Requiem Series Review

When the BBC announced its New Year’s line-up of “McMafia”, “Hard Sun”, “Collateral” and “Requiem” there was a great deal of hype and hope for their upcoming drama slate. Unfortunately, all of them have been a complete waste of licence payer’s money and clear evidence that the broadcaster needs to take a long look at … Continue reading Requiem Series Review

The Great British Blake Off: The 40th Anniversary of Blake’s 7

Forty years ago, at 6:00pm on Tuesday 2nd January 1978, the BBC launched a new science fiction adventure series: “Blake’s 7”. With its prime slot on the New Year Bank Holiday Monday, this certainly wasn’t a low key launch for Terry ‘Creator of the Daleks’ Nation’s latest sci-fi extravaganza and it proved to be quite … Continue reading The Great British Blake Off: The 40th Anniversary of Blake’s 7

Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time (S10E13) Review

*SPOILERS* Christmas is, famously, a time for indulgence and “Twice Upon A Time” finds demob happy showrunner Steven Moffat and his leading man in very indulgent mood indeed. Still refusing to regenerate following the events of “The Doctor Falls”, The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) finds himself at the South Pole, a very familiar South Pole as … Continue reading Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time (S10E13) Review

What if The Doctor had always been a woman?

With all the fuss and noise over the announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor Who, it got me thinking about how it would have been if The Doctor had always been a Time Lady. So, for my 700th Blog Post I thought it would be fun to fan cast the history of Doctor … Continue reading What if The Doctor had always been a woman?

My Daughter’s Doctor

We are mere minutes away from finding out who will become the sixteenth actor to portray Doctor Who in the Time Lord's fifteenth incarnation: The 13th Doctor is nigh (not Nighy, although that would be kind of awesome). I've always held to the theory that "your" Doctor isn't the one you first start watching, it's … Continue reading My Daughter’s Doctor

Doctor Who: The Doctor Falls (S10E12) Review

*SPOILERS* Oh, of course we don’t address the cliffhanger immediately. Instead, we’re treated to a healthy dose of bucolic nightmare fuel as would-be Cybermen scarecrows come to shambling life and attack an isolated farm homestead somewhere halfway up the ship. Admittedly, the annoyance of this discontinuity is ameliorated by the instantly iconic sight of a … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Doctor Falls (S10E12) Review

Doctor Who: World Enough And Time (S10E11) Review

*SPOILERS* Okay, we get it. The Twelfth Doctor’s time is coming to an end. DO we really need this many regeneration hints, though? Hang on, though. That snowy landscape looks oddly familiar…and oh, my Doctor…what long hair you have… “World Enough And Time” starts out with a cliff-hanger and doesn’t really let go from there. … Continue reading Doctor Who: World Enough And Time (S10E11) Review

Doctor Who: The Eaters Of Light (S10E10) Review

*SPOILERS* So…here we are, the calm before the storm; the deep breath before barrelling downhill towards the 12th Doctor’s finish line with only the two-part finale and a Christmas special to go. The last ‘ordinary’ episode of Capaldi’s era. And what better way to honour an era which has shown such reverence to the classic … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Eaters Of Light (S10E10) Review

Doctor Who: Empress Of Mars (S10E09) Review

After the promised-much-more-than-it-delivered epic storytelling of the past three weeks, “Doctor Who” comes back down to Earth (well, one planet out) with “Empress Of Mars”, landing firmly in the series’ comfort zone. Visiting NASA on a whim, the Doctor, Bill and Nardole are present to witness the discovery of a message written on the red … Continue reading Doctor Who: Empress Of Mars (S10E09) Review

Doctor Who: The Lie Of The Land (S10E08)

So... six months have elapsed since the end of the last episode and as the Doctor’s clumsily unconvincing hagiography of the Monks’ occupation eludes to they feel like they’ve been there forever. Well, we’ve all had guests like that, haven’t we? Britain is in the grip of a totalitarian regime, with any thought, word or … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Lie Of The Land (S10E08)

Doctor Who: The Pyramid At The End Of The World (S10E07) Review

If, after the thrilling bait-and-switch cliff-hanger of last week’s “Extremis”, you were looking forward the Monks Trilogy’s “Empire Strikes Back”, bad news: you’ve ended up getting “The Phantom Menace” instead. When a five-thousand-year-old pyramid appears overnight in a disputed area between American, Russian and Chinese forces, the Secretary-General of the United Nations invokes the protocol … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Pyramid At The End Of The World (S10E07) Review

