Why The Big Bang Theory is still the worst show on TV

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Today marks 10 years since the first episode of The Big Bang Theory aired.

In the past decade, this science-y sitcom has taken over the small screen – there have been 231 episodes, and it’s syndicated internationally in 77 different countries. The series has been hailed as the new Friends, and it’s even set to spawn its first spinoff programme this year: Young Sheldon. Currently, there’s no similar programme that’s quite so ubiquitous.

And there’s no similar programme that’s quite so awful.

Every so often, when I write about The Big Bang Theory, I get quite a lot of hate mail – this one garnered around 600 comments, and it’s only been up for a day! (The only other show that’s garnered so much vitriol was when I wrote about Bake Off, interestingly.)

In the end, this one got somewhere in excess of 215 000 views – while I don’t have data for all my articles, I’d guess that that’s the most read piece I’ve ever done. Which is kinda staggering. Certainly, if I were going to choose one article to be my most read, it wouldn’t have been this one – not just because it is, admittedly, a little weak, but also because I think I’ve written other things on more interesting, and more worthwhile, topics, that are more deserving of a bigger audience. But hey, you can’t control these things really.

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Comic Book Review | Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Vol 6 (The Malignant Truth)

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The Malignant Truth has a lot of interesting ideas on show; at its heart it follows the story of a Dalek splinter group, the Volatix Cabal. Granted, they’re fairly similar to the Cult of Skaro – but given the Cult of Skaro left a lot of potential unexplored, why not return to the idea? There’s a lot of strong concepts here, and the Volatix Cabal are fairly creepy in their own right. While one does perhaps get the sense that Titan were unable to license the traditional Daleks, limitations like that have always been the mother of Doctor Who’s greatest inventions – and the Volatix Cabal are an invention that feel right at home in the Time War.

Here’s my review of the latest collection of Eleventh Doctor comics from Titan.

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Comic Book Review | Doctor Who: Supremacy of the Cybermen

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Granted, there’s perhaps a value in questioning the merit of this. Supremacy of the Cybermen is, first and foremost, a continuity laden romp. It really is drenched in it – appearances from every Doctor are one thing, but going so far as to reference Looms is quite another. The extent to which the story works on its own terms is debatable; it’s a fairly basic, perfunctory plot, one that serves primarily to set up the monster runaround rather than anything more substantial. Uniting two kinda crap villains – yes, the Cybermen and the Time Lords are a bit rubbish – for a continuity entrenched tale is unlikely to ever be a groundbreaking piece of fiction.

My thoughts on the Titan Comics Doctor Who crossover event.

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