November 25, 2013

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor

I have, in the past, been a little unforgiving with regard to the show-runners for Doctor Who. I've been several notches less than merciful with my opinions regarding RTD's dulling of emotional impact by not letting go, and by trying...
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October 1, 2012

Doctor Who Series 7, First Half

This post contains spoilers for the first five episodes of Season 7 of New Who. You have been warned....
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September 4, 2012

Doctor Who: Asylum of the Daleks

This post contains spoilers about the Doctor Who episode entitled "Asylum of the Daleks", the first episode of the seventh new series....
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May 3, 2010

Doctor Who: The Time of Angels / Flesh and Stone

I'm treating these two episodes as one; it seems fair. Spoilers follow...
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May 1, 2010

Doctor Who: Victory of the Daleks

I have to say, I'm not keen on the Daleks. I know they're the traditional enemy of the Doctor, and I know they've been responsible for thousands of children hiding behind sofas, etc, but really, if you come to them...
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Doctor Who: Victory of the Daleks

I have to say, I'm not keen on the Daleks. I know they're the traditional enemy of the Doctor, and I know they've been responsible for thousands of children hiding behind sofas, etc, but really, if you come to them...
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Doctor Who: The Beast Below

Spoilers follow for Episode 2 of Series 5 of Doctor Who: The Beast Below....
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Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour

I am aware that I'm way behind in actually writing up my impressions of Series 5 of Doctor Who. But let's have a go at catching up, then! Spoilers follow....
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April 21, 2010

Doctor Who Series 5

I have, despite appearances, been watching the new season of Doctor Who. I'll be doing an episode by episode catch-up soon, but I have some thoughts about the new series in general as well. Spoilers follow!...
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August 21, 2009

Doctor Who: Dreamland

In "stuff I did not know was coming", there's an image on the SFX website from a new Doctor Who animated piece, called Dreamland....
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July 22, 2009

Doctor Who Series 5 Coverage

Pictures from filming on Series 5 of Doctor Who have begun to surface, and this is well before the gap year of specials has even completed its run....
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May 29, 2009

Doctor Who - Matt Smith's Companion: Karen Gillan

The new Doctor has been known for some time - Matt Smith. However, his companion for the 2010 series of Doctor Who has now been revealed by the BBC as Karen Gillan. Gillan appeared as a soothsayer in The Fires...
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December 9, 2008

Doctor Who Season 6

The first rumours are starting to circulate about Series 6 of the new Doctor Who. We know a few things in advance. Possible spoilers follow......
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May 21, 2008

Steven Moffat to Produce Doctor Who

A BBC press release and a Guardian article herald the long-awaited news that Steven Moffat is taking over from Russell T Davies as lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who for the series broadcasting in 2010. I am really,...
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April 7, 2008

Doctor Who: Partners In Crime

I've had some time to mull over the first episode of the new season of Doctor Who, Partners in Crime, and I've come to the careful and considered conclusion that my initial impression was entirely correct: it was crap....
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March 20, 2008

Doctor Who Series 4

There's an interview in SFX this month with Russell T Davies. Front and centre of the article are the words "We have a twenty year plan..." That's pretty ambitious in television, but starting in to the article, I really hope...
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November 27, 2007

Doctor Who: Billie Piper to return as Rose

The BBC has just announced that Billie Piper is to return to Doctor Who as Rose Tyler. According to the short article, "She will star in three episodes of the sci-fi drama". For the record, I really like Rose, but...
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November 16, 2007

Doctor Who: Children in Need, Tonight

Just a reminder that the Children in Need segment of Doctor Who, featuring David Tennant and Peter Davison, is on today. It'll be shown at 9pm GMT, and should be online on the BBC website from 9:30....
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September 11, 2007

Doctor Who DVDs: The Infinite Quest

Today, while I was poking at some Doctor Who DVDs on Amazon, I found a reference to a piece of (possible) continuity I'd never heard of before. The Infinite Quest was an animated piece, broadcast in a series of small...
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September 4, 2007

Doctor Who: Season 5, Gap Year

The BBC have announced that Series 5 of Doctor Who will not appear in 2009 as expected, but will come out in 2010. Instead, there will be three "specials" in 2009. They'll all be written by Russell T. Davies...
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August 21, 2007

Doctor Who Children in Need 2007

Spoilers concerning the Children in Need Doctor Who Special, to be aired on November 16th, follow:...
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August 3, 2007

Steven Moffat to Write Doctor Who?