Doctor Who: Extremis (S10E06) Review

*SPOILERS* After playing a blinder last week, what did “Doctor Who” have in store for us this time? Well, after the refreshingly straightforward run of episodes, it opened a can of vintage convoluted timey-wimey whoop-ass which has become the trademark of Moffat’s triumphs/ hallmark of his follies (delete as applicable). Opening with a flashback of … Continue reading Doctor Who: Extremis (S10E06) Review

Doctor Who: Oxygen (S10E05) Review

*SPOILERS* I’m always a little conflicted about voiceover narration in “Doctor Who” but it’s hard to complain here when it’s used to such cheeky effect, having Capaldi solemnly intone ‘Space: the final frontier…’. The Doctor’s feeling space sick, you see. Not in a nauseous way, but in a longing to sway amongst the stars once … Continue reading Doctor Who: Oxygen (S10E05) Review

Doctor Who: Knock Knock (S10E04) Review

*SPOILERS* The past looms large in “Knock Knock” as “Doctor Who” plunders horror tropes for an uneven but effective and emotional episode. When Bill and her friends are offered the rental property of their dreams, they sign up as quickly as they can. The Doctor’s happy to help her move in but once he sets … Continue reading Doctor Who: Knock Knock (S10E04) Review

Doctor Who: Thin Ice (S10E03) Review

Bill’s real world nous and sci-fi savvy is proving to be a real asset to the current season of Doctor Who. After last week’s detour into whimsical fairy tale storytelling, “Thin ice” brings us solidly back to a more grounded Who, and adds a dash of realism that has often been lacking in the series’ … Continue reading Doctor Who: Thin Ice (S10E03) Review

Doctor Who: Smile (S10E02) Review

Our second outing of Season 10 opens in media res, or at least feels like it and I’ll admit I rewound the live TV just in case I’d blinked and missed a few vital seconds. I hadn't. After a brief and pointed reminder from Nardole regarding the Doctor’s ‘Oath’ to protect whatever’s in that vault, … Continue reading Doctor Who: Smile (S10E02) Review

Doctor Who: The Pilot (S10E01) Review

After an absence so long it almost qualifies for the sobriquet the Fourth Great Doctor Who Hiatus (especially if one understandably overlooks the forgettable “Return of Doctor Mysterio”), proper “Doctor Who” is back on telly for a tenth [thirty-sixth] season. So what does mischievous showrunner Steven Moffat call this overdue return? “The Pilot”, obviously. The … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Pilot (S10E01) Review

Doctor Who: The Return Of Doctor Mysterio (S10E00) Review

Much like children (and *ahem* some adults) across the country, “Doctor Who” reached into its festive stocking and pulled out a whole bunch of superhero toys. Although it’s a little bit shoehorned in during a leadenly expository cold open, once the superhero McGuffin is installed, showrunner Steven Moffat gleefully, almost giddily, goes to town smashing … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Return Of Doctor Mysterio (S10E00) Review

Trapped – Season 1 #Review

Iceland has, in recent years, become something of a perennial favourite for TV and film productions, from HBO’s “Game Of Thrones” to “Prometheus”, “Interstellar” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to name but a few so its high time its native productions got their share of the limelight, and “Trapped” – the ten part murder … Continue reading Trapped – Season 1 #Review

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2016) Review

*SPOILERS* With the surprising end to Season 3, viewers were excited to see where the BBC’s “Sherlock” would go next and, true to form, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss trolled everyone by announcing that the forthcoming Special would take place in the period for which Holmes is most famously known: the 19th Century – a … Continue reading Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2016) Review

Doctor Who: The Zygon Invasion (S9E07) Review

*SPOILERS* For me, this is the first time this series that a first episode of a two-parter hasn’t set the bar particularly high for the conclusion to come. In fact, I really hope this turns the whole convention on its head and next week’s “The Zygon Inversion” retrospectively manages to salvage something from this dull, … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Zygon Invasion (S9E07) Review

Doctor Who: The Woman Who Lived (S9E06) Review

*SPOILERS* “The Woman Who Lived” is much more of a philosophical piece than its immediate predecessor but the richness of the metaphysical musings can’t cover for the paucity of the rest of the episode. It starts promisingly enough. On my first watch, I missed the throwaway comment about her ‘teaching the year 7s judo’ but it was … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Woman Who Lived (S9E06) Review

