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Top Reviewer Ranking: 648,065 - Total Helpful Votes: 186 of 197
Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks[1967] (Original&hellip by Frazer Hines
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 12 Jun 2007
Despite, bar a single episode, only surviving on audio I'd put this as one of my all-time favourite Whos. Patrick Troughton puts in, as ever, a stupendous performance but the motivations of non-regulars such as Waterfield, Maxtible and even the adventure's first casualty are complex and thoughtful; unlike later years, there are no 'throwaway' characters and cardboard cut-outs here. Instead we have a rich tapestry of competing viewpoints and agendas, behind which lurk the quietly scheming Daleks (I always prefer the adventures where the Daleks are wily and in the background to where they just act like talking tanks).

It's also a very pacy story - the narrative never lets up and… Read more
Doctor Who - Carnival of Monsters [VHS] <b>VHS</b> ~ Jon Pertwee
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
You won't find this topping many polls. It doesn't have daleks, a god-like foe or a particularly sophisticated take on politics. Why, out of all my huge Doctor Who collection, is it one of my absolute favourites?

Because it's a cracking good story. The central premise of a portable, microscopic zoo is highly innovative, the pace never lets up and the writing is never less than intelligent. It's laugh-out-loud funny (especially the stiff-upper-lip scenes on the boat attacked by a plesiosaur), the dialogue sparkles, and the regulars do very well (watch out also for an early appearance by Ian Marter, later to play companion Harry Sullivan). The Drashigs are also fantastic… Read more
Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger by Nigel Slater
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I borrowed this whilst staying with a friend and eventually she gave it to me as I couldn't stop reading it! It's heart-breaking in places and, I agree, laugh-out-loud funny. Baking a family Christmas cake for his mother is something that just 'has to be done ... Like cleaning the loo or polishing the shoes.' And with his mother's Angel Delight obsession Slater asserts 'Butterscotch and Banana were the only truly acceptable flavours to us. We ate the others to humour her.'

The food is almost incidental - this is the honest story of a boy's relationship with two eccentric, snobby but still extremely admirable and loving parents who give their child everything (except chocolate… Read more

Wish List

Solaris [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Natalya Bondarchuk
Solaris [DVD] DVD ~ Natalya Bondarchuk