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Rick And Morty – Season 3 Episode 4 REVIEW

‘Vindicators 3: The Return Of Worldender’

*Mild Spoilers Ahead*

What happens when one of the most popular animated shows takes inspiration from two of the best-known superhero teams in comic history, you get a mad episode filled with all the jabs at the genre and the films that have flooded our screens over the last few years. Morty gets to lead an adventure of his choice in a nice call-back to the ‘Meeseeks and Destroy’ episode where he can decide where he and Rick will go, and it is to join the superhero group The Vindicators!

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Being an Avengers-style team-up, complete with their logo upside-down to make it a V, a team of different super-powered beings come together to fight the evil Worldender! Rick wants very much nothing to do with the battle and makes it clear by getting incredibly drunk and ******** all over the place, something that stops hero Noob Noob from going for the fight. So Rick and Morty are going to be helping The Vindicators, but who exactly is on the team?

First off, we have Vance Maximus Renegade Star Soldier who fulfils the Tony Stark aspect of the group (and voiced brilliantly by Christian Slater). We also have Alan Rails, a man who can summon ghost trains and is in no way similar to Green Lantern. Crocubot is a half-crocodile half-robot being, obviously! Then there is Million Ants who is similar to Swamp-Thing and Vision in a funky way, and who could possibly forget Supernova? She is definitely someone you don’t want to mess with.

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While there is a great build up to the introduction of this episode’s titular villain, it is the twist that comes afterwards that where the story is thrown a huge spanner! The show is well at blending genres and pop culture to create some unique works, and mixing The Avengers with the Saw film franchise is no exception. Without giving too much away, just think of that combination I just told you!

As the episode goes on, the twists and turns are just on key at every opportunity. Rick and Morty are genuinely fighting for survival against possibly the greatest enemy they have ever had to face, just don’t expect this to be what you will see from Thanos in Infinity War next year. While some guests may fight for their screen time, every character seems to get enough to do and all manage to incorporate themselves perfectly in this team, just like The Avengers or Justice League.

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Overall, I think this episode is yet another great addition. There is a real focus on the Rick and Morty dynamic this week which I always am happy with, though it does sideline Beth and Summer to a minimal role. The episode, though not developing the main arc, is a fun break to what we have been involved in.

The guest cast are seeded nicely into their parts, with Gillian Jacobs, Lance Reddick and Christian Slater getting some great work to get their teeth into. I can only imagine how Justin Roiland felt having these scenes with just his two title characters conversing, something we haven’t seen too much of in this series so far. While not as captivating as ‘Pickle Rick’ we do only need to follow one plot-thread this week, though I feel we do miss Summer quite a lot.

As for next week, are you ready for Rick and Jerry to do some bonding? Well, once Jerry finds his pants!

Final Rating: 9/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Rick And Morty – Season 3 Episode 3 REVIEW

‘Pickle Rick’

Mild Spoilers

Possibly the simplest concept for the show, ‘Pickle Rick’ is the greatest episode of Season Three so far. Before I saw this, I did wonder, why the hell would Rick Sanchez make himself into a food substance? The reason is actually integral to the story and goes to show that minimal spectacle can produce maximum entertainment. The first five minutes alone focuses on our main character as he adapts to his predicament as a vegetable before ending up in a…well, you get the idea!

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What about The Smith family? This week we don’t get to see Jerry, but we do have Morty, Summer and Beth going to therapy to talk about the problems that the kids are having. This divorce is getting more life than I could have imagined, but at least there is no poop being eaten (a speciality of Dr. Wong apparently).

The main theme for this instalment comes from the title, Rick goes on an unbelievable adventure where he fights rats in a sewer and takes on a shady organisation. There are plenty of moments which are reminiscent of Die Hard, Predator and other 80’s action films, providing some humorous sequences and imaginative deaths.

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The best moments come from Justin Roiland as he voices our favourite eccentric scientist when he takes on the vermin under the streets, the criminals led by a Hans Gruber-type and Danny Trejo as the dangerous Jaguar. I really hope Jaguar will appear again in the future, he could be a great ally. Also, the final moments when Sanchez and The Smiths are all brought together is a nice moment, where we do see Sarah Chalke really showing some emotion as Beth is desperate for her family unit to be closer.

