Eaters of Light - WNAR #114

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A hunt for the lost Ninth Roman Legion leads the Doctor, Bill and Nardole into the middle of an ancient battle that could cast humanity into the dark forever. What is inside the cairn? And how far will they have to go defeat the terrifying alien Eaters of Light?

The Good BitsBill realizing and explaining the tardis translation circuits and subsequent realization of how species sound to the Doctor.

The Bad BitMonster design was a bit ugh

The whoniversal bitThe way in which the doctor explains the crows

David Tennant doesn't actually expect Broadchurch co-star Olivia Colman to take thejob

Doctor Who is coming to the big screen in a new documentary about the Daleks.

"Well... my next job is playing a doctor."

Chris Chibnall

Sir Derek Jacobi

Empress of Mars - WNAR #113

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'God save the Queen' has been scrawled on the surface of Mars. What are Victorians doing on the home of the Ice Warriors? And what will they find beneath the Martian soil?

The Good BitsAll those movie references

The Bad BitThe doctor's movie reference ‘frozen’

The whoniversal bit the design of the Victorian space suit.

The episode itself felt a pretty much a standalone piece of work, save for the return of Missy. It landed – after a pre-credits bit at NASA - the Doctor, Bill and Nardole land on Mars in 1881. Curiously, there’s a bunch of Victorian soldiers already there, complete with their stiff upper lips, their carry on chaps British accents, and a good dose of God Save The Queen.  I think Mark Gatiss and the production team have comfortably exceeded expectations, though. It’s hard not to get the flavour of a contained old-style Doctor Who adventures from it, not least because it’s a clash of very British characters against an alien foe. What other show on the planet does that?


Let's Do the News

Alan Cumming has revealed that he could have played The Doctor

It's 10 actual years since Doctor Who scared us witless with the classic episode 'Blink'.

Russell T Davies has revealed he knows who's going to be taking over the TARDIS

The Eaters Of Light.

Are you a BBC radio iplayer user?


Lie of the Land - WNAR #112

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Earth has been invaded and Bill is living alone, an isolated figure surviving in occupied Britain. The Doctor is imprisoned and appears to be on the side of the enemy, flooding the airwaves with fake news. Bill and Nardole must embark on a deadly mission to rescue the Doctor and lead the resistance against the new regime, whatever the cost.

The Good BitsEvil fake news Doctor was genuinely creepy

The Bad BitThe fake regeneration - lame

The whoniversal bitSome of the references were nice – especially the Magpie Electronics made me whoop a little.

I really like The Lie Of The Land, from the pen of Toby Whithouse, up to the fake regeneration. Up until then, there’s certainly lots to enjoy. Peter Capaldi’s quite creepy, different take on the Doctor, when we’re given the impression that he’s been brainwashed by the Monks is a lot of fun. We get less Nardole, although not for the first time, Matt Lucas wrings plenty out of the little screen time he gets. We get a true pervading sense of doom is built.


Let’s Do the News

The Paddington2 Trailer is out.

Ice Warriors find.

Doctor Who Steelbook.

It looks like Doctor Who spin-off Class is no longer in session.

Empress of Mars.

Eaters of Light




The Pyramid at the End of the World - WNAR #111

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So as with all my reviews I will give the synopsis – what you mean that wasn’t the synopsis. The good bits, the bad bits. The most whoniversal bit and then my rambling musings.

An 'ancient' pyramid appears overnight. Every clock in the world begins counting down to the Earth's destruction. Three opposing armies lie ready to annihilate each other. An alien race stands ready to offer humanity a deal that could save them, but enslave them. It is a terrifying race against time to save the world. Will the Doctor be forced to accept their help?

