What dark secrets does the Veritas hold? Who is really the master of your fate? And what does all of this have to do with Jim Carey? I wrote and produced this experimental little video essay to tackle the Big Questions posed by Doctor Who's controversial Monk trilogy. Watch it if you're curious. Feel free... 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 →
An Unreasonably Deep Dive into: The Return of Doctor Mysterio
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 →
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 Pessimist, the Optimist, and the Nihilist: Redux: Revisited
[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 →
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.
Mary’s Story: I Am Great Ozymandias, Saith the Stone
[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.
Can You Hear Me? Doctor Who and the Problem of Evil
[First posted March 2021] She who fights with gods take care lest she be held to their standards.
Praxeus: Fake Plastic Earth
[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?
Fugitive of the Judoon: The Book of Ruth
[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?