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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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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reviews: The Prom

The problem with reviewing The Prom is that it's kind of difficult to relate to. Being a decrepit dinosaur, in my day (last three words typed in the creaky voice of an old fart), there wasn't such a big deal with end of year proms – shindigs and hootenannys maybe, but tame stuff compared to today. 10 mile limousines can be seen from miles on end in the 21st century, ferrying tuxedo and frock-clad youngsters, who always seem to be dwarfed by the massive upholstery of the swanky poshmobiles. I suppose it seemed to be a bigger thing in the US, and was just one of those things that caught on in Britain a bit later. Proms are the stuff...

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21st Century Doctor Who Reviews: The Next Doctor

And so it came to pass that in October 2008 that the end of the road was in sight for the Tenth Doctor. The edict came from the man himself, David Tennant, speaking via a video link (and inexplicably flanked by two grim-faced reapers of death) at an awards ceremony. He'd be sticking around for a clutch of one-off specials but after that he'd be bidding adieu. Countless Tennant fans wept into their Tenth Doctor action figures. TVs were thrown out of windows. Riots broke out. Well, I exaggerate, but the feeling at the awards megillah was so full of disappointment that it wouldn't have been a big surprise if some rogue fan intruded on the broadcast and took Tennant's...

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