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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…)

Doctor Who Review: “The End of the World”–All That History

“I just sort of hitched a lift with this man. I didn’t even think about it. Don’t even know who he is. He’s a complete stranger.”

First proper trip in the TARDIS and the Doctor takes Rose to the end of the world. That sends a message. Welcome to Doctor Who, please remember that your entire planet will someday burn. Get ready for loss and pain. Get ready to feel insignificant and overwhelmed and totally alone with your feelings. Get ready to be a little scared of the Doctor. (more…)

Doctor Who Review: “Rose”–I Can Feel It

If I’m going to obsessively rewatch this show, I might as well share my feelings with all of you, right? For the sake of anyone who might be reading along as you watch for the first time (WELCOME TO YOUR NEW LIFE!), any spoilery thoughts will be saved for the end of each review. Now then. Ready?

Run.

Oh good; the Doctor’s said one word, and already it’s the only word I ever want to hear. This is pretty much a one-second summary of Doctor Who: run. Take the hand that’s reaching out to you and run—from the ordinary, from danger, toward danger, all of that. And how perfect is it that this is the first thing we know of the Doctor? He’s the invitation reaching out to Rose. When he takes off for the London Eye and she chases him down and they take each other’s hands, together this time, both of them choosing to fight this battle—that’s the moment I got this show. (more…)