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‘Planet of the Dead’ (Photo: BBC)

‘Doctor Who’: 10 Things You May Not Know About ‘Planet of the Dead’

“Planet of the Dead” is not only the last of the Tenth Doctor’s “fun” stories, as he heads into self-doubt and recrimination prior to his forthcoming regeneration, it also features a loving recycling of one of Doctor Who’s signature visual tricks. It takes an iconic object, familiar primarily (but not exclusively) to British viewers and […]

The TARDIS (Photo: BBC)

‘Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: How to Destroy a TARDIS

Welcome to this week’s Doctor Who’s Day roundup, a timey wimey trawly wawley through a week’s worth of Whovian stuff and nonsense on the internet. And we begin this week with some footage that will not have been particularly disturbing at the time it was filmed, but viewed through modern, Whovian eyes, it’s quite upsetting. […]

‘The Next Doctor’ (Photo: BBC)

‘Doctor Who’: 10 Things You May Not Know About ‘The Next Doctor’

“The Next Doctor” is one of the most beloved adventures in Doctor Who’s long history. It’s partly because the premise is adventurous and mysterious. Without getting too far into spoilers, the Doctor meets a man called the Doctor, with a companion and sonic screwdriver and a TARDIS, in Victorian London. Oh, and there are Cybermen. […]

Dan Stevens in ‘Legion’ (Photo: FX)

10 Real-Life Superheroes from Recent History

Legion is Marvel Television’s first series that explores the reality of the X-Men movies, where people are born with extraordinary powers thanks to genetic mutations. It’s based around the character Legion (played by Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens), son of Charles Xavier, who has terrific psychic abilities —including psionic time travel — but also some mental […]

Mark Wright’s TARDIS (Photo: YouTube)

‘Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: The Wendy House TARDIS

Welcome to this week’s Doctor Who’s Day roundup, a trawl through the outer reaches of the internet over the past week to find tasty nuggets of Whovian fandom and other stuff and nonsense. And we begin this week where we began last week, by thinking about the next Doctor. There’s plenty of speculation about who […]

Rock biogs

Seven Startling Stories from Rock Biographies

Rock biographies often contain a strange mix of unexpected revelation, unorthodox behavior and jarring encounters with mundane reality. The best also have very human stories that linger in the mind far longer than, say, lengthy descriptions of the recording process or bitter examinations of old contractual problems. Former Sex Pistol Steve Jones’s recently released memoir, Lonely Boy, is […]

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