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June 17, 2007

Review: Doctor Who - 3x11 - Utopia

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Utopia

Fan. Bloody. Tastic.

That's all I have to say on the subject.

Okay, being the kind of guy who has lots to say on lots of subjects, that's patently untrue. But if I had to summarise yesterday's episode, that would be where I'd leave it.

Fan. Bloody. Tastic.

I'll go on at length in a minute, but what was most clear from Utopia was that it was a massive one-finger salute from Russell T Davies to the more critical members of Doctor Who fandom. A nice one, mind, but clearly RTD was smiling a very secret smile as he wrote Utopia.

Scrawled in nine-feet high letters across the entire season, culminating in Utopia, the message from Rusty was clear: “You think I don't know what I'm doing? You think I'm a soap-opera hack with ego problems, intent on trampling all over your memories with infantile fart gags?

”Well, I can do structure. I can do foreshadowing. I can do mirroring. I can do tension of opposites. I can hide things in plain sight where even you geniuses can't spot them. By the end of this episode, you'll forget everything you've ever said about me and you'll beg for my forgiveness. And do you know why?

“Because I am the Master and you will obey me.”

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June 15, 2007

Review: John from Cincinnati 1.1

Posted on June 15, 2007 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

John from Cincinnati

In the US: HBO, Sundays, 9pm ET
In the UK: Not yet acquired.

Repeat after me: “I'm sorry. Did I miss something?”

Go on.

I'm sorry. Did I miss something?

Easy huh?

That's lucky, because you'll need to use this phrase a lot if you choose to watch John from Cincinnati, the new show from Deadwood creator David Milch. It could well be the most brilliant hour of television yet devised. Or it could be the most awful. I'm really not sure.

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June 11, 2007

Review: Doctor Who - Exotron

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ExotronThat's odd. Two Big Finish plays in a row, I.D. and Exotron, and they're both about robots that have human personalities uploaded into them. Did we really need two of them? Certainly, if it were a choice between I.D. or Exotron, Exotron would win hands down, and not just because it's got Peri in it.

Exotron is, for one thing, a far more interesting play. It's not outstanding, you'll guess what's going on before the end of part one, and the whole idea of giant hyenas fighting a bunch of Transformers really doesn't work as an audio play. But it's still more entertaining than the load of computer code that was I.D.

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