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Timestamp #302: Revolution of the Daleks

Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks (1 episode, New Year Special, 2021) A little bit of cloning and a little bit of open warfare. It’s been 367 minutes since the Doctor and her team destroyed the Reconnaissance Dalek in GCHQ. An ill-fated truck driver takes the empty casing to Depository

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Timestamp #301: Ascension of the Cybermen & The Timeless Children

Doctor Who: Ascension of the Cybermen Doctor Who: The Timeless Children (2 episodes, s12e09-10, 2020) The story that broke so many fans. Ascension of the Cybermen In the depths of space, Ashad speaks of the Cybermen. The mechanical menace has finally been defeated after winning a billion battles, and after

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Timestamp #300: The Haunting of Villa Diodati

Doctor Who: The Haunting of Villa Diodati (1 episode, s12e08, 2020) Enter Frankenstein’s monster. The place and time are Lake Geneva, June 1816. As a thunderstorm crashes down upon the Swiss countryside, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (the future Mary Shelley, the mother of science fiction), Lord George Gordon Byron, Doctor John

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Timestamp #299: Can You Hear Me?

Doctor Who: Can You Hear Me? (1 episode, s12e07, 2020) A voice in the darkness is not always a good sign. In Aleppo, Syria, circa 1380, a young woman runs through the city. An older woman named Maryam lets Tahira seek refuge, chiding her for stealing as a misguided attempt

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Timestamp #298: Praxeus

Doctor Who: Praxeus (1 episode, s12e06, 2020) A lot of moving parts in a story where nothing is as it seems. Picking up immediately after Fugitive of the Judoon, several plot threads are rapidly laid down. A spacecraft plummets toward Earth. An astronaut named Adam Lang tries to salvage it, but

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Timestamp #297: Fugitive of the Judoon

Doctor Who: Fugitive of the Judoon (1 episode, s12e05, 2020) She’s the Doctor, but not the one you were expecting. In Gloucester, 2020, Ruth Clayton awakens on her 44th birthday and makes breakfast. Her husband, Lee, heads out to buy a proper cake while Ruth asks the day to do

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Timestamp #296: Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror

Doctor Who: Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror (1 episode, s12e04, 2020) Two great minds collide at the turn of the century! The place is Niagara Falls. The time is 1903. The man is Nikola Tesla and he is marketing his new method of harnessing electricity through a wireless system. The

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Timestamp #295: Orphan 55

Doctor Who: Orphan 55 (1 episode, s12e03, 2020) A monster tale armed with a messaging bludgeon. Wrapping up another adventure we don’t get to see, the Doctor, Ryan, and Yaz are mopping the TARDIS floor after encountering a deep-space squid during mating season. Meanwhile, Graham has been collecting coupons from

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Timestamp #294: Spyfall

Doctor Who: Spyfall (2 episodes, s12e01-02, 2020) Custard cream, shaken, not stirred. Part One In various locations worldwide – Ivory Coast, over the Pacific Ocean near Tokyo, and Moscow – operatives are attacked by strange creatures that emerge from the walls. Meanwhile, Team TARDIS is getting some much-needed downtime. Ryan

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Timestamp: Series Eleven Summary

Doctor Who Series Eleven Summary Jodie Whittakes’s debut series was an average performance for the Timestamps Project. This set of adventures felt like something in line with television movies from the 1990s and 2000s. The filming styles and productions reminded me of syndicated science fiction similar to Rick Berman-era Star

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Timestamp #293: Resolution

Doctor Who: Resolution (1 episode, New Year Special, 2019) Conquest in 9376 rels. However long that is. In the 9th century, three tribes of people came together to destroy a creature beyond their nightmares. Victorious, three Custodians split the creature into three pieces and hid them in distant places: Anuta

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Timestamp #292: The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos

Doctor Who: The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos (1 episode, s11e10, 2018) Tim comes full circle. On the planet Ranskoor Av Kolos, a woman named Andinio and a man named Delph practice telekinesis. Andinio is testing Delph’s potential when a crackle of blue energy breaks Delph’s concentration. Nearby, a figure

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