We are only 3 episodes in, but Season Three could be the best by far if we continue on this trajectory. We do get a few nods to the earlier episodes again and the jokes do come out thick and fast throughout its runtime. The show does make use of some great set pieces and more quaint scenes which shows Rick and Morty is not afraid to evolve.

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Next week, we get Vindicators 3: The Return Of Worldender (I have a feeling this will be made to look like a third part of a trilogy). Let’s keep this journey going!

Final Rating: 9.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Rick and Morty – Season Three Episode Two REVIEW!

‘Rickmancing The Stone’

*Some Mild Spoilers Ahead*

After nearly two years, Rick and Morty is officially back on our TV screens (except for Netflix which seems to be making UK fans really struggle by making us wait 6 more days for the episode). After ‘The Rickshank Rickdemption’ brought back the show with an explosive opener, ‘Rickmancing The Stone’ is the first episode to play with the newly altered equilibrium and get into a fun and crazy story.

With a start that shows Jerry about to leave the Smith household, Summer can’t wait to get away from her dad and Morty is still confused over what to do with his parent’s divorce. Jerry is called a “loser” in the wind (which I am sure we have all called him). Rick, who clearly enjoys having Jerry away from the family, is happy to get back into his adventures with his grandchildren.

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The episode takes us to a world that is clearly based on Mad Max (and looks bloody awesome to be fair). It is here that Rick finds himself looking to take some great power from the people, and uses Morty (who looks a bit like Rafael Nadal) to challenge anyone who gets in his way. While Morty is left to vent some of his frustrations about his parents, Summer sees this world as a way for her to escape the problems of home life (and find love with a guy wearing a bucket). But what about Beth, who is stuck at home?

Well, turns out that Rick has kept Morty and Summer away from home for a bit too long this time, but has a great idea to help cover for them and it even convinces Beth that they are home. I don’t want to give too much away, but some of the greatest comedy comes from the scenes back at the house instead of the Mad Max world. There’s a few moments which do drag in the first half of the episode, but the scenes going back and forth between dimensions is where the real laughs develop.

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I could make about another 5 pages of notes on this episode, because this is a great episode and it brings back the style that we got used to in season one. Taking place in another world with two stories that are loosely linked. Justin Roiland as usual can entertain us a lot with the back and forth of the two main characters, Spencer Grammer is definitely getting to make Summer a much better character than how she started. Since the middle of Season One, Summer has grown to be a fantastic part of this show and I enjoy every moment she is present.

Overall, this episode is great. The world following the “boom-boom” is one that is visually wonderful and brings some unexpected jokes from the people in that place. The writing is on fine point and proves that the quality stays high even after all this time. I am sure a repeated viewing will make this episode look better, but for now I am looking forward to next week with ‘Pickle Rick’ (can’t believe that is the name of the episode!)

Final rating: 8.5/10

Written By Jonjo Cosgrove

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Doctor Who – The Doctor Falls. “You May Be A Doctor. But I Am The Doctor. The Original, You Might Say.”

I will tell you now, there is a fair few spoilers!

Doctor Who concluded its tenth series of the revival with one of its most heartfelt, powerful episode’s that Moffat has ever delivered. We had Bill as a Cyberman, a spaceship where the flow of time was all messed up and TWO Masters! How do you get out of this one? Well, with a 90% success rate.

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We begin the episode with Missy and The Master teaming up for a great and slightly creepy partnership (The Master flirting with himself/herself and pushing sexual chemistry with themselves is disturbing) to defeat The Doctor. The Doctor manages to get the upper hand early on, encouraging his rival (rivals?) to lend a hand to survive.

For the first time in quite a while, the Cybermen do feel like a real threat. Eventually, they turn on their controller and look to destroy/convert EVERYONE! Seeing the different generations of Cybermen on screen was a visual treat and seeing them blow up was action-packed and a bit funny (loads of them go flying through the air, you will laugh!).

