Doctor Who: Arachnids in the UK

This week, Doctor Who returned to the Russell T. Davies era, with a mediocre episode involving the companions’ families in modern Britain. It’s also clodhoppingly political. There’s no reason why Dr. Who shouldn’t do politics, and do them well.  The old series was a liberal humanist program at heart; the Doctor solved problems by asking … Continue reading Doctor Who: Arachnids in the UK

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Doctor Who: The Woman Who Fell to Earth

  So Doctor Who is now a Time Lady. Jodie Whittaker's casting has been hailed, as Xavier points out, as a great blow for female emancipation in some quarters, and with horror in others. I don't really care whether Jodie Whittaker is the first female Doctor Who.  It's been mooted since the '80s - Tom … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Woman Who Fell to Earth

Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child

Half a century of adventure begins with mild curiosity in a junkyard. Two London schoolteachers, Ian Chesterton (science) and Barbara Wright (history), are intrigued by their pupil, Susan Foreman. How can a 15-year-old girl know at once so much and so little? How can she have an astounding knowledge of chemistry, but be unable to … Continue reading Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child