My 2020!

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

(sighs) This is what I said at the end of my ‘Happy New Year’ blog post at the beginning of 2020.

At present, 2020 is a mystery of a year to me. I don’t know what it’ll entail, but I’m sure there’ll be plenty of surprises to look forward to. Hopefully they’ll be pleasant surprises. Thanks again to everyone who has supported my blog these past four years. I hope the fifth full year will be amazing.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year for 2020!

Nowadays, I imagine this is how most people would react to those words.

Yeah, after all the hopes I had about 2020 being a great new beginning to a new decade from the start, they were swayed by the time we got into three months of the year. I was looking forward to seeing some new films scheduled for release at the cinemas and I hoped to attend some conventions.

But the films I’ve been looking forward to seeing at the cinema and most of the conventions planned for 2020 got postponed and have been rescheduled for future dates. I haven’t been able to reunite with people like Sarah Sutton, Peter Davison or Sophie Aldred this year. 😦 Thanks, coronavirus!!!! 😡

There’s no denying 2020 has been a miserable year. The tagline ‘please keep safe’ has been used more often than I would’ve liked. Everybody has had to make sacrifices due to being stuck at home and with most of the world in lockdown. The Covid-19 pandemic has been a long period of misery. 😦

And the sad thing is; we’re still going through the pandemic. Certainly there is the hope and promise of vaccines on the way, but it’s going to take a while for everything to get back to normal. And a lot of people around the world have lost so many loved ones because of the horrible coronavirus.

2020 is a year I’m sure many people would like to forget and it’s a year that will arguably be never forgotten. I greatly miss 2019 as that was a year where I didn’t have to do any social distancing. It was a year where I didn’t get to have to wear a face mask. I could meet up with my family and friends in 2019. 🙂

I also consider 2019 to a good year where I attended four conventions; had a plethora of movie reviews to share and was able to move about freely where I didn’t need to worry too much about catching a horrible virus. 2019 is a year I would love to re-experience rather than re-experience 2020.

But of course, ‘Bradley’s Basement’ is a place where I don’t just talk about the negative things in life. I talk about the positive things in life too. And despite 2020 being an abysmal year, there have been some highlights I’ve enjoyed and I’m very happy to re-experience them in the midst of such sadness.

So as always with these annual reports I do at the end of each year on ‘Bradley’s Basement’, I’m going to share with you what I’ve found good as well as bad in 2020. I hope to share what I’ve done to keep positive in such difficult and turbulent times as these have been of late. So, let’s get started.


JANUARY

In all fairness, 2020 started well. In January, I finished sharing my 2019-2020 ‘Nyssa Challenge’ mini-review season on ‘Warzone’/‘Conversion’ with Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding and George Watkins as well as on the Target audiobook ‘Doctor Who – Terminus’, read by Steven Pacey.

I started sharing my new collection of ‘Doctor Who’ stories called the ‘Zorbius’ series, where each story featured a different incarnation of the Doctor. For the first story, it was with the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan and they encountered ‘The Zondor Robbers’ on the Rotenhend Hotel 360. 😀

I was hyped for the start of 2020 as we had the second season of Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’ being shown on BBC TV. For January, we had Series 12’s first five episodes shown, including the two-part story ‘Spyfall’, ‘Orphan 55’, ‘Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror’ and ‘Fugitive of the Judoon’.

As well as ‘Doctor Who’, I also saw the first four episodes of Series 9 of ‘Call the Midwife’. I also saw the first four episodes of Series 5 of ‘Grantchester’. It was lovely to watch these three TV shows in early 2020. I had no idea I would be watching more of ‘Call the Midwife’ and ‘Grantchester’ in 2020.

In January, I shared full-length DVD reviews on ‘Small Soldiers’, ‘Beethoven’s 4th’, ‘Beethoven’s 5th’, ‘Dial M For Murder’, ‘Love & Friendship’ and 2003’s ‘Peter Pan’. The first three film reviews were carried over from the end of 2019. The latter three films were my Mum’s choices during January 2020. 🙂

I also did a quick DVD review on ‘Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry’ and shared reviews on Season 1 of ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’. I also started sharing my reviews on ‘The Brittas Empire’ BBC TV comedy series. I created a new comedy page for it and also did a review on the first episode.

In early January, I saw ‘Attack the Block’ starring Jodie Whittaker and John Boyega as a late-night film on Channel 4. In terms of the cinema, I saw the movies ‘Spies in Disguise’ starring Will Smith and Tom Holland and 2019’s ‘Little Women’. I’m lucky to have seen these two films in January 2020.

