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”

Terror of the Zygons

A review of the DVD for Doctor Who Magazine, from 2013. See also: Class 4G _______________________________________________________________ You have to feel sorry for Broton, Warlord of the Zygons. There he is, quietly minding his own business in his cosy home-from-home in the Scottish Highlands, when some seriously antisocial neighbours move in just along the glen: aContinue reading “Terror of the Zygons”

The Face of Evil

A review of the DVD for Doctor Who Magazine, from 2012 _____________________________________________________________________ The Face of Evil gets straight to the nitty-gritty, and flings us into its fictional world with an opening scene that’s archetypal Doctor Who. “There can be but one punishment for such a heresy…” says a man in judgment of a beautiful girl.Continue reading “The Face of Evil”

The Sun Makers

A review of the DVD for Doctor Who Magazine. From 2011. ______________________________________________________________________________ Here’s a contradiction. For a story that’s considered one of the breezier diversions for the Fourth Doctor – a step out into the light from the gloomy gothic of his early years – when we join our hero in the TARDIS at theContinue reading “The Sun Makers”

Meglos

A DVD review for Doctor Who Magazine from 2011. ________________________________________________________ Meglos begins, and largely remains, on Tigella. It’s one of those dreary single-issue planets – think Karfel, Jaconda or Xeros – found on the unlovely outer rim of Doctor Who. Tigella’s history and culture is laid out in a clunky exchange at the top ofContinue reading “Meglos”

Image of the Fendahl

A review of the DVD for Doctor Who Magazine, from 2009.  _____________________________________________________________ The DVD release schedule can throw up unique narratives of its own. Recently, for example, we’ve heard from Doctor Who’s three principal 80s script editors – telling us how wonderful things could have been if only everyone else was as clever as them.Continue reading “Image of the Fendahl”