Posts by: Andrew Blair

Revisiting Russell T. Davies’ tenure as Doctor Who showrunner

When Doctor Who returned in 2005, the roles of Script Editor and Producer had changed. The Script Editor was no longer a creative role, and was now about storytelling logic, continuity and liaising between writers and the production team. The Show Runner (who was also an Executive Producer) was the main creative force, commissioning stories,...

The Doctor Who Fan Service Hot Line Week 5: The Tsuragna Conundrum

Woah. We’re halfway there. Woah. Caught me unawares. Reduced episode count but we’ll make it I swear. Woah. Ending on a prayer. Press 1 if you felt the conundrum aspect of this episode was overemphasised. Press 2 if you noticed Chibnall’s cunning trick of distracting us from this week’s implant device by using a word that sounded a bit...

The Doctor Who Fan Service Hot Line Week 4: Arachnids in the UK

Whatever we expected from Chris Chibnall’s vision of Doctor Who, I don’t think any of us were imagining riffs on Planet of the Spiders and Paradise Towers with that guy from Sex in the City not quite playing Donald Trump. Press 1 if you can’t quite believe how camp that episode wasn’t. Press 2 if you can’t quite believe that an episode of Doctor Who featuring a...

The Doctor Who Fan Service Hotline Week 3: Rosa

This article contains spoilers for Rosa. Malorie Blackman follows Patrick Ness to become the second of the Puffin 50th anniversary ebooks to write for the TV universe, but the first to write for the parent show itself. If I ever hold another Doctor Who pub quiz there’s definitely going to be a Puffin ebook round so you...

The Doctor Who Fan Service Hotline Week 2: The Ghost Monument

This article contains spoilers for The Ghost Monument. The TARDIS has returned, and our operators are primed and ready to take your calls. We also have a dedicated ‘OMG SERIES ARC!’ team on standby, and as ever we have a furious physicist on hand should anyone still cling to the hope that Doctor Who is into that sort...