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Against The Dark [DVD] [2009]
Against The Dark [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Skye Bennett
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: 2.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nearly As Bad As Attack Force!, 1 Sep 2014
Against The Dark (DVD).

DVD Info.
Language: English
Subtitles: Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Dubbed: French, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 18
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Running Time: 90 minutes

Steven Seagal as Tao
Tanoai Reed as Tagart
Jenna Harrison as Dorothy
Danny Midwinter as Morgan
Emma Catherwood as Amelia
Stephen Hagan as Ricky
Daniel Percival as Dylan
Skye Bennett as Charlotte
Linden Ashby as Cross
Keith David as Lt. Waters

What's The Story.
The film begins by revealing that an epidemic disease has overwhelmed humanity, turning nearly everyone into blood-thirsty infected who strongly resemble vampires & zombies to which there is no known cure & very few survivors left fighting "Against the Dark" as a team of vampire/zombie hunters lead by Tao is sent in to retrieve any potential survivors.

The survivors in the hospital are shown to be scared, isolated & untrusting. As the survivors work their way through the hospital, they drift apart numerous times, often getting lost or attacked, To make matters worse for the survivors, a massive army base is planning to "sterilize" by bombing the area at dawn.

The survivors explain that there is only one functioning exit from the hospital as they have to get to this exit before the emergency power runs out & they are shut inside & to make matters worse many of the stairways & elevators are blocked off, forcing them to make their way level by level, finding a way to the next one down to gain the exit.

Meanwhile, Cross (Linden Ashby) tries to prevent Lt. Waters (Keith David) from unleashing a bombing raid on the hospital. a number of survivors & a hunter are killed while another one is infected as they make their way out of the hospital a survivor is captured by a human to be fed on by his infected daughter, but is rescued by Tao as the humans make their way out a horde of infected chase them. As they exit the hospital just in time before the power fails the vampires become trapped inside as the surviving humans then run as jet planes bomb the forsaken hospital.

Timelord Thoughts.
'Against the Dark' is as gruesome zombie horror & a poor rip off of 'I Am Legend' were Steven Seagal appears in the film off & on with a total screen time of 15 minutes decked out in a long black leather coat as Seagal wields a nasty razor-edged sword, slashing his way without a qualm through an army of zombies in close camera close up & hardly speaks a,line of dialogue, while his companions blast away at them with firearms.

Meanwhile, we are left watching expendable bunch of victims as they navigate their way through a hospital during after dark trying to evade zombie predators but as Seagal is absent during these scenes I didn't find myself caring who lived or who died with these characters.

This is another shambolic low budget DTV production & is utterly appalling nonsense, the plot is run of the mill & maybe this film could've been a half decent effort had Seagal bothered to inject more enthusiasm into his character & actually led the survivors through the hospital to safety by being in the whole movie instead of what is a extended cameo apperance in certain scenes.

This is nearly as bad as 'Attack Force' & shows Seagal in couldn't care less mode, & if the lead actor can't be bothered to star in his own movie why should his fan's bother to watch them?

Overall a wasted opportunity & a complete waste of time & resources, 'Against The Dark' is a far cry from Seagal's glory days of 'Marked For Death', 'Out For Justice' & 'Under Siege'.

Avoid this movie at all costs it's an appalling incoherent mess.

Timelord Rating.
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Attack Force [DVD] [2007]
Attack Force [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Steven Seagal
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: 2.37

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1.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Worst Films Ever!, 1 Sep 2014
This review is from: Attack Force [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
Attack Force (DVD).

DVD Info.
Language: English
Subtitles: French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Finnish
Dubbed: French, Spanish, Italian
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Running Time: 94 minutes

Steven Seagal as Marshall Lawson
Lisa Lovbrand as Tia
David Kennedy as Dwayne
Danny Webb as Werner
Gabi Burlacu as Tia's agent
Matthew Chambers as Seth
Vlad Coada as Tia's Agent #3
Adam Croasdell as Aroon
Mark Dymond as Phil
Florian Ghimpu as Tourist
Vlad Iacob as Tia's Agent
Ileana Lazariuc as Queen
Sayed Najem as Hitman Guard
Daniel Pisica as Lead Team Soldier

1)Screenwriter Joe Halpin is quoted in the book "Seagalogy: The Ass Kicking Films of Steven Seagal" as saying that "Attack Force" had originally been written & filmed as "Harvester," a sci-fi/horror movie with Steven Seagal & his men battling an invading force of vampire space aliens.

After Seagal, Halpin & director Michael Keusch had delivered the finished sci-fi film, the production & distribution company decided to eliminate the sci-fi space-alien elements & replace them with another plot about a super-addictive drug that turns its users into superhuman killers.

They called back a few of the lower-paid actors for re-shoots, re-dubbed the majority of Seagal's dialog via ADR, totally re-edited the film & changed it into "Attack Force" as it is now known. Seagal & Halpin were not involved.

What's The Story.
Marshall Lawson is the commander of an elite military unit. In Paris, France, Marshall loses all three of his men in a seemingly random attack, & he takes it upon himself to investigate the attack, with the help of his girlfriend Tia & his friend Dwayne.

