Monthly Archives: November 2015

Doctor Who 9×11 Review: Heaven Sent

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After all these years, I honestly thought that there were no odd twists and no intricate plotlines left for Steven Moffat to make up. But apparently, I was wrong. Continue reading

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Carlos, Rey Emperador: Episode 13 Review

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Being a woman is not always easy, but I can safely say that there is only one thing worse than giving birth nowadays: giving birth in the 16th century. No epidural, no advanced medicine, high mortality rate… It’s not just that half the people born didn’t make it to age 16, it’s that more times than you would want, giving birth meant you could die. Hell, it was basically a nine-month wait on death row! I get the shivers just by writing this. Continue reading

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Carlos, Rey Emperador: Episode 12 Review

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Scars mark you for life, inside and out. I once smashed by head against a door knob (I was eight) and opened my forehead. After that, I wore a straight fringe for the remainder of my childhood. Okay, that is nothing like what happened to the emperor Carlos and the consequences his accident had on his personality, but you can see the parallels, right? Continue reading

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Doctor Who 9×10 Review: Face the Raven

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I’m sorry, what? Continue reading

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Carlos, Rey Emperador: Even Kings Need Christmas Breaks

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I found out some unexpected news about Carlos, Rey Emperador earlier this week, so I thought it would be advisable to share them with all of you, non Spanish-speaking fans of the historical drama: this upcoming Monday, TVE will broadcast episodes 12 and 13 back-to-back, and then the remaining four episodes will air after the Christmas break. Continue reading

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Carlos, Rey Emperador: Episode 11 Review

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Has it ever happened to you that, suddenly, one year, you have a different wedding every weekend? Everyone decides to get married at once and you have to juggle with presents, different outfits to wear and which of your friends are going to be there. Well, luckily, I have never experienced it, but on this week’s episode of Carlos, Rey Emperador, the same thing happened, but with death! Honestly, it was death season. Not one, not two, but four! Five, if we include that Isabel almost died of heartbreak at one point. The early 1530s were definitely a bad time to live at court. Continue reading

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Sunday at the Doctor Who Festival

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If there is a TV series out there who needs its own festival, that is definitely Doctor Who. It’s not only about the length of time the show has been running, it’s about the universe that it has created around itself; the generations of fans willing to pass their knowledge to younger viewers who have just started watching; a world in itself, basically. Continue reading

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Doctor Who 9×09 Review: Sleep No More

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Ouch, ouch, ouch, Mark Gatiss. I’ve always been a strong supporter of his episodes. I loved ‘The Unquiet Dead’ and I usually defend ‘The Idiot’s Lantern’, though mostly because of the fifties vibe. I think An Adventure in Space and Time is a superb piece -okay, that’s a movie, it doesn’t really count. ‘Robot of Sherwood’ got mixed reviews, and yet I enjoyed every second of it -I even got the Funko toy of the Doctor with the spoon! But ‘Sleep No More’, well… Continue reading

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Carlos, Rey Emperador: Episode 10 Review

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Whenever there’s a conflict, whether it is a war or the smallest of problems, common sense eventually takes over and, seeing that there is no other way to solve it, the only solution is to leave it to the ladies. If it weren’t for women, the Italian wars would still be ongoing nowadays. Men… Continue reading

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Doctor Who 9×08 Review: The Zygon Inversion

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Peter Capaldi has been the Doctor for almost two years now. I already thought he was brilliant at playing him, but, oh my, I think it is safe to say that ‘The Zygon Inversion’ is the episode in which I have finally realised that he IS the Doctor, because he left me speechless. Continue reading

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