Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) – Fred Niblo

The next film up on the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film list of recommendations following my screening of Intolerance is this tale of Ben Hur (Ramon Navarro), a young Jewish prince intent on vengeance for the ruin of his family at the hands of the Romans, interwoven around the tale of Christ (Claude…

The Birth of a Nation (1915) – D.W. Griffith

An epic and uncomfortable film (not just the actors in black face either), The Birth of a Nation is the next movie to be recommended by Great Movies – 1oo Years of Film, following my viewing of Intolerance. It starts out fairly well, setting up stories on both sides of the impending American Civil War,…

Doctor Who (Patrick Troughton) – The Faceless Ones

More danger and excitement in the TARDIS  this week with an epic six-parter written by David Ellis and Malcolm Hulke and aired from 8 April to 13 May, 1967 and sees our heroes arriving at Gatwick airport on 20 July, 1966. Once again, sadly, there isn’t much in the way of original video recordings of…

Doctor Who (Patrick Troughton) – The Macra Terror

This time, the Doctor (Troughton) is in some serious trouble, as he encounters the Macra for the first time! Think Giant Crabs! This four-parter aired from March 11 to 1 April, 1967, and was written by Ian Stuart Black. Arriving on an Earth colony sometime in the distant future, the Doctor, Jamie (Frazer Hines), Polly…

Doctor Who (Patrick Troughton) – The Moonbase

The Doctor (Troughton) encounters the Cybermen for the second time, when the TARDIS lands on the earth’s moon. This story was written by Kit Pedler and aired in four parts from 11 February to 4 March, 1967. Arriving in the year 2070, the TARDIS lands on the moon, and there’s a fun sequence, that only exists…

Doctor Who (Patrick Troughton) – The Underwater Menace

The first Patrick Troughton story that has film intact so I can finally see Doctor number two in action!! Geoffrey Orme wrote this four part story that aired from 14 January to 4 February, 1967. Returning to Earth, the TARDIS arrives on a volcanic island, where the Doctor (Troughton), Jamie (Frazer Hines), Polly (Anneke Wills)…

The Normal Heart (2014) – Ryan Murphy

There’s a complete naturalness to everything Mark Ruffalo does on-screen, and he brings that to the brilliant Emmy-nominated The Normal Heart, available today on Blu-Ray and DVD from HBO. I’ve been a fan of Ruffalo’s for a while, and I simply love how he throws himself completely into each role, and the way he brings…

Doctor Who (Patrick Troughton) – The Highlanders

The Doctor (Troughton) finds himself in 18th Century Scotland in the midst of the Battle of Culloden in this week’s trip in the TARDIS. The Highlanders, the last, purely historical story to be featured in the series was written by Elwyn Jones and Gerry Davis. This four-parter aired from 17 December 1966 through to 7…

Doctor Who (Patrick Troughton) – The Power of the Daleks

Patrick Troughton’s first adventure brings back the Doctor’s most notorious villains, the Daleks in this six part story that was written by David Whitaker and originally aired from 5 November to 10 December, 1966. Ben (Michael Craze) and Polly (Anneke Wills) are a little dubious if this new person is actually the Doctor. He looks and dresses…

Doctor Who (William Hartnell) – The Tenth Planet

Hartnell’s swan song as the Doctor introduces another recurring menace to his universe, the Cybermen! Written by Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis, this four-part story aired from 8 October to 29 October 1966. The Doctor with Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) in tow, land the TARDIS in Antarctica in the year 1986. Their…

Doctor Who (William Hartnell) – The Smugglers

Season Four of Doctor Who starts with what I found to be the most uninteresting story to have spilled out of the TARDIS. Written by Brian Hayles, this story ran from 10 September to 1 October, 1966. Maybe it would be better if it existed in some other format than a reconstruction, using production photos,…

Doctor Who (William Hartnell) – The War Machines

Season 3 of Doctor Who draws to a close with this four-part story. Before the internet, before Skynet, The Doctor (Hartnell) faced a computer threat in late 60s London. It also sees some changes in Companions. The story aired in four parts, from 25 June to 16 July, 1966 and was written by Ian Stuart Black….