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Elsewhere, what has become of poor Bill? Well, she is still a Cyberman! It was upsetting to see Pearl Mackie deliver them lines of sadness and anger as her character struggles with the idea of no longer being human.

Having The Master and Missy certainly was great, and to see the two conflicting was just a treat. While Michelle Gomez brings Missy down from her crazy ways, John Simm continues his ever so twisted plan to defeat his rival (and luckily not dancing around like a lunatic. But I do enjoy his nod to Delgado and Ainley).

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‘The Doctor Falls’ is not all about deception, evil and sadness (though that is a majority of it). Matt Lucas gets to once more make Nardole a very comedic character and his interactions with a slightly flirtatious Samantha Spiro was worth watching alone. If this is the last we see of Nardole, at least he had a happy ending…living on a floor of a giant spaceship that looked like the countryside.

Speaking of endings, Bill gets a nice ending which brings her face to face with someone from the past and the emotions are already high. Pearl Mackie has been a magnificent part of the cast and it is a shame to see her bow out here. But, Capaldi manages to steal the show back in that final scene!

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Remember that tease at the beginning of ‘World Enough And Time’? Well, Capaldi literally punches his way out of regenerating, setting up what may be a very explosive chain of events which could lead to a highly traumatic change at Christmas. Then we have that familiar face come to The Doctor, but what does this mean for the Time Lord?

I thought this episode was great, and to see Steven Moffat throw so much into his penultimate Doctor Who script was mostly well executed. It was a shame to see Nardole left behind, but I did enjoy how Pearl Mackie was present on screen throughout the episode while still being a Cyberman. To see John Simm take on a disguise as The Master and seeing his look was like being in the classic Who era, and to have Gomez take him on was truly spectacular. Moffat wants his time on the show to go out with a bang, and his fuse which has been burning away since April, is now fit to blow.

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While we now have that wait until Christmas for the next lot of Doctor Who, it is clear that the special in December will be one you cannot miss!

Probably the best series finale of Doctor Who since 2008!

Final rating: 9.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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P.S. How great does David Bradley look as the First Doctor? To quote Christopher Eccleston, “FANTASTIC!”

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Rick And Morty Is Officially Back…July 30th!

After all the waiting, Rick and Morty will make its return in just a matter of weeks. We will soon see Rick, Morty, Summer and the rest of the gang back on our screens for more fantastic adventures! There has been a few details given out coming up towards its return, so let’s see what we are getting!

THE TRAILER

First, we have our real first look at the season ahead. Using Dizzee Rascal’s hit ‘Bonkers’, it perfectly sums up the “darkest year” of Rick and Morty…

EPISODE COUNT

10 episodes will air for Season Three. Though this is the same as the last season, this is short on the 14 that was commissioned back in 2015. Though they may form part of a potential Season Four and hopefully not make it such a great stretch to wait for episodes after this year!

WHEN CAN YOU WATCH?

Sunday 30th July on Adult Swim in the US is the first place to watch, hopefully dates for other places (including the UK) will be announced very soon.

THE FUTURE

The word is that Harmon and Roiland want to focus on this season first and get it out before Season Four is even touched, but I hope that we have got a few episodes in the can already and then Season Four will be out in 2018. This show is just so popular and I know I am impatient and want to keep seeing this show, but I am happy to wait as long as the quality stays high!

Rick and Morty returns for Season Three on Sunday 30th July 2017 on Adult Swim in the US. FOX in the UK, you better not leave this too long!

PICKLE RICK!!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Doctor Who – World Enough And Time “Hello Missy, I’m The Master. I’m Very Worried About My Future”

*Some Spoilers Ahead*

Well, we knew we were getting The Master and Missy standing side by side at some point in this episode, and this episode, much like ‘The Eaters Of Light’ from last week, has a classic who vibe to it.

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We start this episode with The Doctor still trying to convince Missy to be good, taking her on a “test run” to see how she reacts in the face of danger with Nardole and Bill as companions (or expendables). The problem is, the ship that they are on is carrying a number of dark secrets. For a time-travel show, they have a really great idea that time goes at a different speed dependent on where they are on the ship.

