Gotham Season 1 Episode 2
Reviewed by Alan
With 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…)
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Mummy on the Orient Express
Review by Eddie McGuigan
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 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.
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.
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.
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…)
This Halloween, the LOST Theatre plays host to a week-long live radio spooktacular, investigating the real-life curse of the infamous 300 year-old Lambeth Devil-Dog, hosted by Michelle Mead.
Join us… if you dare!
Written by Robert Valentine and Jack Bowman, Directed by Jack Bowman (more…)
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.
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…)
Reviewed by Alan
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…)
Reviewed by Eddie McGuigan
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…)
COMEDIAN FRANK SKINNER CHATS EXCLUSIVELY ABOUT HIS DOCTOR WHO ROLE – IN DWM 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…)