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A Death in the Family - Why TV Stars Matter to Audiences

So last week the sad news broke that Gareth Thomas, original star of Terry Nation’s sci-fi space opera Blake’s 7 (1978-81), had passed away at the age of 71. 809 more words

Blake's 7: In Search of a Better Legacy

Beware of synchronicity. No sooner do I mention, in Sunday’s blogpost about Follow the Money, the controversial ending to the final series of Blake’s 7… 2,508 more words

The Goggle-Box

Doctor Who - The end of the World [Head Writers reviewed #2: Russell T. Davies #2]

Doctor Who head writers reviewed #2
Russell T. Davies #2
The end of the World

Doctor Who Head Writers Reviewed is a series I’m running on a weekly basis here, in-which I review each episode written by the three head writers: … 997 more words


The Planet of Decision

The Mechanoid takes the time-travellers up to the city.  The lift they travel in is incredibly quiet, which is either an intentional touch (to suggest how advanced the Mechanoids are) or it’s because Richard Martin forgot to add any sound effects.   712 more words

William Hartnell

The Death of Doctor Who

One of the frustrating things about The Chase is that the script has some very good ideas, which are somewhat frittered away.  The robot duplicate of Doctor Who is a good case in point – this could have easily been developed over a number of episodes, possibly with the audience unaware that a substitution had been made (which would have made the reveal all the more dramatic). 470 more words

William Hartnell

Journey into Terror

Journey Into Terror (yet another generic Terry Nation episode title) is pretty poor stuff.  Technically it’s sloppy – watch out for the camera at the top of the stairs about five and a half minutes in and there’s another problem a few seconds later when a Dalek is revealed.   465 more words

William Hartnell

Flight Through Eternity

The opening scene in the Daleks’ time machine is pretty impressive.  The set (designed by Raymond Cusick) looks substantial and has some groovy 1960’s embellishments – such as the spinning wall designs.   591 more words

William Hartnell