One of the pleasures of fan fiction is the opportunity to rework the conclusions of story arcs that we find deeply unsatisfactory. Stephen Moffat gets to do this in canon, and very publicly. He’s particularly fond of re-imagining some of Russell T Davies’s most enraging storylines, and does so with audacity and style. The most… More The Doctor’s Precious Creature – “Hell Bent” reviewed
“I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams.” – Hamlet, II.ii **** The Doctor: [last words to sleeping Amelia Pond] It’s funny, I thought, if you could hear me, I could hang on, somehow. Silly me. Silly old Doctor. When… More The Ordeal of the Doctor
There are complicated books, and there are simple ones. Both can be great, but the simple ones are often remembered more fondly. Although it is important that thoughtful people write, and read, about human nature in all its ambivalence and complexity, offering us nuanced and realistic portraits of character in the great Russian realist mode,… More Atticus Finch Dethroned
Almost the first thing I did after the result of the last General Election became clear was to join a pressure group campaigning for the UK to stay in Europe. Perhaps naively, I always thought of the European Union as a force for peace, a necessary forum for countries to meet together and seek common… More A Vile-Concluded Peace
Is anybody out there who remembers the slogan., “Did you ever wish that you were better informed?” You might recognise it as a line from the Billy Bragg song, “It says here…”, a coruscating exposure of the British press from the 1980s that, sadly, is as relevant now as it was then. It was also, roundabout… More Ever Wished That You Were Better Informed?
I will shortly be coming up to my 15th year as a primary school librarian. It’s a job I very much created and developed ex nihilo, and I think it would be interesting to reflect on how it has changed in that period of time. When we began, with £400 worth of books from the… More The Price of Knowing What Happens Next – or the dilemmas of a school librarian
A few weeks ago I whiled away an idle half-hour by trying to work out a single word to express the essential quality of each major European nation. (Yes, I know, normal people watch TV or flick through a magazine, but I was in Italy at the time and the scenery seemed to inspire such… More The Greeks Have a Word for it – OXI