Posts Tagged ‘dr who’

Are you missing “Doctor Who”? Well I am.

I know its only been just over a month since the christmas special of “Doctor Who” but I am afraid I am missing it.  I am so sad that I have even been doing a lot of thinking about what delights we may have in the new series. I am a huge Doctor Who fan and have been watching it on & off since the 70’s and in my opinion it has got better and better. Although I  did not watch it much when Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy played the Doctor I got hooked again in 2005 when the series returned with Christopher Eccleston. I must admit that when Chistopher Eccelston left I never dreamed that David Tennant would do a better job.  But he did.  And when David left my heart sunk even lower because I thought he was amazing and irreplaceable, but Matt Smith (who I’m afraid I had never heard of before Doctor Who) has made it his own.

And now later this year we will see a new series of this classic science fiction series back on our screens.  Filming is due at the end of february. Thus far Steven Moffat has been pretty tight-lipped about the new series. It’s not even clear how many episodes there will be. Or even if it will be split between 2012 and 2013 to incorporate the 50th year anniversary.  We do know that we will see a bit of Amy and Rory and that they will be leaving during the series. He is quoted as saying “Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary is coming. In Cardiff, we’re gearing up for the biggest, the best and the most ambitious season we’ve ever made. There will be shocks, surprises and heartbreak – the Doctor is about to say goodbye to his very best friends, Amy and Rory.”

There is even rumour of a new companion but no news as to who it is. Mr  Moffat says “And then he’s about to say hello to someone very different – the Doctor is going to meet someone very new in the very last place he could ever have expected…” What ever that could mean I do not know.  Does it mean we might see something other than an earth-born human joining the Doctor?

There has also been a lot of speculation about what/who is going to appear in the 50th year anniversary. Will there be new monsters? Will the daleks or master return? Will it be a cross over story with an “old” Doctor Who series (like with the Star Trek deep space nine episode “Trials and Tribble-ations” where Captain Sisko and his crew go back to the time of Captain Kirk in the original “star trek” to find a bomb disguised as a tribble) or something completely new and unexpected?  Personally I would like to see a couple of older companions joining him, for example Donna, Rose Tyler, K9 and Captain Jack Harkness.  Wouldnt that be fantastic.  And since there is no “Torchwood” this year does that mean that John Barrowman is leaving time open for him to film in “Doctor Who”, or am I just clutching at straws? I even read somewhere, can’t remember where, that there maybe a remote possibility of different past “Doctors” appearing in some sort of reunion story.

Anyway, all I know is that I can’t wait. And when I get news I will blog it :).

Have you heard any gossip or want to see something in the new “Doctor Who” series let me know.

Are you looking for science fiction and horror comics, books and collectables? Then please look at the science fiction and horror online shop.  For the free monthly science fiction and horror newsletter, please subscribe here free.


Please don’t read if you have not seen Thor yet….Spoiler alert.

The other evening I finally got around to watching Thor. I missed it when it was on at the cinema and so have patiently waiting for it come out on DVD.

At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. As a result, Thor is banished to Earth where he is forced to live among humans. When the most dangerous villain of his world sends its darkest forces to invade Earth, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero…..

At the beginning of the tale we are introduced to Thor (Chris Hemsworth), his dark-haired brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and their father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) who are gods of the norse world who have been at war with a race of Frost Giants.  Loki manipulates Thor into defying his father’s orders, who attacks the frost Giants and risks the peace. Odin is non to pleased and banishes Thor from Asgard to earth, without his enchanted hammer, Mjolnir, and powers.

On earth Thor, who is powerless, meets up with Jane (Natalie Portman), a young scientist who is investigating atmospheric disturbance with her team.  We have a lot of amusing moments between the two including when Thor announces  “This is great stuff!” and hurls a mug of coffee to the floor. “No more smashing!” scolds Jane.

Back in Asgard Odin is on his sick-bed and Loki has betrayed him by forging an alliance with the frost giants.  To stop Thor from returning he sends a giant monster robot to earth to eliminate him.  Clobbered, believed dead, Thor suddenly rears up on Main Street after his hammer returns to him.  Thor, none to pleased, returns to Asgard, just in time, to do with battle with Loki and save the day.

In between we are introduced to SHIELD again who will feature heavily in next years avengers film.

