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Doctor Who – Series 12, Episode 8: “The Haunting of Villa Diodati”

This episode had a particularly good atmosphere, with the eerily lit house and the stormy weather. (I think it helped that it was very windy outside as I watched it.) Obviously Doctor Who has done haunted-house episodes before, but this … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 12, Episode 7: “Can You Hear Me?”

Watching the opening scene in Aleppo, I thought the dialogue was a little too modern – but apparently there really was such a thing as recognition and treatment of mental illness in that time and place. A lot of different … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 12, Episode 6: “Praxeus”

What with kicking off in a bunch of different locations, and it not being at all clear what’s going on, this episode’s opening feels reminiscent of some Steven Moffat episodes where he would try to be too clever and just … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 12, Episode 5: “Fugitive of the Judoon”

For one horrible moment in the opening, before we found out Ruth’s name, I thought that joke on social media that Chloe Weber was coming back was actually true. Don’t scare me like that again, Doctor Who! The Judoon are … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 12, Episode 4: “Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror”

This episode gets into the action very quickly, and generally keeps up the pace throughout – though it does have time for some nice conversations, particularly between the Doctor and Tesla on their shared passion for inventing. I like seeing … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 12, Episode 3: “Orphan 55”

When the Doctor mentions how she didn’t know it was the space squids’ mating season, one really hopes that’s actually a tentacle on the floor… Hyph3n is definitely not a high point for Doctor Who‘s costume/makeup department; she looks like … Continue reading

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BBC’s A Christmas Carol: No Christmas Spirit Here

(Spoilers) The recent TV adaptation of A Christmas Carol faced the same problem as Dracula in that there are already so many different adaptations of the story out there – so how is a new one going to stand out? … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 12, Episode 2: “Spyfall, Part Two”

The instructions that the Doctor leaves for Ryan – “How To Land A Plane Without A Cockpit” – and her recording are pretty funny, and so is Graham during this scene. Indeed, Graham continues to provide a lot of the … Continue reading

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Dracula: If It’s Not Going To Be Faithful, At Least Make It Fun

(Spoilers) When watching the BBC’s most recent literary adaptations – The War of the Worlds, His Dark Materials and A Christmas Carol – I couldn’t help but compare them to the original source material. His Dark Materials was the most … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 12, Episode 1: “Spyfall, Part One”

After a year’s wait, and a second Christmas with no special, Doctor Who is finally back on our screens. Such a long hiatus did make me worry a bit about the show’s long-term future, as did (unfounded) rumours partway through … Continue reading

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