Personally, I do not look forward to Doctor Who episodes written by Mark Gatiss. His episodes are not usually terrible, just mediocre. Whenever he writes for Doctor Who or Sherlock, the episode feels very clinical—it hits all the right notes and plot points, but there is no emotion or excitement to give the episode some life to latch onto. This week's episode, “Cold War,” does nothing to break that mold. I find that I enjoy his work as an actor more than as a writer. Fans will recognize him as Dr. Lazarus from “The Lazarus Experiment” in Series Three, as well as playing Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock.
This week's episode of Doctor Who saw Clara requesting to see “something awesome,” so the Doctor brought her to the Rings of Akhaten, a system of seven inhabited planets orbiting around the same star. The people there believe that all life in the universe began in a temple where their god now resides. These worlds have a ritual where the Queen of Years, a young girl whose job it is to remember all the songs of their culture, must sing in tribue to their god (who they call Grandfather), so he can stay asleep.
At WonderCon this year, I had the pleasure of attending a screening of the latest Doctor Who episode, “The Bells of Saint John.” Being able to see the episode on the big screen with a throng of fellow fans was quite an enjoyable experience.
Christmas day, and it can mean only one thing—a magical, old man travels from far away to give us a wonderful, new present. This year's Doctor Who Christmas episode, “The Snowmen,” saw some changes for the last of the Time Lords.
The finale of the first half of Doctor Who Series 7 has come, and so has the departure of companions Amy and Rory. “The Angels Take Manhattan” begins with the angels performing their musical, Manhattan Melodies, at college and follows their journey to bring it to Broadway . . . or maybe I have the wrong Melody.
I thought that “The Power of Three” was the best episode so far in this series of Doctor Who. It maintained that great balance of silly and terrifying that the show is known for. There was also a great mystery, which kept the tension going throughout the entire episode. It was also refreshing to finally have an episode of this series set in present day.
As with the previous two episodes, I enjoyed “A Town Called Mercy”; however, it felt too isolated from everything else and added to the detachment that this series is suffering from.
“Robot Jez and Mark on a spaceship!” This was the text that Fanboy Comics Contributor Jake Thomas sent me as soon as he finished watching the newest Doctor Who adventure. The second episode of the new series is aptly named “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” as it features a spaceship full of dinosaurs.
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Doctor Who has just returned with the first episode in Series 7 titled “Asylum of the Daleks,” and my first reaction is confusion . . . and I am not yet sure if that is good or bad.
The first half of Burn Notice’s latest season wrapped up for its fall break recently, and a retrospective of where the show’s been and where it’s going is in order. USA Network’s latest brace of shows that have been advertised and produced in a style similar to Burn Notice have caused some to unfairly overlook the escapades of renegade spy Michael Weston and his compatriots. On the surface Burn Notice is reminiscent of The A-Team, from the special ops charity of its main characters to its status quo “nothing ever changes” reset button that comes into play at the end of most episodes. When consumed an episode a week, it’s a devilishly clever show.