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Articles by James Colvin


Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright in Doctor Who: The Aztecs
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006 The Aztecs

The Aztecs has a very efficient script, with very tight plotting – even when required to accommodate holidays for certain regular cast members. So much so, that many of its nuances have been glossed over in fan opinion pieces. Tlotoxl is only the second villain to feature in a Doctor Who serial – the first…

Do You Remember the First Time?

The Dæmons. The Face of Evil. Full Circle. Warrior’s Gate. Kinda. Enlightenment. Remembrance of the Daleks. Ghost Light. Survival. Dalek. Daleks in Manhattan. Fairly exciting list of episodes, no? Diverse, you must admit. I’ve heard from people who don’t like The Face of Evil (I know!), but The Robots of Death has a lofty reputation….

Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith

Sarah Jane Smith is getting old. She’s getting forgetful, to the point where she puts Clyde and Rani’s lives in danger. Luckily, her replacement, Ruby (Julie Graham, with clothes on), just moved in next door. After initially appearing aloof and frosty, very much like Sarah Jane herself at the very start of the series, Invasion…

Reviewer’s Roundtable

New series, new Doctor, new production team. Following Matt Nida’s 2010 series critique (Geroni-Meh!), the reviewers of the individual episodes got together to provide their own thoughts on season 31 (aka Series 5 and Series Fnarg) as a whole. (We really did get together. There was cake.) Christian Time… time…TIME? Future jackets vs continuity errors,…

The Beast Below

Having established the new cast last week, the second episode of this series gets straight into the adventure. An SF adventure on a Starship UK, the action nods to Star Wars, the metaphors to The Matrix and the setting to 80s dystopias. While the viewer may be more settled with the characters (anxieties put to…

The Barry Letts Influence

Barry Letts’ input on Doctor Who remains influential and cannot be overestimated. Letts helped create such an ideal Doctor Who for its time that many of his tweaks to the formula remain part of the modern shows formula, largely unchanged. Here are four of the biggies… ITC – Action by HAVOC – The Doctor Jon…

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