Articles tagged doctor who, tardis, bbc, science fiction, tom baker

6 Oct 2015 // 11:00 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 // 10:00 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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21 Sep 2015 // 10:00 AM

‘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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12 Jun 2015 // 9:30 AM

‘Jurassic World’ Revists Monstrous Corporate Greed

For obvious reasons, Jurassic World can’t directly call out corporate titans, but it does in a subversive way. The dinosaurs aren't the only ones with claws, here.

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12 Jun 2015 // 8:21 AM

Forever Mr. Flay: A Forgotten Role of Christopher Lee

Sir Christopher Lee was particularly known for his roles as Count Dracula, Saruman, and Count Dooku – but his acting range extended far beyond the role of the arch-criminal.

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Ray Milland Gets Juicy for Roger Corman

Ray Milland stars in these two juicy, sometimes delirious, sometimes beautiful movies directed by Roger Corman in the '60s.

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9 Jun 2015 // 8:50 AM

BBC America Offers ‘Strange’ Tales of Magic

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell looks at what happens in 19th century England if magic really existed.

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E.T. Meets Robocop Meets Hip-Hop in the Disappointing ‘CHAPPiE’

The character CHAPPiE itself is endearing, but the story and supporting characters of CHAPPiE ultimately fall flat.

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‘It! The Terror from Beyond Space’ Stars the Alien Before ‘Alien’

You may wonder why the final solution to killing the creature didn't occur to them earlier.

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‘Call the Midwife’ Continues to Charm in Its Fourth Season

An excellent cast, coupled with the show’s strong sense of time and place, makes Call the Midwife consistently engaging and satisfying.

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‘It! The Terror From Beyond Space’ Is Just a Guy in a Rubber Suit

This classic if dated antecedent of Alien looks good on Blu-ray, but considering its influence it deserves much more than this bare-bones release.

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Robert DeLong Upgraded for 'In the Cards' (Rough Trade Photos + Tour Dates)

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"Robert DeLong ups his musical game with his new album In the Cards and his live show gets a boost too.

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