1.22.2014

Coming Soon: The Doctor Who Project

Something special happened to me in 2013. I . . . became a Whovian.
I blame my daughter, who fell in love with it before I did. Or, rather, I thank her, because finally opening my world to Doctor Who was one of the best things I've done for my spirit in a long time. That mad man in a blue box made me feel much the same way I did when I finally started the Harry Potter books, and I didn't expelliarmus myself from those things until I finished The Deathly Hallows in a puddle of nerd tears.

Doctor Who and Harry Potter, apart from being British, don't have a whole lot in common, but they filled me with a giddy sense of whimsy that was capable of making me both laugh and cry, often at the same time. And it also helped me join discussions that had been happening around me for ages that I couldn't previously comprehend. Now, at least with the rebooted series, I feel like I can talk about it. And to that end, I have teamed up with two great friends and fellow Whovians, Justin Wasson and Jaime Hobbes, for what will be a weeks-long event where we rate every episode of the show (reboot, not classic) as well as giving you our Top 10 Favorites! We figure this is a great way to get ourselves and you the readers through the winter doldrums. By the time we get through season 7, we will be looking at springtime weather and it will only be a few short months before the premier of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor number twelve (or whatever number he is...I'm not going there).

But first, a little bit about my fellow reviewers!

Justin Wasson is an acclaimed artist and visual storyteller. You probably also know his name if you've read my blogs about the awesome illustrator of the COLT COLTRANE cover. We will be sitting at a table together for the first time this April at the Gem City Comic Con, where I will be hocking signed print copies of the book and a brand new poster.


Jaime Hobbes is one of the brains behind the curtain at Hobbes End Publishing. She's also a voracious reader, book reviewer, and all around hawt geek. I look forward to meeting her in person someday for a Hobbes End event, though I've been told that I should probably bring bail money.

Now, three people trying to rate a show can get a little challenging. You have probably seen those giant lists around the internet, where people rank all 100+ episodes from worst to best. Instead of that, we thought we'd take a different approach and go season by season, give our own personal ranking on each episode on a scale of 1-10 "Sonics." There will be one season ranked per week, giving people plenty of time for reading and discussion.

We figure that with a discussion format, you would be able to enjoy some similarities and contrasts in our tastes (for instance, I believe one of the episodes on Justin's Top 10 will be one of my least favorites). We also hope it will make those of you out there who love the show as much as we do speak up and give us your take.

Finally, there will also be a lot of this:


So if you have not watched all of the episodes starting with Chris Eccleston and going up through the regeneration episode with Matt Smith, consider yourself warned.

Be tuned in here on January 31st as we start with our Top 10 favorite episodes of all time. We're incredibly excited to declare allons-y on this fantastic venture and Geronimo!