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‘Doctor Who’ Series 8 Episode 2 review: A second opinion on ‘Into the Dalek’

The first thing you notice about this episode are the balls. Not Rusty the Dalek’s antibodies, which whizz around its ailing innards like Toclafanes disguised as Magic 8s, but the cojones: the swaggering, look-at-the-size-of-this braggadocio of a blockbusting space adventure. The fact that it’s a combination of several other blockbusting space adventures – not to...

‘Doctor Who’ Series 8 Episode 2: ‘Into the Dalek’ review

It was with a mixture of feelings that we approached Into the Dalek. On the one hand, the presence of Phil ‘The Waters of Mars’ Ford on the credits was enough to pique the interest. On the other – well, stories about miniaturisation are always a little shlocky, aren’t they? Whether it’s in TV and...

‘Doctor Who’: ‘Into the Dalek’ spoiler-free review

The Internet collectively praised Peter Capaldi’s portrayal of the Doctor last week – so much so that if you Google his name now your computer makes a little trumpet cheer and ejects a puff of glittery confetti – but the truth is we really don’t know who Twelve is yet. And neither does the Doctor....

‘In the Club’ Episode 4 review

Key characters take centre stage in the fourth episode of In the Club, as tensions run high, secrets are exposed and relationships show fractures when examined up close. Hannah Midgely and Katherine Parkinson are the stand outs this week. Midgely is given the most she’s had to do since episode one, but its piled on...

Roger Moore: ‘Last Man Standing’ book review

Sir Roger Moore jokingly admits that he wanted to call this book ‘One Lucky Bastard’, but his publishers tutted, so it’s called Last Man Standing instead. There’s a poignancy to that title. As Moore admits, almost everyone he regales us with tales of is dead. He’s the one lucky bastard left to put pen to...

‘Doctor Who’ Series 8 Episode 1: Another ‘Deep Breath’ review

Sometimes, a change is better than a rest. The closing triptych of Matt Smith’s tenure in the TARDIS promised a great deal but delivered only sporadically (‘The Name of the Doctor’ was mostly good, ‘The Day of the Doctor’ was mostly patchy, ‘The Time of the Doctor’ was mostly tedious) and while there’s always a...

‘Doctor Who’ Series 8 Episode 1: ‘Deep Breath’ review

It’s the Trigger’s Broom Conundrum: is it still your favourite old broom if its handle and head have been replaced? How much can you change a thing before it’s no longer the thing it was originally was? The dozenth Doctor understands the principle all too well. He is the new broom. Different body, different head,...

‘Into the Storm’ movie review

Into the Storm is, in many ways, a film that feels overdue. For years now it seems that every time you turn on the news, Mother Nature is battering some corner of the Earth, be it hurricanes in the U.S., typhoons in the Pacific or earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan. The footage that news reports...

‘Lucy’ movie review

Imagine you took Limitless, stripped away the internal logic, cut it with an episode of Planet Earth, and force fed everyone involved a lot of crack cocaine. You would more or less have Luc Besson’s new film, Lucy. Our gal Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is an American student in Taiwan who finds herself in hot water...