Posts by: Malcolm Stewart

‘Cucumber’ Episode 3 review

Say what you like about Russell T Davies as a writer, he doesn’t crave anyone’s approval. Tackling the unsettling topic of teacher-pupil grooming this week, Davies eschews sermonising – and avoids Queer as Folk territory – by showing the retrospective consequences of such an affair. A game of sexual cat and mouse is played between...

10 things we learned from the press launch for ‘The Casual Vacancy’

A press launch for BBC One’s upcoming adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy was held in London last week. Based on the Harry Potter author’s global bestseller, the three-part mini-series begins at 9pm on Sunday 15 February on BBC One. The Casual Vacancy is adapted for TV by Sarah Phelps (The Crimson Field) and stars...

10 more actors we’d love to see in ‘Doctor Who’

Following our recent wishlist of British acting legends that are overdue a guest spot in Doctor Who, here are ten more thespians we’d love to appear in the show.   Dame Angela Lansbury Question: compelling though Michelle Gomez was as the (ahem) Master of the Nethersphere, why couldn’t space have been made for giving her...

‘Cucumber’ Episode 2 review

First off – if you haven’t yet seen this week’s Banana, stop reading this review and go and watch it now. Cleverly resolved and with characters you root for, it has a touching charm that marks it out as something rather special, even by Russell T Davies’s high standards. In fact, whisper it gently, but...

‘Cucumber’ Episode 1 review

The opening scene of Cucumber sets out writer Russell T Davies’s stall. Taking Carry On level innuendo up several notches for the Tinder and Grindr generation, if you don’t like brazenly suggestive shots of cucumbers, bananas and men in tight jeans, then you’re in the wrong place. As middle-aged Henry (Vincent Franklin) walks around his...

‘Doctor Who’ writer Moffat confirms what was real in ‘Last Christmas’

Steven Moffat has confirmed which parts of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special took place in a dream and which parts were real. Written by Moffat, ‘Last Christmas’ aired tonight on BBC One and featured Spaced actor Nick Frost as Father Christmas. DON’T READ AHEAD UNTIL YOU’VE SEEN THE EPISODE!       Speaking at the...

‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special spoiler-free review: ‘Last Christmas’

A crowded room. Friends with tired eyes. It could only be the press launch for the Doctor Who Christmas special where BBC top brass, Doctor Who production staff and assorted hacks and ne’er do wells join in the annual celebration of that most seasonal of figures: the Doctor. We know the drill by now –...

Our reaction to the Missy reveal in ‘Doctor Who’

So, in the event, it was as many had predicted: the Master is now a woman. Let’s look at that sentence again. Steven Moffat has brought the Master back – as a woman. The man who regenerated the Doctor into Joanna Lumley in ‘The Curse of Fatal Death’ has now done something similar for the...

‘Doctor Who’ review: ‘Flatline’

There’s nothing flat about this week’s episode of Doctor Who. Occupying the slot, and something of the feel, of the traditional Doctor-lite episode, ‘Flatline’, in the event, proves to be not so light on Doctor. Whether it’s Peter Capaldi delivering a performance that is literally out of the box, or Jenna Coleman’s Clara stepping up...