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Sorry its a bit late but I have been away from the computer. Anyway, here is my review of episode 12 of doctor who series 6 (“Closing Time”). Please don’t read if you have not seen this episode yet….Spoiler alert.

With days left to live the lonely doctor drops in on an old friend, Craig (played by the very funny James Corden) from “The Lodger”, for a visit and gets more than her bargains for.  Firstly, and very amusingly, he discovers Craig has a baby.  It was very funny watching the doctor having a conversation with the baby.  With the baby informing him that he likes to be called, Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All.

Then secondly he encounters a small collection of Cybermen, brought back to life by the laying of power lines. They were trying to gather together enough further power and recruits to rebuild themselves. In addition we are also introduced to the Cybermen’s little pet known as the Cyber-mats.  These cute, but deadly pets, have not been seen for a while and made a nice little extra addition to proceedings.

The majority of this episode sees Clive struggling with fatherhood and determined to help The Doctor defeat the menace, whatever he thinks it may be. And as you expect, they succeed in eliminating the threat of the Cybermen.

In between we are treated to a brief glimpse of Rory and Amy, with Amy now a successful model and Rory looking about the same as ever. The Doctor’s obvious desire to talk to them, but decision not to, was particularly sad.

And the ending of the episode lays the foundations for next weeks exciting finale.

I quiet liked this episode.  I thought it was a nice little filler in preparation for next weeks finale.  It was funny, emotional and had the usual flickering lights, disappearing people, scares and thrills, as you would expect in a Doctor Who episode. I know James Corden is not every ones cup of tea but I think he is great and excelled in this episode.  Matt Smith was fantastic as usual and his portrayal of an old man, who has grown weary and is ready to stop running, was particularly good.

I do have one minor gripe, which I have also seen picked up in several comments that I have read, and that’s the doctors age when he dies.  In the “impossible astronaut” the doctor was meant to be 200 years older when he died, but he hasnt been flying around for 200 years since he dropped off Rory and Amy, or has he???

What did you think?

Here is a quick look at next week’s finale.

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Here is my review of episode 11 of doctor who series 6 (“The God Complex”). Please don’t read if you have not seen this episode yet….Spoiler alert.

This episode sees the Doctor, Amy and Rory land in the middle of a 1980s hotel. At least, they think it’s a 1980s hotel, but there’s quite a lot more to it than that.

They encounter other people trapped in there, two humans and an alien.  First there is Gibbis, a submissive mole-like alien played by comedian/swimmer David Walliams.  Then there is Howie, an internet conspirator who likes to blog but is scared of girls. And finally there is Rita who catches the eye of The Doctor with her wit.  After Rita and the doctor share a short conversation the doctor turns to Amy and says “Amy, with regret You’re fired” and back to Rita with, “I like you. You’re a right clever clogs!”. Very amusing, I didn’t realise the doctor watches the apprentice :).

Anyway, the hotel is like an endless maze.  With endless corridors and bedrooms.  There is a room for every visitor that contains their deepest, darkest fears.  Each room contains a different nightmare and some of these nightmares are the personal nightmares of the Doctor, Amy and Rory. Others are the nightmares that belong to people who have been in the maze before and clearly died there. We see a clown, the weeping angels and a gorilla amongst many others.

The most intriguing question I wondered about is what the Doctor would be afraid of? He does find his room in the course of the episode and he simply says ”of course, who else” and we hear the cloister bells but see nothing, what a let down :(.

They discover that the hotel is in fact a space prison ship floating through space that is holding an ancient creature (looking like a minotaur) which is feeding off people’s Faiths.  The space prison ship travels through space picking up people as food for the prisoner.

Anyway, as expected, nearly every body is killed off and the doctor has a particularly unique way of resolving the situation. Amy is about to be eaten by the minotaur monster when the doctor realises that to defeat the monster, he has to break Amy’s faith in him.  When Amy does lose her faith in the doctor the monster dies and the hotel disappears to reveal the ships control room.