In terms of ‘Doctor Who’ book and CD reviews, I shared reviews on ‘Scratchman’, ‘Nightmare Country’, ‘The Ultimate Evil’, ‘Daughter of the Gods’ and ‘Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon’. I also shared reviews on ‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R. Tolkien and ‘Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover’ by David Liss. 😀


FEBRUARY

In February of that month, I shared the second story of the ‘Zorbius’ series called ‘The Deepening Rain’, featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe. This is where the TARDIS trio visited the planet Saron and they experienced dreams in an underwater kingdom. I had fun uploading the story to my blog.

I saw the next four episodes of Series 12 of ‘Doctor Who’ with Jodie Whittaker, including ‘Praxeus’, ‘Can You Hear Me?’, ‘The Haunting of Villa Diodati’ and the first of the two-part season finale ‘Ascension of the Cybermen’. It was great to see these ‘Doctor Who’ episodes, often on BBC iPlayer.

I also saw the last four episodes of Series 9 of ‘Call the Midwife’. I also saw the last two episodes of Series 5 of ‘Grantchester’. I can’t say I was won over by Series 5’s finale of ‘Grantchester’. 😦 I also shared my reviews on Series 7 of the original ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ series from 1977-1990.

I began sharing some ‘Dad’s Army’ reviews in February. This included sharing my reviews on ‘Dad’s Army: The Movie’ from 1971, 2015’s comedic docu-drama ‘We’re Doomed! The Dad’s Army Story’, the 2016 ‘Dad’s Army’ movie and 2019’s remake of the three ‘lost episodes’ of Series 2 of the show.

In February, I shared my reviews on Series 1 of ‘Lady Christina’, a Big Finish audio spin-off series from ‘Doctor Who’. I also shared ‘Doctor Who’ reviews on Big Finish’s ‘The Legacy of Time’ and Eric Saward’s novelizations/audiobooks for ‘Resurrection of the Daleks’ and ‘Revelation of the Daleks’. 🙂

In terms of movies at the cinema, I saw ‘Jojo Rabbit’, ‘Emma.’ and ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’. It’s amazing I saw these three movies in February before cinemas were shut later in the year. I’m very pleased that I saw ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ as I was looking forward to seeing that film since 2019.

In term of in-depth reviews, I shared my review on the 1947 film ‘Good News’, starring June Allyson and Peter Lawford. I also started my ‘BAD MARVEL SUPERHERO FILM REVIEW SEASON’ by sharing reviews on films like 2003’s ‘Daredevil’, 2005’s ‘Elektra’ and 2015’s ‘Fantastic Four’ or ‘Fant4stic’.


MARCH

March is the month where things began to go downhill in 2020. Halfway through the month, the coronavirus hit the world badly. Most of us were put into lockdown. In spite of that, I tried my best to be cheerful and share what I enjoyed in terms of reviewing, seeing movies and many other things.

The month started off with me sharing that I had updated all my ‘Dad’s Army’ reviews from Series 1 to 9 with extra reviews on the radio adaptations of the episodes. 🙂 I also completed and shared my reviews on Series 1 of ‘The Brittas Empire’. Watching ‘The Brittas Empire’ has lifted my spirits during 2020. I also shared my latest completed reviews on Season 2 of ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’.

I saw the second episode of the two-part season finale of Series 12 of ‘Doctor Who’ called ‘The Timeless Children’. I also shared my final thoughts on Series 12 in a blog post. I shared the third instalment of the ‘Zorbius’ series called ‘The Matter of Reality’ with the Third Doctor, Jo and U.N.I.T.

I shared my last in-depth review of the ‘BAD MARVEL SUPERHERO FILM REVIEW SEASON’ on the 2018 film ‘Venom’ starring Tom Hardy. It was a bit of a ‘Spider-Month’ for me in March as I shared in-depth Spider-Man reviews on ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ and the ‘Spider-Man’ PS4 video game (albeit via YouTube) as well as the DLC story ‘Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps’.

In March, I shared my updated Blu-ray reviews on Season 26 of ‘Doctor Who’ with Sylvester McCoy, focusing on ‘Battlefield’, ‘Ghost Light’, ‘The Curse of Fenric’ and ‘Survival’. I also updated my review on ‘The Faceless Ones’ with the new DVD/Blu-ray release which has brand-new animation episodes.

I reviewed the Target novelization/audiobook of ‘Survival’, ‘Short Trips: Volume III’, ‘Nocturne’, the Target novelization/audiobook of ‘The Chase’, ‘The Dalek Occupation of Winter’ and ‘Domain of the Voord’. In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, I shared a new photo of the cast from ‘Cold Fusion’. 😀

It wasn’t the end of ‘Call the Midwife’ for me in 2020, as I created a new page on the series for ‘Bradley’s Basement’ and I started to watch the show from scratch with Series 1 and shared a review on the first episode. Who knew I would continue to review ‘Call the Midwife’ episodes up to Series 5?

