Hello everyone! 🙂
Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!
Well, 2021 is coming to an end! And it astounds me that we still have to abide by certain Covid-19 pandemic regulations. 😦 I’m still using the tagline ‘please keep safe’ on my blog; we still have to wear facemasks in public; and there are still occasions where we’re having to do social distancing. 😐
Oh, don’t get me wrong. 2021 has been a better year compared to the nightmare year we had in 2020. Arguably, 2021 has been the transitional year in terms of coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of us have had the vaccine jabs and the booster jabs to protect us from the virus. 🙂
But it can still be argued that 2021 hasn’t been the greatest of years many of us would have liked. This is especially with the Covid variants that have been identified throughout the year. It seems to be taking a while for us to come out of the pandemic. Very often, this has become rather frustrating.
I know there are lots of people out there who have suffered throughout 2021, especially with losing loved ones because of Covid. It’s really sad it’s turned out like that. I can only pray for those who are suffering. I hope things will get better as opposed to getting worse for those people in the New Year.
But like I said, 2021 has been a transitional year. Despite the downs we’ve faced, there have been quite a good number of ups. This year, cinemas have re-opened. I was able to see movies on the big screen again having not been able to go to the cinemas for a long while since the pandemic began. 🙂
One of the goals I wanted to achieve in 2021 was to attend the ‘Bedford Who Charity Con’ in October 2021. And I’m very thankful that I was able to attend the convention this year after receiving my vaccines, meeting up with people like Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton and Janet Fielding at the event. 🙂
If there’s another way to describe 2021 for me, then it’s certainly been the year of the Disney+. I’ve streamed quite a number of movies and TV shows throughout 2021 as well as seeing films on the big screen. I’ve enjoyed checking out the content that’s been available on Disney+ throughout the year.
In some respects, I have enjoyed 2021. There are times when I wish that I didn’t have to wear the facemasks throughout my everyday life and I wish I was able to attend more conventions and see people like Sarah Sutton more often. But I am thankful 2021 has been a better year compared to 2020.
Throughout this annual report on 2021, I hope to share what have been the highlights of the year. I’ve done my best to be positive and hopeful throughout the year and it seems to have paid off. Let’s take a look at what I’ve enjoyed in 2021 and what I’ve been able to achieve in terms of my blogging.
The year began with me sharing my review on ‘Farewell, Sarah Jane’, the last story to be featured in ‘Nyssa Challenge’ mini-review season from 2020-21. I’ve had some interesting feedback on my review for this story this year, especially considering I didn’t take too well to it when I reviewed it. 😀
From Christmas 2020, I shared my reviews on ‘The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee Years’, ‘The Doctors: The Peter Davison Years’, ‘The Doctors: The Colin Baker Years’ and ‘The Doctors: The Paul McGann Years’. I also shared my review on Trevor Martin’s ‘Myth Makers’ interview, which I greatly enjoyed.
2021 also began with the ‘Doctor Who’ 2021 New Year Day’s Special called ‘Revolution of the Daleks’, starring Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill and John Barrowman. I greatly enjoyed the special. I’ve even shared my thoughts on it thrice in the early months of 2021. 😀
I shared a review on the ‘Doctor Who’ book/audio called ‘Molten Heart’ by Una McCormack, featuring the Thirteenth Doctor, Graham, Ryan and Yaz. I shared some new reviews on Series 12 of ‘Doctor Who’ with Jodie Whittaker and new reviews on the ‘Adventures in Lockdown’ anthology. 😀
I shared quite a number of Sixth Doctor audios by Big Finish, starring Colin Baker, in early 2021. In January, I shared my reviews on ‘Order of the Daleks’, ‘Absolute Power’, ‘Quicksilver’ and ‘The Behemoth’. I also shared thoughts on the ‘Time Lord Victorious – Road to the Dark Times’ Blu-ray. 🙂
I shared a ‘Doctor Who’ Short Trip by me on my blog called ‘The Curse of Dr. Filthy’. I also celebrated Nyssa’s 40th anniversary of ‘Doctor Who’ by sharing a blog post that told people about my ‘Nyssa Challenge’ reviews as well as my stories featured in ‘The Fifth Doctor by Tim Bradley’ series on ‘BB’.