The doctor realises that he is putting Amy and Rory’s life at risk and that he has to do the decent thing and step down from the pedestal upon which Amy had placed him to allow her and Rory to have a normal marriage. The episode ended with the doctor effectively abandoning Amy and Rory, for their own sakes, back on earth by a picturesque townhouse complete with Rory’s dream car . It was a very moving parting scene.

What did I think, well it was superb, great, fantastic……In fact I really loved this episode. I found it funny, creepy, scary and very atmospheric. The hotel reminded me of The shining. There are the usual long corridors associated with a good scary story. The Minotaur was particularly menacing and the ventriloquist dummies were particularly scary. Matt Smith and Arthur Darvill were in excellent form again with some pretty good lines like the doctors “I’m not a hero. I really am just a mad man with a box…” speech and Rory’s “Not all victories are about saving the universe” line. Overall I thought it was thoroughly entertaining and the ending was quiet sad as the doctor leaves Amy and Rory to go off in the Tardis on his own again.

But hey that’s just my opinion. What did you think?

Next week’s episode looks good with a return of James Corden. Here is a sneak peek.

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Please don’t read if you have not seen final episode of Torchwood: Miracle day yet….Spoiler alert.

At end of last weeks episode Jack, Gwen and Oswald Danes were in Shanghai following a trail from Jack’s blood, which seems to be homing in on the Blessing. Meantime, Rex  and Esther, were in Buenos Ares trying to track down the other side of the Blessing.

Anyway, Gwen goes off and locates the Blessing. While getting ready to leave to meet up with Gwen, Oswald asks Jack who he is. Jack reveals he’s from the future. Oswald wants to know if they survive the day, but Jack says the future can change.

In the meantime Gwen checks in with Rhys, who has a way into the camp, where her dad is located, thanks to Andy. Gwen’s torn because if the miracle ends, her father dies, but Rhys just wants her to come back alive.  Anyway, he’s able to get into the camp where Gwen’s dad is located pretty easily. He has some last words for the old man (who is still unconscious), before he dies.

In Argentina, Rex and Esther are all ready to launch an assault on the building where the Blessing is located. The Families, of course, have their mole in the CIA and she knows someone who is apparently willing to die and kill a lot of other people in order to prevent Rex and Esther from reaching the Blessing. Santos (from the army) has arrived with some soldiers to help Rex and Esther. Charlotte takes out her phone as they prepare to move in.  They load up a truck, and Esther goes to Rex’s side when he’s obviously in pain. But one of the soldiers opens the briefcase with the blood before pulling out a detonator. Another soldier shoots him, and the truck blows up. Rex and Esther have to make everyone think they died in the explosion.

Shapiro knows someone betrayed them and tells Noah to run the trace.  Charlotte takes her bag and walks into an office, pulling something out of a file cabinet. Once it’s inside her bag, she returns to the others and sets her bag on the desk before walking away. That’s when they realize Charlotte’s the mole, too late! as her bag explodes.

Jack and Oswald join Gwen, who has found out about the Buenos Aires explosion. The only blood they have left is in Jack, and he could die. On both sides of the Earth, they break into the areas of the blessing.

Jack and company have a merry time going through the building where that end of the Blessing is, cheerfully snapping many necks along the way until Danes points out that isn’t exactly a moral way to do things :).

Jack recognizes lettering on a box and tells Oswald he’s glad he’s there. The woman and Jilly see Jack and the others on their monitors, and she says they’re about to meet the creator. They go to meet them at the elevator. Oswald steps forward and reveals they’ve strapped bombs to him. His plan is to make sure the woman’s still inside when the place explodes. However, the Families have the advantage still because Buenos Aires has Rex and Esther in custody.

Jack explains he has the most powerful thing of all and walks over to the blessing. He cuts his finger and his blood is sucked forward to the blessing. The blessing wants him because he has mortal blood. The woman asks them what they see, and Gwen says she sees guilt. Jack sees all the lives he’s lived and it’s not so bad. Oswald says it feels like sin.

