Television Review

Doctor Who: ‘Boom’ — pressure-cooker tension and divine world-building

The Doctor and Ruby arrive on a war-torn planet, and The Doctor steps on a deadly land mine…

Dan Owen
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6 min readMay 18, 2024

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SSteven Moffat’s episodes were always the highlights of the early years of Russell T. Davies’s reign as showrunner. This made him the natural choice to take over in 2010. He then ran the show for such a long time — perhaps too long — that people started to find fault with his writing style or the various crutches he relied on. But I’ve always preferred Moffat’s approach to Doctor Who over RTD’s, mainly because he’s more adept at science fiction and comedy, even though the latter has his own strengths when it comes to creating believable characters and capturing the emotional core of the show.

“Boom” marks the welcome return of Moffat to the show. He’s back in his old role of dropping in for a single episode that everyone’s poised to hail as the season’s best. It remains to be seen if “Boom” is the new “Blink,” but it’s certainly the best of the first three episodes. Considering the show’s increased budget thanks to its Disney…

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Dan Owen
Frame Rated

Freelance writer and TV addict raised on films • Socials and links: https://linktr.ee/danowen