Marshall uncovers CTX, a covert military drug so secret that an arm of the military headed by a man named Werner who wants Marshall eliminated as Tia was one of the two military scientists who developed CTX.

As it turns out, Reina the hooker who killed Marshall's team, was under the influence of CTX, which turns whoever is under its influence into a seemingly unstoppable killer, a Paris night club owner named Aroon was the other military scientist who helped develop CTX & now, Aroon has plans to release the CTX into the water supply in Paris, which would turn the city's residents into ultra-violent killers.

Marshall, Tia, and Dwayne must stop Aroon and Werner before that happens.

Timelord Thoughts.
I'm a huge fan of Seagal movies even some of his DTV ones are watchable action fare but Attack Force has to be one of the worst movies I've ever seen in my entire life as the final result here is a incoherent mess & has nothing to recommend it.

I appreciate the film had major post production issues & it's painfully obvious that this movie was supposed to have a completely different storyline but the final product here feature at least 60% dubbed Seagal which doesn't lip sync up with that of the appalling dubbed voice, too many stunt doubles of Seagal during the awfully choreographed fight sequences while the editing is choppy, the action bland & badly staged & the story completely incoherent mess with the end result being a complete & utter shambles.

I can't believe this is the same guy who gave us the action classics of Marked For Death, Out For Justice & Under Siege as Attack Force is a sheer waste of time & money that isn't even a so bad it's good movie it's just a awful dire mess & a film that was quickly thrown out of my DVD collection.

Timelord Rating.
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An Eye For An Eye [DVD]
An Eye For An Eye [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chuck Norris
Price: 12.49

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4.0 out of 5 stars Kick Ass Chuck Movie, 1 Sep 2014
This review is from: An Eye For An Eye [DVD] (DVD)
An Eye For An Eye (DVD)

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Studiocanal
Running Time: 100 minutes

Chuck Norris as Sean Kane
Christopher Lee as Morgan Canfield
Richard Roundtree as Capt. Stevens
Matt Clark as Tom McCoy
Mako Iwamatsu as James Chan
Maggie Cooper as Heather Sullivan
Rosalind Chao as Linda Chan
Professor Toru Tanaka as The Professor
Stuart Pankin as Nicky LaBelle
Terry Kiser as Dave Pierce
Mel Novak as Tony Montoya
Dorothy Dells as Cab Driver (Veterans Cab Company)
Dov Gottesfeld as Doctor (Coroners Office)
Rick Prieto as Stark
Sam Hiona as Ambler

1)First of two movies that action star Chuck Norris made with director Steve Carver. The second film was Lone Wolf McQuade (1983) which was made & released two years later in 1983.
2)Richard Roundtree is better known as P.I John Shaft in the three 1970's Shaft movies.
3)Christopher Lee is better known for his Hammer horror Dracula movies.

What's The Story.
Undercover San Francisco narcotics cops Sean Kane & Dave Pierce head into a dark alley to meet up with an informant by the name of Tony Montoya who promises to break their big investigation wide open by providing the name of the oriental drug ringleader.

Minutes later, Pierce is dead after having been shot, hit by a car, and burned. Kane gets into trouble with his boss, Captain Stevens for sending one of the killers flying out a third story window to his death in full public view right after the incident

Rather than face discipline & told to keep his distance by his superiors, Kane now decides to quit the force & sets out to exact vengeance.

Kane is not the only one who is angry; Dave’s girlfriend, reporter Linda Chan is too & she vows to bring the drug gang down herself by way of investigative reporting & public exposure, However, when Linda uncovers the secret that Kane & Pierce never found, she, too, is killed.

Kane sets out for revenge & so does Linda's grieving father James Chan as together they get to the bottom of things to bring down the drug gang & its unexpected leader.

Timelord Rating.
This was the first Chuck Norris movie I seen on late night ITV & I enjoyed it so much I started hiring Chuck Norris movies from the video shop.

This movie sees a clean shaven Chuck Norris going renegade in bringing down a drug syndicate after his partner Dave & partners girlfriend Linda are killed, Norris plays ex cop Sean Kane & is excellent in the movies exciting fight sequences, aiding him on his revenge mission is James Chan who is Linda's father who is played by Mako who mixes humour wonderfully together with Kung Fu.

Christopher Lee is great as villain Morgan Canfield who is a smarmy type character while Richard Rountree plays Kanes ex boss - Capt. Stephens who comes into his own during the films action packed climax.

The plot is hardly original that features the usual revenge scenario but the production values are decent, but what makes this a enjoyable movie is that the action is continual throughout as it displays an impressive set of fight sequences by Chuck Norris who showcases his karate skilsl brilliantly throughout this movie.

This DVD version still omits the sex shower scene between Kane & Heather Sullivan but all the fight sequences are complete & uncut which is what truly matters as An Eye For An Eye is solid high kicking kung fu entertainment 80's action movie & a thoroughly entertaining Chuck Norris movie.