So, this is where I hit some spoiler territory, you have been warned! BILL!?!?!?! Bill was shot through the chest, brought back to life and then…watch it! The Mondasian Cybermen return and I will say the robots shouldn’t be so creepy, but they are f**king terrifying! Ok, we knew the Cybermen were coming, just like we knew to expect The Master, but does that really matter? Not too much.

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Anyone who ever saw the classic Doctor Who episodes that featured The Master, he was a master of disguise and I know many people were fooled by that outfit John Simm wore (I saw through it straight away, but it was a nice touch). To see Simm embrace the Delgado/Ainley inspiration for the evil Time Lord was a great nod and he is fantastic in his short time in the episode!

While Capaldi is gearing towards a regeneration and Lucas delivering more laughs, it was Pearl Mackie who gave us the real heart (sorry) of the episode! Staying in that “hospital” and coming face to face with the people who cry out in pain through their machines is scary. Bill is told by The Doctor to wait for him and the result is…well, you gotta watch it!

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Steven Moffat is definitely gearing towards his big finale, and the beginning of ‘World Enough And Time’ is surely teasing the biggest event we have been waiting to see for the whole series. I have loved Pearl Mackie in this series and I hope she will come back for series 11 (please do it!).

Next week, we will see what happens when ‘The Doctor Falls’ and we find out maybe who our next Doctor is? Could it be Kris Marshall? Paterson Joseph? Olivia Colman? Maybe in a few days, it will all be revealed.

A great episode, surely one of the best for a long time and an almost perfect score for a really gripping story!

Final rating: 9.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Next week…THE DOCTOR FALLS!!!

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The 12 Best TV Characters Of The Past Year

TV has once again gone all out to entertain us all. This year has shown more great revelations, some gripping edge-of-your-seat moments and the most baffling of all, the renewal of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a fifth season (WHY!!!!!!!!!!!). But, we know that after the writing for the shows, it all comes down to the actors and actresses who bring our favourite characters to life. I am happy to share with you the characters who have stuck out for me in the last year, and who I think make these shows so good!

Jeffrey Dean Morgan – Negan on The Walking Dead

How could I not put this guy on the list? Jeffrey Dean Morgan managed to not only become a fan favourite within minutes, he took out two full time characters with thanks to Lucille in his first full episode. Negan has spent most of season seven being the one man you don’t f**k with. Morgan showcases a new kind of charisma and installs a fear which hasn’t been seen on the show previously. With season eight promising to be one very tense showdown, look forward to seeing Negan front and centre of this list next year!

Pearl Mackie – Bill on Doctor Who

It was going to be tough to get someone who could fit into the shoes of Jenna Coleman’s Clara, but then we didn’t know what Pearl Mackie was going to bring. With Bill, we got a great new companion who is clued up and ready to challenge everything. There was a lot of focus on Bill being a lesbian, but this is hardly scratching the surface. Even though the series hasn’t finished yet, Bill looks to be one of the best new companions of all time!

Tom Hardy – James Keziah Delaney on Taboo

Tom Hardy is indeed able to make almost any character he plays a fantastic one to watch, and James Delaney is no exception. Given Hardy co-created the show, he manages to make Delaney a great person that you would be happy to have on your side, and will never be able to turn your back if you ever cross him. He has survived years in a wild land, being shot and…long enough to make it to season two! I…CAN’T…WAIT!

Ian McShane – Mr Wednesday on American Gods

American Gods was a show I waited to see for years. Based on my favourite ever novel, the series focuses on an ex-convict Shadow who is caught up in a battle between the old gods and the new. While Ricky Whittle plays Shadow well, it’s Ian McShane who steals the show as the man who can out-con even the most experienced scam artist. Mr. Wednesday is one of the most unique characters in the show, he manages to shine in every scene and provides plenty of laughs amongst the gritty and bloody moments of this awesome show!

