The Beast Below
Episode / March 8, 2016

Aired 10 April 2010 The Steven Moffat and Eleventh Doctor era got off to a strong start with ‘The Eleventh Hour,’ but ‘The Beast Below’ is an episode that, though bound to be forgotten in the long run, has a monumental task in proving that there can still be a consistently good output with a new showrunner and leads. And to that effect, it does a very good job, indeed. Initially, ‘The Beast Below’ feels like it’s going to be traditional Doctor Who fare as the Doctor and Amy explore dark corridors and search for the underlying menace. However, it’s the relationship between the two that really takes centre stage, as flaws and misgivings start to creep into what seemed like two perfect souls upon their first meeting. Amy pushes the Doctor into revealing some of his personal history, meeting some resentment along the way, but it’s this same desire to know that helps solve the problem in the end as Amy is able to look at the problem in a new light and in a manner that the Doctor simply cannot manage. After some hard feelings along the way, the two manage to come back together with a greater…

The Eye of the Scorpion
Audio / March 8, 2016

Released September 2001 ‘The Eye of the Scorpion’ features the return of Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor alongside Nicola Bryant as Peri, a duo that unfortunately didn’t have much time on screen together but clearly has great chemistry and great potential for untold stories. However, as strong as this story is as a whole, it will best be remembered for the surprise inclusion of a new companion in Erimem ush Inteperem, or Ermimem as she comes to be known. The story centres around the court of Thebes as Erimem’s coronation as the new pharaoh approaches and the Priest of Horus Horemshep attempts to keep her from achieving that right. To realize his goals, he tries to frame Erimem’s loyal guard Antranak for murder while his ally Yanis waits outside the city with a band of mercenaries, ready to forcefully invade Thebes when needed. As an added threat, Horemshep and Yanis are both under the influence of an alien parasite. So, while the plot itself isn’t groundbreaking in any major fashion, it’s the characterization and atmosphere that really elevate the tale. Whereas the classic television series was rather constrained with what it could show due to budget and its usual…