Doctor Who Magazine DWM Issue 533

DWM issue 533 of Doctor Who Magazine includes a preview of the New Year’s Day episode, Resolution. Guest stars Charlotte Ritchie and Nikesh Patel, director Wayne Yip and writer Chris Chibnall feature in
this Doctor Who Magazine’s exclusive preview.

Also in this issue you can find an exclusive interview with Sharon D. Clarke, the actress who played Grace O’Brien in the 2018 series. Also Frazer Hines pulls some crackers from DWM’s TARDIS tin.

There is a tribute to the writer, story editor and producer Derrick Sherwin, the one who oversaw the series’ transition from black and white into colour.

A free double-sided poster, The Blogs of Doom, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and more.

Doctor Who Magazine 533 is on sale for the price £5.99.

Doctor Who Magazine DWM Issue 533

Doctor Who, season 11, episode 11 – The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos

Well, this episode has been much more interesting than the last 7. Why it had to happen this ”quality break” in order to get an almost boring series? In fact, the last episode of the season 11 is the continuation of the first one, and the interesting episodes where the first 2 and this last one. If you fast forward the rest of the episodes just to watch these ones you wouldn’t lose much. There were a few good ideas in this series, but they lost a lot during production.

But this is the problem of the producers – they either thought bad some things or they did them bad during the production of the 10 episodes of this series. In this latest episode (the next one will be on the New Years Eve) the Doctor gets 9 different calls for help that came from the same area on the same planete. She decided to help and she took her companions with her. They find the remains of a battle with a lot of casualties, a few space ships, at least one of them being able to fly (but she didn’t had someone to pilot it – the commander was amnezic and the crew was captive), a strange monolith and a strange object. The natives have some incredible powers, but they are being fooled – that was corrected until the final.

Solving the mystery was interesting, it didn’t put the action on hold (if that would have happened more often during the series it would have been great!) and I am pleased with that. The killer creature from the first episode, returned with a vengeance, was meant to close the series, a cycle that allows the continuation of the show on different bases (the next series was postponed to 2020, as I heard). The Doctor’s message in the final sequence of the episode only make this idea stronger.

Directed by Jamie Childs, written by Chris Chibnall.

Cast: Mark Addy (Paltraki), Percelle Ascott (Delph), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Jan Le (Umsang), Phyllis Logan (Andinio), Samuel Oatley (Tzim-Sha), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor).

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 9 – It takes you away

It’s that time of the year when the gramother’s stories (the grandma number 5 in Doctor’s case) become reality, and the contact between the Universe we are in and another conscious Universe could become the subject of a very interesting subject.

But, nevertheless, the few very good ideas could not save the episode – it didn’t have the consistency to be very interesting. Not really. The almost empty house in the Norwegian fjord was a good start of the episode, the blind and scared girl (Hanne) and the howling from outside could continue the idea pretty good to make the Sunday night episode deserve to watch. But, eventually, it was all about a father trying to keep his daughter inside while he was gone. In another Universe, to be with the girl’s dead mother. I say it again, the ideas are interesting, but putting them into images could be better.

Ribbons, the alien obsessed with food from the anti-zone tunnels became shortly food for some creatures. Even when he should have been prepared to avoid that. The conscious Universe’s cohesion holds on while it’s not visited by too many people from other Universes, but after they left it’s not capable to keep the Doctor in.

Directed by Jamie Childs, written by Ed Hime and Joy Wilkinson.

Cast: Sharon D. Clarke (Grace), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Kevin Eldon (Ribbons), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Christian Rubeck (Erik), Lisa Stokke (Trine), Ellie Wallwork (Hanne), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor).

The next episode, the last one of series 11, will have probably more action than this one, or the last episodes in general: answering nine separate distress calls, the Doctor and team arrive on the remnants of a brutal battlefield on the planet Ranskoor Av Kolos. This planet has many secrets. An amnesiac commander? Mysterious mists? Who or what do you think are the Ux? A deadly reckoning awaits the Doctor and team once they have the answers… and everything will probably end in smoke and ashes.