Bryce Dallas Howard – Lacie Pound on Black Mirror ‘Nosedive’

There are a lot of great characters in Season 3 of Black Mirror, it was hard to narrow it down to one. Where I really enjoyed Jerome Flynn and Alex Lawther in ‘Shut Up and Dance’ and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in ‘San Junipero’, it was Bryce who really got under my skin and won me over. She is hungry for attention and the Instagram-like app that takes over the lives of so many in this episode is one that many can relate to. To see her flying so high to suddenly crashing into obscurity was a sight to behold. ‘Nosedive’ may not be the best episode, but it had the best character.

Grant Gustin – Barry Allen/The Flash on The Flash

OK, I am sure I have placed Grant Gustin on a list previously, but he does deserve a lot of recognition this year. Season Three may not have been an overall strong series, but there was plenty to applaud from Barry Allen. In this series, he had to fight the “god” Savitar, find a way to stop his fiancée Iris from being killed and then face off with himself in the future and in the present. We see someone who lives with the pain of creating Flashpoint and basically changing the Arrowverse forever in a way where it will never be the same again. Also, we need that cliffhanger solved!

Jessica Henwick – Colleen Wing on Iron Fist

Before anyone says anything, I do really like Iron Fist. It doesn’t compare to Daredevil or Jessica Jones, but it is enjoyable and a worthy addition to the line-up. While I am sure Finn Jones will shine more in The Defenders, it is Jessica Henwick who really stands out in this series. This girl can handle her own in a fight and shows she isn’t a damsel in distress. Also, we know her fight scenes in that cage were some of the best the show offered! Please keep Colleen in this universe!

Grace Gummer – Dominique DiPierro on Mr. Robot

Mr. Robot is one of them shows that I got hooked on, I remember binge-watching the show during the summer and I couldn’t get enough of it. While the first season got us to learn about Elliot, Darlene, Angela and Mr. Robot, the second season gave us someone who wants to take them down! Grace Gummer is an actress I have never really seen before, but she made Dominique DiPierro one of the most engaging characters the show has had so far. She is shown at her most vulnerable and we become so familiar with her that we hope she will succeed at the end of the day!

Justin Roiland – Rick Sanchez on Rick and Morty

Ok, only one episode has been shown of Season Three, but how bloody good was it? To see Rick and Morty back was a great delight and Justin Roiland has been missed very much. While Morty and Summer both do really well, it is Rick who gets the nod as we are believed to be seeing his life before he became the twisted genius that we now know. ‘The Rickshank Rickdemption’ has us laughing, gasping and lapping up every moment. It’s not everyday you can outshine Nathan Fillion, but you did it!

Dan Mintz – Tina Belcher on Bob’s Burgers

I love Bob’s Burgers. It is easily the best animated show from Fox at the moment (The Simpsons and Family Guy really need to pick their game up!). All the characters are so fun and give a lot to us in each episode, but my choice is Tina for one reason, you can’t help but love her. She lives like any teenager, but maybe is a bit more odd than what you may have been like. She’s eaten cat food (watch and you will understand), worked to get her own phone and even made some rather humorous fan-fiction. However you see her, Tina is truly the heart of the show and it would not be the same without her!

Sian Gibson – Kayleigh on Peter Kay’s Car Share

I have said before how much I love this show and I would say Kayleigh is probably the main reason. She is adorable, naïve, silly and fun. You fall in love with her just seeing her interactions in that car with her buddy John. In series two, we get to see the duo reunite and their “friendship” is getting a lot of people talking, you really want them to come closer. Then you have that last scene of the series, where you think John has finally sweeped Kayleigh off her feet and admitted his feelings…then it turns out to be a dream! PLEASE PLEASE PETER KAY, DON’T LET IT END THIS WAY!

Bob Odenkirk – Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman on Better Call Saul

When it first began, I honestly thought Better Call Saul was going to suffer as a show. Following Breaking Bad was never going to be easy, but luckily enough, the writing and the character portrayals have managed to almost make this its own entity even though you know how it must all end. While there are so many to choose from, the lead is definitely the strongest this time. He has done all he can to keep out of jail, prove his Brother is a deceptive scumbag and he continues his journey to becoming the criminal lawyer we know and somehow like to see!

