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Doctor Who Review: Time Heist

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While this is again an attempt at being spoiler-free.  You read this at your own risk!


So here we are, almost at the halfway point for the series.  With 12 episodes in this eighth series, we should be in full swing.  For the most part we are.  We’ve had the obligatory regeneration craziness, The Doctor redefining himself and who he is, the relationship between Clara and he broken down and redefined.  After the solidification of this new Doctor with last week’s episode, this week’s Time Heist should have been a belter.  Except for some reason, it fell somewhat flat for me.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it.  For me though, while it had all the ingredients for a really great stand-out episode of the series (I love a good heist film… Or even a rubbish one – Ocean’s Twelve springs to mind), it just felt a little underwhelming and as though there was something missing.

Maybe we’ve been spoiled with the last few series.  Grand overarching series arcs that interweave and hide in the background before popping up to make sense of scenes from previous episodes, and with this episode being co-written by Steven Moffat, then maybe this to has scenes that won’t make sense until a few more episodes down the line, but it doesn’t feel that way.

Time Heist, feels very much like a filler episode, with solid performances from the principals (Is it just me, or are they putting these little moments that show Clara’s life less and less Doctor-focussed in preparation for her rumoured departure?).  The guest cast also do a good job, with Keeley Hawes on good form as the prim and efficient Ms. Delphox, however the two other members of ‘Ocean’s 4’, Psi and Saibra, are ultimately boring, cookie-cutter characters that do not seem to be very interesting and are virtually forgotten by the time the credits have finished rolling at the end of the episode.

Maybe this episode would have been better served by being longer, or by paring down the story elements within – The Teller seeming to be a rehash/adaptation of the separated creature/mate maguffin as used in series seven’s Hide, but the creature design has to be applauded, making the Teller look fresh and interesting.

There’s also a nice couple of easter eggs to listen/watch out for, from little comments about long scarves and bow ties, to sneaky picture’s of the comic universe’s Abslom Daak and even the Gunslinger from A Town Called Mercy.

This episode is far from being weak tea, with a great little story idea that is ultimately well executed with plenty of great little moments contained within it, but feels slightly dissapointing and as though it could have been so much more than a mid-level standalone filler episode that does little to advance the series arc or characters along.

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Doctor Who Review: LISTEN

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This is an attempt at being a spoiler-free review.  I can’t promise this will be maintained!

With any new Doctor, there is a turn around the already well-documented ‘regeneration cycle’;

The outgoing Doctor announces his retirement, and a million teenagers cry out in anguish (Sci-fi was REALLY different in my day).  The new Doctor then gets announced and that then gets replied with scores of comments about them being too old, too young, etc.

Then the episodes air.  We watch them and aren’t sure.  Until one particular episode where the new Doctor finally comes into his own and shakes off his predecessor.  This, ladies and gentlemen, is that episode.

Doctor Who has always been great at picking up at the little things that set off our imaginations – Statues that move when we don’t look (Blink) and shadows that move on their own (Forests of the Dead).  Both written by current showrunner, Steven Moffatt.  The most recent episode, Listen, also written by Moffatt, has a similar premise. – Why do we talk to ourselves when we know we’re alone?

After last week’s episode (Robots of Sherwood), where The Doctor threatened to punch Robin Hood in the face, I’ve been steadily warming up to Peter Capaldi’s Doctor and his child-friendly Malcolm Tuckerisms that work so well to bring this curmudgeonly, grumpy Doctor out from the shadows of Matt Smith and bring him firmly into his own.  His delightfully clueless and oblivious comments that he makes to Clara about taking her makeup off (she hadn’t) just serve to make him more interesting.

Back onto this week’s episode.  The central idea is one of the things that always set us off as kids – The thing under the bed.  The image that moves just out of the corner of your eye.  What if this was something that was real?

For me, this episode was more of a character showcase, separating the Doctor and Clara so that we can see them in action as they operate on their own, and it works.  Clara is in my opinion, a well-rounded and believable character, which has been helped by the current arrangement between her and the Doctor of her life going on as he drops in and out on her world and whisking her off, like that crazy friend that always gets you in trouble.  Their dynamic has now shifted more from the borderline romantic to a more paternal one, as well as another glimpse of one of the many times that Clara has saved The Doctor, this time when he was a boy!  Her words to him showing that The Doctor is not only afraid of the dark, but it is this fear that motivates him through his life and makes him the man he is.

