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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 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 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 05 January 2008 Comments Off

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

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 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 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 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 Jon de Burgh Miller on 09 December 2006 Comments Off

We’re now more than half way through the first season of Torchwood and despite some shaky moments, it’s shaping up to be a bold, confident, crazy and clever show…

By Mags L Halliday on 06 December 2006 Comments Off

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

By Jim Smith on 29 November 2006 Comments Off

If you go down to the woods today…

By Mark Clapham on 08 November 2006 Comments Off

Low budgets and high camp in cosmic Cardiff…

By Mark Clapham on 28 October 2006 Comments Off

The next wave of Russell T Davies’ ‘Doctor Who’ based takeover of the BBC is here, with his first ‘Who’ spin-off ‘Torchwood’…

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

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

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 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 03 January 2006 Comments Off

Yes, we should have reviewed this earlier but frankly who has their best critical faculties working on Christmas Day?

By Eddie Robson on 21 June 2005 Comments Off

It’s all been a bit of a triumph, hasn’t it?

By Mark Clapham on 21 June 2005 Comments Off

It shouldn’t actually be surprising to see Russell T Davies confound expectation again with his finale to this season of ‘Doctor Who’…

By Eddie Robson on 11 June 2005 Comments Off

Although Russell T Davies quite rightly has his mind focussed on the wider reception of this series, it’s hard to believe that he wasn’t chuckling with glee when he imagined the reaction of some fans to this episode…

By Eddie Robson on 04 June 2005 Comments Off

This episode is very much the calm before the storm, even though there is a whacking great storm in it…

By Eddie Robson on 07 May 2005 Comments Off

This episode falls a little short visually. I imagine that the year 20,000 will be almost unrecognisable from now, so I expect 200,000 to seem as mad as tin pie…

By Eddie Robson on 01 May 2005 Comments Off

Until now I liked the new ‘Doctor Who’: I liked it very much. But I didn’t really love it. These forty-five minutes have changed all that…

By Jim Smith on 29 April 2005 Comments Off

For most of its life ‘Doctor Who’ was an odd fusion of ordinary television and itself. That’s something that we’ve lost sight of in the years it’s been away (even the TV movie was like ‘The X-Files’ ) …

By Eddie Robson on 29 April 2005 Comments Off

It’s funny – I knew that this new series of ‘Doctor Who’ was going to be aimed squarely at new viewers. Yet I didn’t fully appreciate what this meant in dramatic terms…

By Mark Clapham on 29 April 2005 Comments Off

‘Rose’, the first episode of the BBC’s much-hyped ‘Doctor Who’ relaunch had to not only bring ‘Doctor Who’ up to date for a 2005 audience, but also re-introduce a genre British TV hasn’t seen for a while…

By Jim Smith on 29 April 2005 Comments Off

So, in no particular order, here are twenty great things about ‘The End of the World’.

By Eddie Robson on 29 April 2005 Comments Off

Probably the biggest problem with this episode is that a large portion of the audience is liable to insist that ‘Doctor Who’ be like this every week…

By Eddie Robson on 29 April 2005 Comments Off

So, time for the backlash? No, because backlashes are only initiated by the childish and bored. It just happens that ‘Aliens of London’ is the weakest New Who episode thus far…

By Mark Clapham on 29 April 2005 Comments Off

The Slitheen invasion gets serious – sort of.

By Jim Smith on 31 March 2005 Comments Off

Well, there’s some good news and some bad news….

By Eddie Robson on 26 November 2004 Comments Off

Quite peculiar watching this light comedy-drama in the knowledge that it comes from the pen of the man who’s doing the new series of ‘Doctor Who’…

By Jim Smith on 11 February 2003 Comments Off

So Steven Baxter is not so much God made man as post modernity made flesh in the concluding part of Russell T Davies ‘The Second Coming’. Davies’ script explicitly rattles Nietzsche’s cage for us…

By Jim Smith on 10 February 2003 Comments Off

The title gives you a pretty good idea of what the concept behind Russell T Davies’ superbly realised ITV mini-series is, and it’s a production which combines magic realism, wit, out-and-out-camp and manic pacing in roughly equal measure.

By Eddie Robson on 10 February 2003 Comments Off

Hyperbole? No. Believe it.

By Dave Whittam on 16 May 2002 Comments Off

Out on a 2-Disc DVD, Russell T Davies’ ‘Bob and Rose’ is a warm, intelligent comedy drama. After a promising start, the series loses its way somewhat in the middle episodes before rallying again for