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Get an inside look at how the revamped Doctor Who Experience came together on Digital Spy.
The Cardiff attraction re-opened to the public in October with a renovated exhibition and new interactive experience for fans.
The revamped Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay is open now with tickets on sale at doctorwhoexperience.com. »
Two films in and the James Bond franchise reaches its artistic highpoint. Downhill from here? Certainly for some; others won’t see what the hype is. Yet critically, From Russia with Love remains the darling: a gritty, almost-plausible tale of gypsies, Spectre and sex tapes. It boasts a whole array of brilliant characters and a fight scene to make Daniel Craig crap his paints. Anyone who claims the film is slightly dull has my opposition and my sneaking respect.
The Villain (s): Spectre. A real team effort here. Until the release of Bond 24 (which it seems fair to bet will feature the organisation pretty heavily) From Russia With Love remains the definitive exploration of the creatively acronymed gang. (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.) Chief of Operations Rosa Klebb is calculating, »
Forever won't be winning any prizes for technical accuracy this week, but its character work deserves real praise...
This review contains spoilers.
1.15 The King Of Columbus Circle
Compared with the previous story, this episode of Forever seemed substantially better organised and included superior character moments to the last outing.
Starting with an old man asking for a visa to return to his country of birth, a lyrical narrative was formed where he was previously connected to Henry as a young boy with acute appendicitis.
This show works well when referencing the past, even if sometimes the details aren’t as well researched as they could have easily been. (I suspect the Orient Express carriages should have been dark blue, and the width of the entire train was just 10.4 inches, making the sleeping car is at least four feet too wide. But none of that actually made the episode any less entertaining or interesting. »
I've been thinking about Pharrell's performance of "Happy" at the 2015 Grammys. Sure, he's probably sick of performing that juggernaut hit. He probably felt a need to change it up. After all, it was nominated for an Oscar more than a year ago. So he went with the following performance. We have five suggested lyrical changes for it. 1. Clap along if you serve lunch on the Orient Express. 2. Clap along if you feel like performing a strange one-act play for the first quarter of your song. 3. Clap along if you wear yellow sneakers like a member of the Burger King Kids Club. 4. Clap along if you got your fancy shorts on sale at Zara. 5. Clap along if Orlando tourists see your gloves and want to pose for pictures with you. »
- Louis Virtel
Well, it took me a while to make my way through it, but I’m pleased as punch to report I watched an entire season of Doctor Who. And no need to bury the lead: I’m a fan. Peter Capaldi made me a fan. As for the rest of the Whoniverse, not so much.
For those loosely following my journey to TARDIStowne, this has been a long and bumpy road. When I’d noted my friends had started to watch (somewhere between the 9th and 10th Doctors) I gave the show a tepid try. Because I’d not been privy to any Who lore – be it actual storylines, or knowledge of the production itself – I initially found the show to be too low-budget, and too in-jokey for me to care. As the world around me anointed their arms with tally marks, whispered “Don’t Blink,” or went on and »
- Marc Alan Fishman
The 1992 Royal Rumble was the most unique Rumble PPV of all time because it’s the only time the WWE Title was up for grabs in the Royal Rumble match. Due to that reason, it was arguably the most important Rumble match ever.
It’s actually surprising that WWE hasn’t duplicated that aspect of the show because it put such a huge importance on the winner of the match. Perhaps it is something that Vince McMahon only wanted to do one time and never again, which makes a lot of sense.
The WWE Title was up for grabs because of controversial finishes in matches between Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker. This was only a year after Undertaker’s debut and he was a heel. Due to the controversy, WWE President Jack Tunney vacated the title and announced that the winner of the match would be the new WWE Champion. »
- John Canton
The 1991 Royal Rumble was a show that was built around American pride. That’s not a new concept because WWE always does shows to put over the Us, but it was an especially strong sentiment in early 1991.
With the Us taking part in the Gulf War that involved Iraq trying to take over Kuwait, a lot of military personnel were sent over there. It was something that was discussed on the news on a daily basis, so it was a huge part of American culture at that time. Since WWE loves to take advantage of real stories that they can use on their shows, there was a strong theme of Americana all night long.
In the WWE Title match, The Ultimate Warrior was set to defend the gold against Sgt. Slaughter. Warrior was the champion for about ten months going into this match. Slaughter turned into an Iraqi sympathizer months before this, »
- John Canton
The revived series of Doctor Who is known for its impressive guest stars but over the years there have been plenty of well known figures – for the sake of this article let’s just call them ‘celebrities’ – who have agreed to make cameo appearances in the series.
The most recent example of this is singer songwriter Foxes, pictured above, who was briefly seen in Series 8’s Mummy on the Orient Express lending her voice to a superb cover of Don’t Stop Me Now and there’s plenty more where that came from because Doctor Who has played host to its fair share of familiar faces since its return in 2005.
Admittedly, most of them – if not all – have been nothing serious and they only really serve to highlight the show’s ability to encapsulate what’s going on in the real world more than anything else (not that Doctor Who »
- Dan Butler
8 items from 2015
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