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‘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...

Harry Potter Year 4 revisited: ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’

By the time 2005 arrived, we had reached the fourth instalment in the Harry Potter franchise: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It seems bizarre that more than a decade has passed since we were introduced to the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament; to Beauxbatons, Durmstrang, Robert Pattinson’s Cedric Diggory and the...

Harry Potter Year 3 revisited: ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban hit cinema screens in 2004, and brought with it a deeper understanding of the magical world created by JK Rowling, as long-buried secrets slowly emerge. The premise of the third instalment in the Potter series is this: escaped mass-murderer Sirius Black has somehow broken out of the wizarding...

Harry Potter Year 2 revisited: ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’

2002 saw the much-anticipated return of the wizarding world to the big screen when Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets arrived in cinemas. The second instalment in Rowling’s Potter series is stuffed full of foreshadowing, and sets up many apparently inconsequential things which prove to be very important later on. We meet Dobby the...

‘Torchwood’ rewind: We revisit the ‘Doctor Who’ spin-off’s first season

“It’s like Doctor Who… but in Cardiff… and there’s a bit more sex and swearing.” When Torchwood first arrived on BBC Three in the autumn of 2006 it was met with something of a mixed reaction. In its efforts to seem more adult than its family-oriented sister show, the first season comes across as decidedly juvenile in...

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It seems strange to think that 15 years have already passed since the release of the very first Harry Potter movie, but it’s true. Nearly a decade and a half since we saw the famous ‘Golden Trio’ of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson united onscreen for the first time and since children, teens...

‘Doctor Who’ Christmas countdown Day 12: ‘The Husbands of River Song’

I don’t know about you, but when this first aired I was still reeling from the loss of Clara Oswald. The prospect of a light-hearted adventure co-starring the vivacious River Song had me concerned about the state of my neck after enduring that level of emotional whiplash. The good news is that ‘The Husbands of...

‘The New Avengers’ at 40: Revisiting Steed, Mike Gambit and Purdey

It took a French champagne commercial to give us back The Avengers. In 1975, producer Rudolf Roffi had Brian Clemens reunite Patrick Macnee and Linda Thorson for a Laurent Perrier campaign set in John Steed’s flat, in which the gentleman agent samples bubbly as Tara King fights off villains. The French producer was surprised to...