The Doctor in Time Heist.

“There you go. Thing time.” — Doctor Who: Time Heist.

Previously on Doctor Who: Listen.

The Doctor goes classic hustle in this outer space adventure. Doctor Who has always brushed up against other genres and subgenres, and there’s been plenty of breaking and entering, but in new-Who, this is a first, and it’s clear that writers, directors, and costume and set designers alike relished the opportunity to evoke some of the coolest moments of breaking the bank in film and on television.

Let’s go rob the bank of Karabraxos.

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The Doctor and Clara against the backdrop of the TARDIS and London in flames.

“He needs you.” — Doctor Who: Deep Breath, series return review

Previously on Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor.

The Doctor has landed, the Doctor is in.

Doctor Who has returned, clockwork dancing to a darker tune, in sync with a Scottish heartbeat and an erratic consciousness. Welcome to the Untempered Schism that is Peter Capaldi’s ferocious first performance as the Twelfth Doctor. Continue reading →

New Doctor Who Series 8 Teaser Trailer Has Landed!

Basically, have 15 seconds of a Dalek emotionally manipulating the Doctor.

To be completely honest with you, this teaser trailer trend is getting on my nuts a bit, especially one like this. Teasers are clever marketing because they create waves of publicity instead of relying on the fandom to keep the tension up after a proper trailer has been released up to the series premiere, but really*. Give me something I haven’t seen before, something that’ll make me go, “Oh, I have to see this!”, not the same old “You would make a good Dalek” spiel the Daleks have been tormenting the Doctor with since revival Series 1.

* Perhaps it’s the fact that I work in marketing now and have conversations like that myself every other day…

Sherlock and John in a promo pic for Series 3

BBC confirms Sherlock Series 4 will include a Special and 3 Episodes

BBC confirms Sherlock Series 4 will include a Special and 3 Episodes

BBC One has officially announced that the much anticipated fourth series of Sherlock will bring us a Special followed by three 90-minute episodes. Production on the Special will commence in January 2015, the series episodes are set to be filmed later in the year. That should put us in the running for a Christmas Special and three eps after New Year’s Eve 2015/2016, I should imagine. Or perhaps they will gift us with the Special earlier than Christmas? An Autumn Special, what with production beginning so early? Who the hell knows about Sherlock Holmes, but at least we know the wait isn’t necessarily longer than what we’ve been through before.

Click the link for the official tumblr post.

Doctor Who, Series 8 will premiere August 23rd, 2014

Doctor Who, Series 8 will premiere August 23rd, 2014

The BBC have released a 16 seconds to Gallifrey teaser trailer for the 8th revival series, starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald, his erstwhile companion. The first episode of Series 8 will be called, Deep Breath.

The teaser doesn’t tell us much and yet, a lot.

Doctor: Clara, be my pal. Tell me, am I a good man?
Clara: I don’t think I know who the Doctor is anymore.

Watch the trailer on the BBC One website (it’s not up on youtube yet, I will post that link once it’s available).

Edit — here is the youtube video:

John, Magnussen, and Sherlock

“Who Would He Bother Protecting?” — Sherlock: His Last Vow.

Previously on Sherlock: The Sign of Three.

The answer to that — the usual. John Watson.

I recall calling The Reichenbach Fall brilliant television and a veritable rollercoaster of emotions. Then what am I to call this? Because this is even bloody better.

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Sherlock, John, and Mary -- and the best man's speech.

“He’s Clueing for Looks.” — Sherlock: The Sign of Three.

Previously on Sherlock: The Empty Hearse.

The producers have described this episode as the most “un-Sherlock” episode of Sherlock ever — but then, that’s not quite true. Why? Because this episode is about John and Sherlock. And that’s always been Sherlock at its best, and at its heart and core. Continue reading →

Jenna Coleman playing Lydia Wickham

Death Comes to Pemberley: Episode 3.

Previously on Death Comes to Pemberley: Episode 2.

There’s many different ways to phrase Occam’s Razor, but this one from the first series of Luther, I’ve always liked best:

All things being equal, the simplest solution is the best solution.

If we do believe that Wickham did not kill Captain Denny, then there must have been someone else in the woods. And the only people in the woods, at that time of night, were the Bidwells. There we are, then. Continue reading →

Georgiana Darcy and Henry Alveston

Death Comes to Pemberley: Episode 2.

Previously on Death Comes to Pemberley: Episode 1.

Good grief! As Pemberley falls into a state of uncertainty and disarray, Darcy reverts back to his Lord of the Manor persona and drags Lizzie and Georgiana into misery on his coattails. In case you missed it, the subtext beneath Lizzie and Darcy’s (understatedly) heated arguments runs as follows:

No, poor Georgie can’t marry the man she loves, we’ve only just finished paying the mortgage on the house. And no, Lizzie, just because I married you against my public duty and against the great tradition of Pemberley, that doesn’t mean a stupid stray comment from your vapid sister Lydia won’t send me reeling, totally believing that you only married me for my money and the frankly massive library on the second floor.

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Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Comes to Pemberley: Episode 1.

When I checked my blog stats earlier while preparing for Death Comes to Pemberley, I noticed that someone has found my blog by typing “death pemberley utter shite” into a search engine. Something like this has happened before, with By Any Means, months ago, and I was just as amused today as I was back then. While I have decidedly not used these words in conjunction and in the right order, I must have judged some show or episode as utter shite before, at some point down the line… (ah, found it: whoever wrote the query ended up on a rather scornful review of a Season 3 episode of Suits.)

Be that as it may, it’s never quite reassuring to discover something like that just before you’re going to watch the aforementioned period adaptation. I shall therefore put us all out of our misery and tell you up-front that it’s not utter shite. It’s not great, either, though. It’s a bit… well, frankly — having seen other, brilliant and engaging period literature adaptations in BBC tradition — it’s a bit dull. Continue reading →

“Gallifrey Falls No More.” — Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor.

Previously on Doctor Who: The Name of the Doctor.

That was amazing. You know why it was amazing?

Because the Doctor can go home, now. That’s the big birthday gift Steven Moffat has given to the Doctor and to us: an end to the great regret, an end to the darkness that was driving the Doctor, the darkness that drove Eleven to breaking point. It was either this or give up. And that’s not something the Doctor does. The Day of the Doctor reminded us — and himself — of just that. After centuries of mourning, the Doctor can feel hope again, can move out of the shadows, into the light. An arc that began in 2005, with the Doctor coming to face the things he has done, slowly but steadily breaking apart his own soul, has come to an end.

“You know the sound the TARDIS makes? That wheezing, groaning? That sound brings hope where ever it goes. To anyone who hears it, Doctor. Anyone. However lost. Even you.”

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