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By Mags L Halliday on 12 May 2011 3 COMMENTS

contains spoilers… for ‘Lord of the Rings’.
Steven Moffat has a thing about spoilers. You’d have guessed it, given he snuck the word into ‘Doctor Who’ and then turned it into River Song’s catchphrase. But his recorded complaint about fans posting spoilers made BBC Breakfast News (and elsewhere).
I agree with Moffat. The kind of person who [...]

By Matthew Badham on 28 April 2011 1 COMMENT

I have a confession to make. I’m a crap ‘Doctor Who’ fan. In fact, when it comes to the (Extraordinary?) League of Whovians, I’m definitely Fourth Division. When Season 24 was mentioned in the pub, I had to ask which one that was; I still can’t pronounce ‘Frontios’; and I switched off 10 minutes into [...]

By Jonn Elledge on 20 April 2011 Comments Off

Elisabeth Sladen has a claim to be the most important actor to play a companion in ‘Doctor Who’.

By Eddie Robson on 23 February 2011 3 COMMENTS

A few thoughts on the passing of one of Doctor Who’s major players.

By Shiny Shelf on 27 December 2010 Comments Off

Like Scrooge, we’re a bit at sea about what the future holds for our favourite kinds of nonsense.

By Shiny Shelf on 25 December 2010 Comments Off

One late Christmas Ever Ebenezeer Scrooge was visited by three spirits who showed him the past, the present and the Yet To Come. This is like that, but with three reviewers & Shiny’s usual pop culture nonsense. Merry Christmas.

By Eddie Robson on 25 December 2010 Comments Off

Note: Eddie wrote this in 2006, as part of Shiny Advent, but it got lost in an email thread for four years. So here, at last, it is:
The ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special appears to be establishing itself as a tradition, so ingénues into the world of Who may be surprised to discover that, until [...]

By Shiny Shelf on 20 December 2010 5 COMMENTS

Ten very special potential gifts from the wild world of unauthorised fan craft items.

By Shiny Shelf on 29 June 2010 11 COMMENTS

So, ‘The Big Bang’ went off and there’s no more ‘Doctor Who’ until Christmas. Luckily, we’re here with a recommendation list of ten old ‘Who’ stories (well, not exactly ten, but we’ll get to that later) that are worth watching to help the next six months pass a bit quicker.

By Jonn Elledge on 24 June 2010 2 COMMENTS

‘Doctor Who’ the series, like Doctor Who the character, has a tricky habit of regenerating, with producers and other creative types moving on. The current season, which ends this Saturday, marks the first time the show has made that transition since its 2005 relaunch – and even by the standards of such jumps this was a risky one.

By Shiny Shelf on 23 June 2010 19 COMMENTS

We’d like you to vote for pre-2005 ‘Doctor Who’ stories worth catching up with in the long gap between the end of this season and Christmas. Details inside!

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By Jonn Elledge on 14 January 2010 Comments Off

“I hope you’re not expecting modesty. This is too important.” – Russell T. Davies.

By Mark Clapham on 03 January 2009 Comments Off

As the entire internet is loudly aware, Matt Smith is the eleventh ‘Doctor Who’.

By Mark Clapham on 15 November 2008 Comments Off

This evening the first two minutes of the ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special, ‘The Next Doctor’ were shown on BBC1…

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By Eddie Robson on 12 February 2008 Comments Off

A different kind of ‘Doctor Who’ story, from the days before the idea of what a ‘Doctor Who’ story was like became so set in stone…

By Mark Clapham on 05 January 2008 Comments Off

Was it me, or was this a fairly quiet Christmas for the BBC?

By Mark Clapham on 22 November 2007 Comments Off

‘Doctor Who’ has a long history with the BBC’s ‘Children in Need’ charity telethon…

By Jim Smith on 07 August 2007 Comments Off

Concorde was the great Anglo-French aviation project. It promised, nay delivered, supersonic travel for civilians and took its name from a word meaning ‘agreement’ (albeit with an unnecessary vowel appended to it to make it sound more French).

By Jim Smith on 11 July 2007 Comments Off

‘Timelash’ is bad. In fact, it’s quite difficult to appreciate just how jaw-droppingly bad it is unless one is in the process of actually watching the thing.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 09 July 2007 Comments Off

Over the last few years Doctor Who has built a tradition of ending each season with a multi-part epic where the Doctor confronts a major enemy from his past. For the conclusion of the current season it was the turn of the Doctor’s old nemesis the Master.

By Mark Clapham on 23 June 2007 Comments Off

‘Utopia’ is low on plot, but high on major developments…

By Mark Clapham on 15 June 2007 Comments Off

Following ‘The Empty Child’, ‘The Doctor Dances’ and ‘The Girl in the Fireplace’, writer Steven Moffat continues his faultless run of ‘Doctor Who’ stories with ‘Blink’…

By Jonn Elledge on 06 June 2007 Comments Off

‘Human Nature’ is one of the best bits of television ever broadcast under the label ‘Doctor Who’.