Finally, the third member of this episode, Danny Pink.  Still not a lot is told about him other than what we already know and I find him to still be a bit of a caricature rather than a three-dimensional character, but hopefully that will be remedied as this season develops.

One thing is for sure though as the credits to Listen roll.   The Doctor is definitely in.

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It’s Hofficial! David Hasselhoff Six Part Comedy Series Commissioned for Dave


UKTV’s most watched non-PSB channel Dave wants you all to welcome international superstar David Hasselhoff into your living rooms in a new six part semi-improvised comedy series, Hoff the Record.

Commenting on the show Hasselhoff said, “When I made Baywatch I dreamed of one day having my own show on a channel named after me. Hoff The Record is coming soon to the UK, only on Dave. They did name the channel after me, right…?”

Shot in the style of a documentary, Hoff the Record will follow the trials and tribulations of The Hoff, a fictionalised version of Hasselhoff, 30 years after shooting to famedom with the cult hits Knight Rider and Baywatch. After all of five divorces and some misguided career decisions, the series follows The Hoff as he moves to the UK to kick his career back onto track and make sense of his increasingly surreal life. Quite the ambitious project, the show will blurring the lines between real life and improvisational comedy and it will be filmed both in the UK and overseas, with an ensemble cast of new and established comedy talent.

The series is directed by the multi award-winning Misha Manson-Smith and will be blasting Hoff on Dave in 2015 so keep your scanners peeled.

BBC Worldwide, who are both developing and co-funding the series, will retain the global distribution rights for the show.

Executive Producer Krishnendu Majumdar of Me & You Productions stated, “We grew up watching David Hasselhoff on TV so we are thrilled to be working with such a legend and are amazed that he is game to play a jaw dropping version of himself for us.  This is our first series for Dave and it’s great to be on such a supportive broadcaster making an ambitious cutting edge comedy series.”

Steve North, General Manager for Dave, added “It is a slightly surreal series for Dave and has to be seen to be believed, but it promises to be brilliant and to have The Hoff on the channel is a great coup. It cements Dave as the place to be for risk-taking comedies.”

Dave’s original comedy slate continues to grow further to announcements of recurring original comedy series Ross Noble Freewheeling, Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish, Crackanory and introducing all new five part comedy conversational series Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled.

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Charlie Cox cast as the Man Without Fear


We have already met The Avengers but thanks to Netflix us Marvel fans will finally get to meet The Defenders, a team of superheroes that include Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and private investigator/superhero Jennifer Jones. These heroes reflect the more darker side to the Marvel universe.

So whilst The Avengers work to save the world on a global scale The Defenders work together to keep citizens of an Hell’s Kitchen safe from harm. But what/where is Hell’s Kitchen? For those who don’t know it is a neighborhood of New York city just west of Times Square whose history has been plagued by violence.

It goes without saying that there is no stopping the Marvel cinematic universe, especially now since it crossed over to television with the popular series Marvel’s Agents of Shield. So now is perfect opportunity for Netflix to step on board by adding to the universe with an ambitious foray by creating four original 13-episode series which would each tell the origins of each hero before ending in a team-up series titled The Defenders.

The first Netflix Original Series in The Defenders series will be Marvel’s Daredevil and it will be produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios. The story will follow Matt Murdock as he fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen.

Ben Affleck famously played the same role in the 2003 film but knowing he’s already been bagged by DC to play Batman in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel, the internet has been speculating who would play the man without fear until today. announced that Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire and Stardust) has been cast in the title role.

Also producing the series will be Steven S. DeKnight (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods). So whilst we wait for further announcements here’s the trailer for the 2003 movie starring Ben Affleck.

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New TV Spot ‘Gotham’ gets it’s first trailer


The DC wonder that is the Batman franchise has been winning over fans for decades. It’s safe to say that from the beginning with Lewis G Wilson and Robert Lowery all the way to Christian Bale playing Bruce Wayne himself, directors and actors have wowed us with what they can do to this comic book hero. Now we have something new to sink our teeth into. New show, Gotham is due to hit our screens pretty soon and from a channel like FOX backing it, it should live up to expectations.

