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Doctor Who Reviews: The Invasion

It seems to be a common myth that any Doctor Who stories with more than six episodes tend to drag. In theory, it’s a good point. You’re looking at three, four, maybe even five or six hours worth of one Doctor Who story, which is a hell of a lot. Funny thing is though, in practice, virtually all of these stories such as The Daleks' Master Plan, The War Games and of course, The Invasion all hold up really well. The Invasion takes us from the fantasy mists of The Land Of Fiction and plonks us back in the groovy summer days of the Sixties (let’s not even start on the continuity debates of when the UNIT episodes are set)....

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Doctor Who Reviews: The Seeds Of Death

About 15 sets of waffle ago, I mentioned that remakes were more common than you think in Doctor Who. The Moonbase was a blatant remake of The Tenth Planet. And then two seasons later, along comes The Seeds Of Death to mimic The Ice Warriors with all the gusto of a Les Dennis and Dustin Gee 24-hour marathon.

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Doctor Who Reviews: The War Games

The end of an era’s a hoary old cliché. It’s always used when a TV programme reaches its natural conclusion (something that should have happened to Scrubs or The Big Bang Theory after their first seasons) or when a band announce that they are quitting the music business (well, until they decide to reform five years later when a big fat cheque is dangled in front of their eyes).

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reviews: Welcome To The Hellmouth/The Harvest

Welcome to another set of complete reviews in which I attempt to prattle on about two of the most famous Joss Whedon creations: Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) and Angel (1999-2004). On the surface of it, a TV series franchise stemming from a so-so movie about a teenage girl who stakes vampires doesn't inspire much confidence. In 1992, the film, Buffy The Vampire Slayer pitted Kristy Swanson as the eponymous heroine against a mean old vampire king called Lothos and his motley crew of blood-sucking fiends. The movie didn't exactly set the world ablaze, staked by lukewarm reviews and moderate box office takings. Writer Joss Whedon was nothing if not persistent though. Translating the original concept to the small screen...

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