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Opinion

Opinion

Operation: Platinum Age, Part 1

New contributor Elton Townend Jones surveys Doctor Who, Series 5/Season 31… At the close of The Hungry Earth, the Eleventh Doctor is peering down on the deliciously volcanic subterranean metropolis of Homo Reptilia. What happens next won’t be known for another week, but with five episodes to go before we can safely get back on…

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…

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…

Has the Sonic Screwed New Who?

It seems funny that five years after the show’s sweet return in 2005 that the sonic screwdriver, a once proud iconic bastion of Doctor Who’s nostalgic gadgets, would have become such an unpopular and contentious article among the older fan groups. After 25 years of semi-retirement, the sonic’s return has been criticised by older fans…

Influenced By, Influence On…

“They don’t call it plagiarism anymore, they call it homage” – Tom Baker Doctor Who has a fine heritage of pilfering from literary sources. The Frankenstein episodes and The Prisoner of Zenda knock-off are famous for being just that. But Doctor Who isn’t literature. It doesn’t even feel literary in the aforementioned stories. So what…

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