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Over its 51 year history, Doctor Who has had multiple storylines in which the Doctor was inserted into the realms of real life mythology. Like River Song herself states in Series 5’s The Pandorica Opens; “I hate good wizards in stories. They all turn out to be him”. But not every storyline in Doctor Who has been original.
More often than not, aspects of mythology leaks out on to the pages of Doctor Who in new and unique ways. In fact, Doctor Who is a master of given old mythological traditions a fresh timey-wimey twist.
For terms of reference, the term ‘mythology’ refers to most western types of mythology, including well known myths. As such, the Aztecs episode, for example, has not been included on this list, despite the fact it depicted Aztec beliefs extremely well. Classical mythology especially includes Greek myths, though there is a mention of Noah’s Ark that made the list. »
- Alexa Baczak
Released in 2013, The Auntie Matter was the first of the second series of Big Finish’s The Fourth Doctor Adventures, and reunited Tom Baker with Mary Tamm for the first time in Doctor Who since 1978’s The Armageddon Factor. Oh, and for another day Big Finish are making it available for a jaw-droppingly paltry £2.99...
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- Christian Cawley
With 6.34 million tuning into BBC One for Doctor Who‘s 6.15pm broadcast according to overnights – a 27.5% audience share that saw the show defeat the ever-popular Downton Abbey – it would be fair to assume that this figure will increase considerably over the coming days, not least due to delayed views. After all, a...
- Christian Cawley
In July, a panel of SoS TV editors and critics picked the best episodes of 2014 so far. Here are their picks for the best episodes of the second half of what has been another fantastic year for television.
The Honourable Woman, “The Empty Chair”
Written by Hugo Blick
Directed by Hugo Blick
Aired July 3, 2014
For anyone burnt out on Homeland‘s increasingly 24-esque take on international intrigue and perilous spycraft, Hugo Blick’s BBC/SundanceTV miniseries The Honourable Woman offers a respite, leaning harder on psychological and sociopolitical realism than overwrought action beats while tackling unrest in the Middle East and the repercussions of violence. Its first installment, “The Empty Chair,” is a case study in how to introduce both a complex story and complex characters without feeling like it’s needlessly dwarfing viewers in subplots just for the sake of it. Moreover, it works both as a sterling showcase »
“The time came when I learned that the curse was also something of a blessing.” Classic horror literature characters, bloodsuckers, possession—season one of Showtime’s new series, Penny Dreadful, had a little bit of everything and turned out to be an unexpected treat for horror fans, and with the show’s sophomore season premiering next year, Showtime has unveiled the first teaser video for season two.
“This season, Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali »
- Derek Anderson
*clouds part* Aaaaahhhh… The Simpsons. On December 17th 1989, television changed forever. When those crudely animated short films first aired on The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987 no one could have known the impact those shaky yellow hued characters and their love of frosty chocolate milkshakes would have upon popular culture. 561 episodes later and their...
- Andrew Reynolds
This day has been an emotional rollercoaster.
The facts and details of the Christmas episode have been kept strictly secret, and for good reason. Rumors flew that Jenna Coleman was leaving the series just as the new season was a-borning, and her go-to answer for the events of the special was “If you know if I’m staying with the series, it’ll ruin the ending”. A spectacularly surprising cameo, a hilarious guest star, and a plot that keeps unfolding like a fried onion makes for a ripping yarn for the holiday. But for most of the year, we were never sure or not if this was to be Clara’s…
Directed by Paul Wilmshurst
Clara and The Doctor team up again after Santa crashes on her roof. You heard me – Sweet Papa Chrimbo himself appears atop Clara’s home, and before any sense can be made of that, »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
ABC’s broadcast of the animated classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas topped Thursday night with a 1.9 demo rating (surging 58 percent from a year ago), while drawing 5.9 million total viewers (up 44 percent).
Those tallies mark five- and four-year highs for the ‘toon.
A repeat of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (6.8 mil/1.2) drew Christmas night’s largest audience.
Don’t know what else to tell you here, ‘cept that something called The 12 Dogs of Christmas on The CW did 920,000 viewers and a 0.2 rating. »
If you love Big Finish, or want to try their audios for the first time, the producers of Doctor Who audio have teamed up with the famed Humble Bundle team to give you the opportunity to pay-what-you-want for some of their popular audios as well as help Doctors Without Borders deliver medical assistance in concflict...
- Christian Cawley
Being a fan of Doctor Who is always a rollercoaster – there are epic highs and devastating lows. To be a fan, however, there are some things you have to just accept without questioning. Well Ok, Whovian’s question but still accept them. These factors are a huge part of what Doctor Who is all about and by taking them away, the show becomes diluted and overly placid.
They’re what make Doctor Who, Doctor Who. They’re what makes the show different. As such, fans accept these differences – sometimes through gritted teeth – because without them the show they love and adore would fall into the traps that so many shows before them have fallen into. Doctor Who would lose its truth and become just another TV show.
