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Explaining the ending of Doctor Who series 10

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Jul 1, 2017

Huge spoilers, as we go into detail on the ending of Doctor Who series 10, The Doctor Falls...

Massive Spoilers Lie Ahead

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Ah, let's just start with the spoiler squirrel. Best to be safe. Scroll only below the friendly squirrel-y one if you want the spoilers. For new readers, we put said squirrel in place to stop spoilers accidentally being read at the top of an article. Once you're down there, you're on your own...

Still with us? Here we go...

Tonight’s Doctor Who finale was very much one that rewarded loyal viewers of the programme - by which we mean you have to have been paying attention or there’s a
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Doctor Who series 10: World Enough And Time geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Jun 24, 2017

Spoilers ahoy, as we dig through the many callbacks and references in World Enough And Time...

This article contains lots and lots of Doctor Who spoilers.

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Pain… Pain… Pain… That’s one of the main emotions I experienced while watching this week’s (rather excellent) Doctor Who, as I knew this weekly round-up of references, similarities and generally interesting ‘stuff’ was going to be a whopper. That doesn’t mean I haven’t missed anything, though, so if you spot something I’ve not mentioned, do the honourable thing and leave it in the comments section below...

Poll Winners’ Party

So, Genesis Of The Cybermen, then. In case you missed the episode’s biggest sledgehammer of a reference,
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Doctor Who series 10: The Eaters Of Light geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Jun 17, 2017

Doctor Who series 10 episode 10 is The Eaters Of Light. And we've been digging into it right here...

Well, I don’t know about you, but I’ve waited for 54 years for Doctor Who to explain why crows sound like they do, so now that they’ve finally tackled that important issue it’s time for our weekly round-up of callbacks, similarities and generally interesting things taken from this week’s episode. And as ever, if you’re sitting thinking ‘How can he have missed that?!’ (the answer is usually ‘ineptitude’), leave it down in the comments below…

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Bad cat woman

The Eaters Of Light was written by Rona Munro, an award-winning Scottish writer responsible for films including Aimee & Jaguar and Oranges And Sunshine, as well as a multitude of theatre works.
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Doctor Who series 10: Empress Of Mars nerdy spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Jun 10, 2017

Spoilers! We dig into the references and extra details in Doctor Who series 10 episode 9, Empress Of Mars...

This article contains spoilers - pretty much all of them - for Empress Of Mars.

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The Ice Warriors’ tombs have melted, and so have our hearts. As the Doctor gives Missy a good telling-off for helping to save the day, we turn our attention to the references, callbacks and generally interesting things about tonight’s episode. If we’ve missed something, you know where the comments section is…

Alpha CentaurSQUEE

Usually I take these things roughly in order, but let’s take a moment to let out what the cool kids call a big ‘squee’, or a Russell T Davies-style ‘Hooray!’ for the return, after 43 years,
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Doctor Who: The Lie Of The Land geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Jun 3, 2017

Doctor Who series 10 episode 8: join as we dig deeper into The Lie Of The Land...

Everything’s wrapped up, and much later than usual… After three episodes, we’ve finally said goodbye to the Monks. Fortunately, we’ve not said goodbye to our weekly round-up of references, similarities and general observations, so here’s our guide to this week’s episode… If you’re more eagle-eyed than we are, let us know what you’ve seen in the comments below!

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The Memory Cheats

Though this is the first time the human race’s memories have been rewritten en masse (as opposed to time itself being rewritten, which has happened on multiple occasions, particularly since 2005), individuals’ memories have been played with from time to time,
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Doctor Who: The Pyramid At The End Of The World geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard May 27, 2017

Doctor Who series 10: we go Easter egg hunting in The Pyramid At The End Of The World

Spoilers lie ahead...

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The Monks have taken over the planet, and I forone welcome our new decomposing overlords. Fortunately they’ve given us permission to publish this list of references, similarities and generally interesting things that we found inside The Pyramid At The End Of The World. They’ve also asked that we let you know it is your duty to leave anything that you feel we’ve missed in the comments section...

There’s a president for that

The Doctor’s role as president of the world comes into play again here; it was first established in 2014’s Death In Heaven
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Doctor Who: Extremis geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard May 20, 2017

The references and nerdy spots we caught in Doctor Who series 10: Extremis...

This article contains spoilers. Lots of them.

