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Home or Cinema?

Home or Cinema?

After some lacklustre efforts over the Summer that didn’t really justify the expense, we’re getting to that time of year when Festive releases deserve attention. Will it justify the expense of going to the cinema when a new film comes out, or can I wait until it comes out on Blu-ray or DVD? Seriously, who can justify the ¬£8 – ¬£10 to get a seat at the cinema, along with the extra costs associated with popcorn, drinks, snacks and even…

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And Cough

And Cough

Someone asked me whether I was looking forward to the return of Doctor Who this weekend. At a very simple level, the answer would be ‘Yes’. I want to see what Moffat and Peter Capaldi have in store. I have had this date in mind for some time. When I changed job earlier in the year, I measured time from when I started to when the new Who would be on. I’m not sure why that’s relevant, but it did…

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Who in 2014

Who in 2014

What Who needs to do this year is go back to the roots of the revival. That’s my thinking. I appreciate that over the last few years, we have experienced a rebirth and with it, the guidings hands involved have taken it upon themselves to try different approaches. All the series have had an arc plot – which I like. I can’t argue with the concept of that. When you’re watching a show for a baker’s dozen of episodes, it’s…

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Wallflower Revolution

Wallflower Revolution

My wife’s key criticism of the JJ Abram’s near future sci-fi series Revolution, currently showing on Sky in the UK,¬†related to the plants. If civilisation collapsed 15 years ago, what’s with the plants growing all over the buildings in major cities? How come the plants grew rampant, but not quite so rampant as to be aesthetically displeasing… My question would take a slightly different focus – why so little destruction in the urban landscape of the Revolution future? Is that…

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Good Characters Go to War

Good Characters Go to War

Yesterday, I watched ‘A Good Man Goes to War‘, and I like it. No, I love it. For some reason, it works as an episode introducing the new season (or at least the second part), piles on new characters like they’re going to be relevant (which they haven’t been until the 2012 Christmas Special) and progresses the story of River Song by leaps and bounds (which for some might be a turn-off, by I have always loved the River Arc…

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The Crack with the Spiders

The Crack with the Spiders

Someone asked me, “So , what’s the crack with the spiders in the last episode?” I considered this for a moment and then decided I couldn’t see any relevance to the spiders. Nothing pivotal or surprising. I thought the theme of this half of the series ran along the lines of ‘People live and die; but the Doctor goes on.‘ The Doctor has his own adventures. He accrues companions as and when he needs them. Without specifically referencing the novels,…

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All the Daleks Here Now

All the Daleks Here Now

I did sort of hope that all the Daleks would have made more of an appearance in the ‘Asylum’, after all the hoo-haa about getting hold of older models. Indeed, I didn’t feel we saw enough older Daleks – of which plenty must exist amongst promotional groups. How many conventions have you visited on the geek circuit to find a Doctor Who look-a-like, TARDIS and one Dalek or another, generally of the old grey or black variety? Why couldn’t they…

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