Doctor Who Series 8 Reviews – “Robot Of Sherwood” (Writer: Mark Gatiss) and “Listen” (Writer: Steven Moffat)

After some time off to recharge my batteries on holiday, I’m back after playing catch up with a couple of “Doctor Who” episodes.


‘Why is he deciding to write a joint review of “Robot Of Sherwood” and “Listen” on the same post?’ you may ask.  Well, despite the differing tone of the stories – one, a pseudo-historical comedy, and the other, a story that plays upon one of our primal fears , they both deceptively leave the over-arching reason for the whole adventure until the very end of the story.


“Robot Of Sherwood” sees Mark Gatiss play upon the idea of two legendary champions of the underdog meeting to take down tyranny in their own inimitable style.  Gatiss uses our modern day viewpoint of the too good to be true Robin Hood legend – the laughing hero with his band of Merry Men who resides in the evergreen Sherwood Forest and who opposes the Sheriff of Nottingham – to wrong foot not only our leading man, but the audience as well.

Like Clara, who starts this whole adventure, we want to believe in the hero who will ride to our aide, so it’s easy why a man who wants to run away from this role, in the Doctor, would find a man like Robin difficult to beldoubting The fact that we are carried into an adventure with the familiar, such as the contest for the Golden Arrow, and the Who-inspired devices such as time travelling spacecraft and robots designed to look like knights make the audience associate more with the Doctor’s stance of the whole situation being too good to be true – something that is thrown back in the Doctor’s face twice. (By Clara when she refers to the fact that the Doctor is an impossible hero and Robin when he recounts the Doctor’s own legendary status).


“Listen” sees Steven Moffat return to using our childhood fears as the catalyst for this story.  The man who has given us the ultimate “Grandma’s footsteps” in the Weeping Angels or monsters in the shadows in the Vashta Nerada  now returns to a fear that was previously touched upon briefly in “The Girl In The Fireplace” – that something exists underneath your bed.

You never think of the Doctor being afraid of something of this nature.  After all, he has faced down a lot of big, bad monsters in his 2000 years, but the story shows, but his behaviour in the opening when he has a debate with himself about creatures who can perfectly hide as a defense mechanism borders on the disturbing and sets the tone for the “A-story” of the Doctor obsessively looking for an answer to his theory by attempting to search through Clara’s timeline and, instead, accidentally interfering in Danny Pink’s past which creates ripples in Clara’s “date from hell” with Danny and creating a potential future timeline for the Pink dynasty with the future Colonel Orson Pink – his face looks familiar – taking family stories of time travel as the inspiration behind his accidental time shot to the end of the universe.

The “B-story” for this episode is the aforementioned first date between Clara and Danny which manages to be a screw up before the Doctor’s apparent intervention. However, as we should know by now from Steven Moffat’s stories, time is wibbly-wobbly and timey-wimey with the Doctor and Clara’s actions in the past by visiting the young Danny in the children’s home inspiring the older Danny to join the Army, which in turn provides his mysterious back story and his attitude to Clara’s earlier teasing.

Whilst it may seem like Steven Moffat has simply used “Blink” as his template – mixing childhood fears and time travel – he cleverly uses the tale to not only act as one of the planks for a potential companion’s back story but to add another layer of mystery to the Doctor’s own mythos.

The over-arching theme of both stories though is the Doctor himself.  In “Robot of Sherwood”, the Doctor is eventually described as a hero who ran away to fight tyranny whilst “Listen” uses Clara’s reminder of the “Doctor’s Promise” as a means to inspire the young Doctor to become that hero.  There is a second example of the Doctor being inspired by Clara’s actions in his early timestream between the two stories. “Robots” also shows the Doctor bringing a spoon to a swordfight as his non-violent method to subdue Robin, whilst “Listen” uses Clara’s knowledge of the Doctor’s methods to inspire that non-violent methodology by her giving him the gift of Orson’s and Danny’s toy, ‘Dan Dan The Soldier Man’, a soldier without a gun for a man who becomes the ultimate soldier without a gun.


The direction for both of the stories very much suits the style of the tale that is being told.  Paul Murphy transports us to the Robin Hood myth with rich colours and an “evergreen” feel to the story to match the light-hearted setting in “Robot” (complimented with what is, in my opinion, Murray Gold’s best score for Series 8), whilst  Douglas MacKinnon marks his return to the series after resurrecting the Sontarans, the Ice Warriors and the latest incarnation of UNIT by giving us a story that genuinely unnerves the viewer with a darker colour pallet predominant throughout the episode – even to the point of setting Clara and Danny’s date at night.


The casting is also markedly different between the two stories with “Robot” having a large ensemble whilst “Listen” is, appropriately, smaller and more intimate given the nature of the story.


In the former story, Tom Riley plays upon our idea of the idea of Robin Hood to present us with a character who owes more to the likes of Errol Flynn than more recent incarnations such as Russell Crowe or Jonas Armstrong.  It’s easy to understand why the Doctor can be more than a tad annoyed with his constant laughing and showing off.  After all, despite his attitude to the contrary, is this not the Doctor from the last couple of personas – all brash and full of youthful swagger?  As a result, it could be uncomfortable for a less accessible version of the Doctor to be confronted with what he’s lost.

Of course where there’s a Robin, there has to be his Merry Men and the gang’s all here with Will Scarlett, Alan A Dale, Friar Tuck (portrayed by Trevor Cooper who previously appeared in the 1985 story “Revelation Of The Daleks”) and Little John.  There is also a surprise as part of the story involves the loss of Robin’s one true love, Marian… only to find that she has been helping the Doctor in Nottingham Castle with the Doctor and Clara repaying Robin’s heroism by returning her to him.  Who says that “Twelve” doesn’t have a romantic bone in his body?

