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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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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reviews: Choices

There's a wind of change in the air. And I'm not talking about my adverse reaction to my own home cooking. Down in Sunnydale, Buffy and her friends are on the cusp of leaving school and moving on to pastures new. While Xander's contemplating a bohemian life on the road, Buffy and Willow are about to embark on that next stepping stone to a good job. The question is, where do they go to university? We've fortunately missed out on the university interviews, which, if my experience is anything to go by, consists of spotty, patronising boffins firing sneering questions so tricky that even Paxo would be silenced into submission. Evidently, Willow has had an easier press, given that she's...

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21st Century Doctor Who Reviews: The Stolen Earth / Journey's End

The critics can advise you on what's good and what's bad in all aspects of life – whether it's TV, music, films or food – but at the end of the day, it's the public view that counts. A TV critic can pick apart a really bad programme until the cows come home, but if the public likes it, who cares? How else could you explain the horror of Mrs Brown's Boys – a programme that seems to be derided by every critic under the sun, and yet brings in copious amounts of viewers. See? If the public likes something, then a critic's job sometimes feels a bit pointless. Still, as I weep into my computer keyboard, it's time to...

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21st Century Doctor Who Reviews: Turn Left

“Mind blowing decisions causes head-on collisions”. So said 1970s funksters Heatwave in a notably laid back jazzy groove – but never a truer word was spoken when referring to a great Doctor Who story 30 years in the future: Turn Left, the bookend to Midnight in which the companion takes centre stage while the Doctor goes AWOL. Following the blockbusting Library two-parter and the equally impressive Midnight, it's easy to think that this Doctor-Lite story could be the weak link in the chain. In fact, it's no such thing and proves to be a tale that's just as amazing as its predecessors. A good factor in its success is that it's such a simple idea, and it works because of...

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