Doctor Who

The X List: Five Best DOCTOR WHO Stories About the TARDIS

Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and Peter Davison in DOCTOR WHO - Season Nineteen - "Castrovalva" | ©1982 BBC

She’s the most consistent star in the history of the series, appearing alongside her beloved Doctor even when dozens of other companions have come and gone. She’s the blue box with the infinite universe of rooms and corridors within, the last child of Gallifrey, the dimensionally transcendental Type 40 time-and-space machine known as the TARDIS – and she’s sexy too. From the SIDRATS of “The War Games” to the solo flying of the console in “Inferno” and “Day of the Daleks;” from glimpses of control rooms and wardrobes in “The Masque of Mandragora,” “The Twin Dilemma,” “Time and the Rani,” […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 6 – “The Doctor’s Wife”

Suranne Jones in DOCTOR WHO - Series 6 - Episode 4 | ©2011 BBC

Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Suranne Jones, Michael Sheen, Paul Kasey, Adrian Schiller, Elizabeth Berrington Writer: Neil Gaiman Director:  Richard Clark Network: BBC America, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: May 14, 2011 Summarizing this one just seems so useless since it encompasses ideas so much grander than any paragraph could contain, but here we go. DOCTOR WHO Series 6 makes a successful grab for greatness with “The Doctor’s Wife,” a love letter to the show penned by none other than celebrated fantasist Neil Gaiman. The Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) respond to a […]Read On »

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The X List: Five DOCTOR WHO Pirate Adventures

William Hartnell and George Cooper in DOCTOR WHO - Season 4 - "The Smugglers" | ©1966 BBC

Although “The Curse of the Black Spot” was only the second full-fledged period pirate tale featured in DOCTOR WHO, there have been  other televised adventures in which the TARDIS has landed in the middle of swashbuckling, sea- or space-faring scurvy dogs in full eye-patch and parrot-y regalia. Let’s take a look back at the other times the Doctor and companions shivered their timbers! (Note to the dedicated fans: I’ve automatically discounted Blackbeard’s brief appearance in “The Mind Robber” because it’s not a major part of the story, and we’re only doing actual TV WHO, not the novels, audios or what-have-you.) […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 6 – “The Curse of the Black Spot”

Karen Gillan in DOCTOR WHO - Series 6 - Episode 3 | ©2011 BBC

Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Hugh Bonneville, Oscar Lloyd, Lee Ross, Michael Begley, Tony Lucken, Chris Jarman, Carl McCrystal, Lily Cole, Frances Barber Writer: Stephen Thompson Director:  Jeremy Webb Network: BBC America, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: May 7, 2011 Series 3 of DOCTOR WHO takes a deep blue detour from this year’s complex story arc with “The Curse of the Black Spot,” a well-timed down-shift of a tale that turns up on our screens just as a certain Captain Jack – no, not that one, the other one – is about to come back to movie theaters […]Read On »

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The X List: Five DOCTOR WHO Kids Joined with Alien Technology

Sydney Wade in DOCTOR WHO - Series 6 - Episode 1 | ©2011 BBC

One of the central mysteries introduced in the two-part opening story of DOCTOR WHO’s Series 6, “The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon,” concerns that little girl in the spacesuit. Who is she? Why did the Silence want her in that suit? And where did she get the power to regenerate like a Time Lord? While fandom ponders these questions, theorizing faster than the Doctor can twirl around the console and set coordinates for the TARDIS’ next destination, it occurred to us that the girl in the spacesuit joins a line of other children that have found themselves somehow joined with […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 6 – “Day of the Moon”

Karen Gillan in DOCTOR WHO - Series 6 - Episode 2 | ©2011 BBC

Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston, Mark Sheppard, Mark Sheppard, Mamix van den Broeke, Stuart Milligan, Kerry Shale, Sydney Wade, Peter Banks, Frances Barber Writer: Steven Moffat Director:  Toby Haynes Network: BBC America, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: April 30, 2011 It’s the “Day of the Moon” as DOCTOR WHO concludes its two-part Series 6 premiere. The TARDIS team are running from an enemy they can hardly remember, planning a revolution as the true rulers of Earth – the creepy Silence – hunt them down. The Doctor (Matt Smith) is imprisoned by the US government while FBI […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 6 – “The Impossible Astronaut” – Season Premiere

Matt Smith in DOCTOR WHO - Series 6 - Episode 1 | ©2011 BBC

Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston, Mark Sheppard, William Morgan Sheppard, Stuart Milligan Writer: Steven Moffat Director:  Toby Haynes Network: BBC America, airs Saturday nights Original Telecast: April 23, 2011 As DOCTOR WHO begins Series 6, Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) have taken a brief break from travel with the Doctor (Matt Smith) to set up house and begin married life, but their respite is interrupted when they’re summoned along with River Song (Alex Kingston) and an elderly man named Canton Everett Delaware III (W. Morgan Sheppard) to rendezvous for a picnic in Utah. There […]Read On »

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Five Questions We Hope DOCTOR WHO Series 6 Will Answer

DOCTOR WHO - Season 6 final poster |©2011 BBC

We’re a day away from the eagerly awaited debut of DOCTOR WHO Series 6 (simultaneously on BBC and BBC America), but there are so many lingering questions from the convoluted and complex saga that ran through Series 5! So let’s recap what mysteries still linger and what aspects of show runner Steven Moffat’s sprawling story arc – some of which began as far back as the 2008 two-part tale, “Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead” – we hope get wrapped up or at least explained this year: 1. Who or What is the Silence? ‘Silence will fall’ according to […]Read On »

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CD Review: DOCTOR WHO: SERIES 5 – Original Soundtrack

DOCTOR WHO: SERIES 5 soundtrack | ©2011 Silva Screen Records

Where some other hugely popular sci-fi series are basically stuck in time and space, DOCTOR WHO is blessed by its ability to jump all over the two in an English phone booth. That’s been a particular mitzvah to composer Murray Gold since he jumped aboard the TARDIS’ sassy reboot so many series ago. Now the CD hand strikes 5 with a two-disc compilation that continues to show off WHO scoring as the Gold standard when it comes to some of the most delightfully inventive TV scoring in any one’s universe, music that mostly packs a rambunctious sense of joy to […]Read On »

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WonderCon 2011: Mark Sheppard says his DOCTOR WHO character is amazing

Mark Sheppard in BATTLESTAR GALACTICA | ©NBC Universal

  During the press event for DOCTOR WHO, journeyman actor Mark Sheppard commented on his character in the upcoming Season 6 series debut of the BBC show. Sheppard is playing an American and his real-life father, William Morgan Sheppard, is playing an older version of his character in “The Impossible Astronaut.” While Sheppard was mum on what his role is or what he will be doing in the episode, he thinks you’ll love it. “It’s amazing,” says Sheppard. “It is so good. We shot in America, we brought WHO to America, so we could bring WHO to America.” CLICK HERE […]Read On »

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