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Dave Sewell

A former journalist, newbie to freelance writing but an old hand at watching telly – especially the kind that involves spaceships, dragons or both.

When I'm not on the couch you'll find me working in a London bookshop, studying to become a teacher or complaining about the Tories.

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Doctor Who review: It Takes You Away 'a series highlight'
Monday 3rd December 2018

For the second week running Doctor started off with plenty of horror, only to veer off in a completely different direction. This time, though, it worked—thanks to a story that delivered on character development, and a heavy dose…

Doctor Who review: 'The Witchfinders started strong but ended in poor taste'
Tuesday 27th November 2018

The early scenes of Sunday’s Doctor Who seemed to be setting up The Witchfinders to be the year’s creepiest, most chilling episode. We had an eerie Lancashire wood, tendrils groping up out of the mud, a sinister masked figure, the…

Doctor Who review: Kerblam a 'missed opportunity' despite special guest stars
Friday 23rd November 2018

Like a parcel stuck in a distribution hub, there was a good idea trying forlornly to get out of the latest Doctor Who episode’s muddled script. A measure of what a missed opportunity Kerblam was is that despite the presence of Lee Mack,…

Doctor Who review: 'Demons of Punjab shows how taking risks can pay off'
Monday 12th November 2018

The episode of Doctor Who that went out on Remembrance Sunday featured meadows of poppies in Punjab and battlefield flashbacks to Singapore, as the series did its bit to ensure that the tremendous losses of colonial troops weren’t forgotten.…

A Star is Born: What classic films could Oscar nominee Lady Gaga remake next?
Thursday 8th November 2018

Lady Gaga’s songs and videos have always been performances of more than music, so it was no surprise to see her taking to the cinema like a fish to water in A Star Is Born. Her first starring role, a part previously played by Dorothy…

Review: 'Doctor Who walks fine line between playing it safe and drifting dangerously'
Wednesday 7th November 2018

By far the most memorable thing about The Tsuranga Conundrum, last Sunday’s Doctor Who episode, was the Pting: a mysterious, deadly and adorably cute spaceship-munching critter that’s half Stitch from Lilo and Stitch and half Nibbler…

Doctor Who review: 'Scary and funny' Arachnids in the UK ticks all the boxes
Wednesday 31st October 2018

Spiders, in Britain at least, shouldn’t really be any scarier than the flies they feast on. But there’s something in the way they move those long crawly legs, the dark places they hide in, the shock of getting tangled up in their…

Doctor Who review: 'Rosa will have sparked important conversations across Britain'
Monday 22nd October 2018

The new Doctor Who series hit its stride on Sunday. The third episode, Rosa, brought tighter pacing, a cast really starting to gel together, and subject that mattered. The gang found themselves stranded in Montgomery, Alabama, days before…

Doctor Who episode 2: 'Jodie Whittaker's Doctor earned every minute of Tardis reunion'
Tuesday 16th October 2018

The makers of Doctor Who confirmed their intention to strip the series back to basics last weekend, with a pared-down plot, a simple message and an almost-empty planet. The second episode of series 11, The Ghost Monument, continued to give…

Doctor Who review: 'Anyone still waiting for Jodie Whittaker to fail will be disappointed'
Tuesday 9th October 2018

If one moment stands out from the first episode of the new Doctor Who, it’s probably the ordinary Sheffield bloke throwing bits of his kebab into the face of a terrifying alien. He blurted out some endearingly lame putdown such as, “eat…

The Apprentice: What are some of the most memorable candidates doing now?
Thursday 27th September 2018

There have been some, ahem, interesting characters that have graced Lord Alan Sugar's boardroom on The Apprentice since the series started in 2005. Here are what some of the most memorable wannabe entrepreneurs are doing now.…

James Bond 25: New director, release date and latest cast rumours
Monday 24th September 2018

Following the news that James Bond 25 has a new director, here's everything we know about the next 007 instalment. New director brings a distinctive touch True Detective and Jane Eyre director Cary Joji Fukunaga has stepped in to helm…

6 villains Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who might bump into
Thursday 20th September 2018

Half the fun of Doctor Who is its rogues’ gallery of aliens, monsters and robots. With a new Doctor, new companions and a new showrunner, we can expect to see some new villains too—but you can also bet on seeing the return of some…

Find out who's in the running to replace Henry Cavill as Superman
Thursday 13th September 2018

Superman actor Henry Cavill has hung up his red cape for the last time, if the rumours are true, amid a shake-up in the DC superhero film universe. And as one Warner Brothers source told US magazine Hollywood Reporter: “Superman…

5 of the worst showstoppers the Great British Bake Off has ever seen
Tuesday 11th September 2018

We love seeing the amazing creations that amateur bakers rustle up on the Great British Bake Off manage to cook up but it’s reassuring to see that even the best can sometimes make a royal mess of it. To whet your appetite for tonight’s…

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