“Empress of Mars is unlikely to be remembered as one of Gatiss’ best. But given his fine contributions to the show, if this is to be the last, then it is a well-earned extravagance and a fitting send off”
“The episode might not quite work as a whole, but there are plenty of elements within it that could rival some of the finest moments in Doctor Who‘s long history. The Doctor’s description about the Ice Warriors, ending with the observation that they can destroy whole civilisations yet weep over the fate of a flower is one of many great lines as is Bill’s observation that the Doctor would enjoy watching The Thing because everybody dies (how [...]
“Judged as a trilogy, Extremis set up a wonderful premise, the follow-up The Pyramid At The End Of The World was a classic case of a brilliant concept poorly executed, and The Lie of the Land rewarded viewers who stayed with it by bringing all three together with great economy.”
“The Lie of the Land takes us from existential concerns about present (Extremis) and future reality (The Pyramid at the End of the World), to genuine doubts about the mediated past. It’s an extreme example of a real dilemma, the clever use of sci-fi tropes to explore how in real life those in power construct narratives to shape beliefs and allegiances. There is a very [...]
“This is an episode, I’d suggest, where the bulk of conversation is going to be centered on the ending. But we’ll get there. Because it’s also one that demonstrates it’s the small things that matter. In the case of the world ending this time around, it’s miniscule details that can kickstart the process. A dropped glass after a few drinks the night before. A pair of spectacles getting smashed in an innocent accident, in turn limiting the eyesight of Rachel Denning’s otherwise super-efficient scientist. A Time Lord losing his sight – save for the ability to read some emails in his glasses – by trying to save his [...]
Following the immensely positive reaction to BBC Four’s remaking of the lost 1957 Hancock’s Half Hour episode The New Neighbour, which stars Kevin McNally as the Lad Himself, we asked our followers whether they’d ever consider accepting similar remakes of the missing episodes from Doctor Who‘s history.
The reaction was generally positive from fans, with many saying the approach is something they’d be keen to see.
@DrWhoWorldwide I've long thought this would be an excellent approach
— Far from all over (@farfromallover) September 9, [...]