Ben Miller makes a great appearance in the role of the Sheriff of Nottingham.  There has to be license for a touch of the over dramatic with this role – after all, he has to compete against the likes of Alan Rickman, Keith Allen and Nickolas Grace who have all given fantastic interpretations of one of England’s legendary bad guys.  Miller ensures that he is menacing, whilst being menacing enough to be a threat to the Doctor, Clara and Robin.  It’s almost as if the Sheriff took his inspiration from the Master in the 1983 story “The King’s Demons”.

However, where Riley and Miller really score is in maintaining the mystery throughout the story as to whether they are flesh and blood or constructs of the spacecraft – wrong footing the audience throughout.

In “Listen”, the only guest cast member is Remi Gooding in the role of Rupert (aka Young Danny) Pink. Remi holds his own alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman as the trio seek to confront Rupert’s fear of the monster under the bed. Remi’s performance is very natural selling Rupert’s fear whilst not being the child version of a screamer and allowing the character to have fun at the Doctor’s expense, alongside Clara, especially when he points out the Wally doesn’t appear in every book in existence.

All three leads get their chance to shine in the course of both episodes.

Peter Capaldi shows that his grumpy incarnation of the Doctor is adaptable to the story in which he appears – as the Doctor should. He gets the chance to use the grumpiness and aggression to have the mickey affectionately taken out of him in “Robot” as he competes against Robin in the hero stakes with Lord Locksley laughing in the face of danger whilst Mr Attack Eyebrows glowers at the opposition, whilst the Doctor uses his grumpiness as a bravado to appear brave in “Listen” so he doesn’t have to face his own fears.

Alongside this, Capaldi adds a layer to the Twelfth Doctor that we haven’t seen since the episode “Twilight” – the Doctor showing fear (in this case, fear enough to drive him to obsession to vanquish it and his own personal demons).

It will be interesting to see where he takes the character forward in the future – whether the Doctor remains the angry old man of the universe or becomes humanised by his adventures.

Samuel Anderson only appears in “Listen”, but he uses his screen time well to add to the mystery of Danny’s back story. Whilst Series 7B was devoted the mystery of the “Impossible Girl”, Series 8 has a more homebound mystery of Danny’s experiences in the Army and how they shape the person he is now. Anderson sells the mystery by making the character of Danny spiky when it comes to his military past and uncomfortable in relating to Clara.

Alongside this, he portrays Orson equally as well selling the fact that the character has been trapped at the end of the universe with only his personal bogeyman to accompany him, parallelling the Doctor’s own fears.

But it’s Jenna Coleman that really gets her story..e to shine in both episodes as Clara. In “Robot”, she manages to make Clara an effective comedic foil showing her exasperation to the Doctor and Robin’s squabbling, whilst using her initiative to extract details of the Sheriff’s plot and using her knowledge of the Doctor to get Robin to help him at the end of the story.

In “Listen”, Jenna builds upon Clara’s character by using her abilities as a schoolteacher to act as a caring figure for Rupert and the young Doctor whilst accepting no truck for the Doctor’s irrational behaviour to the point of calling him an idiot. Jenna also manages to show the potential damage that Clara’s controlling nature can do by not hearing out Danny’s experiences in the restaurant scenes.

However, I have to admit that, in some ways, the character of Clara is becoming at risk of the same complaint that has been levelled to the sonic screwdriver of being too closely bound to the resolution of the story. Granted, this may be plot driven throughout the series as hints regarding the challenges to Clara’s and the Doctor’s friendship build pace – especially when real life and “Doctor Life” collide in the forthcoming episode “The Caretaker”.

Whilst there are also links to the “Missy” and “Promised Land” arc (certainly in “Robot”), it’s good to see two adventures that compliment each other in giving us an examination of our hero.  That said, I’d be daft not to think that the writers and Peter Capaldi himself will have some surprises in store before the end of Series 8.

Doctor Who Series 8 Review – “Deep Breath” (Writer: Steven Moffat)

To pinch a phrase from the 1996 “Doctor Who” television movie, “He’s back… And it’s about time.”

It’s been just over a year since Peter Capaldi was introduced to an expectant worldwide audience as the latest version of Gallifrey’s most well known wanderer.  Since then, he crashed the programme’s fiftieth birthday party and complained about the colour of his kidneys upon his regeneration on Christmas Day.

Rather than go through a blow by blow account of the episode, I would take a more general view of the episode itself whilst focussing on the two leads.

Regeneration episodes are usually a means to handing over the role to “the new broom” and, in certain cases, to act as a marker for a change in tone for the programme.  Whilst it was a case of business as usual in The Christmas Invasion following the handover between Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant, there was a shift in tone when Tennant handed over to Matt Smith – thanks not only to the change in leading man but in showrunner from Russell T. Davies to Steven Moffat.  Gone was the straightforward adventuring of the Tenth Doctor to be replaced with a “fairy tale” tone.

“Deep Breath” sees another tonal shift, not only due to the change in lead, but in story style. The story starts off very much in the style of Tom Baker’s opener “Robot” as we are greeted with a disorientated Doctor.  Vastra even echoes a line used by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart at the end of Jon Pertwee’s last story (which was reprised in “Robot”) when she says “Here we go again”.

