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Dammit, Jim, I’m A Writer — Not A Mathematician!

Why is Dumas’ novel titled The Three Muskateers when there are four main characters and they use swords? Why is local channel 4 shown on cable channel 25? How many Dalmatians did Cruella de Ville actually dognap? The titular 101…or was it more…or less? Something funny is going on with our math and Buddy wants to know what it is. Meanwhile, it’s giving him such a headache…!

Atlantis is the new Merlin

The origin TV show Merlin was the BBC’s big sci-fi fantasy show that had families across the nation tuning in on Saturday nights. But the show finished recently so the BBC needed to find something new to fill the void. And may I present Atlantis. Atlantis follows Jason, a guy who, upon his search for his […]

The New Doctor and the Spin Behind It

The BBC is a weird organisation. The night after the first episode of the first series of Doctor Who aired, their news site broke the news that Christopher Ecclestone was leaving at the end of the series. Earlier this year they ran a story confirming Matt Smith would be sticking around for season eight in […]

Peter Capaldi in Doctor Who

The Name of the Doctor is… Peter

So the excellent actor Peter Capaldi is to play the 12th incarnation of the Doctor. Perhaps with the 50th anniversary of the programme approaching Steven Moffat just couldn’t resist casting another middle-aged Scotsman as his alter ego. And at the very least, the regularly floated and supremely absurd idea of a female Doctor has been […]

Review: World War Z

World War Z should really be called ‘The Movie About Globetrotting Around a Zombie-Infested Planet’ as it has little to do with the beloved Max Brooks novel. In fact, the best thing about the matinee performance I went to on Saturday, was a trailer for the BBC series Luther. Oh and one tine plot point towards […]

Dirk Gently Revisited

Back in 1978, a young comedy sketch writer sent a script to the BBC’s flagship SF show, Doctor Who. Far from setting hearts fluttering with excitement, its demands for special effects such as time sinks, flying cars and planets that devoured other worlds caused frustrated executives to scream in horror. However, script editor Anthony Root […]

British Film Forever: Magic, Murder, & Monsters

First of all, let me apologize for my sporadic attendance, of late. Fear not, good reader, the forestpunk has not deserted you. I’ve been out in the night, raiding crypts to find the brightest and bloodiest gems of the Horror genre, while still attending to the demands of the daytime world. When last i wrote, […]

Amazing News Weekly

This week we offer you the first installment of a new weekly news feature.  But then, that’s kind of obvious, isn’t it? CONTEST Win a Signed Copy of Douglas Smith’s new novel THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD.         FEATURED Excerpt   TRAVELS OF DANGER IN THE YUCATAN: A Mayan […]

Doctor Who Returns for 50th Anniversary Year

At last Doctor Who has returned to our screens in the lead up to the 50th anniversary episode. Still part of season seven we are officially introduced to the Doctor’s new sidekick, Clara Oswin (even though we’ve seen her a few times already). This episode, The Bells of Saint John, is set in the present […]

Amazing News, Monday, March 4, 2013

The New York Times has a lifestyle piece about Ron Maxwell, a Rocky Horror Picture Show cast member who has been doing the Time Warp, Again, since 1979.  A Lifestyle piece about a Rocky cast member?  Boy how things have changed!  (The NY Times has a partial paywall.) File 770 brings an article by Irving […]

Being Human

Being Human is a fascinating TV show, originating in a time before Twilight became all the rage and posing an interesting question: what if your neighbours weren’t human? We all wonder what our neighbours get up to behind closed doors but what if they were hiding something supernatural? The pilot, originally broadcast on BBC Three […]

Knock, knock…Who’s There? Doctor. Doctor Who?

Oh yes, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the one and only Doctor. Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction TV show in the world, and being that successful, clearly there is a lot for the BBC to look back on and celebrate to bring us a really special birthday episode later this year. […]

It’s Not Christmas Without the Doctor

There’s something specific needed to make Christmas Christmassy; it’s not the turkey or the flaming pudding, no, it’s a Time Lord. Ever since the BBC reinvigorated the Doctor in 2005, Christmas has not been the same without a season adventure. For many, it’s the perfect way to end a hectic day and, for sci fi […]