Posts by: Matthew Dennis

‘The Moorside’ Episode 1 review: Revealing and engrossing television

When Shannon Matthews disappeared in 2008, the resulting search and eventual fallout felt like something straight out of a TV drama, so shocking and unimaginable was the result. How appropriate then that, almost a decade on, the tale finds itself the subject of a major BBC One drama. Wisely, The Moorside steers clear of obvious...

‘Doctor Who’ revisited: 50 years since ‘The Tomb of the Cybermen’

The earliest Doctor Who serial starring Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor known to exist in its entirety, ‘The Tomb of the Cybermen’ is the first serial of the show’s fifth season. The four-part story originally aired from 2 September to 23 September 1967 Buy ‘The Tomb of the Cybermen’ on DVD on Amazon here.  ...

‘Doctor Who’ revisited: 10 years since ‘Human Nature’ / ‘The Family of Blood’

Written by Paul Cornell, ‘Human Nature’ and ‘The Family of Blood’ were the eighth and ninth episodes of the modern Doctor Who era’s third season. The story aired from 26 May to 2 June 2007. Buy 2007’s season on DVD on Amazon here.   The story England, 1913. A schoolteacher named John Smith dreams he’s a mysterious time-travelling hero called...

‘Doctor Who’ revisited: 40 years since ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’

‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’ was the final serial of Doctor Who‘s fourteenth season. The six-part story originally aired from 26 February to 2 April 1977. Buy ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’ on DVD on Amazon here.   The story The Doctor and Leela arrive in Victorian London, whereupon they stumble upon an investigation into a series of strange...

Classic ‘Doctor Who’ revisited: ‘Survival’ (1989)

The Doctor takes Ace back to her home in Perivale, where they find that her friends have all mysteriously disappeared; a discovery that leads them to a dying planet full of savage Cheetah People and one of the Doctor’s greatest enemies… Buy ‘Survival’ on DVD on Amazon here.   Best moments The Doctor goes shopping...

‘Crazyhead’ Episode 5 review: ‘Downward Facing Dog’ is unmissable fantasy TV

At first glance, this penultimate instalment of Crazyhead would appear to be business as usual. There’s the usual display of cheekiness, intelligent wit and endearing character work, but it hardly feels like its building to any huge revelatory crescendo. But whilst ‘Downward Facing Dog’ doesn’t exactly shake everything to the core ready for the big...