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 Ambassadors of Death

A review of the DVD for Doctor Who Magazine, from 2012 ______________________________________________________________________________________ ‘Exile’ is too grand a description for the sentence handed down to the Doctor at the end of his original trial. Aside from changing his face – which admittedly could be argued to be a form of capital punishment – all the TimeContinue reading “The Ambassadors of Death”

The Daemons

A review of the DVD for Doctor Who Magazine, from 2012. (Sadly, there was no room for my theory that Bok is the Master’s Tardis. A glow-eyed, peripatetic statue, like a mini Melkur. At the the end of this story, it sits there, cross-legged, in the churchyard, waiting for the Master to escape from prison.)Continue reading “The Daemons”

Colony in Space

A review of the DVD for DWM, from 2011 _____________________________________________________________ The 2011 DVD schedule began with a six-part Third Doctor adventure – The Mutants – and ends with another. In many ways, Colony in Space feels like a neat entwining of threads and themes we’ve followed across the year. We find ourselves in roughly theContinue reading “Colony in Space”

Day of the Daleks

A review of the DVD for Doctor Who Magazine, from 2011 ____________________________________________________________________________ It’s the night of 11 September, Nineteen Seventy-*cough*, and our world teeters on the brink of World War Three. The Chinese are massing on the Russian border, and they’re not there for the duty-free vodka. Fingers are itchy on nuclear triggers, and theContinue reading “Day of the Daleks”

Planet of the Spiders

A review of the DVD for Doctor Who Magazine, from 2011 _________________________________________________________________________________ For Doctor Who, the ‘season finale’ seems a new idea – an American import that came packaged with the ‘story arcs’ we admired back when our own playground was closed and we were left peering through the fence at Buffy Summers, Fox MulderContinue reading “Planet of the Spiders”

The Mutants

A DVD review for Doctor Who Magazine from 2011. ________________________________________________________ The Mutants is the second-worst Jon Pertwee serial. The Mutants lurks among the bottom 5% of all Doctor Who stories. The Mutants has fewer redeeming qualities than Silver Nemesis. Or Arc of Infinity. That’s not my opinion. It’s the judgment handed down by the hugeContinue reading “The Mutants”