Timelord Rating.
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The Octagon [Blu-ray] [1980]
The Octagon [Blu-ray] [1980]
Dvd ~ Chuck Norris
Price: 6.21

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3.0 out of 5 stars Chuck Norris Vs An Army Of Ninjas, 1 Sep 2014
The Octagon (Blu Ray).
Blu Ray Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Region B/2
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Running Time: 103 minutes
Dolby Digital Stereo
English Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio
Anamorphic Widescreen: 16:9/1.78:1

Special Features:
Anamorphic Widescreen Collectors Edition,
Interactive Menu,
Making Of,
Scene Access,
Complete & Uncut.

Chuck Norris as Scott James
Karen Carlson as Justine Wentworth
Lee Van Cleef as McCarn
Tadashi Yamashita as Seikura
Carol Bagdasarian as Aura
Richard Norton as Kyo/Longlegs
Art Hindle as A.J.
Kim Lankford as Nancy
Kurt Grayson as Doggo
Yuki Shimoda as Katsumoto
Jack Carter as Sharkey
Ernie Hudson as Quinine
Larry D. Mann as Tibor
Aaron Norris as Hatband
John Fujioka as Isawa the Teacher

1)Chuck Norris' character of Scott James at eighteen years of age was portrayed by his real life son Mike Norris.
2)First major Ninja picture of the 1980s popular ninja movie cycle which was first released in the 1980 year before Enter the Ninja (1981) in 1981.
2)According to director Eric Karson on the DVD, this movie was the only ever arena film that Chuck Norris ever made.
3)The movie featured three members of the Norris family in acting roles. These were Aaron Norris, Mike Norris & Chuck Norris.
4)Many of the people on the film set did not know which person was playing the masked evil hooded villain character Seikura & who was actually behind the hood of him.
5)Through the course of about a month, the movie's lead action star Chuck Norris rehearsed the film's big arena finale fight in his own backyard.
6)The UK cinema version was uncut but video releases there however were cut by 32 secs by the BBFC to remove footage of nunchuks & throwing stars. The 2012 Anchor Bay DVD release s completely uncut on DVD & Blu ray for the first time snce 1980.
7)Body Count: 40.

What's The Story.
Scott James life is plagued by two kinds of flashbacks. First are the childhood memories of the rigorous training he & his friend endured under a martial arts master whle the second is of a mission Scott went on that ended with him watching his friend get murdered.

Scott later becomes drawn closer to a vicious crime ring known as The Octagon. As he gets closer to the truth, Scott learns that these may be the men that murdered his friend so long ago & must defeat a plan by ninjas to create a worldwide training camp for terrorists.

Timelord Thoughts.
The Octagon is well known for it's exciting 20 minute kick ass climax that sees Chuck Norris character; Scott James take on a whole army of Ninjas which completely sells this movie for me as this sequence alone is a impressively choreographed fight sequence showcasing Chuck Norris fighting at his very best.

This movie is your typical 80's action fare but the movies big problem is the complete lack of anything interesting happening as the first hour is boring were very little happens, Chuck Norris complete with tight jeans & dodgy moustache is decent enough in the lead role but the echoing voiceover of Chucks thoughts soon quickly becomes very annoying as his character Scott James spends most of the time trying to figure out what's going on with the films incoherent plot.

Chuck Norris has made some classic action movies, The Octagon however I wouldn't rate as one of his best but what it lacks in the first hour or so it definitely makes up for in it's final fight sequences, it's a pity more of this type of action wasn't used throughout the earlier part of the movie as it may have improved the movie & my review rating.

As it stands The Octagon s a slightly tedious experience but should still appeal to Chuck Norris fan's & any movie that has Chuck Norris fighting a army of Ninjas surely has to be seen if only just the once.

Plus it's complete & uncut at last.

Timelord Rating.

Shadow Man [DVD] [2006]
Shadow Man [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Steven Seagal
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: 1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Seagal DTV Action Fare, 1 Sep 2014
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This review is from: Shadow Man [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
Shadow Man (DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish, Dutch, Hindi, Italian, French, Portuguese, English, Arabic
Dubbed: French, Spanish, Italian
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Runnng Time: 96 minutes

Steven Seagal as Jack Foster
Eva Pope as Anya
Imelda Staunton as Ambassador Cochran
Vincent Riotta as Harry
Michael Elwyn as George
Skye Bennett as Amanda Foster
Garrick Hagon as Waters
Alex Ferns as Schmitt
Michael Fitzpatrick as Chambers
Elias Ferkin as Velos
Levani Uchaneishvili as Jensen
Zoltan Butuc as Seaka
Emanuel Parvu as Urick
Vincent Leigh as Roger
Werner Daehn as Cyrell

1)Garrick Hagon played Luke Skywalkers best friend Biggs in Star Wars & has appeared n Doctor Who on (Tv: The Mutants) & (Audio: Axis Of Insanity).
2)Eva Pope & Alex Ferns better known as Tanya in Coronation Street & Trevor in Eastenders.
3)Although doubles are used for Seagal in certain shots throughout flm there is no dubbng & he does all the fight scenes hmself.

What's The Story.
Intelligence officer Jack Foster discovers that no one is what they seem in the shadowy world of espionage when rogue operatives within the CIA smuggle a lethal virus out of the US & use ex-intelligence office Foster as their unwitting courier.

