Adapted from the Foreword to the Kindle edition of Ten Things About Who: Doctor Who Series 7
Back in the autumn of 2012, I wanted to blog about Doctor Who.
It seems odd to write that, but that’s the long and the short of it. I’ve had a blog for years, but over the last six years I’ve gravitated towards Twitter and Facebook. In work, my job has always been an odd combination of writing – reviews, interviews, opinion pieces – and writing computer code. Recently, it had swung towards the latter. And while that’s fun and fulfilling in its own way, I missed writing sentences and paragraphs. I needed to get back in the habit.
Doctor Who was the obvious choice to write about. It’s been a love of mine for as long as I can remember, I had previously written some episode reviews for the TV blog I used to co-write for The Stage, and back in 2006 had been lucky enough to write an officially licensed short story for an anthology of Christmas-related tales featuring the old, pre-relaunch Doctors. The only way this series could be more in my blood would be if my circulatory system were driven by two hearts.
But I didn’t want to write conventional reviews. Been there, done that – and everyone else was doing it too. So instead, I thought, I’ll just jot down ten thoughts inspired by each episode. They could be critiques of something that happened in the episode, a look at how the series has changed – and how it hasn’t – in its fifty year history, or they could go off on a completely different tangent.
And so, I blogged. Every week. Eventually, I had created ten points for every episode of Series 7, including the 2012 Christmas episode, The Snowmen. Along the way, we said goodbye, to Rory and Amy, hello again – and possibly goodbye, sweetie – to River Song, and said hello twice to Clara, plus an extra “hunh?” to Oswin.
Stepping to one side of a conventional review has been quite liberating. Initially, I worried that I wasn’t quite getting into a regular rhythm: some episodes would inspire me to type and type, while others were real struggles to find more than ten short paragraphs. And then I realised that was perfectly fine. More than any other show on television, Doctor Who changes from week to week. It’s inevitable that different episodes will connect with different viewers in different ways.
And that means that you will come up with your own thoughts about each episode. Some will agree with mine, others won’t. Isn’t that – to borrow a word from the current Doctor’s predecessor but one – fantastic?