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April 25, 2010

Review: Doctor Who - 5x4 - The Time of Angels

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The Time of the Angels

In the UK: Saturday 17th April 2010, 6.15pm, BBC1
In the US: Saturday 1st May 2010, 9/8c, BBC America

Phew. Crisis over, again. Stevie's back with 17 degrees of awesome to scare you, excite you and make you go, "Hang on, isn't this just Aliens but with the Weeping Angels?"

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April 23, 2010

Lost Gems: A for Andromeda (1961)

Posted on April 23, 2010 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Julie Christie in A for Andromeda

Odd though it seems, the late 1950s and early 60s was the prime time in TV history for intelligent sci-fi. America had The Twilight Zone, we'd already had all the Quatermass serials and various plays. Sci-fi was smart.

In fact, so smart was sci-fi that the Beeb turned to noted cosmologist Fred Hoyle and said, "How would you like to write us a TV show?" which he did. Surprisingly, it turned out to be pretty good.

A for Andromeda is now the kind of show that other shows and movies steal from. Look at Species. Look at Contact: they're basically A for Andromeda at heart. The Earth gets a message from outer space that contains instructions on how to build a machine. With some reluctance, humanity does as it's told and then begins to wonder if it was a good idea after all.

A for Andromeda's machine is a computer which then goes on to create life in the form of Julie Christie, who, it turns out, humanity really does need to worry about. Not much of the show survives, but what does remain is available on DVD. That still makes it a Lost Gem. Cue the weird old title sequence and one of the only remaining episodes.

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April 20, 2010

Review: Doctor Who - 5x3 - Victory of the Daleks

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Victory of the Daleks

In the UK: Saturday 17th April 2010, 6.15pm, BBC1
In the US: Saturday 1st May 2010, 9/8c, BBC America

Just goes to show you - Steven Moffat isn't infallible. He might be showrunner, but when he's given a piece of tatt by his bestest Whoer pal Mark Gatiss that was left over from the Rusty years, he'll still try to use it to save himself a bit of time. Oh, and to get some new merchandising opportunities up and running.

Cue, Collectibles of the Daleks!

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