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The Skaro Review: Dark Water, Reviewed by Eddie McGuigan

Dark Water

Reviewed by Eddie McGuigan

Clara needs the Doctor, but the Doctor is busy. When they DO meet, it’s Volcano Day!

Doctor & Missy

Dark Water is a sprawling, epic, head spinning finale episode that starts to pull in all the parts of the series to date and, more than anything takes a Doctor and a companion and gets them adventuring.

It’s very good to see the Doctor and Clara in a situation like this, landing the TARDIS with no control and investigating. It doesn’t happen near enough.

But there is much more to this episode than that. It begins with the most gritty, realistic piece of drama you will ever have seen in Doctor Who and it will jar you as much with its eyewatering reality as any magical forest did with its fairytale nonsense. This realism continues with some crystal clear flashbacks to Danny Pink’s time in the army and the realisation of what exactly he did when he was there. And it continues further with Clara’s reaction to events which are raw, real, desperate and sore. (more…)

The Skaro Review: In the Forest of the Night, by Eddie McGuigan

In The Forest of the Night

 

Reviewed by Eddie McGuigan

 In the Forest of the Night

 

If you go down to the woods today…

 

…you’re sure for a big surprise. Because London – and, indeed, The World™, has been transformed into the Planet of the Bushes as, overnight (in a world where no one works nightshift or goes out after bed time it seems), a forest has sprung up globally. What the hey!? I hear you ask. For lots of reasons.

 

If you go down to the woods today…

 

…you’ll never believe your eyes. Because the Doctor just happens to be in Trafalgar Square just as Clara and Danny are having a museum sleepover five minutes away with a bunch of bratty first years, one of whom has managed to sneak away, whilst no one notices, out of the museum and across the forest strewn terrain when, ten minutes later, Danny has to force his way out because the door is covered in foliage. So what the hey!? I hear you ask. For lots of reasons. (more…)

The Skaro Review: Flatline, by Eddie McGuigan

The Skaro Review
Flatline
Reviewed by Eddie McGuigan

 Doctor Who Flatline

The problem with Flatline is that it is SO much. It’s a study in what it means to be the Doctor, on what his life is like in a mirror. It’s a conceit about the companion, where they go when they’re with the Doctor, psychologically speaking, and what being with him changes them into. It’s an urban mystery. It’s a gritty horror. It’s the most terrifying Doctor Who episode I can actually remember. It’s funny, clever, thought provoking, honest, punch the air superb and look away horrible.

 

Yep, all at half eight on a Saturday night.

 

Whether Jamie Mathieson, the new saviour of Doctor Who, knew this episode was going out later than is normal for Who, I don’t know, but there’s no getting away with the fact that the episode benefits from less nervous censorship than it no doubt would have suffered if it had gone out two hours earlier. (more…)

The Skaro Review: Mummy on the Orient Express: reviewed by Eddie McGuigan

The Skaro Review

Mummy on the Orient Express

Review by Eddie McGuigan

 Mummy on the Orient Express

Yes!

Yes! Yes!! YES!!!

 

I’ll cut to the chase. Mummy on the Orient Express is superb. It is, easily, without a doubt, head and shoulders above anything this season has offered so far.

 

Now, caveats… I’ve got a big spoiler Ninja watching me from the shadows, so I have to be careful what I say here.

 

The story… the Doctor visits the Orient Express in space in the aftermath of his and Clara’s falling out, but, as usual, it’s not just a casual visit, and he’s soon up to his eyes in death. People are dying. The lights flicker, they, and only they, see a scary Hollywood Mummy lurch towards them and, 66 seconds later, they’re dead. (more…)

The regenerated Doctor Who Experience reopens on the 24th of October 2014

The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay will reopen on Friday 24 October 2014 after undergoing its very own regeneration. The award-winning attraction has been closed since the end of the summer holidays to allow the attraction to be updated with a newly scripted storyline starring the Twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi. Tickets for the refreshed attraction will return to general sale on 7th October from doctorwhoexperience.com.

