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Month: December 2014

Christmas Review #10 – Doctor Who: ‘Last Christmas’

Christmas Review #10 – Doctor Who: ‘Last Christmas’

A very Merry Christmas and Merry holiday to you, dear reader! I hope you are having a very merry and pleasant holiday season. Well, Christmas has come and gone and with it, the usual Doctor Who Christmas special. This year brought Peter Capaldi’s first year as the Doctor and his first Christmas special and what did Steven Moffat decide to throw at us? Trying to combine “Miracle on 34th Street” with “Alien”. Can’t say it’s not a unique idea at…

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Christmas Review #9 – Doctor Who: ‘The Time of the Doctor’

Christmas Review #9 – Doctor Who: ‘The Time of the Doctor’

Hello old friend….and here we are on the last Christmas episode review before the new one on Christmas Day 2014, 2013’s ‘The Time of the Doctor’. This one is eerily similar to ‘The End of Time’ reviewed a couple of weeks ago in terms of circumstance and material. For one thing, this one is another hard one to review as it was tasked not only with being an adequate Christmas episode but also with ending Matt Smith’s tenure as the…

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Christmas Review #8 – Doctor Who: ‘The Snowmen’

Christmas Review #8 – Doctor Who: ‘The Snowmen’

And now after the intense blowout of holiday spirit of ‘The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe’, we enter back in to darker specials for the remainder of Smith’s tenure. 2012’s Christmas Special, “The Snowmen”, is a story that follows directly onwards from the events of Series 7’s ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’ in the middle of the Series 7 split and for those who know exactly what happens in that episode, you can probably guess what kind of a tone…

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Christmas Review #7 – Doctor Who: ‘The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe’

Christmas Review #7 – Doctor Who: ‘The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe’

This one is a tricky one for me. In the one of the latest issues of ‘Doctor Who Magazine’, a poll was taken by fans to rank all of the episodes from best to worst. By an overwhelming majority, this episode tested as not only the second worst episode of the Matt Smith era (behind the vastly underrated ‘The Rings of Akhaten’), but also the worst of the Christmas specials and 229th of 241 stories in all of Doctor Who….

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Christmas Review #6 – Doctor Who: ‘A Christmas Carol’

Christmas Review #6 – Doctor Who: ‘A Christmas Carol’

“Everything has to end sometime else nothing would ever get started.” – The Eleventh Doctor And now we come to my personal favorite era for reasons I will explain in a future post, the Matt Smith Eleventh Doctor years and the Matt Smith Christmas specials. And his first one is truly a WHOPPER! ‘A Christmas Carol’ premiered at Christmas 2010 after his successful first series on the show. Heralded for the simple and yet twisty re-telling of the classic Dickens…

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Review: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”

Review: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”

And here we are at the end of another trilogy of Peter Jackson Middle-Earth movies. After the success of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy in my formative years, I had always hoped and wondered what ‘The Hobbit’ would look like if done by Peter Jackson and I’m happy to not only see but live it and be a part of it. None of them are all together perfect films even in their best moments but I love each and…

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