MPs fiddled their expenses as a “displacement activity” because Parliament had become irrelevant and ineffective, Commons Speaker John Bercow has said.
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Friday 28 November 2008
So what do you get for the Doctor Who fan who already has the DVDs, sonic screwdriver, remote-controlled Dalek and life-size cardboard cut-out of a Cyberman? Well, there's always the soundtrack to Series Four, composed by four times Bafta-nominated Murray Gold. It's unlikely to convert those who objected to the Doctor Who Prom this year – the soft rock of "UNIT Rocks" and Carmina Burana-esque "The Dark and Endless Dalek Night" are a long way from Wagner – but Gold is rightly noted for his television work, having collaborated with Russell T Davies on Queer as Folk and Casanova.
Thursday 30 October 2008
David Tennant has said will quit as Doctor Who at the end of next year. By the time his last shows are screened he will have played the Doctor, to popular and critical acclaim, in the BBC series for four years.
Saturday 04 October 2008
Saturday 13 September 2008
Tuesday 29 July 2008
I nearly called 999 the other day. Getting up early to pick my wife up from the airport, I noticed two central-casting ne'er-do-wells shuffling along the road apparently testing car door handles, while looking about them in much the way you would do if you were playing charades and had drawn the word "furtive".
Sunday 06 July 2008
The Weekend's TV: British B Movies – Truly, Madly, Cheaply, Sat, BBC4<br />Doctor Who, Sat, BBC1
Monday 23 June 2008
One of the great problems with television today is that it doesn't offer children enough opportunities to see rubbishy old films. Back when I was growing up, in the Seventies, television had very little to offer on a wet weekend afternoon beyond wrestling on ITV and the occasional film on BBC2. Not being one for the wrestling, I grew up with a thorough grounding in early British thrillers, the Westerns of Randolph Scott, and the comedies of the Boulting Brothers – the kind of knowledge you can't put a price on. But now, when the weather turns nasty and I'm too busy Facebooking to let them on the computer, my children are faced with reruns of Friends, and programmes actually intended for children. What is that going to teach them?
Monday 21 April 2008
Friday 11 April 2008
The fourth series of Doctor Who came with a barrage of pre-publicity that involved David Tennant and Catherine Tate, along with the creator of the latest series, Russell T Davies, appearing everywhere and anywhere. The hype tended to obscure the worries of fans over the casting of Tate as the new regular companion, Donna.
Thursday 10 April 2008
The Tardis will make its debut at the Royal Albert Hall this summer when the BBC stages a Doctor Who prom in an attempt to attract new audiences. Roger Wright, the controller of BBC Radio 3 and the festival's new director, denied the event represented "dumbing down". He said it was "very much in the Proms mould".
You write the reviews: Doctor Who And The Cave Monsters, read by Caroline John<br/>Doctor Who And The Doomsday Weapon, read by Geoffrey Beevers
Tuesday 18 March 2008
If your children are fans of the new series of Doctor Who, but you've failed to interest them in DVDs of the "classic series" then these BBC Audiobooks are for you. Without the overreliance on CGI effects of the modern-day adventures or the (now) laughable sticky-tape-and-egg-box special effects of the 1970s, these stories can be enjoyed for what they are – excellent science-fiction adventures. BBC Audio has chosen two works by Malcolm Hulke, one of the series' most thoughtful and humanistic contributors.
- 1 Cameron's freebie to apartheid South Africa
- 2 Is this the scariest advert ever? Japanese tyre commercial comes with its own disclaimer and health warning
- 3 A forgotten episode in Russian history leaves links with the Philippines
- 4 Australian ultra-nationalist politician Stephanie Banister in car crash immigration TV interview
- 5 From 'terrorist' to tea with the Queen