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Ever since Lost, many dramas have mistaken heightened style and tangled plotlines for intrigue. Here are five of the most perplexing shows that (somehow) made it to our screens
Have you been watching Intruders? That’s actually a trick question – nobody has been watching Intruders. BBC2’s thriller about John Simm investigating a shadowy cabal of bodysnatching immortals launched a month ago with a double bill that ladled context-free violence over breadcrumbs of plot. That was apparently enough to convince most viewers that the moody BBC America co-production wasn’t their cup of tea. By episode three, viewing figures had dropped to around 400,000 and the rest of the eight-part series will play out late on Saturday nights. (It’s a shame, because episode six is when someone finally sits down and explains how all the soul-swapping Egyptian reincarnation stuff works.)
Perhaps it will find a second life on streaming services, »
- Graeme Virtue
Warning: contains spoilers for Doctor Who series 8.
When an opportunity arose to hear Steven Moffat dissect Doctor Who’s recently concluded series 8 over the course of a ninety-minute Q&A, we straightened our imaginary bow-tie and went along. Not only did the Rts Doctor Who: Anatomy Of A Hit event include the showrunner, but also producers Nikki Wilson and Brian Minchin, director Ben Wheatley and Millennium FX artist Rob Mayor.
Chaired by Heat Magazine’s Boyd Hilton, conversation ranged from Missy, to Daleks, lying and the absolute joy that is Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. We learned that Michelle Gomez turned down the first series 8 role she was offered before accepting the part of Missy, that Peter Capaldi used clips of Billy Connolly’s “ranting old »
Last night, the Royal Television Society held a special event celebrating the world's longest-running science-fiction series - Doctor Who: Anatomy of a Hit saw showrunner Steven Moffat form part of a panel to discuss the show's ongoing global success.
Digital Spy was in attendance for the wide-ranging 90-minute session - which covered everything from The Master's return, to leaked episodes to talk of a Sherlock crossover - and presents select highlights below.
Series eight of Doctor Who climaxed with the return of classic foe The Master, but after deciding to have the character reappear in female form, Moffat admitted that he was at a loss as to how to write 'Missy' - until he hit upon the idea of casting Michelle Gomez.
"I wanted a go at The Master and I thought, 'It'll be a woman!' and I then got lost for several months, thinking... and what does that mean? »
Things are getting pretty complex in the supernatural world of Intruders. Here's Gerri's review of Ave Verum Corpus...
This review contains spoilers.
1.4 Ave Verum Corpus
Last week on Intruders, Richard continued to kick ass, Jack and Amy realised that they were in desperate need of couples counselling (or in Amy’s case, a good exorcist), and Marcus continued to terrorize the Seattle suburbs as a nine year old girl. Seriously. A nine year old girl.
Episode four starts out with Marcus, asleep in the back seat of a car, dreaming of the time Maddy’s parents bought the beach house and she sat down at the piano, for the first time ever, and playing like a pro. His dreams got darker as he remembered the end of his past life, getting (what I assumed to be) buried alive. Which begs the question, exactly how long has Marcus been squatting like »
Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Rachel Talalay
The Story: With Cybermen on the streets of London, old friends unite against old enemies and the Doctor takes to the air in a startling new role. Can the mighty Unit contain Missy? As the Doctor faces his greatest challenge, sacrifices must be made before the day is won.
So here we are…the series finale following on from last weeks bombshell cliffhanger left with ‘Dark Water‘. It seems hard to believe that the highly anticipated debut of our brand new Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, was actually twelve weeks ago. It seems even stranger however, to cast our minds back a mere year and remember that November 2013 was the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who and Thn were in London with a stupendous gathering of fans. »
- Ben Read
This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
8.12 Death In Heaven
"Nethersphere's just a cool name we came up with during a spitball"
Well, for a start, you have to feel sorry for Sanjeev Bhaskar. His joy when he landed a role in the Doctor Who finale proved to come with a sting. Turns out he was barely in Death In Heaven for more than a minute or two of screen time, before he was sucked out of an aeroplane window. Them's the breaks, a phrase we've no intention of ever using again.
