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Doctor Who Review: The Moonbase

The second outing for peren­nial Doctor Who villains the Cybermen and Patrick Troughton’s first meeting with them is a less than thrilling affair. Even allowing for the much slower pace of a all the 60s Doctor Who there’s still some­thing partic­u­larly stagey about this adven­ture. Moon­base uses the base-in-peril format that was the template for this period … Continue reading Doctor Who Review: The Moon­base

Doctor Who Review: 2014 Christmas Special — Last Christmas

The 2013 Doctor Who Christmas Special was flawed by the need to resolve so many plot elements and give Matt Smith a swan­song and to try and make it Christ­massy as well. That’s prob­ably too many things for one special to achieve. This time out, it just had to be Christ­massy. That’s actu­ally a Moffat thing. The … Continue reading Doctor Who Review: 2014 Christmas Special — Last Christmas

Doctor Who Review: S08E10 — In The Forest Of The Night

An episode with signif­i­cant struc­tural flaws yet it enter­tained me anyway. Steven Moffat has gone on record that part of his vision for Doctor Who is for the show to be a dark fairy­tale. This approach is certainly not univer­sally popular since it tends to down­play the science elements of the show. How strong those science elements … Continue reading Doctor Who Review: S08E10 — In The Forest Of The Night

Ten Classic Sci-Fi Movies To Watch On Netflix

While it’s selec­tion of the latest movies is incon­sis­tent at best,  if you’re a fan of older science fiction and fantasy movies then Netflix can be quite a treat. What follows is a list of 10 movies that Netflix cate­go­rizes as classic sci-fi. Though their use of the word classic seems… liberal. Even if you don’t have Netflix … Continue reading Ten Classic Sci-Fi Movies To Watch On Netflix

10 British SciFi Shows You Need To Watch

So you’ve seen Doctor Who. You know about Torch­wood and  perhaps Blakes Seven or Space 1999. These are the corner­stones of British tele­fan­tasy. But there’s a lot more out there and it’s worth watching. Now keep in mind that list list spans from the 70s onwards so the video quality varies a lot. As do the special Effects. These shows … Continue reading 10 British SciFi Shows You Need To Watch

Doctor Who Review: S08E08 — Mummy On The Orient Express

For the last few years Doctor Who has been fixated on high concept episodes. Big, bold ideas of the sort you could imagine people mashing together and throwing out on twitter. There’s not a lot of room for subtlety in these ideas though. In fact subtlety is some­thing we aren’t seeing very much of in Doctor … Continue reading Doctor Who Review: S08E08 — Mummy On The Orient Express

Doctor Who Review: S08E07 — Kill The Moon

Well that was certainly a wild ride. The episode opens in very familiar terri­tory for this season but we soon find ourselves surrounded by classic horror tropes (flick­ering lights, flash­lights, noises, spider-like crea­tures). Of course over the years Doctor Who has often borrowed the common elements from movies to sculpt its episodes. But Kill The Moon … Continue reading Doctor Who Review: S08E07 — Kill The Moon

Doctor Who Review — S08E08 Time Heist

Time Heist made for a pleasant palate cleanser after the intense and format chal­lenging episode that preceded it. While it didn’t have the big ideas that Listen threw at the viewers, it gave us plenty to enjoy. For a start as the name indi­cates this episode takes it’s tone from 1970s heist movies. You’ll prob­ably see lots of people … Continue reading Doctor Who Review — S08E08 Time Heist

Doctor Who Review: S08E04 — Listen

Well that was rather bril­liant. It’s a Moffat episode (through and through) so the online debates are following the tediously predictable path but this is a case where Moffat is playing to his strengths, not letting his ideas get away from him. Tradi­tion­ally in Doctor Who the “time” aspect of the show has been limited to getting the … Continue reading Doctor Who Review: S08E04 — Listen

Doctor Who Review: S08E03 — Robots Of Sherwood

Gali­maufry indeed. The word was uttered by Ben Miller rather excel­lently playing the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham (who I found constantly reminded me of Anthony Ainley’s version of The Master) . I had to look it up:A hotch­potch, jumble or confused medley.Well that’s certainly a very apt descrip­tion for Robots of Sher­wood. You could also just sum it up … Continue reading Doctor Who Review: S08E03 — Robots Of Sher­wood

Doctor Who Review:  Season 8 Episode 1 — Deep Breath

The episodes that intro­duce a new Doctor to Doctor Who carry some addi­tional weight and chal­lenges with them. While there have been a few clas­sics (The Power of the Daleks, Spear­head from Space and The 11th Hour spring to mind) there have also been well… less memo­rable ones (I’m looking at you Robot, The Twin … Continue reading Doctor Who Review:  Season 8 Episode 1 — Deep Breath

Doctor Who Cosplay — 10th Doctor and Martha Jones

David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor shows Martha Jones his screw­driver in this cosplay and they both find it very inter­esting indeed. What? He does! They do! Silli­ness aside, I like this cosplay it captures the char­ac­ters without being too slavish to every tiny detail. It’s been well posed in a way that fits the two char­ac­ters and the photo­graph … Continue reading Doctor Who Cosplay — 10th Doctor and Martha Jones