Posts by: Andrew Blair

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...

The Doctor Who Fan Service Hotline Week 1: The Woman Who Fell To Earth

Doctor Who is back on our screens, and no matter how much we miss Peter Capaldi it has to be said that Jodie Whittaker is our new best friend. This is EXCITING. As such we offer this service for fans who need the sweet release that comes with jabbing your finger repeatedly at a button. Calls...

Doctor Who fandom, The Talons Of Weng Chiang, and racism

Everyone loves Doctor Who, the kids own shown that grown ups adore. *Doctor Who on Twitch happens* We regret to inform you that Doctor Who is racist. *** There are two broad groups of response to this fact. One is denial, and counter-accusing to say that PC killjoys are finding patterns in things that aren’t...

“It has a bouquet” – Douglas Adams as Doctor Who Script Editor

Douglas Adams was recommended for the Doctor Who Script Editor’s job by his predecessor Anthony Read, and accepted the job after meeting with producer Graham Williams. This was around September/October 1978. Williams was recovering from illness that meant he was unable to carry out his role during the filming of The Power of Kroll. It...

Doctor Who, Twitch, and why are we surprised younger viewers love classic Who?

There is a theory in the Philosophy of Science called the ‘Pessimistic Meta-Induction Argument’. Simplified, it states ‘Well, we’ve been wrong before, so we’ll probably be wrong again’. In related news, you cannot accurately predict how people will react when viewing pre-1989 Doctor Who stories for the first time. One person’s treasure is another person’s...

When Christopher H Bidmead was Doctor Who script editor

Christopher Hamilton Bidmead became script editor of Doctor Who in late 1979, brought onboard by new Producer John Nathan-Turner. Bidmead had been an actor, scriptwriter and journalist, and was recommended to JNT by Robert Banks-Stewart (who had written for the show in the mid-Seventies). He inherited a situation where JNT and Executive Producer Barry Letts...