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Doctor Who complete reviews: Planet Of Fire

31 January 2011 11:08 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Ah, Lanzarote. Beautiful scenery. Bright sunshine. Hot temperatures - something that's urgently needed in Britain at the moment, given the freezing temperatures. Oh, and of course, the age-old stereotype of one or two pasty-faced British tattooed blobbos or high-heeled bimbos waving beer bottles in the air and bellowing Oasis songs at top whack - although any package holiday deal in a hot, sunny country will inevitably attract these sorts.

One keen visitor is the good Doctor, who arrives in the scorching heat of Lanzarote, on the trail of a distress signal that's being beamed from a rather dodgy-looking artefact. And before you know it, he's off to the planet of Sarn (which uncannily looks like the beautiful vistas of Lanzarote), where he runs - yet again - into his arch-nemesis, The Master.

That may sound simple to you, but imagine the look on Peter Grimwade's face when the Who »

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Doctor Who complete reviews: Enlightenment

12 January 2011 2:38 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

I love cartoons - the escapism, the fun, and most of all, the nostalgia factor from my childhood days. In particular, the Hanna Barbera cartoons were a staple part of pre-teen youth as much as Grifter bicycles, space hoppers, and of course, Doctor Who.

If you're a fan of Hanna Barbera cartoons, then try and spot the parallels with some classic Who adventures. Terror Of The Autons features a bearded fiend, a quaking wimp and dozens of failed inventions - just like Dastardly And Muttley In Their Flying Machines. The Web Of Fear, The Robots Of Death and The Monster Of Peladon are all examples of the Scooby Doo-esque whodunnits. And then Enlightenment comes along with its homage to Wacky Races in space.

Ok, so the competitors are racing along in boat spaceships rather than cars, but they're an eclectic mix including blank-faced Edwardians, Greeks and bwa-ha-ha-ing pirates. And naturally the latter example, »

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Doctor Who complete reviews: Snakedance

5 January 2011 10:51 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. There's no escaping from your nightmares. Dreams are like a lottery. On a lucky day, you'll find that you've just come into loads of money, moved into a swanky mansion with a gold-plated swimming pool and quaffed the most expensive champagne that money can buy for breakfast, dinner and tea. On a bad day, however, it's the pits, as you will either be forced to confront your darkest fears or face the prospect of a grisly, hideous death that's on a par with the demise of the Nazi baddies in Raiders Of The Lost Ark.

So spare a thought for poor old Teabag, who's drawn the short straw in dreams. She's having several nightmares about her slithering nemesis, the Mara, who's back for more in Snakedance.

It was inevitable that the Mara would stage a return, given the Doctor's non-answer to Teabag's hopes that »

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