The Doctor Who Experience Cardiff

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The Skaro Review: Kill The Moon, reviewed by Eddie McGuigan

Kill The Moon

Review by Eddie McGuigan

 There is a train of thought, it has to be said, that Steven Moffat’s tenure as showrunner, compared with any others, particularly Russell T Davies, doesn’t have the same uniformity. It can be argued that Moffat allows his writers a much more loose creative atmosphere in which to work, and, as a result, there’s not the same absolute feel to the stories than there has been in the past.

Kill The Moon

Web of Fear?

It’s true that, by its very nature, Doctor Who is a programme that thrives on change and differences, that relies on each week or so being different from the one before, and that the only constants are, for a time, the Doctor and that old blue box. (more…)

The Skaro Review: The Caretaker. Reviewed by Eddie McGuigan

The Caretaker

Reviewed by Eddie McGuigan

 Doctor Who - The Caretaker

One thing you know you get with Gareth Roberts is a right good romp. His previous Doctor Who outings, from the very holiday orientated Planet of the Dead, to his more romantic comedy capers in The Lodger and Closing Time, you get humourous, personable and gentle Doctor Who. Not for Gareth the machinations of the Great And Ancient Time Lord.

 

As a novelist, it’s my honest opinion that Gareth is the natural successor to Douglas Adams. His adaptation of Shada is a wondrous thing, and kept me company on a fabulous Egyptian holiday. I’m  looking forward to the rumoured City of Death novelisation too, and his own stuff, particularly his pairing of Tom Baker and Lalla Ward is just perfection.

 

So you won’t be surprised to find out that The Caretaker takes these tropes and runs with them. It’s a camp, surreal, Did I Just See That romantic comedy, very Rock Hudson and Doris Dayesque in its quaintness in which the Doctor joins Coal Hill school as the, em, Caretaker, mostly to save the day from a deux ex machina bad guy, the Skovox Blitzer but also to get a right good nosey at what Clara gets up with in her “real” life. And what Clara gets up to is, of course, Danny Pink. (more…)

Doctor Who Magazine Preview by Eddie McGuigan #478

COMEDIAN FRANK SKINNER CHATS EXCLUSIVELY ABOUT HIS DOCTOR WHO ROLE – IN DWM 478! 

Doctor Who Magazine #478 

FRANK SKINNER – Mummy on the Orient Express guest star, and life-long Doctor Who fan – speaks about his role in the new series, playing Perkins.

“I don’t know how I’ll feel when they say, ‘And that’s a wrap for Mr Skinner,’” Franks admits. “I’m sure I’ll go through a mix of emotions. When footballers are in cup finals, the managers always say, ‘Savour every moment,’ and that’s what I’m doing. Every moment is ‘wowee’!” (more…)

The Skaro Review: Time Heist by Eddie McGuigan

Time Heist

Reviewed by Eddie McGuigan

Doctor Who: Time Heist

Time Heist isn’t going to win any awards.

 

Time Heist isn’t going to be the season game changer. It’s not going to make people sit up and take notice. It’s not going to rock the nation. It’s the episode that will remind you that, after all the hype, we’re into the second act of series 8, and well into Capaldi’s tenure as the Doctor.

 

To put it in perspective. It’s Capaldi’s World War Three, perhaps more concerningly it’s his Rise of the Cybermen, or maybe worse, it’s his Flesh and Stone.

 

To be fair, it’s also his Revenge of the Cybermen, so, well… em. Nothing to be gained by comparisons. (more…)

Listen: Review By Eddie McGuigan

The Skaro Review

Listen

Reviewed by Eddie McGuigan

 Doctor Who: Listen

 

Sometimes, Doctor Who is like wine. Occasionally it’s a fizzy little Lambrusco, just there to set you up for a Saturday night. Sometimes, it’s a medium priced red, full bodied, hard hitting, and perhaps not to everyone’s taste.

 

Sometimes though, just sometimes, Doctor Who is a 1907 Malvazia Madeira Pereira d’Oliveira, the finest of wines, an exquisite, crafted and extraordinary thing.

 

Listen is an episode like that.

 

In many ways, Listen will be the epitome of the ethos behind the Capaldi era – slow, wordy, leisurely, and perhaps even languid. It delivers the promises we were told of and shown in Deep Breath – longer scenes, thoughtful prose, considered performances. It really is a thing to behold. (more…)

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