Growing Pains-Series 8 of DoctorWho soon

At this point in time now, we have only a short number of days until the return of an extremely world famous character which so many people are so excited to see back on our small screens-and for the first part even on big screens in some locations.
Yes, shortly Peter Capaldi will be seen for the first time as The Doctor, and we will see just what kind of new, strange or intense depiction of the mysterious time lord he will give us. I think that there must be very many views about where we have gone with the return of the show in the last few years, with the last three lead actors, and the two main show directors and writers. We have been given many astoundingly great and marvellous new villains, worlds, characters and parts of the world and myth of Who which have delighted and entertained us well so far.
At this stage though, we are offered a much older Doctor, the first in a very long time. Knowing the various serious roles and characters that Capaldi has played over the years, many of us are possibly expecting a very unpredictable, rich and defined version of Who.
Not only though do we have so many theories and questions and hopes about the new Doctor, but it seems that with him the creators and writers are going to really take him into very different directions, explore possibly more complex areas of his past, his character and more. This of course, needs to be managed very carefully, as this is a family show, a character who many children love and admire as well as the very many grown-up fans globally.
One very serious fear could be that with the choice of Capaldi and decided shift in show style it may all come crumbling down once again, very fast. Like back in the late 1980’s, again we could very easily lose the show for another decade or more. If that might be the result of bold casting and writing changes, well I sense that it would probably end on a seriously respectable creative high even if very many fans could feel short changed, confused and unhappy with the extreme changes.
Even with such a beloved iconic character and cult series as this, at times risks should be taken to keep things fresh.
In a matter of days, the new journey with the new Who will begin to show us just what we will get this time.


Mario Bava-SHOCK -Film Review

I have seen a good few films from the increasingly respected and admired Italian horror and genre film director over the last few years, and now I have recently viewed what was his final film, which even had some help with script and direction from his son Lamberto Bava who soon became a confident and distinctive horror director after his father passed away.
Like Hitchcock experienced changes in pop culture and trends in filmmaking and audiences, Bava also saw that he should need to change as the 1980’s arrived and with SHOCK he emulated films like The Omen and Psycho but with his own familiar visual style still remaining strong.
As this film is now decades old, it does feel slow at times, and the plot and themes may seem far too familiar now but on release it was still quite fresh and new we must remember.
The plot sees a young woman moved into a house with her second husband and small boy who she had with her first. As times passes a number of strange events occur and the boy seems to have some odd behaviour. Accidents take place, mysteries appear, and the house and the truth of the past seem increasingly dark.
Sadly it is obvious that for a film released in very late 70’s, Bava was very much reaching a real serious creative peak but then sadly left us a couple of years after this film.
As usual, the budget seemed fairly low, and this was all in a time before any CGI or computer special effects. All effects in the film are very simple but as usual with Bava surprisingly effective. Images such as her dead husband appearing and then gone in an instant, the blood dripping through bricks and more shock and terrify.
Given how his films are often viewed as cheap and trashy, this final film is actually incredibly psychological, and many of the scenes could be interpreted in a number of ways relating to the connection and trouble between mother and son, the mother’s past, much of the imagery from her point of view and the view of the small son.
This movie really possibly was a great triumphant and creative high swansong for Bava to leave us with.