The opening credits give a change of emphasis – looking at time as well as space as we move through clock cogs and planets accompanied by Murray Gold’s unnerving opening theme – which also signifies a tonal shift for the incidental music which changes from the fairytale feel of the Eleventh Doctor’s era into something more cinematic and unnerving for a Doctor who is unnerving and likes the “big stage”.

As the story moves onward with the Doctor becoming less and less disorientated, the story tone shifts again becoming darker and more reminiscent of the classic era story “The Talons Of Weng-Chiang”.  Whereas in “Weng-Chiang” a cellar underneath a Victorian theatre doubles as a laboratory and place for the villain of the story to “feed” on the life essences of young women, “Deep Breath” sees a dining establishment become the front for organ donation to the story’s antagonists.

It was a smart move by the production team to make this story feature length.  Not only does it give us time to not only get used to, as well as wrong footed, by the new Doctor, it allows the room for the story to progress at a more even pace, something that was a problem with “Series 7B” with some stories being wrapped up too quickly when they could have benefitted with a one hour episode.

The appointment of director Ben Wheatley did pique my interest.  After all, he was fresh from directing the dark comedy “Sightseers”.  However, it’s his skill as a feature film director and one who can do dark comedy that makes him the ideal choice for this story.  The pacing of the story was judged perfectly whilst the humour isn’t out of step with the story’s darker premise.

The choice of opponents in this episode was an interesting one.  On the surface, it could be seen as another example of Steven Moffat recycling old plots with the story being linked to the Series 2 story “The Girl In The Fireplace” through the Clockwork Droids and their use of human body parts to sustain their technology, but this isn’t really an appropriate comparison, or a valid argument, in this story.  This is very much a story about whether change makes you the same person.  The Doctor questions “Half Face Man” as to whether he is the same creation than he was when he started changing his organic components.  The Doctor not only questions himself about his own change, but is challenged by Clara as to whether he is the same man that she travelled with up to their fateful journey to Trenzalore.

As with the aforementioned “Robot” and “The Christmas Invasion”, the transition of Doctor and tone is aided with a return of familiar core characters, in this case Vastra, Jenny and Strax.  Whilst on the part of Strax, this provides a sense of comic relief, the roles of Vastra and Jenny are to challenge Clara into accepting the new Doctor especially as he trusts Clara enough to drop the boyish mask of his predecessor for a face more in step with his real Doctor


Moving on to the regulars and I have to say that this was the perfect opener for this new Team TARDIS.


One of the faults of the character of Clara was that she was basically a plot device for Series 7B in that she was The Impossible Girl which caught the Doctor’s curiosity rather than a character.  This was no fault of Jenna Coleman who has always given strong performances.  In “Deep Breath” Clara became a fully fledged character which matched the power of Jenna’s performance.

From the outset, Clara has her misgivings about this new Doctor, some of it with good reason as I will get into later, but this provides the character with more layers.  Whilst Vastra protects the Doctor by telling Clara that he removed the boyish “mask” of the Eleventh Doctor to reveal his “true” face because he trusted Clara, she counters that it is her passion for knowledge and seeing underneath the surface of a person is what drives her relationship with the Doctor.

But, the most telling aspect of this new version of Clara is during her confrontation with Half Face Man.  Her hallucination shows the background to her emotional intelligence and she uses it to, in effect, become the Doctor as she tells Half Face Man that you can’t run a negotiation by starting at the worst case scenario and working downwards to a lesser standpoint.  She also makes a point of saying that she is scared for her safety, but by doing this the character doesn’t weaken, if anything she becomes stronger because she is at her most human but she is still defiant.

Yes, there are jokes at the expense of Clara’s need to control the situation and the Doctor’s “diagnosis” of egomania, but I’m glad now that the metaphorical elephant has been led out of the room and whilst this relationship is an uneasy truce at present, I’m glad that the partnership is one that stems more from friends – such as the Doctor and Donna who are my favourite pairing since the series returned – than through any form of love interest.

These differences change the role of Clara, not only in relation to the Doctor but as an individual, and I’m looking forward to seeing the direction that Jenna takes this new version of the character.


As for Peter Capaldi, he has come over as probably THE most complete incarnation of the Doctor on debut, not surprisingly really given how accomplished an actor he is.  This is a Doctor not only of contradictions as he tries to find his new self, but of bringing together the whole character of the Doctor where you can see those twelve other incarnations ebbing and flowing around each other.

This is a Doctor who not only shows an apparent unreliability of the early Sixth Doctor but uses it as a ploy to be ahead of his opponents like the manipulative Seventh Doctor by using Clara to get information for him.  You have him speaking of the larger values of human lives and endeavour like the Fifth Doctor whilst planning that he has to coldly persuade Half Face Man that he should commit suicide (or killing him) for the good of planet Earth in a manner worthy of the Ninth Doctor.  All the while, he is the weary and lonely traveller that was the War Doctor whilst having the boyish Tenth and Eleventh incarnations fire up his enthusiasm in escaping through windows, riding horses or, for a brief glimpse, showing that the man that Clara travelled with to Trenzalore is trapped within a new body.

But referencing should not be mistaken for lack of character development and Capaldi manages to invest the role with a strong sense of how he wants the role to move.

This is a Doctor who is very much a hands off version of the character – cold, isolated and combative, but he’s also a man who is lonely and in need of the right type of company – as seen in the “I am lonely” scene where it’s ambiguous whether he’s translating the dinosaur or he’s deliriously speaking about himself or the “phone call” scene where he asks for Clara’s help whilst being unable to hug her or show her affection.

