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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reviews: The Freshman

University. Three years to swot up for the job of your dreams? Or three years of booze-infused partying like it's 1999? Well that's up to you and your maker – as for Buffy The Vampire Slayer, well, the show's take on university is a little less orthodox. That train of thought only leads to spoilers, but what I will say is that Buffy's fourth season takes the franchise into new and unexpected waters. Sometimes deeper than murky lagoons, sometimes as deep as puddles. It's a season that says goodbye to series regulars, tips the hat to new ones and welcomes back some old favourites. It finds some Scooby Gang members at a crossroads and others taking a brand new path...

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21st Century Doctor Who Reviews: The Beast Below

There's something fairground-like about The Beast Below. Looking at the story again after my initial first reactions in April 2010, the first thing that strikes me is that the setting reminds me a bit of a trip to the fair. A down-and-out fair on a rainy day, I'll grant you, but then we have... The Doctor and Amy dodging what looks like a non-stop line of hoopla stalls and market stands of cheap bling that fell off the back of a lorry. The Demon Headmaster skulking in a doomy ticket vestibule. The Doctor and Amy taking the unorthodox slide of a lifetime. And of course, too many kids. That should give you a clue as to the writer... Who else...

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21st Century Doctor Who Reviews: The Eleventh Hour

Fish fingers and custard. Now there's a combination you won't find in your average fine dining restaurant. Hordes of students up and down the country swear by this sort of food, especially when they find that the budget's plummeted to zero at the end of the month. Result? Raid the fridge and the food cupboards and fill your belly with unusual if unappetising recipes. Bet it leaves a funny taste in the mouth though – in fact, hindsight leaves a bittersweet taste in the mouth too. Especially if you're a picky, over-perfectionist reviewer who's poring over past analyses of Doctor Who stories. In 2010, I reviewed the whole of Matt Smith's first season for the Shadowlocked website, scribbling my thoughts...

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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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