OK, I said 12, but there is one more I want to mention!

Alanna Masterson – Tara Chambler on The Walking Dead

I find it sad that many wanted to bully or moan at this actress. Alanna is a lovely human being who truly shows her worth in this show! Tara begins this season away from the group with Heath on a supply run when Negan deals with the rest of the gang. During this time, we see Tara go on her own adventure when she ends up at Oceanside, a community that has only women after all their men were killed by the saviors. Tara not only has to deal with the group (who nearly kills her too) but she also becomes key to helping Alexandria prepare for a war with Negan. Also, she is a little bit of light in a show where many characters have shown or now live in their dark side. I don’t care what anyone says, Tara is a superb character and deserves more recognition and for those who bully Alanna online either for her portrayal or physical look (she looks fine, she just had a baby and that does not affect her acting, trolls need to get a life and f**k off!) you need to grow up! I look forward to see what Alanna does next on the show!

What do you think of this list? Is there anyone who you would put on here? Let me know!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Doctor Who – The Eaters Of Light “That’s The Trouble With Hope. It’s Hard To Resist”

Classic Who writer Rona Munro came back to the show to show how you make a good ol’ fashioned episode with plenty of heart and some cheesy effects! Being the writer of ‘Survival’, the last episode before the 1989 cancellation, you could see that Doctor Who could have had so much goodness going into the 90’s with this plucky writer!

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This week, we see The Doctor finding himself in Scotland with Nardole and Bill, disagreeing about what happened to the Ninth Legion of The Imperial Roman Army in the 2nd century. Ok, it sorta comes from nowhere, but it is an interesting concept as it is based on a true disappearance which is fun. Plus, Bill and Nardole get plenty to do this week. YAY!

While The Doctor and Nardole are with the Pict Tribe who also guard the gate that has the “Eaters Of Light” trying to escape (spoiler alert…one escapes!), Bill finds the Legion and finds that they are more modern than she would expect. The Doctor knows that these creatures must be stopped from getting out as they will eat all light in the universe, and he also needs to find Bill.

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While the main villain may not be that memorable or impressive (was good before we properly saw it), the cast makes this episode fantastic and the writing complements every single person that appears on that screen. Rebecca Benson makes a great turn as Kar and all the chaps playing the roman soldiers are all well presented.

As I mentioned before, to have Matt Lucas doing very little was a waste for a good number of episodes. Luckily, Nardole is given some great lines this time around and his interactions with the fighters is fun (and a conveniently held bag of popcorn works wonders). Then there is Pearl Mackie who indeed delivers some great work during her time away from Capaldi and shows that Bill is indeed one of the best companions that Who has ever had. Mentioning Capaldi, you can see small signs of his reign as The Doctor ending soon and the willingness to sacrifice himself speaks more for what we are preparing for later this year.

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While ‘The Eaters Of Light’ is not my favourite, it is a strong episode for this series. The story is mostly well thought out, the monsters unfortunately don’t have enough to engage them into the arc and are easily disposed of. Then there is Missy, please just let her show her true colours already! I love Michelle Gomez, but this ruse must end soon. Then again, we have John Simm next week who will shake it all up! Till then, a plea to Mr Chibnall. PLEASE LET RONA MUNRO WRITE FOR SERIES 11!

Final Rating: 8.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Next week: ‘World Enough And Time’ will bring us probably the most epic finale we have ever seen!

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Doctor Who – Empress Of Mars “There’s No Setting For Wood! Why Is There Still No Setting For Wood?”

*Mild Spoilers*

I will be honest, I still like the jokes about the Sonic Screwdriver being useless when it comes to wood. But I am here to assure you that there is more to this episode than just a wood joke, there is a lot to take from this episode and one time where the one-off characters can actually be really engaging.

Breaking into NASA, the TARDIS crew discover a message written on the surface of Mars. So The Doctor, who doesn’t miss a thing, heads to Mars with Bill and Nardole to when the message was first written (1881, sounds like a good year), but who made it? We find early on an Ice Warrior and a group of British Soliders from Victorian England, but they seem to get along. Finding this suspicious, The Doctor begins to work out why the soldiers have been brought to the red planet.

