Articles by Paul Cavanagh


The Almost People

“Would you like a jelly baby?” In normal circumstances, hearing the Eleventh Doctor utter these oh-so-precious words would give Doctor Who fans a small thrill of delight. At the start of The Almost People, we hear the Fourth Doctor’s voice spoken by the Eleventh Doctor’s doppelganger, and it’s distinctly unnerving. This sets the tone for…

Death of the Doctor

This particular adventure was billed as the series highlight – featuring Matt Smith, Katy Manning and with Russell T Davies writing for the Eleventh Doctor – but did the anticipation pay off? I’d say: well, sort of… The story starts off strongly, with UNIT advising Sarah Jane of, erm, the death of the Doctor. A shock revelation,…

Doctor Who v The World Cup

Scheduling nightmare or audience magnet? That’s what we’re up against with this week’s episode of Doctor Who. Just take a look at the schedule – ITV start coverage of England’s first fixture in the World Cup against the U.S.A. at 18:15, while over on BBC 1, Doctor Who is due to air at 18:45. Will…

Cold Blood

Phew! What a relief! I was getting myself into a right state there for a while. Not because it looked like the Silurians were about to start a deadly war on us apes. No, my serious case of the jitters came about because, unlike most people I know, I really didn’t like The Hungry Earth,…

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