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September 10, 2007

First iPhone product placement

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iPhoneAs we all know, it's hard to move for Apple product placement in TV shows. In fact, it was actually possible to predict who was good and who would turn out to be a baddie during the first season of 24, according to whether they used a Mac or not.

The burning question among followers of this trend has been, "When will the iPhone first appear in the hands of a hero during the Fall season?".

Worry not, my friends. The answer is here already. Kevin McKidd uses one in Journeyman. Keep your eyes peeled for corporate indoctrination.

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September 7, 2007

Review: Doctor Who - Frozen Time

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Frozen TimeNicholas “I'm the voice of both the Daleks and the Cybermen, suckers” Briggs has been doing Doctor Who audio adventures for a very long time. A very long time indeed.

So it shouldn't be absolutely surprising that despite the presence of Sylvester McCoy, the lack of any onscreen companion and the presence of former Bond girl Maryam D'Abo doing a really bad French accent, his latest writing project, Frozen Time, is actually a bit of corker.

I guess you could write a receipe of sorts about it: take one nifty sci-fi idea (Antarctica explorers unearth/un-ice a Police Box that's been buried for millions of years and a mysterious man who starts to wake up), an old Doctor Who monster (not telling, so as not to spoil) and a healthy (not unhealthy) wodge of continuity, a relatively pacey plot, flashbacks and a tried and tested case of amnesia and you have a rather enjoyable way of spending your time.

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September 7, 2007

Review: Doctor Who - The Wishing Beast/The Vanity Box

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The Wishing BeastThere is a certain truth to the idea that what you can imagine is a whole lot spookier than what can be shown on-screen. With the minimal budget available to the Big Finish team, you'd have thought they'd have taken advantage of that simple premise to do their best trying to spook us with sound effects, rather than trying to pretend that battles between giant robot transformers sound good.

Hang on, they've tried spooky with Sapphire and Steel. I can understand their reticence now.

Anyway, they're giving it another go with this slightly intriguing tale, in which two old ladies try to grant a wish for that amazing adventurer in time and space, Mel - and her companion, the Doctor – with the help of their pet dragon The Wishing Beast. There are ghosts. There's a vacuum cleaner. And it alternates between silly and threatening.

Oh yes, it also comes with The Vanity Box, a one-episode play better described as Doctor Who: The Coronation Street Years.

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