I saw the movie ‘The Call of the Wild’ starring Harrison Ford at the cinema. And sadly, that was the last 2020 film I saw at the cinema before the coronavirus outbreak began in the UK of that month. 😦 I shared a quick DVD review on the movie ‘Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring’ in March too. 🙂


APRIL

And thus began the first full month where most of the world, including the UK and the USA, were put into lockdown because the coronavirus pandemic. How did I start April to cheer everybody up during this time? I shared an April Fools video: Cuddles Reviews the Nyssa stories of ‘Doctor Who’.

Whilst cinemas were shut, I shared more quick DVD reviews on two ‘Tom and Jerry’ movies, including ‘Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars’ and ‘Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers’. Watching Tom and Jerry on DVD helped to lift my spirits up and their comedic antics really do cheer you up. 😀

 

In April, I shared my ‘Doctor Who’ reviews on ‘The Wreck of the World’, ‘The Home Guard’, ‘At Childhood’s End’ and ‘The Third Doctor Adventures’. I also shared a brand-new photo featuring the cast of ‘1001 Nights’ to cheer people up during the hard times we went through. I also shared the fourth story of the ‘Zorbius’ series called ‘The Hunters of Doom’, featuring the Fourth Doctor, Leela and K-9.

 

I shared my completed reviews on Series 1 of ‘Call the Midwife’ as well as my review on the 2012 Christmas Special. I also shared my reviews on Series 2 of ‘The Brittas Empire’. There were more Spider-Man reviews to enjoy as I shared updated reviews on Seasons 1 and 2 of the 1990s animated TV series. 🙂

Easter time was in April and I shared my reviews on the ‘The Stranger’ series by BBV, starring Colin Baker. This included reviews on ‘Summoned by Shadows’, ‘More Than a Messiah’, ‘In Memory Alone’, ‘The Terror Game’, ‘The Last Mission’, ‘Breach of the Peace’ and ‘Eye of the Beholder’. I also did my review on ‘Eye of the Storm’, an audio version of ‘Eye of the Beholder’ that came before it. 😐

Also for Easter, I did my Good Friday post, which included a review on the 2000 animated film ‘The Miracle Maker’. I also shared my Easter Sunday post in April. Easter was very different compared to last year’s Easter, but I still enjoyed it despite the difficult times we were in and it was good to remember the loving sacrifice of Jesus, the Son of God, made for us at Easter time.


MAY

May was when my birthday happened. I did my best to enjoy my birthday despite the difficult times we were in. I sadly didn’t get to see a movie at the cinema, nor did I have a chance to go to a convention and see people like Sarah Sutton. But I was happy to receive gifts from people. 😀

The month started off with me sharing my reviews on ‘The Z’nai Trilogy’ of ‘Doctor Who’ which starred Louise Jameson as Leela. The trilogy included ‘The Catalyst’, ‘Empathy Games’ and ‘The Time Vampire’. I later shared more ‘Doctor Who’ reviews on stories like ‘The Justice of Jalxar’, ‘Phantoms of the Deep’, ‘Engines of War’ and Volumes 1 and 2 of Series 9 of ‘The Fourth Doctor Adventures’. 🙂

I shared the fifth story of the ‘Zorbius’ series which happened to be ‘The Mirror of Memory’, a sequel to ‘Black Orchid’, featuring the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Billy. I consider ‘The Mirror of Memory’ to be my favourite story of the ‘Zorbius’ series since Billy gets to meet Lady Ann Cranleigh.

Before my birthday, I did a ‘Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Billy’ blog post to share my love of the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa during the difficult times we were in. On my birthday itself, I got to enjoy watching ‘Black Orchid’ and ‘Spider-Man 2’ on Blu-ray. I had a Domino’s Pizza meal with them too. 🙂

In May, I shared my completed reviews on Season 3 of ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’. I also shared my updated reviews on Seasons 3 and 4 of ‘Spider-Man: The Animated Series’ from the 1990s. I also shared my reviews on the 10-movie series featuring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in ‘Astaire and Rogers: The Complete Film Collection’, which I had started watching in March and finished in May.

I enjoyed some more Tom and Jerry in Volumes 1-3 of their ‘classic collection’. I shared a LEGO Batman PSA about the coronavirus crisis in May. I also got to see the Disney/Pixar movie called ‘Onward’ via Google Play. I’m pleased I saw this movie at last since I missed the chance to see it back in March.

Whilst movies at cinemas were out of the question at the time, I did do some movie predictions based on the trailers made for them. In May, I started off with doing movie trailer reviews on ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ and 2020’s ‘The Secret Garden’. I hoped to do more trailer reviews in the months to come.


