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Doctor Who

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  • Doctor Who
  • Editor: Russell T. Davies
  • Director: (various)
  • Producer: Russell T. Davies, Julie Gardner and Phil Collinson
  • Year: 2006
  • Country: UK
  • 45 minutes
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The Doctor is a Time Lord, an adventurer in time and space. His detached logic gives him a vital edge when the world's in danger.

Rose Tyler is a shop-girl from the present day, trapped in a dull existence. From the moment she and the Doctor meet, they are soul-mates; they understand and complement each other. With nothing to hold Rose back she chooses to devote herself to the Doctor and his promise of fantastic adventures across the universe. And he doesn't let her down...

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The Doctor and Rose include gorgeous, bisexual Captain Jack Harkness (played by openly gay actor John Barrowman) in their journeys.

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By: badboybynight ( franferdy@hotmail.co.uk )
Overall Rating: B     Queer horror Rating: D+    

I was a big fan of the clasic series of Dr. Who, that ran from '69 to '89, so I was overjoyed to see it back on our screens. Though I have a lot of mixed feeling about 'NuWho.'

My main grievances come from those episodes writen by the head writer Rustle T. Davis, who also wrote the ground-breaking Queer as Folk series.

One positive about the show is that he includes a gay character in every episode, which is a big thing in a family-aimed show, and he includes some brilliant dramatic and emotional moments.
His biggest flaw is that he can't string those moments together to form a decent story. Rustle is a drama writer, not a sci-fi writer, and it shows. Often the plot is bare-bones, and has some BIG holes in it. The ending is always a 'deus ex machina ending.' Nut that is not to say he hasn't written some good episodes, such as 'The Satan Pit,' which its truly terrifying.

But I try never to judge a show by its worst moments, and to be fair it has also has some incredible sci-fi and horror writers to balance it out; the best of whom is Steven Mophat, who has written some of the best, well-rounded, intelligent and scary episodes of the show - such as 'Unearthly Child', 'Girl in the Fireplace' and 'Blink' (which was voted the scariest episode of all by fans).


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