Unaware of the plot in which he's involved, Jack takes his eight-year-old daughter on a trip to Bucharest five years after the death of his wife & son but when she's kidnapped by a mysterious foreign agent, Jack searches Bucharest for her while the Romanian police, the American Embassy & Russian agents all pursue him, believing he has a microchip containing the formula for a virus that could kill millions if it falls into the wrong hands.

Timelord Thoughts.
As a Seagal DTV movie Shadow Man is watchable action fare that contains many punch ups & shootouts too satisfy Seagal fans while the plot focuses on Seagal as yet again a ex government intelligence offcer who's daughter is yet again kidnapped this time in Bucharest whle involving a hunt for Seagals character Foster who is believed to be carrying a microchip that has data about a chemical weapon which leads to Seagal ogong on the run & take to the streets & stop anybody who stands in his way by any means necessary.

Thankfully Shadow Man contains none of the awful Seagal dubbng which has affected the quality of hs movies of late & whle Seagal doubles are used throughout this movie n various sequences, it's good to see him at least doing the majority of the fight sequences himself which are the usual bone breaking antics of a Steven Seagal movie.

Eva Pope is decent enough in leading lady role as Anya & Garrick Hagon is passable as one of the villains named Waters while Imelda Staunton features as Ambassador Cochran who does give a good performance in the role but I question what a actress of Miss Stauntons acting calibre is doing in this DTV Seagal movie?

Overall, Shadow Man is one of Seagals better recent DTV outings & delivers plenty of action & contains a fairly decent plot that should keep Seagal fans happily entertained for 96 minutes.

Timelord Rating.
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Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow (11th Doctor BBC Book)
Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow (11th Doctor BBC Book)
by Tommy Donbavand
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 12.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Incoherent & Disappointing Adventure, 31 Aug 2014
Doctor Who: Shroud Of Sorrow.

CD Info.
Running time 7 hours.

What's The Story.
23 November, 1963. It is the day after John F. Kennedy's assassination & the faces of the dead are everywhere. PC Reg Cranfield sees his late father in the mists along Totter's Lane, while reporter Mae Callon sees her grandmother image on a coffee stain on her desk.

Timelord Thoughts.
This Audiobook adaption read by Francis Barber is written by Tommy Donbavand has some good ideas but is hampered by the overuse of humour which completely ruins the seriousness of the plot borders on farcical at times when it should be dramatic.

Tommy Donbavand writing his first Doctor Who adventure & I hope his last as he writes the Eleventh Doctor as a clown as the Doctor who seems to be on a constant manic high like he has had one to many Red Bulls.

The plot is there as the premise of a entity feeding on peoples fear, grief or negative emotions is a good one as under a more seasoned writer this would've been excellent but the inexperience of writing Doctor Who here is apparent as Donbavand doesn't know how to structure the story allowing humorous moments & drama to clash into one another instead it doesnt build the drama throwing the pace off the story.

Actress Francis Barber narrates the Audiobook version & to be fair does her best with the disappointing material shes given while the audiobook does inject some haunting incidental music & sound effects but music & effects cannot hide the incoherent tone of this story & overall Shroud Of Sorrow is one of the weaker Eleventh Doctor adventures to date.

Timelord Rating.
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Doctor Who - Complete Specials (The Next Doctor/ Planet of the Dead/ Waters of Mars & Winter Specials) [DVD]
Doctor Who - Complete Specials (The Next Doctor/ Planet of the Dead/ Waters of Mars & Winter Specials) [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Price: 12.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tenth Doctors Final Adventures, 31 Aug 2014
Doctor Who - Complete Specials.

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region 2
Number of discs: 5
Classification: 12
Studio: 2entertain
Running Time: 305 minutes

Original channel BBC One
Original run 25 December 2008 - 1 January 2010

Special Features
Commentary with Cast & Crew
Deleted Scenes
Exclusive David Tennant Video Diary
BBC Proms
Doctor Who Confidential.

Trivia: The Next Doctor.
1)The episode played on public expectations, as David Tennant's successor to The Doctor was soon to be announced, this was heightened by the fact that David Morrissey had apparently been in talks to play the Eleventh Doctor.
2)The balloon TARDIS is "Tethered Aerial Release Developed in Style."
3)The set for the cyberfactory is actually the Torchwood Hub set from Torchwood (2006) cleverly disguised.
4)David Morrissey was only cast 5 days before filming.
5)Images are seen of all previous ten on-screen incarnation of The Doctor as portrayed by William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, & David Tennant.

