About The Doctor Who Episode Review Site
The philosophy behind the DWAR is the idea that an understanding of the Doctor Who episodes of the past will greatly benefit the fan of today’s show. You need look no further than 2012’s Christmas special The Snowmen. The main villain in the show is the Great Intelligence. Many viewers will not realize that the Great Intelligence had been featured in two past episodes: The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear. Being aware of that fact is definitely not a requirement for enjoying The Snowmen, but I truly think knowing where episodes fit together enriches the fan experience immensely.
I also hope the DWAR encourages viewers to go back and watch classic episodes. As you would expect with a show that is in its fiftieth year of existence, some episodes are stronger than others. That’s where the DWAR comes in. The Doctor Who Episode Reviews site has the goal of presenting you with a quick but informative review of each episode. In addition to listing a quick plot summary, characters, and setting, I will end by giving you my personal opinion on whether the show stands the test of time.
I’ll always include links where you can legally watch the show yourself. I know Doctor Who is easy to find in various dark corners of the net, but I personally think it’s immensely important to support the official BBC releases. The more profitable the show is to the BBC, the more likely it is to have the Doctor on our screen for years to come.
About W. Jim Hudson
I’m a 41 year old IT consultant, husband, father, historian, genealogist, supporter of the Green Bay Packers, fan of Doctor Who and Star Trek, admirer of railroads, reader of sci-fi/fantasy/mystery/war/spy novels, gadget geek, lover of travel, Anglophile, and appreciator of movies and music.
My first taste of Doctor Who came during the Fourth Doctor’s era. The specific episode was Nightmare of Eden. As with many young Americans of my generation, my Doctor Who consumption was a couple years behind the release schedule in Britain and delivered via PBS. It must have been about 1981 when I saw that first show. To my nine year old self, the Doctor with his time traveling blue box, beautiful companion (Romana II), and metal dog was an immediate hit. I was hooked from the opening theme through the credits. To this day Tom Baker is my favorite Doctor (with Smith, Tennant, and Pertwee rounding out my top four).
I’m also somewhat of a technologist and luddite combined into one. I love technology and use a smart phone, tablet, notebook, and e-reader daily. I personally use an iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air, and a Kindle Paperwhite to be specific. While I live in the Apple ecosystem, I am no hater of Android. I am tempted to try out a Google Nexus 7 running Jelly Bean. That said, I also worry about the effect all of these gadgets have on most people. We seem to be losing some of the traditions, customs, and inter-personal interactions which historically have bound us to one another.
Given my job and hobbies, you’d think I was an unabashed advocate of technology in our lives. And I am… Mostly… After all, I earn my primary income as an IT consultant. My largest client is a telecommunications company that handles billions of minutes of phone calls per year. I find satisfaction in knowing that my work helps people connect with friends and families across town and around the globe. Doesn’t technology allow us to communicate with loved ones anywhere on the planet?
And I love my gadgets. I travel with an iPhone, an iPad, a Kindle, and a MacBook Air. These devices allow me to do my job from any location with a decent internet connection. My music, photos, videos, and books travel with me on my hard drive or are accessible in the Cloud. Information that rivals our largest libraries is available at my fingertips. Doesn’t technology mean answers are only a search query away?
Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end. — Henry David Thoreau
Still, I harbour some deep unease about what we’ve lost in the bargain. Perhaps it’s nothing more than the nostalgic historian in me, but I think before our daily routines became so “connected” we experienced and enjoyed life more fully. Communication was a skill and art form instead of a commodity. Nature was a spectacle and wonder instead of simply a holiday destination. Your Local Area Network was your surrounding community instead of a group of servers exchanging bits and bytes.
We are more connected and yet more alone. We are better informed and yet less enlightened. We are presented with more comforts and yet find less contentment.
Using technology is often a solo activity. Look around the next time you are at a restaurant. How many people are sitting at a table with a companion yet are staring at their smart phone? I am not saying that technology is the root of all the ills in society. What it can do, however, is heighten the sense of division between us and other people. As with any tool, technology needs to be used properly and in correct proportion to the size of the job you are trying to accomplish. Technology is a means not an end. Sharing a link on FaceBook can be a poor substitute for sharing a beverage with a friend.