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Whether you like it or not, we’re now halfway through this series of Doctor Who, and it’s time for the stakes to get higher; we now know who’s in the vault (or at least, who the Doctor thinks is in the vault), there’s a massive alien invasion waiting to strike, and oh yeah, the Doctor’s still blind. While you bite your nails waiting for next week’s instalment, here are our viewing notes with all the vaguely interesting things we noticed about this week’s episode. As ever, if you’ve noticed things we haven’t,
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Doctor Who series 10: the hidden roots of its graphic design

Pete Dillon-Trenchard May 15, 2017

Doctor Who graphic designer Matthew Clark helps us dig a little deeper into some of series 10's mysteries...

A few weeks ago, in the viewing notes for Doctor Who series 10's second episode, Smile, I mentioned that the craft used by the colonists was marked ‘Erewhon 190484’ and asked for your theories. Many of you correctly pointed out that Erewhon is the name of a Samuel Butler novel about a dystopian society whose inhabitants live in fear of machines (And not ‘nowhere’ backwards, as I’d rather rashly stated - sorry about that…).

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But what of 190484? There were some fascinating suggestions, including a possible reference to Winston Smith’s diary in George Orwell’s 1984, the date of
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Doctor Who: Oxygen geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard May 13, 2017

So many spoilers, as we go looking for references in Doctor Who series 10, Oxygen...

This article contains spoilers for Doctor Who series 10, up to and including Oxygen.

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Space zombies, near-death experiences and what we can only hope is a temporary change for the Doctor… In Oxygen, writer Jamie Mathieson has quite literally played a blinder. And for the more observant among us, there were a handful of pop culture references and callbacks to earlier stories. Here’s our weekly round-up of the ones we noticed, along with the odd bit of wild speculation and things we just found interesting.

Oh, and look out for an extra article on Monday which takes a closer look at a few bits of graphic design this series - including the answer to a question which has been plaguing some of us for a couple of weeks now.
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Doctor Who: Knock Knock geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard May 6, 2017

Doctor Who series 10 strikes gold with Knock Knock - and there were some interesting references in it, too...

This article contains lots of spoilers for Doctor Who.

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Knock, Knock is a real treat - a spooky, atmospheric tale with an emotional core and some brilliant guest performances. And in a sense it’s a real treat for this writer too, as it’s one of those Doctor Who episodes that’s so fresh and unlike anything the series has done before in its 54-year history (intentionally or otherwise) that this article is significantly shorter than usual; we hope that’s okay. But as ever, if you think you’ve spotted something we’ve missed, please do leave it in the comments below...

Poirot’s Last Case

We’ll start with a reference that wasn’t - in
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Doctor Who: Thin Ice geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Apr 29, 2017

Spoilers! We dig into Doctor Who series 10's Thin Ice, to see what else we can find...

This article contains spoilers. Lots of them.

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The Doctor and Bill have saved the day again and something’s knocking in the vault - but it’s only knocking three times, so it doesn’t constitute a reference. Instead, here’s our weekly list of references, callbacks, tenuous spots and generally interesting waffle from this week’s episode. You’ll have to forgive me if I’ve missed anything - I’m at my sister’s wedding as this episode goes out, and they’ve refused to turn the music off for an hour so we can watch it.
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Doctor Who: Smile geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Apr 22, 2017

Doctor Who series 10 remains in fine form with Smile - and we've been hunting for nerdy Easter eggs and spots in the episode. Spoilers!

This article contains lots of spoilers.

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Smile, folks - it’s that time of the week again where we take tonight’s episode of Doctor Who and shake it repeatedly until all of its hidden secrets fall out of its pockets - as well as callbacks and generally interesting observations. And if you think we’ve missed something, let us know in the comments below!

Happiness Will Prevail

If you’re reading this, you’re likely to fit into one of two categories – those of you who love and understand emojis and those of you (myself included) who have resigned
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Doctor Who: The Pilot geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Apr 15, 2017

Huge spoilers, as we unpack the Doctor Who series 10 opener - The Pilot - in search of references and treats.

This article contains spoilers for Doctor Who.

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Doctor Who is back for its 36th series, and with it are our viewing notes - a weekly guide to the references, similarities (intentional or otherwise!) and generally interesting things about each episode. Whilst we’ve crammed in as much as we can find, this is by no means a definitive list - so if you’re sat there thinking ‘You fools! You missed this!’, feel free to plop it down in the comments below. But remember: Don’t phone, it’s just for fun.
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Power Rangers: delving into the source material

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Mar 25, 2017

As Power Rangers rides high at the box office, a look at what led to this point...

Lionsgate’s new Power Rangers film, out in cinemas now, is not a film which assumes any prior knowledge of the Power Rangers franchise. But that doesn’t stop it from containing a number of sly nods for long-term fans, and perhaps the slyest of these comes early in the movie, when Kimberly (Naomi Scott) is confronted in the school toilets by her frenemy Amanda. In a heated exchange, Amanda tells her:

“You shouldn’t have sent Tai that picture of me.”

