Countdown to 50!

In the run-up to Doctor Who’s fiftieth anniversary in November 2013, Doctor Who Magazine ran a feature called Countdown to Fifty!, examining each season of Doctor Who in chronological order. I wrote the articles for Season 10 onwards, and they’re reproduced here (some in their original unedited form).

Season 10 12th February, 2016“Which Doctor is Who? All is explained as Dr Who returns” promised the Radio Times as three Doctors stared out […]

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Season 11 12th February, 2016Doctor Who has many wonderful qualities, but one thing it’s not particularly known for is surprises. Of course there have […]

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Season 12 12th February, 2016“Looney.” “Stupid.” “Too silly.” “Crazy.” Those were some of the words used by children to describe the new Doctor, as […]

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Season 13 12th February, 2016Thirteen: unlucky for some. But while season 13 was undoubtedly unlucky for many of the characters who appeared in it […]

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Season 14 12th February, 2016Series Twelve and Series Thirteen had been fun for all the family. Monsters for the children, horror for the grown-ups. […]

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Season 15 12th February, 2016Doctor Who had stopped being for children – and the powers-that-be thought it had become too violent. Producer Graham Williams […]

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Season 16 12th February, 2016“The Quest is the Quest!” Despite Underworld, the penultimate story of Season 15, being inspired by the story of the […]

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Season 17 12th February, 2016Season 17 is an embarrassment. From Romana ridiculously trying on bodies at the very beginning – didn’t Douglas Adams know […]

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Season 18 12th February, 2016“Entropy increases.” “There will be no future.” The opening shot of Season 18 is beautiful, perhaps the most beautiful shot […]

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Season 19 12th February, 2016Doctor Who is a series about the future and the past, about adventures and villains and monsters. What it isn’t […]

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Season 20 12th February, 2016Very few Doctor Who seasons end up as originally planned. Stories turn out to be unworkable for one reason or […]

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The Five Doctors 12th February, 2016In a lot of offices, people take in cakes on their birthday to share with their colleagues. Children give out […]

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Season 21 12th February, 2016Here’s a writing secret. Sometimes you write a book with ten long chapters, but the publisher thinks it would be […]

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Season 22 12th February, 2016“Change, my dear. And it seems not a moment too soon.” So said the Sixth Doctor after his regeneration – […]

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Season 23 12th February, 2016The Mysterious Planet. Mindwarp. Terror of the Vervoids, The Ultimate Foe. Hang on, no. Make that The Mysterious Planet, Mindwarp, […]

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Season 24 12th February, 2016Season 24. A new beginning – that no one was ready for. A last-minute renewal for a series that had […]

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Season 25 12th February, 2016I need to begin with a confession. I didn’t watch Season 25 (or 26) on broadcast. Season 24 had seemed […]

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Season 26 12th February, 2016There weren’t many female Doctor Who fans around in the Eighties. (There weren’t a huge amount around in the Sixties […]

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The TV Movie 12th February, 2016TV Movie producer Philip Segal was a lifelong Doctor Who fan. He wasn’t, however, very keen on the Doctor Who […]

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Series 1 12th February, 2016There are so many things that could be written about this amazing season, but they have to be put aside, […]

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Series 2 12th February, 2016To paraphrase the Fifth Doctor: ‘That’s the wonder of Doctor Who. You never quite know what you’re going to get.’ […]

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Series 3 12th February, 2016In the last season, the Doctor and Rose were almost sickeningly in love, an almost adolescent, all-consuming kind of love. […]

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Series 4 12th February, 2016It’s not unknown for the Doctor and his friends to find themselves in a situation where they have to tell […]

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Specials 12th February, 2016‘I’m not a god,’ the First Doctor says in The Myth Makers, shortly after giving the Greeks the idea of […]

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Series 5 12th February, 2016Doctor Who is commonly divided up into eras (we’ve discussed this before), but each era is not necessarily distinct. In […]

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Series 6 12th February, 2016Doctor Who’s 2011 season is quite confusing. There are some aspects of time travel fiction that are inherently confusing – […]

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Series 7a 12th February, 2016The Eleventh Doctor’s first two seasons were complicated. Really complicated. Even now, when the answers have been revealed, it’s still […]

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Series 7b 12th February, 2016And so as we reach the final leg of our countdown to fifty, we’re presented with a very mysterious young […]

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Reproduced by kind permission of Doctor Who Magazine.