Trivia: Planet Of The Dead.
1)Michelle Ryan was a candidate for a new companion after the departure of Billie Piper in 2006.
2)The Doctor mentions "Humans on a bus, always blaming me", referring to Doctor Who: Midnight (2008).
3)Both buses were meant to be intact throughout the story, but while one was en route to Dubai, it was badly knocked about at the docks by a crane driver who was careless with a container. So the film crew sent photos of the damage back to Cardiff and there the crew made similar 'alterations' to that bus so they would match, a few lines were added to the script to explain the sudden change in the buses's appearance.
4)Adam James is the godson of the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee & has been best friends with actor David Tennant since they played brothers in a play in 1999.
5)While trying to call UNIT, The Doctor mistakenly dials "Pizza Geronimo" - 'Geronimo' being the catchphrase of the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith.
6)The "four knocks" which is supposed to introduce the darkness that signifies the doctor's "last song" may be the four bars last heard in "The Sound of Drums" or "Last of the Timelords", a sound which haunted The Master.
7)This is the first Doctor Who episode in which series producer Russell T. Davies shares co-writing credit & the first episode since the show's return in 2005 to credit two writers.
8)Malcolm says he had read all the Doctor's files and the Doctor asked "Really? What was your favourite? The Giant Robot?" This is a reference to the Fourth Doctor-era story Doctor Who: Robot: Part One (1974).
9)Barclay and Nathan mention the Stolen Planets from Doctor Who: The Stolen Earth (2008).
10)The number of the bus, 200, is a reference to the fact that "Planet of the Dead" was advertised as Doctor Who's 200th story.

Trivia: The Waters Of Mars.
1)The name of the Mars colony, Bowie Base One, is a reference to musician David Bowie & his song "Life on Mars".
2)The space suit the Doctor uses is from 'The Satan Pit'.
3)When the Doctor is talking to Adelaide, he talks about this situation is like trying to save Pompeii, but by doing it he causes the catastrophe. In "Fires of Pompeii" the Doctor fires up mount Vesuvius to save planet Earth, destroying Pompeii.
4)The Ice Warriors are from the planet Mars & given a subtle mention by the Doctor.

Trivia: The End Of Time Part 1.
1)Brian Cox (Elder Ood Voice) would later be cast as Sydney Newman, the creator of Doctor Who, in An Adventure in Space & Time (2013).
2)Last ever appearance of Lucy Saxon.
3)Catherine Tate filmed her role in 5 days.
4)Patrick Stewart was offered the role of The Narrator

Trivia: The End Of Time Part 2.
1)When the Ood sing the Doctor to his sleep, they sing "Vale Decem" in Latin which means "Farewell Ten".
2)According to interviews with Russell T. Davies , all of Matt Smith lines as the Doctor are written by Steven Moffat.
3)Russell T. Davies said that the Tenth Doctor's last moments were planned out shortly after David Tennant was cast in the role, & implied that had Tennant not been cast, the scene would have been written differently.
4)The scene in which The Doctor says "I don't want to go." was filmed three times, each with increased level of intensity in the delivery. The take which made it to air was the second take, as the third & final take was considered to be too emotional.
5)Russell T. Davies used Bernard Cribbins own military experiences as the basis for Wilfrid's reminiscences.
6)Director Euros Lyn wanted to remove the scene where the Doctor visits Verity Newman, thinking it would be confusing for anyone who had missed the connection she has to the Doctor, but Russell T. Davies insisted on keeping the scene in the final cut.
7)Last episode written by Russell T. Davies.
8)The character Verity Newman is named after Verity Lambert, who was the first producer in the original series, & Sydney Newman, who created the series in 1963.
9)In the scene where The Doctor gives Jack Harkness Alonso's name, the music playing is "My Angel Put the Devil in Me" that was featured at the beginning of Season 3 episode, Doctor Who: Daleks in Manhattan (2007).
10)Timothy Dalton was a possible for The Master in Doctor Who 1996, Eric Roberts however was cast in the role.

What's The Story's.

The Next Doctor.
It's Christmas Eve in 1851 & the Cybermen stalk the snow of Victorian London, When the Tenth Doctor arrives & starts to investigate a spate of mysterious deaths, he's surprised to meet another Doctor his future self perhaps & soon the two must combine forces to defeat the ruthless Miss Hartigan.

But are two Doctors enough to stop the rise of the sinister CyberKing?

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a fast paced exciting Tenth Doctor adventure featuring the return of the Cybermen, David Tennant is outstanding throughout with his energetic Doctor whizzing back & forth while giving his incarnation emotional weight in the story's final few moments, while David Morrissey is excellent as a possible future incarnation of the Doctor who masks his own tragic past.

Dervla Kirwan is on great villain duties as Miss Hartigan who is linked somehow to the Cybermen who are at the most sinister in this episode, the massacre in the snow in the graveyard is powerful imagery while the climax with the CyberKing is tension filled action packed drama.

Overall The Next Doctor is a excellent Christmas episode & one of my favourites of the Tenth Doctor era.
Timelord Rating.

Planet of the Dead.
When a London bus takes a detour to an alien world, the Tenth Doctor must join forces with the extraordinary Lady Christina, But the mysterious planet holds terrifying secrets, hidden in the sand & time is running out, as the deadly Swarm gets closer...

Timelord Thoughts.
This episode co-written by RTD & Gareth Roberts who wrote many great NA & Missing Adventure novels see the Tenth Doctor & passengers on a Double Decker Bus transported to a alien world of San Helios were the Doctor alongside Lady Christina race against time to stop a deadly swarm from wiping them out, This story feels a little lacklustre at times & needed a bit more drama, Michelle Ryan is excellent as Lady Christina however & plays the part brilliantly but is completely underused & I do hope her character returns as a companion one day as she would make a excellent foil for the Doctor.

