Posts by: Malcolm Stewart

‘Doctor Who’ spoiler-free review: ‘The Woman Who Lived’

‘The Woman Who Lived’ is an unlikely episode of Doctor Who for at least three reasons. Firstly, it is written by a woman – something which shouldn’t be an oddity, but sadly is. Secondly, in taking us to Stuart England, in 1651, it explores unusual historical territory for a series which is typically content to...

‘Doctor Who’ teasers: 10 hints for ‘The Girl Who Died’

The new season of Doctor Who continues next weekend with ‘The Girl Who Died’, written by Jamie Mathieson (‘Flatline’) with showrunner Steven Moffat. Captured by Vikings, the Doctor and Clara must help protect their village from Space Warriors from the future: the Mire. Outnumbered and outgunned, their fate seems inevitable. So why is the Doctor preoccupied...

‘Doctor Who’ spoiler-free review: ‘The Girl Who Died’

Primary teachers of the world – look away now! In this episode of Doctor Who, there are Vikings and (gasp!) they are not completely historically accurate! Inside a peasant’s hut, there is the anachronism of a leather-bound book, while, in a costuming decision bound to inflame the great Viking headgear controversy, warriors wear helmets that,...

‘Doctor Who’ spoiler-free review: ‘Before the Flood’

Doctor Who, in recent years, has been obsessed with prequels: most of them online and most of them very entertaining – although actually prologues. Here, however, we get the real deal: a partner episode to last week’s ghostly opener that deliberately spools back in time to explain how its events came about. This much you’ll...

‘Doctor Who’ teasers: 10 hints for ‘Before The Flood’

The new season of Doctor Who continues next weekend with ‘Before The Flood’, written by Being Human creator Toby Whithouse. On a remote Army outpost, a fearsome alien warlord – the Fisher King – sets in motion a twisted plan to ensure his own survival. The ripples will be felt around the universe. Is this...

‘Doctor Who’ teasers: 10 hints for ‘Under the Lake’

The new season of Doctor Who continues next weekend with ‘Under the Lake’, written by Being Human creator Toby Whithouse. The official synopsis reads: “When an Underwater Base comes under attack, the Doctor and Clara must save the frightened crew and defeat an impossible threat. But what is behind these terrifying events? And can they...

‘Doctor Who’ spoiler-free review: ‘Under the Lake’

How much you enjoy this weekend’s Doctor Who may depend on how prepared you are for old-school storytelling. It may also depend on how much you like very dim green lighting, because there’s a lot of it about. Say what you like about Steven Moffat’s hyperactive episodes, they are far from ordinary. Toby Whithouse’s ‘Under...

‘Doctor Who’ spoiler-free review: ‘The Witch’s Familiar’

Fans of Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who are used to looking to his earlier work for signs of Who to come. But increasingly, it’s his 1999 Comic Relief skit, ‘The Curse of Fatal Death’, which looks less like a parody of the programme and more like a template for where it would head under his stewardship....

‘Doctor Who’ teasers: 10 hints for ‘The Witch’s Familiar’

The new season of Doctor Who continues next weekend with ‘The Witch’s Familiar’, written by Steven Moffat. The official synopsis reads: “Trapped and alone in a terrifying Dalek city, the Doctor is at the heart of an evil Empire; no sonic, no TARDIS, nobody to help. With his greatest temptation before him, can the Doctor...

‘Doctor Who’ teasers: 10 hints for ‘The Magician’s Apprentice’

Doctor Who returns next weekend with ‘The Magician’s Apprentice’, written by Steven Moffat. The official synopsis reads: “Where is the Doctor? When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend. But where is the Doctor, and what is he hiding from? “As past deeds come back to haunt...