Doctor Who 10x10
The Eaters of Light
Doctor Who A long time ago, the ninth legion of the Roman army vanished into the mists of Scotland. Bill has a theory about what happened, and the Doctor has a time machine.
But when they arrive in ancient Aberdeenshire, what they find is a far greater threat than any army.
In a cairn, on a hillside, is a doorway leading to the end of the world.
The Doctor, from a race called the
Time Lords whose home planet is Gallifrey,
travels through time and space in his ship the TARDIS (an acronym for Time and Relative Dimensions In Space) with numerous companions.
From time to time he regenerates into a new form (which is how the show has been running since 1963).
Doctor Who just works. However you watch it, as a fan or casual viewer, there is something there for you; and if there’s not, well, try a different era.
It helps that it’s got 52 years currently under its belt, and so there is and has been for a long time, an element of nostalgia to the show– recurring villains, references, companions or places/planets that get revisited just to please the people who’ve been watching long enough.
But that’s not all there is to it: because every year,
there’s some kind of hidden gem of an episode that’s a shining example of great television, along with the scary, funny, tense episodes we have all come to expect from this show.
One of its strongest merits is its constant adaptability.
There are different writers almost every week, different companions every other series, different doctors, different locations, directors, genres, threats and ideas.
For every one abysmal episode (and there are a few of them), there are some absolutely stunning ones too.
I’d recommend Heaven Sent, Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways, The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, Blink,
The Pandorica Opens, A Good Man Goes to War, Asylum of the Daleks, Flatline, and The Day of the Doctor. It’s a show that never dies. Of course, it will get cancelled at some point, maybe, j
ust as it did before; and then it will live on. It will get picked up again. TV just isn’t the same without it.