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Angel Reviews: Sense And Sensitivity

Ladies! Don't be an Ice Maiden – be a Nice Maiden instead! Gentlemen! Why be a grunting boor when you can be a gentle bear? Interested? Then come and get in touch with our Sensitive Stick! Feel the love today by contacting 0800 Fruitcake! You can picture the slick but snotty marketing types at Wolfram and Hart working their hardest to try and make their latest nefarious scheme sound half plausible. Cartoon mobster Tony Papazian is in the slammer and he ain't happy. Cue a phone call to no one's favourite LA legal eagles, and the problem could be solved very soon... A healing stick doesn't sound like the most promising premise, and maybe that's why, for me, Sense And...

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21st Century Doctor Who Reviews: The Lodger

Blake's 7. Doctor Who. Having written 50 out of 52 reviews for the classic space opera for Den Of Geek (which I guess makes me the Peter Tuddenham of Blake's 7 reviewers), coming to the task of reviewing Doctor Who in its TV entirety makes me wise to how similar the two programmes can be at times. Many of the Blake's 7 production team had already cut their teeth on Doctor Who whether it was writer Chris Boucher, producer David Maloney or a list of directors too long to mention. Most of the actors, regulars or guests, had turned up in Who at some point. And even some of the stories bear comparison with its grand older brother. I only...

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Angel Reviews: Rm w/a Vu

Moving house. There aren't many pastimes that can cause throbbing headaches, but the theoretically simple task of moving from A to B is one such pain. Beyond the tangled web of deposits, agreements and pet allowances, there's vans full of pain to deal with. Endless amounts of stuff to box and pack up. Lugging said boxes back and forth while beery removal men puff on fags and talk about the football game the night before. And let's not forget the endless admin once you're safely ensconced in your new abode. Changes of address, telephone numbers and details won't be made by themselves, you know. All things considered, Cordelia gets a pretty easy press when moving into a swanky new apartment....

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reviews: Beer Bad

Sorry beer, you've had your day. At the time of writing this, at exactly the mid-point of the 40s, I'm finding that beer only leads to woozy inertia and a flabby gut worthy of Homer Simpson. No good can come from excess beer – I've even been told so by Buffy The Vampire Slayer in the latest episode which is appropriately called Beer Bad. In Sunnydale, it's now even impossible to drink a pint of beer without something weird happening. Some of the more obnoxious patrons of the Sunnydale University pub have gone all caveman after sinking copious pints of ale. If you're new to this metaphor lark, then this essentially means that Too Much Beer = Rowdy Caveman. Even...

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Terrance Dicks 1935 – 2019

It's exactly 20 years today that I began my writing career. Having successfully passed my Journalism Diploma, I secured myself a job scribbling TV listings for a living. After years of fretting and frowning and regretting going down that university route, I had finally accomplished what I had always wanted to do ever since I was a kid: write. And the man who inspired me to write? Terrance Dicks. Terrance Dicks sadly passed away on 29th August 2019. The reporting of his passing has prompted an outpouring of tributes and respectful memories on social media, and in the news. On Twitter alone, Terrance's name was among the highest Tweet trends, showing how much he meant to so many. To the...

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