Either this line is an extraordinary coincidence, or its middle words combine, Megazord-style, to form a tip of the hat towards Sentai - or rather, Super Sentai - the Japanese franchise from which the Power Rangers TV show has always taken the bulk (no pun intended) of its action footage.
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Power Rangers review

The Power Rangers reboot has problems, certainly, but it's a whole lot of fun. Here's our review...

I’ll lay my cards on the table: I’m a Power Rangers fan. From the moment I first saw it, it ensnared me; when I wasn’t watching Power Rangers I was out with friends playing Power Rangers. And it’s never really left me - whilst I can’t say I’ve seen even half of the output after around 1997, I’ve kept it close to my heart.

That said, there’s a bit of a negative perception around the franchise; for everyone who remembers it fondly, there’s someone else who remembers it as a campy load of rubbish. And that may explain why Power Rangers - Lionsgate’s reboot of the franchise for the Marvel Studios generation - is afraid to be a Power Rangers film. Barring a giddy-yet-traumatic pre-credits sequence,
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Doctor Who Christmas special: The Return Of Doctor Mysterio nerdy spots & Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Dec 25, 2016

We dig through The Return Of Doctor Mysterio - with spoilers - for the geeky stuff that lies within it...

Lots of spoilers lie ahead.

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The Doctor is back! And this time he’s brought with him a cornucopia of superhero riffs and references as a special Christmas treat for all of us here at Den of Geek. As is traditional, here are our viewing notes for the episode, as we try to explain the callbacks, the allusions, and the things that definitely weren’t intentional but are fun to think about anyway. And as ever, if you’ve spotted something we’ve missed - very likely, as it’s Christmas evening and we’ve been on the sherry -
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The Entire Universe review

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Dec 26, 2016

With Eric Idle, Prof. Brian Cox and guests, The Entire Universe is a rare programme that manages to inform, educate and entertain...

The Royal Institution Lectures are a grand Christmas tradition, having been on our screens for the last eight decades of their nearly two hundred-year history (The first of this year’s lectures, about Michael Faraday, will already be available on iPlayer by the time you read this). Designed to bring science to a general audience, the lectures feature scientific concepts delivered in an entertaining fashion.

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However, for all of their fun tricks and experiments, the Ri lectures are ostensibly still that - lectures - and as such they are often lacking in such key areas as comedy sketches, full-blown musical numbers and Warwick Davis. Step forward Eric Idle and Brian Cox, then, and The Entire Universe
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Jonathan Creek Christmas Special review: Daemons' Roost

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Dec 28, 2016

This year's Jonathan Creek Christmas Special proves that there's life in the old duffel coat yet. Here's our spoilery review...

Warning: this review contains spoilers.

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The last full series of Jonathan Creek, back in 2014, divided critics and audience; at the time our own reviewer complained that the central mysteries lacked the intricacy and peril of previous instalments, and there was a feeling that the spark had gone out of the show ever since Creek put away his duffel coat and moved out of the windmill.

The signs are there from the outset that this is going to be a more exciting affair: a big spooky house, a mystery involving several deaths and a Satanic ritual,
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Doctor Who: The Power Of The Daleks animation review

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Nov 7, 2016

A classic in every sense, The Power Of The Daleks is now available to buy in animated form. Here's our review...

Ever since The Web Of Fear and The Enemy Of The World were (mostly) recovered back in 2013, there’s been a renewed desire to see more from the Patrick Troughton era of Doctor Who. But with no further sign of goodies from Morris and his team (though we are assured the search is ongoing), it’s fallen to BBC Worldwide and a team led by director Charles Norton to bring us the next best thing – an animated version of Troughton’s debut story The Power Of The Daleks.

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Much of the fun of the story is in discovering its twists and turns for yourself, so we’ll skimp on plot details here
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Red Dwarf XI episode 6 review: Can Of Worms

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Oct 27, 2016

Red Dwarf XI comes to an end with Can Of Worms, a rare Cat-focused episode and a strong finish to the run...

This review contains spoilers.

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11.6 Can Of Worms

Anyone who’s ever owned a cat will tell you that a lot of what they get up to, particularly when they’re outside the house, is a mystery. So in some ways, it’s fitting that Red Dwarf’s Cat is easily the character we know the least about. He’s only had one true focus episode, back in the very first series, and mostly exists to make scenes funnier. But on a ship with three other sort-of men, he’s had very little opportunity to indulge in one particular feline pastime - until now.

Die-hard Dwarfers will know
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