He has the fire and rage that we know the Doctor has always had, but it’s more on view in this incarnation rather than hidden under a facade of joviality and conviviality.  This is an angry Doctor who now feels that he can complain and rage against the universe just because he has become apparently Scottish.  (I had to laugh at the fact that his eyebrows want to be independent from the rest of his face which is surely a sly commentary (neither pro or anti) on the forthcoming Scottish Independence referendum).

This is also a Doctor who is aware of the damage he sweeps along with him.  He shows it in the big moments when the dinosaur is murdered by Half Face Man by feeling sorry for the fact that he brought her to Victorian London, but he also shows in the little ways – most notably when he tells Clara that he can’t be her boyfriend and that he feels the one to blame for the relationship becoming one of a romantic footing.

It’s going to be interesting how the Twelfth Doctor continues as to whether he wrong foots and challenges the people around him and the audience.


Returning to the phone call scene, what a great return by Matt Smith to round out the Eleventh Doctor’s tenure in the TARDIS.  I felt that the regeneration scene itself gave a sense of closure for the Doctor by returning back to the beginning through his hallucination of Amy, but I commented that the scene sidelined Clara.  So it was lovely to see his time properly finished by using the last moments of “Eleven’s” life to ask friend to help ‘”Twelve” be the Doctor – I mean, who better to guide a scared Doctor than the companion who probably knows him better than any companion he has travelled with.


Another surprise scene is the inclusion of Missy aka the Queen of the Nethersphere at the end of the story.  Michelle Gomez uses the last couple of minutes of the episode to set her stall out as the story arc for Series 8, portraying the character like a deranged Mary Poppins with a stalker complex.  She calls the Doctor her boyfriend and likes his new accent so much that she thinks that she’s going to keep it.  This last couple of minutes leaves us with a lot of questions – and disquieting ones at that.  Who is she in relation to the Doctor?  What is “Paradise”? And, most disturbingly, did the Doctor convince Half Face Man into destroying himself or did he murder him for the good of the many?


The title of the episode “Deep Breath” isn’t so much about the holding of physical breath, as in the cases of Clara, Vastra, Jenny and Strax, but a metaphorical one – a “leap of faith”, if you will – in so much that we now have a Doctor in our midst who whilst being on the side of the angels is no longer a safe companion to travel with.  There have been comparisons with other “era” openers in the modern era floating about and I feel that this is unfair, not only to “Deep Breath” but the other openers as they have told the story that needed to be told to launch a new incarnation of the Doctor.

I have a feeling that the remaining eleven episodes are going to be a bumpy ride for “Twelve” and Clara and I can’t wait for what happens next.

Sherlock Lives…

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. If you follow me on twitter you would have noticed one of my favourite shows returned last night on TV. That’s right, Sherlock is back. And this is not so much a review as well as more of a, what the f*ck did happen last night. Oh and beware of spoilers.

First of all, I urge you all to watch the episode, no seriously, before you read this, go watch it. I don’t care how you watch it, but watch it! Now stop reading and go hunt down that episode.

So you watched it now. Well done. Bravo! Are you baffled and crazy like I am? You’re welcome.


Let me explain a thing first, most of us waited for 2 years to get to watch season 3, I was lucky, I only had to wait a year and a half since I watched season 1 and 2 a bit later. But still, 2 freaking years! We are known as the fandom that waited and guess what; we’re all crazy as a result. Do we mind? Not at all.

My first thought upon watching that episode was like I have been watching a real life fanfiction. Things happened, shippy things happened, OTP’s became real… and the fandom… it exploded.

For example, this happened:


And this:


Oh and don’t forget this:


And I swear, in that moment, the fandom was Anderson:


I think Mark Gatiss came up with the ideas thanks to this:


And can we talk about Sherlock and Mycroft’s parents for a moment? They are played by Benedict’s actual parents!


Oh and I think we have a new fandom T-shirt as well:


Hey look, it’s captain Martin du Crieff:



Can we take a moment to talk about the hair:


And I love how the two of them love to play games (sorry, couldn’t find a picture).

The episode contained everything we wanted as a fandom, I think we all laughed, cried, cursed, grieved, got angry, fell in love, and every other human possible emotion in the range we got.

After the three episodes have aired, I will try to do some justice and post proper reviews.

For now I leave you with the short wait until Sunday, when the next episode airs and me watching this episode over and over again!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

PS: Disclaimer: I do not own the pictures used in this blog. No copyright infringement intended. Everything belongs to their respective owners. All the opinions stated in this blog are my own.

PPS: the Dutch Cumber Collective Believes in Sherlock:

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PPSS: here’s a Sherlock survival kit, you’re gonna need it:


PPPSS: check out John’s new entry on his blog:

YouTube Sunday (finally!)

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Sigh; finally have the time to do a proper YouTube Sunday again. This last month has been crazy. I had to pick up the workload for a colleague who went on a 4 week holiday and after that I had my own vacation break. But that also meant I was to freaking tired during the week to gather geek vids for you guys. When I encountered one I saved it. But I never posted them. So now, on the last day of my holiday (eugh, I need to start working again tomorrow) I’ll post them all at once.

So now, still in my pyjamas, cause you know, it’s Sunday, I’ll be sorting through about 40 vids I collected. I hope you’ll enjoy them. Some may be a bit old, but nevertheless fun to watch. Enjoy!

Seeing as the movie How to train your dragon 2 is coming out June 2014, here’s something to kill the hiatus for you in between waits. The making of part 1: if you go to the geek who posted it, there is more where that came from 😉

I first encountered the song Sail by Awolnation in a fanvid made for Sherlock: and I think this is one of the most awesome fanmade vids with this song; it fits in every way possible. And now I found a Supernatural one as well!:  I mean, this song, is just perfect if you’re having a crappy day and want to get it out of your system by playing angry music and shouting along with it. It’s one of my favourite songs on my mp3 player.

