Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor – Review

While our review below doesn’t give explicit on-the-nose spoilers, we really recommend viewing The Time of the Doctor before you read it.

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Matt Smith’s final adventure has arrived as Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor by Steven Moffat airs today in the UK on BBC One at 19:30GMT and in the USA on BBC America at 9pm ET/8C
Matt Smith’s final adventure has arrived as Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor by Steven Moffat airs today in the UK on BBC One at 19:30GMT and in the USA on BBC America at 9pm ET/8C
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Sherlock related review roundup

Yes, it may win the award for perhaps the most unwieldy title for an article ever posted by Sherlockology, but when it’s in relation to an event as momentous as the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, it’s possibly justified.

Below, we look into the televisual events from the past week of celebrations that are directly tied to BBC Sherlock - The Day of the Doctor and The Night of the Doctor, both written by Steven Moffat, and An Adventure in Space and Time written by Mark Gatiss. Since all are post-broadcast, there will be a degree of spoilers contained within, but certainly nothing that will derail enjoyment if watching each for the first time.

So without further ado…

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Watch the first trailer for The Day of the Doctor, the eagerly anticipated 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who - written by Steven Moffat

Doctor Who Series S7B – The Sherlock Related Review

As we promised at the end of September 2012, we’re back in Time Lord mode with the second half of our Sherlock related review of Doctor Who Series 7, examining the episodes that crossover with our favourite detective through their writers and directors (and on occasion, cast members). The latter section of the seventh series features work from the three writers of Sherlock, with Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss handling two episodes apiece and Steve Thompson scripting a single instalment. As before, this isn’t an all encompassing review of the entire series, just these five episodes – The Bells of Saint John, Cold War, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, The Crimson Horror and The Name of the Doctor. Please note though we’ll be discussing some spoilers in detail throughout as we examine how these episodes function individually and as contributions to the final episode.

Read the full review on our website.

It’s Doctor Who Day, with plenty to interest Sherlock fans!

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Doctor Who returns today in the UK at 18:15GMT on BBC One, and in the USA on BBC America at 8pm/7c.

The Bells of Saint John, the opening episode of the second run of episodes in Series Seven, is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Colm McCarthy, who is set to direct one of the upcoming episodes in Sherlock Series Three! The episode is set in modern day London, so also offers up some exciting hints as to how Colm may treat the city in his episode of Sherlock.

In other news, the 50th Anniversary episode of the science fiction series, written by Steven Moffat, has had some rather exciting casting news announced today.

Can you guess Who is returning?

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Episode title revealed for the return of Doctor Who, written by Steven Moffat
The Doctor will be joined by new companion Clara in ‘The Bells of St John’, written by Steven Moffat. The episode will debut the second section of Series 7 on BBC One and BBC America on March 30 2013.
Read more about the return of everyone’s favourite Time Lord on the BBC website.

Episode title revealed for the return of Doctor Who, written by Steven Moffat

The Doctor will be joined by new companion Clara in ‘The Bells of St John’, written by Steven Moffat. The episode will debut the second section of Series 7 on BBC One and BBC America on March 30 2013.

Read more about the return of everyone’s favourite Time Lord on the BBC website.

Doctor Who: The Snowmen - Review

Now we’ve digested our turkey, it’s time to take stock of the annual Doctor Who Christmas Special, once again written by Steven Moffat - and this year featuring a glut of knowing references to the World’s Greatest Detective…

Please note that while this review contains no explicit plot spoilers, there is discussion of characterisation and thematic material.  

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DOCTOR WHO SERIES 7.0 - THE SHERLOCK RELATED REVIEW

Doctor Who has always fallen under our gaze due to the crossover with the creative crew of Sherlock, but we’ve never actually sat down and reviewed any part of the series. We thought we’d put this right from now on, and simultaneously do something a little different, by focusing on the episodes in each series of Doctor Who that have a direct link to Sherlock. To that end, what follows isn’t an all encompassing review of the first five episodes of Series Seven, but a close look at the two Steven Moffat scripted instalments - The Asylum of the Daleks and The Angels Take Manhattan - as well as Dinosaurs on a Spaceship featuring Rupert Graves. Please note though we’ll be discussing spoilers in detail.

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Matt Smith on auditioning for John Watson

From the current Doctor Who focused issue of Radio Times, on UK newsagent shelves until Monday 3 September.

Matt, is it true you were nearly in Sherlock?

Well I thought my audition for Watson was very good. But clearly not good enough! Basically they looked at it and went, “He’s not Watson. It’d be like having two Sherlocks in the room.” But Martin Freeman was born to play that part. And rightly so, thank the stars. I wasn’t destined for Watson - but I met Steven Moffat, who said: “He’d be quite a good Doctor Who…”

The first episode of Doctor Who Series 7, The Asylum of the Daleks, is written by Steven Moffat and screens this Saturday - September 1 2012 - in the UK on BBC One at 19:20BST and in the USA on BBC America at 21:00EST/20:00CT.