Jack says the blessing is the gap in between, the nothingness, the space, mentions something the doctor said but finally concedes that he doesn’t know what it is. Gwen can feel it’s been there since the Earth began.

In Buenos Aires, the man explains the blessing transmits a morphic field  around the planet, binding them together. It turns out they fed it immortal blood. The blessing absorbed the blood and copied it, changing its setting. Jack thinks they hurt it so it made it into a gift. They’re preparing for a new world  where only the strong and rich survive. They’ll be able to decide who lives and for how long.  Jilly says the Families want to make the worlds more disciplined and she likes the sound of it. Jack has the only mortal blood on the planet and he thinks if it gets into the blessing, life switches back. That’s not going to work, as he would need to introduce it in Shanghai and Buenos Aires at the same
time.

However, that’s when Rex reveals that he has Jack’s blood running through his veins, they transfused his blood when they got to Buenos Aires (what a surprise). They now have blood on both sides of the world, but they’ll both die. Gwen’s not going to let Jack commit suicide and pulls her gun. A men shoots Esther to stop Rex, and says that she will die if the miracle dies.  Then Gwen shoots Jack, while Rex takes off his chest bandage, and their blood goes into the blessing. Death is bought back around the world, and everybody who should die (including Esther and Gwen’s father) dies.  It is described as the last breath.

Rex collapses in Buenos Aires, as do both places.  Gwen joins Jilly on the elevator as Jack comes back to life who is immortal again. Rex gets up and throws the man over the edge in Buenos Aires before collapsing again.  Jilly wants to leave Jack there, but Gwen fights for control of the elevator knocks Jilly out, blows the hair out of her face (pure class) and returns for Jack.

Oswald tells them to run, as he’s taking the place and the woman with him. Jack, Gwen and Jilly get outside just as the place explodes. At the same time the army arrives (better late than never) to rescue Esther and Rex.

Suffice to say everything returns back to normal as if nothing had happened.

Sometime later, after all the dust has settled, Jilly is sat on a park bench as she is joined by the man (a representative of the families). She’s been waiting for him.  She has lost everything and doesn’t know what to do. He tells her to start again with them because they nearly succeeded. The trial run for Plan B was good. He asks if she’s interested before walking away. She runs after him.

In the meantime Rhys, Gwen, Jack, Charlotte, and Rex attend Esther’s funeral.

Charlotte offers her condolences before walking away. Rex asks what’s going to happen next for Jack and Gwen. Is Jack staying? When Rex learns Charlotte was the mole, he calls out to Charlotte, who turns and shoots him before being taken down herself. Jack says there’s nothing they can do for Rex. However, that’s when he comes back to life with a gasp and heals. It was Jack’s blood (did anybody see that coming? I did to be honest).

Anyway, I thought on the whole this episode was actually pretty good. It answered a lot of questions and left the opportunity for Torchwood to return.  But it didn’t answer the question of who the families actually were.  But overall I was satisfied.  It was action packed, emotional and fast paced.

But what did I think of this series of Torchwood? Well to be honest It has been good in places, but painfully slow.  Oswald, Jilly, Gwen and Jack have been excellent characters.  Rex, I didn’t see the point of and has been a waste of time in my opinion. And I hated the fact that he has become immortal too. In addition, there should have been more of Shapiro, who was also a great character and under used. But the main problem, in my humble opinion, is that it should have been only 4 or 5 episodes involving the miracle, not the 10. It has been way too slow. some episodes were irreverent, some characters and story lines were irreverent too.

Therefor I do not think a joint production (BBC and STARZ) works as it looks as though were trying to please too many TV executives and trying to put too much stuff (most of it pointless in my opinion) in the series which dilutes the story and it plainly doesn’t work. In addition I don’t think having it set both in Wales and the USA works either. The best bits were when it was set in Wales.  This to me shows that the American setting just doesn’t work for Torchwood.

If there is a future in Torchwood I personally think it should be a BBC only production and set in the UK, but that’s my opinion.  What did you think?

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Here is my review of episode 10 of doctor who series 6 (“The Girl Who Waited”). Please don’t read if you have not seen this episode yet….Spoiler alert.

