Author: rjhswain

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

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.

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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!

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Blogtor Who Digest – June 2017

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

News

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

Reviews

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

Features

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

News

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

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

First Look: Victoria Series 2 – The Christening Scene

Reviews

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

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

Short Story: To the Ends of the Earth

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How far would you go for the person you love?

That is the question Toby must answer when he finally meets the girl of his dreams. It is said that if something seems too good to be true, then it probably is – a harsh reality that Toby must battle in the most unexpected and impossible way…

Download: To the Ends of the Earth (PDF, bookfold)

Blogtor Who Digest – April 2017

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

News

Happy Birthday to Who? – 13th April: Peter Davison

Happy Birthday to Who? – 14th April: Peter Capaldi

Happy Birthday to Who? – 15th April: Maisie Williams

Happy Birthday to Who? – 18th April: David Tennant

Happy Birthday to Who? – 27th April: Jenna Coleman and Russell T Davies

“Sonic screwdriver” to be added to Oxford English Dictionary

Reviews

Broadchurch Series 3 Episode 6

Broadchurch Series 3 Episode 7

Broadchurch Series 3 Episode 8

Features

Recap: The Unlacing of Victoria – BFI Radio Times TV Festival 2017

Recap: Doctor Who – BFI Radio Times TV Festival 2017

Review Recap: Broadchurch Series 3

My complete collection of Broadchurch Series 3 reviews for Blogtor Who

Episode 1 – Back to Basics

Episode 2 – Suspicious Minds

Episode 3 – Liar Liar

Episode 4 – Halfway Out of the Dark

Episode 5 – Spanners in the Works

Episode 6 – The Parent Trap

Episode 7 – Treading Water

Episode 8 – A Skin-Crawling Conclusion

Blogtor Who Digest – March 2017

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

News

Happy Birthday to Who? – 1st March: Roger Delgado

Happy Birthday to Who? – 5th March: Matt Lucas

Happy Birthday to Who? – 11th March: Alex Kingston and John Barrowman

Happy Birthday to Who? – 16th March: John Leeson

Happy Birthday to Who? – 20th March: Freema Agyeman

Happy Birthday to Who? – 25th March: Patrick Troughton

Reviews

Broadchurch Series 3 Episode 2

Broadchurch Series 3 Episode 3

Broadchurch Series 3 Episode 4

Broadchurch Series 3 Episode 5

Features

Doctor Who Series 10 – What We Know… So Far!