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with the year draw­ing to a close, your high­lights of 2015.

Dan Mor­ton, Face­book Dare­devil and Ant-Man... or maybe Mad Max: Fury Road. I’m torn. But definitely Dare­devil!

Doug Brown­ing, Face­book Mad Max: Fury Road for film, Doc­tor Who for TV!

Medium Atomic Weight, Games­Radar+ Thank good­ness for DC in 2015! The Flash was an ab­so­lute breath of fresh air: bold, colour­ful, play­ful and witty. Stand­ing proudly along­side the equally breezy Gotham and Su­per­girl, I can fi­nally enjoy the big re­turn of fun to my TV screen. How refreshing it is to kick back in front of the telly and be thrilled and en­ter­tained with­out re­fer­ring to fu­ri­ously scrib­bled notes track­ing con­vo­luted plots and end­less char­ac­ters. It’s like be­ing a kid on Satur­day morn­ings watch­ing Adam West’s Bat­man all over again.

SFX Strange how DC’s bright and breezy TV out­put is al­most the tonal op­po­site of its dark and gritty film uni­verse. Have to say, I’m much more en­am­oured with DC TV so far, es­pe­cially The Flash.

Bob Pierce, Face­book Ant-Man! Amaz­ing what they did on such a small bud­get! I also liked Juras­sic World, it was a proper Aliens-type se­quel.

Matt Ab­ney, Twit­ter Game Of Thrones. Weak­est sea­son so far, but it’s still the best thing on TV.

Ja­cob South­gate, Twit­ter Ex_Machina was great – thought-pro­vok­ing and really tense.

Paul Downey, Face­book Juras­sic World, Ant-Man and Mad Max: Fury Road have been su­perb. For TV Hannibal and The Flash. Also loved Tales Of Hal­loween, The Fi­nal Girls and Lost Af­ter Dark.

SFX I’m obliged to point out that Hannibal isn’t science fic­tion, but we’ll let you off be­cause it’s ACE.

Cort­ney Fry, email In­side Out made me blub more than a new­born baby. If there’s any jus­tice it’ll be the first an­i­mated film to win Best Pic­ture at the Os­cars.

David Shaw, Face­book Lov­ing He­roes Re­born. Hope it con­tin­ues in this form.

Sean Eas­ton, email Hu­mans was great. Sim­i­lar sub­ject mat­ter to Ex_Machina, but set­ting it in a world that was more recog­nis­ably our own gave it a much big­ger im­pact.

Dare­devil and Ant-Man… or maybe Mad Max. I’m torn

Jess Coleman, Face­book The Mar­tian – best Ri­d­ley Scott film since Gla­di­a­tor and a (whis­per it) bet­ter version of that story than Andy Weir’s book.

SFX Proof, were it needed, that Sir Rid­ders can still make a great film with the right script. All eyes on you, Alien: Covenant.

oli Cobb, email Had loads of fun with Kings­man: The Se­cret Ser­vice. Pre­ferred it to SPEC­TRE, which I never thought I’d say at the start of the year.

Jo lyon, Twit­ter Took a while to make its way to the UK, but Agent Carter was bril­liant. MUCH pre­fer it to Agents Of SHIELD, which I now have no in­ten­tion of watch­ing when it re­turns for sea­son three.

SFX Just as I ex­pected from SFX read­ers, you all have ex­cel­lent taste. For what it’s worth, my favourites of 2015 (so far) are Mad Max: Fury Road and Dare­devil, with Song Of The Sea and The Flash not far be­hind.


Keith Tu­dor, email The news that there is a new Star Trek TV se­ries in de­vel­op­ment is fan­tas­tic. Other than re­peats, it has been over a decade since the last episode of Star Trek: En­ter­prise aired, and in that time there have only been two suc­cess­ful movies. I hope the se­ries will con­tinue the tra­di­tion and be en­ter­tain­ing as well as re­flect­ing mod­ern so­ci­ety in a sci-fi set­ting. I’m also still hop­ing Deep Space Nine and Voy­ager will get a high def up­grade and Blu-ray release, as CBS did amaz­ing work with the pre­vi­ous re­leases. SFX A new se­ries of Trek is very wel­come news (see p17), es­pe­cially given the dearth of space shows in re­cent years. I’m afraid you’re the only per­son in ex­is­tence who wants to watch Voy­ager again though, let alone in hi-def, Keith.


