Articles by James Colvin


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043 The Wheel in Space

The Doctor and Jamie are forced to evacuate the TARDIS after an explosion of the mercury fluid link. Sound familiar? They land in a deserted spaceship whose single occupant is the Servo-Robot, which menaces the intruders and manages to launch a group of mysterious white pods into space before Jamie destroys it. Finally rescued by…

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Racegate: Rising above the Daily Mail

James Colvin offers his considered opinion on the press storm surrounding forthcoming book Doctor Who and Race. Doctor Who. Racism. Big topic. As Christian has graciously conceded, Kasterborous “found itself caught up in a froth-mouthed, pitchfork-wielding mob” over this, instigated by none other than the Daily Mail. This is easily done of course – and…

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12th Doctor Fantasy Casting Is A Fantasy

So. A 12th Doctor. Exciting, eh. Already, bloggers and professional print media journalists alike are touting their predictions for who’s in line to succeed Matt Smith. Hardly surprising – Twitter’s absolutely rammed with speculation. In fact, Ladbrokes are already taking odds, with James Bond’s Bill Tanner and RSC stalwart Rory Kinnear odds-on favourite at 3/1…

Jamie and Victoria encounter The Evil of the Daleks
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036 The Evil of the Daleks

Gatwick airport, 1966. The Doctor and Jamie have just said goodbye to Polly and Ben, only to have the TARDIS snatched away from them and driven off on the back of a lorry. A trail eventually leads them to the antiques shop specialising in Victoriana, which is run by one Edward Waterfield. Waterfield appears to…

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031 The Highlanders

Received wisdom has it that The Highlanders is the first story to feature Jamie as a companion and the last “pure” historical until Black Orchid, way in the future (as far as these reviews are concerned) at the start of the Peter Davison era. Neither of these things are particularly true. For a start, Jamie…

Vicki is tempted by love but not history in The Myth Makers
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020 The Myth Makers

Following on from an unprecedented Doctor-free Dalek adventure, the Audience Research Report for The Myth Makers serial indicates that when it was first broadcast in October 1965, many found the switch to the Trojan setting to be quite jarring. Some questioned whether or not the correct programme had even been put out. However, from the…

Maureen O'Brien as Vicki and William Hartnell as the Doctor in The Romans
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012 The Romans

The Romans is famously the story that’s a first serious Doctor Who effort at comedy – at least in Conspiracy, the third part. This is patently untrue – the whole thing is structured as a farce. Right from the go, we have the initial danger of the cliffhanger resolved in the lightest way yet –…

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