David Tennant is incapable of giving a below par performance & injects this story with much needed energy & enthusiasm his look when told about "he will knock four times" is priceless, the character of UNIT scientist Malcom is played by comedian Lee Evans who is ok for one adventure but as a recurring character I think he would soon become annoying,

The are two alien species on the planet the first are called Tritovores which are a insect race & not the planets deadly creatures despite there gruesome looking appearance whom the Doctor befriends & tries to help, the deadly aliens of San Helios are in fact a swarm of alien Stingrays who will devour anything that gets in their way, again this race has no sinister intentions it's just what they do.

Overall a average episode that is injected with great performances by David Tennant & Michelle Ryan who save this episode from becoming mediocre & raise it to a above average Doctor Who episode
Timelord Rating.

The Waters of Mars.
The Tenth Doctor land on the planet Mars, at a base in peril, A creeping infection beneath the Martian surface threatens not only the human race, but also the Doctor's most fundamental beliefs he cannot change events that have a fixed point in history.

Together with Adelaide Brooke - the base's commander - the Doctor must stop a seemingly unstoppable menace before it can reach Earth & wipe out mankind.

Timelord Thoughts.
The Waters Of Mars is another one of my favourite Tenth Doctor episodes & one of David Tennants best performances as the Tenth Doctor.

The isolated setting of a base on the planet Mars is nothing we haven't seen before but what makes this story memorable is it's intensity of a crew in peril of a infected water supply that transforms them into aggressive alien like creatures while the Doctor is seemingly unable to help them as this is a fixed point in time & must always be so he cannot interfere...or can he?

The acting is this episode is top notch, Lindsay Duncan is excellent as Captain Adelaide Brooke who is completely believable in the part & who's fate cannot be undone, Duncan is a no nonsense character & her actions at the stories conclusion is both shocking & horrifying.

But make no mistake this is David Tennants show & he acts magnificently throughout this story bringing a genuine sadness at being unable to help save this crew, Tennants acting displays such facial emotions in many scenes in particular as he turns away & walks back to the Tardis as he can hear the terrified screams of the crew dying who then becomes the crews saviour but at a cost, Tennant makes his Doctor seem quite sinister here & suddenly the character of the Doctor feels very dangerous which is something rarely felt in the series & all this culminates into a shocking conclusion hinting it's the beginning of the end for this incarnation of the Timelord.

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The End of Time: Part One.
When his psychotic nemesis the Master has been reborn, on Christmas Eve. Who has cheated death at a price the battle ranges from the wastelands of London to the mysterious Immortality Gate, while the alien Ood warn of an even greater danger approaching, as a terrible shadow falls across the entire Universe.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a good opener which sees the return of the Master who is again played by John Simm who adds a intense insanity to his interpretation of the character who has been resurrected but at a terrible cost, his scenes with David Tennant who gives a emotional performance as the Doctor knowing his time is almost up spars brilliantly with his renegade equal as there scenes together are both exciting & engaging as each actor seemingly brings out the best in there characters & each others acting.

Bernard Cribbins plays such a great character of Wilfred Mott & adds genuine heart & emotion in his performance who together with David Tennant whom share many tearjerking scenes & is a brilliant addition to this episode while Catherine Tate is more a extended cameo & doesn't really do much as former companion Donna Noble.

Overall a good opener too this two part finale that delivers action, drama & suspense which features the return of Rassilon played by ex 007 Timothy Dalton.

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The End of Time: Part Two.
The Doctor faces the end of his life as the Master's plans hurtle out of control. With the sound of drums growing louder & an ancient trap closing around the Earth, the Doctor & Wilf must fight alone.

But sacrifices must be made as the deadly prophecy warns: "He will knock four times."

Timelord Thoughts.
It's the end & the moments been prepared for as David Tennants swansong delivers a great climax to the story & is a fitting goodbye to the Tenth Doctor.

Bernard Cribbins again delivers such heartfelt emotion & plays his scenes with utter believability & conviction especially when he breaks down saying he doesn't want the Doctor to die.

John Simm is menacing as the Master who realizes he is just a pawn in a more sinister turn of event's who faces a dilemma that was rumoured to have featured in a Third Doctor story had actor Roger Delgado lived to film his final Master story as the Doctor & the Master are pited against a more vicious advisory Rassilon played with gravitas & conviction by Timothy Dalton.

However this episode belongs to actor David Tennant who has been a fantastic Doctor & also been one of the shows best supporters & ambassadors, here Tennant delivers such emotional range from humour, sadness, aggression & all out rage especially in the storys final 20 minutes, the sequence were his Doctor holds a gun to the Master & Rassilon is full of drama & tension as you cannot predict the outcome of events & the true realization of the four knocks is quite shocking yet believable.

Many fans complained at how long it takes the Doctor to regenerate as he goes on a farewell tour to say goodbye to his past companions however I disagree as I think it's only fitting Tennant has these final moments as he reflects on his past adventures which makes the actual regeneration so much more heartbreaking accompanied by Murray Golds haunting but excellent Vale Decem score which had me in floods of tears as the Doctor quotes "I don't want to go" & regenerates into a new incarnation of the Doctor causing untold damage to the Tardis.

