Yes to More Yaz: “Doctor Who” Showrunner Hints at Shifting Storylines

With one full season and a New Year’s Day special under the latest TARDIS team’s belt, it looks like the focus might be shifting in the next season to Yasmin Khan. Since the bulk of season 11 focused on Ryan’s growth and relationship with  Graham, it felt like police officer and school mate Yaz’s story …

Old Acquaintances Not Forgotten: The Daleks Return in Doctor Who’s “Resolution”

Three brave tribes have gathered the remains of a dangerous creature in the 9th century. They divide the remains amongst three warriors called the Three Custodians and vow to bury and guard the remains for all time. Two warriors succeed in their journeys home to Anuta Island and Siberia respectively, but the third falls prey …

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: “A Midwinter’s Tale”

Keep your Yule logs lit as we delve into both the welcome and unwelcome guests, and their related Christmas/Yule/Solstice folklore, who visit Sabrina (Kiernan Chipka) and her family and friends over several nights leading to the longest night of the year in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina holiday special, "A Midwinter's Tale". I’ve always been …

Doctor Who’s “The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos”  Ends Not With a Bang but a Whimper

A familiar villain seeks revenge. Two people have their faith used against them. And the Doctor must restore the universe. Sounds like a high-key finale for “Doctor Who,” right? The episode opens in present day on the planet of Ranskoor Av Kolos, which is inhabited by a micro-species called the Ux. The lone two members …

Doctor Who’s “It Takes You Away” Takes Us to New Yet Familiar Fairytale Territory

“I won't open boxes That I am told not to I'm not a Pandora I'm much more like That girl in the mirror between you and me She don't stand a chance of getting anywhere at all” - “Suspended in Gaffa,” Kate Bush A seemingly abandoned and boarded up cabin in Norway. The anti-zone with …

Waking the Witch in Doctor Who’s “The Witchfinders”

“You won't burn (red, red roses) You won't bleed (pinks and posies) Confess to me, girl (red, red roses, go down)” - “Waking the Witch,” Kate Bush A quick jaunt to see Queen Elizabeth’s coronation turns sour—and deadly—when the TARDIS lands in 17th century England and smack in the middle of a witch trial. It …

Doctor Who: 55YL

23 November 2018 marks Doctor Who's 55th anniversary—not as flashy as the 50th, with all its merchandising, special documentaries, and the worldwide broadcast of a very expensively-made multi-Doctor episode shot in 3D, but it's still worth noting. For a show to have a near-continuous run for that long (there was that unfortunate fallow period in the …

Bearing Witness to Love and Hate in Doctor Who’s “Demons of the Punjab”

Every family has their secrets—and some are too painful to talk about. When Yaz’s grandmother Umbreen gifts Yaz with a shattered watch but won’t tell her anything else about it, there’s just one thing to do—travel back in time. After all, she tells the Doctor, “What’s the point in having a mate with a time …