The Skaro Review: Gotham 01×03 – The Balloonman

Gotham The PenguinGotham finds itself gripped by a vigilante joining the scene, and while “The Balloonman” may not conjure up fear and superstition in quite the same way as Gotham’s future vigilante, he certainly gets the job done in memorable style.

Structurally, Gotham’s second episode very much follows the pattern of the first, with a central A-plot giving the episode something to centre on, while the various other plot strands bubble away alongside it.  However, while this third episode is familiar in some ways (Police aren’t bothered, Gordon’s the only one who cares until its in everyone’s interest), the fact that its a vigilante on the scene immediately gives events more of a hook, especially hitting home with young Bruce as he follows the Balloonman’s exploits.  The foreshadowing works strongly as the man he’s going to become is teased, and this adds something to the scenes with Bruce and Alfred that I thought the second episode perhaps lacked.  Here, with the vigilante angle, it feels like they’re more integrated into what’s happening in the rest of the episode. (more…)

The Skaro Review: Flatline, by Eddie McGuigan

The Skaro Review
Flatline
Reviewed by Eddie McGuigan

 Doctor Who Flatline

The problem with Flatline is that it is SO much. It’s a study in what it means to be the Doctor, on what his life is like in a mirror. It’s a conceit about the companion, where they go when they’re with the Doctor, psychologically speaking, and what being with him changes them into. It’s an urban mystery. It’s a gritty horror. It’s the most terrifying Doctor Who episode I can actually remember. It’s funny, clever, thought provoking, honest, punch the air superb and look away horrible.

 

Yep, all at half eight on a Saturday night.

 

Whether Jamie Mathieson, the new saviour of Doctor Who, knew this episode was going out later than is normal for Who, I don’t know, but there’s no getting away with the fact that the episode benefits from less nervous censorship than it no doubt would have suffered if it had gone out two hours earlier. (more…)

Doctor Who Magazine #479

STEVEN MOFFAT TALKS ABOUT THE SEASON FINALE IN DWM 479!

Head writer Steven Moffat talks about the return of the Cybermen in this year’s final adventure.

“I really wanted to do a Cyberman story,” says Steven, “because they were always my favourites when I was a kid, and I was quite surprised that one way or another I’d never used them in any of my own scripts, except as supporting characters. So I wanted to do a proper scary one…”

ALSO INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
·     Extensive previews of Episodes 9 to 12 of the new series – FlatlineIn the Forest of the NightDark Water and Death in HeavenDWM talks exclusively to writers Jamie Mathieson, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Steven Moffat.
·     DWM interviews Samuel Anderson, aka Danny Pink .
·     Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions in his exclusive column.
·     DWM talks to Derrick Sherwin, Doctor Who‘s producer in the late 1960s.
·     Kill the Moon writer Peter Harness talks in depth about the script for his episode.
·     Reviews of the latest TV adventures: Time HeistThe CaretakerKill the Moon and Mummy on the Orient Express.
·     DWM talks to the stars of the Eighth Doctor’s latest audio series, Dark Eyes 3, including Paul McGann, Alex MacQueen & Georgia Moffett.
·     The Doctor and Clara’s comic strip adventures continue in The Eye of Torment written by Scott Gray, illustrated by Martin Geraghty.
·     The Time Team comment on the 2008 Tenth Doctor episode The Stolen Earth.
·     Jacqueline Rayner writes about the different ways of watching new episodes in Relative Dimensions.
·     The results of the DWM 2013 Merchandise Poll are revealed.
·     The Watcher tackles the controversial subject of last-minute edits in Wotcha!
·     The DWM crossword, prize-winning competitions and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 479 is on sale from Thursday 16 October 2014, priced £4.99.