JUNE

June began with me sharing ‘Doctor Who’ reviews on ‘Classic Doctors, New Monsters’ – Volume 2. I later shared reviews on ‘The Curse of Davros’, ‘The Fourth Wall’, ‘Wirrn Isle’, ‘Antidote to Oblivion’, ‘Infernal Devices’, ‘The Seventh Doctor: The New Adventures’ – Volume 1 and ‘Dark Universe’. 🙂

I finished updating my reviews on ‘Spider-Man: The Animated Series’ from the 1990s with Season 5. This was before I shared my reviews on ‘Spider-Man: The New Animated Series’ from 2003. I also shared my completed reviews on Series 3 of ‘The Brittas Empire’ as well as my completed reviews on Series 2 of ‘Call the Midwife’.

I did reviews on the birthday presents I received in May, including ‘The Zero Imperative’, the first of the ‘P.R.O.B.E.’ series from my best mate Stephen. I also did reviews on ‘The Doctors: The William Hartnell Years’, ‘The Doctors: The Pat Troughton Years’ and ‘The Doctors: The Tom Baker Years’. 😀

I shared the sixth story of the ‘Zorbius’ series which was ‘The End Dilemma’, featuring the Sixth Doctor and Peri. At around this time, I would’ve been writing a brand-new story for the ‘Zorbius’ series featuring the War Doctor as played by Sir John Hurt. I watched plenty of 50th anniversary ‘Doctor Who’ specials to help me write it. 😀

In June, I did in-depth reviews on four films from the ‘Agatha Christie Murder Mystery DVD Collection’ including 1974’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, 1978’s ‘Death on the Nile’, 1980’s ‘The Mirror Crack’d’ and 1982’s ‘Evil Under The Sun’. I also reviewed the unreleased 1994 film ‘The Fantastic Four’, which I saw via YouTube, and shared my in-depth DVD review on ‘Postman Pat: The Movie’. 🙂 I made a start on doing quick TV episode reviews on the first three seasons of ‘Grantchester’. This began with reviews on Series 1 and on the first two episodes. My parents and I also saw the movie ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’, which we watched via Google Play.


JULY

In July, I shared another ‘Doctor Who’ photo to cheer people up. This one featured Sarah Sutton and Sacha Dhawan from the making of ‘Ghost Walk’. Having seen Sacha Dhawan play the Master in ‘Doctor Who’ recently, I had to put in an ‘Empire Strikes Back’ joke with his Master meeting Nyssa. 😀

I continued my ‘Grantchester’ reviews by watching Episodes 3, 4, 5 and 6 of Series 1 and Episode 1 of Series 2. I finished my birthday reviews by checking out ‘The Doctors: The Sylvester McCoy Years’ DVD. I also did a quick DVD review on the film ‘LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite’.

In terms of ‘Doctor Who’ reviews, I shared my updated Blu-ray reviews on Season 14 of the classic series with Tom Baker. This included reviews on ‘The Masque of Mandragora’, ‘The Hand of Fear’, ‘The Deadly Assassin’, ‘The Face of Evil’, ‘The Robots of Death’ and ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’. 😀

I shared my thoughts on ‘The Psychic Circus’, ‘Zagreus’ and ‘The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller’ – Volume 1. In the trials of lockdown and the coronavirus pandemic, I was very happy to listen to Sarah Sutton read ‘Downward Spiral’, the latest Short Trip audio featuring Nyssa and the Fifth Doctor in it.

With the ‘Zorbius’ series, I shared its seventh entry ‘The Game of Delta’, featuring the Seventh Doctor and Ace where they fought Cybermen in Mozambique 2013 and reunited with Delta from ‘Delta and the Bannermen’. Incidentally, I wrote most of the ‘Zorbius’ stories during ‘Doctor Who’s 50th year. 🙂

July was when I started my fourth ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe Film Review Season’. It began with reviews on ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. I joined forces with Timelord007, Whiskeybrewer and Wolfie from the Divergent Universe forum as we reviewed ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. 🙂

I started watching some shows on Amazon Prime Video. This included the new ‘Alex Rider’ series, based on the book ‘Point Blanc’ by Anthony Horowitz, which I greatly enjoyed and found great. I’m hoping to re-watch the ‘Alex Rider’ series again to review it properly. I hope to review the books too. 😀

Movies at cinemas were still out of the question at the time, but I still got to enjoy watching the movie ‘Scoob!’; which was meant to be released at cinemas but got to be released digitally for home viewing instead. My parents and I also saw the film ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ at home.

