Posts by: Malcolm Stewart

4 of the most underrated episodes of ‘Doctor Who’

Not every episode of Doctor Who can be a universally-adored ‘Blink’ or ‘The Doctor’s Wife’. We’ve picked out four episodes that don’t get the recognition they perhaps deserve…   4. ‘The Beast Below’ A story of images and ideas, Matt Smith’s second story doesn’t quite coalesce as an adventure. It’s hard to grasp quite how this society...

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ review: Russell T Davies’ adaptation is life-affirming

Well, that was gloriously life-affirming, wasn’t it? Maybe it’s the fact that Shakespeare’s comedies, when done well, lead to a freeing of the human spirit.  (When done badly, they’re excruciating.)  Maybe it’s because there is little more delightful on television than hearing Bernard Cribbins sing.  Whatever, that was a more than convivial way of spending...

‘Doctor Who’ spoiler-free review: ‘Sleep No More’

Mark Gatiss, inside Doctor Who fan circles, has tended to become known as a master of historical pastiche… A Renaissance man who has achieved greatness in other spheres – in the company of other extraordinary gentlemen, in his work on Sherlock, and in his marvellous Lucifer Box books – but has, in his writing for...

‘Doctor Who’ teasers: 10 hints for ‘Sleep No More’

The new season of Doctor Who continues this weekend with ‘Sleep No More’, written by Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss. This terrifying story is assembled from footage discovered in the wreckage of Le Verrier Space Station.” > Here’s everything we know about Season 9 so far. ‘Sleep No More’ will air at 8.15pm on Saturday 14...

‘Doctor Who’ teasers: 10 hints for ‘The Zygon Inversion’

The new season of Doctor Who continues this weekend with ‘The Zygon Inversion’, written by Peter Harness (‘Kill the Moon’). Shapeshifting Zygons are everywhere in the UK, and there is no way of knowing who to trust. With UNIT neutralised, only the Doctor stands in their way. But how do you stop a war? And...

‘Doctor Who’ spoiler-free review: ‘The Zygon Inversion’

If you grew up in the 1970s, at the time of (or possibly earlier than) the last Zygon incursion, there was one thing you knew Doctor Who would deliver every week, and that was body horror. The post-2005 series has tended to shy away from this to the same extent (aside from Victor Meldrew growing...

‘Doctor Who’ teasers: 10 hints for ‘The Zygon Invasion’

The new season of Doctor Who continues this weekend with ‘The Zygon Invasion’, written by Peter Harness (‘Kill the Moon’). The Zygons, a race of shapeshifting aliens, have been living in secret among us on Earth, unknown and unseen – until now! When Osgood is kidnapped by a rogue gang of Zygons, the Doctor, Clara...

‘Doctor Who’ spoiler-free review: ‘The Zygon Invasion’

Now, this is a Part 1! With many of the two-parters this season, the trick has been to tell a story that pivots at the halfway point, flipping and somersaulting over the viewer’s expectations. With ‘The Zygon Invasion’, however, the watchword is very much ‘scale’. Since the events of 2013’s ‘The Day of the Doctor’,...

‘Doctor Who’ teasers: 10 hints for ‘The Woman Who Lived’

The new season of Doctor Who continues this weekend with ‘The Woman Who Lived’, written by Catherine Tregenna (Torchwood). England, 1651. The deadly Highwayman ‘The Nightmare’ and his sidekick stalk the dark streets of London. But when they find loot that’s not of this world, they come face to face with The Doctor. Who is...