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April 28, 2008

Review: Doctor Who - 4x4 - The Sontaran Strategem

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The Sontaran Strategem

Situation report
Saturday 26/04/08. 18.15hrs. 
New episode of Doctor Who about to start. Old enemy, the Sontarans, are about to appear for first time since slightly poor Colin Baker story The Two Doctors and an episode of Jim'll Fix It back in the 80s.

Very excited, despite having seen publicity photo of the Sontarans that makes them look like they've been designed by Mad magazine and Joel Schumacher. Not sure about appearance by Martha Jones either. Could be good. Could be bad.

But what's this? "Written by Helen Raynor"? Helen Raynor who wrote the uniformly bad Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks, as well two really dull episodes of Torchwood?

Abort! Abort! Pull out! We do not have sufficient caffeine to survive. Casualties will be heavy!

Anyone fancy going down the pub?

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April 21, 2008

Review: Doctor Who - 4x3 - Planet of the Ood

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Planet of the Ood

Oh goody! It's a returning monster!

Oh wait. It's the Ood. We're going to have to wait until next week for the Sontarans

Ho hum.

All the same, for something of a filler episode in which everyone just ran up and down corridors a lot to cover up the fact the budget had all been spent on a snow machine, it wasn't half bad.

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April 17, 2008

Shows that will not die: why not?

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Last of the Summer Wine

Some shows go on seemingly forever: Doctor Who's a good example, as is The Sky At Night. Sometimes there's a good reason: the quality of the show, interesting scripts, the fact it's a soap opera and so on.

Then there are some shows that go on forever where it's really hard to understand why. In the US, there's Law and Order, which has been going on for the best part of 20 years now. Then there's New Tricks in the UK, as well as Heartbeat and I'm sure Last of the Summer Wine is still out there somewhere. Why?

The obvious answer is ratings. The shows still get plenty of viewers. The question again though is why? Why do people watch these shows?

Suggestions on a postcard to the usual address. Or you could save yourself a stamp and a tree by leaving a comment.

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