Review: Doctor Who, Series 9, Episode 8: The Zygon Inversion (Turned My World Upside Down!)

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“I’m going to set you free”

‘The Zygon Inversion’ was the best episode of the current series of Doctor Who, and it was also one of the best episodes of Doctor Who. Period. It’s brave and stunning in equal’s measures. Compared to the globetrotting nature of ‘The Zygon Invasion,’ ‘The Zygon Inversion’ feels like a normal episode of nu-Who; almost wholly London based. However, the themes explored in the confines of London are universal and timeless. I watched it after the minute’s silence on Remembrance Sunday, and it gave me more food for thought about war and peace than any minute of reflection could do. The script, plot, and pacing were immaculate. Peter Capaldi has never been better, especially in the last fifteen minutes of the episode. It’s rare that everything works in modern Doctor Who, but there was nothing less than brilliant in ‘The Zygon Inversion.’ Continue reading

Review: Doctor Who, Series 9, Episode 3: Under The Lake (Swimmingly Good!)

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“He’s a ghost!”

An underwater base? Mysterious goings on? The crew in mortal danger? You couldn’t get more old-school Doctor Who than ‘Under The Lake!’ After the uneven first two episodes of Doctor Who, this was a straight-forward lark. No complications, no flitting between planets for the sake of padding out the story, no nonsense. The Doctor and Clara land in an underwater base. Of course, there’s something not quite right. The crew are being haunted by ghosts after finding a “craft of unknown origin” with strange marking on the inside. The Doctor and Clara investigate after witnessing the ‘ghosts’ shortly after arriving. There’s mystery, danger and intrigue…all in a rather good episode! It suffered from an over-stuffed cast, but only a little. Continue reading

Review: Doctor Who, Series 5, Episode 4: The Time of Angels (Of Heavenly Quality?)

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“It’s a long story and I don’t know most of it””

After the awful ‘Victory of the Daleks,’ I was apprehensive about ‘The Time of Angels.’ Sure, the Weeping Angels were Moffat’s own creation, so he couldn’t mercilessly murder them. Or could he? My fears were soon abated, even in the first five minutes of the episode. Moffat has given us another great episode with the first half of the two parter involving the Weeping Angels and the return of River Song…

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Review: Doctor Who, Series 5, Episode 3: Victory of the Daleks (Defeat of Decent TV!)

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“Please desist from striking me. I am your soldier”

My initial reaction was ‘OH DEAR.’ The fifth series of Doctor Who reached rock bottom with ‘Victory of the Daleks’, falling from the heights of ‘The Beast Below.’ I did not have high hopes for this episode, due to the Dalek over-saturation by Russel T. Davis, and Mark Gatiss, the script writer. He wrote such ‘classics’ as ‘The Unquiet Dead’ and ‘The Idiot’s Lantern.’ The Dickens one was the first poor episode of the first series, and the ‘MAGPIE’ one plunged the poor half of the second series further into oblivion. Even my low hopes for this episode were not met. Continue reading

Guest Review by Adam Price: BBC’s Napoleon the Great, Episode One

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It has become the mantra of modern historical documentaries that, above all else, style should trump substance. As long as the subject involves travelling to exotic or highly cultured locations where presenters in panama hats and rolled up sleeves marvel at great buildings or works of art, then what is actually being talked about is almost a secondary concern. History, it would appear, should be seen rather than heard. It was with some reluctance, therefore, that I began watching the latest BBC offering dealing with the life of Napoleon, written and presented by historian Andrew Roberts. What compelled me to do so was a combination of ignorance and fascination of a man who, more than any other figure before him, came to dominate Europe. Continue reading