Mind you, he was in good company. How many times have we got to the end of a series of Doctor Who, and bemoaned the fact that the show was too protective of its characters? That not »
Last week on Intruders, we indulged in some delicious creepy time feelings without being bludgeoned about the head and neck with intrigue. Marcus/Maddie made a run for Seattle, narrowly escaping an ass-kicking Richard. Jack gets a cabbie beaten up in pursuit of his missing wife, after which he gets a call from Amy, who is back at home. And the recently deceased conspiracy theorist pirate radio host has been replaced by the rifle-toting Tim Truth.
This week, Jack tucks his tail and (drinks and) drives back home to his wife. Or, as he is starting to realize, to the person who only appears to be his wife. When he gets to the house, Amy is pissed off and accusatory. She lashes out at Jack for potentially ruining her relationship with her boss »
Missy -> Mistress -> Master. We should've really seen it coming, and to be fair, some of us did.
He's a notorious insatiable fibber, that Steven Moffat, so as soon as Doctor Who's head writer, executive producer and chief keeper of secrets declares an element from the show's past "over" and "done", it's a fair bet that said element will be rearing its head sometime soon.
But if you're a series newcomer with no clue who this 'Master' is - or you're only familiar with depictions of the character post-2005 - then Digital Spy has assembled all of the pertinent information you'll need before this week's 'Death in Heaven'.
Some will say they knew all along, and some are still scraping their jaws off the floor A big surprise, a Big surprise.
Directed by Rachel Talalay
Deciding to come clean with her boyfriend Danny, Clara begins to bear all to him over the phone, only to have the call, and his life, cut short as Danny is struck fatally by a passing car. Clara passes through the five stages of grief off camera, and advances to step six – Plan To Get Him Back. She attempts to threaten The Doctor into saving him, but learns quickly that it’s not necessary. As they arrive in a bizarre mausoleum, Danny awakens on the other side of the equation, in the same office where we’ve seen several people arrive, having it explained to him that he’s dead. The Doctor and Clara are told a wild »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Rachel Talalay
The Story: In the mysterious world of the Nethersphere, plans have been drawn. Old friends and old enemies manoeuvre around The Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming over him.
Peter Capaldi’s reign as the Doctor has been accompanied with an intriguing combination of reaction. The series has seen the return of numerous post-2005 Who fans getting back on board but also a distinct split whether Clara has been getting too much, or not enough, screen time from modern Whovians. The BBC have also recently disclosed they prefer a later air-time but positively, Doctor Who still kicks off fanatical discussion.
This week we’ve hit the ‘big finale’, which is a two-part adventure, and Dark Water is a fine example of the high production values and top class writing that Series 8 has produced. »
- Dan Bullock
Danny Pink faced certain doom, The Doctor and Clara Oswald were at odds like never before, and those metal monsters the Cybermen returned.
However, the most shocking moment came right at the end of the episode when Missy's identity was revealed, after she had been spying on The Doctor for a full series.
The Queen of the Nethersphere revealed that she is, in fact, The Doctor's long-time enemy The Master.
Were you satisfied with Missy's identity? How can The Doctor find his way out of this grave trap in next week's finale 'Death in Heaven'?
Check out our review of 'Dark Water', »
Warning: This article contains spoilers which some readers may wish to avoid.
The enigmatic villain was unmasked as a new incarnation of The Master in the first of a two-part finale.
Doctor Who continues next Saturday (November 8) with special hour-long episode 'Death in Heaven' bringing its latest series to a close.
