Opinion

Opinion

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…

Doctor Who Gothic

Doctor Who is a genre show. But there is no such thing as a pure, homogenous genre: genre reinforces and reinvents itself constantly. Doctor Who has survived by adapting and incorporating elements from other genres to become its own unique hybrid. An impression of the fluidity of the show can be made by focusing on…

Primal Fear

Doctor Who has been many things in its time – adventure tale, mystery, comedy and tragedy. However the series has also worked as a fable of sorts; a legend whose tales are grounded in the moral tradition of right vs wrong, good vs evil. Season 11’s finale Planet of the Spiders is a prime example…

Earthshock: Aftershock

or Adric vs The Ground 27 Years On Earthshock works best the first time you see it, preferably if you don’t know about the two generous dollops of surprise in store. I was 13 when it first aired in the UK, and saw it in total ignorance (apart from the DWM preview, which mentioned palaeontologists…

Earthshock: Re-Re-examining Adric

Contributor Peter Ould considers the life and death of Doctor Who’s much maligned, and possibly most misunderstood, companion, Adric… I was five and he was six We rode on horses made of sticks He wore black and I wore white He would always win the fight Bang bang, he shot me down Bang bang, I…

Earthshock: Doctor Who…

…and the Fleshy Hands of Doom I was so pleased to see them return in Earthshock. I love them dearly, I really do, but let’s face it, for second-best, runner-up bad guys in Doctor Who, the Cybermen are a pretty dismal bunch. Take a look at them skulking about in cargo holds and tombs and…

The Lost Scrolls of Rassilon…

…life and death of a fanzine. A checklist of the loneliest jobs in the world. Long-distance runner (never been that convinced, but for argument’s sake – check), traffic warden, caretakers of big rural retreats and fanzine editor. Between 1993 and 2005, I was part of the modest success that was Black Scrolls as we pumped…

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