Star Doctors

It was drawn to my attention a couple of weeks ago that I have not yet expressed (publicly) an opinion on either Star Wars: The Last Jedi or the Doctor Who Christmas special. That is both true, and very remiss of me. Trouble is it’s now been quite a while since I saw them both.…

Trekking

Past I can remember when I first saw Star Trek. That's not so unusual, but if my memory is right -- and I've just more or less confirmed that it is -- then when I first saw it was the absolute first time anyone could see it, in this country, at least. Here's the memory…

Extreme Pyramid Scheme

I didn't intend to discuss these two episodes of Doctor Who together, but watching the first was delayed because I was in Scotland when the first one was on. And I didn't realise they were a two-parter. Except (spoilers) -- oh, they're not. They're the first two of an n-parter, where n equals... who knows?…

Space Suits You

Back to form, then, with Doctor Who season 10 episode 4, “Oxygen.” Jamie Mathieson has written some good episodes before, and he keeps up the standard here. A tale of capitalism red in tooth and claw, it reminds us at times of “Silence in the Library,” and also of Duncan Jones’s Moon. ((Which is a…

Wood and Puzzles

Well, I suppose they couldn’t sustain the excellence forever. I mean, there’s bound to be the odd weaker episode, right? “Knock Knock”, Doctor Who season 10 episode 3 is certainly that. I have to say it’s the weakest episode we’ve seen so far this season. This is largely because it doesn’t make much sense. Alien…

The Luxury of Outrage

The Doctor is a burning sun of outrage, but claims never to have had time for it. Season 10, episode 3, "Thin Ice," sends him and Bill into London's past, to 1814, and the last great frost fair on the frozen Thames. There is a beast below the ice ((I'm sure you saw what I…

Smile, You’re on Emoji Camera

Episode 2 of Doctor Who Season 10, "Smile," featured emoji-faced robots (or not strictly robots), as well as Bill's first real trip in the Tardis and into (as is proper) the future. It wasn't a great story, but it was a good one, and I think it was a great opportunity for character interactions. Complaints…

Everything Rhymes

Doctor Who is back! And at Easter, which still feels like the right time of the year. Now, as you'll know, I thought last season was the best season of New Who. I may have been being a tad hyperbolic there... but not entirely. And now we've got "The Pilot," the first episode of the…

Looking Back and Forward

My recent and forthcoming live music experiences all involve bands of my youth that have reformed and are touring their old material. ((Or a mixture of old and new, as with The Rezillos.)) Wallowing in nostalgia, some might call it. But there’s nothing inherently wrong with bands getting back together. It can be problematic if…

Broadchurch Thoughts

I hope everyone's following the new series of Broadchurch. If you thought the second season didn't live up to the first, then I think you'll find that the third brings it back to greatness. Trilogies always sag in the middle, don't they? People are being very positive about it on Twitter. Many of the comments…