I finally shared my reviews on Season 3 of the original 1960s ‘Spider-Man’ cartoon show in its two volumes on DVD. The 1960s ‘Spider-Man’ cartoon show is a series I don’t take to well, compared to the 1990s animated ‘Spider-Man’ series. I’m sure I’ll review more ‘Spider-Man’ stuff in the future. 😀
In January, I shared my reviews on the last number of episodes in ‘The Muppets’ 2015-16 series, which I saw on Disney+, including ‘Little Green Lie’, ‘Generally Inhospitable’ and ‘Because…Love’. I also saw the first four episodes of ‘WandaVision’, a ‘MCU’ TV show currently available on Disney+. 🙂
The movies I saw in January were via Disney+, Google Play and Amazon Prime Video, including the 1981 film called ‘Amy’ starring Jenny Agutter, ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, ‘Knives Out’, and ‘Because of Winn-Dixie’. I also shared my thoughts on the five ‘Die Hard’ movies, as I saw them in a Blu-ray box set.
In February, I continued sharing reviews on some Big Finish audios of ‘Doctor Who’, including ‘The Middle’, ‘Static’, ‘Cry of the Vultriss’, ‘Scorched Earth’ and ‘The Lovecraft Invasion’ with Colin Baker. I also shared my review on the Big Finish audio story ‘Out of Time’ with David Tennant and Tom Baker.
I shared my updated review on the ‘Doctor Who’ story ‘The Power of the Daleks’, based on its Special Edition Blu-ray and its animation version. I also shared my updated review on the ‘Doctor Who’ story ‘Fury From The Deep’, based on its animation version. They were amazing to check out. 🙂
I updated my review on the Target novelization/audiobook of ‘The Hand of Fear’ by Terrance Dicks, read by Pamela Salem. To celebrate 11 years of meeting Sarah Sutton at conventions, I shared my updated reviews on Sarah Sutton and writer/director Peter Grimwade‘s ‘Myth Makers’ interviews. 🙂
I finished checking out ‘The Brittas Empire’, a BBC sitcom series which I started checking out in 2020. It ended with me sharing my completed reviews on Series 7 on my blog. I also finished checking out Season 6 of ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’. I was really enjoying checking out the rest of ‘DS9’ in 2021.
I also shared my review on the ‘Star Wars’ behind-the-scenes documentary called ‘Empire of Dreams: The Story of the ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy’, which I’ve added to the ‘Return to the Jedi’ page on my blog. On Disney+, I checked out the next four episodes of ‘WandaVision’, which I hugely enjoyed.
In terms of movies, I saw the ‘ultimate edition’ of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ on Google Play. I also saw films like ‘Candleshoe’ and ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ on Disney+. I also reviewed two ‘Secret Garden’ films from 1993 and 2020, and I shared my in-depth review on ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’.
Throughout March, I shared my reviews on the ‘Doctor Who’ stories featuring the Thirteenth Doctor in a marathon review season called ‘March of the Thirteenth Doctor’. This covered the stories from ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’ to ‘Revolution of the Daleks’ before ‘Flux’/Series 13 ever came along.
Whilst waiting for conventions to happen again, I shared my ‘convention memories’ of attending ‘Big Blue Box 2’ in Tunbridge Wells, March 2013. This was the start of me sharing my ‘memories’ of attending the conventions that happened in the 50th anniversary year of ‘Doctor Who’! Very exciting!
My parents and I were also continuing to check out the ‘Call the Midwife’ series, as I shared my completed reviews on Series 6. We didn’t check out Series 10 on BBC TV as we continued to check out the rest of the series on DVD. I also shared a quick review on the drama series ‘Rosemary & Thyme’.
I saw movies on Disney+ in the month March, including the 1952 film ‘The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men’ with Richard Todd; the 1954 film ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ with James Mason, and ‘Flora & Ulysses’. I also saw the latest live-action movie of ‘Tom & Jerry’ via Google Play, which I enjoyed.
Also on Disney+, I saw the appropriately titled ‘Series Finale’ of ‘WandaVision’, starring Elisabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany. I also began watching the first two episodes of the next ‘MCU’ show on Disney+, which was ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’, starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan.
The April Fools video I shared on ‘Bradley’s Basement’ this year was about a ‘New ‘Doctor Who’ Movie Being Announced’. It was an exciting piece of news, especially with the announcement that Jim Carrey had been cast to play the Master in the new ‘Doctor Who‘ film. I know it pleased everyone! 🙂
Timelord007: (screams; from a distance) “NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Tim grins away, raising his hands.
This year’s Easter review season was on ‘The Darksmith Legacy’ series of ‘Doctor Who’ books featuring the Tenth Doctor. This is a 10-book series and it includes ‘The Dust of Ages’, ‘The Graves of Mordane’, ‘The Colour of Darkness’, ‘The Depths of Despair’, ‘The Vampire of Paris’, ‘The Game of Death’, ‘The Planet of Oblivion’, ‘The Pictures of Emptiness’, ‘The Art of War’ and ‘The End of Time’.