The Sun has a report that Steven Moffat may be replacing Russell Davies as the head honcho for Doctor Who. I'd love that to be the case, but the Sun aren't the most reliable....
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July 4, 2007

Doctor Who Series 4, Catherine Tate

Some comments on the casting for Series 4 of Doctor Who follow. I am, to say the least, not impressed....
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June 20, 2007

Doctor Who Series 3 Finale

So, we're now into the final three-part episode of season three with Utopia having screened on Saturday. I'd like to do some commenting and speculating about Utopia, as well as the two episodes yet to come, and Torchwood....
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June 5, 2007

Doctor Who Season Four Rumours

There are a number of odd rumours being circulated concerning Doctor Who. I'd like to take a look at those....
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May 24, 2007

Doctor Who: Human Nature Preview

Speculation and spoilers for the May 26 episode of Doctor Who follow!...
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April 25, 2007

Doctor Who: Evolution of the Daleks Preview

Episode Five of Series Three is titled "Evolution of the Daleks", and it shows this coming Saturday evening. This post rounds up rumours and speculation, and contains spoilers....
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Doctor Who: Daleks in Manhattan Review

Series three, episode four: Daleks in Manhattan. In summary, I liked it a lot. Read on for more, but be warned of spoilers if you haven't seen it!...
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April 18, 2007

Doctor Who: Toclafane & Series 3 Finale

This article contains spoilers for season three, especially the season finale, of Doctor Who. Read on if that don't scare you none!...
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April 17, 2007

Doctor Who: Daleks In Manhattan Preview

This coming Saturday's episode of Doctor Who - fourth episode in the third season - has the prosaic title of Daleks in Manhattan. Spoilers follow....
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April 15, 2007

Doctor Who: Gridlock Review

Gridlock. Season Three, Episode Three. The episode that made me think that Russell T. Davies actually knows what he's at. Spoilers follow......
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April 11, 2007

Doctor Who: Gridlock Preview

Episode Three of Series Three is titled "Gridlock". Speculation, rumours, and spoilers follow......
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Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Code, Review

Series Three, Episode Two - the Doctor and Martha go to the theatre, and trouble ensues. Spoilers follow....
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April 4, 2007

Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Code (Preview)

So, third season, second episode. Spoilers, naturally, follow....
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April 3, 2007

Doctor Who: Smith and Jones Reviews

The first episode of Doctor Who's third season has been broadcast, and the general consensus seems to be that it was very good indeed. Martha Jones comes in for almost universal approval, and there are good comments about everything from...
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March 29, 2007

Freema Agyeman: Guardian Inteview

Freema Agyeman has been interviewed by Hannah Pool on the Guardian website....
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March 21, 2007

Freema Agyeman Fan Site

The impressively enthusiastic fan site, freemagyeman.com, alerts us to the fact that the Doctor Who Site now has a "mysterious rotating sequence". It also includes a countdown to the series launch, and lots of sound. Actually, that fan site is...
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March 20, 2007

Doctor Who: Season Four

A fourth series of Doctor Who has been confirmed, and there's a good, solid article on the Telegraph about Russell Davies, mostly concerned with Whovian stuff....
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Doctor Who: Smith and Jones

This is a roundup of rumours and speculation concerning Episode One of Series Three of Doctor Who....
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March 15, 2007

Buffy Episodes Drew From Classic Who?

I love tracing the heritage of ideas and motifs through popular culture. Being as I grew up mostly without a television, I'm less de-sensitised than most of my friends, and less familiar with what's ordinary and otherwise. Because of that...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 9:23 AM | Comments (0)

March 12, 2007

Doctor Who: BBC Site Updated

The BBC have finally updated the Doctor Who Site, with a picture of The Doctor and Martha Jones fleeing in front of an explosion and lots of flames. There's also a link to a very short teaser....
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March 8, 2007

"Inappropriate" Scene Cut From Doctor Who

Apparently, there was a scene that got filmed and then cut from an episode in the new series of Doctor Who. This might be counted as a spoiler, although it doesn't contain any plot information....
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March 1, 2007