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I will be honest (again), there isn’t really many surprises in this episode. We knew that the Ice Warriors were gonna end up killing the humans and that Missy was going to be let out of her prison, but I still enjoyed the episode. A highlight was seeing the development of Colonel Godsacre who throughout the episode we see that he is a vulnerable man who has come close to death and in the end saves the day and has a new purpose. Anthony Calf actually made his acting debut in Doctor Who in 1982, so this does make his impressive performance more enjoyable because of this fact.

There are a few nice nods to the past, and it doesn’t end with Anthony Calf. We also get Alpha Centauri who was again voiced by Ysanne Churchman for the first time in over 40 years, and yet the character sounds exactly the same. Then we get Missy, who I still don’t believe is actually going to turn good. There will be something wicked coming this way soon, and it stinks of the Time Lord.

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I should say that this week there was little of Matt Lucas again and Pearl Mackie didn’t get nearly enough to do (but her scenes with Iraxxa were fantastic) and Capaldi yet again wins the show by doing all he can to prevent war. Peter is just a few episodes away from finishing his tenure and you can feel that something big is building up for his finale.

Mark Gatiss has written some great scripts over time for Doctor Who, and this one is definitely decent enough, but there just isn’t enough substance to make this a great winner. The acting is nice and the classic callbacks are welcome, but please make sure that: A) Matt Lucas gets more to do B) Make it a bit clearer what is happening with Missy and C) give us some more engagement in the story. Like I said, I like this episode, but it could have had so much more!

Final rating: 7/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Next Week (or today as I spent so long getting this review out): We dine with The Eaters Of Light!

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Doctor Who: The Lie Of The Land. “Your Version Of Good Is Not Absolute. It’s Vain, Arrogant And Sentimental”

*Some Spoilers Ahead*

Well, that was the end of the Monk’s trilogy! Thank goodness for that. After a rather good build up, the Monk’s ultimately are a let down on what was a great idea put into motion. The villains may have been a bit rubbish, we got our dynamic back on track with our lead characters. Then we have Missy, can we really trust her? No! No no no no no! Give her a chance, she will try and defeat The Doctor again!

Throughout the episode, Bill is talking to her dead Mum. Yeah, a bit weird isn’t it. But if you haven’t seen the episode yet, it does become a big point later. We are apparently dealing with an evil Doctor at the beginning, as he is part of the broadcasts which try to convince the public that The Monk’s have always existed on earth.

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As the episode goes on, we start to realise that there is a way to defeat the Monk’s, and it seems like they can’t be bothered to stop the TARDIS crew from chucking them off the planet. The aliens are good at taking over the world and bending it to their will, but the security to their headquarters is left easy enough to be attacked.

This is where we get into spoiler territory in some depth, we need to discuss that REGENERATION! Well, I always thought it was going to be a cop-out, this was then confirmed to me when we got to the end episode seven. There had to be something happen that needed either a reset or some great explanation and luckily it didn’t completely copy ‘Last Of The Time Lords’, even though there was certainly some similarities.

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The winning factor for this episode for me was Pearl Mackie, who once again shows that Bill is certainly one of the best companions to grace Doctor Who! I can’t help but think that all these teases with her mum will result in her either meeting her mum soon in the past or her somehow coming back to life (this is sci-fi, anything can happen).

While writer Toby Whithouse may not be able to bring the most favourable conclusion to the loose three-parter, we are given some great dialogue and interactions, and yes this does include Missy (I will really miss Michelle Gomez when she quits the role). How much more are we to get of The Mistress before she comes face to face with her former incarnation? We know this is coming, and to think we still have Cybermen and Ice Warriors to come, there will be plenty to enjoy before the series reaches its end.

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A fantastic performance from our central trio saves this episode from being a throwaway and still includes some great moments. The only real dip in the series so far, but you can forgive Doctor Who for this one!

Final rating: 7/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

NEXT WEEK: We are brought together to greet the ‘Empress Of Mars’!

 

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