The Doctor and his companions land on the second most beautiful planet in the universe, Apalapucia, but Amy and Rory quickly find themselves separated in two different time streams after going into two different rooms. Amy is unfortunately stuck in a faster time stream than Rory and the Doctor.

And matters are made even worse by the fact that there’s a one day plague that will kill any body with two hearts (Apalapucians and the Doctor). So its left up to Rory to try and save his wife with the aid of a nifty “Time Glass” device and some nice looking glasses (not!) to connect with the Time Lord, who is stuck back in the TARDIS.

In addition, in the course of the episode Amy and Rory have to deal with handbots, whose reason for being was to be kind to people. This kindness is, basically, putting people to sleep and then killing them.

Anyway, Rory eventually finds Amy but it’s not the Amy he’s looking for. It’s an older, Cougar version of Amy that’s been trapped in the facility for 36 years and she is not very happy about it. In fact she has grown to hate the doctor. However, they need older Amy’s help in order to save younger Amy. But the problem is if they save younger Amy, then older Amy will cease to exist as a paradox will exist and we can’t have that
can we. Suffice to say, younger Amy is saved and older Amy is left to die.

Well what did I think?

Well, Matt Smith was excellent as usual. We see the sinister side to the Doctor again with some incredibly unpleasant moments. It was a chilling moment when he closed the door on the old Amy and basically left her to die. Karen Gillan portrayed her aged Pond with style and Arthur Darvill shone, with Rory being given some amusing moments, “that’s from earth, that’s alien, and that I don’t what that is”.

But this episode had the sterile look/feel of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (not one of my favourite films by the way). And to be honest I personally did not like it at all. I thought it was slow and nothing seemed to happen. I think it was meant to be another heartfelt episode (like last weeks excellent episode) but I personally think it failed on this occasion. Maybe I’ve grown hard in my old age but I didn’t find this episode particularly sad or heartfelt. It missed something, I don’t what though but for me it missed something. But hey that’s just my opinion. What did you think?

I hope next week’s episode returns to form. They can’t be all good can they? 🙂

Here is a sneak peek of next weeks.

What did you think?

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Please don’t read if you have not seen episode 9 of the new series of Torchwood: Miracle day yet….Spoiler alert.

This penultimate episode starts with the words ‘Two Months Later’. mmmm I wonder where we have seen something like that before? (Doctor Who’s Series 3 finale ‘The Last of the Time Lords’ ).  Anyway Gwen has become a dark lonely figure stealing drugs from chemists and caring for her ‘Category One’ father in a dark dank basement so that the authorities can’t get to him.

Borders are closing all around and the entire health care system is in shambles. The government, worldwide, has taken a much more aggressive role in collecting the Category 1s and the countries have all gone paranoid bat-poop crazy. So much so that when Gwen does a smash and grab for prescriptions to help out her friends and neighbors, an old man states how worried he is to let anyone know
his wife suffers from arthritis lest the local police drag her away to the ovens.

Jack is also being cared for, but by Esther in a remote Scottish location as he recovers from being shot in the previous episode.

Rex and his chums at the CIA  are trying desperately to get information but are being blocked at every turn because they have a Family spy in their midst, Charlotte.

And Sexy Jilly Kitzinger has found herself promoted, moving to Shanghai (in the process to meet another mystery man who tells her about Three Families who once took over politics, finance, and media. There’s a story about to come, and they want her to write history. He says he hopes she survives because the blessing kills some people. He then asks her to wait in a hotel room for further instructions.

If you remember from last week, Kitzinger had a ‘spat’ with Oswald Danes and we find the kiddy-killer popping up in the most unusual of locations. He poses as a delivery man and enters Gwen’s ‘safe’ house. He wants to see Jack, and he says she’ll do as he asks because he has the name of the man who created the miracle.