Doctor Who Series Three Date Announced

Outpost Gallifrey says that Episode 1, Smith and Jones, of series three of Doctor Who, will air on the 31st of March, probably in the usual 7pm slot....
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February 13, 2007

Doctor Who: Season Three Casting News

This is a pretty major spoiler for Series 3 of Doctor Who!...
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January 5, 2007

Doctor Who Christmas Special Commentary

I missed the Doctor Who Christmas Special on Christmas Day, but I saw a recording of it later on. Overall, I was pretty happy with it....
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December 4, 2006

Doctor Who: Christmas Special

Speculation and possible spoilers for the Doctor Who Christmas Special!...
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October 23, 2006

Doctor Who: Rumour & Innuendo

With the advent of Torchwood (on which more later), Doctor Who rumours are again beginning to fly. Here's a roundup of what's out there concerning season three, changes in actors, and who's appearing in what episode. Some of it's even...
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August 16, 2006

Doctor Who: The Five Doctors

Much though I've been slagging Russell Davies for his re-use of material in the second season of Doctor Who, there's definitely precedent: the quintuple whammy of The Five Doctors. I've just finished reading the novelisation of this movie-length piece, and...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 1:14 PM | Comments (0)

August 12, 2006

Doctor Who: The Doctor's New Suit

There's a short article up on the offical Doctor Who site about season three. There are a few things immediately evident from it, and from the picture that's currently gracing the front page. First and foremost is that the Doctor's...
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July 22, 2006

Unpublished Doctor Who Comic Pages

At the Spicy Cauldron, Andy has revealed four pages of comic art that was commissioned for the Doctor Who magazine in the 80s, but never published. Seventh Doctor, and original Cybermen!...
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July 21, 2006

Doctor Who: Series Two Discussion

Doomsday aired some time ago now, and the discussion about it is winding down. Opinion, as with most of season two, has been split - some people thought it was brilliant, a fitting finale for a strong season, and others...
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July 18, 2006

Doctor Who Soundtrack CD

After considerable demand (I saw a fair bit of discusssion on the comments on this site, and the Beeb must have been flooded with requests), the BBC are releasing some of Murray Gold's music for Doctor Who on CD. There's...
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July 8, 2006

Doctor Who: Doomsday Review

Summary: Enh. Spoilers follow....
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July 5, 2006

Doctor Who: Season Three, Martha Jones

Spoilers for Season Three!...
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July 4, 2006

Doctor Who: Season Two Finale Speculation

There's been a lot of speculation, across the web, and even here on dukestreet.org about the season finale for Doctor Who. Some of my own speculation follows, and may or may not contain spoilers....
Posted by Drew Shiel at 10:48 AM | Comments (8)

Doctor Who: Army of Ghosts Review

It's very hard to review Army of Ghosts without having seen Doomsday; the first part was very much that, rather than an episode in its own right. Spoilers follow, beware....
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June 28, 2006

Doctor Who: Fear Her

On the whole, Episode 11, Fear Her, turned out pretty good. Spoilers follow, and some speculation, so be wary. And apologies for the more disjointed than usual style; I have a dose of flu and my mind is fuzzy....
Posted by Drew Shiel at 12:48 PM | Comments (0)

Doctor Who: Season Two Review

Andrew Rilstone has posted an excellent recap of episodes 4-10 of Season 2, following his other recap of episodes 1-3. I shall be posting my own review of episode 11 once this flu lets me concentrate for more than five...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 11:14 AM | Comments (0)

June 19, 2006

Doctor Who: Army of Ghosts

This is a collection of rumours about the two-part finale of Season Two of Doctor Who. Spoilers follow, naturally....
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June 17, 2006

Doctor Who: Love and Monsters

On the whole, that was honestly brutal. Spoilers follow....
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Doctor Who: The Satan Pit

A belated sort of comment on The Satan Pit, with the usual warnings about spoilers and all that jazz....
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June 16, 2006

Doctor Who Recaps

There's a set of excellent recaps of Doctor Who's first season on Television Without Pity. Thanks to Gar for spotting it. There's not quite trasnscripts, but there's some excellent analysis, and few odd details I hadn't noticed as well. I'll...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 10:46 PM