I shared my completed reviews on Season 4 of ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ as well as my reviews on Series 4 of ‘The Brittas Empire’. I also shared some more ‘Tom and Jerry’ thoughts by reviewing ‘Tom and Jerry – Volumes 1-6 – Complete Collector’s Edition’. I wanted more Tom and Jerry to cheer me up a lot. 😀

Whilst conventions were still out of the question at the time, I was still able to share my ‘convention memories’ of the ‘Stars of Time’ event in July 2012, where I saw the ‘Doctor Who’ stars Sarah Sutton, Colin Baker and Frazer Hines. I currently miss seeing ‘Doctor Who’ actors like them in the flesh at conventions.


AUGUST

Around August time, I did more ‘Doctor Who’ reviews on stories like ‘The Kingmaker’, ‘The Churchill Years’ – Volume 1, ‘Donna Noble: Kidnapped’ and ‘The Twelfth Doctor Chronicles’. I also created a new ‘Doctor Who’ timeline for the Unbound Master, played by Sam Kisgart a.k.a. Mark Gatiss. 😀

I continued the rest of the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe Film Review Season’ for 2020 by reviewing ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’, ‘Captain Marvel’, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’. I did the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ review with Timelord007 along with Whiskeybrewer and Wolfie joining in. Sadly, we lost Chadwick Boseman who played Black Panther/King T’Challa in the ‘MCU’ film series. 😦

I did quite a number of quick movie reviews in August, based on first viewings via Google Play and Disney+ at home. These quick movie reviews were on ‘Dolittle’, ‘Aquaman’, 2019’s ‘Lady and the Tramp’, ‘Maleficent’, ‘Artemis Fowl’ and ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’. I enjoyed seeing these films in certain measures.

My quick ‘Grantchester’ TV episode reviews continued on Episodes 2, 3, 4 and 5 from Series 2. I also shared my completed reviews on Series 3 of ‘Call the Midwife’, which also included a review on the 2013 Christmas Special. My parents and I currently watch ‘Call the Midwife’ on Saturday evenings. 🙂

For August, two stories of the ‘Zorbius’ series were shared in the month. The stories included ‘The Infinity Planet’ with the Eighth Doctor and Jen (a companion created for the Eighth Doctor in an upcoming series of Eighth Doctor stories) and ‘The Nightmare of the Warrior’ with the War Doctor. 🙂

I shared some theatre memories from 2010 and a quick CD album review on ‘The Lion King’ stage show. This was to make up for the disappointment I had about not being able to see ‘The Lion King’ stage show in August 2020 as the show’s performances for Cardiff were cancelled due to Covid-19. 😦

I watched the new ‘Star Trek’ show called ‘Star Trek: Picard’ via Amazon Prime Video in August. I enjoyed the series, though it wasn’t like previous ‘Star Trek’ shows I had seen. I also started ‘Harry Hill’s World of TV’ via BBC Two on TV with the first two episodes on ‘Soaps’ and ‘Medical Dramas’. 🙂

I also did a quick movie trailer review on the upcoming ‘Death on the Nile’ film by director Kenneth Branagh. After that, I did quick movie trailer reviews on ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, ‘Justice League: The Synder Cut’ and ‘The Batman’. They were shown for the DC FanDome online event in August. 😀

Like I said, I’ve been getting into watching more things online, including stuff on Disney+. In August, I started watching ‘Muppets Now’, a new Muppets series exclusive to Disney+. My parents and I saw the first episode ‘Due Date’ in August. I also saw Season 1 of ‘The Mandalorian’ series on Disney+. 🙂


SEPTEMBER

At the start of September, I did a movie trailer review on ‘Black Widow’, the first of Phase Four of the ‘MCU’ film series, originally meant to be shown in May 2020. I hope I’ll see it soon in 2021. I also did a movie trailer review on the James Bond film ‘No Time to Die’. I hope to see that in 2021 too. 🙂

In September, I saw a brand-new remake of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ shown on Channel 5. Reluctant at first, I gradually grew to love the 2020 series over time. I saw the new TV show’s first five episodes in the month, including ‘You’ve Got to Dream’, ‘Another Farnon?’, ‘Andante’, ‘A Tricki Case’ and ‘All’s Fair’. Sadly, we lost Diana Rigg who played Mrs. Pumphrey in the new ‘All Creatures’ series.

With ‘Doctor Who’, I shared brand-new reviews on ‘Singularity’, ‘The Brood of Erys’, ‘Scavenger’ and ‘The Widow’s Assassin’. The ‘Zorbius’ series continued as I shared the tenth installment called ‘The Child of Death’, which featured the Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack as they tackled a boy and a Dalek. 🙂

The ‘Grantchester’ reviews continued as I saw Episode 6 of Series 2, the 2016 Christmas Special and the first two episodes of Series 3. I also shared my completed reviews on Series 5 of ‘The Brittas Empire’, which included the eight TV episodes of Series 5 and the 1994 Christmas Special of ‘Brittas’.