For my Good Friday post this Easter, I shared a quick review on ‘The Easter Story’ 1997 book, which features superb illustrations about Jesus; his death on the cross and his resurrection. I also shared my Easter Sunday post, which features a nice animation image of the cross covered in some really nice flowers.
I also did my ‘Judy Garland Film Review Season’ this year, looking into four particular films including ‘Easter Parade’, ‘Presenting Lily Mars’, ‘Summer Stock’ and ‘A Star is Born’. It was nice to check out these five films featuring Judy Garland, especially with sharing ‘Easter Parade’ over the Easter break.
On the Disney+ side of things, my parents and I checked out films like ‘Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier’, ‘The Adventures of Huck Finn’, ‘High School Musical’, ‘The Moon Spinners’ and Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’. I also saw the Easter movie ‘Hop’ via Google Play and I shared a new full-length review on ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’.
I continued checking out ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ series, looking into the last four episodes on Disney+. I also shared my ‘convention memories’ of attending ‘celebrate 50 – The Peter Davison Years’, the second ‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary event which I attended back in April 2013.
I reviewed ‘The Devil of Winterborne’, the second ‘P.R.O.B.E.’ episode starring Caroline John as Liz Shaw, which my best mate Stephen gave to me as a late Christmas present from the previous year. I shared a video review on ‘Dr. Sixth’ and a review on the junior novelization of ‘The Pirate Planet’. 😀
I shared some more ‘Doctor Who’ audio reviews on ‘Bradley’s Basement’, including ‘The Flying Dutchman’ and ‘Displaced’ with the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Hex, ‘The Tenth Doctor and River Song’ box set, ‘Masterful’, ‘I Am The Master’, ‘The Switching’ and ‘Terror of the Master’. I also shared reviews on the twelve short stories that are featured in the ‘Zodiac’ collection by Big Finish. 🙂
I celebrated Peter Davison’s birthday in April by sharing my new reviews on ‘Great British Car Journeys’, which Peter did two seasons of with ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ co-star Christopher Timothy. I also shared my new reviews on Series 1 of the new ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ TV series.
I also shared some new ‘Star Cops’ reviews on ‘Bradley’s Basement’. This included ‘The Stuff of Life’ audiobook, read by Trevor Cooper, as well as the two ‘Mars’ box sets featuring David Calder, Trevor Cooper, Linda Newton, Philip Oliver and Rakhee Thakrar. I really enjoyed checking out those audios.
The month of May came again and it was time to celebrate my birthday! Before that however, I shared my ‘mayday’ post in revisiting Seasons 18 and 19 of ‘Doctor Who’ on Blu-ray. I had no idea that ‘The Collection’ Blu-ray box sets of classic ‘Doctor Who’ seasons would get standard re-releases. I also shared a ‘Revisiting ‘Spider-Man’ blog post a day before my birthday.
On my birthday, I revisited ‘1963: Fanfare For The Common Men’ on vinyl; checked out ‘Echoes of Extinction’ from ‘Time Lord Victorious’ on vinyl; and I watched ‘Zack Synder’s Justice League’ on Amazon Prime Video. The Synder Cut of ‘Justice League’ is far superior compared to the original theatrical version of the film.
I also had the Fifth Doctor TARDIS team figurine set for my birthday. I shared a video about it and I took a photo of the Fifth Doctor TARDIS team figurines with ‘The Five Doctors’ TARDIS console, recreating an alternative scene of the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric on their way to Gallifrey.
Also for my birthday, I had ‘The Captain America Triple Bill’ DVD box set, which contains the 1990 ‘Captain America’ film, ‘Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty’ and ‘Captain America II: Death Too Soon’. I also had ‘Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor’ with Nabil Shaban on Blu-ray for my birthday. 😀
I reviewed a number of brand-new ‘Doctor Who’ Target novelizations/audiobooks in 2021, based on some episodes from the new series. This included the Target novelizations/audiobooks of ‘The TV Movie’, ‘Dalek’, ‘The Crimson Horror’ and ‘The Witchfinders’. I greatly enjoyed checking these out. 🙂
Starting on ‘Star Wars’ day (May the 4th), I shared my ‘Star Wars Sequels Review Season’. This included new reviews on the original ‘Thrawn’ book trilogy by Timothy Zahn including ‘Heir to the Empire’, ‘Dark Force Rising’ and ‘The Last Command’ as well as the movie ‘The Rise of Skywalker’. 😀
In terms of movies on Disney+, I saw ‘The Three Caballeros’, the 1964 film ‘Emil and the Detectives’, ‘The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin’ and ‘Cruella’ (the latter was released both at cinemas and on Disney+). I also did a quick review on Christopher Bidmead’s ‘Myth Makers’ interview. 🙂
In May, I shared my completed reviews on Series 7 of ‘Call the Midwife’ and my completed reviews on Season 7 of ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ as well as my review on the ‘What We Left Behind: Looking Back at ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ documentary. I also received my very first Covid-19 vaccine jab.