An­drew Modd, email Re­cently Doc­tor Who ap­pears to have be­come an ex­plo­ration of death and all its facets. The end of the last se­ries pow­er­fully in­ves­ti­gated the con­cept of heaven and res­ur­rec­tion. It was fol­lowed by the Christ­mas episode which in­cluded a look at the ac­cep­tance of death. We now have a cur­rent se­ries arc on the prob­lems of be­stow­ing/re­gret­ting im­mor­tal­ity. How­ever, there have also been ref­er­ences to the Doc­tor’s last will and tes­ta­ment, the odd con­cept of undy­ing Daleks and of course ghosts ga­lore (in­clud­ing the Doc­tor’s). Per­haps we should be call­ing Ca­paldi the Death Doc­tor? SFX Well, any­thing’s bet­ter than “Doc­tor Disco”.


linda Sc­hole­field, email I am lov­ing the new se­ries of Doc­tor Who, es­pe­cially the Zy­gons. But hav­ing been brought up with watch­ing Doc­tor Who all my life for me it’s not just about the Doc­tor and his com­pan­ions hav­ing ad­ven­tures, it’s also about the TARDIS and the Sonic Screw­driver. This new se­ries you’re lucky if you catch a glimpse of the TARDIS and it’s such a shame when you have that fan­tas­tic in­te­rior. What­ever hap­pened to the “mad man in a box”? You never get to see his box now, and don’t even get me started on the Sonic Sun­glasses. I know you have to keep things fresh and mod­ern, but I think that this se­ries they are to­tally de­stroy­ing the pro­gramme’s history. With­out the TARDIS and the Sonic Screw­driver it’s just not Doc­tor Who, it could be any old show about time-trav­el­ling. SFX Wait till you find out that those ques­tion mark undies are ac­tu­ally his new Sonic Box­ers…


John Pan­nell, email I’m all for a new fan­tasy on TV and ITV’s Jekyll And Hyde on a Sun­day night looked a promis­ing idea. As the end ti­tles rolled so did the dis­ap­point­ment and amaze­ment at what ITV re­garded as a fam­ily show. Dur­ing the episode three chil­dren were at­tacked, one burnt to death, there was a crea­ture half-dog half-man which frankly wouldn’t look out of place in Hell­raiser, a woman beaten up in an al­ley, but worst of all there was the script, or rather the lack of it. Clunky lines were bat­ted back and forth with only the won­der­ful Richard E Grant man­ag­ing to rise above them. ITV never get th­ese fan­tasy shows right, re­mem­ber Demons, and

I feel a thanks to the great god of tele­vi­sion is needed

Primeval didn’t fall into place un­til the last two se­ries. Let’s only hope they don’t do a fan­tasy se­ries about a bloke in a tele­phone box! SFX Have to dis­agree with you John, three episodes in (at the time of writ­ing) and I’m find­ing Jekyll And Hyde huge fun. And the “fam­ily show” com­plaints are clearly non­sense. I grew up read­ing far grim­mer things on the pages of Goose­bumps and I turned out fine. Mostly.


Fred DeRuvo, email The showrun­ners at Gotham need to fo­cus. There is al­ready too much go­ing on and only very lit­tle to do with Bruce Wayne. Less is ac­tu­ally more in many cases. Gotham could be a well thought out TV se­ries. In­stead, view­ers are over­whelmed with char­ac­ters and ac­tion that really don’t move things for­ward but merely ex­ist as a form of self-in­dul­gence, mas­querad­ing as in­tel­li­gent en­ter­tain­ment. SFX De­spite hav­ing the ex­act same prob­lem with Gotham’s first sea­son I found the first few episodes of sea­son two a big im­prove­ment, pre­cisely be­cause they fo­cus on a smaller group of char­ac­ters. Bruce is still a wet towel though.


