Articles by Neil Clarke


The Empty Planet

Revelling in all the elements that make Russell T Davies such a “Marmite” writer, Death of the Doctor was undoubtedly the event story of this season. With its returning companion, series-hopping Doctor, and lashings of nostalgia and flashbacks, no-one’s going to pretend it was restrained – though most people probably wouldn’t have it any other…

The Lodger

Well, that was a bloody improvement. After the dud contributions from Messrs Gatiss, Whithouse and Chibnall, it’s heartening – albeit belatedly – to see that not all the new series writers have (quite literally) lost the plot. Not that the plot of this episode is anything more than a framework to drape the central concept…

Victory of the Daleks

Let’s not beat around the bush. Yes, Victory of the Daleks features an entirely successful redesign of the Daleks. Unfortunately, it’s the khaki versions which are so effective – and who ever thought green Daleks would work?! Though unchanging in essence, the Daleks, like the series itself, have undergone numerous changes. Here though, they have…

What’s in an Age?

So, exactly how much does age matter? Since the casting of Matt Smith, the youngest Doctor yet, there has been a great deal of hoo-hah about his age. Even Steven Moffat, when making the announcement, evidently felt obliged to make heavy weather out of Smith’s combination of youthfulness and old age, as if to assuage…

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