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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reviews: Living Conditions

The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack may be massively popular all over the globe, but it's always set my teeth on edge. As it happens, I know why this is the case – it can be traced all the way back to 1994 when I'd just started university. The girl in the campus room above happened to be a fan of Rocky Horror and would play the wretched thing over and over until the tape became time warped. And to that day, whenever a Rocky Horror song has come on the radio or TV, I've mentally ground my teeth till there's nothing left but gum. In Buffy's case, she probably does the same thing whenever Cher's campy dance yodel-fest Believe...

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21st Century Doctor Who Reviews: Victory Of The Daleks

Cuthbert Cringeworthy from The Bash Street Kids. Zilly from Dastardly And Muttley. Shaggy from Scooby Doo. Some of the biggest wimps known to humankind. Quaking, weedy scaredycats who would run a mile even when faced with the prospect of visiting the zoo. But never in this Petrified Parade would we include... The Daleks???!!?? The evil pepperpots are forces for fear and terror throughout the galaxy. They rewrote the Intergalactic Guide To Fiendish Deeds. They are so racist that even Alf Garnett would blush. They'd shoot you even if you gave them a fancy birthday present in a colourful box and bow. In short, the Daleks are the perfect baddies for Doctor Who, since they stand for every force of evil...

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Angel Reviews: City Of...

“Los Angeles. You see it at night and it shines. Like a beacon. People are drawn to it.” What's this? Is Angel now looking to be a tourist rep? To be fair to Angel, his initial sales pitch isn't actually too bad. Spoken over a swanky, fast cut, cross-fading set of LA nightlife shots, Angel's opening monologue could well attract the visitors. It's too bad that Angel would probably be sacked on the spot, given that the impressive opening bid of this Buffy The Vampire Slayer spin-off quickly cuts to him getting drunk in a down-town bar. Fair enough, he's lamenting the break-up of his relationship with Buffy, but the slurred rambling about hair is a pitch wrecker if ever...

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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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