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Half a million words: every Doctor Who story reviewed in depth

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Shadowlocked's own John Bensalhia has finished his Herculean two year task...

The mighty John Bensalhia in company with some characters he arguably knows as well as any other being in the universe...

Oh me of little faith, that back when I was co-editing another Geek website, I doubted an offer that came out of the blue from a reader, who claimed he was willing to write detailed reviews of every episode of four seasons of Blake's 7 (a task which had defeated me very early, to that reader's frustration).

Well, that reader did it. Unlike so many of any geek site's contributors, John Bensalhia was never late with his Blake's copy, each review was a gem of wit, insight and genuine geeky affection for the show - and to boot, in five years of editing sites like these, I have never met a writer who needed less editing or interference with his submitted copy.

Ladies and gentleman, today John Bensalhia has fulfilled the even crazier pledge that he made to me just over two years ago, to review each and every Doctor Who TV story for Shadowlocked, from William Hartnell right through to Matt Smith - 49 years of TV. Some casual number-crunching reveals that the tally of John's contributions is something in the order of half a million words of Doctor Who reviews - all of which are available at this site via this index:

John Bensalhia's Doctor Who Complete Reviews

...and all of which demonstrate not only the depth of John's knowledge of the Whoniverse, but that it is possible to be passionate about Doctor Who without descending into fan-frenzy or losing one's sense of humour.

John - thanks, from everyone at Shadowlocked, and from all the thousands of readers who have enjoyed and shared your love of the program over the last two years. We know you did it just out of love for Doctor Who and exactly the same sense of fun that has brought the show nearly to its half-century, but there'll still be something in the post soon from us, at the very least. And we'd better make it special, because you certainly did!

Note about spoilers: As with the recently-embarked-on Complete Buffy Reviews, the individual (and two-parter) episode reviews form part of an overview of the show as a whole, and as such, contain spoilers for events not only in the episodes in question, but also potentially those in future episodes and seasons.


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#1 The end of an era... Gabriel_Ruzin 2012-01-25 19:48
Thanks, John. Shadowlocked won't feel the same without your WHO articles interspersed throughout. Incredible reviews all. Hope you can find something else to keep you occupied. ;)
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#2 RE: Half a million words: every Doctor Who story reviewed in depth Aaron Knier 2012-01-26 00:29
Congratulations John!
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#3 An honorary Doctor if ever there was one... Luke Connolly 2012-01-26 01:07
John, it's hard to imagine a Shadowlocked without you because, let's face it, you own half the material!

Thanks for all your hard work, your informative insight, and your witty commentary on the weird and wonderful Whoniverse.
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#4 AW SHUCKS... John Bensalhia 2012-01-26 09:12
Thank you all very much for all the kind comments! I'm glad that you enjoyed the reviews, and hope to be scribbling again for this fantastic website very soon.

All the best (with something in his eye) JB
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#5 Brilliant Work Caleb Leland 2012-01-26 15:16
I've read nearly every one of them, and they've always been wonderful! Great job, brother!
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#6 Awesome. Simply awesome. Richard Cosgrove 2012-01-26 16:05
Congratulations , John!

I haven't read all of them yet, but every single one that I have read has been both entertaining and informative.

It's a real honour to be one of your fellow Shadowlocked writers, and I think I speak for all of us in saying I'm proud to be associated with such tenacity and genius (not to mention first class writing)!


Richard Cosgrove
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#7 Quite an achievement Jennifer Thomson 2012-01-26 22:31
Well done, John. A lot of hard work and dedication has gone into those half a million words.
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#8 RE: Half a million words: every Doctor Who story reviewed in depth DamonD 2012-01-27 13:32
Top job!

I've read them all over the years. Whether I agreed or not, and much more often than not I did, they were always insightful and amusing.

Congratulations .
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