Doctor Who: The Girl Who Died (S9E05) Review

*SPOILERS* Not a fan of the sonic shades? Then today’s your lucky day, as they’re quickly disposed of by an irate Viking (The post credits ‘Next Time’ sequence hints they'll be back though). And all of this happens after the Doctor has already defeated four and a bit battle fleets and saved Clara from asphyxiation … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Girl Who Died (S9E05) Review

Doctor Who: The Witch’s Familiar (S9E02) Review

*SPOILERS* It was only to be expected, after last week’s bravura opener that the follow up would struggle to maintain the same level of energy and invention. Standards do slip in “The Witch’s Familiar”, but not by much and the deceptively small cast make the most of the meaty moral dilemma Steven Moffat has cooked … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Witch’s Familiar (S9E02) Review

Doctor Who: The Magician’s Apprentice (S9E01) Review

*SPOILERS* So…he’s back – and he’s not hiding from his enemies. If anything, he’s doing the exact opposite and trying to provoke them: cavorting around the universe like his own private playground, having a blast and taking on his fiercest foes with a brash confidence and an almost complete absence of f**ks to give. I … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Magician’s Apprentice (S9E01) Review

Spooks: The Greater Good (2015) Review

Swapping Black Crows for Black Ops, Kit Harrington finds he still knows nothing as he runs around London trying to unravel Harry Pearce's latest Gordian knot of conspiracy and double crosses in this competent but unremarkable coda to the successful television series "Spooks". When MI-5 lose Adem Qasim (Elyes Gabel), a high value CIA prisoner … Continue reading Spooks: The Greater Good (2015) Review

Doctor Who: Last Christmas (S8E13) Review

*SPOILERS* A festive special which is unlikely to reconvert any of those who checked out during the last season, “Last Christmas” still offered us a rich and fruity plum pudding of entertainment, perfect for a Christmas Day tea time. There wasn’t, to be honest, a lot of originality in this year’s Christmas special but at … Continue reading Doctor Who: Last Christmas (S8E13) Review

Castles In The Sky (2014) Review

Lacking the star laden cast, salacious subtext and tragic coda of its theatrically released cousin, BBC TV movie “Castles In The Air” was always destined to be overshadowed by “The Imitation Game”. That’s a real shame because the BBC production is just as handsomely staged, just as fascinating and tells the story of a scientific … Continue reading Castles In The Sky (2014) Review

What We Did On Our Holiday (2014) Review

Although it starts off disappointingly similar to its TV stablemate “Outnumbered”, this quintessentially British comedy quickly and deftly becomes its own creation, weaving dark and light themes into this small scale film about life, death and everything in between. Underneath the gruff and curmudgeonly Craggus exterior, I'm a sentimental soul and so this tale of … Continue reading What We Did On Our Holiday (2014) Review

Doctor Who: Robot Of Sherwood (S8E03) Review

Refreshingly standalone (although there was still an oblique reference to ‘The Promised Land’ and therefore the enigmatic Missy), “Robot Of Sherwood” is the first universal Doctor Who story of the Capaldi era. By universal, I mean it could have successfully featured any Doctor. The 11th would have loved meeting Robin Hood and all the sceptical … Continue reading Doctor Who: Robot Of Sherwood (S8E03) Review

Doctor Who: Deep Breath (S8E01) Review

*SPOILERS*Post-regeneration stories are always a bit of a mixed bag. There's a lot of heavy lifting to do: setting up the new Doctor, giving the general tone of the new era (although this usually only kicks in by the second or third adventure) and they need to restate the basic premise of the series to … Continue reading Doctor Who: Deep Breath (S8E01) Review

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie (2014) Review

If you’re not a fan of Brendan O’Carroll’s iconic, foul-mouthed Dublin mammy, there’s nothing in this movie that’s going to change your mind, and you might as well just feck off right now and read a different post. If you are a fan however, you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised at how much of the anarchically … Continue reading Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie (2014) Review

Postman Pat: The Movie (2014) Review

When I asked the Mertmas, who was sitting in his "Godzilla" pyjamas playing with a toy Toothless the dragon what he'd like to see at the cinema, I thought I was onto a sure thing. Imagine my surprise when he adamantly and unswervingly decided he wanted to see "Postman Pat The Movie". When Postman Pat … Continue reading Postman Pat: The Movie (2014) Review