Thursday, 30 June 2022


Doctor Who
3x33 The Final Test [2nd watch]
aka The Celestial Toymaker Part 4. Thank goodness this was only a four-parter — it feels drawn-out as it is.

Well, apparently the scripts for this serial were compromised by being in production at a time of changeover in the team running the show, which perhaps explains why there are nice ideas here that unfortunately don’t land very well. Parts of the episode feel like they were written on the spot, going round over the same points to little end. Shame.

Equally, it’s no wonder several writers have tried to have a second crack at the Toymaker down the years — there’s unexplored potential there, even if it were to just involve rehashing this storyline but executing it better.


My Name Is Julia Ross (1945)
[#43 in The All-New 100 Films in a Year Challenge 2022]
Plus the video extras on Arrow's Blu-ray, which include the original theatrical trailer and a 22-minute critical analysis.