Category Archives: First Thoughts

“Of course the real question is where did I get the cup of tea? Answer? I’m the Doctor. Just accept it.”

‘The Witch’s Familiar’, written by Steven Moffat, finds the Doctor still at the heart of the Dalek Empire. With one of his oldest enemies dying will the Doctor choose to destroy or save him? Meanwhile Missy and Clara (not dead, … Continue reading

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“OK, cutting to the chase. Not dead, back, big surprise, never mind.”

In ‘The Magician’s Apprentice’, written by Steven Moffat, the Daleks and Missy are back but the Doctor is nowhere to be found. This  is a promising start to the current series of Doctor Who, steeped in Classic Series lore. The … Continue reading

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“You know what the big problem is, in telling fantasy and reality apart? They’re both ridiculous.”

‘Last Christmas’, written by Steven Moffat,  mixes the classic ‘base under siege’ Doctor Who story with ‘Alien’, ‘The Thing’, ‘Inception’ and the Superman comic ‘For the Man Who Has Everything’ to create a delightful festive tale that manages to include … Continue reading

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“Say something nice.”

‘Death In Heaven’, written by Steven Moffat, follows on from the events of ‘Dark Water’. Danny Pink is dead, the dead have returned as Cybermen and Missy is revealed as the Master. With the Doctor and Clara separated more will … Continue reading

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“What I’m about to play you will change your life and not for the better.”

‘Dark Water’, written by Steven Moffat, is the 1st part of the two part finale for season 8. A sudden death leads the Doctor and Clara to try and find the afterlife. What they find has horrifying ramifications and the … Continue reading

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“I am Doctor Idiot!”

‘In The Forest of the Night’, by Frank Cottrell Boyce, presents a fairy tale version of Doctor Who and not in a good way. Clara and Danny have taken a group of Coal Hill School children to a sleepover at … Continue reading

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“You were an exceptional Doctor, Clara. Goodness had nothing to do with it.”

‘Flatline’, written by Jamie Mathieson, finds the Doctor trapped in the TARDIS leaving Clara to play his role investigating a spate of missing people in Bristol. Soon she is trying to keep a small group of people alive in train … Continue reading

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“Did a wizard put a curse on you about mini-breaks?”

‘Mummy on the Orient Express’, written by Jamie Mathieson, is a classic pulp horror story in the vein of ‘The Pyramids of Mars’ and ‘Horror of Fang Rock’. The Doctor takes Clara to a space train for their final adventure … Continue reading

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“I’m a caretaker now. Look, I’ve got a brush.”

‘The Caretaker’, written by Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat, sees the Doctor going undercover at Coal Hill School to deal with an alien menace and intruding upon Clara’s life. This is a story in which the monster is incidental, rather … Continue reading

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“I was hoping for minimalism, but I think I came up with magician!”

‘Time Heist’, by Stephen Thompson  and Steven Moffat, has a intriguing take on a bank heist but is more style than substance. Strong visuals and special effects, particularly in the design of the alien Teller, make this episode enjoyable, rather … Continue reading

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