Starting from Spring Bank Holiday in May which lead into the first four days of June, I shared my updated reviews on Season 8 of ‘Doctor Who’ on Blu-ray with Jon Pertwee. This included the stories ‘Terror of the Autons’, ‘The Mind of Evil’, ‘The Claws of Axos’, ‘Colony In Space’ and ‘The Dæmons’. I also reviewed ‘The Dæmons’ Target novelization/audiobook, written and read by Barry Letts himself.
I reviewed ‘Unnatural Selection’, the third episode in the ‘P.R.O.B.E.’ series by BBV, starring Caroline John as Liz Shaw, which was given to me as a birthday present this year by my best mate Stephen. The third ‘P.R.O.B.E.’ episode is more violent and horrific than the first two episodes are. 😐
Sadly, we lost some ‘Doctor Who’ stars this year, including Damaris Hayman who played Miss Hawthorne in ‘The Dæmons’ and Jackie Lane who played Dodo Chaplet in the series. It’s a shame I never got to meet Jackie Lane at a convention, but I’m glad I have a signed photo of her from ‘The Ark’.
On Disney+, I checked out ‘The Favourite’ (which isn’t one my favourite films, by the way 😀 ), the 1993 film ‘The Three Musketeers’, ‘Luca’ and ‘The Journey of Natty Gann’. I also saw my first movie at the cinema in 2021, which happened to be ‘Peter Rabbit 2’. I’m very glad I saw it and I greatly enjoyed it.
I started checking out the third ‘MCU’ series released on Disney+ called ‘Loki’, starring Tom Hiddleston. In June, I saw the first three episodes. I also started my ‘X-Men Film Review Season’, as I shared my reviews on the first ‘X-Men’ film and ‘X-Men 2’. More exciting reviews were to come. 😀
I made a start on checking out the ‘Downton Abbey’ series on Blu-ray and I shared my review on Series 1 in June. I also shared my reviews on the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ 1939-46 film series, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. I enjoyed those movies more than I’m enjoying the ‘Sherlock’ BBC TV series. 🙂
In July, I started sharing my reviews on ‘The War Master’ audio series by Big Finish, starring Sir Derek Jacobi. I started off with sharing my review on ‘Only the Good’. I also shared my review on the Target novelization/audiobook of ‘Doctor Who and the Leisure Hive’ by David Fisher, read by Lalla Ward. 🙂
The news came that Jodie Whittaker and showrunner Chris Chibnall were to leave ‘Doctor Who’. I was saddened to hear the news, since I’d been enjoying the Jodie Whittaker/Chris Chibnall era of ‘Doctor Who’ very much. 😦 I was looking forward to checking out Series 13 and the 2022 Specials in the series.
I continued with my ‘X-Men Film Review Season’ by sharing reviews on ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’, ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’, ‘X-Men: First Class’ and ‘The Wolverine’. I also continued watching the ‘Loki’ series on Disney+, seeing the last three episodes, not realising a second season is on its way. 🙂
I also checked out ‘Black Widow’ starring Scarlett Johannson, the first film of Phase Four of the ‘MCU’, on Disney+. I also saw 2020’s ‘Black Beauty’, ‘Baby’s Day Out’ and ‘Jungle Cruise’. I also saw ‘Space Jam’ via Google Play and I saw ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ on the big screen at the end of July.
Also on Disney+, I saw the first episode of ‘Monsters at Work’. I shared my completed reviews on Series 8 of ‘Call the Midwife’ and I updated my DVD reviews on the ‘Thunderbirds’ series. I enjoyed revisiting the ‘Thunderbirds’ series in 2021. In July, I received my second Covid-19 vaccine. 🙂
For August, I shared my review on the second story in ‘The War Master’ audio series by Big Finish called ‘The Master of Callous’, starring Sir Derek Jacobi. I also shared my ‘convention memories’ of attending the ‘Project Motor Mouth 2’ event in Slough, August 2013, run by Janet Fielding herself. 🙂
I shared my updated reviews on Season 24 of ‘Doctor Who’ on Blu-ray with Sylvester McCoy. This included reviews on the stories ‘Time and the Rani’, ‘Paradise Towers’, ‘Delta and the Bannermen’ and ‘Dragonfire’. I also shared my review on the ‘Dragonfire’ Target novelization/audiobook by Ian Briggs, read by Bonnie Langford.