Overall a great conclusion to this epic finale that delivers all you could possibly want from a Doctor Who adventure & allows one of the most popular Doctors to go out on a high.
Timelord Rating.

Timelord Final Thoughts.
The End Of Time is a fitting swansong for the Tenth Doctor & the actor David Tennant who has played the part for 4 wonderful years & delivered many classic new series episodes & revitalized the show making it not only popular in England but all over the world, David Tennant you were my Doctor of the new series of Doctor Who & are one of my favourite all time incarnations of the Doctor & have delivered excellent enjoyable adventures that continues to entertain to this day.

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Star Wars Episode 6 - Return of the Jedi [Deluxe Remastered Version]
Star Wars Episode 6 - Return of the Jedi [Deluxe Remastered Version]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Williams Delivers An Epic, Emotional & Uplifting Score, 30 Aug 2014
Star Wars Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi (Deluxe Remastered Version).

CD Info.
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Track Listings.
Disc 1.
1. "20th Century Fox Fanfare" (Alfred Newman, 1954) – 0:22
2. "Main Title/Approaching the Death Star/Tatooine Rendezvous" – 9:17
contains the hidden track "Death Star in Disarray" (source music counterpart to "Darth Vader's Death") at – 5:04– 5:38
3. "The Droids are Captured" – 1:21
4. "Bounty for a Wookiee" – 2:50
5. "Han Solo Returns" – 4:01
6. "Luke Confronts Jabba/Den of the Rancor/Sarlacc Sentence" – 8:51
7. "The Pit of Carkoon/Sail Barge Assault" – 6:02
8. "The Emperor Arrives/The Death of Yoda/Obi-Wan's Revelation" – 10:58
9. "Alliance Assembly" – 2:13
10."Shuttle Tydirium Approaches Endor" – 4:09
11."Speeder Bike Chase/Land of the Ewoks" – 9:38
12. "The Levitation/Threepio's Bedtime Story" – 2:46
13. "Source Music: Jabba's Baroque Recital" – 3:09
14. "Jedi Rocks" – 2:42
15. "Archival Bonus Track: Sail Barge Assault (Alternate)" – 5:04
Total Time: 73:14

Disc 2.
1. "Parade of the Ewoks" – 3:28
2. "Luke and Leia" – 4:46
3. "Brother and Sister/Father and Son/The Fleet Enters Hyperspace/Heroic Ewok" – 10:40
4. "The Emperor's Throne Room" – 3:26
5. "The Battle of Endor" – 11:50
6. "Into the Trap" – 2:30
7. "Forest Ambush" – 2:00
8. "Scout Walker Scramble" – 2:04
9. "The Prime Weapon Fires" – 5:16
10. "The Lightsaber/The Ewok Battle" – 4:31
11. "The Battle of Endor II" – 10:03
12. "Leia is Wounded" – 1:02
13. "The Duel Begins" – 1:51
14. "Overtaking the Bunker" – 1:00
15. "The Dark Side Beckons" – 3:33
16. "The Emperor’s Death" – 2:37
17. "The Battle of Endor III" – 6:04
18. "Superstructure Chase" – 1:53
"Darth Vader's Death" – 2:34
19. "The Main Reactor" – 1:36
20. "Leia's News/Light of the Force" – 3:24
21. "Victory Celebration/End Title" – 8:34
22. "Source Music: Ewok Feast/Part of the Tribe" – 4:02
23. "Archival Bonus Track: The Forest Battle (Concert Suite)" – 4:05
Total Time: 74:47

Timelord Thoughts.
Composer John Williams brings the together & delivers another triumphant masterpiece with his,third Star Wars score - Return Of The Jedi that at it's heart has a feeling of redemption flowing throughout the score that at times merges with deeper darker themes like 'The Emperor Arrives' which includes both the 'Imperial March' at it's most bombastic & Emperor Palpatine's sinister evil presence lurking throughout, while 'Battle Of Endor II' includes the famous scenes of Luke & Vader's final duel with Vaders redemption & sacrificing himself to save his son by killing his Master that delivers a stunning haunting theme & is the emotional peak of the movie that's impact always gives me goosebumps.

Williams also brings back the adventurous tone of A New Hope but gives this score it's own identity by giving it a more uplifting & triumphant feel that climaxes with the epic final battle renditions of 'The Battle Of Endor 1,2 & 3'.

Overall this score showcases a composer who can deliver great storytelling through musical composition & cements that John Williams scores are the heart & soul of the Star Wars universe as once again he delivers a epic, emotional powerful score that defines the Star Wars universe in it's entirety & showcases the creative talent of this legendary film composer at his very best.

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Star Wars Episode 5 - The Empire Strikes Back [Deluxe Remastered Version]
Star Wars Episode 5 - The Empire Strikes Back [Deluxe Remastered Version]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Triumphant Williams Masterpiece, 30 Aug 2014
Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back ( Deluxe Remastered Version)

CD Info.
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Track Listings.

