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Devourers of Illumination

A little historical perspective isn’t too painful, is it? To-day’s new episode of Doctor Who, “Eaters of Light”, did something I wished the show did more often—it incorporated aspects of history into its plot and argument in a way that also potentially educates the viewer. This was part of the original series concept,…

Cats of the Doctor

Ahead of to-morrow’s new Doctor Who, I decided to revisit Survival, the 1989 serial written by Rona Munro, who also wrote to-morrow’s new episode, making her the only writer from the classic series to be hired to write for the relaunched series. Survival also happens to be the final story of the classic series, not a…

Britain's Mars

Well, that wasn’t so bad. I was all set to hate “Empress of Mars”, the new episode of Doctor Who, written by Mark Gatiss, whose scripts are usually thoroughly lousy. Maybe he worked hard after his episode last season, “Sleep No More”, was a new low even for him. Maybe “Lie of the Land” was so bad that even a Mark…

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