Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) – Dark Water and, Death in Heaven

Series Eight of the Time Lord’s travels comes to a dramatic conclusion in this two part finale, in which we see the return of the Cybermen, and the reveal of who Missy (Michelle Gomez) is. Dark Water written by Steven Moffat, first aired on 1 November, 2014. Clara (Jenna Coleman) and Danny (Samuel Anderson) open…

War of the Worlds: The Complete Series

Back in the late 1980s, I was first discovering classic science fiction film and was completely taken in by George Pal’s original War of the Worlds film from 1953. I was in my late teens, and as soon as I heard that there was a new series coming along picking up decades after the original…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1992) – The Masterpiece Society, and Conundrum

Captain’s log: stardate 45470.1 Michael Piller and Adam Belanoff pen the teleplay from a story by Belanoff and James Kahn. It first debuted on 10 February, 1992. This story deals with the themes of genetic manipulation, and the treatment of those with ‘disabilities’ including breeding them out. The Enterprise discovers a remote human colony when…

Doctor Who (Matt Smith) – A Town Called Mercy, and The Power of Three

It’s time for a Western Doctor Who as the Doctor (Smith), Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) travel to A Town Called Mercy. Written by Toby Whithouse, the episode first aired on 15 September, 2012. When the Time Lord and his Companions arrive in the American Old West, they find themselves confronting a town…

Toronto After Dark 2017: Trench 11 – Leo Scherman

Zombie Night at the Toronto After Dark film festival continues at the Scotiabank Theatre with the Toronto Premiere of the Canadian biological horror film, Trench 11. Without putting too fine a point on it, this has been my favourite film of the festival so far. It’s not overly zombie-filled, but the story is captivating, it’s…

A Wind in the Door (1973) – Madeline L’Engle

This week, I dove into the second adventure of the Murry children first begun in the childhood classic (which I had never read) A Wrinkle in Time. I was curious to see where both characters and story would go as the adventure continues, so I devoured the book eagerly. This story feels both larger and…

A Wrinkle in Time (1963) – Madeleine L’Engle

Somehow this was a book that slipped though the cracks of my childhood, and it never found its way home from the school library with me. I figured I am long overdue to review this one, and considering it’s considered a classic of both the science fiction and fantasy genres it was time to dig…

On the Beach (1959) – Stanley Kramer

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Dr. Strangelove is this film,On the Beach, based on the novel by Nevil Shute. The above the title cast is impressive, Gregory Peck, Anthony Perkins, Ava Gardener and Fred Astaire. I’m just not sure I care for the…

A Trip to Mars (1910) – Ashley Miller

The Movie Book from DK Books invites me to dive into the first What Else to Watch list tying in a number of films in a similar vein to Melies iconic A Trip to the Moon. A Trip to Mars seems to be a bit of a response by the Americans, led by Thomas Edison…

Doctor Who (Christoper Eccleston) – The Unquiet Dead and Aliens of London

The Doctor (Eccleston) and Rose (Billie Piper) travel back to Cardiff (an in-joke because that is where the series shoots), 1869. There they quickly find themselves embroiled in alien mystery, and chatting with Charles Dickens (Simon Callow) in The Unquiet Dead. Written by Mark Gatiss, with an original airdate of 9 April, 2005, this episode…