Ok, this is old news for a lot of Sherlockians and a lot of rumours online as we wait for season 3. But fake scenes??? What?: (no Setlock involved in this vid)

A bit of Sherlock season 3 in this drama trailer by BBC: when is the wait finally over!

The Little Flavour teaser trailer has finally landed, and when it came out, my social media exploded, it’s short, it’s bloody and I need more:

Neutron creme! I’m talking about Star Trek obviously, this vid is a crappy quality, but Karl Urban explains a bit about is:

Talking about Star trek, here’s the honest trailer:

So what happens if you cross Harry Potter with Doctor Who?  another fanvid.

There are countless of version online for the cup song (song by Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect the movie), but I really like this one as it’s in Gaelic:

I’m going to Gent in two weeks to see the Julian Assange movie ‘the Fifth Estate’ here’s Julian’s reaction to Benedict’s accent: I can’t wait to see this movie! Oh and a bit more Fifth Estate:

More Benedict? Yes please: another interview with Benedict:  and one more:  oh ok, I’ll give you another one:

Although I haven’t watched Merlin (seriously I tried, several times) I did enjoy this children’s in need vid the cast made:

Winter is coming, but not season 4 of Game of Thrones, we still have to wait for some time. Until then, enjoy this extended version of the intro:

Season 8 gagreel Supernatural!!! they are the best! Ladies, hold on to your ovaries for this one.

Spoilers people, for Supernatural season 9: Oh god, is it October yet? Also a nice Castiel and & Crowley promo (insert exploding ovaries here…): (can I make that into a ringtone ‘Hello Crowley here, aka the King of Hell) and of course the extended promo, again, spoilers:

Tom Hiddleston and Cookie monster, do I need to explain myself?:

This is seriously one of the craziest vids I have seen. And it’s a big hit on tumblr as well, what does the fox say:

Since we are still waiting for the 50th trailer to come out, at least for the ones who didn’t go to ComicCon, there are a lot of fanmade trailers popping up, enjoy this one:  also a fanmade intro for Peter Capaldi:

And also a bit of behind the scenes for Doctor Who as well: and a vid about the 10th Doctor’s sonic screwdriver universal remote control: just shut up and take my money!

Neville what happened to you? Innuendo bingo with Matthew Lewis:

Vlogbrothers and Neil Gaiman? God yes please:

My name is Khan on a 20 min loop; kuddo’s if you can actually watch this for 20 min I made it to 2:

David Tennant on the Proclaimers:  Oh god, that accent.

Ohhh new trailer for you guys, Disney’s frozen:  Seriously, I’m just a big kid, geeking out over this trailer.

For the Avenger fans, a Thor featurette:

I love Simon Pegg, haven’t seen the Worlds End yet, but here he is explaining the 12 stages of drunkenness:

We end this YouTube Sunday with a nerdy chat with Steven Moffat:

I hope you guys enjoyed this YouTube Sunday; I know I did, for the full playlist, check this link:

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

YouTube Sunday

Hi my hot cute girly geeks, another lazy Sunday and I have found some funny and geeky vids for you.

This guy applied to DreamWorks and because he hadn’t heard from them he send in this vid. I’m a bit disappointed he didn’t get the job, I found it brilliant!:

Ok, I’m a huge fan of Queen, thanks to my mum. Also, I was born in the ’80 so I kinda grew up with at least some of their music. ‘I’m the invisible man’ was one of my favourite music clips when I grew up.’ The fact that I went 5 times to see We Will Rock You the musical (3x in the Netherlands, 2x in London says it all.) And this is awesome, Under Pressure by Freddy Mercury and David Bowie a-capella:

Remember the Doctor Who 50th anniversary trailer I put up last week? The one that was made by a fan but had the whole fandom fooled for a couple of minutes? Here’s how he did it: I wonder if he already got a job offered to him by the BBC.

Happy elves, ok it’s not whatever your crazy brain is thinking of. The elves from the Hobbit watching fans watching the desolation of Smaug teaser trailer:

This is one kickass chick. You all know the internet meme about stepping on Lego, well, this gives a whole new meaning to that phrase:

My lovely friend Theta brought this video under my attention. DIY Star Wars Trench Run, just watch it and before you know it you will be making the sounds together with these guys:

This vid is for my friend Theta, he’s coming to Holland in September and we are planning to visit the Efteling, our own Dutch amusement park. Where one of the rides is a sort of haunted house with creepy music. Unexpected flash mob done by a choir who, this time, provided the creepy music themselves. Freaking awesome!!!!

I think teachers are under appreciated in pretty much every country. That’s why I love this vid. What do teachers make?: I do appreciate teachers, this one is for you Zee!

I love Charles Dance, I think he is brilliant in Game of Thrones, and now for something completely different, just watch and listen: Be advised for some language (I don’t mind at all)

Doctor Who drinking game. Seriously, if you just watch one episode and follow their rules you’d be totally pissed after 45 minutes:

Uber geeky nerd Nathan Fillion talks about Monsters University: I bow down to your geeky nerdiness.

If you follow my blog you know I love Peter Pan. Can we just appreciate this amazing Peter Pan staying in character in Disney:

This is my lovely friend and fellow blogger / vlogger Zee, she makes amazing vids and you should follow her: and this made me think of a new topic for my own channel. A monthly geeky roundup for geeky things I done, and so I’m making a vid today and hopefully will be able to upload as well.

