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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 20:21

The one where the Doctor goes all Ocean’s Eleven and leads a small team to rob the most secure bank in the universe. Only, with less laughs..

Those of us of a certain age will be familiar with a phenomenon in television storytelling known as the Star Trek:TNG effect (Not a legit phenomenon, but if you’ve ever watched an episode of TNG, you know where this is going..)

The TNG effect is this: Stories had good introductions, with the plot, or major hooks, being laid out in the brief intro before the opening titles.  Stories were developed, and more often than not had very strong second acts, occasionally overlapping into the third act.  This...

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Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 17:12

“Whats that in the mirror, or the corner of your eye?
Whats that footstep following, but never passing by?”
A little late, but here are my thoughts on Episode 4 “Listen”, the one where the Doctor and Clara go to the end of the Universe chasing a nursery rhyme.

After the folly of Robot of Sherwood, I was looking forward to an episode that promised to crank up the tension; and for the most part I was pleased with “Listen”.  I have a few issues with it, but they mostly lie in the how the episode was wrapped up, but we’ll get to those in a bit.  Lets start with some good bits.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 19:28

Merry Men, a Golden Arrow, and robots aplenty as the Doctor meets a hero of British folklore. There’s whimsy and swashbuckling galore in this interpretation of the classic tale, but sadly Mark Gatiss’ script doesn’t quite hit the bullseye.  

The story starts as the Doctor offers Clara the chance to go anywhere in time and space.  She says she wants to meet Robin Hood and, after a touch of derision, the Doctor takes them to Sherwood Forest, Nottingham, 1190(ish); if only to prove that such a man does not exist.  An arrow to the door of the TARDIS from the rogue in green himself does little to change the Doctors assumptions, and rather than accept that he was wrong and that heroes do exist, the Doctor instead sets out to find evidence to support the conclusion he, wrongly, leapt too.  

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Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 13:27

In the orginal draft of my "Into The Dalek" review, I noted that there was a striking resemblance between the Heaven that Missy takes the half faced robot to at the end of "Deep Breath", and the ruined garden that Amy finds herself in during "The Girl Who Waited".
I thought this observation deserved a post of it's own, so here it is.  These are the two scenes, what do you make of them?

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Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 11:43

Doctor Who meets Innerspace in this weeks episode, as the Doctor and Clara go on a mercy mission inside an old foe. An interesting concept and, for the most part, quite an entertaining episode.  Yeah, I enjoyed this one.

Aboard the Combined Galactic Resistance ship Aristotle, the Doctor runs into his oldest adversary and his newest patient.  An injured Dalek, one that has seen the beauty in creation and has somehow found morality.  Is it a ruse? A result of it’s injuries? Or is this a genuinely good Dalek?  The Doctor can’t resist finding out. 

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Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 00:57

“Well, here we go again” 

Madame Vastra echoes the immortal words of the Brigadier from the end of Planet of the Spiders, as Pertwee gave way to Baker.  It just happens that she also echoed my words as I prepared for the adventures of a new Doctor, one that I had some trepidation about embarking on.  Turns out I needn’t have worried unduly, Capaldi’s full debut was pretty damn good. Eventually.

I say “eventually”, because there was something of a shaky start.  The role of the companion has traditionally been to play the audience surrogate, to ask the questions that the viewers want answered.  Too often during the opening 15 minutes, it felt that Vastra’s insistence that this Doctor was still the one Clara knew was infact an effort by the writers to reassure Matt Smith fans that, actually, an older man...

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Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 18:40

Fresh out of the Marvel panel at this years SDCC are these incredible posters that start the hype train for Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.

The trailer has yet to be officially released, but reports out of Comic-Con do suggest that we can look forward to seeing an epic Hulkbuster Vs Hulk confrontation.

It certainly looks like Earth's Mightiest Heroes are going to have a hell of a fight on their hands in Joss Whedon's long awaited sequel. I can't wait. 

Check out the epic posters below.

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Friday, August 1, 2014 - 15:11

My movie reviews usually take me a while to write as I like to get my thoughts together and work through structure.  My efforts this time are being hampered by the fact that I’m listening to the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack and I’m either bent double with laughter or, more frequently as it turns out, dancing round the room doing my own version of the Star Lord strut.  I’m still buzzing, and I’m ready to go see it again.  This film is incredible.

At its heart Guardians of the Galaxy is a caper movie, albeit a gloriously extravagant one, that takes you on a journey through stellar vistas and panoramas that will take your breath away.  It has a simple plot that revolves around the theft of a silver orb by Peter Quill, aka Star Lord, an orb that is of great interest to a number of different parties,...

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Monday, July 28, 2014 - 19:22

A new trailer has been released for the long awaited sequel to 2005's "Sin City", and it's freaking awesome.

The new movie, in cinemas on the 22nd August, will once again weave together a number of different Sin City tales; and from the look of the trailer it looks as if the story "Family Values" will play as big a part in the film as "A Dame to Kill For" 

A third story, rumoured to have been written specifically for the film, is "Just Another Saturday Night".  Whether this is a new story, or a re-working of a short print from '97 remains to be seen, but either way it's pretty damn exciting.

Check out the trailer below, and let us know what you think. 

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Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 11:55

In an announcement made at Comic-Con, it was revealed that Alexander Siddig (ST:DS9's Dr.Bashir) will be joining the Game of Thrones cast for Season 5.  Siddig will play Doran Martell, ruling lord of Dorne and elder brother of Prince Oberyn. 

More of the late Prince's family have been cast with his bastard daughters, known as the Sand Snakes, all set to appear in Season 5.  Keisha Castle-Hughes will play Oberyn's eldest bastard daughter, Obara Sand.  Jessica Henwick will play Nymeria "Nym" Sand, whilst Rosabell Laurenti Sellers rounds off the trio by bringing Tyene Sand to screen.

It's not all Dorne when it comes to casting news though, and Jonathan Pryce has been cast as the High Sparrow, a devout man newly...

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