By Mark Clapham on 23 May 2007 Comments Off

Fun in the sun…

By Jim Smith on 12 May 2007 Comments Off

‘Doctor Who’ newcomer Stephen Greenhorn peppers his first script for the show with allusions;

By Mark Clapham on 02 May 2007 Comments Off

The 1930s are inescapably associated with a certain kind of straightforward adventure story…

By Jonn Elledge on 22 April 2007 Comments Off

If you’ve spent any time in the last two years in the festering cesspool that is ‘Doctor Who’ fandom, then you’ll know there have been two distinct reactions to Russell T Davies’ reinvention…

By Jim Smith on 09 April 2007 Comments Off

The second episode of the new series of ‘Doctor Who’ takes the Doctor and Martha Jones into an immaculately staged 1590s London and a meeting with the man the Doctor describes as both ‘the genius’ and ‘the most human human’ of all; William Shakespeare.

By Mark Clapham on 03 April 2007 Comments Off

To have lost both of your original leads by the third season of a series may be considered careless, but on balance it doesn’t seem to have done ‘Doctor Who’ any real harm…

By Jim Smith on 02 January 2007 Comments Off

You could be forgiven for thinking that Sydney Newman’s forty year old creation had taken over Xmas 2006 entirely.

By Mags L Halliday on 06 December 2006 Comments Off

The tradition of the Christmas Special is embedded in British culture…

By Eddie Robson on 08 October 2006 Comments Off

This is the first of 2entertain’s budget-priced ‘Doctor Who’ releases, and it has raised the odd complaint from fans…

By Jim Smith on 10 September 2006 Comments Off

‘The Mark of the Rani’ is one of the strongest stories from the mid-eighties (lets say 85 – 87) drought that ‘Doctor Who” suffered.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 18 July 2006 Comments Off

It was always going to be difficult to live up to ‘The Parting of the Ways’, so people were expecting great things from the conclusion to the second season of Russell T Davies’ ‘Doctor Who’…

By Shiny Shelf on 18 July 2006 Comments Off

Belated Billie bye-bye.

By Eddie Robson on 25 June 2006 Comments Off

It’s perhaps unfortunate that ‘Fear Her’ comes straight after ‘Love & Monsters’ in this season, because after an episode in the company of Elton, stuck on ‘the slow path’, what we could really do with is a big old cosmic epic…

By Eddie Robson on 25 June 2006 Comments Off

Traditionally, ‘Doctor Who’ has often managed to make a virtue of necessity…

By Mark Clapham on 11 June 2006 Comments Off

To the Doctor, a devil.

By Eddie Robson on 27 May 2006 Comments Off

Mark Gatiss’ previous ‘Doctor Who’ episode, ‘The Unquiet Dead’, attracted some criticisms of playing to the gallery…

By Eddie Robson on 17 May 2006 Comments Off

For once we’ve been able to peep at an advance copy of this week’s ‘Doctor Who’: however, you’ll find no spoilers here…

By Eddie Robson on 15 May 2006 Comments Off

Considering it’s one of the most shopworn sci-fi clichés in circulation, ‘Doctor Who’ has done surprisingly few alternative universe stories…

By Mark Clapham on 07 May 2006 Comments Off

Steven Moffat’s ‘The Empty Child’ was one of the highlights of last year’s series of ‘Doctor Who’: funny, scary, romantic and ingenious. With ‘The Girl in the Fireplace’, Moffat has done it again – this is as good as ‘Doctor Who’ gets…

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 02 May 2006 Comments Off

The Doctor Who New Adventures were a series of novels published during the 1990s that bridged the gap between the old and new series of the television show. ‘School Reunion’ shows that the thinking behind those books was way ahead of its time…

By Jim Smith on 28 April 2006 Comments Off

‘The Tomb of the Cybermen’ comes from a period where ‘Doctor Who’ was tired. Mired in formula, it was flagging badly and ended up reiterating the same plot week after week after week.

By Jim Smith on 25 April 2006 Comments Off

There’s something inherently mid-to-late Nineteenth century about ‘Doctor Who’.

By Eddie Robson on 17 April 2006 Comments Off

For those of us who retained a keen interest in ‘Doctor Who’ when it was a fusty old dead thing, it’s still difficult to get used to it being something that comes and goes like any other TV programme…

By Eddie Robson on 17 April 2006 Comments Off

All credit to 2entertain for coming up with a more sensible selection of old-skool ‘Doctor Who’ to issue whilst the second run of shiny new episodes debuts…

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By Shiny Shelf on 14 April 2006 Comments Off

With only one day to go to the new series of ‘Doctor Who’, time to reflect on how far the series has come in a year…

By Jim Smith on 28 February 2006 Comments Off

Between them these two CDs release into the wild the last episodes of twentieth century ‘Doctor Who’ never made available to the general public in a mass market edition.

By Jim Smith on 27 February 2006 Comments Off

‘The Beginning’ is a handy box set which contains the first thirteen episodes of ‘Doctor Who’ plus two separate versions of the series unbroadcast (indeed judged ‘unboradcastable’) pilot episode and assorted extras.