Ten Things About Who: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS

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1. The Van Baalen Brothers

If Tricky really thought he was an android, how did he explain a need for nutrition (and the resultant excretion)? But if the conceit about having been tricked into believing he’s robotic doesn’t really stand up from that angle, the clues are there: right from the beginning, his attitude to the plight of the Doctor and Clara – and of the TARDIS herself – is the most human of the three brothers’.

2. That’s some heavy polystyrene you’ve got there

Poor Jenna-Louise Coleman. It can’t be easy to have to wake up from a completely unconscious state, free yourself from under what is doubtless supposed to be extremely cumbersome masonry, leap to your feet and then brush yourself down in the space of about three seconds.

You can, apparently, just about manage it in the time allotted if you ensure that not a single step of that process looks genuine.

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Ten Things About Who: The Bells of Saint John

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For new visitors: rather than episode reviews of Doctor Who, I pick ten points for discussion based on the episode. Enjoy – and if you agree or disagree, leave a comment!

1. The Bells of Saint John are…

…A device to keep the Doctor at arm’s length for a while – and as an episode title, to be engimatic by mentioning something which has nothing to do with the main plot of the episode.

Or does it? The “bells” bring the Doctor and Clara back in contact with each other again, and that is the whole point of the episode, after all.

2. The woman in the shop

Dangling thread alert. Just who was it that gave Clara the Doctor’s phone number? Has Martha dumped Mickey and started working at PC World?

And who gets an internet support number from a shop anyway?

These questions (well, maybe just the first one) may turn out to be important. At least we’re not being belted over the head with these sort of clues this time. It may come to naught, of course, but I think that both this and Strax’s mysterious rescusitator may have further roles to play…

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Ten Things About Who: The Snowmen

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As I did with the last batch of episodes, I’m marking Doctor Who’s Christmas episode, The Snowmen, not with a review, but with ten thoughts. As usual, there are spoilers if you haven’t seen the episode.

1. “Clara Who?”

Having the Doctor ask this question is, on the face of it, a nice inversion of the “oldest question” – which Clara herself asks at the end of her glorious pre-credits introduction. But of course, by the end of the episode we are told her full name – and that’s where the mystery just begins to deepen.

Both Oswin and Clara are dead – is the glimpse of the woman we see at the very end of the episode our first sight of the genuine new companion? Or is she going to end up dying more often than Rory and South Park’s Kenny combined?

In Douglas Adams’ City of Death (penned under the pseudonym of David Agnew), the Doctor faces Scaroth, last of the Jagaroth. Splintered through time, the Doctor meets versions of his foe in Renaissance Italy and modern-day Paris, and finds documentary evidence of many others scattered throughout history. Is something similar happening here?

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Ten things about Who: Asylum of the Daleks

Ten Things About Who


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I’m not going to do full reviews of the new series of Doctor Who, which started last night on BBC1. But I thought I might try and come up with ten points I liked, didn’t like, or thought worthy of further discussion. Hence, Ten Things About Who.

If you haven’t yet seen the episode, what the hell are you doing here? Go and watch it, and don’t come back to this post until you have done!

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