Doctor Lite


I think Jodie did a great job in her debut season, but imagine the job she could have done with better material.

The problem with the 13th Doctor is that, ultimately, she is shallow. What are her motivations? What does she fear? What are her conflicts? What is the lie she believes or the truth she won’t accept?

The Doctor is one of the most tragic and tortured heroes in sci-fi, but all hint of that was absent. On any basic level Jodie’s Doctor lacks a ‘character’, in narrative terms.


Continue reading

Douglas Adams


The union of Doctor Who and Douglas Adams always felt perfect, and it was a shame that more did not come from it. Having today in the car listened to some of the audiobook version of Adams’ Fourth Doctor adventure The Pirate Planet, I perhaps should not have been surprised to encounter one of the greatest passages I have ever heard:

“This Doctor, the fourth, was a proud spiller of crumbs and defier of convention. Every morning, he advanced on the wardrobe as though he were seeking revenge. What did it matter what he wore, he figured.”

Words so glorious they could literally inspire a career.


The Fear


I am so excited about the new series of Doctor Who. All that change. At the same time, I’m so scared. All that change. I have the fear.

It’s got nothing to do with Jodie – I’m nothing but excited about her. But no Moffat, and now no Murray Gold (New Who’s long-term composer). I really, really hope it’s good. Please be good. Pleeeeease.


Bravo, BBC!


You didn’t give in to the hate and didn’t shy away from the inevitable misogynist backlash. Not only was there canonically no reason at all not to cast a female as the 13th Doctor, but there was actually every reason to do it. Because after over 50 years of white male Doctors, now was without a doubt the time to finally expand beyond that. Rebirth and reinvention is at the absolute core of the show. Peter has been magnificent (as were Chris, David and especially Matt) and there’s every reason to hope that even better times await.


The Outgoing Storm



I think Capaldi is a great actor, he’s had (contrary to what at time feels like the negative popular opinion) some incredible episodes. Like, some really, really incredible episodes. And he’s most definitely a good Doctor.


… I think it’s the right time. For me (and my daughter, with whom I was discussing this topic only yesterday) his Doctor is not as satisfying to watch as (the incredible) Matt Smith. Or David Tennant, for that matter. As nervous as I am about Moffat jumping ship, a brand new writing team with a brand new Doctor will at the least shake things up and make for an interesting refresh.

Go on BBC, have the spine to give us a female Doctor, yeah?