The Skaro Review – Gotham 01×02: Selina Kyle

Gotham Season 1 Episode 2

Selina Kyle

Reviewed by Alan

Gotham CatwomanWith this second episode, Gotham quickly moves to build on the strengths of its pilot with Gordon’s position as the one honest cop in the precinct quickly starting to wear on him (possibly even quicker than I might have expected, thanks to the events towards the end of the pilot).  Key elements that were put in place continue to get attention, as lots of different plot strands get their time to shine in the episode, and we’re given much more focus on the young Catwoman who was glimpsed last week.

Of course, given the episode title, its no surprise that we see a lot more of Selina Kyle this week.  While only a teenager, she’s still recognisable as the future Catwoman, thanks to her tendency to climb high places, and her goggles that evoke the ears she’ll wear in years to come (while also being a nice visual nod to some of the more recent Catwoman outfits in the comics).  And she seems pretty well served here, with a plot designed to showcase her resourcefulness while also bringing her onto Gordon’s radar and establishing a relationship between the two characters while moving on the main story. (more…)

The Skaro Review: Mummy on the Orient Express: reviewed by Eddie McGuigan

The Skaro Review

Mummy on the Orient Express

Review by Eddie McGuigan

 Mummy on the Orient Express

Yes!

Yes! Yes!! YES!!!

 

I’ll cut to the chase. Mummy on the Orient Express is superb. It is, easily, without a doubt, head and shoulders above anything this season has offered so far.

 

Now, caveats… I’ve got a big spoiler Ninja watching me from the shadows, so I have to be careful what I say here.

 

The story… the Doctor visits the Orient Express in space in the aftermath of his and Clara’s falling out, but, as usual, it’s not just a casual visit, and he’s soon up to his eyes in death. People are dying. The lights flicker, they, and only they, see a scary Hollywood Mummy lurch towards them and, 66 seconds later, they’re dead. (more…)

The regenerated Doctor Who Experience reopens on the 24th of October 2014

The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay will reopen on Friday 24 October 2014 after undergoing its very own regeneration. The award-winning attraction has been closed since the end of the summer holidays to allow the attraction to be updated with a newly scripted storyline starring the Twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi. Tickets for the refreshed attraction will return to general sale on 7th October from doctorwhoexperience.com.

The Doctor Who Experience Cardiff

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Sixteen Legs – A documentary about prehistoric spiders!

Neil Gaiman is a patron of the Bookend Trust science education program in Australia, and together they are producing a documentary project called SIXTEEN LEGS, about the love-lives of still-living, giant prehistoric spiders the size of a dinner-plate that hide in the caves of Tasmania. This is a creepily fantastic natural history project, and DOCTOR WHO fans may think of Planet of the Spiders and Kill the Moon – but there’s even more to it than that.

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The Skaro Review: Kill The Moon, reviewed by Eddie McGuigan

Kill The Moon

Review by Eddie McGuigan

 There is a train of thought, it has to be said, that Steven Moffat’s tenure as showrunner, compared with any others, particularly Russell T Davies, doesn’t have the same uniformity. It can be argued that Moffat allows his writers a much more loose creative atmosphere in which to work, and, as a result, there’s not the same absolute feel to the stories than there has been in the past.

Kill The Moon

Web of Fear?

It’s true that, by its very nature, Doctor Who is a programme that thrives on change and differences, that relies on each week or so being different from the one before, and that the only constants are, for a time, the Doctor and that old blue box. (more…)

Doctor Who Comes To Minecraft On X-Box

Here at Skaro Towers we’re no strangers to the gaming phenomenon that is Minecraft, and for you X-Box 360 players, BBC Worldwide are bringing Doctor Who to the game.

Doctor Who Minecraft - Daleks

From the official blurb:

“From September 2014, Minecraft players will have access to a range of Doctor Who assets which will allow them to change their avatar to resemble their favourite characters from the show. The first pack – priced at just £1.99 – will include a character inspired by the Twelfth Doctor as well as five other Doctors, each of their on-screen companions and some of the Doctor’s most well known adversaries including his arch-nemeses, the Daleks. (more…)

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