I saw more ‘Muppets Now’ episodes via Disney+ in September, including ‘Fever Pitch’, ‘Getting Testy’, ‘Sleep Mode’ and ‘The I.T. Factor’. I also saw more ‘Harry Hill’s World of TV’ episodes via BBC Two which included ‘History Documentaries’, ‘Police Dramas’, ‘Cookery’ and ‘Home Improvement’.

With home cinema, I saw movies like ‘Man of Steel’, ‘The Great Muppet Capper’, ‘The Muppets’ 2011 film and 2016’s ‘Pete’s Dragon’. It’s at this point I moved away from watching films on Google Play and more on Disney+. I hope to the see the ultimate edition of ‘Batman v Superman’ very soon.

 

I shared some more ‘Spider-Man’ reviews by looking into the 1960s cartoon show. This included reviews on Volumes 1, 2 and 3 of Season 1. I also shared my reviews on ‘The Bing Crosby Collection’ DVD box set. There are nine films in the set, including the Christmas hit ‘Holiday Inn’. I also shared my reviews on the Disney ‘Peter Pan’ movies, which include ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Return to Never Land’.

This year on ‘Bradley’s Basement’, I celebrated 5 years of my blog since it began in September 2015. I celebrated 5 years of my blog by doing a ‘BB@5 Anniversary Celebration Blog-a-Thon’. I also celebrated on the 30th of September by doing a blog post sharing that I had done some new ‘Doctor Who’ timelines for Billy Walker, James Darby and Jen Ward – three original characters featured in my stories.


OCTOBER

In October, I shared more ‘Spider-Man’ reviews from the 1960s cartoon show. This included reviews from Volumes 1, 2 and 3 of Season 2. I can’t say I’ve been won over by the ‘Spider-Man’ 1960s cartoon show since the storytelling, the character development and the animation is very lacklustre.

I did more reviews on the ‘Grantchester’ series by looking into the rest of Series 3 and watched Episodes 3, 4, 5 and 6. For the rest of the year, I re-watched Series 4 and Series 5 of ‘Grantchester’ on DVD. I hope to be up-to-date with the series and to be ready when Series 6 transmits on ITV1 in 2021.

With the Muppets, I saw the last episode of ‘Muppets Now’ on Disney+ called ‘Socialized’. I went on to watch ‘The Muppets’ 2015-16 series, which I currently like, seeing the episodes ‘Pig Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘Hostile Makeover’, ‘Bear Left Then Bear Write’, ‘Pig Out’, ‘Walk the Swine’ and ‘The Ex-Factor’. 😀

I continued with the Muppets by watching their movies ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ and ‘The Muppet Movie’ on Disney+. I also saw more original Disney films on Disney+ like ‘The Aristocats’, ‘The Rescuers’ and ‘The Rescuers Down Under’. It was nice to revisit these films as I haven’t seen them in a while.

My ‘Doctor Who’ reviews continued on stories like ‘Masters on Earth’ and the ‘Doctor Who – Enlightenment’ Target novelization/audiobook. I also reviewed ‘Dr. Fifth’ and I shared ‘The Forest of Magicians’, the eleventh instalment of the ‘Zorbius’ series, featuring the Tenth Doctor and Donna. 🙂

The ‘Mission: Impossible Film Review Season’ began with me tackling ‘Mission: Impossible’, ‘Mission: Impossible 2’, ‘Mission: Impossible III’ and ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’. The ‘M:I’ films are a fascinating bunch since the first four films vary in terms of quality compared to the later movies. 🙂

I shared some more Harry Hill reviews by tackling the ‘TV Burp’ DVDs. This included reviews on ‘Harry Hill’s TV Burp Gold’, ‘Harry Hill’s TV Burp Gold 2’, ‘Harry Hill’s TV Burp Gold 3’ and ‘Harry Hill’s TV Burp – The Best Bits’. I have my favourite comedic moments from ‘TV Burp’ as much as Harry Hill does. 🙂

The 2020 ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ series ended with the sixth episode ‘A Cure For All Ills’. I felt sad about the series ending so soon, but I was looking forward to the upcoming Christmas Special. I also saw Jodie Whittaker’s episode in the history documentary series called ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

I shared some more ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ on ‘Bradley’s Basement’ by completing my reviews on Season 5. I also shared my completed reviews on Series 4 of ‘Call the Midwife’, which included a review on the 2014 Christmas Special. Already, I was getting close to the halfway point of the series.


