DOCTOR WHO: A Viewer’s Guide for Beginners

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Godspeed, Sarah Jane

Sad, awful news tonight from the UK, where the BBC has announced that Elisabeth Sladen has passed away from cancer. Russell T Davies offers some wonderful, touching thoughts on Ms. Sladen and Sarah Jane here. I’m rubbish at writing tributes to people I don’t know personally because it seems almost disrespectful to talk about them…

DOCTOR WHO: Go Ahead and Take THE INFINITE QUEST to DREAMLAND

“THE INFINITE QUEST” (2007) – Animated Special – Written by Alan Barnes; Directed by Gary Russell – Originally broadcast in 13 parts – The Doctor and Martha Jones go hunting after the Infinite, a legendary, mythic treasure that will grant you your heart’s desire. Giles plays the bad guy. Because Librarians Are Really Just Pirates-in-Waiting.…

DOCTOR WHO: The Time Lord Victorious Over THE WATERS OF MARS

“THE WATERS OF MARS” – Post-Series 4 Specials, Episode 3, Story 201 – Written by Russell T Davies and Phil Ford; Directed by Graeme Harper – The Tenth Doctor heads to Mars for some sightseeing and discovers here’s arrived on the day of one of those “Fixed Point in Time” things he’s always yapping about.…

DOCTOR WHO: THE NEXT DOCTOR Who Wasn’t

“THE NEXT DOCTOR” – Post-Series 4 Specials, Episode 1, Story 199 – Written by Russell T. Davies; Directed by Andy Goddard – The Tenth Doctor is without a Companion and so perhaps to cheer himself up he goes and visits Christmas Eve, London, 1851. When he gets there he finds a guy calling himself the…

DOCTOR WHO: If You TURN LEFT, You Will Miss the Dystopia

“TURN LEFT” – Series 4, Episode 11, Story 197 – Written by Russell T. Davies; Directed by Graeme Harper – It’s a Doctor-Lite episode as the focus – FINALLY – shifts to Donna. Unfortunately, we get an alternate universe story about how crappy things would be if Donna had never met the Doctor. Imagine every…

DOCTOR WHO: MIDNIGHT in the Shuttle Bus of Good and Evil

“MIDNIGHT” – Series 4, Episode 10, Story 196 – Written by Russell T. Davies; Directed by Alice Troughton – The Doctor and Donna head to the Midnight, a resort planet constantly bathed in X-tonic radiation. What’s X-tonic radiation? I have no idea, except it’s bright and it kills you and it’s all whitey/purplish. So it’s…

DOCTOR WHO: Sing a Song with the PLANET OF THE OOD

“PLANET OF THE OOD” – Series 4, Episode 3, Story 191 – Written by Keith Temple; Directed by Graeme Harper – The Doctor and Donna jump ahead in time to 4126 and land on the Ood-Sphere. You remember the Ood, right? From the episode two seasons ago where the Doctor met Satan and it turned…