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A fantasy realm. Feuding brothers. Odd-looking elves. A guy with a giant hammer. I've been waiting to feature Hawk The Slayer and with Thor: The Dark World out this week, the time is right. Hawk the Slayer (1980) Director: Terry Marcel Stars: John Terry, Jack Palance, Bernard Bresslaw After his evil older brother Voltan kills their father and kidnaps a nun, Christian Shephard gathers his tallest, shortest and most effeminate friends to help stop him. I'm a sucker »
- Jason Adams
Some of the latest releases from the BBC in their classic Doctor Who episodes are well timed, as they feature characters which made a reappearance this season. The Ice Warriors is a Troughton episode which feature the classic monster that made its return in Mark Gatiss‘ Cold War.
The Ice Warriors is one of the early adventures with missing episodes, specifically episodes two and three. In addition to the usual stellar job of restoring the existing episodes, the missing parts are here recreated with animated footage, tied to existing soundtracks. The restoration team provides alternative style commentary tracks for the animated episodes, presenting archival interviews with Bernard Bresslaw and writer Brian Hayles, and readings of transcribed interviews with other cast and crewmembers.
Extras include new two new mini-documentaries on both the making of the original adventure, and the new animated adventures. Commentary tracks are featured on the full episodes with with the cast and crew. »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
By Gary Young
Doctor Who - The Ice Warriors (Rrp £20.42, released August 26, 2013)
With the Doctor Who publicity juggernaut grinding remorselessly towards the 50th anniversary celebrations, the programme's past is being highlighted like never before.
The latest classic story to be dusted off and lovingly restored is the Patrick Troughton epic The Ice Warriors.
With two episodes missing from the BBC archives, previous releases have always been unsatisfying - but the sterling work of the Doctor Who restoration team in animating the missing segments to the surrounding soundtrack result in an effect similar to replacing a missing tooth in a much-loved smile.
Patrick Troughton has always been the Doctor's Doctor - all subsequent actors who have taken on the role seem to fall over themselves to praise his performance.
Following the irascible anti-hero first Doctor William Hartnell, Troughton set the template of the kindly, gentle but morally-driven Time Lord - and »
- David Bentley
Feature Ryan Lambie 7 Jun 2013 - 06:10
Superheroes! Books! Games! A giant head! Here's another batch of worthy, geek-friendly crowdfunding projects for your perusal...
We're now into our second month of these weekly crowdfunding posts, and trundling around the internet has become a really fun weekly ritual. From compelling new ideas to bizarre, 'what were they thinking?' schemes, each trawl through the web's crowdfunding sites turns up a fresh surprise at every turn.
Although some of the things we've stumbled on our downright cheeky - unless we read it incorrectly, one person appeared to have set up a project to fund their overseas holiday - many are perfectly worthy. This makes the task of choosing just three or four projects each week extremely tricky - particularly as we always try to pick lots of varied things, rather than focusing exclusively on, say, movies or games or books.
To this end, »
You’d think we’d have learned as a people – if you find a large humanoid form frozen in the ice, don’t thaw it out. And really don’t thaw it out if you’re cut off from humanity, like in an arctic research base, or as in this episode, a sinking Soviet Russian submarine. With The Doctor being mistaken for a spy, and an ancient Martian conqueror trying to blow up the world, things were set for an unpleasant interpretation of the term…
by Mark Gatiss
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon
A Russian submarine unearths an Ice Warrior, frozen in the permafrost of the North Pole. The Doctor arrives (aiming for Las Vegas) and attempts to broker a peace between the already very skittish Russian crew and a warrior who presumes that his people are dead, and that he has nothing to lose.
Gatiss pulls off a »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
• Sarah Dempster's TV Od: It's down on the Peckham streets with E4's curiously old-fashioned urban drama
He's a chump with a head for business. She's a plonker with a body for flammable leisurewear. Together they are Youngers (Wednesday, 7.30pm, E4), an ambitious south London bedroom rap act who – along with sensible, worry-shouldered friend Yemi – bumble, bicker and brap their way through E4's new teen urban music comedy-drama.
Yes, a teen urban music comedy-drama; graffiti me faintly terrified. This, evidently, is not for people with carriage clocks or knees that make noises like collapsing masonry if they sit down too quickly. It's not for viewers who find later episodes of New Tricks too "street", or those who find that Question Time meets, and on occasion, exceeds their every pop-cultural need (that said, big up to Mc Wark and the Review Show mandem). Or is it? Set in Peckham, it's a tale of ambition, »
- Sarah Dempster
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