Doctor Who series 8 finale: Read synopsis for 'Death in Heaven'
Doctor Who: »
It opens explosively, with a pregnant woman suffering first a car crash and then a miscarriage. Somehow managing to put this behind her, the woman, played by Serena Gordon, moves into a new house with her husband, a youthful Martin Clunes. She then finds a mobile hanging in the nursery. Clunes is dismissive when Gordon asks how it could have got there, and when she demands to know why, while she was in her post-crash coma, he didnt dispose of the dead foetus properly, with a ceremony, burial and gravestone. What he did do with it is never made clear and that could be the problem. Gordon isnt satisfied: without closure, she cant mourn, and her restlessness manifests itself as a phantom pregnancy. »
- George Bass
Intruders, created by Glen Morgan of X-Files fame (a man who knows his creeping dread), is based on the 2007 Michael Marshall Smith novel. Like Morgan, Smith is not a newcomer to the sci/fi thriller genre. Winner of the Philip K. Dick award, he is a prolific author who has been compared to both Dick and Stephen King.
Such recommendations can have polarizing effects. On one hand these are writers who have made their money churning out commercial paperbacks. On the other hand they have written consistently engaging work for decades.
What does this mean for viewers? That the series is based on a novel by an author with a proven record of success and that it was adapted by a showrunner with a proven record of success in the genre. »
Ex-lapd cop Jack Whelan (Simm) investigates a secret society dedicated to achieving immortality. The first two episodes kick the mystery off as Whelan's wife, Amy (Sorvino), vanishes on a business trip, and Jack uncovers unanswered mysteries trying to find her.
Gotham: Channel 5, 9pm
The Walking Dead: Fox, 9pm
Season Five in the post-apocalyptic, zombie horror series continues.
Things are looking dire for Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the gang - but they just might have a plan to gain the advantage. »
"I have these very two distinct sides to play..."
On the surface, a happily-married lawyer at a Seattle law firm, there's much more to Amy Whelan than meets the eye, as Sorvino explains...
"It's really phenomenal. I get to play two different personalities at the same time - sometimes concurrent in a scene - and the latter of the personalities is completely different from anything I've ever played. She's a femme fatale, very Machiavellian, very strong, a little bit amoral »
Warning: contains spoilers for Doctor Who series 8 up to and including Flatline.
The article will begin after a picture of Daphne The Spoiler Squirrel. Only if you're ready for spoiler chat should you scroll past Daphne. She won't be offended either way.
"Clara. My Clara, I chose well."
Empiricism and Steven Moffat series arcs. We meet again.
The line above, said at the end of tonight’s Doctor WHo episode, Flatline, strongly implies that Missy chose Clara for something, which ties in with the on-going plot strand about the ‘Woman in the shop’ who gave Clara the Doctor’s number. It doesn’t, of course, confirm that it was Missy in the shop, that she was involved, or indeed even that it was Clara who was chosen.
Sure, you could leave the house - venturing out into the miserable weather, your umbrella meagre protection against the elements...
Or you can stay in, flip on the telly and catch up with your favourite shows - with the Tube Talk Q&A your faithful and knowledgeable companion.
This week, we've got the latest on Revenge, Supernatural and more...
Is there any news about Supernatural? I'm now hearing rumours that season 9 might not even have a DVD release...
Yeah, it's looking pretty bleak on the Supernatural front - UK fans have been denied the Winchesters' latest exploits ever since Sky Living opted to drop the series earlier this year.
No new broadcaster has stepped into the breach either - and while some outlets still have a season 9 DVD release listed for October 20, it's our understanding that those listings are erroneous.
Your best option - such as it is - is »
Get an explosive first look at ITV's new drama The Great Fire on Digital Spy.
The red-hot new series is based on the true events of 1666's Great Fire of London.
The Great Fire begins this Thursday (October 16) at 9pm on ITV.
Christopher Eccleston to lead new ITV thriller Safe House
The National Television Awards 2015 longlist nominations have been announced and voting is now (October 14) open.
Hosted by Dermot O'Leary, the NTAs celebrate the best and most popular TV and are exclusively voted for by viewers. The 2015 awards take place at London's O2 on January 21.
The Nta shortlist will be announced in January when the final round of voting begins. Viewers can vote for free online at nationaltvawards.com or by calling the Nta vote form request line 0844 646 2060.
Full list of 2015 nominations:
Chat Show Host
Mrs Brown's Boys
Animal Saints and Sinners
Antiques Road Trip
Escape to the Country
Fifteen to One
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