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    Cybermen Return, Michelle Gomez Joins ‘Doctor Who’

      Earlier today the official Doctor Who Twitter tweeted this picture of Cybermen on the set of Doctor Who season eight, and the BBC announced that Michelle Gomez (pictured on the right of Peter Capaldi) will be joining the cast as the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere. Michelle Gomez is best known for her role as a […] More

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    How The Mindy Project bested Doctor Who

    One of television’s most disappointingly resilient punchlines is the post-assault feminine slap. You’ve seen it before. A man, worked up into a lather for some reason or another, makes advances on a woman, pulling her into a kiss. If it’s requited, congratulations: It’s time for a new chapter in the show’s will-they-won’t-they drama. If it’s […] More

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    Doctor Who 2013 Christmas Special, “The Time of the Doctor” a disappointing, frustrating mess

    Doctor Who Christmas Special promo imageIn short, “The Time of the Doctor” features a plot that, while it is easy (on the Moffat scale) to follow, almost immediately fails the, “But why?” test. Why does the fleet understand what “Doctor who?” means? Because the plot needs them to. Why doesn’t the Doctor take the townspeople out of harm’s way with the TARDIS? Because. Why do the Doctor and Clara need to be naked, for that matter? Because. The answers we finally get to lingering questions aren’t satisfying, the promising new character of Tasha Lem is a pretty straightforward copy of River Song, and the gender politics are terrible (and in this reviewer’s opinion, destructive). The Doctor may have some fantastic scenes, including the final moments with Clara before his regeneration, but he treats her terribly and she doesn’t for a moment stand up for herself. After the wonderful “The Day of the Doctor”, this final story for the Eleventh Doctor is a significant disappointment, highlighting all of the most problematic elements of his tenure. More

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    Ghosts of Doctor Who Christmas Podcasts Past

    Season’s Greetings from all of us here at Sound on Sight. For your listening pleasure, as we wait for “The Time of the Doctor” later this week, we thought we’d ride some Yuletide coattails and rebroadcast all our past Doctor Who Christmas Special Podcasts. Happy Holidays, Y’all. Mind the hoof prints. “The Christmas Invasion” & […] More

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    Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, “The Day of the Doctor” a beautiful, fitting tribute

    Doctor Who may be an international phenomenon, but when it comes to specials, particularly multi-Doctor specials, it doesn’t have the best track record. The Three Doctors (1972-73) , which kicked off the 10th season of the show, is fun, but lacks any significant emotional punch. The Five Doctors (1983), the 20th anniversary special, is a bit of a lark but it not only fails to live up to its title (the Fourth Doctor only barely appears, in one looped clip), it wastes most of its special guest stars. Then there’s The Two Doctors (1985), which doesn’t carry the extra burden of being an anniversary special but still fails to leave much of an impression, despite being an entertaining outing. Throw in the modern series’ spotty history with Christmas and Gap Year specials and current showrunner Steven Moffat’s season seven struggles with pacing, payoffs, and character and “The Day of the Doctor” looked to have a lot riding against it, despite the much-touted return of Tenth Doctor David Tennant and Billie Piper, who played fan-favorite Companion Rose Tyler. Fortunately with “The Day of the Doctor”, all of these fears are proven to be unfounded, as Moffat and director Nick Hurran deliver an exciting, emotional special. More

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    Plausibility and Doctor Who, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Nonsense

    In the last five years of Doctor Who, the Daleks have pulled the Earth out of its orbit and dragged it across the galaxy. The Doctor has witnessed the end of the universe, pulled into nonexistence by the explosion of his TARDIS, and saved only by a bold and completely ludicrous plot to reboot everything with a “Big Bang 2.0.”. The Doctor has survived his own death, despite it being a fixed point in time. He has romanced a woman who he cradled in his arms during her infancy, befriended his future mother-in-law when she was a child, and been saved from a villain infecting his entire timeline by a pretty girl willing to do the same. Doctor Who is, to put it gently, completely nuts, a ludicrous hour of television that bends suspension of disbelief until it begs to break. More

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    Doctor Who Podcast Episode 50: Hello, Doctor! ‘Dimensions in Time’ & Some Thoughts on the 12th Doctor.

    We’re celebrating our 50th Doctor Who podcast here at Sound on Sight, and what better way to commemorate the show than look back at what happens when an anniversary special goes horribly, horribly wrong. Join Derek Gladu, Eric Mendoza, Beverly Brown and returning special guest Phil Canon from the Who’s He? Podcast as we look […] More

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