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The Truth of The Lie of the Land

[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 →

Review: A Swashbuckling Romance!

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 →

The Mountain We Can’t Climb

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 →

Six Short Films in Isolation

In June 2021 I had to cancel all my plans and self-isolate for a week. I didn't even have my guitar, given it was in the shop for work. To stop myself going mad (or possibly just funnel that madness somewhere productive) I gave myself the challenge of making a short film every day, from... Continue Reading →

Dracula Does Double Duty

[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 →

THE FINALE: The Lie of the Timeless Child

[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.

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