Dan Martin

Dan Martin
Dan Martin's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Guardian
Publications: Guardian

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T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% Doctor Who: Season 11 - It Takes You Away (TV Episode) It Takes You Away boasts this year's first truly grand sci-fi concept. Along with an artfully executed backdrop, clever twists, convincingly scary monsters and devastating emotional journeys. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
88% Doctor Who: Season 11 - The Witchfinders (TV Episode) Just as you're starting to roll your eyes because the real enemy once again is going to be human prejudice, Finneran's face morphs into the monstrous mud-zombie Morax leader and havoc is wreaked. I think the word is hooray. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
100% Being Human: Series 5 (TV, 2009-2013) Being Human has not only survived with a new cast, it has improved... They have restored levels of low-key warmth and humor to balance the dark, high-stakes storylines that accompanied the original trio's departures and threatened to engulf the show. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
89% Doctor Who: Season 11 - Kerblam! (TV Episode) McTighe manages an admirable level of suspense in what could have felt a bit of a silly episode - but the occasional sinister turn of the neck is never going to imbue the camp delivery bots with much menace. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
100% Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe (2011 Christmas Special) (TV, 2006) Putting aside the now-mandatory doomed spaceship that now must surely always feature, this was the smallest - yet perhaps the most enchanting - Christmas special we've had to date. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
93% Doctor Who: Season 11 - Demons of the Punjab (TV Episode) Given the subject matter, this is an inevitably heavy helping of Who. But despite everything, it was quite easily the strongest of the series so far. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
88% Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor (TV, 2006) These past two months amounted to what can reasonably claim to be Doctor Who's biggest year. This end of days even gave us a fleeting return of Amy Pond. Yes, the Time of The Doctor was awfully good. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
86% Doctor Who: Season 11 - Arachnids in the UK (TV Episode) The lack of aliens aside, the focus on spiders brought its own unique twist on behind-the-sofa-ness. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
96% Doctor Who: Season 11 - Rosa (TV Episode) Vinette Robinson's portrayal of Parks as warm and brittle that steals the show without sugarcoating history. The time it took Parks to get due recognition is this story's history lesson and its emotional suckerpunch. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
100% Merlin: Season 5 (TV, 2009-2012) The fifth series has... seen a new dynamic and a subsequent kick up the armoury. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
92% Doctor Who: Season 11 - The Ghost Monument (TV Episode) What a difference a week makes. With the team's first trip into outer space, Doctor Who is feeling like Doctor Who again; opening titles, a stunning new Tardis, behind-sofa-worthy scares and, most crucially of all, running. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
89% Red Dwarf: Season 10 (TV, 1988-2017) On the basis of the mini-series and as a former adolescent fan, I'd been worried what I would make of the new episode. In fact, I enjoyed it a great deal... - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
100% Doctor Who: Season 10 - The Doctor Falls (TV Episode) I was overjoyed, on watching the confrontation between the three Timelords, that there was no soundtrack aside from the dialogue and some gentle birdsong. It was an example of less-is-more that I don't think I've seen equalled in Doctor Who. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
100% Doctor Who: Season 10 - World Enough and Time (TV Episode) After a series I've managed to find little fault in, World Enough and Time is the finest penultimate episode we've seen in quite some time (and yes, that includes Heaven Sent). - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
100% Doctor Who: Season 10 - The Eaters of Light (TV Episode) In telling the story of the "lost" Roman Ninth Legion, this airy, lyrical instalment of Doctor Who once again chimes eerily with current events. But there's plenty to digest in The Eaters of Light even before we get to the meat of the thing. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
88% Doctor Who: Season 10 - Knock Knock (TV Episode) Another cracking story in a series yet to drop a dud. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2017
88% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 18 (TV Episode) I believe Lynch and Frost get away with withholding answers because I've never witnessed a piece of television so confident in its own skin. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
95% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 17 (TV Episode) Having been granted our big climax, things take a turn for the baffling. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 16 (TV Episode) Talk about wish fulfilment! In a series that's been guilty in the past of not actually having a lot happening a lot of the time, this was the week when all of the things happened all of the time. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 15 (TV Episode) Twin Peaks is many things to many people. What it doesn't always get credit for is the size of its heart. But part 15 was the most powerfully emotional yet, with a sense of things moving towards an endpoint. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 14 (TV Episode) This was the week the show indulged the reality of its narratives being all over the place more than ever. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
89% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 13 (TV Episode) For a series as willingly glacial as Twin Peaks, there's a surprising amount of plot work in part 13. It's a welcome jolt of clarity after a run of episodes so deliberately oblique that they were starting to risk veering to the interminable. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
90% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 12 (TV Episode) David Lynch seems to be leading us on more than ever. But with another brilliant, long-awaited return and everyone descending on the Bang Bang Bar, things look like they might finally be converging back in Twin Peaks. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 11 (TV Episode) Damn fine pie! Would a little fist-pump be appropriate at this point? - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 10 (TV Episode) This week we got a juddering forward of all the wider narratives, while slamming the focus firmly back on why any of us turned up in the first place. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 9 (TV Episode) Forget the mind-melting last episode... we're really getting in the zone now, with huge reveals about Dougie Jones and Bad Coop and Major Briggs. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
100% Twin Peaks: The Return - Part 8 (TV Episode) Hats off to the executives who let Frost and Lynch run with this harrowing vision. I'm grateful for whatever they produce, but this run has exceeded all my expectations and now, more than ever, has taken us to places we have previously only dreamed. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
95% Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song (2015 Christmas Special) (TV, 2006) It's a wonderful Christmas gift from Moffat to see the old River return, with a glimpse of her naughty ways when she's having adventures without the Doctor. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2015
87% Doctor Who: Season 9 - Hell Bent (TV Episode) In ostensibly killing off his companion, Moffat delivered possibly the most upbeat ending we've ever seen. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2015
89% Doctor Who: Season 9 - Heaven Sent (TV Episode) This was as exhilarating as Doctor Who gets. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2015
80% Doctor Who: Season 9 - Face the Raven (TV Episode) I am delighted, because the Doctor is finally wearing the purple velvet jacket, and I am devastated, because Clara Oswald is dead. Well, you have to take your pleasures where you can at this difficult time. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2015
61% Doctor Who: Season 9 - Sleep No More (TV Episode) The exquisite beats of Gatiss's imagination see him deliver Doctor Who at its most Doctor Who-like. Monsters made out of sleep in your eyes? That is good. As if insomnia wasn't enough of a bummer as it is. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2015
95% Doctor Who: Season 9 - The Zygon Inversion (TV Episode) This Doctor has never been written better, Capaldi has never channelled Tom Baker more, that sequence is cemented instantly as the "Capaldi moment" in clip shows for the rest of time. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2015
95% Doctor Who: Season 9 - The Zygon Invasion (TV Episode) Well there was another change of pace. This week, a blockbusting, international urban thriller. With Zygons. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2015
86% Doctor Who: Season 9 - The Woman Who Lived (TV Episode) Ultimately, whether you think it has worked or not, this loose two-part story has certainly come up with a novel way of bringing some heft to the fun, frothy ones. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2015
90% Doctor Who: Season 9 - The Girl Who Died (TV Episode) There's plenty of fun to be had here before the dark twists of the final minutes. This might just be Capaldi's strongest performance in the role so far. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2015
95% Doctor Who: Season 9 - Before the Flood (TV Episode) That moment, as people say on the internet, when an episode of Doctor Who strays so far into the weird that it becomes a classic, somehow despite itself. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2015
84% Doctor Who: Season 9 - Under the Lake (TV Episode) Toby Whithouse culture-jams haunted-house intrigue with classic base-under-siege tension. We've seen both formats on Who before, but never quite like this. As always with Whithouse, there's fizzing, funny dialogue and a cracking ensemble. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2015