Adventures in Narrative Substitution Re-Mactíred #10: The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos/The Name of the Doctor/Logopolis

The season finale, at least in Doctor Who terms, has really only been around on a consistent basis since 2005. The classic series was structured more like a very long-running serial, like Coronation Street, the Commando Cody theatrical shorts, or General Hospital: a season began, it aired for a while, then it wrapped up and … Continue reading Adventures in Narrative Substitution Re-Mactíred #10: The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos/The Name of the Doctor/Logopolis

Back to the Eleventh Hour: “What do we do with the things we don’t like? We put them in the cupboard.” – The God Complex by Toby Whithouse

Toby Whithouse, to be blunt, peaked when he wrote The Vampires in Venice. As Alex Moreland observed in his post on that episode, Vampires was a Davies-era throwback, specifically to his own School Reunion: “Not just in terms of the parallels between Mickey and Rory, each episode serving to reposition a supporting character as something … Continue reading Back to the Eleventh Hour: “What do we do with the things we don’t like? We put them in the cupboard.” – The God Complex by Toby Whithouse

Adventures in Narrative Substitution Re-Mactíred #9: It Takes You Away/The Doctor’s Wife/The Three Doctors

One of the things that has always bothered me about the Chibnall era is its complete and utter reluctance to acknowledge the eight years of television that immediately preceded it. That’s not to say it gets ignored entirely: a fez, the Eleventh Doctor’s signature hat, appears in the first few minutes of ‘Kerblam!’; the Doctor … Continue reading Adventures in Narrative Substitution Re-Mactíred #9: It Takes You Away/The Doctor’s Wife/The Three Doctors

Adventures in Narrative Substitution Re-Mactíred #8: The Witchfinders/Survival/The Eaters of Light

This week on Adventures in Narrative Substitution, we have a shitload of estrogen: three stories written by two different female writers, one of which features a female Doctor and another of which features an interspecies lesbian relationship that isn’t Vastra and Jenny. Oh, and there’s me, the transfemme enby wolf, putting all three of these … Continue reading Adventures in Narrative Substitution Re-Mactíred #8: The Witchfinders/Survival/The Eaters of Light

Adventures in Narrative Substitution Re-Mactíred #7: Kerblam!/Oxygen/The Sunmakers

I said back in the ‘Arachnids’ post that the Thirteenth Doctor is someone who isn’t above turning a blind eye to systemic injustices if it means she can make use of them. Her entire beef with Tzim-Sha was that he did trophy hunting wrong. And she complained less about any of the evil things of … Continue reading Adventures in Narrative Substitution Re-Mactíred #7: Kerblam!/Oxygen/The Sunmakers

Adventures in Narrative Substitution Re-Mactíred #6: Demons of the Punjab/Father’s Day/The Massacre

Demons of the Punjab has always presented me with something of a challenge. It is a rare example of what this particular era of the show looks like when all the pieces come together in the right way: The script is fantastic, the guest cast and the regulars are given plenty to do, the score … Continue reading Adventures in Narrative Substitution Re-Mactíred #6: Demons of the Punjab/Father’s Day/The Massacre

Adventures in Narrative Substitution Re-Mactíred #5: The Tsuranga Conundrum/The Girl Who Waited/The Edge of Destruction

‘The Tsuranga Conundrum,’ as I’ve said, was the episode at which I realized the Chibnall era was never going to be my favorite. I’ll accept that the episode was a rush job due to the original writer dropping out at the last minute, forcing the showrunner to pick up the slack. Things like this happen … Continue reading Adventures in Narrative Substitution Re-Mactíred #5: The Tsuranga Conundrum/The Girl Who Waited/The Edge of Destruction

Adventures in Narrative Substitution Re-Mactíred #4: Arachnids in the UK/Flatline/The Pirate Planet

Since I first began drafting this post in the spring of 2021, two important things happened: first, the website that hosted the original version of this series has since been shut down, rendering what you’re reading right now as the definitive incarnation of the series (especially since we’re not printing them in book form). Second, … Continue reading Adventures in Narrative Substitution Re-Mactíred #4: Arachnids in the UK/Flatline/The Pirate Planet

Back to the Eleventh Hour: “Did I ever tell you about this boy I met there?” – The Girl Who Waited by Tom MacRae

I didn’t mention this a couple of weeks ago, but by this point we are (numerically speaking) just over halfway through the Smith years. That’s 40 stories across 44 episodes, and Let’s Kill Hitler was the halfway point. Amy and Rory collectively have 33 stories under their belts, that’s 75% of this Doctor’s tenure. The … Continue reading Back to the Eleventh Hour: “Did I ever tell you about this boy I met there?” – The Girl Who Waited by Tom MacRae

Back to the Eleventh Hour: “You don’t know what’s going to be in your room until you see it.” – Night Terrors by Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss is, quite possibly, the only writer for the series that I have a personal connection to. He and I share the same birthday: October the seventeenth. (Him: 1966, Me: 1994) We’re also both queer: I’m trans, he’s gay. We’re also both writers, though my stuff is mainly nonfiction whereas he obviously does stuff … Continue reading Back to the Eleventh Hour: “You don’t know what’s going to be in your room until you see it.” – Night Terrors by Mark Gatiss