The Skaro Review: Gotham – Pilot

Gotham
Pilot
Reviewed by Alan

Gotham

Hot on the heels of the success of Arrow, DC were quick to start bringing their properties to the small screen.   Direct Arrow spinoff The Flash will be coming up next month, but our first visit is to Batman’s stomping grounds, in Gotham.

The premise is pretty straight-forward.  This is Gotham before there was a Batman.  Focusing on the newly arrived Jim Gordon, the series takes us through the gangland struggles and Police corruption that are familiar to anyone that’s followed the Batman mythos, or even just seen Batman Begins. (more…)

The Skaro Review: The Caretaker. Reviewed by Eddie McGuigan

The Caretaker

Reviewed by Eddie McGuigan

 Doctor Who - The Caretaker

One thing you know you get with Gareth Roberts is a right good romp. His previous Doctor Who outings, from the very holiday orientated Planet of the Dead, to his more romantic comedy capers in The Lodger and Closing Time, you get humourous, personable and gentle Doctor Who. Not for Gareth the machinations of the Great And Ancient Time Lord.

 

As a novelist, it’s my honest opinion that Gareth is the natural successor to Douglas Adams. His adaptation of Shada is a wondrous thing, and kept me company on a fabulous Egyptian holiday. I’m  looking forward to the rumoured City of Death novelisation too, and his own stuff, particularly his pairing of Tom Baker and Lalla Ward is just perfection.

 

So you won’t be surprised to find out that The Caretaker takes these tropes and runs with them. It’s a camp, surreal, Did I Just See That romantic comedy, very Rock Hudson and Doris Dayesque in its quaintness in which the Doctor joins Coal Hill school as the, em, Caretaker, mostly to save the day from a deux ex machina bad guy, the Skovox Blitzer but also to get a right good nosey at what Clara gets up with in her “real” life. And what Clara gets up to is, of course, Danny Pink. (more…)

Doctor Who Magazine Preview by Eddie McGuigan #478

COMEDIAN FRANK SKINNER CHATS EXCLUSIVELY ABOUT HIS DOCTOR WHO ROLE – IN DWM 478! 

Doctor Who Magazine #478 

FRANK SKINNER – Mummy on the Orient Express guest star, and life-long Doctor Who fan – speaks about his role in the new series, playing Perkins.

“I don’t know how I’ll feel when they say, ‘And that’s a wrap for Mr Skinner,’” Franks admits. “I’m sure I’ll go through a mix of emotions. When footballers are in cup finals, the managers always say, ‘Savour every moment,’ and that’s what I’m doing. Every moment is ‘wowee’!” (more…)

Doctor Who: The Complete David Tennant Years

David Tennant Years

Now available to pre-order from the BBC Shop in the UK, the Complete David Tennant Years boxset.  Living up to its name, this mighty boxset gives you pretty much all the David Tennant Doctor Who action you could want.  But don’t believe me, here’s the official description.

In this massive 26-disc collection, BBC Worldwide brings together every one of David Tennant’s episodes in this special box set. A perfect gift for Christmas, this set is available in the UK exclusively on bbcshop.com. (more…)

The Skaro Review: Time Heist by Eddie McGuigan

Time Heist

Reviewed by Eddie McGuigan

Doctor Who: Time Heist

Time Heist isn’t going to win any awards.

 

Time Heist isn’t going to be the season game changer. It’s not going to make people sit up and take notice. It’s not going to rock the nation. It’s the episode that will remind you that, after all the hype, we’re into the second act of series 8, and well into Capaldi’s tenure as the Doctor.

 

To put it in perspective. It’s Capaldi’s World War Three, perhaps more concerningly it’s his Rise of the Cybermen, or maybe worse, it’s his Flesh and Stone.

 

To be fair, it’s also his Revenge of the Cybermen, so, well… em. Nothing to be gained by comparisons. (more…)

New Talent!

You might have noticed, if you listen to our podcasts, we’ve got some pretty special idents introducing them – none other than the Second Doctor himself! But hold! What else through yonder podcast breaks? We have Matt Smith coming up, Peter Capaldi, and a host of other celebrity introductions, from Alan Patridge to Stewy from Family Guy!

How, you ask, have we managed to get such a star studied celebrity guest list?