The Good Bits – Bills date and its interruption from the UN

The Bad BitThe monks, humans are idiots and would recoil from such horrors, except these ones, and the doctors indifference to war

The whoniversal bit – It was a pure sci-fi romp like the good old days

Two lab technicians, one hungover, one missing her reading glasses, are sleepwalking into the apocalypse, with a string of seemingly small moments threatening to unleash a biohazard that will wipe out the entire human race. After a pacey, impressive set up then, The Pyramid At The End Of The World admirably slows down to slide more things into place. The episode could quite easily have been the opening of a two-parter, as much the middle part of three. As things stand, I’m still not quite sure as to where Extremis fits in now, certainly to the degree that it seemed to a week ago. I get the story strands, and the computer simulation, but it took a whole episode to set up to that. And then The Pyramid At The End Of The Earth escalated the threat anyway, and made it a real one. The middle segment of this one I had a few quibbles with. I liked the impending sense of doom, which had a tinge of Torchwood: Children Of Earth to me. Also, as the biological threat escalated, I did make a mental note to dig out a copy of Steven Soderbergh’s thriller, Contagion, for a deserved rewatch. Furthermore, ticking Doomsday clocks are always fine fodder for building tension, and making clear the stakes. They proved to be so again. Doctor Who "brings it" once more with 'The Pyramid at the End of the World'. It's not a perfect episode – there's an occasional over-reliance on technobabble, with more than one problem solved by some nonsense tinkering, and while the Pyramid gimmick is attention-grabbing, it never really goes anywhere. (The Monks' craft could have been disguised as a Waitrose for all the difference it'd make to the plot.)

For the most part though, this is a smart and distinctive sci-fi tale, visually impressive and told with pace and heart.


And even if it's not perfect, well – it's not the end of the world.


Let’s Do the News

Those wags over at Digital Spy have ranked all the new Doctor who episodes. I am telling you just as a matter of course. I disagree with a lot of what they have said and advising you to avoid it at all costs.

Rachel Talalay will be directing the Doctor Who Christmas Special

Pearl Mackie and past time traveller Billie Piper have just been added to the growing guest list for the upcoming Wizard World convention in Philadelphia

Agent Carter actress Hayley Atwell


Extremis - WNAR #110

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So as with all my reviews, I will give the synopsis – what you mean that wasn’t the synopsis. The good bits, the bad bits. The most whoniversal bit.

'The Veritas. The truth. Truth so true you can't live with it. Is that looking into hell... or seeing the light?' Everyone who has ever read the Veritas has been found dead. In a forbidden library at the heart of the Vatican, the pope urges the Doctor to read the ancient text - but can he handle the truth?
The Good Bits – Bills date and its interruption from the Pope

The Bad Bit – The eyes thing – we have cybermen that are brains in boxes and here we are trying to believe that blindness is an issue

The whoniversal bit – The doctor's compassion for Missy and the belligerent way he does it.


Let’s Do the News

Michelle Gomez has revealed that she’s leaving Doctor Who.

Surprised at John Simm.

More Missy

Pilot the TARDIS.

A 5,000-year-old pyramid.

Oxygen - WNAR #109

So as with all my reviews, I will give the synopsis – what you mean that wasn’t the synopsis. The good bits, the bad bits. The most whoniversal bit and then my rambling musings.

Space - the final frontier. Final because it wants to kill us.' Trapped on a space station with no oxygen, the Doctor, Bill and Nardole are horrified to discover the automated spacesuits keeping them alive are also trying to kill them!

The Good Bits – Bill and her expression were a joy to behold.

The Bad Bit – The premise or corporations starving people of oxygen

The whoniversal bit – The doctor sacrificing himself in that manner and the ramifications of that act – so many comparisons between emoji bots and silence of the library suits

The episode delivers plenty of scares, the highlight being an unsettling sequence in which Bill is briefly exposed to the vacuum of space and we witness the subsequent battle between the mining crew and space zombies only in flashes, as she passes in and out of consciousness.


Let’s Do the News

Blast from the Past’ on the blogterwho website

Luke Treadaway

And sticking with casting


A very brief glimpse of Missy

Knock Knock - WNAR #108

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Why do floorboards creak? When a sinister landlord shows Bill and her friends the perfect house share, they have no idea what lies ahead… knock knock, who’s there?

