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What Happens When Happy Shows Turn All X-Files on You?

From The Brady Bunch to M*A*S*H, what do we do when our favorite TV shows spawn shockingly dark offspring?

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'Doctor Who' and the Constraints of the American Cultural Cold War

Decolonization, shifting demographics and the rise of the US needed to be understood and processed through the British popular imagination. The Doctor landed his TARDIS just in time to help.

Mindy Clegg
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Doctor Who: "Seeing patterns in things that aren't there"

How a '90s Doctor Who might have been uniquely Doctor Who while differing greatly from what it actually ended up becoming.

Paul Booth
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Doctor Who Christmas Special: "The Husbands of River Song"

Doctor Who's surprising jaunty Christmas special scores points merely by dint of being watchable without resort to the saccharine or the mawkish, and whets the appetite for series 10.

Craig Owen Jones
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Doctor Who: Series 9 Episode 12 - "Hell Bent"

Why couldn’t the Doctor’s recently deceased companion do the right thing, and stay dead?

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Doctor Who: Series 9, Episode 11 - "Heaven Sent"

It would be asking a lot of any actor to carry almost an hour of prime-time television on their own, but not Peter Capaldi.

Craig Owen Jones
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Doctor Who: Series 9 Episode 10 - "Face the Raven"

Trap streets and teleport bracelets abound in this week's stand-out installment, with writer Sarah Dollard delivering the first masterpiece of the Capaldi era.

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Gotham: Season 2, Episode 9 - "A Bitter Pill to Swallow"

Returning to a characteristically meandering, unfocused plot, this week's Gotham is at least punctuated by the promise of a fiendish friendship.

Liz Medendorp
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Land of Soap and Glory: An Ode to British TV

If you type the word “doctor” in the Wikipedia search box, “Doctor Who” appears ahead of “doctorate”. Now that’s cultural relevance for you.

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Doctor Who: Series 9, Episode 9 - "Sleep No More"

Horror-lite or mad scientist thriller? "Sleep No More" straddles genres like a jockey riding two horses at once.

Craig Owen Jones
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Doctor Who: Series 9, Episode 8 - "The Zygon Inversion"

In an episode big on dramatic revelations, the biggest was Jenna Coleman’s extraordinary performance as Clara Oswald.

Craig Owen Jones
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Doctor Who: Series 9, Episode 6 - "The Woman Who Lived"

A bleak but compelling episode that may -- or may not -- have witnessed the arrival of the Doctor's new companion

Craig Owen Jones
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Doctor Who: Series 9 Episode 5 - "The Girl Who Died"

The real problem with the enemy -- with the whole first half of the episode, in fact -- is that he’s a colossal red herring.

Craig Owen Jones
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Doctor Who: Season 9, Episode 4 - "Before the Flood"

The second half of this two-parter is an object lesson in how to make good drama.

Craig Owen Jones
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Doctor Who: Season 9, Episode 3 - "Under the Lake"

“Under the Lake's" writing, direction, and performances manages to breath new life into a tired premise.

Craig Owen Jones
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'Doctor Who': Season 9, Episode 2 - The Witches Familiar

In part two of the season opener, writer Stephen Moffat relies on easy solutions to the impossible problems set up in part one.

Craig Owen Jones
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Celebrating a Remarkable 50-Year 'Adventure in Space and Time'

Long-time fan and Doctor Who scriptwriter Mark Gatiss guides us through the first episode of what would become television’s longest running sci-fi show.

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Three Doctors, One Special, and a Big (Blue) Box of Surprises!

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day of the Doctor leans towards the lighter side of the Whoniverse.

Television

How the Time Lords Invented TV: 50 Years of Doctor Who

Like television itself, Doctor Who has consistently confronted limitation with ingenuity, cancelation with rebirth, constraint with transcendence.

Film

The Month In Pop Entertainment: November 2013

Feast on a cornucopia of entertainment options this month.

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Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series

The clever boy is running... out of ideas.

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'Doctor Who: The Green Death' Is a Solid '70s 'Who' Outing

Some 40 years since The Green Death first appeared, there's still nothing quite like the sight of seeing the Doctor in drag.

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Why Peter Capaldi Will Be an Amazing Doctor Who

The announcement, surprisingly, was not a left-turn that many were expecting. Some are raising hell over his place in the canon. You know what? It's going to be really, really hard to top Capaldi.

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The Fifth Doctor vs the Grim Android Reaper: 'Doctor Who: The Visitation (Special Edition)'

The Fifth Doctor dons his Celery lapel to defend 1666 England against alien invaders and bedazzled androids in this inventive, classic saga from the Peter Davison years.

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Who's Who in 'Doctor Who: Series Seven - Part Two'?

Something old (the Ice Warriors), something new (the Whispermen), something borrowed (several scripts’ plot elements), something blue (fans must wait until November for the series 50th anniversary celebration).

Events

Traveling without the TARDIS: The Post-'Doctor Who' Life of Caitlin Blackwood

Caitlin Blackwood and her television counterpart, Amelia Pond, have something in common: their lives have been forever changed by meeting the Doctor and traveling far from home.

Film

Building the Perfect Star Beast: The Antecedents of 'Alien'

The impact of Alien is undeniable, and with Prometheus breathing new, terrifying and artistic life into the saga, Alien's legacy could go anywhere. However, Alien didn't spring, fully-formed onto movie screens as the near-perfect Star Beast that it is.

Television

The Power of Language and Fear in 'Doctor Who'

Language as we know it, is human. The Dalek's limited vocabulary suggests that they were once exposed to human language or were once human. The Dalek's world is limited by its primary purposes to kill enemies and achieve world domination.

Liam Bishop
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Ace in the Who: 'Doctor Who: Dragonfire'

So much of the setup feels like Saved By the Bell-in-space, though that may just be an effect of Ace’s late '80s clothes.

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Robot Rules: 'Doctor Who: The Robots of Death'

Leela could help us see robots through another perspective, one that, despite her recent trip on a time machine, might seem mystical or magical.

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