Well, it’s all thanks to our new friend Christopher Thomson, actor, voice artist and impressionist supremo! Here are some links where you can find out more about him and hear this unique talent for yourselves! Have a listen to Freedom of the Daleks!

Timetunnel Media

http://www.timetunnelmedia.co.uk

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ-mBljfKanWgSRIXkW9Qeg

http://timetunnelmedia.bandcamp.com

 

Christopher’s YouTube Channel

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuTncWel2dSB2sltntEfm0g

 

FiveWhoFans

 

And his showreel… it’s just fantastic!

 

 

Christopher has been a wannabe voice actor and impressionist for many years – at first writing for himself, but also doing a few odd bits here and there for fan-films or audio. He’s based in Chelmsford, Essex, UK. He auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent last year. He’s always been a fan of Patrick Troughton and it’s his ambition to produce a biopic of his troubled life at some point in the future. He spent a long while working on the voice before he was satisfied! He’d like to work as a voice actor professionally so if you can help, get in touch with me (Eddie) and I’ll pass on the request!

Film4 Frightfest 2014

Frightfest 2014 poster

London, August 2014 (what, again?)

Yep, it’s that time of year, and ready to go Into Darkness – also known as cinema screens for 26 times in 5 days! This is the 15th year of the festival that is the Dark Heart of Sinema, and my 14th time after missing 2006 (the year of Pan’s Labyrinth, argh!). Reviews of some of the previous years can be found on this very site – 2013, 2012 and 2010!

 

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“I don’t know… feels different this time”

The big news this time round was the move to the Vue West End from the last few years in the Empire and the separation of the “main screen” into three with offset starts of the primary programme. The three were separated by name; Screen 7 became The Arrow Video Screen, Screen 6 The Horror Channel Screen, and Screen 5 which was to be my home for the weekend The Film4 Screen. So there was a little trepidation at settling into the seat that would be home for the weekend – would the move work, and would the social atmosphere that has always made Frightfest stand out remain?

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Listen: Review By Eddie McGuigan

The Skaro Review

Listen

Reviewed by Eddie McGuigan

 Doctor Who: Listen

 

Sometimes, Doctor Who is like wine. Occasionally it’s a fizzy little Lambrusco, just there to set you up for a Saturday night. Sometimes, it’s a medium priced red, full bodied, hard hitting, and perhaps not to everyone’s taste.

 

Sometimes though, just sometimes, Doctor Who is a 1907 Malvazia Madeira Pereira d’Oliveira, the finest of wines, an exquisite, crafted and extraordinary thing.

 

Listen is an episode like that.

 

In many ways, Listen will be the epitome of the ethos behind the Capaldi era – slow, wordy, leisurely, and perhaps even languid. It delivers the promises we were told of and shown in Deep Breath – longer scenes, thoughtful prose, considered performances. It really is a thing to behold. (more…)

Robot of Sherwood: Review by Eddie McGuigan

Robot of Sherwood

Review by Eddie McGuigan

Robot of Sherwood

Now this is an adventure that will split opinion, that’s for sure.

Clara asks the Doctor to take her to see one of her heroes – Robin Hood! The Doctor, of course, knows there’s no such person as Robin Hood, but, to amuse himself and humour Clara he takes her to Sherwood Forest in 1190 AD… and runs slapbang into Robin Hood and his Merry Men! Not only that, but in a sunny and green Sherwood there’s about to be an archery contest, but is it a trap for Robin by the dastardly Sheriff? Of course it is, but neither Robin or the Doctor can resist. (more…)

BF July 14 retro – Nev Fountain: BF’s Messiah, or just a Very Naughty Boy?

If there is a natural successor to Douglas Adams, then Nev Fountain surely has a claim to that title. Although the word ‘natural’ probably undersells the amount of blood, sweat and tears that is patently poured into each work. [Looks up antonyms for ‘natural’.] Fountain is Adams’s artificial successor. No, hang on… yes, that’s better. Fountain is Adams’s refined successor.

Enough of the mindless sycophancy and possibly faint praise. Let’s delve in a little deeper…

New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield

Fountain is one of the lesser gods from the pantheon of Big Finish writers, if you measure by volume. However, that handful of stories manages to contain gold, including one of the best Who main range plays (Fifth Doctor outing The Kingmaker) and probably the best Companion Chronicle (Peri and the Piscon Paradox, in which the superb writing is only matched by a superlative performance from Nicola Bryant). (more…)

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