Menu

Last week was a really long show so thankfully this week we’re back to our (roughly) normal run time. Some viewing figure news, merch then our review of Smile.

The News

As last week, nothing major happening this week so we talk around confirmed viewing figures for The Pilot and some early stats for Smile.

Merch Corner

Merch is mixed this week; a fairly strange looking LED torch (with what seems like the 12th Doctor’s sonic but with the top missing?) and the great looking Doctor Who/Mr. Men books and merch that just recently launched.

“Smile” Review

Series 10 continues with episode 2 – Smile. After the pretty awesome opener can this continue the momentum and bring us another belter or does it leave us feeling a bit 💩?

Thank you so much as always for listening and giving us your thoughts. Next week we’ll dive into episode 3 – Thin Ice so we look forward to your reviews. Until then have a great week and remember – Allons-y!

enter image description here

Yes! It’s finally here!

After what feels like ages and me teasing little snippets our new Classic Doctor’s wallpaper is ready for your computer screens. In the zip file is some varying versions ranging from laptop sizes up to 4K.

Download them here

Enjoy and remember to share this page to your Who friends (or your enemies)!

Allons-y!

Hey Who fans and it’s the time of year we’ve all been waiting for, series 10 has started! Some waffle, light news and merch first and then onto our review of The Pilot.

The News

Very light on news, just some chat around the initial viewing figures for The Pilot.

Merch Corner

Some great merch this week; the Alpha Centuri figure from Robert Harrop is now available, Big Chief reveal the 8th Doctor 1:6 scale figure and a cool Tardis console lava lamp is on the way.

“The Pilot” Review

The wait is over. Get comfy, get a cup of tea as we chat in-depth about the new series 10 opener.

Thank you guys, it’s been a long show this week but some needed time for this occasion. Next week we’ll be reviewing episode 2 – Smile. Until then have a great week and remember – Allons-y!

Hey Who fans, plenty of news, merch and series 10 chat awaits this week. Let’s get into it.

The News

Candy Jar Books have opened up fan submissions for the Lethbridge-Stewart range, recently released US streaming service Britbox to stream the majority of classic Who, John Simm will return as The Master in series 10(!) and we have the run down of titles for each episode in series 10.

Merch Corner

Titan Comics Book Day is on September 2nd this year, the BBC Store is offering a third off all classic Who and the Forbidden Planet stores are offering free stuff and offers on Who merch.

“A Town Called Mercy” Review

We’re heading to the Wild West this week for the 11th Doctor’s Western themed adventure and a big moral decision sits on the Doctor’s shoulders. Does this one give us enough of a rootin’ tootin’ time or fall flat faced in the sand?

Thank you guys, another jam packed show and our last one until series 10 starts on Saturday. Next week we will, obviously, be reviewing The Pilot and we’d love your thoughts on that. Until then have a great week and remember – Allons-y!

Hey Who fans, light (but controversial) news, some cool merch then our review of Silver Nemesis.

The News

Pearl Mackie dropped an important nugget of information regarding the character of Bill.

Merch Corner

Merch this week consists of a new book – Myths and Legends, Rubbertoe Replicas unveil their 1:1 scale Moment (for those of us with deep wallets), Robert Harrop dishes out some Doctor Who Packs and another book – The Unofficial Guide to Doctor Who Collectables is out in May.

“Silver Nemesis” Review

We’re running around Windsor (well actually Arundel) with the 7th Doctor and Ace as they deal with barmy old folk from the 17th century, neo-nazis and as the name suggests – Cybermen. We into this one or do we prefer to stay and listen to the soulful jazz?

Thank you as always for listening and giving us your thoughts on our review story. Next week is the final retro review before series 10(!) and it’s the 11th Doctor’s turn with A Town Called Mercy. Until then have a super week and remember – Allons-y!

With Series 10 almost upon us we’re looking at some of the things we’d like to see (and something we don’t) for the 12th Doctor’s final outing.

No1 – It’s all about the characters

This might seem like an obvious one but over the past few years we’ve seen various episodes where the Doctor has carried the story due to a weak script and an even weaker story (Matt Smith certainly earned his wages!). Various stories felt like a good plot had been mapped out but the writers didn’t know how to move the characters forward or integrate them into the story. As a result we’d have a great plot but weak character writing (how many times when reviewing episodes from Moff’s era have we said something like “Amy was useless in this one” or “the Doctor wasn’t used very well at all” or the best one – “the dialogue between these characters is wooden etc”).

