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Rosa episode review- One of the best historicals Doctor Who has ever done

Going into yesterday’s episode, I will admit I was concerned. How was Chris Chibnall and Malorie Blackman going to pull this off? The show had done touchy topics and addressed the past before, but not events that happened a mere decade before the show started in 1963 concerning events that still have an impact today. There was every chance that this episode could have gone wrong, but fortunately Rosa ended up being a game changer. Three episodes into the Chibnall era and we have been given one of the finest historical stories of the entire show, one that effortlessly captures the essence of the show and brilliantly handles its difficult subject matter with skill and care.

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Five Marvel characters that would make great Netflix shows

It’s no secret that Marvel rules the silver screen. With the interlocked Marvel Cinematic Universe dominating cinemas, it’s easy to forget the Marvel TV shows, especially when the films themselves do. Since 2015 Netflix has been producing shows based on Marvel comics, intended for an older audience. These shows are dark, gritty and suited to the more adult material that Netflix produces. Launching off the success of Daredevil, the Netflix shows have become a universe in their own right. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist came soon after, with The Defenders crossover and The Punisher quickly joining them. However I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that the shows are all the same- a gritty anti-hero lives in New York following “the Incident”. The first half has them slowly unravel a conspiracy with the main villain revealing themselves about halfway through and there’s a hallway fight somewhere because of course there is. There is angst, violence, flashbacks and subplots galore. I’m not saying the shows are bad (I haven’t even seen Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Punisher or The Defenders as I’m just not interested) but they are all in the same mould and to be honest, it’s getting a bit tiresome and I don’t find the heroes that interesting. Iron Fist has just been cancelled and I don’t see how the shows can survive without variety in the kind of heroes they focus on. Daredevil Season 3 comes out today, and whilst the show will continue to be outstanding, the Netflix shows as a whole need change and I have five characters who can help with that…

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The Ghost Monument review: Chibnall goes old school

After last week’s epic introduction to the Thirteenth Doctor, Chris Chibnall has restored Doctor Who to a level of popularity not seen since the 50th anniversary. He has followed this up with a fairly risky episode (although not as risky as next week… oh boy…) which evokes the show’s beginnings- The Ghost Monument is an incredibly slow burning episode, evoking the show’s early epics like The Keys of Marinus and creating a fully fledged alien world for the characters to learn to adapt to. Whilst not as impactful as last week’s this was a nice exploration episode that focused on making these disparate individuals work together.

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The Woman Who Fell to Earth review- The Thirteenth Doctor is here to stay

After months and months of waiting, we have finally reached The Thirteenth Doctor. Yesterday saw the debut episode of Jodie Whittaker’s era of Doctor Who, and it was worth the wait. Whilst far from being the greatest episode ever, The Woman Who Fell to Earth is a very enjoyable, refreshing start to what I hope is a solid season of Doctor Who. This episode channelled the best of the Tennant/Smith years and had a similar vibe to last year’s The Pilot, except with added freshness and darkness.

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Every Doctors’ first story- Which one’s the best?

In four days time, the world will be introduced to Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor. I cannot wait, and I eagerly anticipate this new era. Following an era that- Series 10 and the beauty that it is aside- I couldn’t enjoy as much as I usually do, to have a fresh new start with a new Doctor, new companions and a new showrunner is simply glorious. The Woman Who Fell to Earth is the first episode for the Thirteenth Doctor, and it’s important to have a good first impression. Whilst I have faith that Chris Chibnall will give us a great first episode (although I am far more excited for the more intriguing sounding Episode 2), there has unfortunately been precedent in the past for less than stellar first stories. Let’s look back at the past twelve times we were introduced to a Doctor and see how they hold up in celebration of this upcoming era-