Alan Cooper, email “Which is the only film Lee ap­pears in with Karloff?” you ask in is­sue 268’s Christopher Lee Blaster­mind. Not just Curse Of The Crim­son Al­tar. I think Rus­sell should check out Cor­ri­dors Of Blood, in which Lee plays Res­ur­rec­tion Joe and Karloff plays Dr Bolton. It’s quite an en­joy­able film. SFX Rus­sell replies: “You’re com­pletely right, Alan, I’m a to­tal dumbo! And I’ve seen Cor­ri­dors Of Blood too, so I have even less ex­cuse for my in­com­pe­tence. Apolo­gies to you and the other read­ers who spot­ted this. And you’re right, it’s a de­cent flick.”


Thomas huart­son, Face­book The film of The Golden Com­pass was nearly a great adap­ta­tion, but wasn’t brave enough to in­clude the book’s orig­i­nal end­ing be­cause of its po­ten­tial con­tro­versy about it con­tra­dict­ing Chris­tian be­liefs. The new se­ries has to have the courage to tell the whole story in or­der to con­vey the book’s proper mean­ing. Oth­er­wise fur­ther adap­ta­tions are point­less. Mike Garner, email I feel a thanks to the great TV god is needed. Thank you for al­low­ing Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD to have a third sea­son. What a pro­gramme it’s turned into! Hunter has to be the new ac­tion hero and team­ing with May is ge­nius. Ev­ery­one is be­ing used cor­rectly and the sto­ry­telling is at its peak. The Simmons-cen­tric episode is a real tour de force in writ­ing and act­ing. Hope­fully the amount of peo­ple watch­ing will match the qual­ity.

SFX Con­fes­sion time: I gave up on SHIELD half­way through sea­son two be­cause I was find­ing it in­suf­fer­ably dull. Maybe it’s time to catch up. neil Al­sop, email Mid­win­ter Of The Spirit was a truly ap­palling adap­ta­tion of Phil Rick­man’s novel and its very low rat­ings came as no sur­prise. Sadly, Stephen Volk seems to have lost his touch. SFX You could say it was an adap­ta­tion that lacked… spirit. The llama God, The Dark and Deeply

Cyn­i­cal lands That Re­mem­ber, north of the Wall Some­times in tele­vi­sion shows nods to con­ti­nu­ity or pub­licly well-known pro­duc­tion is­sues can raise a smile, as we, the view­ers, re­ceive some sort of as­sur­ance that the pro­duc­ers understand and ac­knowl­edge the world as well as we do. But some­times, that sort of direct com­mu­ni­ca­tion is un­wise.

Take, Doc­tor Who’s “The Girl Who Died” when we fi­nally learn why the Twelfth Doc­tor looks like a char­ac­ter we’ve pre­vi­ously en­coun­tered. Rather than just ig­nor­ing it we are in­stead given A Rea­son. A deep, mean­ing­ful rea­son. That the Doc­tor chose that face to re­mind him­self that not only is he not a young man, but also that he is some­one who saves peo­ple. That’s pow­er­ful.

Un­for­tu­nately, as a con­se­quence, it also means that while he is in­deed some­one who saves peo­ple, if things get really dire then he’ll give up and lock his chil­dren in a room and kill them, be­fore com­mit­ting sui­cide.

And also, pos­si­bly, that he’s a shape-chang­ing pen­guin. Isn’t that just heart-warm­ing, re-af­firm­ing, and more than a lit­tle con­fus­ing? SFX It’s when the Doc­tor starts run­ning round the cor­ri­dors of West­min­ster drop­ping C-bombs that you’ve really got to worry.

Max is look­ing mad about his predica­ment, and Sad­ness is up­set too.

Is this how Agent Carter got her­self a sec­ond se­ries?

At least now you can stick sun­glasses on and be the Doc­tor!

Should you really be look­ing at this pic­ture be­fore 9pm?

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