Author: Darren Slade

Who’s in Charge? The Trouble with the Doctor’s Companions

Who’s in Charge? The Trouble with the Doctor’s Companions

I think Doctor Who's show-runner Steven Moffat is not quite managing to pull off one of the very tricky tasks facing a Who writer in the 21st century, which is this: How do you make the Doctor's companion strong, interesting and driven without oversh... Read More »

Amused? Insulted? Flattered? How Should SF Fans Respond To The Big Bang Theory?

Amused? Insulted? Flattered? How Should SF Fans Respond To The Big Bang Theory?

From cultural outcasts to cultural icons in one successful TV series? Read More »

Drawing Star Wars aged 9

Drawing Star Wars aged 9

Star Wars inspired a generation: John White started drawing the movie 37 years ago.... Read More »

When Apes Ruled the Future

When Apes Ruled the Future

The Planet of the Apes franchise was once our biggest and brightest, until a little film called Star Wars came along. Read More »

Acting scary: The performers who made horror convincing again

Acting scary: The performers who made horror convincing again

Good horror needs convincing actors. Hammer Films delivered. Read More »

Setting the Tone for Superhero Movies

Setting the Tone for Superhero Movies

1978's Superman movie got the tone right. Read More »

NOT Star Wars With Jokes – Revisiting The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy

NOT Star Wars With Jokes – Revisiting The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy

Science fiction has inspired plenty of mockery over the years. I'm sure we've all seen countless sketches parodying Star Trek, for example. But real science fiction comedy – comedy that takes an SF premise and mines it for laughs – is hardly ever see... Read More »

To Show Or Not To Show? Horror and the ‘Power Of Suggestion’

To Show Or Not To Show? Horror and the ‘Power Of Suggestion’

HOW much horror should you depict and how much should you leave to the imagination? It is a dilemma that has confronted anyone who has ever attempted to scare people in the name of entertainment. The question is particularly relevant for film-makers,... Read More »

Spanning Generations:  SF That Can Excite Everyone

Spanning Generations: SF That Can Excite Everyone

Darren Slade posits that one of the best features of science fiction is it's potential to appeal and engage audiences, regardless of their age. Read More »

The Curse Of the Karnsteins: Hammer’s Other Vampire Franchise

The Curse Of the Karnsteins: Hammer’s Other Vampire Franchise

Hammer Films had been the leading horror producer for 13 years, but by the dawn of the 70s, the studio sometimes gave the impression that it was flailing around like a vampire in a shaft of sunlight. Read More »

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