• The Best of All Worlds..? Engaging ‘Picard’ makes it so…

    Retired Admiral Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) is happy – or at least content – to live out his days at the family vineyard, far away from the stars to which he once went boldly and from the institution of Star Fleet which he feels has lost its way.  His...
  • Our Fiends Electric: Who’s current war powers up…

    Nikola Tesla (Goran Visnjič) is a man with vision – sometimes fanciful, sometimes pragmatic but clearly a man ahead of his time. But when funding is pulled for his latest project, in no small part to the fearmongering of rival Thomas Edison (Robert Glenister), he thinks the day can’t...
  • Who’s ‘Orphan 55’: Cut Price Vacation, too much baggage…

    With the Doctor still trying to process the news about Gallifrey – not to mention a rather drastic clear-up mess from a recent squiddish encounter (who knew it was mating season?) – perhaps there’s time for a holiday. Graham’s rather eager construction of a travel cube spirits the team...
  • ‘Short Trek’ – mute witness to ‘Picard’ prologue…

    Two young but very different Earth-based students Kima (Ilamaria Ebrahim ) and Lil (Sadie Munrie) separately receive communications from Mars. It appears that Kima’s mother is stuck working on anti-grav machinery on the red planet’s Utopia Plantation and won’t be coming back as promised, though they enjoy their interaction....
  • Doctor Who: ‘Spyfall II’ Herstory in the Making?

    As Daniel Barton’s plane plunges to Earth – with Barton and the Master (for it is he!) safely beamed away and the Doctor finding herself between dimensions, it seems some quick and unlikely escapes are desperately needed. Both Ryan and The Doctor find help via unexpected people but that’s...
  • In for the Count: Moffat and Gatiss tackle ‘Dracula’…

    When Steven Moffat left Doctor Who it was not immediately clear what he would do next. A complete break from the Time Lord meant no more Tardis offerings and the show-runner had often spoken on the difficulty of co-ordinating schedules to get Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman back for...
  • Doctor Who: Spy-fi debut for Whittaker’s sophomore salvo…

    Readying to meet up again and head off on more travels, The Doctor and her companions are all individually summoned to MI5 by ‘C’ (Stephen Fry) to help investigate the bizarre killings of several operatives scattered around the world. In each case, their DNA has been totally scrambled, something...
  • Mandalorian finale: Munitions on the Bounty…

    Cornered and out-gunned and with no easy way of escape, it looks as if The Mandalorian, Cara and Greef’s days are numbered as Moff Gideon gets ready to annihilate their stronghold.  But far away in the desert, a re-programmed IG-11 still has some significant firepower and is racing to...
  • BBC’s Christmas Carol: deep and crisp and getting even…

    Ebenezer Scrooge (Guy Pearce) runs his company with a cold, some would say heartless outlook on life and the human condition. In his mind, the ‘hypocrisy’ of the masses is no substitute for his money ledger and he can reduce every decision his made to a justifiable balance of...