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21st Century Doctor Who Reviews: The Unquiet Dead

If there's one season that the Doctor likes, it's got to be Christmas. Ever since the show was brought back in 2005, it seems like he's always landing in some festive utopia where Noddy Holder shrieks his innards out, or where brass bands fart along to 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen'. Given that I'm a modern-day Scrooge, this is baffling. The Doctor's only done the Easter landing once. He seems to give Pancake Day a miss, and more to the point, he blanks Halloween and Bonfire Night, two bonafide opportunities to meet scary monsters. Seems that only robot Santas and killer Christmas trees will do. Plus vengeful gas creatures, as witnessed in the second Christmas episode of Doctor Who called...

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reviews: Ted

Ted Buchanan, on the face of it, is a multi-tasking genius. He's a master at selling computer software, out-performing his colleagues at work. “Nobody beats The Machine,” frowns downcast walrus-moustached colleague Neal. “Guy's a genius.” He's a whizz at mini golf. He's also a dab hand in the kitchen, conjuring all sorts of culinary treats such as buns, cookies and mini pizzas. Remember, cooking kids, use a cast iron skillet to fry pizzas in herbs and olive oil. “No room for compromise there!” So why is Buffy so down on poor old Ted? Granted, he has a dubious mullet that makes him look a bit like a soft rock star from 1977, but beyond this, there's no reason for all...

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21st Century Doctor Who Reviews: The End Of The World

First dates – we've all been there. The sweaty palms. The uncertainty. The paranoia. Get the first date right, and you feel like you're on top of the world. Get it wrong, and it makes you feel like the entire population of couples are laughing in your face. So spare a thought for the poor old Doctor, as he prepares to take Rose on their first date – well, Rose says as much in New Earth, but oddly, it's not really a date that he should remember with fondness, given that he makes screw-up after screw-up in The End Of The World. Consider the following rules: * Don't brag about your mode of transport The only sort of girl who...

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reviews: What's My Line

What did you want to be when you were a kid? Spaceman? Lollipop lady? James Bond? Wonder Woman? A multitude of choices all waiting to be explored without the burdens of grown-up red tape and crushing rejection. For Buffy, however, employment options are more limited than the average Jo. Due to her pesky calling as the Slayer, filling in a multiple choice employment questionnaire is more arduous than it should be. “Unless hell freezes over and every vampire in Sunnydale puts in for early retirement, I'd say my future is pretty much sealed,” she frowns. Could it be though that another Slayer in town can offer a way out of her destiny and into a life full of wage slips...

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Now That's What I Call John's Reviews! Now 5

1985 takes a bit of time for Now That's What I Call Music to come back all guns blazing. For the three people who stayed awake to read my last bit of babble on Now 4, you'll know that The Hits Album left the rival compilation series on the runner-up podium. After kicking off 1984 with a massive Number One success, 1985 is looking comparatively chilly for our Now hero. Matters aren't helped by the next Hits album scuttling to the top of the album charts. Hits 2 capitalises quickly on its predecessor's success, compiling a run of mostly excellent chart hits from the early part of 1985. While Now 2 had won the top spot in the early Spring...

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