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 7:00pm 10/18/14 7:00pm

With This Episode, Doctor Who Season 8 Starts To Pay Off, Big Time

"The Caretaker" is my favorite episode of the Peter Capaldi era of Doctor Who thus far. And it's also probably going to turn out to be the episode where this season really "clicks" for me. Really great stuff, that puts the Doctor on the spot in a way we've never seen before. Spoilers ahead... » 9/27/14 7:00pm 9/27/14 7:00pm

Peter Capaldi's 12th Doctor figure is... not really Peter Capaldi?

Finally, the first figure of the 12th Doctor's action figure is out - and when we first saw pictures of the prototype, it looked pretty decent. New press pictures of the final figure however, reveal something that looks a little less Peter Capaldi, a little more... pallid Rowan Atkinson? Huh. » 9/26/14 11:42am 9/26/14 11:42am

Doctor Who Reveals The Only Thing Really Worth Stealing

Thus far, the loose theme of this season of Doctor Who seems to be "identity crises" and "deconstructing heroism." These themes manifest this week in another story where the Doctor isn't entirely calling the shots, and the main McGuffin that everybody is trying to steal is "selfhood." Spoilers ahead... » 9/20/14 7:00pm 9/20/14 7:00pm

The Twelfth Doctor Describes A Beloved Movie He's Never Seen

Fine, so it's not the Twelfth Doctor as such (it's Peter Capaldi in his turn as the delightfully foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker), and it's not just any beloved movie. But mercy, is it ever fun to imagine everyone's favorite Gallifreyan swearing his way through movie reviews of movies he's never seen. I'd watch the hell… » 9/13/14 8:30am 9/13/14 8:30am

Peter Capaldi Is Already Carrying Doctor Who On His Amazing Shoulders

This was a pretty humdrum season Doctor Who season opener for the most part. Except that Peter Capaldi, the new Doctor, is already bringing a marvelously strange energy to the role of the Doctor. Capaldi's presence lent a huge spark to the storyline about Clara having trouble adjusting to the Doctor's new face. » 8/23/14 8:12pm 8/23/14 8:12pm

First Doctor Who Season 8 Teaser Trailer Puts The Emphasis On "Tease"

The eighth season of Doctor Who, starring Peter Capaldi as the brand-new Twelfth Doctor, arrives this August, and the BBC has released the very first teaser trailer! And when I say "teaser trailer," I mean "hilariously brief footage that is essentially a still photo of Capaldi in silhouette." It's ridiculous. » 5/23/14 11:48am 5/23/14 11:48am