Happy 13th Birthday, New Doctor Who!

Thirteen years ago today, and in spite of those who said it couldn’t (or shouldn’t) be done, Doctor Who finally returned to our screens. And as a nice little gift, the BBC created a playlist of some of the most memorable moments from the past thirteen years. And being a Doctor Who fan, I naturally…

UNIT: Assembled – Part I: A Call to Arms

Take notes, people, because this is how you marry two generations of UNIT together properly. And I know it’s been done before–and done well–but there’s something about this that just feels so right. Getting John Levene and Richard Franklin to team up with Gemma Redgrave and Ingrid Oliver is–quite simply–sublime. This is in no small…

Of course they’re Cybermen. Any fool can see that.

I’ve been working VERY HARD to stay away from Doctor Who spoilers as much as possible. I’ve abandoned my Tumblr, I’ve unfollowed all the Doctor Who things on Pinterest, and I’ve checked into Twitter maybe a handful of times in the last five months or so. I’ve been suffering a fair amount of Doctor Who…

Welcome to the TARDIS, Pearl Mackie!

Have you seen it yet? Well, of course you have. We finally know who will be joining Peter Capaldi in the TARDIS next series. Not a bad introduction for a new companion, is it? We’re very excited about Pearl Mackie joining Peter Capaldi in the TARDIS for the next series!! A new companion is always…

Day 21: Favorite Scenery (Classic Edition)

From the days of no budget, extremely wobbly sets, and that weird not-a-real-wall in the TARDIS, choosing favorite scenery is actually an incredibly joyful task. I can hear the New Who fans laughing again, but I’m totally serious. There were some absolutely incredible sets in the old days. And three in particular* stand out in my mind as…

Day 20: Favorite One-Off Character (Classic Edition)

The history of Doctor Who is absolutely chock-full of awesome one-off characters. Some that were initially intended to be one-offs even became recurring characters or companions (Donna, anyone?). But it’s no secret that some stand out more than others. That’s as true today as it ever was, but I think it’s important that we remember…

Day 19: Scariest Moment (Classic Edition)

Choosing a scariest moment is something that may at first seem a bit silly. For those who are used to the New series, it might seem laughable that the wobbly sets and rubber monsters of the Classic era could be considered scary. But I think they had their moments. And what really made them work…

Day 18: Favorite Regeneration Story (Classic Edition)

I struggled with this one a little bit, if I’m honest. My knee-jerk reaction was to say “The Tenth Planet” because it introduced the Cybermen. But because the focus is actually meant to be about the story itself that leads to the Doctor’s regeneration, that answer doesn’t really work. And you might remember we established in the beginning that just because…

Day 17: Saddest Moment (Classic Edition)

One thing I think the Classic era doesn’t get enough credit for is emotional impact. Especially in the days before Tom Baker. And that’s completely unfair because there are several amazing moments that are incredibly sad and beautifully written. The saddest of these are often the goodbyes, particularly for the companions. Think of William Hartnell’s…