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The Doctor Who Fan Service Hot Line Week 4: Arachnids in the UK

Whatever we expected from Chris Chibnall’s vision of Doctor Who, I don’t think any of us were imagining riffs on Planet of the Spiders and Paradise Towers with that guy from Sex in the City not quite playing Donald Trump. Press 1 if you can’t quite believe how camp that episode wasn’t. Press 2 if you can’t quite believe that an episode of Doctor Who featuring a...

The Doctor Who Fan Service Hotline Week 3: Rosa

This article contains spoilers for Rosa. Malorie Blackman follows Patrick Ness to become the second of the Puffin 50th anniversary ebooks to write for the TV universe, but the first to write for the parent show itself. If I ever hold another Doctor Who pub quiz there’s definitely going to be a Puffin ebook round so you...

The Doctor Who Fan Service Hotline Week 2: The Ghost Monument

This article contains spoilers for The Ghost Monument. The TARDIS has returned, and our operators are primed and ready to take your calls. We also have a dedicated ‘OMG SERIES ARC!’ team on standby, and as ever we have a furious physicist on hand should anyone still cling to the hope that Doctor Who is into that sort...

The top 10 episodes of Upstart Crow

With Upstart Crow recently finishing up its third series, and a new Christmas special on the horizon, here’s our pick of the Shakespearean sitcom’s top 10 episodes so far… 10. The Quality Of Mercy (Series 1 Episode 6) After discovering that his father has squandered the family savings, Will foolishly borrows money from his nemesis...

The Doctor Who Fan Service Hotline Week 1: The Woman Who Fell To Earth

Doctor Who is back on our screens, and no matter how much we miss Peter Capaldi it has to be said that Jodie Whittaker is our new best friend. This is EXCITING. As such we offer this service for fans who need the sweet release that comes with jabbing your finger repeatedly at a button. Calls...

The spoon in Doctor Who history

In The Woman Who Fell to Earth, the Doctor constructed a new sonic screwdriver in a Sheffield workshop. Her bespoke sonic screwdriver is made from melted spoons. In fact, she refers to it as a sonic Swiss Army knife, made out of Sheffield steel. Her sonic screwdriver does not include a knife, however because “only...

Why you should be watching American Vandal

Season 2 of American Vandal is available on Netflix this weekend. If you haven’t already seen its award-winning first season, here’s why it’s worth catching up… With the surge in popularity of true crime around 2015, from the podcast Serial to Netflix’s Making A Murderer and HBO’s The Jinx, it was only a matter of...

Doctor Who fandom, The Talons Of Weng Chiang, and racism

Everyone loves Doctor Who, the kids own shown that grown ups adore. *Doctor Who on Twitch happens* We regret to inform you that Doctor Who is racist. *** There are two broad groups of response to this fact. One is denial, and counter-accusing to say that PC killjoys are finding patterns in things that aren’t...