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Now That's What I Call John's Reviews! Now 9

Old is the new new. Forget your new-fangled gizmos, innovations and trend-setting youths, there's always a place for old in society. Lavishly packaged vinyl continues to hold its own against convenient but soulless downloads. Past fashions continue to be worn in today's image-conscious society. Antique shops also hold many a quirky bargain for collectors – while providing endless TV appearances and voice-overs for that posh bloke with the bow tie who used to present Bargain Hunt. It's a trend that applies to the latest thrilling instalment in the Now That's What I Call Music series. As I'm typing this latest wealth of waffle, Now 9 is again timely coinciding with those excellent TOTP repeats on BBC4, so I'm hoping that...

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21st Century Doctor Who Reviews: The End Of Time

David Tennant is Santa Claus. And Noddy Holder. And Cliff Richard. Well he might as well have been back in the Crimbo week of December 2009 when it seemed that you couldn't get away from the man. Particularly in the week leading up to the much-anticipated Christmas/New Year special, there he was – on various breakfast and mid-morning TV programmes; on Children's BBC; heck, he was even on the novelty BBC idents, bellowing orders at time-travelling reindeer. Still, Tennant fans had to make the most of the chap, since he was about to become the latest casualty in the mammoth two-part adventure The End Of Time. It's time to play the Regeneration Game again as Doctor Ten finds that Chops...

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21st Century Doctor Who Reviews: The Waters Of Mars

The Scariest Doctor Who Yet! So promised the creaky Doctor Who Hype Machine when promoting the penultimate Tenth Doctor escapade, The Waters Of Mars. The Hype Machine loves this turn of phrase, so much so that it seems to make every alternate story “The Scariest Yet”. The Impossible Astronaut two-parter was once touted as The Scariest Yet, even though it wasn't that long after The Waters Of Mars. How would the machine have described the 13th and 14th seasons in this fashion: “The Talons Of Weng-Chiang! The scariest story yet! Well since The Robots Of Death anyway...” Just how scary is The Waters Of Mars? This time around the hype machine near enough tells the truth. A bunch of hapless...

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reviews: Graduation Day

If a well-past-its-prime, geek-based sitcom can claim that it all started with a big bang in its theme song, then Buffy The Vampire Slayer's third season finale suggests otherwise. For alas, the original Sunnydale High school is on the critical list, rendered unrecognisable and burnt out in a bid to rid the world of the antics of Mayor Wilkins once and for all. It'll take a good three years to put this to rights – quite what the Sunnydale High teachers are supposed to do now is open to speculation. Mr Beech will probably end up retiring and sniping at youngsters on the back seat of the bus. Mr Miller, the cheery Hangman beardy chap may ask out Miss Murray...

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21st Century Doctor Who Reviews: Planet Of The Dead

Flicking through my encyclopaedia-sized driving theory book, I'm forever cursing not having the opportunity to try for a driving licence earlier in my life. Put it down to lack of funds or too much work – the downsides of being an incompetent fool are all too obvious when it comes to getting around. Take public transport, in which hapless masses are forced to pay eye-watering amounts for services so shoddy, a horse and cart could get you from A to B in quicker time. What's worse is that those who wield almighty power in the public transport domain seem possessed by the worst sort of misanthropic gloom, so much so, that it's easy to think that wholesale grumpiness is a...

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