Doctor Who Extended Media Review – The Complete History Volume #79

Doctor Who The Complete History was a series of hardback volumes which came out every two weeks and covered 3-4 stories each. These were in-depth volumes covering the production of each episode from the first in 1963 to the end of the Peter Capaldi era of the show. In addition to the extensive production notes there were also merchandise and publicity updates and actor profiles. The quality of each volume was exceptional overseen by several different editors. The volumes were only available in the UK and Ireland so were difficult to obtain in other locations. I am more of a Watsonian fan but if you are a Doyalist you will greatly appreciate these books. Even so I give the entire series a solid 8 out of 10. I will rate each episode covered below.

Flatline is the beginning of the reason why many people dislike the character of Clara. She begins to believe she is the equal of The Doctor and starts to act like him. The misogynist element of fandom is set off by this and hits its nadir with Jodie Whittaker‘s casting as the Doctor. Jenna Coleman gives a wonderful performance and Capaldi has a “I Am The Doctor” moment. 8 out of 10.

In the Forest of the Night is an episode that dodgy science and an unbelievable premise completely takes you out of the story. Some of the interplay between the characters is OK but I just did not like the main story elements. 6 out of 10.

Dark Water / Death in Heaven is a spooky story featuring the death of Danny Pink and an unsettling view of life after death. We also see the reveal of Missy as another incarnation of The Master. Pink’s death is well realized and the interplay between The Doctor and Clara is quite riveting. The end scenes in the cemetery between The Doctor, Clara, Cyber-Danny and Missy to be quite moving and although many feel the appearance of Cyber-Brig to be off-putting I found it to be a very nice appreciation of the character. 8 out of 10.