Saturday, 31 October 2009


Part 4 (of 4)
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]


With the next Doctor Who special, The Waters of Mars (brilliant title), screening for the press yesterday, the net is naturally awash with stories relating to it. And quite right too. Here are a few of the best/most interesting/etc that I've seen...

Be warned, all articles contain spoilers.

Ten Waters of Mars teasers by Neil Wilkes
(from Digital Spy)
Does what it says on the tin, and naturally is spectacularly spoilersome.

Transcript: Doctor Who press conference by Neil Wilkes & Philippa Warr (from Digital Spy)
Doctor Who: It’s Time by Ian Wylie (from Life of Wylie)
Both claim to offer a full transcript of the post-screening press conference. They're similar, but still amusingly different, in some cases missing whole questions (and answers, obviously). Clearly journalists have a different definition of "full" to the rest of us... but then that should be no surprise.

And in Who DVD news...

The Mind of Evil In Colour (Just Not Yet) and More! by Graeme
(from The Doctor Who Blog)
Some good news, some bad there -- I seriously hope "no incomplete story is currently on the DVD release schedule" means "in the immediate future", because there are some brilliant and very releasable incomplete stories left. Even if they're scheduled for November 2013 (when the range will end) to allow time for animated reconstructions to become viable, they deserve a release.

And in other news entirely...

Blog sparks mass council walkout
(from BBC News)
Hurrah for the power of the blog!

Fry ponders leaving Twitter site
(from BBC News)
Because of one stupid comment, the article implies, but it seems to have been building for a while -- too many news sources seem to think Twitter's Opinion and Stephen Fry's Opinion are synonymous, and that understandably irritates him.

Paranormal Activity breaks Witch record by Tim Parks
(from Digital Spy)
"Paranormal Activity has surpassed The Blair Witch Project to become the most profitable movie ever made. The film, directed by Oren Peli on a budget of $15,000 (£9,059)... has now made $65.1m (£39.5m) and has reaped a 433,900% return on its initial investment"

new review at 100 Films

Saw IV (2007)
After the overly gory third film, Saw IV returns to the franchise’s roots by playing more like a thriller than a horror film — even more so than the previous instalments, one might argue, as aside from a couple of jumps and a few instances of gore, the story and its key sequences move forward via police investigation, endless flashbacks and copious twists. The Saw franchise should be applauded for trying to be more than just another slasher series, but needs to learn the value of restraint in other areas.

Read the full review at 100 Films.

There are currently 19 films in the review pipeline at 100 Films. As ever, updates here as and when they're posted.