There’s nothing better than sitting down in front of the TV on Christmas Day evening while tucking into a sandwich packed full of Christmas dinner leftovers. One of the mostly hotly-anticipated Christmas specials returns for a double bill this year. The episodes feature matriarch Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll) refusing to buy a Christmas tree, and Cathy (Jennifer Gibney) has an internet date.
Matt Lucas was devastated when his ex-husband Kevin McGee took his own life at the age of 32 in 2009. The 43-year-old comedic actor has rarely spoken about the tragedy and how he recovered, but has written an autobiography entitled ‘Little Me, my life from A—Z’, in which he talks about bullying, ‘Little Britain’ and the suicide of his ex-lover. Matt says he tried to “distract himself” from the trauma by sleeping with various men he met online, as he thought it was better than turning to drink or drugs to help him cope.
With series 10 having just finished, I now will try to rank all ten seasons (worst to best) of the BBC’s flagship show as best I can. This particular disappointment was none-more-so evident than in series seven, which split it’s 13 episodes (plus a Christmas special) over two years. Then we met Clara Oswald for the first time and despite some good stuff here and there, it kind of sucked that her character existed solely for the purpose of The Doctor.
Apart from an obvious reveal, some wasted Bill and silliness here and there, ‘World Enough and Time’ and ‘The Doctor Falls’ were fantastic. The characterisation of Missy was fascinating, the cinematography was beautiful, the music stunning. The only weak note was, surprisingly, John Simm’s returning Master who didn’t really do much but give Missy closure to her arc.
It may be sad to see Peter Capaldi leave the role of The Doctor as he’s often been fantastic during a less fantastic tenure of the show. As acclaimed British actors go, there’s no better than Ejiofor, whose turns in Serenity, 12 Years a Slave, Love Actually and most recently Doctor Strange have proven that he’s a versatile actor who can do drama and humour with ease. Maybe one major science fiction franchise isn’t enough for this Birmingham-born actress who, like Capaldi before her, has previous with the show, starring in 2008 adventure The Unicorn and the Wasp.
Set in New York, the episode sees The Doctor teaming up with a masked superhero and a journalist to stop a deadly alien threat. Almost like a Lois Lane type character, Lucy is surprised to learn that the superhero is real. Until now, there have only been rumours of the existence of a masked vigilante roaming the streets of New York.
Created by young adult author Patrick Ness, Class is aimed at a much younger, teen audience, complete with a cast of teenagers. Set in Coal Hill High School, they must juggle their own lives with the unexplainable situations that are happening around them, as the cracks in time and space begin to thin because of The Doctor and his time-travelling. Coal Hill High School has been a part of Doctor Who since the first episode aired in 1963.
Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat has furiously hit back at John Barrowman’s claims that he’s blocking the return of Torchwood to our screens. Barrowman has previously said that “certain egos” are preventing the show’s BBC return, and despite the fact that he wasn’t mentioned by name, Moffat reacted angrily. “You may be aware that John Barrowman has been saying, publicly, that I’ve been blocking a new series of Torchwood,’ he said.
Live telly is so rife with potential disaster, you have to wonder why anyone would bother. Especially considering these royal balls ups… Image credits: BBC/ITV/YouTube
Matt Lucas is back – joining Peter Capaldi on the ‘Doctor Who’ set. Arriving in Cardiff to film scenes for the upcoming ‘Doctor Who’ series 10, the 42-year-old comedian looked delighted to be back… and we even spotted him sharing a laugh with Peter Capaldi on set. ‘Doctor Who’ Series 10 is currently filming on location at Cardiff University, where we found Matt Lucas and Peter Capaldi filming a fairly energetic scene in front of one of the University buildings.
Kids are pretty resilient, right? Well it seems it’s not for a lack of trying from makers of TV shows ostensibly made for children. In hindsight, many appear to be have made for the sole purpose of reducing them to haunted, gibbering wrecks. Here are some of the very worst culprits.