Instead of focusing entirely on Batman, this series follows a young Jim Gordon and his policing career through the corrupt offices of Gotham. As Gordon vows to Wayne he will find the men responsible for his parents’ death, it is unclear where the story may lead at this stage but that makes it all the more intriguing. It’s safe to say that even though this is a new stance, it is apparent from this glimpse we will be witnessing the birth of Batman, Catwoman, The Riddler and Poison Ivy alike. Delving into the past of these action characters hasn’t really been done before and certainly looks like we are in for a treat.

In the first trailer we see young actor David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, and the OC star Ben McKenzie as Officer Gordon. It seems this TV spot has a lot to offer in terms of story development and should certainly be enjoyable to watch. After all, I am sure we have all been feeling withdrawal since the final episode from Nolan has been and gone? Let us know what you think of the first trailer here!

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Tom Hardy to Collaborate With Steven Knight and Ridley Scott for BBC Series ‘Taboo’


If you paid us a visit this morning then you already know how much we love Locke which is set to hit UK screens in a couple of weeks. The great news today is that the film’s star, Tom Hardy has come up with an original story with his father, Chips Hardy and is being scripted and directed by Locke director and screenwriter, Steven Knight into an eight-part period series called Taboo for the BBC.

Having previously appeared on shows such as the BBC mini-series The Virgin Queen and ITV‘s Wuthering Heights, Hardy appears to like the idea of being back on the small screen, having also recently signed up for the second series of the BBC Two drama Peaky Blinders (also created by Knight). Taboo will follow adventurer James Keziah Delaney (Hardy) as he returns from Africa in the early 19th century with 14 ill-gotten diamonds, intent on avenging his father’s death. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire only to find himself caught in a dangerous game with two warring nations, Britain and America.

Hardy himself describes the show as a “flagship British drama for this generation.” It’s a “hybrid of orthodox and unconventional storytelling, packed with darkness and spirited characters.” Knight added that the lead character is “a deeply flawed and deeply troubled human being. His greatest struggle will be against the East India Company which, throughout the nineteenth century, was the equivalent of the CIA, the NSA and the biggest, baddest multi-national corporation on Earth, all rolled into one self-righteous, religiously motivated monolith.”

The show will be exec. produced by none other than Ridley Scott who ensures us that “Tom and Steven have created a fantastic world in which Tom’s character James will become iconic.”

Shooting is expected to start on location in the UK in January 2015. In the meantime, we can’t urge you enough to head to the cinema to watch Locke when it releases here in the UK this April 18th.

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Bates Motel, Hannibal, From Dusk Till Dawn… now it’s time to SCREAM!


ghostfaceBack in 1996 the horror genre was given a much needed face-lift when Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven‘s teamed up to give the world Scream. Telling the story of high school student Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) who becomes the unwilling target of a mysterious killer, Scream was so special as it offered a fresh take on the slasher sub-genre by featuring characters who openly discussed the horror film cliches only to fall prey to them.

It has been all of eighteen years since Scream was released, spawing three sequels. So, following the current trend of adapting movies into a television series it has been announced that MTV have picked up the rights to develop Scream into a TV series.

Details about the show have been kept under wraps but horror website Bloody Disgusting had the exclusive and were told that Wes Craven will be stepping on board to direct the pilot this summer from a screenplay written by Jill Blotevogel which intrigues us as she wrote the excellent slasher series Harper’s Island.

As Jamie Kennedy famously said in the original film “there are certain rules that one must successfully abide by if they want to survive a horror movie.” It would appear that these rules will be at the heart of the new series and the pilot explores a YouTube video that has gone viral and causes problems for the protagonist, Audrey, who is caught in the middle of murder and the town’s troubled past.

But speaking of rules here are a few examples of what to do if you ever find yourself caught at a loose end…








Scream the TV series goes into production this Summer. There is no news about casting just yet but we’ll certainly keep you in the loop.

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24: Live Another Day Teaser Trailer Galore


It was a sad day when Jack Bauer’s (Kiefer Sutherland) explosive 8 season journey ended when 24 called it a day in 2010. It was even sadder when plans for a feature film based on the franchise faded into nothingness. Hence, it doesn’t take a mathematician to work out how excited we are that an all new season. 24: Live Another Day will be gracing our screens this very May.

Fans will also recall that everyone’s favourite CTU operative, Bauer, found himself in the midst of the action in the 24 TV movie, Redemption, and this time round the action will also take abroad, only now as close to home as it could possibly get, London Town.

