Changing the lyrics of a song has been an effective hook for some of the most memorable adverts over the years: ‘What’s that coming over the hill? Is it a hexbug?’ It’s also been a superb form of parody with the likes of Weird Al re-immortalising old and new hits, turning “Happy” to “Tacky” and “Beat It” to “Eat it”. But for the most part it’s all just a bit of harmless fun, channelling the inner poet inside us all.
We’ve probably all been doing it since the days we were forced to sing hymns we didn’t believe or understand in school assemblies. We used to infuriate the [...]
A long time ago, the ninth legion of the Roman army vanished into the mists of Scotland. Bill has a theory about what happened, and the Doctor has a time machine. But when they arrive in ancient Aberdeenshire, what they find is a far greater threat than any army. In a cairn, on a hillside, is a doorway leading to the end of the world…
The Eaters of Light is a deceptively simple tale, but thanks to a hefty dollop of poetic imagination it’s one which like all the best Doctor Who episodes works on multiple levels. On the surface this is another series 10 throwback to the original 1963-89 run. The plot is structured [...]
The Doctor, Bill and Nardole arrive on Mars, and find themselves in an impossible conflict between Ice Warriors… and Victorian soldiers. As the Martian hive awakens around them, the Doctor faces a unique dilemma – this time the humans, not the Ice Warriors are the invaders. When Earth is invading Mars, whose side is he on?
Considering that it’s so rare to find Jon Pertwee anywhere near the top of a favourite Doctor’s poll, the sheer number of references to the Third Doctor’s run since the show returned in 2005 is truly remarkable. In fact, if we were to carry out some kind of [...]
The Monks have been with us from the beginning. They shepherded humanity through its formative years, gently guiding and encouraging, like a parent clapping their hands at a baby’s first steps. They have been instrumental in all the advances of technology and culture. They watched proudly as man invented the lightbulb, the telephone, the internet. They were even there to welcome the first men on the Moon. They have defended us, too. Who can forget the time the Monks defeated the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Sontarans? And they have left their imprint in the arts as well. The Monks have found their way into Dickens and the Jason Bourne films… Two species, sharing a history as happily as [...]