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Terrance Dicks 1935 – 2019

It's exactly 20 years today that I began my writing career. Having successfully passed my Journalism Diploma, I secured myself a job scribbling TV listings for a living. After years of fretting and frowning and regretting going down that university route, I had finally accomplished what I had always wanted to do ever since I was a kid: write. And the man who inspired me to write? Terrance Dicks. Terrance Dicks sadly passed away on 29th August 2019. The reporting of his passing has prompted an outpouring of tributes and respectful memories on social media, and in the news. On Twitter alone, Terrance's name was among the highest Tweet trends, showing how much he meant to so many. To the...

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Angel Reviews: I Fall To Pieces

On the surface, Dr Ronald Meltzer has it all. He's a brilliant surgeon, one of the best in his field, having specialised in re-attaching severed nerves. He probably has enough money to buy the swankiest property that money can buy – or at the very least, a fancy speedboat. He's even thinking about settling down with his girlfriend, a woman called Melissa Burns. So what's grating his cheese? Well, it turns out that Melissa's only his make-believe girlfriend. The two had one platonic date after Meltzer saved Melissa's sight, but Meltzer's deluded himself into thinking that one day they'll be walking down an aisle, cutting a three-tiered cake and jetting off to the Bahamas for a honeymoon. In the real...

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Reviews: Fear Itself

How exactly do you define fear? It's not something that can be broken down and analysed in seconds, since one man's fear is another man's shrug. Terrified of spiders? Well, someone, somewhere is clutching a spider in his or her clutched hands with nonchalant weariness as they creep to the door to deposit this Fiend Of Eight Legs in the outside world. Scared of the dark? Try reconciling that with miners, stargazers or even club DJs, squinting against the gloom to make sure they don't stick their scratchy copy of Bombalurina's Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini on the turntable. I've read accounts of people with morbid fears of baked beans, crowds and water – which just proves...

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21st Century Doctor Who Reviews: Amy's Choice

Amy's Choice. Sounds like a brand new drink that you'd get down the pub – you know, the sort of glow-in-the-dark alcoholic fizzy pop that would turn your insides out after three bottles. Or maybe it's a slightly flat bitter with a potent but unpleasant aftertaste. Two polar opposite choices, but which to choose? Just like the halfway mark of Matt Smith's first season in which the Doctor, Amy and Dopey Clot, Rory face two diametrically disastrous scenarios: Either freeze to an ice cube in the TARDIS, which is en route to a Cold Star or be set upon by a horde of old codgers with serious oral hygiene problems. This is all the work of the enigmatic Dream Lord,...

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Angel Reviews: In The Dark

With BBC2 making a big success of screening Buffy The Vampire Slayer on British terrestrial TV in the late 1990s and early Noughties, Channel 4 promptly snapped up the rights for its spin-off show, Angel. Friday teatimes would now be enlivened by the antics of Angel and his newly assembled Fang Gang, fighting the good fight in LA. There was one little problem, though. While Buffy was generally geared towards a family audience (and even then, notable cuts for violence, language and sexual references were made on a frequent basis to meet watershed rules), Angel wasn't so much. The spin-off show was, by and large, tailor made for a more grown-up audience, with its uncompromising violence and darker, adult themes....

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