Posts by: Andrew Blair

The ‘Doctor Who’ Emergency Fanw*nk Hotline Week 6: ‘Extremis’

So, it turns out this was nothing to do with Warren Ellis and Michelle Gomez gave a very restrained performance. One of these was more unexpected than the other. Consider your options, and then pick whichever one of these false realities most appeals to you: Press 1 if you weren’t expecting an episode based on...

The ‘Doctor Who’ Emergency Fanw*nk Hotline Week 5: ‘Oxygen’

On and on, and on, and on it goes. The world it just keeps spinning. Until I’m dizzy, time to breathe. So close my eyes and start again anew. No one here remembers Willy Mason do they? How about JJ72? Oh well, please yourselves. Ring up and press things as you wish…   Press 1...

The ‘Doctor Who’ Emergency Fanw*nk Hotline Week 4: ‘Knock Knock’

Hello you. This article contains spoilers for ‘Knock Knock’. “Spoilers for Knock Knock” was also a popular Edwardian euphemism, but not for what you’d expect. So, assuming you have signal or still keep your landline handy, dial all the numbers and press the following buttons IN ACCORD WITH YOUR WHIMS:   Press 1 if you...

The ‘Doctor Who’ Emergency Fanw*nk Hotline Week 3: ‘Thin Ice’

Hello you. This article contains spoilers for ‘Thin Ice’, and is comprised only of bad choices. To make one, simply act irrationally based on your hates and fears, or ring this imaginary hotline and press the number most suited to your query:   Press 1 if you spent this episode anticipating the Daily Mail haemorrhaging...

The ‘Doctor Who’ Emergency Fanw*nk Hotline Week 2: ‘Smile’

Hello. This article contains spoilers for ‘Smile’. It also contains spoilers for ‘The Ark in Space’. If you haven’t seen ‘The Ark in Space’ you should find it and watch it right now. I will wait. Good isn’t it? ‘The Beast Below’ is also better than I remembered, last time I watched it, if you...

The ‘Doctor Who’ Emergency Fanw*nk Hotline Week 1: ‘The Pilot’

Hello. This article contains spoilers for ‘The Pilot’. Indeed, it won’t make any sense unless you’ve watched and listened and paid attention during ‘The Pilot’. It may still not make sense. I don’t know all of you, I’m in no position to judge. Basically, if you have any stress or important, fannish questions about ‘The...

5 classic ‘Doctor Who’ monsters and villains who should return

The Zygons are making another comeback with a two-part adventure in the new season of Doctor Who, written by Peter Harness (‘Kill the Moon’). To celebrate their return, following their brief reappearance in 2013’s ‘The Day of the Doctor’, we decided to take a look at which other classic monsters and villains are overdue a...

‘Black Mirror’ Christmas special review: ‘White Christmas’

This Christmas special of Charlie Brooker’s techno-horror show manages to compact the show’s usual three-part run into one, feature-length, portmanteau episode. Rafe Spall’s Potter wakes up in a shelter in the middle of a featureless snowy tundra, and finds Jon Hamm’s relentlessly upbeat Matt making a Christmas meal for them. Anyone who has seen Prometheus...

Exclusive interview: Samuel Anderson chats about ‘Doctor Who’ finale

In a break from rehearsing his new play, State Red, Doctor Who star Samuel Anderson gave CultBox some of his time to answer our questions about the life and death of Danny Pink. CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR ‘DARK WATER’ IF YOU’VE NOT YET SEEN IT     So, with different writers and directors coming in for...

‘We’ll Never Have Paris’ movie review

Ideally, in a romantic comedy, you should want the leads to get together at the end of the film. There should be romance. There should be comedy. We’ll Never Has Paris is occasionally funny. It is also based on a true story. ‘Unfortunately’ the title card informs us, and that’s certainly true. Written by and...