Also known as William Carlisle, MrTARDISreviews is a self-appointed YouTube reviewer with a relatively large following. In profile images he sports a trilby - a hat that is often humorously associated with arrogant, socially inept manchildren.
Carlisle allegedly was motivated to begin his reviews after noticing that many others on YouTube were long-winded and poorly edited.
Interestingly, Carlisle's reviews tend to run as long as half an episode of Doctor Who. Even Phil Sandifer's reviews are only around 1000 words, and at least he has a PhD and a series critical essays on the show.
Dark Water controversy Edit
After the scene that r̶e̶s̶o̶n̶a̶t̶e̶d̶ ̶w̶i̶t̶h̶ ̶f̶a̶n̶d̶o̶m̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶m̶o̶n̶t̶h̶s was forgotten about a week later, in which a representative of 3W explained that consciousness persists after death but is able to perish along with the body, Carlisle criticized the episode as being 'too dark for a pre-Watershed show', and that it was the 'darkest moment in the series' history'.
Although anyone with a functioning brain was able to eyeroll at this outcry and swiftly move on, here is a more substantive list of past narratives that either surpass or match the macabre implications of Dark Water:
- The Tenth Planet: The first serial featuring the Cybermen, in which it is suggested that the human metanarrative (being that Mondas is a mirror of future Earth) is resolved by the obliteration of the self and physical transformation into mummified, robotic bodies. This aired in the mid-1960s.
- The Dalek Invasion of Earth: Featuring the Daleks literally sieg-heiling each other in a not-so-subtle allegory for Britain's defeat to Germany in WWII. This aired in the mid-1960s.
- The Caves of Androzani: Involves the trading of narcotics, the execution of the Doctor and his companion, political conspiracy and a nihilistic universe. This aired in the early-1980s.
Also, the idea that children would give any thought to the metaphysics of this idea is pure nonsense, illustrated by that fact that a relatively small number complained in the first place.
The Magician's Apprentice Edit
Carlisle's main complaint about this episode seemed to be its ignorance of the 180 degree rule. This is rather interesting, given that the 180 degree rule has not been considered a defacto principle of filmmaking for decades. Rather it was a guideline during the days of early cinema, just as using a fade was in order to suggest a change of setting, as filmmakers thought that an audience would be too confused. Nowadays the proliferation of film/TV means the language of film can be more complicated as we readily understand its operation, and the 180 degree rule is rarely followed.
That said, Carlisle is apparently a 'film theorist', so what do I know?