How to be a real fan: this pretty much sums up my geeky fangirl life.

Just some Benedict and Moffat talking about Moriarty:

I screamed, Peter Jackson has a new production vlog and we get to see some Martin Freeman:

This is a real eclectic list this week. But I hope you’ll still enjoy. This is the link for the whole playlist:

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

YouTube Sunday!!!

Morning my lovely hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. It’s awfully early this Sunday, but I have a busy schedule and now a 45 minute downtime while I wait for my hair dye to do its work.

I have a couple of lovely vids for you this week, not that many as last week, but we can’t have everything all the time now don’t we?

I’m going to the Game of Thrones Exhibit tomorrow, here’s a vid about the opening in Amsterdam last week, enjoy!

Why Holland and Amsterdam are cool! Lovely and funny vid about us Dutchies:

Last week we had the season finale of Doctor Who, Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue and Matt Smith happened to be in the US and watch it in a local bar. Here is some Moffat saying thank you to the fans:

Are you guys excited for season 3 Teen Wolf? This is gonna hurt, the official trailer:

Little bit of Hobbit spam for you guys, and the lovely Martin Freeman swearing under his breath:

And of course some lovely Benedict Cumberbatch being adorkable at a Star Trek into Darkness press interview while something went wrong and he is bored:

More Star Trek into Darkness a twitter question being answered:

Star Trek versus IKEA, how do people come up with these questions?

Character profile of John Harrison in Star Trek into Darkness:

Although we have to wait another 6 months until my birthday, oh sorry, I mean the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, we got a new Strax field report:

Some people have too much time on their hands. Here is the Game of Thrones intro, but with some Star Wars music:

That’s it for this week guys.

Hope you enjoyed, and here is the link for the whole playlist:

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

Sherlock: the Casebook, a review

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. As you all know by now, I’m a huge fan of the BBC TV series Sherlock, and last time I was in London I picked up this book at Forbidden Planet. Oh my, they do have lovely stuff over there.


I read it and now you guys want a review. Ok, I’ll oblige, but beware for spoilers as always, although you can’t really give away spoilers for this book. I do recommend however, that if you want to read this book, you should watch the first two seasons of Sherlock. It’s only six episodes (hear the fangirl in me sobbing about only six) and one of the most brilliant shows on TV at the moment.

About the book:

  • Title: Sherlock: the Casebook
  • Author: Guy Adams (and Dr. John Watson)
  • Info: hardcover, 160 pages
  • ISBN 13: 9781849904254




Synopsis according to Goodreads:

The first official guide to the BBC hit series Sherlock.
Fans of Sherlock Holmes will already be familiar with The Great Game — in which all characters and events in the novels are assumed real and discussed accordingly. BBC hit Sherlock has brought Conan Doyle’s legendary detective to a whole new audience and Sherlock: The Casebook is The Great Game for the next generation. This is no ordinary guide.
Each case is brought to life on the page and re-examined through Dr Watson’s blog, Inspector Lestrade’s police reports, newspaper articles about the crimes, Sherlock’s detective notes and any other surviving clues from the cases.
Interspersed amongst the evidence are exclusive interviews with the stars of the show, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Rupert Graves, writers and co-creators Mark 51eRXtojwuL__SX285_Gatiss and Steven Moffat and the production team on everything from writing the scripts and bringing the characters to life on screen to set design and production.
This is a multi-dimensional companion to Sherlock and a glorious tribute to the world-famous detective.

My thoughts:

5184uvMoYcL__SX285_This is brilliant, just brilliant. The book is presented as a sort of scrapbook made by John Watson. Where he gathered all the information about the cases from the TV series. It’s filled with photo’s notes, newspaper clippings, police reports and sticky notes. The sticky notes are scrambled with comments John makes about the cases and more sticky notes where Sherlock himself comments on John’s comments, and a bit more sticky notes with Mycroft’s threads on it.

What’s not to love about that! It’s funny, witty, brilliant, amusing and amazing. Guy Adams did a wonderful job with capturing the characters of Watson and Holmes on the notes.

After each case presented by John Watson we get some background info from the actors and producers themselves. A bit of in dept of the choices they made for each episode but also 51Z7RfN+D0L__SX285_more background information in the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories. That makes this book all the more valuable for me and other fans.

It’s the perfect gift for every Sherlock fan out there and an absolute must to have in your bookcase. And on a side note, thanks Guy, for letting me cry all over again after the last case, the Reichenbach fall. For John’s comments he makes… Clearly the man spend too much time with Moffat and Gatiss to rip out my heart again. But that’s the burden we Sherlock fans have to carry.

51idhT8NLFL__SX285_With not much Sherlock merchandise out there this is the perfect book to spend the really long hiatus between season 2 and season 3 and I can only hope we get another casebook after season 3 and season 4 (please let there be a season 4, Benedict Cumberbatch commissioned it, now we need it confirmed!)

Buttons, aka buy the book:


My ratings:

How can I not give 5 out of 5 stars for this book? It’s everything a Sherlockian wants for Christmas, or his or her birthday, or just as a present for yourself. As a fan, you need this book, period!

YouTube Sunday!!!

Hi my lovely hot cute girly geeks, and boy geeks of course. I’m almost back to 100% and I believe I owed you guys a new YouTube Sunday. I gathered a lot of videos these last two weeks, most of them with Star Trek into Darkness themes. So I decided to use the playlist from 2 weeks prior and add all the new Star Trek vids to that one, so I have one massive list with STID vids. Now you might ask me why I do this.

