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 →
[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.
[First posted March 2021] Time will be rewritten. Not one line, but all of it, always, all the time. Everything has happened before and all will happen again much the same and much more different. You think your memories are wrong but they're not. The past is just like that.
[First posted March 2021] Like many stories this era, and all stories which engage with the politics of the world today, Praxeus is telling a global story. But what does that look like, and how is it done well?
[First posted in March 2021] 'Who is Doctor Who?' is the big question this series, so let's dive deep on that. Who is Doctor Who? And is she really the same person as herself?