Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Rejected multiple times for military service during World War II, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top-secret programme aimed at creating the ultimate soldier. When his qualities put him at the head of the pack, he undergoes an experimental procedure which gives him superhuman strength and endurance, but the experiment is interrupted by agents of HYDRA. … Continue reading Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

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

Doctor Who: Hell Bent (S9E12) Review

*SPOILERS* I’ve taken the luxury of watching “Hell Bent” a few times now, savouring its courage and ambition. As a season finale it’s a curious beast, lacking the overt bombastic urgency of a universe-ending threat, instead underplaying the threat of a threat from the ill-defined ‘hybrid’ and allowing character driven action to take centre stage. … Continue reading Doctor Who: Hell Bent (S9E12) Review

Doctor Who: Heaven Sent (S9E11) Review

*SPOILERS* I wonder if there was a thematic echo of last week’s ‘Let me be brave’ motif as, a mere two weeks after the failed experiment of “Sleep No More”, Steven Moffat brings us another bold twist on the usual “Doctor Who” format? Materialising in a mysterious fortress, the Doctor finds himself stalked by an … Continue reading Doctor Who: Heaven Sent (S9E11) Review

Doctor Who: Face The Raven (S9E10) Review

*SPOILERS* Brushing off the experimental disappointment of last week, “Face The Raven” sees the superlative ninth season of “Doctor Who” soaring back to the top of its game on black and deadly wings. In a season which has already seen atmospheric homages to the eras of previous Doctors, “Face The Raven” tipped its hat to … Continue reading Doctor Who: Face The Raven (S9E10) Review

Doctor Who: Sleep No More (S9E09) Review

*SPOILERS* “Love And Monsters”, “Blink”, “Midnight”, “Turn Left”…“Doctor Who” has often been happy to experiment with its storytelling format (but thankfully only dabbled once in fellatiory paving stone humour). “Sleep No More” pushes the boundaries further than ever before, and in doing so reminds us why those boundaries existed in the first place. The episode … Continue reading Doctor Who: Sleep No More (S9E09) Review

Doctor Who: The Zygon Inversion (S9E08) Review

*SPOILERS* Oh me of little faith. After lambasting the overstuffed and eventless “The Zygon Invasion” last week, my expectations for this week were rock bottom. Even with such an easy hurdle to clear, “The Zygon Inversion” soared way, way above my expectations and fully restored my faith in series 9. Opening, as is now par … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Zygon Inversion (S9E08) 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: Before The Flood (S9E04) Review

*SPOILERS* Usually, the habit of not immediately addressing the previous episode’s cliff hanger at the start of the episode bugs me but this time out, with Capaldi’s Doctor back in “Listen”-style lecture-the-audience mode is just so good it didn’t bother me. I’m really starting to like the 12th Doctor’s fondness for the electric guitar (it’s … Continue reading Doctor Who: Before The Flood (S9E04) Review

Doctor Who: Under The Lake (S9E03) Review

*SPOILERS* Well, that was a deliciously retro treat, wasn’t it? Since “Doctor Who” returned in 2005, I don’t think there’s been an episode which evoked the original series in quite so pure a form as “Under The Lake”. The classic atmosphere was so strong that when the first caption set the adventure in Caithness and … Continue reading Doctor Who: Under The Lake (S9E03) 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

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

Doctor Who: Death In Heaven (S8E12) Review

*SPOILERS* As the brief cold open crashed into the opening credits, my heart was warmed by the thought of hundreds of bitter, angry Whovians, who were only hate watching the episode to stoke their rage about Missy’s reveal last week, doing a hilarious spit take at Clara’s declaration that she, in fact, had been the … Continue reading Doctor Who: Death In Heaven (S8E12) Review

Doctor Who: Dark Water (S8E11) Review

*SPOILERS* I’m going to keep this as brief as I can, because it’s tricky to judge a ‘part one’ in isolation without having seen the second episode. As it was, we got a couple of answers to two questions which have run the length of the series (one we were actualy interested in and the … Continue reading Doctor Who: Dark Water (S8E11) Review

Doctor Who: In The Forest Of The Night (S8E10) Review

*SPOILERS* Well, it had to end at some time. After soaring so high recently, “In The Forest Of The Night” brings us crashing down to Earth with a bump, featuring some of the sloppiest writing and worst performances since the early days of Russell T Davies. When a global forest springs up overnight, covering the whole … Continue reading Doctor Who: In The Forest Of The Night (S8E10) Review

Doctor Who: Flatline (S8E09) Review

*SPOILERS* After a solid run of three really good episodes, I was ready for a bit of slide this week, especially when I read the synopsis saying that with the Doctor out of action, Clara has to become the Doctor. After all the complaining I've done about the series being too Clara-centric, how was I … Continue reading Doctor Who: Flatline (S8E09) Review

Doctor Who: Mummy On The Orient Express (S8E08) Review

*SPOILERS* This series of "Who" really seems to be hitting its stride, so the choice of song for Foxes’ smoky jazz cover couldn’t have been more appropriate. “Don’t Stop Me Now” indeed. Because we are having a good time. Capaldi is absolutely rocking the character of the Doctor now and the setting is quirkily off … Continue reading Doctor Who: Mummy On The Orient Express (S8E08) Review

Doctor Who: Kill The Moon (S8E07) Review

*SPOILERS* After last week’s episode seemed to finally get the components to click together, I had high hopes for this week’s episode, particularly after an “Alien”-inspired trailer. And you know what? By and large, I wasn’t disappointed. This was the easiest episode this season to enjoy, with my only major gripe being the facile “oh, … Continue reading Doctor Who: Kill The Moon (S8E07) Review

Doctor Who: The Caretaker (S806) Review

*SPOILERS* Okay – this, I think, is the one where I’m going to say Season 8 of “Doctor Who” has clicked, and all the pieces have snapped together in a pleasingly familiar and yet genuinely fresh and different configuration. For the first time, for a whole episode, Capaldi’s Doctor felt like the Doctor. Yes, he’s … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Caretaker (S806) Review

Doctor Who: Time Heist (S805) Review

*SPOILERS* There’s a commonly held belief that Doctor Who stories which contain the word ‘Time’ are generally disappointing. There’s certainly plenty of evidence: “The Time Monster”, “Time Flight”, “Time And The Rani”, “The End Of Time” but “The Time Of The Doctor” was pretty good so maybe… When the Doctor and Clara find themselves teamed … Continue reading Doctor Who: Time Heist (S805) Review

Doctor Who: Listen (S8E04) Review

*SPOILERS* I'm starting to quite enjoy this new series of “The Adventures Of Clara Oswald”. They've done a really good job of replacing her time travelling sidekick without allowing him to hog too much of the limelight and take the focus of the series off our heroine. In this episode, the Doctor comes up with … Continue reading Doctor Who: Listen (S8E04) 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: Into The Dalek (S8E02) Review

Oh look – they’ve done a remake of “Dalek” from series one. With the post-regeneration shenanigans of last week behind us, this was our first chance to see the new Doctor in business-as-usual mode. Unfortunately, what we got was a lot of set-up for the series (re-introducing Coal Hill School, introducing Danny Pink, a curious reappearance … Continue reading Doctor Who: Into The Dalek (S8E02) 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 … Continue reading Doctor Who: Deep Breath (S8E01) Review