This all new 12 episode return is scheduled to air in the US this May 5th with the UK air date yet to be confirmed. Also, further to last week’s news of Stephen Fry‘s casting, another new British cast member has been confirmed. Colin Salmon, most recently seen playing Oliver Queen’s stepfather in Arrow, has been added although there is no news as to who or what kind of role he will be taking on.

This next, and hopefully not last, chapter in the 24 franchise is reported to take place four years after the end of season eight where Jack Bauer once again found himself a fugitive from justice.

To leave you all with a taste of how glorious Jack and Chloe look in a London setting we’ll leave you with the latest teasers that audiences were treated to during this year’s Super Bowl. We forgot just how much we missed the beeping countdown. The big question on our lips is whether Jack will be shouting “God Dammit” or “Gosh Darnit” this time round. Not long to wait to find out now.

Are you all looking forward to seeing Jack on English soil? Let us know in the comments below.

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Stephen Fry Goes From IQ to CTU

24 ctu’t think 24 could get any better? Well not only are they giving us another instalment titled 24: Live Another Day but they have just cast a rather brilliant British actor to play the Prime Minister, the famously witty star Stephen Fry.

As described by Deadline the character shall be named Trevor Davies who shall be a strong and charismatic leader – nothing Mr. Fry can’t handle surely? Alongside Kiefer Sutherland himself we see the familiar faces of Kim Raver, Mary Lynn Rajskub and William Devane that we will recognise from past seasons. As well as Fry joining we also see Dexter‘s recent love interest with herbicidal tendencies, Yvonne Strahovski (down boys), Giles Matthey, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Michael Wincott and Tate Donovan.

Quite the set up, so let’s hope they do the show justice. 24: Live Another Day is set to premiere on Monday 5th May in the US, let us know what you think of the shows latest additions here!


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An Exclusive Bite of From Dusk Till Dawn the TV Series


With the season finale of ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ and the return of ‘The Walking Dead’ right around the corner, now is the perfect time to discuss the upcoming ten-episode supernatural crime saga ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’. That’s right, Robert Rodriguez’s feature From Dusk Till Dawn is getting the TV treatment.

‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ will be centred around bank robber, Seth Gecko and his unpredictable brother Richard as they are en route to Mexico. After taking the former minister, Jacob Fuller and his family hostage so they can use their family RV to make a run for the Mexican border, they take a pitstop at a strip club unaware that it is populated by vampires. The series will not only echo the tone of the film but the series will add new characters and backstories to the fold and it is said that it will expand the mythology behind the vampires.

The series will star D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) as Seth Gecko, Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) stars as Richie Gecko, and Jesse Garcia (“Sons of Anarchy”) plays Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez, a new character created for the series. Don Johnson (Django Unchained, “Nash Bridges”) will play Sheriff Earl McGraw in a recurring role.

But we have a few stills from the show for you to feast on. The first features D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz who play the notorious Gecko brothers from the cult-classic film of the same name. The second image puts a knife to the throat of Eiza González who recreates the role of Santánico Pandemonium, the queen of the vampires.

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From the looks of things our leads are much younger than their movie counterparts but with Robert Rodriguez behind the project as executive producer, I’m sure the show is going to be awesome. Don’t believe me? Check out the teaser trailer below.

From Dusk Till Dawn will be given its American premiere on the El Rey Network in March. However, just like those pesky vampires, it’s a pain in the neck that there is still no official UK release date.


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Gothamville – the Bat-verse expands


FOX‘s upcoming series Gotham seems to be growing more and more Smallville by the day, as FOX head honcho Kevin Reilly today announced that the ensemble will include iconic Bat-villains the Joker, the Riddler & Catwoman, not to mention show the origin of 12-year old Bruce Wayne.

“We will see how they get to become what they are as Gotham is teetering on the edge. It is an operatic soap with a larger than life quality” Reilly commented, adding. “The show will track Bruce from a child until he puts on a cape”.

This comes fresh in the wake of Reilly announcing the end of FOX’s pilot season, a long standing method of picking up new shows since the mid-80’s, which all but guarantees Gotham a full first season at least – especially given how superheroes are currently du jour and the success of Arrow in particular on network TV.

With Judge Dredd helmer Danny Cannon lensing the pilot from March, Gotham ostensibly is about a young Commissioner James Gordon during his early days within Gotham PD, long before the rise of Batman. Expect to see it land this Fall.