I was really looking forward to watching this movie but I was left a little bit disappointed.  Dont get me wrong I thought it was good, but not great. The effects are good and there’s plenty of action and explosions. But it felt (for me) like they just were just making a movie just to introduce character’s for next years Avengers movie. And as a result they tried to cram too much information in and in my opinion it was too long.  Another negative is that the film is very dark in some places and it was difficult to tell what was going on.

But apart from that it was a good watch and a good interpretation of Thor. What did you think?

I am really looking forward to the Avengers next year.  Click here  for a sneak peek at the trailer.

If you want to purchase second hand Comics and books please look at the science fiction and horror online shop. And for news and reviews of upcoming science fiction and horror films please  look at the SFHDominion monthly Newsletter.

Please don’t read if you have not seen final episode of Doctor who series 6 (2011)  yet….Spoiler alert.

The episode starts with time all mixed up. Time is stuck, it’s been 5:02 on 22 April for a long time. We see dinosaurs, Cars suspended from hot air balloons. Charles Dickens and Winston Churchill as the leader of the Roman empire riding back into London on his mammoth all in the same time line.  Winston Churchill starts to notice that the time is always the same and fetches the Soothsayer (the doctor) who has been held in the tower.  The doctor tells the story of how he endeavoured to find out who “The Silence” were and why they wanted him to die and then how time got all mixed up.

It is revealed that River figures out how to not kill the Doctor at the fixed point in time (Yes it was River in the spacesuit, who did kill the Doctor after her brainwashing at the hands of Madame Kovarian) which causes all of time to happen at once, as you are not allowed to change a fixed point in time (apparently).

The doctor and Winston Churchill then fight the silence and Amy blasts onto the scene with some army types.  They know about the problem with time and want to fix it. They have The silence imprisoned in water tanks. And we see Madam Kovarian tied to a chair and the return of River. And the eyepatches are revealed as “eye-drives” that enable the wearer to remember the Silence.  However the silence escape and all hell breaks loose. And to sort time out it is only the bringing of River and the Doctor together, ultimately in marriage, that can repair things. Which they do, of course, and all is well again. Time is repaired and the doctor is killed, or is he?

No of course the doctor doesn’t die, but how did he cheat death? Well he miniaturised himself and hid inside the Tessalator robot from Let’s Kill Hitler. And its the Tessalator robot that is shot. Wonderful stuff.

In between we are given a nice touching tribute to Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (played by Nicholas Courtney who died this year) from UNIT who was with the doctor in the early “doctor who” days.  News of his death makes the Doctor realise that all things must pass.

So what did I think of this episode? Well, WOW I thought this episode was brilliant. Matt Smith, Arthur Darvill, Karen Gillan and Alex Kingston were all excellent in this episode.  I particularly liked the part when River drops in on Amy and Rory at the end and River quips  “Father dear, I think mummy might need another drink”  brilliant :). It was a great finale to what has been a really good series of doctor who.  It was witty, scary, emotional, crazy, surprising and action packed.  And not only does “The Wedding Of River Song”  pretty much aswered all the questions and tie almost everything up, but it also sort of reboots the show as now everybody thinks the doctor is dead.  I think things will be a bit different in the next series as the doctor tries to keep to the shadows.

However at the end of episode we are left with a new/old question…..

“The oldest question in the universe, hidden in plain sight.”

Doctor Who????

What did you think?

Doctor Who returns for the christmas special.  As soon as I have a trailer I will post it on my blog.

If you want to purchase second hand Comics and books please look at the science fiction and horror online shop. And for news and reviews of upcoming science fiction and horror films please  look at the SFHDominion monthly Newsletter.

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.

If you want to purchase second hand Comics and books please look at the science fiction and horror online shop. And for news and reviews of upcoming science fiction and horror films please  look at the SFHDominion monthly Newsletter.

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.

If you want to purchase second hand Comics and books please look at the science fiction and horror online shop. And for news and reviews of upcoming science fiction and horror films please  look at the SFHDominion monthly Newsletter.

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

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?

If you want to purchase second hand Comics and books please look at the science fiction and horror online shop. And for news and reviews of upcoming science fiction and horror films please look at the free Science fiction and horror monthly Newsletter.

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?

If you want to purchase second hand Comics and books please look at the science fiction and horror online shop. And for news and reviews of upcoming science fiction and horror films please  look at the SFHDominion monthly Newsletter.