[About the 2017 Doctor Who episode Lie of the Land, S10E8, by Toby Whithouse] Consider, for a minute: what is The Lie of the Land doing, as a title? Of course, it's a play on words between the phrase's duel meanings of "the way things are" and "the misinformation across the world," in a story... Continue Reading →
Fans have been celebrating this as a kind of queer epic for weeks, and I was a sceptic, to be honest, that the show was really going to be capable of pulling off a fun pirate romp and an effective, central gay romance at the same time, especially seeing as neither is easy to do... Continue Reading →
There's a number of issues with The Return of Doctor Mysterio, but I think if we were to find a single, ship-sinking kryptonite criticism of the thing, it would be that it's just sorta there. Its reputation isn't that it's beloved, nor hated, nor divisive, but totally unremarkable, unmemorable, uncommentable. And that's a criticism that... Continue Reading →
It’s February 2020, and I’m on my annual Groundhog Day movies marathon. If you don’t know, Groundhog Day is about a man stuck in a time-loop on February 2nd, where every day is the exact same as the day before, and in recent years it has spawned a whole sub-genre of similar movies with varying... Continue Reading →
[Note: this file was redacted from evidence and analysis regarding the Flux phenomenon. It attempts to document the Medderton Incident, and the entities there involved. But there's a danger in trying to understand that which doesn't want to be known.]
[This was originally posted in early 2020 under the title "Holistic Storytelling in Doctor Who". Minor such edits] There’s a line from Steven Moffat’s Dracula that jumped out at me this year, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Regarding the three seemingly arbitrary rules that govern a vampire, Van Helsing reasons “But you... Continue Reading →
[So, about a year ago I wrote a quick lunch-hour post titled The Pessimist, the Optimist, and the Nihilist: Redux which was a comparison of the moral outlooks of each revival showrunner. I don't think it's quite substantive enough to be fully reformatted for the blog and I could never be bothered rewriting it from scratch.... Continue Reading →
[First posted April 2021] This is the end, but the moment has been prepared for and prepared for again. The epic 6 part finale, spanning decades of lore, dozens of episodes, and the incredible, satisfying-yet-subversive conclusion of every thread we've been tugging on all this time. I hope you're lying comfortably.