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Doctor Who: Robot Of Sherwood – The Spoiler Review by John Rivers (TV review).

September 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Robot Of Sherwood – The Spoiler Review by John Rivers  (TV review).

This week saw the Doctor and Clara arrive in Sherwood Forest, ‘1190-ish’ and meet one of England’s greatest legends. If you haven’t seen the episode you may want to read Geoff’s spoiler-free review here: http://sfcrowsnest.org.uk/doctor-who-robot-of-sherwood-by-mark-gattis-tv-review/ . otherwise pull your green tights on and prepare to get merry… What sort of show do you think ‘Doctor […]

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Doctor Who: Into The Dalek – The Spoiler Review by John Rivers (TV review).

September 4, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Doctor Who: Into The Dalek – The Spoiler Review by John Rivers  (TV review).

This week ‘Doctor Who’ went ‘Into the Dalek’. If you’d like to read a spoiler-free review of the episode then please follow this link (http://sfcrowsnest.org.uk/doctor-who-into-the-dalek-by-steven-moffat-and-phil-ford-tv-review/) to Geoff’s excellent piece. If you’re happy to be spoiled, whether you’ve seen the episode or not, then read on… When does ‘Doctor Who’ start repeating itself? Insert your favourite […]

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Age Of Iron (Age Of Iron book 1) by Angus Watson (book review).

August 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Age Of Iron (Age Of Iron book 1) by Angus Watson (book review).

‘Age Of Iron’ is a brutal and bloody adventure novel set in Iron Age Britain from the pen of journalist Angus Watson. Somehow the novel has qualified as ‘high fantasy’ according to Orbit’s pre-release publicity, but the novel barely contains any magic or fantastic sights at all. This shouldn’t put you off reading it though, […]

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Savage Magic (book 3) by Lloyd Shepherd (book review).

August 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Savage Magic (book 3) by Lloyd Shepherd (book review).

When a wealthy member of the aristocracy is murdered in his own London home, his body found sliced open and a satyr’s mask placed upon his face, it is up to the Bow Street Runners’ finest to investigate. The ambitious Aaron Graham, magistrate of London, is assigned to the case, but he has his own […]

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Doctor Who – ‘Deep Breath – The Spoiler Review by John Rivers (TV review).

August 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who – ‘Deep Breath – The Spoiler Review by John Rivers (TV review).

Type ‘Doctor Who Deep Breath review’ into Google and it currently has 138,000 results. By the time you read this the number will likely be more. Reviews began popping-up once the leaked unfinished version appeared online ready to download. This isn’t the only review on this site, if you’d like a spoiler-free review then I […]

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Who Is Michael E Briant? by Michael E Briant (book review).

August 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Who Is Michael E Briant? by Michael E Briant (book review).

Who Is Michael E Briant? Well, I’ll tell you. Michael E Briant is a TV director turned sailor who worked largely for the BBC from the sixties to the eighties. The reason for the title of this memoir is that Briant was responsible for working on ‘Doctor Who’, from the early days as an assistant […]

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The Emperor Of All Things (The Production Of Time book 1) by Paul Witcover (book review).

August 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
The Emperor Of All Things (The Production Of Time book 1) by Paul Witcover (book review).

‘The Emperor Of All Things’ by Paul Witcover is a diverting story of an alternate eighteenth century London and the battle between our reality and another, governed by that most fickle of mistresses: Time. Daniel Quare is a ‘regulator’ with the The Worshipful Company Of Clockmakers, who are responsible for overseeing clocks and timekeeping within […]

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Doctor Who, SF And Football by John Rivers (article).

August 5, 2014 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who, SF And Football by John Rivers (article).

On my Facebook and Twitter timelines, throughout and after the World Cup Final, an interesting thing happened. During half-time of the BBC’s Final coverage, Gary Lineker skilfully negotiated a ‘Doctor Who’ pun with all the finesse he showed in putting three past Poland in the 1986 competition’s group stages and introduced the new ‘Doctor Who’ […]

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Through Time: An Unauthorised and Unofficial History of Doctor Who by Andrew Cartmel (book review).

June 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Through Time: An Unauthorised and Unofficial History of Doctor Who by Andrew Cartmel (book review).

‘Through Time’ is an examination of ‘Doctor Who’, a brief history of the show and a criticism of some, but definitely not all of its stories. It was written by Andrew Cartmel, former ‘Doctor Who’ script editor and novelist and printed in 2005. Cartmel worked on ‘Doctor Who’ from 1986 to 1989. He was charged […]

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Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown by Joe Schreiber (book review).

June 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown by Joe Schreiber (book review).

For all the scorn heaped on to ‘The Phantom Menace’, some deservedly so, there was a feeling that the most successful character was also the one that died: Darth Maul. Voiced in whispered tones of evil by Peter Serafinowicz and portrayed by martial arts expert Ray Park, Maul presented us with a credible villain to […]

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