Gwen then calls the man who’s been watching her (by the way who is this useless guy watching Gwen working for? It can’t be the three families as I would have thought they’d hire someone much more competent) and tells him Jack won’t be showing up there.   That’s when Jack appears behind him and makes him drink retcon-laced water. Jack and Esther enter Gwen’s house and go to talk to Oswald, who reminds Jack that he asked him for help. He knows Gwen’s hiding something in the cellar (her dad) and therefore won’t be so fast to call the police. He tells them about PhiCorp and Jilly and says he has her laptop. He’s been following her, but as of yesterday, she doesn’t exist. And that’s because she’s in Shanghai under a new identity.

Oswald tells him one name kept recurring: Harry Bosco. Esther tells them that’s a process that involves mistranslating to influence the public.   On further investigation Esther finds video clips online originating in Shanghai,which have been mistranslated.  The word “blessing” keeps popping up; however, the real translation is “The Blessing saved my life”.  Esther finds another connection to blood. There’s information about blood banks being burned down in both Shanghai and Buenos Aires.

So they need to get to Buenos Aires and Shanghai, but they’re going to have problems getting into China as all borders have been closed.

Rhys seems to have found something and was just about to reveal it when the police suddenly burst in. They have a thermal imaging app to check the cellar. The police then find Geraint (Gwen’s dad), but Gwen says he’s not dead and begins begging. It’s in vain, as they take him away. This was a particularly sad scene.

After the police have left Jack reveals he may have a way in to Shanghai via a route for arms dealing. Rhys shows them on a globe that Shanghai and Buenos Aires are opposite sides of the world, balanced on either side of the planet. The PhiCorp logo shows a line through the world. They need to go to both, and they don’t have a choice but to take Oswald with them.

So Rex tells Shapiro he’s going off-grid and he’ll contact him if he needs back up. And while Jack, Gwen, and Oswald have a way into Shanghai, Esther meets up with Rex in Buenos Aires. Back in CIA HQ, Charlotte sees that Rex is in Buenos Aires and takes out her phone with that triangle on the screen (presumably to warn the families that Rex is on their trail).

Meanwhile Jilly meets a woman, who is going to show her the blessing.  She brings her down in an elevator and tells her that some people  have looked into the blessing and taken their own lives from the damage it does.  Jilly looks at the blessing and stands in awe. It is revealed that blessing goes all the way to the other side of the world.

A the end of the episode Gwen notices that Jack’s wound is not healed and helps him lie down. He says it got worse when they arrived. He complains that his mortal life hurts. Oswald then notices a drop of his blood moving across the floor, and Gwen realizes it could be showing them the way to the blessing, which is somehow calling him.

Anyway, I thought this episode was actually pretty good. It could have been better, but then again it could have been worse. But it has started to pick up pace again and we are finally getting lots of answers to the many questions we have been getting.  In fact, quiet a lot takes place in this episode and I liked it.  I just hope next weeks finale is the climax that Torchwood deserves. What did you think?

Here is a look at next weeks final episode.

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Here is my review of episode 9 of doctor who series 6 (“Night Terrors”). Please don’t read if you have not seen this episode yet….Spoiler alert.

Another cracking episode……………

The doctor receives a distress call from a young child called George, who every night lies awake, terrorised by every fear you can possibly imagine, fears that live in his bedroom cupboard. His desperate pleas for help fortunately break through the barriers of all time and space and are received by the Doctor. The distress call is traced to a block of flats in the east end london.  After arriving the doctor, Amy and Rory spilt up and search for the scared child.

The doctor discovers Georges location and meets his father (played by Daniel Mays from “Ashes to Ashes”) who is struggling to cope with George’s fears.  After talking to George and having a cup of tea the doctor traces the evil to the cupboard.

In the meantime Amy and Rory end up in a lift and get transported to another place (which is in fact the doll’s house inside the cupboard).  It’s here that George sends all his fears and where we encounter the scary vacant, dead-eyed faces of the peg dolls, whose childlike manner only made them even more nightmarish.