For me, one of the things that makes the RTD era more enjoyable, are the characters. The Moff has a great talent for singular stories and when he wasn’t show runner he had pockets of greatness but his character interactions since series 5 onwards have been mostly subpar. RTD really understood that when you take away all the sci-fi stuff you’re left with the characters that will last forever.

Let’s make the show about the Doctor again, his relationship with the companion(s), his interactions with everyday folk and those awesome moments from all the characters that keep us coming back for more.

No2 – Give The Doctor his prominence back

How many times during the last few years have you thought “why is Clara saving the day here?” or “surely this is taking away the point of The Doctor being (ironically) the hero?”. Yes it happened, especially in the case of the 12th Doctor, quite a lot. The Doctor should be the hero, he should be the “man with a plan”. I know we’ve seen that on a few occasions but too often we were left thinking who’s actually running the show here?

We do on occasion have “Doctor-lite” episodes but that’s something else, that’s intentional. When you have the companion coming up with the plan, running off (🙂), executing the “save the day” move with the Doctor just sitting back it dilutes The Doctor’s authority and his role. In a way that’s a huge contradiction, there are no rules (as such) and there is no right or wrong but one thing that should remain consistent is The Doctor taking the lead unless otherwise incapacitated.

One of the tag lines for series 10 is “A time for heroes” so at face value, that’s a good thing.

No3 – A sense of adventure with each episode

We’ve said it a million times – the Moff loves a huge complex story arc. The kind that span at least one series and ultimately result in the show collapsing under it’s own weight at times. It would be great to go back to (dare I say it) a more classic Who feel where the TARDIS lands on a planet, ship etc and The Doctor and companions are caught up in whatever planetary crisis is happening at the time.

Do away with the shackles of stopping a character doing something because in an upcoming episode in three weeks time that character needs to say something important. Let go the need to tie literally everything together across an entire series. The idea of having two-parters in the last series was appealing as it meant we could explore individual stories and have time to flesh out characters and situations but alas, the Moff couldn’t help himself.

Let’s get back to each week looking forward to adventures in fantastic places and not being too concerned with series-long arcs. I fear that the situation with Nardole may prevent that (and possibly Bill) but hey, let’s keep fingers crossed.

No4 – Write The Doctor consistently throughout the series

Another big issue we had with series 9 was how inconsistent The Doctor was written. From the start of series 8 we had a firm, dark Doctor with shades of Hartnell but over time and especially into series 9 that was diminished with goofy moments, lacklustre attempts at humour and weak moments lead by the companion.

The Doctor, above all else, needs to have a consistent approach to the character. Looking back through all the Doctors, they’ve all changed and evolved slightly throughout their era but not in a way that’s compromised their portrayal of the character. Picking a Doctor at random, let’s say the 3rd Doctor, you can pick out pretty much any story and Pertwee is playing The Doctor in the same way. He approaches things in the same way and deals with problems in the same way. That may have something to do with the way Pertwee was insistent on playing the Doctor but you can see the benefit.

Please Mr Moff, I hope you’ve listened to fans on this one (and hopefully Capaldi too) and addressed it. From the teaser, trailer and other tid bits series 10 is sounding quite new and fresh which is good so it’s the perfect opportunity.

No5 – Sort the theme out

I know, there’s lots of you who really like the current theme, but I don’t. I really don’t. It’s just a bit “screechy” for me and doesn’t feel very full bodied, a bit tinny if you will. Many times on the podcast I’ve said that the theme for series 4/the specials is my fav (from modern Who) as it has a great tempo and brings energy to get you “in the zone” and the story ahead. Series 8 and 9’s theme pales in comparison.

We’ve had variations on the theme as each series has passed since 2005 but I believe (please correct me in the comments) that both of Capaldi’s themes have been the same. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but as this is the last series for both Capaldi and the Moff, now would be a good time to go out with an awesome updated theme.

So there we go, 5 things I want to see in series 10. Agree? Disagree? Anything you want to see that I haven’t mentioned? Let me know in the comments below.