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Why I love The Good Place

One of the great joys of Netflix is discovering new shows to fall in love with. Over this past summer, it’s been fantastic to watch Micheal Schur’s genius sit-com The Good Place. The premise is simple- Eleanor Shellstrop is dead, and is in “The Good Place”. This is a place where people who have done exceptionally good things in life go when they die- everyone else goes to the Bad Place. This is good news for Eleanor- except she’s not supposed to be here. She is a terrible person, and there’s clearly been a mistake. With the help of her “soulmate” Chidi and her neighbours Tahani (a rich, spoilt British philantrophist) and Jianyu (a mute Buddhist monk), Eleanor must become a better person in order to stay in The Good Place. The Good Place neighbourhood is overseen by the immortal being Micheal and assisted by the AI Janet. After the first night ends with flying shrimp in the sky, Eleanor must try and hide her secret whilst trying to earn her place in the Good Place. Hilarity ensues.

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My top five Firefly episodes

Sixteen years ago today, Joss Whedon’s science fiction television show Firefly aired for the first time. Despite it being really, really awesome, Fox never gave it the time of day it deserved. Episodes aired out of order, some weren’t shown and it was given a death slot on Friday evenings. This caused it to be cancelled after only 14 episodes were made. The fans persisted though, and Firefly went on to become a cult classic, with the Browncoats never truly giving up on the prospect of a revival. Serenity, the amazing feature length film, ended the story, but to this day many are waiting for the ship to fly again. I am very happy to have discovered this brilliant show.

The premise is simple. Hundreds of years into the Earth’s future, humanity has decided to travel the stars. A group of planets form together to create The Alliance, which aims to integrate all colonies together. Those that rebel against it are dealt with ruthlessly, and a war breaks out between the Alliance and the “Browncoats”, fought by those who oppose the Alliance. Malcolm Reynolds is present at the Battle of Serenity Valley when his side loses. Refusing to abandon his principals, he takes a Firefly class spaceship, names it Serenity, and travels the stars with his crew consisting of like minded individuals. They become mercenaries and guns for hire, doing jobs to keep themselves alive in the universe, all the while escaping the Alliance. The series is focused on Mal as three mysterious guests join the Serenity crew, two of which are a brother and sister on the run from the Alliance for reasons unknown.

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Why Tim Burton’s Batman Returns is the best Batman film

Yes, you read that right. Tim Burton’s 1992 opus is the finest cinematic offering the Dark Knight has had. It’s not even close. Sure, Nolan’s Batman films (well, the first two) are great films, and it’s true Burton’s original 1989 film started the modern superhero scene as we know it… but it’s his sequel that captures his eccentricity and his genius, takes the Batman mythos in the darkest, most unique direction possible and stands as one of the finest comic book movies ever. In honour of the fifth International Batman Day, let’s take a look at Burton’s classic film and why it is so utterly brilliant.

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Looking back on Chris Chibnall’s previous work for the Whoniverse

Later this year, we will finally see the Thirteenth Doctor in action. While all the focus is on Jodie Whittaker, who looks amazing as the Doctor, let’s not forget about our new lead writer, Chris Chibnall. His announcement in January 2016 caused some fuss, as allegedly he is not seen as a good writer by a large percentage of the fandom. This completely baffled me then and continues to now, as I have always enjoyed his work on the show and found him to be a very consistent writer. Throw in his showrunning of Torchwood and we have a very competent head writer for the Whoniverse. Let’s dive into his very different but all very entertaining episodes.

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A reduxed review of the Girl Who Waited

Hello, my old nemesis. For anyone who doesn’t know, this one episode of Doctor Who has bothered me since it first aired. As a kid I found it boring, then when I tried watching it properly I found it absolutely dreadful. It was contrived, boring and lazy and proudly became my least favourite episode. At least that’s what I thought when I was younger. Having not seen the episode in a few years, I decided to watch it again, with the assumption that it was a good episode I was too stupid to understand. I must thank the Twelfth Doctor era first of all for giving me several new choices for worst episode ever, making me view every Eleventh Doctor episode I didn’t like (except the stupid tree episode) in a much better light, including this one. Having now watched The Girl Who Waited again, my final thoughts are…

Yeah, it’s pretty good.

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