Doomsday (2008) – Neil Marshall

Writer/director Neil Marshall pays homage to Snake Plissken and Mad Max with his actioner, Doomsday, which, as I rewatched it, had an opening that seems incredibly relevant as a pandemic sweeps the UK, and as the virus spreads there are lockdowns, quarantines, and curfews – until the infected are all locked away in Scotland, a…

Vampire Circus (1972) – Robert Young

Vampire Circus, a Hammer Film (read as blood, fangs and nudity) is the next title from Monsters in the Movies by director John Landis. The book is available from DK Canada, and has been extremely entertaining. I really liked this one, it’s not lengthy, it falls short of an hour and a half, but I…

Doctor Who (Matt Smith) – Night Terrors, and The Girl Who Waited

After all the heavy stuff of the past few episodes it’s time for the TARDIS to encounter something that is just plain spooky and doesn’t have the weight of the universe on it. Consequently Mark Gatiss penned this episode, based on his fear of  dolls. The episode first aired 3 September, 2011. The Doctor (Smith), Amy…

Escape From the Planet of the Apes (1971) – Don Taylor

  Where do you go after the literally explosive ending of the last film? Why back in time of course! My exploration of the Planet of the Apes series continues with the massive Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Using the spacecraft from the first film, somehow recovered and repaired before the climax of Beneath the Planet of…

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) – Revenge of the Cybermen

  Tom Baker’s first season as the Doctor comes to a close this week with this four-part tale written by Gerry Davis that aired from 19 April to 10 May, 1975. It sees the return of the Doctor’s other most famous enemy, the Cybermen (and also marks their last appearance in the series (barring flashbacks) until 1982!)….

Magnum, p.i. (1982) – Past Tense and Black on White

  Things are rough in Hawaii this week for Thomas (Tom Selleck) and the guys! First up is Past Tense, which originally aired 21 October, 1982 and was written by Reuben Leder. It features an appearance by Ice Pick (Walter Chotzen) but the role was later recast. When conflicting schedules cause T.C. (Roger E. Mosley)…

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Arthur C. Clarke

  Before I dived back into the Expanse series by James S.A. Corey, I had an undeniable urge to revisit Arthur C. Clarke’s Odyssey series. I’d recently visited a planetarium, and seeing Europa up there on the screen, in orbit around the giant Jupiter just fired that urge again, so I settled in to the journey again (one…

Battlestar Galactica (1978) – Lost Planet of the Gods

  This week’s look at Galactica, in the Bellisario & Cannell files, sees the two-parter which aired part one on September 24, 1978, and part two on October 1, 1978. Written By Glen A. Larson and Bellisario the series continues its space opera sense of storytelling, alongside some outdated thoughts on women. The episode opens…