The Lady In The Van (2015) Review

Adapted from his own play, based on his memoir, Alan Bennett’s “The Lady In The Van” is a wonderfully poignant meditation of the nobility of the human spirit and the importance of kindness, compassion and understanding. It tells the [mostly] true story of Bennett’s unusual friendship with an eccentric homeless woman called Miss Mary Shepherd, … Continue reading The Lady In The Van (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

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: 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: 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: 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