The Good Bits – The use of sound, you could almost taste the fear

The Bad Bit – Everybody lived – I would have preferred in if some had died

The whoniversal bit – The end, with the Doctor back at the vault, the secretive nature, the Dark secrets – Doctor Who is better when it’s a mystery

Let’s Do the News

So Knock Knock raised a few questions

Mystery Vault

Samantha Spiro

Oxygen is seriously low

Here's some fun news:

Mr. Men, a series of Doctor Who books read by Michelle Gomez

Thin Ice - WNAR #107

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In Regency England, beneath the frozen Thames, something is stirring. The Doctor and Bill arrive at the last of the great frost fairs, and find themselves investigating a string of impossible disappearances – people have been vanishing on the ice! Bill is about to discover that the past is more like her world than she expected, and that not all monsters come from outer space…

Picking up at the exact point where last week’s Smile left us, Sarah Dollard’s second Doctor Who episode, Thin Ice, quickly moves its constituent parts into place. Even pre-credits, we’ve had the reveal of a big monster under the frozen River Thames, we’ve learned that the TARDIS has steered the Doctor and Bill to this place, and that danger lies ahead. A quick trip to the TARDIS wardrobe later – “the TARDIS has dresses?!” – and the Doctor and Bill are off in a London with a distinct Dickensian twinge to it.

But what’s this? Strange lights under the ice? Dollard’s script soon begins to escalate the mystery here, with Thin Ice going about its business a little quicker than the episodes we’ve seen thus far this series. We get children luring people to the lights, which then pull people down into the Thames and, more pertinently, the teeth of the massive creature we saw at the start. The internal logic of the story then plays out, with Nicholas Burns’ particularly slimey Lord Sutcliffe overseeing a plan that involves sacrificing people

But the episode entire works because the quiet moments really hit home, too. The sequence where firstly the Doctor questions why Bill doesn’t count the people who perished in Smile after she gets upset over seeing someone die in Thin Ice is swiftly countered. For she in turn interrogates the Doctor on just how many people he’s seen die. It's a terrific exchange.

It also proves to be peak Capaldi and Pearl Mackie – “I’ve never had time for the luxury of outrage” – with their eyes doing as much of the acting work as the words coming out of their mouths. The range of Pearl Mackie is given a workout too, not least in her character's realisation that progress from the past to the present day hasn’t been as dramatic as she’d like.

A solid, self-contained, well-told story that gives the standard of Doctor Who series 10 at a good level

Let’s Do the News

Mark Gatiss was never asked to run the show.

'Knock Knock', is set to be a special one

David Suchet was so excited to be part of the next Doctor Who episode that he accepted the role without even reading the script.

A to Z

Episode – Tooth and Claw
Planet of OriginSatellite 5 (Games Station)

Werewolves were creatures that appeared human but tranformed into beasts in the light of a full moon. The bite of a werewolf would turn the victim into a werewolf. Like it happened to Queen Victoria when the Tenth Doctor met her. A result of alien cells infecting a human host creating a half man, half wolf mutation. Transformation into a werewolf occurs during a full moon. With sharp claws and teeth, enhanced senses and powerful strength this is a deadly creature. The Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler encountered a Lupine Wavelength Haemovariform in 1879

Other types of werewold are also present in the universe - The Second Doctor encountered a werewolf in 3300 BC Italy. The Fifth Doctor and Turlough encountered Earth-based werewolves in 21st century Brazil. The Seventh Doctor and Ace met and befriended a Vulpanan werewolf named Mags in an era of space travel. Though good-natured, she had little control over her transformations. (TV: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy) The Eighth Doctor, on a visit with Sam Jones to Saturnia Regina, encountered the Jax, a species thought extinct, who had in ancient times developed a virus controlled with technology that could turn people into werewolves.