Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Doctor Who from the Beginning

As I patiently wait for the DVD box set of Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series to be released on November 9 so I can review all of the newest episodes of the show here on the blog, I thought it might be fun to go back and revisit the very earliest Doctor Who serials from the 1960s. So, I’ve decided to embark on a rather ambitious project – discussing/reviewing all of the First Doctor (William Hartnell) stories that have been released on DVD to date, starting with An Unearthly Child. These reviews will run up until the Fifth Series DVD is released, at which point they will run concurrently with my reviews of Matt Smith’s first season.

I am setting aside time to watch An Unearthly Child this weekend, so look for my review of that very first Doctor Who story early next week.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Happy Birthday, Tegan!

No, not this Tegan:

THIS Tegan:

Yep, that’s right. It’s the first birthday of my adorable little niece Tegan. Surprisingly, my sister and my brother-in-law did not name her after Tegan Jovanka. They know nothing about Doctor Who, poor souls. No, they named her after Tegan Quin from the Canadian indie rock band Tegan and Sara. Because I introduced them to that band in the first place, though, I still get to take credit for the name! And, yes, I like to pretend that little Tegan is going to get to have exciting adventures in space and time as well as in the bathtub. What can I say? I’m incredibly lame.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Return of Doctor What!

Some of you may have noticed that it's been a while since I posted an article or a review here. My absence was probably doubly puzzling given that an entire series of new Doctor Who episodes (with a brand new Doctor, no less) has aired over the past few months. The truth is, I decided to try a little experiment with this most recent series; I decided to wait until the end of the series to review the individual episodes. I thought this would be an interesting exercise given how important the overall season plots have been to Doctor Who since the show's revival a few years back. By reviewing the individual episodes at the end of the season, I can better take a look at how each episode fits into the season's uberplot. And that's just what I intend to do! The DVD box set of Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series is scheduled to be released on November 9 in the US. As soon as that set is in my hot little hands, I'll re-watch the individual episodes and post my reviews/thoughts here.

Before November 9, I will also be posting a few reviews of "classic" episodes as well. I've just finished watching the Kamelion-related episodes starring the Fifth Doctor, so I plan to start with those stories. Keep your eyes on this space!