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A town called Mercy

“I like to think of Keep out signs as suggestions rather than actual orders – like ‘Dry Clean only.’” So begins the Doctor’s adventure in the Town called Mercy (Series 7/3).  This episode has more ‘Western’ symbols and Biblical references than you could poke a stick at. In this town, the Doctor finds many anachronisms […]


Amy’s Choice(s)….

‘Hold on tight. This is going to be a tricky one,’ says the Doctor to Amy and Rory at the beginning of ‘Amy’s Choice’ (5:7). Arriving in the TARDIS at the Ponds’ idyllic cottage (in the slightly upmarket Upper Leadworth) he ruined Amy’s garden. That should have been a clue that something was up; I […]


Stormageddon D.L.A… aka Alfie Owens

What’s on your ‘Bucket List’? That is, given that you know you are soon to die, what will you do with your remaining time? In 6:12, ‘Closing Time’, the Doctor, travelling alone on a ‘farewell tour’, decides to attempt a social call on old friends, Craig and Sophie Owens. He met them in 5:11, becoming […]


The Doctor’s Wife

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife,” wrote Jane Austen at the beginning of ‘Pride and Prejudice’; so we might well ask, “How much more, a single Time Lord in possession of two hearts?” C.S.Lewis, writing about ‘second meanings’ […]


The Curse of the Black Spot

In 6: 3 the Doctor, Amy and Rory answer a distress signal from a Pirate ship, becalmed and beset by a ‘Siren’ or as the Doctor suggests when it appears she is attracted by the blood of wounded sailors, ‘Just like a shark; in a dress, and singing, and green; a green, singing shark in […]


The Rebel Flesh…The Almost People

‘Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius.’ (Kill them all. For the Lord knoweth them that are His.)  was supposedly the reply of  Arnaud Amalric (died 1225) when he was asked by a Crusader how to distinguish between the Cathars and the Catholics during the sacking of the city of Beziers in 1209. This […]


Vincent and the Doctor

In this thoughtful and touching episode (5:10) the Doctor and Amy meet Vincent Van Gogh, ‘Certainly, the most popular, great painter of all time, the most beloved,’ says  Doctor Black of the Musee D’Orsay in Paris. But it is the face revealed in the window of the ‘The Church at Auvers’ , Van Gogh’s painting, […]


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