Christopher Bahn

Christopher Bahn
Christopher Bahn's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): AV Club
Publications: AV Club

TV Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
43% Doctor Who: Season 21 (TV, 1963-1989) The best that can be said for it is that the idea behind the Sixth Doctor's unlikeable character wasn't terrible; but the actual presentation was not just terrible, but toxic. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
57% Doctor Who: Season 26 (TV, 1963-1989) "Survival" has a great first episode, it falls into the all-too-familiar Doctor Who pattern of starting strong and petering out into incoherence by the ending. But there's still a lot to like. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
50% Doctor Who: Season 4 (TV, 1963-1989) If "The Tenth Planet" is a deliberate confrontation with the Cybermen, that completes the transformation. He'll always be a rogue, but now he's our rogue. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
88% Doctor Who: Season 25 (TV, 1963-1989) Try as I might, I've never been able to warm to this era, certainly not to the extent of the sizable number of fans who call it the zenith of classic-era Doctor Who. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
29% Doctor Who: Season 24 (TV, 1963-1989) "Time" is a formulaic exercise on a rather standard Doctor Who plot. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
50% Doctor Who: Season 23 (TV, 1963-1989) This is the way the Sixth Doctor era ends: Not with a bang, but a whimper. - AV Club EDIT
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33% Doctor Who: Season 22 (TV, 1963-1989) The problem is that Eric Saward is simply not a strong enough writer to pull this off, failing to provide the clever dialogue, well-thought-out underlying concepts or basic plot mechanics that might have made this work. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
100% Doctor Who: Season 14 (TV, 1963-1989) The end of Who's most consistently great era. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
80% Doctor Who: Season 16 (aka Doctor Who: The Key to Time) (TV, 1963-1989) Although the season has its moments, in the final analysis the story of the Key quest itself is so thin and underdeveloped that there is very little actually connecting the six individual serials. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
57% Doctor Who: Season 20 (TV, 1963-1989) Terrance Dicks was quite good at writing kids' adventure stories, and he aimed squarely at that target for "The Five Doctors" and hit it pretty close to a bullseye. In doing so he ignored the other available targets within range. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
63% Doctor Who: Season 19 (TV, 1963-1989) "Castrovalva" is far from the worst Doctor Who would ever inflict on the TV viewing public, but the decline and fall of the show is clearly in evidence. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
36% Doctor Who: Season 17 (TV, 1963-1989) Although there's a lot to enjoy here, especially in the early episodes, in the end the story fizzles out. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
83% Doctor Who: Season 15 (TV, 1963-1989) "Horror Of Fang Rock" is a perfect distillation of the Doctor-Who-as-gothic-horror-movie approach that was the hallmark of the early Fourth Doctor years. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
100% Doctor Who: Season 13 (TV, 1963-1989) Horror and good old-fashioned scariness have always been a big part of Doctor Who's appeal. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
75% Doctor Who: Season 12 (TV, 1963-1989) Baker, though, plays his Doctor as a genial force of chaos, whipsawing between cold arrogance and ingratiating charm, leaning toward both vanity and pomposity yet taking great pleasure in playing the clown. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
60% Doctor Who: Season 5 (TV, 1963-1989) I really don't want to get too down on "Tomb," in large part because I think Patrick Troughton's Doctor is basically the definitive version, and so much of what makes his character work well is on display here. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
70% Doctor Who: Season 9 (TV, 1963-1989) As a story and not just a bunch of things happening that are loud and exciting, it's a weak recapitulation of what made "The Silurians" worthwhile. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
91% Doctor Who: Season 8 (TV, 1963-1989) That childish relationship is a reminder that Doctor Who has to be seen as a family-oriented show, and is always trying to appeal to kids no matter how sophisticated it can otherwise be. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
86% Doctor Who: Season 7 (TV, 1963-1989) Season seven, Jon Pertwee's first year as the Third Doctor, made a point of pushing at those boundaries, starting by grounding him on Earth, unable to fly the TARDIS and forced to work with an anti-alien military taskforce, UNIT. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
71% Doctor Who: Season 6 (TV, 1963-1989) "The War Games" doesn't resolve neatly or satisfyingly, very much on purpose-instead, it ends with a stunning defeat in which the Doctor loses his friends, his freedom, and even his life, since his forced regeneration is essentially a death sentence. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
83% Doctor Who: Season 3 (TV, 1963-1989) While "The War Machines" didn't anticipate the regeneration itself, it did mark a bold step toward the kind of action-driven thrillers that would be the hallmark of the Second Doctor era. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
88% Doctor Who: Season 2 (TV, 1963-1989) At least in the five First Doctor tales I've covered so far here, I've been generally impressed by how non-draggy they are, and "Time Meddler" keeps things moving despite its relatively simple plotline - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
73% Doctor Who: Season 11 (TV, 1963-1989) It's no wonder Sarah Jane Smith is, for many fans, the quintessential Doctor Who companion. I'm only surprised it took the show 11 years to come up with her. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
78% Doctor Who: Season 10 (TV, 1963-1989) "The Three Doctors" has its good points, but on the whole it's a disappointment, with a lackluster story and unimaginative production values that are merely adequate even by the forgiving standards by which classic-era Doctor Who must be judged. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
70% Doctor Who: Season 1 (TV, 1963-1989) There's almost as much concentrated weirdness and diverse exotic locations packed into the six episodes of this serial as there is in the rest of the first season combined. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019