NOVEMBER

The penultimate month of 2020 had me finishing off my reviews in the ‘Mission: Impossible Film Review Season’ by looking at the fifth and sixth films ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ and ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’. This was all in time before ‘Missions: Impossible 7 and 8’ came along.

In November, I began sharing my reviews on ‘The Mandalorian’ series, including on the episodes ‘Chapter 9: The Marshal’, ‘Chapter 10: The Passenger’, ‘Chapter 11: The Heiress’ and ‘Chapter 12: The Siege’. ‘The Timelord Mandalorian Story’ was also occurring whilst I reviewed the episodes. 😀

The Disney+ home cinema continued with me revisiting old classics such as ‘The Sword in the Stone’ and ‘The Black Cauldron’. I also saw more recent films like ‘Tinker Bell’, which was an intriguing computer-animated film featuring the pixie fairy from Peter Pan. I also saw the historical drama film called ‘Togo’.

I shared a quick review on ‘Harry Hill’s Cream of TV Burp’. I also shared my completed reviews on Series 6 of ‘The Brittas Empire’. I shared some predictions and thoughts about the upcoming film ‘Tom & Jerry’ based on its movie trailer and I shared an in-depth review on ‘Edward Scissorhands’. 🙂

This month was a time to celebrate ‘Doctor Who’s 57th anniversary. I shared the twelfth instalment of the ‘Zorbius’ series called ‘The Horror of Time’, featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Clara. I also shared my reviews on ‘Time Apart’ with Peter Davison’s Doctor and ‘The Rani Elite’ with Colin Baker’s Doctor.

I did get a chance to see Sarah Sutton this year via a Zoom Chat session as part of the virtual convention ‘Spearhead: Day of the Time Lords’ run by Cygnus Alpha Events. She was also with Paul Jerricho and Adrian Gibbs for the Zoom Chat on the 22nd of November. I was very happy to see her! 🙂

I saw more episodes of ‘The Muppets’ 2015-16 series on Disney+, seeing episodes like ‘Pig’s in a Blackout’, ‘Too Hot to Handler’, ‘Going, Going Gonzo’ and ‘Single All the Way’. ‘Single All the Way’ was very fitting, especially as it got me geared for the Christmas spirit which was about to take place next month.


DECEMBER

2020 came to a close in December with my annual ‘Bradley’s Basement Advent Calendar’. This time around, I shared photos of Cuddles in his Santa outfit alongside some of his and my favourite things in terms of movies, ‘Doctor Who’/Nyssa/Sarah Sutton stories and certain Christmas Specials we enjoy!

The four main Christmas reviews I shared in 2020 included Disney’s ‘Countdown to Christmas’ DVD compilation, the ‘Doctor Who’ audio anthology ‘Blood on Santa’s Claw and Other Stories’ with Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant, the 2013 TV film ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ and the two ‘Home Alone’ films ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York’. I also prepared the next set of Christmas film reviews for December 2021 in December 2020. 😀

I shared the rest of my ‘Mandalorian’ Season 2 reviews in December by watching ‘Chapter 13: The Jedi’, ‘Chapter 14: The Tragedy’, ‘Chapter 15: The Believer’ and ‘Chapter 16: The Rescue’ on Disney+. ‘The Timelord Mandalorian Story’ concluded on a happy note with Whiskeybrewer and Wolfie joining in. Sadly, we lost David Prowse and Jeremy Bulloch, who played Darth Vader and Boba Fett in the original ‘Star Wars’ film trilogy.

More ‘Doctor Who’ stories by me were shared in December 2020. This included my two new stories in ‘Unbound Imaginings, Volume 2’ by the Divergent Wordsmiths including ‘The City of the Bad Wolf’ with Trevor Martin’s Fourth Doctor, Jenny and Jimmy and ‘Into the Death-Space’ with Nyssa and Billy. I also shared the last two stories of the ‘Zorbius’ series, including ‘The Saviour of the Daleks’ with the Twelfth Doctor and Bill and ‘The Two Salvadors’ with the Thirteenth Doctor, Graham, Ryan and Yaz. I also shared ‘Lady and the Soldier’ featuring James Darby, Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor and Lady Christina de Souza.

I shared a new video sketch featuring Cuddles, Puddles, Snuggles and Buggles called ‘The Curse of Dr. Filthy’, featuring some important lessons about ‘washing your hands’ and ‘keeping a safe distance’ from people during the current pandemic. My Dad and I performed the sketch with the dogs. 😀

I continued to do more reviews on some ‘Muppets’ episodes from the 2015-16 series, including ‘Swine Song’, ‘A Tail of Two Piggies’ and ‘Got Silk?’. There are a few more episodes for me to check out in the series. I look forward to reviewing them in January 2021. My parents and I also saw the Channel 5 documentary ‘We Love Dad’s Army’. 🙂

I saw more films on Disney+ including ‘Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas’, the 2019 Christmas film ‘Noelle’ and the 1985 film ‘One Magic Christmas’. I also saw the Disney cartoon ‘Pluto’s Christmas Tree’ as well as the films ‘Home Alone 3’ and ‘Soul’ on Disney+. It was nice to see some films via Disney+ over Christmas.

