Posts by: Andrew Allen

Watch hilarious ‘Doctor Who’ sketch speculating on Peter Capaldi’s replacement

Inspired by the ongoing debate as to whether or not the new Doctor Who lead will be a woman, Casual Violence (‘the UK’s most physically attractive, triple award winning sketch comedy group’) have imagined this press release from the BBC, saying that fan’s ‘smart, incisive arguments’ have been listened to – and a new show...

54 years of ‘Doctor Who’ opening title sequences revisited

By this time next year, Doctor Who will have a new actor in the title role, possibly a new companion (if current rumours are to be believed), and certainly a new showrunner in the shape of Chris Chibnall, just as soon as he’s finished clearing up Broadchurch. Another major change is likely to happen once...

‘Inside No.9’ Season 3 Episode 6 review: ‘Private View’

At least once a season, there seems to be an episode of Inside No.9 that is ‘for’ the writer-creators – Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith – more than for the audience. Not an act of indulgence, precisely, but certainly one where they unashamedly draw in on happy memories of watching old British horror movies as...

‘Inside No.9’ Season 3 Episode 5 review: ‘Diddle Diddle Dumpling’

‘They deserve to be together. They belong’. It’s a line about a pair of shoes, but it’s equally descriptive of the pair behind this series. Obviously by this point you don’t need to be told one of the central conceits of Inside No.9 – that each episode takes place within a location with that number...

‘Inside No.9’ Season 3 Episode 4 review: ‘Empty Orchestra’

Last week, we suggested that the then most recent episode of Inside No.9 ­– ‘The Riddle Of The Sphinx’ – might well be the most divisive. Not because it was in any way the most shocking so far (although it had a number of disturbing moments), and not because – at the other end of...

‘Inside No.9’ Season 3 Episode 3 review: ‘The Riddle Of The Sphinx’

‘I was just showing off,’ admits Steve Pemberton’s character in ‘The Riddle Of The Sphinx’. The line may be a sly acknowledgment of he and co-creator Reece Shearsmith’s habit of often delivering a riddle wrapped up in a mystery, inside an enigma. This latest episode of Inside No 9 will be possibly one of the...

9 of the best ‘Inside No. 9’ episodes so far

As the dark nights draw in, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s anthology series Inside No. 9 returns for a third season. Pemberton has hinted that it’s quite a dark set of stories this time around, teasing that there are ‘two or three episodes where we’ve pushed the horror element.’ Regular viewers will be steeling themselves:...

‘Inside No. 9’ Christmas special review: ‘The Devil Of Christmas’

The opening episode of the third season of Inside No. 9 is a Christmas-themed nightmare, dealing with the old legend of Krampus. It also, to some extent, deals with the legend of the BBC multi-camera studio bound dramas of the seventies and eighties, employing both old-fashioned cameras and indeed retired camera operators. All of which...

‘Class’ mid-term report: What’s working (and what isn’t) so far

If your Doctor Who fan credentials are old enough, you’ll be able to realise how disquieting it might have been to learn that Class was premiering on BBC iPlayer. Your paranoid, withered fanboy heart would have known that the BBC were betraying the Time Lord, and throwing the spin-off show onto a funeral pyre where...