June 15, 2006

Doctor Who: Doomsday, BBC Confirm

The BBC have confirmed some of the spoilery stuff I mentioned earlier....
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Doctor Who: Doomsday

This is a major spoiler for the end of Doctor Who's Season 2, and comes from an unreliable source. You have been warned....
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June 6, 2006

Doctor Who: The Impossible Planet

I just watched The Impossible Planet. After some thought, my conclusion is that it was very good, but I didn't like it. Explanations, and spoilers, follow....
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May 28, 2006

Doctor Who Numberplates

What's with all the numberplates in Season 2 of Doctor Who? In the last few episodes, we've been treated to closeup shots of clearly readable number plates, most notably the police Wolseley, with plate "PVJ 601", but there've been a...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 3:13 PM

May 24, 2006

Tardis Tea Room: Time and Chips

There's a rather interesting Doctor Who community I'd never seen before on Livejournal: Time and Chips. It's a 'shipper-focussed community concerning the Doctor and Rose. I've not seen 'shipper sites since The X-Files - and somehow, it never occurred to...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 12:58 PM

May 8, 2006

Doctor Who Theme

Something I wasn't previously aware of is that the theme tune to Doctor Who has a long and fairly distinguished history. This was brought to my attention mainly by the staggering number of Dr Who Theme Remixes....
Posted by Drew Shiel at 1:31 PM

May 6, 2006

Dr Who: Episode 4

I was not impressed by episode four of season two. Spoilers follow......
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May 4, 2006

K9 to get own series

Apparently Doctor Who sidekick K9 is to get his own series, K9 Adventures....
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May 2, 2006

Doctor Who, Season 2

Summary: Episode 1 sucked, badly, but 2 and 3 were great. More details follow, and this post contains spoilers....
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January 18, 2006

Doctor Who in the US

The US SCI FI Channel is going to air Doctor Who, starting in March, in a rather reasonable 9pm Friday slot. I'll be very interested to see how much interest in the series there is in the US - if...
Posted by Drew Shiel at 11:03 AM

June 20, 2005

Doctor Who: Images of Childhood

Russell Davies' new Doctor Who series on BBC has been a resounding success, and is going to run to at least a third season. There have been a few common themes throughout the series, the most notable and important of these having been the Bad Wolf references. What I'm noticing now as I look back through the episodes of the first are all the references to childhood.
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Doctor Who: The Parting of the Ways

The series finale for Doctor Who has run, and it was a cracker. Spoilers follow in commentary and speculation.
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June 13, 2005

Doctor Who: Bad Wolf & The Coming Finale

Russell T. Davies is the new deity in my own personal pantheon, currently locked in a struggle with Joss Whedon for the pen and PC held by the God of Plots. Russell speaks in the Guardian about Doctor Who, and adds to my personal theory that you can never know whether a given project is going to fall or fly until it actually does one or the other. Some spoilers for the Bad Wolf episode of Doctor Who follow.
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May 17, 2005

Doctor Who: Bad Wolf

Just a link: A really fascinating listing of the Bad Wolf references in Doctor Who. I've seen a few, missed a few, and never really put them all together yet. This sort of shadowy reference always pleases me immensely, whether it's in someone else's work or my own.
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April 22, 2005

Doctor Who Predictions

A raft of (mostly optimistic) predictions for Doctor Who.
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March 26, 2005

Doctor Who: First Impressions

The first episode of the new Doctor Who showed this evening. The main thing I have to say is that I like it, and that I'll be making a definite effort to see it every week. The rest of what I have to say may contain spoilers - be warned!
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March 22, 2005

Looking Forward: Doctor Who

The first episode of the new Doctor Who airs on BBC One, on Saturday 26th March, at seven in the evening. I'm not in the habit of scheduling television watching - in most cases I wait for the goods to appear on DVD before I pay attention. In this case, however, I'm breaking habits. Why?
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March 3, 2005

New Doctor Who

There's a new Doctor Who series being brought out by the BBC, and for the first time ever, I'm considering following a television series as it's broadcast. Normally, I wait a while, poke at a few transcripts, and maybe watch the DVDs, if I really like the sound of it. I like some television series, but the fact that they absorb an hour of time into something wholly non-interactive and exclusive bugs me.
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