On “The Death of the Doctor”

In spite of my love for Lis Sladen, I don’t normally watch The Sarah Jane Adventures. I watched the first season and enjoyed it, mostly, but there were other things to do with my time and, to be honest, getting ahold of the episodes always seemed like more trouble than benefit. But I made anContinue reading “On “The Death of the Doctor””

On Daft Doctor Who Theories

Doctor Who fandom is beside itself, trying to read the tea-leaves, trying to predict “Journey’s End.” And that means theorizing. Oh, it’s a capital mistake to theorize in advance of the evidence, and it’s doubly daft to theorize in defiance of the evidence, but that’s never stopped anyone. Least of all me. Yet, sometimes, evenContinue reading “On Daft Doctor Who Theories”

On The Sarah Jane Adventures

The BBC issued a press release today on their upcoming series starring Lis Sladen as former Doctor Who companion Sarah Jane Smith: Multi-award winning writer Russell T Davies has written a brand new series for CBBC called The Sarah Jane Adventures. It stars one of The Doctor’s most famous companions, investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith.Continue reading “On The Sarah Jane Adventures”

On "School Reunion"

Thanks to the kindness of a beagle I watched “School Reunion”–the second season Doctor Who episode with Sarah Jane Smith–today. Lawrence Miles is, in my opinion, off-base in his criticism of the episode. Miles criticizes “School Reunion” as being a prototypical example of “cult television.” Indeed, the episode structure does resemble a typical 1987-2004 StarContinue reading “On "School Reunion"”

On Doctor Who's Second Season

The BBC made a number of announcements about Doctor Who‘s new season. Lis Sladen will be reprising her role as Sarah Jane Smith. Sarah travelled with the third and fourth Doctors in the mid-1970s. Stephen Fry will be writing an episode. Anthony Stewart Head will make an appearance. And somewhere a Cyberman is saying “Excellent.”Continue reading “On Doctor Who's Second Season”

On Childhood Television Crushes

As seen on Bill Leisner‘s LiveJournal: List five fictional people — from television, movies, books, whatever — that you had a crush on as a child (or early teens). Then post this on your LiveJournal so other people can be assured that you’re as weird as they thought. 5. Vina (Susan Oliver of Star Trek:Continue reading “On Childhood Television Crushes”