Author: rjhswain

Lover of puns, Doctor Who, and the English language. May or may not have an unhealthy obsession with rubber ducks.

Short Story: Penned #3 – Quackdrophenia

Penn ventures into a world of darkness as his search for the truth reaches dangerous new heights. Deep within a forest of lost memories, extraordinary revelations are promised to those who can overcome a tense game of mind over matter. But, stalked every step of the way by his greatest fears, Penn must figure out who and what he can trust if he is to make it out alive…

Download: Penned #3 – Quackdrophenia (bookfold)


Blogtor Who Digest – August 2017

A complete collection of my articles for Blogtor Who from August 2017


Happy Birthday to Who? – 20th August: Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Anthony Ainley

Jenna Coleman Stars in New Victoria Season 2 Trailer

Victoria Returns to ITV on Sunday 27th August


Preview: Trust Me – Episode 1

Trust Me – Episode 1

Preview: Trust Me – Episode 2

Trust Me – Episode 2

Preview: Trust Me – Episode 3

Trust Me – Episode 3

Preview: Trust Me – Episode 4

Trust Me – Episode 4

Victoria Series 2 Episode 1

Short Story: The Time-Ravaged Town

In the middle of an arctic tundra, a small band of humanfolk live out a humble existence. Forced to flee their native land by invaders, they have struggled together to build a new town that they can call home.

However, not everyone is content with their lot, and one man soon begins to yearn for more. A selfish desire puts in motion a sequence of events that will tear the settlement to the ground.

Be careful what you wish for: a glimpse towards the future can forever change the present…

Download: The Time-Ravaged Town (PDF, bookfold)

Blogtor Who Digest – July 2017

A complete collection of my articles for Blogtor Who from July 2017


Happy Birthday to Who? – 7th July: Jon Pertwee

Happy Birthday to Who? – 10th July: John Simm


Doctor Who Series 10 Episode 12 – The Doctor Falls

Book Review: Doctor Who Myths & Legends – Epic Tales From Alien Worlds


Top 5 Doctor Who Series 10 Episodes

Top 5 Doctor Who Series 10 Monsters

Jodie Whittaker: Lucky Number 13

Yes. Yes. YES! Jodie Whittaker is The Thirteenth Doctor. I’m absolutely thrilled to bits.

So, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Doctor 13… is a woman! And who cares? So what if The Doctor has been a man for the last 54 years and twelve (or thirteen) regenerations. There’s absolutely no reason why The Doctor shouldn’t be a woman. Not logically, not ethically, not even canonically. If ever there was a time to make the change, it was now. We’ve got a new showrunner, a new production team, a new lead and a new companion, all on their way in for the 2018 series and beyond. Doctor Who as we know it is about to undergo its biggest regeneration since 2010 (perhaps even 2005), and this is one heck of a way to make it count.


My Definitive Twelfth Doctor Series

There may still be five months until Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who swansong, but for all intents and purposes, The Twelfth Doctor’s era is over. All three of his series have now finished airing, each with their own set of hits and misses. But, if I could pick and choose my favourite episodes to make up the ‘definitive’ Twelfth Doctor season, what would it look like?

For this list, I’ve ranked each episode from Series 8-10 (comparing each season’s Episode 1, then Episode 2, and so on…) to come up with the ultimate Capaldi marathon. Some choices were harder to make than others, but I’m quite pleased with what I’ve settled on. So, buckle up and prepare for some controversy… it’s time to unpack my personal best Twelfth Doctor series!


Blogtor Who Digest – June 2017

A complete collection of my articles for Blogtor Who from June 2017


Happy Birthday to Who? – 8th June: Colin Baker

Happy Birthday to Who? – 16th June: Carole Ann Ford

Happy Birthday to Who? – 17th June: Arthur Darvill

Victoria Wins Best Drama and Best Female at Golden Nymph Awards


Preview: Doctor Who Series 10 Episode 8 – The Lie of the Land

Doctor Who Series 10 Episode 9 – Empress of Mars

Doctor Who Series 10 Episode 10 – The Eaters of Light

Doctor Who Series 10 Episode 11 – World Enough and Time


Doctor Who Series 10 – Our Thoughts So Far!

Top 5 Twelfth Doctor Episodes (So Far…)

Recap: Every Doctor Who Series Finale So Far! (2005-2017)

Blogtor Who Digest – May 2017

A complete collection of my articles for Blogtor Who from May 2017


Happy Birthday to Who? – 12th May: Catherine Tate

Happy Birthday to Who? – 29th May: Pearl Mackie

First Look: Victoria Series 2 – The Christening Scene


Preview: Doctor Who Series 10 Episode 7 – The Pyramid at the End of the World

A Monster Calls – Out Now on DVD & Blu-Ray