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Sherlock: His Last Vow Review


Spoiler warning. Read at your will…

Oh my Gaaaad! Where do we even begin? Moriarty is alive! Sherlock murdered someone! Mary is actually a trained killer! John allowed his eye to get continuously flicked without straight up screaming in rage – as we assure you we were at the screen.

We knew that this episode was going to be one big ball of dramatic and emotional moments, but nothing prepared us for the constant twists and turns that happened so swiftly that not only did you simply have to stop trying to make sense of it and just ride the wave of insanity, but it also gave you simply scream out loud moments, as well as Moffat and Gatiss’s now trademark little hints at what future series have in store. But all shaking excitement aside, let’s talk about Sherlock’s third and final episode of season three – His Last Vow – shall we?

The episode began with Mary and John enjoying marital bliss whilst Sherlock had gone AWOL for the first month of their marriage. John is as skittish as ever to fight some crime – we know that he enjoys danger as much as Sherlock enjoys eyeball tea – and voluntarily fights his way into a crack den to find his neighbour’s son.

Oh, it turns out Sherlock’s there too, doped up to the eyeballs. But it’s for a case! Not because John was married! Or is it? Who is telling the truth? Is Sherlock actually on dr- HANG ON. JANINE IS IN THE FLAT? JANINE IS SHERLOCK’S GIRLFRIEND? Was anyone extremely, extremely glad that it turned out he was using her to get to the bad guy, whilst she was using him to sell tabloid stories?

Our reactions were exactly like Johns. It didn’t matter whoever this Charles Augustus Magnussen fella was, as

But Mr dead-behind-the-eyes shows up and yes, he’s a dreadful human being who is utterly cold, ruthless and pees into 221B Baker Street’s fireplace before swiping the sweat off his hands and dropping the tissue onto the floor. Ugh, scumbag. But it turns out that Magnussen isn’t the only villain we had to look out for.

On sneaking into Magnussen’s lair to claim the incriminating evidence for Sherlock’s client, who had enlisted his help against Magnussen as he is blackmailing her, they find him already with a gun to his head. It’s none other than Mary, John’s wonderful and nice wife. She shoots Sherlock in the chest, cueing the aforementioned scream of horror, as Sherlock quickly deduces how to prevent himself from dying.

This brings us to what has to be the most heartbreaking moment of the series. Mary and Sherlock meet so he can hear why she shot him/was in Magnussen’s apartment etc. She thinks she’s speaking to Sherlock, but it turns out lurking in the shadows sits a wretched John. WE DIDN’T WANT THIS FOR YOU JOHN.

She explains she worked for the CIA and was basically a terrible human being, and Magnussen knows exactly what she used to be. Since John (eventually) forgives her, he and Sherlock bargain for the information he has on Mary in his so-called vault. Sherlock gives him Mycroft’s laptop, holding plenty of crucial British secrets, in exchange for Mary’s files. Turns out there are no literal files, it’s all up in Magnussen’s mind palace! Oooo Sherlock has a mind palace too! Twinsies!

So…the vault is in Magnussen’s mind, and after an utterly humiliating scene in which he flicks John in the face repeatedly, just because he could (seriously, it was difficult to watch), Sherlock realises the only way that Magnussen could be defeated is murder. One shot to the head, and Sherlock has done it, strengthening what feels to be the main subject this entire series – an examination of Sherlock’s humanity. He didn’t kill Magnussen for his own purpose, he did it for John and their friendship.

As a result, he is being shipped off on an undercover mission that will definitely kill him. As he boards the plane and we glance worriedly at our watches…the 90 minutes nearly up…we had almost resigned ourselves to our fate of waiting for Sherlock to head back from Europe and jump straight back in with the good old detective stories. Instead…instead. Oh instead.

The televisions begin to flash. Lestrade looks horrified. Mrs Hudson screams bloody murder (Hudderz, we love you) and Molly looks about ready to pass out. Sherlock’s plane turns around and lands back in good old England, where he belongs.

It’s Moriarty kids. He’s back. Did you miss him?

Side notes 

We found out who Redbeard is! Sherlock’s loveable childhood dog! Also, a sidenote on this sidenote, how cute was mini Sherlock?!

“The other one”?! There’s another brother?! Any bets that it will be played by either Steven Moffat or Matt Smith?

Whey, hello again Benedict Cumberbatch’s parents! Can we please see more of the family dynamic in season four please?!

So Moriarty. We have two years of speculating how he faked his death. Feel like something like this has happened before. Fingers crossed Derren Brown is involved!

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