Film, Music, Visual Arts

The New Who: When Worlds Elide

Doctor Who, “It Takes You Away” Series 11, Episode 9 Written by Ed Himes Directed by Jamie Childs Starring Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, and Bradley Walsh Guest Starring Sharon D. Clarke, Kevin Eldon, Christian Rubeck, Lisa Stokke, and Eleanor Wallworks Original Broadcast 2 December 2018 (49 minutes)     No matter how good […]

The New Who: Witchy Women

Doctor Who, “The Witchfinders” Series 11, Episode 8 Written by Joy Wilkinson Directed by Sally Aprahamian Starring Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, and Bradley Walsh Guest Starring Alan Cumming, Siobhan Finneran, Tricia Kelly, and Tilly Steele Original Broadcast 25 November 2018 (49 minutes)     Thanks to a terrific writing staff assembled by showrunner […]

The New Who: Special Delivery?

Doctor Who, “Kerblam!” Series 11, Episode 7 Written by Pete McTighe Directed by Jennifer Perrott Starring Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, and Bradley Walsh Guest Starring Julie Hesmondhalgh, Leo Flanagan, Claudia Jessie, and Lee Mack Original Broadcast 18 November 2018 (50 minutes)     Perhaps it was inevitable, given the ongoing controversies about the […]

The New Who: Births and Rebirths

Doctor Who, “The Tsuranga Conundrum” Series 11, Episode 5 Written by Chris Chibnall Directed by Jennifer Perrott Starring Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, and Bradley Walsh Guest Starring Lois Chimimba, Brett Goldstein, Suzanne Packer, and Jack Shalloo Original Broadcast 4 November 2018 (50 minutes)     For anyone who thought that Doctor Who Series […]

The New Who: Off to the Races

Doctor Who, “The Ghost Monument” Series 11, Episode 2 Written by Chris Chibnall Directed by Mark Tonderai Starring Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, and Bradley Walsh Guest Starring Shaun Dooley, Susan Lynch, and Art Mali Original Broadcast 14 October 2018 (49 minutes)     As Doctor Who’s Series 11 unfolds, showrunner Chris Chibnall is […]

The New Who: I’m In Love with Her and I Feel Fine

Editor’s note: This post inaugurates the first in a series of 11 reviews of the recent reboot of Doctor Who, cast with a female doctor.     Doctor Who, “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” Series 11, Episode 1 Written by Chris Chibnall Directed by Jamie Childs Starring Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, and […]

“Planes, Trains,” and Technology

      The holiday movie-watching season is near, and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is one of the classics. Steve Martin and John Candy, as I am sure you remember, are forced by mishaps into two days of bad travel together, on their way to Thanksgiving Day. The movie was released in 1987 and holds up well, […]