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Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Era (1974-1981)

In 1974, 40-year-old Tom Baker was between acting jobs and working as a bricklayer, when he landed the role of a lifetime: succeeding Jon Pertwee in Doctor Who. He would stay in the role for seven seasons, longer than any … Continue reading

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Game of Thrones: How I Felt About Season 8

(Warning: spoilers. Obviously.) So, the final season of Game of Thrones. If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past two months, you’ve probably noticed that an awful lot of people on the Internet did not like it. … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 11: Final Thoughts

In July 2017, it was announced that Peter Capaldiā€™s Twelfth Doctor would be regenerating into a woman, played by Jodie Whittaker. At the time, I wrote a blog post expressing my concerns about changing the gender of a character who … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – New Year’s Day Special 2019: “Resolution”

Following our expository introduction, we open in the middle of a ‘romantic comedy’ moment between Lin and Mitch, which makes it pretty obvious that something bad’s about to happen to one or both of them. At least they’re both still … Continue reading

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My Favourite Things in 2018

In the News The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19th May was, if anything, even more of a pleasure to watch than that of William and Kate in 2011. With such features as a very eloquent … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 11, Episode 10: “The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos”

I was expecting it to either be the Doctor or a companion teleporting in front of the Ux at the beginning, and the story then rewinding to tell us how they got there, rather than jumping forward 3407 years. But … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 11, Episode 9: “It Takes You Away”

My first impression of this episode was that it was going to be a minimalist, localised, haunted house story. And while the episode does try to maintain a primarily creepy vibe even when the characters venture into the antizone, it’s … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 11, Episode 8: “The Witchfinders”

Another historical episode this week, one that even has a title reminscent of the old William Hartnell adventures. And as with our previous historical episodes this season, it deals with a setting associated with hate and ignorance. Nice to have … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 11, Episode 7: “Kerblam!”

Given how long Amazon has existed, I’m surprised that Doctor Who hasn’t done an episode based in a big shopping warehouse – with accompanying contemporary themes – before now. But there is still a relevant contemporary theme for this episode … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 11, Episode 6: “Demons of the Punjab”

I did mention last week that Series 11 as a whole is being a bit preachy – and having an episode focussed on the partition of India, and the accompanying issue of religious division, certainly doesn’t deviate from that theme. … Continue reading

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