All posts tagged: Doctor Who

Hartnell’s Doctor and Buffy Summers

He’s the one older, British gent she wouldn’t be able to mess about. Most of the time… Let’s be honest, Buffy needs a Giles-type in her life. She loves a father-figure, or even a grandfather-figure. If the TARDIS just so happened to touch down in Buffy’s life and good old Hartnell popped his head out, I don’t think she’d be able to resist. And it would have to be Hartnell’s Doctor, please. I can imagine them so perfectly together, in all their expertly sarcastic glory. ______________ Where Buffy’s mentor Giles was soft at first but gradually showed a stronger side, Hartnell introduces himself to everyone he meets as a tough, slightly unreasonable old bean, who gets sweeter and squishier the more you get to know him. Buffy has the brute strength to deal with vampires, and with the personality to boot she makes a coveted companion to join the Doctor in his escapades. She’s no stranger to a new challenge and has fought hundreds of different fiends. her adaptability would be useful on an alien …

I stand with the thirteenth Doctor

Fans of Doctor Who, it seems, are either thrilled or devastated by the news that Jodie Whittaker (a.k.a. A WOMAN?! *le gasp*) is going to be the next incarnation of the Doctor. It was a move that a lot of us saw coming, but not all of us are on board with. While I understand some people’s reservations about the actor herself (apparently she lacked charisma in Broadchurch), I feel that’s the only valid concern about the future of the series. I really don’t want to seem harsh, but these days I am becoming increasingly impatient with those who refuse to accept social change and acceptance. So really, and in the most polite fashion I can muster, I really want to have a bit of a rant about that.The internet really has been a bingo card of everything we have come to expect from – to generalize – the more right-wing/Libertarian viewership of Doctor Who. I am loath to throw around the terms ‘mysoginist’ or ‘meninist’, because I think the main cause of uproar isn’t …

#WhoReviews: Classic Series 2 ~ “I think we’d better pit our wits against them and defeat them”

I’m going to be honest, this series was a chore to get through. The series’ 39 episodes took me more than a year to watch because I genuinely couldn’t be bothered. I know it was the 60’s, and I do try my best to appreciate and review the show for what it is, but it’s hard to find the motivation to sit through a story arc when the production quality is just so bad.

#WhoReviews: Classic Series 1 ~ “Our destiny is in the stars, so let’s go and search for it”

I knew this was going to be rubbish. Television has come a long way in 50 years, and Doctor Who was really at the start of it all. I knew I would have to take all this into account. I knew I’d have to forgive the shabby sets, the bad costumes, the dodgy camera angles, the poor production value. I just didn’t realize how bloody difficult it would be.

When Doctor Who tackles the big issues

‘Kill the Moon’ (S08E07) just finished airing and I couldn’t stop myself from rushing to my computer to type up a big gushy post about it because MOTHER OF GOD that was the best episode in years. I think it’s brilliant when Doctor Who tackles big issues, takes the opportunity to teach lessons. The Doctor can’t always be whimsically getting into fisticuffs with a fictional character in Sherwood Forest or saving London from gassy aliens in human meat suits. We come for the awesome, stay for the feels, but a lot of the time, I feel anyway, we endure the whimsy. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s cringe, I’m sure a lot of us can agree like that.