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Doctor Who: Asylum of the Daleks

Doctor Who: Asylum of the Daleks

If I was a betting man I think tonight is the night where a lot of families will be gathered around the TV watching Doctor Who as the BBC’s flagship sci-fi show returns for another series. This time around the fourteen episode series has been split up with this run...

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Too old for The Fades? BBC3

I spotted the trailers for The Fades on the BBC and thought that it looked quite interesting; a dark supernatural thriller airing after the 9 pm watershed. However when I started watching I realized that the show is not really aimed at ageing rockers like me, but more...

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Doctor Who, BBC1

The Doctor’s dead. He was killed in his Matt Smith incarnation by an astronaut emerging from a desert lake. And he was then shot again as he regenerated, killing him utterly. We know this as a grizzled American in a pick-up truck grimly informed Amy, Rory and River of...

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Outcasts, BBC1

Outcasts, BBC1

Well that’s us ugly folk doomed, then. The scrap of humanity jettisoned from a dying Earth to a new life on the remote planet of Carpathia appears to have been selected in large part for their looks. You can imagine the ugly, deformed and misshapen banging angrily on...

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So.. the new Who…

So.. the new Who…

Matt Smith is the best Doctor ever. Why postpone the inevitable plaudits? In three or four years’ time, Smith’s passing into the great Timelord cemetery in the sky will be greeted with the same national mourning and grief that greeted the demise of David Tennant’s...

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How will the New Who fair?

Daleks, Weeping Angels, Silurians and Sea Devils; just some of the Doctor Who villains we already knew were returning to our screens for the forth coming series. Hence, why this specially produced trailer shown between ‘Total Wipe-out’ and ‘Let’s Dance for Sport...

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Survivors Series 2, BBC1

Survivors Series 2, BBC1

Not to state the obvious but Survivors is completely bonkers. Its one of those rare things though that manages to be bonkers and yet utterly enjoyable and loveable. Like an eccentric Uncle who you love even though you wouldn’t necessarily want to see him all the time....

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Day of the Triffids, BBC1

It’s all in the music. The original series still has the most chilling, bone grinding theme music in TV history; it resembled classical music composed in the bowels of Satan and jettisoned into the world via the vocal chords of a delirious castrato. And a contemporary...

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Doctor Who, BBC1

The very best Doctor Who episodes are marked by a febrile compulsion to replay the drama as soon as it becomes available via the ‘Red Button’. The End of Time fell some way short of this celestial excellence; sure, there were some fabulous moments of adversarial...

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Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars

Stitched together from a bountiful reservoir of science-fiction allusions, the Waters of Mars triumphed because the most indelible, profound theme was of the Doctor’s dilemma of the clash between his compassion and morality, which was urging him to save the otherwise...

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Merlin, BBC1, Trinity ITV2

A test of character has another meaning in the magical world of Merlin. Here it is emblematic of the show’s ability to withstand being battered with the same plot again and again – interloper enters Camelot full of nefarious intent, it’s up to Merlin and the gang to...

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Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead, BBC1

Did we like it? An underwhelming prologue melted away in the heat of the Dubai desert as the Doctor, aided by the sparkling Christina, led a bunch of bus passengers to safety from a swarm of mindless planet-killing beasts in one of the typical big, thrilling, dumb...

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Primeval ITV1, Robin Hood BBC1

Did we like them? Two of the offspring of the Doctor Who sci-fi/ fantasy revival return for a third series. Each continues to offer an entertaining episodic drama serial, loosely linked by an overarching arc, but the main problem they both suffer from endures – a...

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Being Human, BBC3

Did we like it? An unusually engaging drama that places the characters within a relatively conventional setting, in possession of very human needs and desires but offsets and complicates matters to exaggerate the mundane. It’s a tactic that occasionally smudges the...

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Demons, ITV1

Did we like it? Perhaps we’re getting soft in our dotage, but this was the third occasion this week when we’ve been sharpening our hatchets in preparation of butchering a pliant corpse of a show, only to have to put them away again and pull out the aromatic flowers....

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Doctor Who, BBC1

Did we like it? By some distance the best Doctor Who Christmas Special, this was largely because the conundrum of the Cybermen was solved. What was good about it? • Russell T Davies made the Cybermen worthy adversaries for the Doctor for about the first time since The...

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Survivors, BBC1

Did we like it? As the nights draw in, the temperature plummets, and we all start to get the sniffles, what better way to cheer ourselves up than by watching this update of the old 70s Terry Nation-scripted serial? Set in Britain after a virus has wiped out at least...

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Apparitions, BBC1

Apparitions, BBC1

Did we like it? With moments of absolute absurdity, borderline bigotry and diabolical dialogue, on the surface Apparitions appears to be an abysmal supernatural drama wrought to hook in overgrown adults who can’t get enough of their kids’ Harry Potter books. But peer...

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