in the way you’d expect. The mighty space liner Empress, for example, instead of gliding on a steady trajectory through space,Continue reading “Nightmare of Eden”