Sylvester McCoy Coming to Indianapolis

I received this in an e-mail from WhoNA: We are pleased to announce our collaboration with Indy PopCon (www.indypopcon.com) to bring Sylvester McCoy as our guest for the convention.  Sylvester is better known for his role as the 7th Doctor in Doctor Who and Radagast the Brown from the Hobbit movies. He will be attending [Read More...]

All You Need to Defeat the Gods of Ragnarok Sold on eBay

The blog “Making My 7th Doctor Costume” posted that a couple of props used in filming the classic Doctor Who episode “The Greatest Show in the Galaxy” are being sold on eBay. This includes one of the gods of Ragnarok themselves… …as well as the medallion the Doctor used to defeat them: [Read more...]

Blogging the Seventh Doctor

Here’s a round-up of all my posts about the episodes from Sylvester McCoy’s tenure as the Seventh Doctor: Time and the Rani Paradise Towers Delta and the Bannermen Dragonfire Remembrance of the Daleks The Happiness Patrol Silver Nemesis The Greatest Show in the Galaxy Battlefield The Curse of Fenric Ghost Light Survival [Read more...]

The Doctor’s Faith

I said in my previous post that it was not clear who or what the Doctor’s faith was in when he muttered or recited something in “The Curse of Fenric” that overcame the vampires. A commenter pointed out that I was wrong, and encouraged me to go back and listen carefully. It is very moving [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric

I was sure that I had already blogged about this episode, The Curse of Fenric. But if I did, the post seems to have been lost. Does anyone remember reading a post by me about this episode? Or did I gather my thoughts but never share them? The episode “The Curse of Fenric” is considered [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Survival

There is something striking about the fact that the last episode of Doctor Who before its long period of non-production was called “Survival“. The DVD release of the episode includes a second disc with extras, one of which is a documentary “Endgame” about the show’s cancellation, about which I’ll say more after discussing the episode [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

Those who are not fans of Doctor Who will read the title of this post and think that I am going overboard in my praise of the show. Fans will know that I am in fact referring to the episode from the Sylvester McCoy era of the show, the final episode of his penultimate season, [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Silver Nemesis

Although the secrets of the Doctor – his origins, his name, etc. – were in a sense part of the show’s fabric from the very beginning, the episode “Silver Nemesis” from the Sylvester McCoy era marks something of a turning point, as an episode in which these become a central focus perhaps more so than [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Happiness Patrol

The Doctor Who episode “The Happiness Patrol” provides a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek exploration of the nature of happiness and of society, at times functioning as a parable, at other times engaging in wicked satire – as when the dictatorial ruler of the colony, Helen A, herself responsible for requiring happiness of the population, speaks of the [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Paradise Towers

I find myself in two minds about the episode “Paradise Towers.” It certainly gives impressive expression to the Seventh Doctor’s persona. But the plot of the story seems in many respects to bring things down to the level of a relatively unconvincing children’s show. And while Doctor Who has always been a show for children, [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Time and the Rani

Sylvester McCoy is the Doctor that I have seen the least of, as of my writing this. Very few episodes with Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor had made it to America during the peak of my teenage fandom. This is not surprising, as they were very recent of just airing in the U.K. at that [Read More...]


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