On Doctor Who, The Doctor Is Willing To Play Seriously Crazy Mind Games For Peace

This was another odd episode of Doctor Who, a show which seems to be trying to reinvent itself not through radical change but through stylistic drift. Last year, Doctor Who had some insane experiments, but this year it’s just doing a slew of two-parters about the Doctor stumbling through messes of his own creation. »11/07/15 10:00pm11/07/15 10:00pm

Maisie Williams’ Role On Doctor Who Was Way Better Than The Doctor’s Daughter

In the run-up to Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams guest-starring on Doctor Who, there were all sorts of rumors about which character she was playing. And a lot of people believed she was playing Jenny, the “Doctor’s Daughter” from the episode of that name. Instead, she’s playing something much more interesting. »10/24/15 10:00pm10/24/15 10:00pm

On Doctor Who, We See The One Thing That’ll Make The Doctor Bend The Rules

Tonight’s episode of Doctor Who sees the Doctor in an impossible situation, where his fate appears already sealed. In other words, it’s another day at the office. But this time around, the Doctor is only able to find a way out when he’s given the proper motivation: an even worse looming disaster. »10/10/15 10:00pm10/10/15 10:00pm

Doctor Who and the Deconstruction of the Daleks

Tonight’s Doctor Who episode continues the show’s recent trend of deconstructing the Daleks, his armored “space Nazi” adversaries. And just like with the recent “Asylum of the Daleks” and “Into the Dalek,” we discover that Dalek nature is both sadder and more complicated than we’d previously thought. »9/26/15 10:00pm9/26/15 10:00pm

Doctor Who Shows Us The Doctor’s Arch-Enemies In A Whole New Light

Tonight’s Doctor Who season premiere is all about two of the show’s most iconic villains. We (and the Doctor) see them in a new light, and it’s enough to make you wonder if the show’s endless battle against evil is actually something more complicated. And if so, what does that mean for our hero, the Doctor? »9/19/15 10:00pm9/19/15 10:00pm

Doctor Who Offers Us A Joyous Celebration Of Reusing Old Story Ideas

Doctor Who's head writer, Steven Moffat, has sometimes been accused of having a few main story ideas that he trots out again and again. Today's Doctor Who Christmas special, "Last Christmas," feels like a hilarious, spirited defense: A story made entirely out of old stories, which just has fun with it. Spoilers… »12/25/14 10:00pm12/25/14 10:00pm

Will Clara Pay A High Cost For Trying To Be The Doctor On Doctor Who?

Doctor Who's two-part season finale aired its first half tonight, and the story is almost entirely driven by Clara Oswald and her decisions. It's a measure of how much she's grown as a character that this works as splendidly as it does. But did Clara just learn the true cost of trying to be the Doctor? Spoilers… »11/01/14 10:00pm11/01/14 10:00pm

This Year, Doctor Who is Built Around A Character Arc, And That's Major

Tonight's episode clinches it: Doctor Who is doing a much more ambitious character arc than it's done in years, even as the show's "mystery" storytelling is drastically scaled back. Even with a few stumbles here and there, this is really major. You have to applaud the ambition, and a lot of the execution. Spoilers… »10/18/14 10:00pm10/18/14 10:00pm

Doctor Who's Old-School Monster Story Manages To Feel Amazingly Fresh

On the face of it, "Mummy on the Orient Express" is a more traditional Doctor Who story than anything we've seen lately. There's a classic monster (very classic, in fact), a confined space, and a mystery to be solved — but this story manages to turn those ingredients into something totally new. Spoilers ahead... »10/11/14 10:00pm10/11/14 10:00pm

There's Not Much Point In Arguing About Moffat's Doctor Who Any More

I'm still kind of dazed by tonight's episode of Doctor Who. I can't decide if it's a fantastic work of genius or a shaggy-dog story. Maybe both. But it's clearly Steven Moffat turning all of his favorite tropes up to 11. And I came away feeling, more than ever, as though there's not much point debating Moffat's Who. »9/13/14 10:00pm9/13/14 10:00pm