Tag Archives: Peter Capaldi

Doctor Who: Thin Ice. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas, Nicholas Burns, Asiatu Koroma, Peter Singh, Simon Ludders, Tomi May, Austin Taylor, Ellie Shenker, Kishaina Thiruselvan, Badger Skelton.

There is always something reassuringly honest about Doctor Who when it finds itself within the past, a story that explains, even in the smallest detail or nugget of information, how history has been seen across the ages, how the unfolding of time is not that different after all from what we believe, or even how wildly inaccurate our modern day of thinking is and how biased it can be when we only use modern devices instead of books to check our facts.

Doctor Who: Smile. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas, Kiran L. Dadlani, Mina Anwar, Ralf Little, Kalungi Ssebandeke, Kira Shah, Craig Gardener.


Smile and the world smiles with you, cry and your likely to have little time left in your life to worry about such matters as emotion, at least that is how it is presented by the excellent Merseyside writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce in the superb second story of the new series of Doctor Who.

Doctor Who, The Pilot. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas, Nicholas Briggs, Jennifer Hennessy, Stephanie Hyam.

What are the greatest of gifts you can give anybody, it isn’t anything you can wrap, you can’t spend it, you cannot offer it as a prize, for then the truly worthy don’t receive it and the undeserving don’t value it. Time, compassion, patience and the ability to listen without expecting to have to answer back, these are the greatest gifts and as a species we have become very bad at offering these moments to people without expecting some kind of reward.

Doctor Who: The Return Of Doctor Mysterio. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 7/10

Cast: Peter Capaldi, Matt Lucas, Justin Chatwin, Tomiwa Edun, Logan Hoffman, Aleksander Jovanovic, Lee Kemp, Charity Wakefield, Daniel Lorente, Sandra Teles, Tanroh Ishida.

The problem with having a year off is that it takes time for the mojo to get going again, the momentum of life is such that if you sit still long enough either you fade into obscurity or you show creaking signs of the love you have no longer being a fluid and marvellous thing. Momentum and timing is everything to a lot of people, especially in the world of fandoms; take time away and the spark can drift, even for the biggest and most dedicated of fans and when you finally do appear again, the result can be down at heel, not at your sparkling best.

Class, Series One. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 7.5/10

Cast: Katherine Kelly, Greg Austin, Sophie Hopkins, Fady Elsayed, Vivian Oparah, Jordan Renzo, Pooky Quesnal, Aaron Neil, Paul Marc Davies, Shannon Murray, Ben Peel, Anna Shaffer, Con O’Neil, Nigel Betts, Peter Capaldi.

In a television programme that has spanned over 50 years, to not expect the occasional spin off would be folly, both commercially and in the interests of expanding that institution’s universe. Doctor Who, certainly since it re-emerged on the nation’s screens back in 2005, has been ripe for spin offs and the magic was kept alive by the sentiment surrounding the much loved Elizabeth Sladen as one of the most adored companions of the classic series and it was only right that she finally had her own series in the Sarah Jane Adventures.

Doctor Who, The Husbands Of River Song.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Peter Capaldi, Alex Kingston, Matt Lucas, Greg Davis, Philip Rhys, Rowan Polonski, Robert Curtis, Anthony Cozens, Chris Lew Kim Hoi, Nicolle Smarrt,

Christmas is a time for surprises, for meeting up with those dearest to you and for sharing a laugh or two, perhaps even share an escapade and a kiss with; thankfully The Doctor is attendance to make all these happen, after all he has a lot to lose as one of The Husbands of River Song.

Doctor Who: Hell Bent. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Donald Sumpter, Ken Bones, Clare Higgins, Maisie Williams, T’Nia Miller, Malachi Kirby, Linda Broughton, Martin T. Sherman, Jami Reid-Quarrell, Nicholas Briggs, Ross Mullan.

Living for a few thousand years would be enough for anybody of sound mind and disposition to start feeling the pressure of existence. When that person has been held captive, held hostage in a diabolical prison by the very people he saved, for over four billion years, it’s really not a surprise that the mind might fracture, that the one thing that kept the mind truly occupied during that time was the death of a much trusted and loved companion; it really is only to be certain that the mind is Hell Bent on revenge.

Doctor Who: Heaven Sent. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9.5/10

Cast: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Jami Reid-Quarrell.

Doctor Who is known for the bravery it shows in experimenting with the different, with challenging the viewers perspective on how certain stories should be seen or even emotionally felt and the penultimate episode of the current series is no exception to that.

Doctor Who: Face The Raven. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Jovian Wade, Maisie Williams, Simon Manyonda, Simon Paisley Day, Letitia Wright, Robin Soans, Angela Clerkin, Caroline Boulton, Jenny Lee, Naomi Ackie.

The hidden, those that seek asylum and keep themselves out of sight down a maze or concealed nest of alleyways and secret hideouts, a place where the unnoticed go about their business and a place where even The Doctor doubts their existence. Into such a street comes the best of traps, the finest of well laid out plans to deceive The Doctor and which to ensnare him and make those around him accept their own final destiny and Face The Raven.

Doctor Who: The Zygon Inversion. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Ingrid Oliver, Jemma Redgrave, Nicholas Asbury, Aiden Cook, Tom Wilton, Jack Parker, Nicholas Briggs.

If you want to defeat an enemy then talk their language, if you wish to save the world from destruction, then learn the art of co-existence, learn to have true and meaningful discourse.

For the world in which The Doctor inhabits is not one to be given up lightly. It is not a world of continued aggression, it is one where things can be achieved if people are willing to talk, willing to sacrifice something more than their humanity, something more powerful than the ability to change; it is not an invasion but a peace that can be sought and won.