Tomorrow’s Worlds: The Unearthly History Of Science Fiction

Dominic Sandbrook concludes his exploration of the most innovative and imaginative of all genres, considering Science Fiction’s most alluring theme – time travel.
Tomorrows Worlds

Having the power to change the past or see the future is a deep-seated human fantasy, and writers and film-makers have embraced its possibilities for many years. From HG Wells’s pioneering scientist in The Time Machine, to Doc and Marty McFly in Back to the Future and Doctor Who’s very own Time Lord, audiences have been presented with a host of colourful time travellers and their time machines. But is there always a price to be paid for meddling with the timeline? (more…)

Keeping warm this winter? It’s elementary with Sherlock Scarves!

Sherlock fan’s can rejoice! Lovarzi, the UK’s leading online scarf retailer, are releasing three new products to celebrate the hit BBC show.
“It’s got flaps – ear flaps. It’s an ear hat, John!” The detective doesn’t seem to like that iconic deerstalker much; instead his impecc     able sense of style is topped off with a series of scarves – he even puts one on when Lestrade and Donovan come to arrest him in the final episode of Series 2!

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That’s why Lovarzi’s new range, in partnership with BBC Worldwide, is ideal for fans of the Reichenbach Hero. (more…)

The Walking Dead 05×07 – Crossed

After last weeks ending you might be forgiven for thinking that this week would be an intense rescue mission. And you’d be partly right, as that’s one of the threads making up this weeks episode and it’s action packed. But rather than let some of the other plot lines dangle this episode is happy to keep jumping about several different stories. While it means the rescue mission with the hospital is going to play out over a number of episodes it does let us spend some time with some characters that have been a little neglected of late.

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American Horror Story: Freak Show – Episodes 1-6

I have to open with a confession – up until I started watching this fourth season of American Horror Story a couple of days ago, I hadn’t managed to watch any of the series at all. A fan of the genre and the concept of a series that could deal with completely different types of horror from year to year, I’ve been keeping spoiler-free too so was going in entirely cold. And I have to say, first impressions have been very good!

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Series 8 DVD Launch

OK I’m going to say…..Frank Skinner is my new hero!

Well Doctor Who has always been my hero but he has serious competition right now.

By not only being a charming and witty host, Mr Skinners passion and knowledge of Who really came to the fore.

Series 8 DVD Launch

What other TV host else would quip after Peter Calapdi’s revelation that he had turned down the chance of auditioning for the 1996 Paul McGann movie’

 

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…’Imagine all the Big Finish’s you would have done by now’

delicious and hilarious which sums up my day very well…..

 

cue titles and run VT

dum dee dum… dum dee dum….

BUNNY GALORE AND THE MONDASIAN CYBERMEN

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The Walking Dead – 05×06 – Consumed

Ah Carol. Way back in series 1 she seemed like zombie bait, just a matter of time. But how she’s changed. Other than Rick is there anyone tougher on the show? I think not. This episode is about trying to find Beth, with a trip into the city to search for her, but the focus is on Carol. We find out what happened to her after she was cast out from the Prison and a little of her past. The title of this episode refers to things that are consuming her personally, the most obvious being trying to deal with what happened with the girls last year. But there are a lot of such nods to a things that stretch all the way back to her killings at the prison.

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Gotham 01×06 – Spirit of the Goat

Gotham

Episode 6 – Spirit of the Goat

Reviewed by Alan

Gotham Harvey BullockThis week, Jim Gordon’s cynical partner Harvey Bullock finds a ghost from his past revisiting Gotham, and meanwhile the secrets Jim’s keeping continue to threaten him.

Harvey Bullock has long been a fan-favourite character in the Batman universe, and he’s been a constant presence in the show so far.  The counter-point to Gordon’s hope and heroism.  The cop who just wants Jim to get with the program.

So episode 6 finally allows him to get some of the focus that’s been consistently elsewhere throughout this first run of episodes.  When the Spirit of the Goat, a serial killer of Gotham’s rich elite, resurfaces after being shot dead by Harvey 10 years previously, Harvey’s forced to confront some of those old demons, allowing Jim a glimpse that there’s more to Bullock than he’s seen to this point. (more…)

Atlantis Series 2 – “A New Dawn: Part One”

It’s a solemn start to series 2 of Atlantis, opening in the middle of a funeral is about as bleak a start as i can imagine. After a long run of much Darker Doctor Who I’m begging to wonder if Goths have sneaked into senior management at the BBC. And this darker tone continues throughout with a lot of bloody battles, betrayal, monsters and an intense set piece of a city being ransacked.

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It’s a bit of a departure from last year but for me at least it’s made this year must watch TV. There is one brief nod to last years lighter tone with an unorthodox escape into the sea mid episode, but this is the exception rather than the rule.

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Doctor Who Magazine 480 – The Mistress Returns!

MICHELLE GOMEZ REVEALS THAT THE MASTER WILL RETURN – IN DWM 480!

Doctor Who Magazine 480

Michelle Gomez, who plays the latest incarnation of that galactic jackanapes the Master, speaks to Doctor Who Magazine about her evil role…

“Everything about making the Master the Mistress kind of ups the ante,” says Michelle. “It makes everything that little bit more dangerous. It blows open this Pandora’s box.”
Michelle probably can’t reveal whether or not she’ll be back as Missy next year, but DWM asks her anyway, apropos of nothing.
“Yes,” replies Michelle.
Now, that was surprising!
“‘Yes’ is my answer. I’ll be back. Can I say that? Am I allowed? If not… well, I guess we’ll have to see how she’s received…”

The full interview with Michelle Gomez appears inside DWM 480.

ALSO INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
·     DWM interviews Douglas Mackinnon, the director of ListenTime Heist and Flatline.
·     Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions in his exclusive column.
·     DWM investigates the question: ‘Is the Doctor a good man?’
·     Toby Hadoke pays tribute to the late Lynda Bellingham, the actress who played the Inquistitor in 1986′s The Trial of a Time Lord.
·     Siobhan Redmond, the new Rani, talks exclusively to DWM about her first audio story.
·     The Doctor and Clara’s comic strip adventures continue in The Eye of Torment written by Scott Gray, with art by Martin Geraghty.
·     The Fact of Fiction investigates the classic 2005 Ninth Doctor adventure The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances.
·     The Time Team comments on the blockbuster 2008 Tenth Doctor episode Journey’s End.
·     Jacqueline Rayner has to stay up late for her Doctor’s appointment in Relative Dimensions.
·     The DWM Review examines Flatline and In the Forest of the Night.
·     The Watcher looks at subtitle howlers in Wotcha!
·     The DWM crossword, prize-winning competitions and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 480 is on sale from Thursday 13 November 2014, priced £4.99.

The Skaro Review: Gotham 01×05 – Viper

Gotham

Episode 5 – Viper

Reviewed by Alan

Gotham Bruce WayneThe impact of last week’s events comes into focus this week, as the turf war between Marone and Falcone intensifies, and meanwhile a new designer drug, Viper is flooding the streets.  But how does it link back to Wayne Enterprises?

Last week I commented on how the main plot of the episode, involving the Arkham development, worked well to bring Bruce and Alfred more meaningfully into the story.   That’s a trend that’s continued this week in force, with David Mazouz’s Bruce showing an obsession with the deal, and how his parents’ company could’ve allowed it to happen.   While only 13, Mazouz does a brilliant job of bringing a lot of Batman into the role in a convincing way.  This Bruce already displays the drive, intellect and detective skills that will come to serve him well, culminating in a fun scene with a middle manager talking down to him.   (more…)

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