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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reviews: The Wish

A big pot of gold delivered to your door. World peace. No more EastEnders on TV. Wishing may well be the most common pastime on Planet Earth, just inching ahead of backgammon and darts. But as the old saying goes: “Be careful of what you wish for”. Cordelia's taking this advice on board a bit too late after new kid in town Anya (in reality, a scary, veiny demon) grants her wish of Buffy never coming to Sunnydale. This can only mean one thing: Alternate Dimension Time. The Alternate Dimension is a common trope in fiction, in films such as It's A Wonderful Life. It's especially popular in science fiction. Doctor Who came up with Inferno, in which Jon Pertwee's...

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21st Century Doctor Who Reviews: 42

24. One of the mainstays of Noughties American TV and a resounding smash hit with viewers. I'll be brutally honest though. I've never seen an episode of 24: Not even one five-minute smidge. Confession Number Two. I haven't seen the brand new series of 2018-style Doctor Who yet. If you've read my burblings on Now 7 elsewhere at my blog, my defence is right there. It's ironic that I'm writing about a Time Lord, given that there never seems to be enough time in my daily routine to settle down in front of the telly. Being a family man, I'm cooking, making up milk, tidying up, changing nappies, reading bedtime stories... The list goes on. Tuning into see Jodie Whittaker's...

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reviews: Lover's Walk

Just as you go through life, you'll find that things change. New job. New friends. New family. But from time to time, the past will poke its head round the door, whether it's the chance meeting of an old buddy or the inevitable school reunion. Surely fully grown adults want to forget the days of detentions, bad dinners and corridors that smell like used espadrilles? So far, Buffy The Vampire's Slayer's third season has introduced new faces and dynamics to the equation, such as a new Slayer in town and new baddies to face. And then a face from the past comes crashing into the Sunnydale welcome sign with all the grace of an elephant running the London Marathon. Welcome...

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Death In Paradise Reviews: Season 1 Episode 3

No reading this review until you've watched the episode. Otherwise, it's detention for you! Authority figures have never had it so good in the 21st century. If you're lucky enough to reach the top of the pile in your chosen career (whether through luck, birth or sheer, loud-mouthed persistence), you can do whatever you like. Reading the news these days is a head-shaking business. I can't tell you the amount of times I've read about some high-flying bigshot getting away with every social faux pas under the sun. Whether you insult, name call or abuse your position of authority for purely selfish gains, the chances are that after a couple of days, you still get to keep your position. Not...

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21st Century Doctor Who Reviews: The Lazarus Experiment

I've never thought what it would be like to be 76 years of age. Ideally, I'd like to be able to rely on my own limbs rather than a mobile scooter, but at the same time, I'd probably be one of those moaning old gits on the bus who shouts at anyone under the age of 40. Victor Meldrew, look out. Of course it's feasible that by the middle of the 21st century, some bright spark might have dug out a copy of The Lazarus Experiment, scribbled down a few notes, and then decided to construct a miraculous machine that allows old fogies to shed a few years. Well, why not? 60 or so years ago, the thought of recording...

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