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"Remember this: the only things you need to know to appreciate any story is that the Doctor is an alien with a time machine whose idea of fun is having adventures in time and space, and he almost always brings one or more usually-human companions to enjoy the adventures with him. The rest'll come out in the wash."

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Doctor Who's New Season To Premiere On October 7th, 2018 With It...  9/5/2018 11:30 AM EST
BBC America has announced that they will be premiering their new season Sunday, October 7, 2018. This will be Jodie Whittaker's first episode as the new Doctor Who.The network's US premiere will start at the same time as the UK debut on-air. The premiere time is yet to be announced. It will be followed by a special encore in its new regular primetime evening slot. For the rest of the season, Docto...  More>>

The Current Doctor Who Team Takes The Stage At Comic Con For One...  7/25/2017 9:28 AM EST
In their final San Diego Comic Con panel the current BBC America Doctor Who team and the entirety of Hall H paid loving tribute to Peter Capaldi. They also debuted a new trailer for the Christmas special where Capaldi's Doctor will regenerate.A wonderfully put together reel showed highlights from Capaldi's run as the Doctor and it made more than one fan emotional. When it finished, the crowd clapp...  More>>

Jodie Whittaker Named as 13th Doctor on Doctor Who  7/16/2017 8:47 PM EST
It has been announced that Jodie Whittaker has been made the 13th Doctor in "Doctor Who". She is the first woman to be cast in the role. "I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey, with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet," Whittaker said. "It's more than an honor to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor sta...  More>>

Goodbye Sonic Sunglasses, Peter Capalidi To Retire From Doctor Who  1/30/2017 7:22 PM EST
Whovians all over the world are mourning the loss of sonic sunglasses today.It took us a while to acclimate to an older, more sophisticated Doctor and it took a while for the writers to create better storyline for him, but Peter Capalidi grew on us as Doctor Who and seemed to become one with the role since 2013, since taking it over from Matt Smith.Official word today was the announcement that Cap...  More>>

Doctor Who Christmas Special Keeps Christmas Going With a Little...  12/28/2016 11:52 AM EST
Doctor Who has made its mark on television by airing a Christmas special every December 25 in the evening. Since 1965, every year that the series airs, it's a timeless tradition for both young and old.  This year marks the second year in a row that Fathom events has extended Christmas by a few days for all of us by bringing the Doctor Who Christmas Special to the big screen.For those who haven't t...  More>>

Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks Hits The Big Screen For The ...  11/15/2016 4:11 PM EST
When BBC needed more room in their storage, many reels of Doctor Who were discarded.  Since the revival of the show, a new generation has grown to love The Doctor and demands have risen to watch the classic Doctor Who.  Last night, for the first time in North America, Fathom Events sponsored the showing of Doctor Who: The Power of The Daleks, which Whovians had thought was lost to time and space, ...  More>>

The Doctor, Peter Capaldi, Surprises 'Whovians' at The Doctor Wh...  7/14/2015 1:58 PM EST
In keeping with a tradition that makes Whovians everywhere very happy, Doctor Who once again participated in Nerd HQ's Conversations for a Cause. Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez and executive producer Steven Moffat were on hand to discuss all this Whovian and beyond. But first they were joined by The Doctor, Peter Capaldi, who made a surprise appearance on stage to the complete delight of everyone i...  More>>


Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series Blu-ray Review


Heightened expectations and high risk were the rule of the previous series, series 5, of Doctor Who. The beginning of the reign of showrunner Steven Moffat (Coupling, Sherlock) promised great change, though for good or for bad, we did not know.

You might then expect something similarly revolutionary for series 6. Once you've had a taste of just how good things can be, as I have previously described series 5, you might feel deep satisfaction, followed by ennui, and then you try to make it happen again.

But this time, the new boss is the same as the old boss. Series 6 is certainly worse in some ways than 5, but it is quite possibly much better in the exact same ways. Let's call it an evolutionary process, whose outcome is not yet known.

You can tell right away, and will be reminded periodically, about the changes in this series, so much more notable for their insignificance.  The series opens with a big two-parter ("The Impossible Astronaut" and "Day of the Moon"), brimming with aplomb such as is usually reserved for the grand finales that the new series (series 27–) has become known for. Big! Things! Happen! And the only subdued elements of the early exhibits in this grand show are unsurprisingly the cleverest: the newly introduced enemies — and Moffat has always been good at memorable enemies — and, for whatever reason, Richard Nixon.

The same can't be said of the intentionally trivialized Adolf Hitler depicted half a season later. Following up mid-series finale "A Good Man Goes to War", a study in quality Sorkinesque speechifying, "Let's Kill Hitler" threatens you with a sense of unease unrelated to its title matter. It's an idea parade — really, more like an idea train, with you being pushed on the tracks, and a conductor both unable and uninterested in saving you. Writer Moffat pays back a season and a half of plot buildup in a very short space, and I can't say I'm pleased with the answers we got, particularly given that we were promised much more in the preceding few episodes.

Some of the charm loaned out in "Let's Kill Hitler" is paid back by the finale, "The Wedding of River Song". It's worth comparing to last season's finale, "The Big Bang". Both featured the Doctor (Matt Smith) in an extended flight of whimsy, seeming in his element with the world falling apart around him, waiting for him to save it. In both cases, the whole universe was at stake, and self-sacrifice seemed to be the only way out for the Doctor. However, where "The Big Bang" inverted its style suddenly to become very personal, viewing the universe's destruction as a test of Amy Pond's (Karen Gillan) connection to the Doctor, "The Wedding of River Song"…does not. Not giving too much away, the tropes of Leverage came to mind — I would say Hustle if I could.

Even the best Doctor Who season is not without its duds among the standalone stories that are the show's bread and butter, guilty not of ambition in excess of talent, but a conservatism not well-matched to the adventurous storytelling that makes up the best Who. This year, our case studies are "The Curse of the Black Spot" and "Night Terrors". Both inelegantly hinge on exploitation of the fear of Amy's or Rory's (Arthur Darvill) death and mimicry of Moffat's method of enemy design.

But my favorite episodes of Doctor Who are not about myth-arc build-up or payoff. They are those that stand on their own, examining the nature of the Doctor, his relationship with his companions, and otherwise — in their little ways — advance the show's mission to understand itself as its own little universe.
We have a stunning 3 such entrants in this series. "The Girl Who Waited" and "The God Complex", stirring the pot late-season just before the finale, focus on the psychological damage the Doctor's adventures can do to his companions. They are much more vicious in their indictment of the Doctor than the similarly-edged "The Vampires of Venice" last series.

But "The Doctor's Wife" by Neil Gaiman (Stardust, Coraline) has the flavor of timelessness, setting aside our lovely companions of the day, Amy and Rory, in favor of the companion who has always been with the Doctor. Long after the events of this season warrant nary a mention, by the Doctor if not his followers in the real world, this episode ought to be remembered.

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