The 13th Doctor – A Hot Take

Tonight the BBC finally announced the actor who would play the 13th Doctor, taking over the role from Peter Capaldi at Christmas. For those avoiding spoilers (good luck!) I won’t say who it is until after the break. For those who want to find out – or just want to enjoy the moment again – here is the BBC‘s intro video!

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My Thoughts on The Ending of the Forest of the Dead

In my Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead rewatch post I ran out of space to discuss the ending of Forest of the Dead, which even now, eight years after transmission is still causing arguments – even if it is just between my friends. Despite the fact the story was first shown all those years ago it would be unfair if I didn’t quote River Song and point out there will be spoilers below the break!

The Ending of the Forest of the Dead

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Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead Rewatch

I spent the start of 2016 rewatching old episodes of Doctor Who. I started with The Crimson Horror still the glorious fun caper I said it was in my Culture Jam review from when it first aired. The other two episodes I watched was the River Song‘s ‘introductory’ two parter, Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead. As River would say “spoilers” so don’t click below the break if you don’t want to know anymore.

Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead Rewatch

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Another What have I Been Up To Post

As you may have noticed I haven’t been posting much on here recently. This has been down to a number of things (mostly good stuff!) however, I now have more time so there will be more posts coming. However, let’s go over what I’ve been up to while I was away.

Revamping This Website

Another What have I Been Up To PostThe changes aren’t huge but I’ve been re-ordering What I Have Written Page into two new pages. One for My Short Stories and one for my Movie and TV Reviews, which splits down into years while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Doctor Who and Homeland all have their own pages as I have written so many reviews on them. Check them and let me know what you think of them in the comments below.

I’ve also been busy writing new reviews for Culture Jam with six already published so far this year and another four (at the time of writing) waiting to be published. To read my reviews so far check out the 2014 TV and Movies Reviews page.

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Circus of the Wave – Author’s Notes

Circus of the Wave - Author's NotesMy run of short stories being published came to a close last month with my story Circus of the Wave being published in Anti-Zine. You can read the story now by buying  a copy of the magazine on their website.

Below the break you can find my Author’s Notes about the story including where I got the idea from, the changes the story under went between drafts etc.

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The Night of the Doctor Minisode

Yesterday the BBC released a minisode prequel to the upcoming Doctor Who 50th Anniversary. If you wish to avoid the best part of the minisode being spoiled I’d go and watch it now! (Sadly I had the reveal ruined for me on Twitter by io9) Honestly you won’t regret it!

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Doctor Who 50 Years’ Trailer

Last night the BBC realised a Doctor 50 Years’ Trailer. However, unlike most trailers, this one didn’t reveal any footage from the upcoming special. Rather it was a collection of still images stretching over the past fifty years. Watch the trailer and then check out what I think of it below:

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The Day of the Doctor Poster

The Day of the Doctor PosterA couple of weeks ago the BBC released the poster for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor. As you can see in the image above it is a great poster full of menace, darkness and the odd exploding Dalek. However, I have one issue with it. What is that issue? Check below the cut to find out more!

Contains Spoilers for the 2005 series of Doctor Who

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Swamp Thing: When A Bad Movie is Just Bad

Swamp Thing MovieEver heard anyone describe a movie as “so bad it is good?A good example is the movie Catwoman which I reviewed a few weeks ago. These films are highly enjoyable because they are terrible. The effects are often woeful, the dialogue is unintentionally funny and by the end you wonder why anyone thought this was a good idea in the first place. Last Saturday I went to the Cameo to see the 1982 film Swamp Thing hoping it would “so bad it is good.” Find out what I thought below the cut!

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Returning to The Rings of Akhaten

The Rings of Akhaten rewatch

At the moment BBC Three are repeating series 7b of Doctor Who, or the one with The 11th Doctor and Clara, and Neil Cross has confirmed he is returning to write for the show series 8, what better time to re-review the episode The Rings of Akhaten. When I reviewed the episode for Culture Jam I said:

The Rings of Akhaten is a slower episode but the lack of running around allows us to enjoy Akhaten and the people found there, well except for the villains.

However, others were much, much harsher such as Graham Kibble-White in the Doctor Who Magazine who said

by some stretch the least awesome Doctor Who we’ve encountered for a long time [while it seemed like] Cross hadn’t seen an episode since the 1980s. Even the left field mention of the Time War feels as if it’s come from a quick consult with Wikipedia [while he turned] the aliens into a freak show, something to be goggled at, rather than truly met.”

So how does the episode stand up to a second watch? Find out below the break!

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