This is why, I live in the Netherlands and STID doesn’t air until the 6th of June. And in the meantime I met some lovely Benedict Cumberbatch on twitter, and we decided to meet up. Yep, on the 15th of June, 6 lovely ladies (including moi) are teaming up under the name Dutch Cumber Collective to go out to dinner and then watch STID in Imax 3D! How awesome is that!

But to continue with this week’s vids. Beware, there are gonna be some spoilers involved.

Have you seen the movie Pitch Perfect? I have and I love it, it’s that nice combo of songs, love story and comedy. It feels like a musical and I am a sucker for musicals. Anna Kendrick, one of the stars from the movie, sings the cups song, and they made a music video out of it:

I’m a big Vampire Diaries fan, and give me Klaus any time (although Damon would do as well) a small fun vid:

Next video Felicia Day, Queen of the Geeks! Explains what Geeks are. I just love her!:

We are continuing this YouTube Sunday with Doctor Who. I’m gonna make a vlog later today how to survive the Doctor Who hiatus. But for now you can enjoy these vids (also, again spoilers):

This Doctor Who vid gets a special mention. It’s a fanvid made by Kristen Quintrall. She wrote a Doctor Who song, made a video clip to go with it and I was blown away by it (can I keep her?):

I’m also a huge Supernatural fan (my god how am I going to survive all these season endings and the big 3 hiatus, aka the SuperWhoLock hiatus from hell) and one of the production staff made a demo real with some awesome shots from this last season, if you haven’t watched season 8 yet, this contains spoilers:

I love the honest trailers, taking the mickey out of movies, next up, les miserable:

With a bit of luck I’m going to the Game of Thrones exhibit next week, I love the books, love the series, but sometimes struggle a bit with all the characters, here’s an idiots guide to explain season 1 and 2:

I adore Russel Tovey, he’s funny and geeky, played in some amazing shows (Doctor Who, Sherlock, Being Human) and he just loves his dogs, a nice interview with Jonathan Ross show:

Mark Gatiss aka evil master mind and creepy guy explains how to make fake blood:

John Barrowman on Arrow:

The lovely Martin Freeman is asked some questions: and interviewed at the Bafta’s

How can you not love Simon Pegg? His new movie the World’s end trailer (also starring Martin Freeman)

New trailer for the movie Osage Country, I feel a new meet-up with the Dutch Cumber Collective coming up:

One of my favourite bands at the moment Image Dragons, has a new video clip and this is one of my favourite songs on their cd, Demons:

Vlogger Janice explains fandoms:

Steven Moffat, uber evil mastermind interviewed about Sherlock at the Bafta awards:

Bafta winner Olivia Coleman talking about drinking with David Tennant:

For Dutch geeks, a new episode of Geekstijl podcast:

If you want to watch the whole playlist, just use this link:

And I added all STID vids and Benedict Cumberbatch vids to this link: it’s now 50 vids long.

And I have some other STID treats for you, not posted on YouTube but on vimeo:

The 30 minute long interview with MTV first, a must watch: and Sherlock Awesomepants:

That’s it for this week. I know it’s a lot, but I know you enjoy these vids!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

YouTube Sunday!!!

Hi my lovely hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course and a warm welcome to all my new followers on this blog and on twitter! Welcome to another YouTube Sunday.

There are a lot of lovely and geeky vids this week on YouTube and I searched for the most awesome and geeky ones, so all you have to do is click my links.

It’s been a crazy week for myself, I worked a lot of hours, boyfriend and I decided to split up, I bought my house  years ago, a lot of stuff decided to break down this week, still fighting a cold, went out to dinner last Friday, and so on.

I won’t bore you with all the details; I’m planning on doing another whovian themed vlog either later today or sometime this week. For now we just start with our vids.

For the people who know me, I love museums and for the last couple of years our national museum in Amsterdam; the “Rijksmuseum” was undergoing construction. It houses one of our most famous Dutch paintings, the “nachtwacht” or the nightswatch. To my shame I have to say I’ve never seen it, or been to the museum. But the plan is to go there in September, when my lovely fellow blogfriend Theta is coming over to Holland for a couple of days. Because the Rijksmuseum opened its doors a couple of days ago, this awesome commercial was made with a well constructed flashmob, see for yourself:

I know I keep spamming you guys with Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch, I regret nothing! This is an interview with Martin Freeman about the Hobbit, but I love this particular interview for Martin’s humour when he talks about Benedict:

Are you guys exited for the new Hunger Games movie? You will have to wait till November, but here is the teaser trailer that has been released this week:

Star Trek, oh my, I’m really looking forward to that movie and I hate that the Dutch premiere is on the 6th of June, while the rest of the world can see the movie in May. Here is some music: and of course the last trailer that will be released before the movie, with more Benedict!: excuse me while I go fangirl for a minute or two…

Hi I’m back. I am a huge fan of Game of Thrones, I read the books (not all of them, but I’ll get there in the end) I watch the series and HBO is doing a world tour with the Game of Thrones Exhibit, and one of the places it will visit is Amsterdam, so guess where I’ll be going in may:

Despite all the craziness that happened last week there are always these things that will restore your faith in humanity. In New Zeeland the definition of Marriage was discussed in parliament and it is now possible for same sex couples to marry! When the bill was passed people in the courtroom stood up and sang a Maori love song, it gives me the shivers (in a good way) to watch it:

We all know IKEA, who doesn’t have at least one furniture piece inside their house from the famous Swedish furniture store. They also make commercials. Seriously, I don’t know whether to laugh or seriously be creeped out. I suspect they hired Steven Moffat to write this commercial:

I’m no big fan of audition shows, particularly because they almost always revolve around mocking people, but sometimes, something so beautiful comes along it makes the news worldwide. I’m talking about the Attraction that performs a stunning and brilliant shadow act, performed in Britain’s got talent. Seriously, if you aren’t moved by this next video, you are made of stone:

What did you think of this week’s episode of Doctor Who, it was scary and funny and surprisingly lovely at the end, if you haven’t seen it yet I recommend you skip the next vid. It’s a new behind the scenes for Hide, followed by a preview for next week’s episode Journey to the centre of the Tardis:

Well, that’s it for this week. If you wanna see all vids in one go, here is the link for the entire playlist:

I’m gonna try and fix my bike.

