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24.10.22 The Power of the Doctor

Well, that was an emotional and epic finalé! As much as I haven’t cared for (or bothered to watch much of) the Jodi Whittaker era, you couldn’t ask for a better send off. The storyline was completely OTT and bonkers… kid’s playground sort of stuff (I didn’t expect anything less), but kudos to the Beeb for not allowing any of those amazing surprises to leak.

Many fans speculated we could see a regeneration back into David Tennant, but that concept just seemed too good to be true. I always loved the idea of the Doctor reverting back into a former incarnation (probably stemming from my childhood playing with Dapol figures where my only option was for the Fourth Doctor to regenerate into the Seventh!). While I enjoyed the Tennant era, I hadn’t realised how much I missed his Doctor until recent years, and his return, albeit temporarily, couldn’t be better timed.

But what many of us were the most thrilled about – initially – was the much-celebrated return of Ace and Tegan to our screens (how were they even in touch with each other in those intervening decades?!). Janet and Sophie stepped back into their roles as if no time had passed at all; they were an absolute joy to watch.

Of course, the big one – at least for me – was the unexpected cameos of Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy. We’d always wondered how you could give these Doctors suitable contemporary appearances, with each actor being much older, though once in costume, McCoy and Davison both looked the part as ever, and it was their scenes with their respective companions which brought a lump to the throat, also offering a sense of closure. All three were ‘my’ Doctors, but I think it was most moving to see Colin again, even briefly – all reaffirmed by seeing their names once again in the closing titles. And Paul McGann’s Doctor still deserves his own series. Every second he’s ever been on our screens, he’s been brilliant.

Much of what we saw in yesterday’s romp felt like a bit of a reset; the first signs the show is at long last back on course, in time for its sixtieth anniversary. So here’s to a new era of Doctor Who!

17.10.22 Up Close – updated

My recent digital publication, Up Close has now been expanded to include an additional section of the current “Worlds of Wonder” exhibition when it was in residence in Liverpool.

Download your copy here!

Doctor On Display

Over the past year, I have been working with Reeltime Pictures on their new series of documentaries, Doctor On Display. Each film looks in-depth at a different classic Doctor Who exhibition. As well as being an interviewee in some of the films, I also have the pleasure of creating the DVD cover design for each title.