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...
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:
...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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