Love, from your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

Torchwood: Department X, an (audio) book review.

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks of course, another audio book review, and an old one. This is another one of those books I listened to and was behind on reviewing. But before I start, a more personal update.

Torchwood, Department X

I don’t know how many posts I’m able to do in the next couple of weeks. I’m extremely busy. My mum got a new house, so I’ll be helping her out with that. Work hours are still increasing, spending time with boyfriend (always important!) I’m also trying to manage a bit more sleep, seeing that I don’t function well on an average of 4-5 hours a night. I also need to do a lot in and around my own house besides the usual cleaning and stuff. As I am writing this, a handy man is fixing my bathroom. (Well seeing as I didn’t finish writing this post, the handyman was last week, this week they are refitting some gas pipes underneath my house, oh how I love spending my day’s off, waking up early and getting a work crew inside my house.) I’m really behind on my TV series and reading (which I do most now when I travel to and from work and at night, but then again, I need to sleep as well) and I promised you guys a transcript.

A transcript? Yep, I was interviewed for a Dutch geek site and did a lovely podcast, but seeing as it is all in Dutch and I have a lot of English speaking followers, I thought it would be nice to make an English transcript out of it. But I haven’t started yet and it will take some time to actually translate it.

If I have any free time left I’ll try to write a couple of posts and spread them across the week to be put on my blog. I hope I can manage at least two for today, maybe three, but that depends on how tired I am. (My bed is calling from upstairs to go sleep some more, but I’ll try to stay strong, hihi).

Oh and I’m also prepping for my visit to London at the end of March. It’s a sort of work related thing. My work provides outings and trips and workshops which you can attend for a nice reduced price. So that’s why I’m going to London. But since I’m also one of the staff members who helps organize these kinds of things, that means I can play one of the tour guides for my colleagues. Which I love to do. And since boyfriend is coming with me, and he never has been to London before, we are trying to plan what to see and what to visit. Since I want to update my Doctor Who merchandise (think forbidden planet and such) and he wants to go sightseeing all the touristy things.

But enough personal update, let’s start with the review and as always be beware of spoilers:

About the book:

Title: Torchwood, department X

Author: James gross

Narrator: Kai Owen

ISBN 13: 9781408466650

Version: Audio




Synopsis according to Goodreads:

G.R. Owen is the last of Cardiff’s old department stores. Times are hard and the ancient firm has gone into administration. But who are the Administrators? What goes on behind the shutters at night? And why are customers disappearing?

Torchwood are already investigating; G.R. Owen is the site of their oldest unsolved cases, and Jack is determined to solve it before the store closes forever – which is why Ianto is working undercover in gentlemen’s fashions and Gwen is in handbags.

Are the new managers really aliens? What connection do they have to the mysterious G.R. Owen himself? And is Jack the only one looking for the Department of Curiosities, last seen in 1905?

My thoughts:

Yeah! Another book narrated by Kai Owen. I love his voice, it has something soothing to listen to and he does have a nice play with words when he reads parts for different characters. That and the Welsh accent makes it for me fun to listen to. But I wonder, in the other audio books / drama’s I listened to. They tried to let the story be narrated by one of the actors playing a lead role in the particular book. They didn’t do it this time. Which makes me wonder if no one else was available? But I am really pleased with Kai!

So the story. Something fishy is going on in G.R. Owen (come on guys! I know Russel T. Davies had this thing with names where everyone is called Jones, but do the writers of the Torchwood novels also have to start? It’s getting really confusing!) And it’s invaded by the men in black, or a man and a woman in black. They are taking over the department store and need to interview all the staff and management. And because Jack is also looking for something he sends the two remaining members of his team under cover.

Ianto is working the clothes department. So be prepared for some cheeky jokes when he is getting Jack fitted into a new outfit. And what’s up with that? Does Jack still doesn’t know that Ianto told a lie about his dad being a tailor and thus he knows a lot about it?

And Gwen is deposited at the handbags section. How more stereotype can we get? Gay guy in men’s fashion and a woman in the handbags.

Seeing the department store doesn’t get that many customers, it leaves plenty of time to snoop around for the Torchwood team. And Jack playing dress-up as a sort of Mafioso in a terrible outfit. The two creepy (wo)men in black are up to no good and there are fridges involved with dead people. (The next Torchwood audio drama is linked to this one, remember the fridges?)

The department store is also trying to keep out Jack and I lost count at how many times the poor man is killed over and over again. But they eventually find the lost department of curiosities and make a surprising discovery.

This is a good Torchwood story, although not one of the best out there. I love that this takes place before children of earth so we still have half a Torchwood team. God I miss Ianto! I know we whovians are always complaining about Moffat, but I think Russel deserves a fist shake as well. Davies!!!

But the story is funny, entertaining, has a brilliant cast, is read by Kai, what’s not to love?

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This story gets 7 out of 10 from me!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek Mendy.