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John Laking

Rewind: ‘Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace’ revisited

A decade after it originally aired, we take a look back at Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, Channel 4’s spoof of bad 80’s horror television. > Buy Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace on DVD.   What was it about? Running for six episodes in early 2004, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace focused on ‘a show within a show’ as fictional horror … >

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Our theories on how Osgood is back in ‘Doctor Who’

By the standards of Doctor Who last year’s season finale represented a veritable blood bath. Following the passing of Danny Pink in ‘Dark Water’ (before we even got to the title sequence!), most shocking of all was the death of Osgood in ‘Death in Heaven’, vaporised by a wonderfully mad and sinister Missy. Despite only … >

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Why can’t modern ‘Doctor Who’ get male companions right?

When Doctor Who made its triumphant re-materialisation onto our television screens in 2005 it did so with a confident swagger, an accent on more rounded characters and a whole litany of strong female characters. While the classic series was forced to bat away regular cries of sexism, the likes of Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Donna … >

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