Happy Valley was released in August as a "Netflix Original," but you likely didn't notice. Unlike Netflix's other babies, House of Cards or Orange is the New Black, there really wasn't much promotion for it. That's because it's technically not a Netflix original show -- they just got North American distribution rights, but it originally premiered on BBC1 … Continue reading You Should Be Watching: Happy Valley
Given that just the other day I argued that we needed to wait and see before passing any real judgment on Capaldi's brand-new Doctor, I'm going to dig deep and try to find nice things to say about yesterday's premiere episode instead of just ranting on ad nauseam.And the only real way I can think to … Continue reading Doctor Who’s Deep Breath: Pros and Cons
Surely a new Doctor's first episode is always met with a strange mixture of hope, resentment and apprehension because part of what's kept Doctor Who on the air for so long (apart from that little decade-and-a-half-long break) is the fact that a new actor always brings a new set of possibilities to the role. And as … Continue reading Can Peter Capaldi Save Doctor Who?
Well, goodbye, Matt Smith. You were wonderful, but sadly I can't say that it's been a pleasure. Not only was last night's Doctor Who episode, Time of the Doctor, a Christmas special, it was also a farewell to Doctor 11 (or 13, apparently). Unlike Steven Moffat and his horrendous script, I won't meander around aimlessly … Continue reading Time of the Doctor Proves Moffat Can’t Write Death to Save His Life
There's a popular joke I've seen floating around on Tumblr for a while now. It goes like this: "Joss Whedon, Steven Moffat and George R.R. Martin walk into a bar and everyone you've ever loved dies." Here's the problem, though: George R. R. Martin and Joss Whedon are, of course, infamous for killing off the … Continue reading What Steven Moffat Doesn’t Understand About Grief, And Why It’s Killing Doctor Who
Time Lord #5 has recently given an interview saying the Doctor should never be a woman, which is a bit confusing. Prior to Peter Capaldi being named the 12th Doctor, there was a huge, raging, nasty debate about whether or not 12 should mark a change in the 50-year run of white dudes playing the time- and … Continue reading Why Peter Davison is Wrong About a Female Doctor
So if you recall, the BBC had commissioned 11 British children's lit authors to write 11 short stories based on -- you guessed it -- the 11 incarnations of The Doctor for the show's 50th Anniversary this year. For those of you who, like me, started with Christopher Eccleston (also known as The Best Doctor), … Continue reading Review: A Big Hand for the Doctor by Eoin Colfer
The quick answer is that no one really knows for sure. But given that the BBC announced they were working with 11 British children's authors to come up with 11 short stories -- one for each regeneration of the Doctor -- as part of the show's giant 50th anniversary celebration, nearly everyone has assumed that … Continue reading Is JK Rowling Participating in Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary Special?