42

"42" was easily the best looking Doctor Who episode ever, with beatifully designed glowy sets, lots of fire and blinking lights and eldritch glowing eyes, more great-looking, sweating, intense actors, all wonderfully shot by Doctor Who veteran Graeme Harper. Plotwise, though, it was a bit routine. Just another "base under siege with a time bomb" …

A pig in a poke (spoilers for Evolution of the Daleks)

No, no, no, no, no! Last week, some Doctor Who fans on Livejournal responded to criticism of Daleks in Manhattan by saying this was the best Dalek story since Genesis of the Daleks, Evil of the Daleks, Planet of the Daleks, you name it. THEY-ARE-INCORRECT! Taken as a whole, the two-parter of Daleks in Manhattan …

First, they exterminate Manhattan, then they exterminate Berlin.

First impression of Daleks in Manhattan: not very good. There were some good ideas in there, but the execution left a lot to be desired. The biggest problem was the acting: the BBC obviously has a huge, huge talent pool, but some things are simply too much to ask, and asking an ensemble cast of …

Smith & Jones (mild Doctor Who Season 3 spoilers)

I’d actually had a Doctor Who-related dream the other night, involving Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones, and several incarnations of the Doctor. I don’t remember everything from it, but I do remember that Colin Baker, the Sixth Doctor, looked uncannily young and svelte in it. Even when he wasn’t standing next to Mel Smith, I …