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Peter Sharples

6 of the Master’s most evil moments in ‘Doctor Who’

We love The Master. The Doctor’s wayward childhood friend has been a bearded cigar-smoking charmer, a snarling cross between Keith Richards and Marty Feldman, a giggling silent movie baddie, Julia Roberts’ less talented brother, a manic flesh eating jack-in-the-box and most recently a Scottish Mary Poppins. And each incarnation comes with a moment that shows … >

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Take a look at the lawmen: David Bowie and ‘Life on Mars’

It’s only a few weeks since David Bowie fans woke up to the news that the musician, artist, actor, visionary and more besides had passed away from cancer just two days after the release of his 25th album, Blackstar. Few had expected it and there has been reams written since on how the great man … >

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5 of the most boring ‘Doctor Who’ stories

We know that as fans we’re not supposed to say it, but Doctor Who can be boring. Over 52 years and more than 250 stories, how can the odd snoozeathon not slip in? There’s a whole sub-genre of exhausting plots, forgettable characters and tedious dialogue (no shouting ‘Hartnell historicals’ at the back). Of course, boring … >

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Re-evaluating ‘Doctor Who’ companion Martha Jones

Many Doctor Who companions fly under the radar despite their greatness. Steven Taylor; pilot of the future. Liz Shaw; so good Ridley Scott named the heroine of Prometheus after her. Romana I; sexier, brainier and classier than her successor. Yet when the general public or casual fan is asked to recite the names of the … >

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James Bond rewatch: ‘Thunderball’ at 50

It’s 50 years since the release of Sean Connery’s fourth appearance as James Bond in 1965’s Thunderball!   001. The story A Vulcan bomber has gone off radar with a couple of nuclear bombs on board. Oops. To make matters worse, a man with a cat and his eye-patched pal want a lot of dosh … >

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5 of the best classic TV spy shows

Being Human creator Toby Whithouse’s new spy thriller series The Game is set to begin soon on BBC Two. Set in the secretive world of 1970s espionage, the six-part drama stars Tom Hughes (Silk), Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy), Shaun Dooley (Misfits) and Jonathan Aris (Sherlock). While we wait for The Game to commence, here are five … >

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Top 5 character deaths in ‘Spooks’

Few shows match Spooks when it comes to body counts amongst the regular cast. Chances are that loyalty to Queen and country will result in you being garrotted, hung, blown up or shot (we may yet get all these at once in the new movie). Here are five of the best character executions Spooks has … >

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‘Doctor Who’: How do you solve a problem like Clara?

Conventional wisdom is odd. It’s hard to say whether it’s rooted in obvious fact or a carefully circulated Chinese whisper started by people with an agenda. Take the Star Wars prequels; conventional wisdom has them as turkeys slightly above Batman & Robin and just below Plan 9 From Outer Space. To me, they’re nowhere near … >

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‘Shetland’ review

Shetland has a high bar to leap given the TV crime competition lately, especially the previous week’s Mayday and of course ITV’s epic Broadchurch.

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