Before Christmas, I saw the Christmas Special of 2020’s ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ called ‘The Night Before Christmas’ which I greatly enjoyed. On Christmas Day itself, I shared another Christmas photo of me, Cuddles, Puddles and Snowy from ‘The Snowman and the Snowdog’ in Christmas garb as well as another ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ Christmas video. I also shared a review on ‘The Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown’, a three-episode mini-series originally shown on BBC1

There were more ‘Call the Midwife’ reviews in December 2020, since I shared my completed reviews on Series 5, an in-depth review on the 2016 Christmas Special and on Christmas Day itself, I shared a quick review on the 2020 Christmas Special which featured its very special guest star Peter Davison.

Christmas 2020 was a Peter Davsion-filled Christmas for me. As well as the 2020 ‘Call the Midwife’ Christmas Special, I also enjoyed the ASDA-exclusive vinyl of ‘1963: Fanfare For The Common Men’ starring Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa, which I greatly enjoyed listening to.

I stared sharing some more Sarah Sutton/Nyssa related reviews in my ‘Nyssa Challenge’ mini-review season for 2020-21 and I shared my reviews on the ‘Timeslip’ sci-fi series. This included reviews on the four serials of the TV series as well as the Big Finish audios featuring Sarah Sutton as Charlotte Trent.


So yeah, 2020 hasn’t been a spectacular year for me as well as for mostly everyone who had to live through the coronavirus pandemic. With that said, I have been able to enjoy the things I love watching, hearing, reading and reviewing at home whilst we’ve been going through these difficult times. 🙂

I’m very pleased I’ve been able to complete my ‘Zorbius’ series in time before the end of 2020 and I’m happy to have worked with the Divergent Wordsmiths again, writing two stories for them in ‘Unbound Imaginings, Volume 2’. I even got a tribute from them that celebrated 5 years of my blog.

I’m really happy to have seen Series 12 of ‘Doctor Who’ earlier in the year as well as watch 2020’s ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ series on Channel 5. I’m also glad I got to see ‘Alex Rider’ and ‘Star Trek: Picard’ on Amazon Prime Video and so many things on Disney+ like ‘The Mandalorian’ series. 🙂

Whilst I haven’t been able to attend conventions this year, I’m so pleased I got to see Sarah Sutton via Zoom in November. It’s made the year less depressing for me. I’m also glad to have revisited photos and stories featuring Sarah Sutton’s Nyssa in order to keep my spirits up in unhappy times. 🙂

Most of the time, I’ve had to use my own initiative in terms of what I can do to review movies, TV shows and anything I enjoy watching, listening to and reading. I’ve also had a chance to cook lasagnes, spaghetti bologneses and vegetable soups based on ‘The Doctor Who Cookbook’ by Gary Downie. 🙂

At present, I’ve made a pledge not to return to cinemas until the current pandemic is over. I’m pleased that vaccines in the UK are on their way, but it’s going to take a while before all of us receive them. I’m willing to be patient and hope I’ll see movies at cinemas again and attend conventions again soon.

For now, I’m happy to ‘wash my hands’ of this year – see what I did there? 😀 I’m currently looking forward to 2021 and hope it’ll be a better year compared to 2020. 2020 has certainly been a miserable year and I hope I’ve done my best to keep you all cheerful and entertained by sharing new reviews on the things that I love. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now and best wishes!

See you next year! 😀

Tim. 🙂

2 thoughts on “My 2020!

  1. Timelord 007

    Yup 2020 has sucked big time no cinema releases, lockdowns, no conventions it’s been awful, i enjoyed our collaborations with the Avengers 2 parter reviews, The Timelord Mandolorian Story & The Lady & The Soldier which was excellent.

    Hopefully 2021 improves get the vaccines rolled out & a return to some kind of normality.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Glad you enjoyed doing the ‘Avengers’ reviews as well as ‘The Timelord Mandalorian Story’ and ‘Lady and the Soldier’. Thank you for collaborating with me on the reviews. I’ve enjoyed doing them especially in what has been a tough year.

      I hope 2021 will be a better year than 2020. I look forward to when we receive the vaccines before we return to a sense of normality.

      BTW, have you seen my review on ‘Farewell, Sarah Jane’? I have a good rant about that story in the review. 😀

      Tim. 🙂

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