Anyway after being sucked into the cupboard as well the doctor (and George’s father) discovers that the child is in fact an alien creature abandoned by its parents to fend for itself who attached itself to a human family, The child then panics under the false impression that it is going to be abandoned and so it creates all the monsters and a place to send all the monsters and his fears (the doll house).  And only after George realises that he his loved do the monsters disappear.  I really loved the line near the end when the father hugs George and says “whatever you are, whatever you do, you are my son.”  It bought a tear to me, as I have a young son myself.

Anyway, at the end of the episode we are bought back to this series’s theme and are reminded that the doctor is going to meet his demise one day.
I thought this was another fantastic episode.  It was like an old fashion ghost story. It was Scary and creepy without the need for special effects or blood and gore. It reminded me of classic scary doctor who in the 1970’s.  It also reminded me of another science fiction thriller I watched at that time and that’s something called “Sapphire and steel”.  I don’t know if any of you out there remember that, but it starred David McCallum and Joanna Lumley and was about a secret organisation engaged in guarding the order of time and space (similar to doctor who I guess :)).  Anyway, I digress, sorry about that.  Where was I, Oh yes, This episode was great fun and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  There were some plot holes but I wont discuss them as I enjoyed it too much.

I can’t wait for next weeks episode.

Here is a sneak peak.

What did you think?

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Please don’t read if you have not seen episode 8 of the new series of Torchwood: Miracle day yet….Spoiler alert.

At the start of this episode Angelo’s granddaughter (played by Nana Visitor, from star trek deep space nine) takes the torchwood team to meet  Angelo, who is now a very old man indeed.  It is revealed who The Families are and that they have a hand in the Miracle. We are told about the Blessing and that the families wanted Captain Jack so they can get the secret of his immortality. It is also revealed that Angelo has loved and watched Jack his whole life (in the mean time going off and having a family). But, more importantly, he’s also kept himself alive naturally.

However, the moments of revelation are interrupted by the intervention of the CIA with the return of Friedkin who has tracked our gang down. To further complicate matters, the head of the CIA, Shapiro is also on his way only to find the Friedkin’s seedy connections. Shapiro is played by John De Lancie (Q from Star trek – The next generation) and his contribution is a very pleasing one.  In fact Shapiro stole the show in my opinion as he shows he is a very hard man to deel with, it looks as though Jack has met his match here.  Anyway, Friedkin is discovered to be a traitor (thanks to Rex) but before he his taken to headquarters for questioning he blows up the car with himself and Angelo’s granddaughter inside, thus killing every body in the car.

But during the course of the episode there is a shock as Angelo dies on the bed, the only person on earth to die.  Unfortunately Shapiro orders Gwen to be deported so that Jack will reveal what has caused Angelo’s death.  Jack and the rest of the team discover that an alien technology is being used to dampen the morphic field causing the miracle which is why Angelo died.  This morphic field allowed Angelo to remain alive for so long, and as soon as Jack entered the zone, Angelo’s mortality got triggered (I think, I am no expert!).  However, Jack doesn’t want this alien technology to get into government hands and so attempts to take the control panel.  But during his escape Jack is shot.  At the end of the episode Esther drives away with an injured Jack in the back seat.

At the same time there are some disturbing scenes with Oswald Danes and Jilly Kitzinger. The paedophile has requested that his PR guru procure him a prostitute (of legal age), which leads to some deeply unsettling moments with a lady of the night. It is revealed that a new Category Zero is going to be put in place which means that any other people like Oswald or other moral undesirables are going to be incinerated just as Category Ones.  After attacking Jilly, Oswald runs off into the night.

Jilly is approached by a representative of the three families and promoted and is then requested to meet the three families. I wonder what they want with her?

The ending of the episode was incredibly dark and sombre as we are left with Captain Jack and the Torchwood team demoralised, alone and well and truly beaten.

Anyway, this episode was alright.  As I have said before its not as good as the old Torchwood, but if we forget its Torchwood for a minute then its ok. However, it was not as good as last weeks fast paced entertaining episode but we do get some answers. And with only 2 episodes left its looking as though its buidling up to a big climax, hopefully. What did you think?

Here is a look at next weeks episode.

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