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Doctor Who Review: “The Day of the Doctor”–Home the Long Way ‘Round

“You told me the name you chose was a promise. What was the promise?”

Craig Ferguson said it best: intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism. The Doctor is the one who makes people better. He couldn’t even handle calling himself the Doctor and fighting a war at the same time, because war doesn’t fit who he promised to be.  (more…)

It’s Bigger on the Inside, or How I Fit Fifty Years of Feelings into a Single Weekend

This weekend was like Doctor Who Christmas: the 50th anniversary. FIFTY YEARS, YOU GUYS. Ours is the little show that could, and now it has, and like its title character, it’s still making people better.  (more…)

Doctor Who Review: “Aliens of London” / “World War Three”–Save the World But Lose You

I’m fascinated by the fact that Doctor Who is a family show. I’d like to know what kind of kid I would have been with the Doctor whispering in my ear. Probably a much cooler one: more curious, more compassionate, more willing to take a stand. Even when this show goes for the groundlings with Slitheen family fart jokes, it’s held up by the heart and courage of its characters. I don’t love the more “kid friendly” elements of this two-parter, because I’ve come to depend on Doctor Who to debunk the idea that kids need those elements to stay engaged in a story, but if they’re getting the message across, bring on the Slitheen. (more…)