Disc 1.
1. "20th Century Fox Fanfare" (Alfred Newman (1954)) 0:22
2. Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth" 8:09
3. "The Wampa's Lair/Vision of Obi-Wan/Snowspeeders Take Flight" 8:48
4. "The Imperial Probe/Aboard the Executor" 4:24
5. "The Battle of Hoth (The Ion Cannon/Imperial Walkers/Beneath the AT-AT/Escape in the Millennium Falcon)" 14:48
6. "The Asteroid Field" 4:15
7. "Arrival on Dagobah" 4:54
8. "Luke's Nocturnal Visitor" 2:35
9. "Han Solo and the Princess" 3:26
10. "Jedi Master Revealed/Mynock Cave" 5:44
11. "The Training of a Jedi Knight/The Magic Tree" 5:16
Total length:

Disc 2.
1. "The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)" 3:02
2. "Yoda's Theme" 3:30
3. "Attacking a Star Destroyer" 3:04
4. "Yoda and the Force" 4:02
5. "Imperial Starfleet Deployed/City in the Clouds" 6:04
6. "Lando's Palace" 3:53
7. "Betrayal at Bespin" 3:46
8. "Deal with the Dark Lord" 2:37
9. "Carbon Freeze/Darth Vader's Trap/Departure of Boba Fett" 11:50
10. "The Clash of Lightsabers/The Stormtroopers are Coming" 4:18
11. "Rescue from Cloud City/Hyperspace" 9:10
12. "The Rebel Fleet/End Title" 6:28
Total length:

Timelord Thoughts.
John Williams expands upon his original Star Wars score & delivers another triumphant masterpiece with The Empire Strikes Back which themes are a little darker & edgier than Williams previous Star Wars score.

This score is synonymous with The Imperial March - The Darth Vader Theme brings such a powerful interpretation of the sheer power of this unstoppable Sith Lord & is a theme that always gives me goosebumps while Yodas Theme is softer, gentle & more heartfelt that captures the galaxy's most powerful Jedi to perfection & brings tears to my eyes everytime I listen to it.

This is another of John Williams best movie scores & gives the tone of the (second or fifth depending how you look at it) Star Wars movie a darker feel & mixes together a score with such a power & heartfelt emotion that doesn't copy what's gone before but merely it expands upon it & is another one of Williams best soundtrack album of all time that captures the mood of this darker movie & showcases John Williams as one of cinemas greatest film composers of all time.

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Star Wars Episode 4 - A New Hope [Deluxe Remastered Version]
Star Wars Episode 4 - A New Hope [Deluxe Remastered Version]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Williams Musical Masterpiece Will Transport You To A Galaxy Far Far Away, 30 Aug 2014
Star Wars Episode IV -A New Hope (Deluke Remastered Edition.

CD Info.
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Track Listings.
Disc 1.
1. "20th Century Fox Fanfare" (Alfred Newman (1954)) 0:22
2. "Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner (Medley)" 2:14
3. "Imperial Attack" 6:42
4. "The Dune Sea of Tatooine/Jawa Sandcrawler (Medley)" 5:01
5. "The Moisture Farm" 2:25
6. "The Hologram/Binary Sunset (Medley)" 4:08
7. "Landspeeder Search/Attack of the Sand People (Medley)" 3:20
8. "Tales of a Jedi Knight/Learn About the Force (Medley)" 4:28
9. "Burning Homestead" 2:50
10. "Mos Eisley Spaceport" 2:16
11. "Cantina Band" 2:46
12. "Cantina Band #2" 3:54
13. "Binary Sunset (Medley) [Alternate Take]" (contains hidden track "Star Wars Main Title" (complete recording session version)) 16:59
Total length:

Disc 2.
1. "Princess Leia's Theme" 4:27
2. "The Millennium Falcon/Imperial Cruiser Pursuit (Medley)" 3:51
3. "Destruction of Alderaan" 1:32
4. "The Death Star/The Stormtroopers (Medley)" 3:35
5. "Wookiee Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush (Medley)" 4:01
6. "Shootout in the Cell Bay/Dianoga (Medley)" 3:48
7. "The Trash Compactor" 3:06
8. "The Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire (Medley)" 5:18
9. "Ben Kenobi's Death/Tie Fighter Attack (Medley)" 3:51
10. "The Battle of Yavin" 9:06
11. "The Throne Room/End Title (Medley)" 5:37
Total length:

Timelord Thoughts.
Hands down this is without doubt one of my all time favourite music scores taken from one of my favourite movies of all time, Composer John Williams breathed life into George Lucas 1977 movie; Star Wars giving the Sci-fi spectacular it's soul capturing the characters with it's iconic themes & powerful brassy renditions during the movies action packed moments as the music captures the tone of the movie superbly.

From it's 20th Century fanfare that paves the way for the films iconic main title theme, this is Williams composing at his very very best as this soundtrack transports one to a galaxy far far away as the sheer emotional impact that Williams & the London Symphony Orchestra bring to these wonderful themes always gives me goosebumps even to this day when I listen to this album.

Star Wars is without doubt John Williams best movie score, George Lucas may have dazzled us with the special effects but John Williams iconic score is what brought the movie to life & displays in this soundtrack his creative talent & sheer brilliance & in my opinion is one of the greatest film composers of all time.

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