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Tony Cross
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A citizen of the universe & a gentleman to boot
A citizen of the universe & a gentleman to boot

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Inferno
Inferno  is the final story of Season 7. It's another seven part story, but never really drags. There's a real tension throughout, especially as we get to see the Doctor fail and the world destroyed thanks to the miracle of alternative universes. It's a str...

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The Thirteenth Doctor
So, I thought I'd finally add my tuppence worth to the whole Thirteenth Doctor announcement response. First of all I should explain that I'm delighted. Jodi Whittaker is a fine actor. I think she'll be a fine Doctor but a lot will depend on the quality of t...

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The Ambassadors of Death
I write this blog in the afterglow of the announcement that Jodie Whittaker will be playing the new Doctor. The first woman to play the part. I wasn't convinced the BBC would ever have the courage to do it. But they have. Good luck to Jodie. Welcome aboard....

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Doctor Who and The Silurians
Doctor Who & The Silurians  is as fine a Doctor Who story as you'll ever see. Yes, it is probably a tad long but then that gives us the space to see The Doctor actually doing science and some genuinely disturbing scenes in and around Marylebone Station as t...

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Spearhead From Space
Well, hello, everyone. It has been a long time. Let us forget this long gap and carry on as if nothing has happened. Spearhead From Space  arrives like a brightly coloured meteor after all that black and white Hartnell and Troughton. There's a glorious new ...

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My short little review of Mack & Mabel at the Winston Churchill Hall. Not your usual West End production today folks.

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My Favourite Things From 2016
I saw a lot of art in 2016. That's what will stand out I think. I hardly saw a film, went to the theatre and opera a bit & read a lot but I made my way to a lot of art. Now, my knowledge of art extends pretty much as far as that cliche: "I may not know a lo...

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Reading in 2016
So, I set out to read 100 books in 2016.  I know - and thank you, Professor Parry, for also pointing it out to me - that setting targets isn't really what reading should be about but hey, that's how I roll. It also allows me to indulge in my love of Excel s...

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The War Games
So, that is the end of the Patrick Troughton era of Doctor Who and it's a magnificent way to end it. The War Games  is ten episodes long but hardly drags for a moment. Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke, who shared the writing on this, find a way to inject a ...

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The Space Pirates
Well, that was The Space Pirates that was. It's far too long. It might be bearable at four episodes. At six it requires repetition and padding beyond the call of duty. Then there are some of the performances. General Hermack (Jack May) and Major Warne (Dona...
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