Jodie Whitaker gets Colin Bakered

When I discovered the Big Finish Doctor Who audios the first one I found was titled the Condemned with Colin Baker as the 6th Doctor in a story written by Eddie Robson. Robson's story was excellent and original and both Colin Baker, India Fisher and Anna Hope all delivered first rate performances.  As I continued … Continue reading Jodie Whitaker gets Colin Bakered

Review: Season 4 of Peaky Blinders

By John Ruberry Season four of the post First World War-set British gangster drama Peaky Blinders returned to Netflix ten days ago. It aired last month on the BBC. Read my review of the first three seasons here. For the uninitiated, the show is about, yes, the Peaky Blinders; who are named for the razor … Continue reading Review: Season 4 of Peaky Blinders

Review: Hinterland (Y Gwyll), the series so far

By John Ruberry Much well-deserved criticism has been leveled at the BBC for compelling Doctor Who to go transgender by having, after 41 years, a woman take the lead role. Not because, as DaTechGuy himself noted two months ago, the best performer was hired, but because the Doctor Who franchise apparently needs more diversity. Keep … Continue reading Review: Hinterland (Y Gwyll), the series so far

Review: Season Two of The Last Kingdom

By John Ruberry Last fall in my review of the first season of The Last Kingdom I wrote: I’ll be back for season two, hoping for more. (More meaning better shows, not bare buttocks.) After all, the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood didn’t hit its stride until season two and it didn’t achieve consistent greatness until The … Continue reading Review: Season Two of The Last Kingdom

Shetland: The series so far

By John Ruberry Netflix binge watching just brought me to Scotland's remote Shetland Islands for the BBC crime drama Shetland, a series that is based upon books by Ann Cleeves. Stoic Director Inspector Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall), a Shetland native who moved back to the islands from Glasgow after the death of his wife, calmly investigates the archipelago's murders--and … Continue reading Shetland: The series so far

Review: Peaky Blinders so far

By John Ruberry Most of the main characters in Hell on Wheels, my last Netflix binge-watching adventure, were shaped, and scarred, by the American Civil War. In this BBC 2 television show, Peaky Blinders, set in Birmingham, England beginning in 1919, World War I casts its shadow over the lead characters. Three seasons have been … Continue reading Review: Peaky Blinders so far

Review: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

By John Ruberry It's time to take a break from politics. Many times while surfing on Netflix I came across a recommendation to watch the seven-part 2015 BBC One miniseries, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, which is described as such: "In 1806 ambitious magician Norrell leads a revival of practical magic in England and ignites a … Continue reading Review: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Review: Season One of The Last Kingdom

By John Ruberry Without the phenomenal box office success of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, HBO's Game of Thrones series may not have ever launched. And without GoT's ongoing critical and audience raves, The Last Kingdom would almost certainly never have been giving the green light by the BBC. I just finished binge-watching the … Continue reading Review: Season One of The Last Kingdom

How to Bury the Lede AP vs BBC

If you want to understand how the media places with story titles to create or avoid a meme you can't do better than these two headlines both covering the same story: Here is the AP story: Italy's migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants had … Continue reading How to Bury the Lede AP vs BBC

The Rotherham Sequel & The BBC

Hey remember last year after the release of the Jay Report detailing the abuses in Rotherham. The Story isn't over yet: A report into hundreds of cases of "indescribably awful" child sexual exploitation in Oxfordshire has revealed a series of grave failings by the authorities – showing that social workers and police effectively turned a … Continue reading The Rotherham Sequel & The BBC

Barbarians in Uganda and New England

During my 2 1/2 hour AM drive home from the GOP debate in Hanover NH I did some radio channel surfing and found an incredible story out of Uganda on the BBC world service that seemed right out of the Aztec playbook: Schoolchildren are closely watched by teachers and parents as they make their way … Continue reading Barbarians in Uganda and New England

The first of the 4th Doctor Demon Quest audiobooks is now out in the UK

I will likely pre-order the boxed set from Mike's comics but I have this comment to make. You should give them a ring concerning the new episodes The cover art is a vast improvement over the last set. Anyways I'd drop an e-mail to Mike's comics right away if you don't want to wait for … Continue reading The first of the 4th Doctor Demon Quest audiobooks is now out in the UK

Next thing you know they’ll figure out Hot Babes are used to sell beer…

Well the BBC has decided to state the obvious BBC Director General Mark Thompson has admitted the corporation was guilty of a 'massive' Left-wing bias in the past. The TV chief also admitted there had been a 'struggle' to achieve impartiality and that staff were ' mystified' by the early years of Margaret Thatcher's government. … Continue reading Next thing you know they’ll figure out Hot Babes are used to sell beer…

Doctor Who Hornet’s Next Boxed Set: Amazon Review

My review of the Boxed Set of Tom Bakers return as the Doctor in Hornet's Nest, which was long delayed by Lent is available at Amazon.com here. It was worth the wait to get all five parts together and well worth the price. Amazon has a pretty reasonable price on the set, but of course … Continue reading Doctor Who Hornet’s Next Boxed Set: Amazon Review

The BBCWorldwideTv channel “frees” The Doctor

Sometime around 1978 I was channel surfing the way we used to in the days before Cable: (We turned the knob) and on Channel 12 in Rhodie Island I found a strange TV show with a fellow with a long scarf traveling in a blue box. I thought it was cool but didn't note the … Continue reading The BBCWorldwideTv channel “frees” The Doctor

Answer: Because God as a sense of Humor

Q: Why did that package turn up now of all times? I spent yesterday with My son and some Friends at Funspot in NH, the worlds largest Arcade. When I got home late last night this was waiting for me from Mike's Comics. Unless I'm very mistaken that package contains the a boxed set of … Continue reading Answer: Because God as a sense of Humor

Severe Irony Alert: Charles Johnson and the BBC

On Oct Post Tim Blair dared to tweak King Charles the Pious with the following post: Then. Now. UPDATE: Then. Then. Then. Now. Now. Now. Charles answer included the following: Tim Blair seems to believe I was supposed to toe the right wing line on climate change forever. Now that I’ve invested the time and … Continue reading Severe Irony Alert: Charles Johnson and the BBC

How about some good news for a change for us US Dr. Who Fans:

Initial reviews not withstanding I certainly don't want to skip the new 4th Doctor Audios: Well lucky for US Based Dr. Who fans. Mike's comics has an announcement to make: As stated on our BBC Doctor Who Audio webpage, there is a new licensed source to the US market for BBC Doctor Who & Blake's … Continue reading How about some good news for a change for us US Dr. Who Fans: