My Thoughts on Jodie Whittaker’s First Season as The Doctor

Her first year is over already, except for the season special which will broadcast on New Year’s Day rather than Christmas Day. I’ve never been able to figure out whether the seasonal special is supposed to be a swansong for the last series (especially as the last three regenerations have taken place then) or an … Continue reading My Thoughts on Jodie Whittaker’s First Season as The Doctor

Reflecting on Climate Change Disaster Fiction with 2018’s Heat Wave

The Japanese government has declared it a national disaster; the far Eastern country has seen temperatures more in line with the middle east. Here in the UK, we are set to have the hottest and driest summer since 1976. Some time in the next few days, we were expecting to experience the hottest average temperature … Continue reading Reflecting on Climate Change Disaster Fiction with 2018’s Heat Wave

Why the “Black Mirror” Craze Is Here to Stay

And so another season of Charlie Brooker’s sometimes disturbing, social commentary-heavy series comes to an end. It is now at the end of it’s fourth and in this age of books on the screen, and the world seemingly exhausted of one episode, one story style of television, Black Mirror remains the flag bearer once held … Continue reading Why the “Black Mirror” Craze Is Here to Stay

Doctor Who is Flexible but These Characteristics are Non-Negotiable

A warm welcome to Jodie Whittaker to the TARDIS console. Some time in 2018, the show will accept the first woman to play the iconic role. When we push aside the debate about gender – because it has clearly divided everyone – Doctor  Who is about change. For 54 years it has remained true to … Continue reading Doctor Who is Flexible but These Characteristics are Non-Negotiable

Why Nosedive is My Favourite Black Mirror

Black Mirror returns soon, though Netflix hasn’t yet given us a release date. Over the last few months, I’ve been going through all of the episodes. Having now watched most of them at least twice, I feel that Nosedive – the third season opener, is my favourite story.

“I’m Not Watching Doctor Who Any Longer, It’s All Politically Correct Now!”

Many viewers now lament that Doctor Who has gone down the one route they felt should never have been considered. As discussed in the post on Jodie Whittaker’s casting as Doctor Who, I expressed sympathy with those against the move. I was never enamoured with the idea but now we have a woman in the … Continue reading “I’m Not Watching Doctor Who Any Longer, It’s All Politically Correct Now!”

My Thoughts on Jodie Whittaker as Doctor 13

So Doctor Who went and did it – they did the one thing they knew would divide fans of the show like nothing else. They decided to re-cast the main character as a woman. The reaction from both sides was fairly predictable. On one hand we had the pros who felt it was about time … Continue reading My Thoughts on Jodie Whittaker as Doctor 13

Soundtrack to a Genre #1: “Beyond the Sea”

This may be part of a series or it may just end here if I don’t come up with any more. As sci-fi, fantasy and horror fans, do you notice when some songs turn up again and again in the genre? I guess I do otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this post. None has stuck … Continue reading Soundtrack to a Genre #1: “Beyond the Sea”

Science Fiction’s Sub-Genres in a Nutshell (Part 1)

To the uninitiated, science fiction is about space battles and exploring planets full of strange and wonderful creatures. Yet science fiction has never “just” been about spaceships and alien planets. That is just one subgenre of our weird and wonderful genre. There are many more and you might be surprised at some books and films … Continue reading Science Fiction’s Sub-Genres in a Nutshell (Part 1)

Is Modern TV a Case of “Books on the Screen”?

Is it just me or has there been a cosmic shift in television dramas (particularly sci-fi) in the last few years? Have you noticed? Go back over modern television – go back perhaps 30 years and those ongoing sci-fi series tended to be a “monster of the week” type serials. The endless Trek spin- offs, … Continue reading Is Modern TV a Case of “Books on the Screen”?