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 →
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 →
Case No.F4: The Image of the ██████
[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.]
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 →
Endnotes: a Postscript Script Post
[Curated from various comments and notes from the previous posts]
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.
Spyfall 2: It’s Time She Spent Some Time Alone
[First posted February 2021] We follow up on last week's cliffhanger by asking why, a full series into the Thirteenth Doctor's run, we still don't feel like we know her, and what is to be done.
Spyfall 1: It’s the End of the World as We Know It
[First posted January 2021] In this first half of the epic two-part opener, we chat about parody, Bond, and narrative collapse. And we first feel the rumble of the coming storm.