Monday, 30 November 2015

It's official! Peter Jackson is directing an episode of DOCTOR WHO!

It's been nothing but a rumour for awhile now, stemming from the fact Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit) is a lifelong Doctor Who fan, but the video above confirms things: the Oscar-winning New Zealand filmmaker is going to be directing an episode! Nothing else is known yet, but it's implied he'll be travelling to Cardiff to film, and production won't be travelling to the Southern Hemisphere to take advantage of those epic Kiwi landscapes. (But I could be wrong! I sure hope I am.) I also presume Jackson will be doing an episode for Series 10 next year, and surely you'd only get a director of his stature for a big, expensive premiere.

All very exciting. There aren't many TV shows that could get a director like Peter Jackson to work for them. He must be waiving his usual fee, right?

TV Picks: 30 November – 6 December 2015 • Ash vs. Evil Dead • At Christmas • The Murder Detectives • This is Tottenham

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...

Sunday, 29 November 2015

DOCTOR WHO, 9.11 – 'Heaven Sent'


While ironically resembling a hybrid of Fort Boyard and Cube at times, "Heaven Sent" was a magnificent hour of sci-fi and easily the best episode of Doctor Who this year. I'd rate it within the best three Peter Capaldi era hours, too—thanks mainly to something the show doesn't always deliver: a good, robust ending.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

State of the Blog - shifting priorities

Hello, readers! A lot of my focus and energy is going into editing and writing for Frame Rated right now. To be honest, in an ideal world it's going to stay that way as FR grows and finds its own audience. I still have no intention of consigning DMD to the waste bin of cyber-history, don't worry, but you're going to have to be patient when it comes to new material.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Frame Rated: THE LEFTOVERS, 2.8 - 'International Assassin'

Wednesday's link to my review of THE LEFTOVERS at Frame Rated is here, and it's another top-quality episode. If you're not watching this HBO drama (perhaps because you were put off by the relentlessly dour first season?), do yourself a favour and power through to season 2. It's amazing. Anyone watching here? Leave a comment over at Frame Rated; I'd love to hear your thoughts and theories!
I don't think anybody expected The Leftovers to kill its protagonist, Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux), last week—after he drank poison at the behest of a numinous old man who promptly blew his own brains out with a revolver. It was a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, and "International Assassin" follows it with this show’s most audacious episode; one fans will be analysing, interpreting, and theorising about for a long time. Continue reading...

Monday, 23 November 2015

TV Picks: 23-29 November 2015 • Blindspot • Capital • The Supervet • Suspects • Tomorrow's Food

Below are my picks of the most notable new shows, returning or premiering on UK screens over the next 7 days...

Sunday, 22 November 2015

DOCTOR WHO, 9.10 – 'Face the Raven'


Series 9's three-part finale begins with Sarah Dollard's "Face the Raven", which reminded me a great deal of Harry Potter's Diagon Alley with its depiction of so-called 'trap streets'—places hidden from ordinary sight, shielded from perception, populated by alien refugees. The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) found themselves drawn into one, after responding to an emergency call by their mutual friend Rigsy (Joivan Wade) from last year's "Flatline". Rigsy's suffering from short-term amnesia and has found a tattoo of a three-digit number on the back of his neck (shades of Blindspot), which is bizarrely counting down to zero. Can The Doctor and Clara solve the mystery of Rigsy's missing time and find the reason for his body ink, before it's too late?

Saturday, 21 November 2015

HEROES REBORN, episode 10 - '11:53 to Odessa'

My weekly vidcap'd recap'd coverage of HEROES REBORN continues with episode 10, "11:53 to Odessa"...

Friday, 20 November 2015

Why is HD still being treated like a premium format?

Warning: geeky rant ahead, featuring techie lingo and acronyms, so proceed at own risk of confusion and boredom.

High definition (HD) broadcasts began in the UK back in 2006, almost 10 years ago. The next-generation Ultra HD/4K television sets are now in shops. Sony and Twentieth Century Fox have committed to supporting 4K Ultra-HD Blu-Ray from next year, despite everyone saying video-on-demand has killed physical media. Netflix and Amazon Prime are already streaming 4K content to subscribers (for free in the latter's case)...


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Frame Rated: THE LEFTOVERS, 2.7 - 'A Most Powerful Adversary'

As usual, Wednesday means a link to my weekly review of THE LEFTOVERS at Frame Rated, with a look at the incredible "A Most Powerful Adversary"...
"A lot of The Leftovers is about ordinary people seeking explanations for extraordinary events, and the push-and-pull over accepting outlandish theories that fly in the face of common sense. These concerns usually play out with the show's big picture issue of 2% of the world's population vanishing, and how such an irrational event has completely upended everyone's beliefs. "A Most Powerful Adversary" tackles the same kind of idea, but with a narrower focus on Kevin (Justin Theroux) seeing the deceased Patti Levin (Ann Dowd) and struggling to reconcile this fact: is she a delusion invented by his own diseased mind, or a real paranormal occurrence that suggests he's special or cursed?" Continue reading...