When watching Doctor Who, a show about an Alien whose best friend is a human, travelling through time and space, suspension of disbelief is a given, »
- Mike Melling
When Gabby and the Doctor arrive by accident in No Man’s Land in July, 1916, they’re met by Corporal Jamie Colqhoun – a soldier who knows from bitter experience that there are worse things than the Jerries out in the rat-strewn trenches.
Things that drift through the smoke of a thousand cannon shells, and move only when you look away. Shadows that flit over artillery-blasted field hospitals and throw their terrifying wings over the living. Statues that steal your life in an instant.
The Weeping Angels.
But in a conflict where the life of young men is cheap, and thousands die every day – are the Angels actually offering salvation?
Trapped in the midst of a flock of starving Angels, »
- Gary Collinson
The volume was up on the night’s TV – with even Downton Abbey joining in the yelling – but it could not drown out Let It Go
If there was anything tying together this year’s Christmas night TV, it was the volume. There was an awful lot of shouting on Downton Abbey, quite a bit of shouting on Doctor Who, standard soap shouting on EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale and, in case you haven’t had your fill of the earworm of the decade yet, a whole hour dedicated to the Disney phenomenon Frozen and its song Let It Go. It was enough to drive anyone back to the brandy.
There was the obligatory howl of a woman in labour, too, on the resolutely grim Call the Midwife, which offered up a second fix of Miranda Hart in one night, following the penultimate episode of her eponymous sitcom.
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- Rebecca Nicholson
With Last Christmas finished, it’s quite a wait until Doctor Who Series 9 commences in late 2015, so why not introduce yourself to some Big Finish produced time travelling adventure or any number of the company’s superb spin-offs and other adaptations? If you’re yet to tip your toe into the accessible waters of the Big Finish canon, now...
The post Awesome-But-Secret “12 Days of Big Finish” Sale Commences! appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Christian Cawley
Last Christmas has aired! Viewers in the UK have seen the 2014 Doctor Who Christmas special, and taken it all in: monsters, Santa Claus, the Doctor, being reunited with Clara… and more. But what did you think of it? You should know what’s coming next – it’s a poll! But rather than ask you what...
- Christian Cawley
Merry Christmas ComicMixers! After the presents have all been opened, dinners been eaten, and we’ve set the TiVo to record Doctor Who, we like to wrap up our Tweeks Christmas with a trip to the movies with our family. Sadly (and, well, we think weirdly) there are very few family friendly movies out in the theatres this holiday season (unless you’ve been under a rock & haven’t seen Big Hero 6 and Penguins of Madagascar — which in that case, go watch our reviews & go see those pronto!) In this week’s episode, we break down the family-friendly films you can see over Winter Break: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Annie, and Into The Woods.
- Maddy and Anya Ernst
Merry Christmas! It’s here again, and tonight, the Twelfth Doctor makes his first appearance in a Christmas episode, Last Christmas. But now we turn to past glories. To celebrate this special day, we asked the team at K Towers to decide which was their favourite Christmas special, from The Christmas Invasion to The Time of the Doctor. There was...
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- Philip Bates
Peter Capaldi is back as the time-travelling adventurer in this festive special in which he must fend off terrifying creatures attacking an Arctic base.
Miranda is back on screens in the first of this two-part Christmas special, which sadly marks the end of the series forever.
The first episode picks up where the last one left off, with the unlucky-in-love shop owner having received two proposals of marriage - one from dreamboat chef Gary and the other from new boyfriend Mike. Who will she choose, if anyone?
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The holidays are great because you get to spend time with family, eat lots of food, and really appreciate everyone and everything you have in your life. However, they’re also a fantastic time to binge-watch TV shows and movies, from action flicks like the James Bond films to awesome sci-fi series like Doctor Who. If you’re looking to watch something while you’re baking cookies tonight, or during the time between opening presents and when you have to head over to your relatives tomorrow, check out these movie and TV marathons that are airing today and on Christmas Day. – BBC America is running a marathon of the best Doctor Who Christmas specials. Even though this technically already started (the first episode began at 1 p.m.), you still have time to watch a whole bunch of Doctor Who, as the marathon will continue until 6 a.m. tomorrow morning. – Starting at 8 p. »
- Chris King
It’s Christmas Eve. That’s come quickly. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were opening up a horde of pressies in the morning, stuffing ourselves at dinner, and saying goodbye to the Raggedy Doctor in the evening. And now, we’re on the brink of another Doctor Who Christmas special. Christmas, however, is about viewing the...
- Philip Bates
The longevity of Doctor Who is built on the strength of character. Fantasy is most powerful when held up as a mirror to our own perception of reality. It’s a way of stepping back from the distortions that shadow our senses and peeking at the world sideways. Sometimes the only way to see something is to peer out of another person’s eyes.
The people of series eight Doctor Who are a sly and clever mix of old and new. They may stand on the sidelines but always seek to push the boundaries of the Time Lord’s journey. They serve to illuminate the Doctor while presenting engaging stories in their own right. A character comes alive when allowed to change and evolve and the writers of series eight take great care in allowing this to happen.
From mythical heroes to damaged soldiers to old foes in new dress, »
- Mary Ogle
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