Articles by Christian Cawley

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.


What is the point of Alan Carr?

[singlepic=37,320,240,,right]I don’t just don’t get this mincing prick. He’s gay, right.  Did you know that?  Could you tell?  He’s also OTT effete, doesn’t seem to understand how to do camp correctly,  and is just generally annoying.  Frankly he’s set the camp comedy genre back into the Victorian age.  Innuendos are supposed to be subtle, Carr. …

Doctor’s Daughter Reaction

With an audience of 6.6 million based on overnight figures, The Doctor’s Daughter enjoyed a mix of reviews, from welcome to bemusement. The Times described events as "unexpectedly affecting," going on to judge: The episode was a minor classic of Doctor Who writing, with a strong humanistic moral, a decent balance between action and dialogue,…

ITV Backlash

It seems that the BBC loss at the hands of ITV’s vote rigging at the 2005 Comedy Awards has caused a bit of a backlash from the press Friday’s papers saw ITV receive universal condemnation in after it’s fine of a record £5.68m for improperly awarding the People’s Choice comedy award to stars Ant and…

One Foot…

[singlepic=36,320,240,,right]I think a bit of praise for One Foot in the Grave is long overdue.  Sadly Victor Meldrew won’t be coming back, but that doesn’t mean we can’t rewatch some classic comedy moments between Richard Wilson, Annette Crosby and Angus Deayton. The David Renwick-scripted series about a terminally miserably pensioner and his wife is one…

The art of standup?

There’s an interesting interview with Brendan Burns on the Grauniad website, in which the if.comedy award winner of last years Edinburgh Festival talks about straight acting, taking time to develop a comedy pilot, and the difference in performance technique depending on the size of the venue, which is worth reprinting here: In a small club,…

The Unicorn and the Wasp Preview

Back in the1920s, the Doctor and Donna encounter Agatha Christie next week as Doctor Who steps over the halfway mark to season 30 with episode 7, The Unicorn and the Wasp During 1926, Agatha Christie reportedly disappeared for 10 days – some theories suggest she suffered from amnesia or a nervous breakdown – but could…

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