Doctor Who: The Bells of St John – spoilers light

Doctor Who - Series 7B

First Aired BBC1 18:15 30th March 2013

Writer: Stephen Moffat
Director: Colm McCarthy

The Doctor: Matt Smith
Clara Oswald: Jenna-Louise Coleman
Miss Kizlet: Celia Imrie

This is the first episode of the second part of Season 7 (or Season 33). I must say I’m not that happy with short runs, two sets of shows in a year is fine but I’d rather there were larger blocks. I’m also not keen on the decision to have no two-parters. That aside I still look forward to each new episode.

This episode we meet Clara Oswald, again. We first met her in the first episode of the current series, Asylum of the Daleks (first aired BBC1 1 September 2012). Then she was called Oswin Oswald, the sole survivor of a crashed spaceship on Skaro. We then met her in the Christmas Special, The Snowmen (first aired BBC1 25 December 2012). This time called Clara Oswin Oswald, a Governess for two children whose mother had died.
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The Eagle Series (Macro & Cato) by Simon Scarrow – light spoilers

The Eagle Series, also known as Cato & Macro – Novels written by Simon Scarrow

Published by Headline (UK) & Thomas Dunne Books (USA)

It was a rainy day in Leeds when I first encountered a book by Simon Scarrow. I had finished the current novel I had been reading, can’t recall what it was, and was facing an hour-long commute home. I walked through Leeds outdoor market to a bookstore there that I knew had good priced new books – I do buy second-hand sometimes but prefer new. I browsed and saw ‘The Eagles Conquest’, it was a different cover to the main picture above.

(edit 8th Feb 2014 – the 12th book The Blood Crows is available in hardback & I wrote a review on 29th Jan 2014)

(edit 30th Oct 2014 –  the 13th book Brothers in Blood is available In hardback & I wrote a review on 21st Oct 20014)

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Trench Coat and Trilby (part 1) a short story by Steve Hargett


This story isn’t to be taken too seriously as a literary work. It is a bit of a joke with my work colleagues, written for their amusement. I won’t go in to details as from this no-one can be identified. However when my colleagues read it almost every character that appears in the story is based on one of them.

No one was offended and those that have read it have told me it was good – though as I say it is full of in-jokes. in fact one person who isn’t in the story has asked to have a part included. I have written it in such a way that the in-jokes should be invisible, or at least almost transparent. The story should read clearly for everyone who doesn’t know the people upon whom the characters are based.

This is just under half of the project, the second part will be published here in April after my colleagues have read it.
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Judge Minty – Coming Soon online! – light spoilers

2000AD announced on their main news page yesterday (Wednesday 27th March) that the team behind the wonderful Judge Minty fan film would soon be online. To herald the arrival a new trailer has been released.

The film is a ‘not for profit venture’ and has received a lot of kind support from Rebellion, the publishers of 2000AD. Everyone involved gave their time for free.

The script was written by Written By Steven Sterlacchini & Michael Carroll. Directed by Written By Steven Sterlacchini with Stephen Green as Director of Photography and Digital Imagery. Storyboards by Barry Renshaw.

I’ve already done two reviews of this excellent short film and I’ve put up several sets of details of screenings of the film. This version however, the online version, will be the final cut. As you can read over on the 2000AD there are extra scenes in this final cut that haven’t been seen in any of the screenings at Comic Cons & Film Festivals.

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The Princess Bride – a film directed by Rob Reiner – spoiler light

The Princess Bride – Directed by Rob Reiner


Peter Falk
Fred Savage

Cary Elwes
Robin Wright
Wallace Shawn
Mandy Patinkin
Andre The Giant
Chris Sarandon

Originally released in the US in 1987 and on general release in the UK in March 1988. I saw this earlier this month in a special 25th anniversary screening at Leeds Kirkstall Road Vue.

I first saw this film on VHS round a mate’s house. I hadn’t heard about it in the 80s, if I had I’d have seen it at the cinema I’m sure. I bought the 20th anniversary DVD a few years ago but this was the first time I had seen this on the big screen, having seen it dozens of times on the small screen. My son and daughter like this film and last year I bought it for my Mum for her birthday – she loved it too. Continue reading

Judge Dredd: Year One

JD Year 1 subscriptionJudge Dredd: Year One issue 1 published by IDW

Script: Matt Smith
Art: Simon Coleby
Colours: Leonard O’Grady
Letters: Chris Mowry
Cover Art: Carlos Ezquerra
Cover Colours: Leonard O’Grady

Other covers available
Top Right: Greg Staples
Bottom: Right Dave Sim

JD Year 1 standard

I bought the Carlos Ezquerra cover, last one in the shop. I’d have been happy with the Greg Staples cover but was pleased to get the one I did.

So far I haven’t been too impressed with the IDW run of Judge Dredd, still buying it to give it a fair chance. I’m OK with the fact the setting isn’t quite the same. IDW Dredd is a parallel universe to the one seen in 2000AD. But the IDW stories just aren’t up to grade in my opinion.

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