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Doctor Who: Series 9 Episode 10 - “Face the Raven”

Trap streets and teleport bracelets abound in this week's stand-out installment, with writer Sarah Dollard delivering the first masterpiece of the Capaldi era.

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Doctor Who: Series 9, Episode 9 - “Sleep No More”

Horror-lite or mad scientist thriller? "Sleep No More" straddles genres like a jockey riding two horses at once.

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Doctor Who: Series 9, Episode 8 - “The Zygon Inversion”

In an episode big on dramatic revelations, the biggest was Jenna Coleman’s extraordinary performance as Clara Oswald.

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Doctor Who: Series 9, Episode 7 - “The Zygon Invasion”

The Doctor's moral compass, among other things, goes haywire in this curious episode.

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Doctor Who: Series 9, Episode 6 - “The Woman Who Lived”

A bleak but compelling episode that may -- or may not -- have witnessed the arrival of the Doctor's new companion

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Doctor Who: Series 9 Episode 5 - “The Girl Who Died”

The real problem with the enemy -- with the whole first half of the episode, in fact -- is that he’s a colossal red herring.

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‘The Doctors Are In’ Tries to Be All Things to All Readers

Alas, the holding of passionate views does not in itself make for compelling reading.

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Doctor Who: Season 9, Episode 4 - “Before the Flood”

The second half of this two-parter is an object lesson in how to make good drama.

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6 Oct 2015 // 10:00 AM

Doctor Who: Season 9, Episode 3 - “Under the Lake”

“Under the Lake's" writing, direction, and performances manages to breath new life into a tired premise.

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29 Sep 2015 // 9:00 AM

‘Doctor Who’: Season 9, Episode 2 - The Witches Familiar

In part two of the season opener, writer Stephen Moffat relies on easy solutions to the impossible problems set up in part one.

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Doctor Who, Season 9, Episode 1: ‘The Magician’s Apprentice’

Series 9's opener sees the Doctor come face to face with an old enemy -- in the most unexpected way.

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‘The Gamechangers’ Changes Nothing But the Actual Events

The biased The Gamechangers, a behind-the scenes docudrama of the creation of Grand Theft Auto, only reinforces game/gamer stereotypes.

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If We Lose BBC Three, Will We Lose Our Sense of Humor, Too?

With the apparently inevitable closure of BBC Three, comedy lovers will mourn the loss of an important television ally. Will the Internet save it?

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‘The Fantastic Made Visible’ Suffers From Some Blind Spots

The essays within display a fantastic array of quality.

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X-Men ex nihilo? The Secret Origins of Marvel’s Mutant Superheroes

When Kirby and Lee introduced the X-Men to the world, they did so without recourse to that staple of the superhero genre, the origin story. That doesn't mean that the mutant superheroes arose ex nihilo, however. They clearly have roots in these four classic sci-fi novels.

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‘The Crimson Field’ Addresses War and the Changing Roles of Women

The Crimson Field may not completely enthrall but it is consistently interesting. For a show without grand ambition, you can say much worse.

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Abandoned ‘Star Wars’ Plot Points Episode IV: A Family that Slays Together Strays Apart

Planet of the Wookiees, expendable heroes, familiar clones, depressing endings, unknown siblings, and more twins than you can shake a saber at: is this the Star Wars saga you remember?

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British Imports ‘Poldark’ and ‘The Crimson Field’ on PBS

PBS debuts two new drama series for summer, both British imports but each set during different time periods.

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Eight Great Speculative Fiction Novels by Women

Sci-fi is a popular and well-read genre, but its critical importance as a genre for women and authors of color is often overlooked, these eight excellent examples included.

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Romance and Science Conflict in ‘The Memory Painter’

A very cool sci-fi concept anchors The Memory Painter, but unremarkable prose and tonal inconsistency mar what is otherwise an interesting tale.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

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"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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