I also started sharing my reviews on the ‘Time Lord Victorious’ series of ‘Doctor Who’ stories, starting off with the Titan comic story ‘Defender of the Daleks’ with the Tenth Doctor. It also turned out to be the Divergent Wordsmiths’ 4th anniversary. I made a tribute for them on my blog in August. 🙂
I shared more ‘Thunderbirds’ reviews on ‘Bradley’s Basement’ in August, including my review on the films ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ and ‘Thunderbird 6’. I also reviewed the anniversary episodes of ‘Thunderbirds’, which I saw on Britbox. Yes, by this point, I became a subscriber to Britbox in 2021. 😀
I concluded my ‘X-Men Film Review Season’ in August, with me sharing reviews on films like ‘X-Men: Days of Futures Past’, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’, ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ and ‘The New Mutants’. I’m hoping to share my full-length reviews on ‘Deadpool’, ‘Logan’ and ‘Deadpool 2’ sometime very soon.
On Disney+, I continued to watch more episodes of ‘Monsters at Work’, including the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth episodes. I shared my thoughts on Season 1 of ‘The Muppet Show’, which I’ve enjoyed watching on Disney+. My parents and I are still enjoying Season 2 of ‘The Muppet Show’. 😀
I also saw movies on Disney+ like ‘The Poseidon Adventure’, ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’, ‘Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog’ and ‘Eight Below’. I saw 2016’s ‘Suicide Squad’ on Google Play and 2021’s ‘The Suicide Squad’ at the cinema. I also saw the film ‘Free Guy’ on the big screen. I also checked out Series 2 of ‘Downton Abbey’ on Blu-ray and I saw ‘Christmas at Downton Abbey’ on Blu-ray. 🙂
September began with me sharing my updated review on the ‘Doctor Who’ story ‘The Web of Fear’, starring Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor, based on its Special Edition Blu-ray release. I also shared my review on ‘Rage of the Time Lords’, the third ‘War Master’ story, starring Sir Derek Jacobi.
I continued with my reviews on the ‘Time Lord Victorious’ series of ‘Doctor Who‘, looking into stories like ‘The Guide to the Dark Times’ from ‘Doctor Who – The Official Annual 2021’, ‘Monstrous Beauty’, ‘The Knight, the Fool and the Dead’, ‘Master Thief’ and ‘Lesser Evils’. I enjoyed these stories.
I also shared my ‘convention memories’ of ‘Regenerations 2013’, which I attended back in September 2013. Incidentally, I’m pleased about the recent news that ‘Regenerations 2023’ is to happen in September 2023 to celebrate ‘Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary. I hope to attend the event.
The news also came that Russell T. Davies is to return to be the showrunner of ‘Doctor Who’ for its 60th anniversary and beyond. I have mixed feelings about this announcement. Whilst it’s nice that RTD is coming back to showrun ‘Doctor Who’, I’m anxious his neo-era won’t be as good as his original era.
I shared my review on the ‘Thunderbirds’ book/audio by Anderson Entertainment/Big Finish called ‘Terror From The Stars’. I hope to review ‘Peril in Peru’ sometime soon. I also reviewed the Jonathan Frakes-directed ‘Thunderbirds’ film, which was made in 2004. I had interesting things to say about that film.
September featured the return of some drama TV shows. Starting off, I saw the first four episodes of Series 6 of ‘Grantchester’ on ITV1. Series 2 of the new ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ series also began and I saw the first three episodes on Channel 5. It was nice to check out these TV shows again. 🙂
I reviewed ‘The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea’, which I saw on Disney+. I also saw ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’, ‘An Affair to Remember’ and ‘Honey, I Blew Up the Kid’ on Disney+. I saw the second Phase Four film of the ‘MCU’ – ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ – at the cinema.
I shared my DVD review on the 2019 biopic ‘Tolkien’, starring Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins, and I shared my DVD review on the 2015 film ‘Cinderella’, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James. I also shared my completed reviews on Series 9 of ‘Call the Midwife’, which I revisited on DVD. 🙂
I saw the last four episodes of ‘Monsters at Work’ on Disney+ in September. I also checked out ‘Dug Days’, the sequel series to the Disney/Pixar film called ‘Up’ on Disney+. This year was ‘Star Trek’s 55th anniversary. I shared a blog post to celebrate the occasion and what my future ‘Star Trek’ plans are.
At the end of September, I celebrated ‘Bradley’s Basement’s 6th anniversary by sharing the first of a new segment on my blog called ‘Bradley’s Basemenet’s Strange Love’, which includes a discussion on the ‘Doctor Who’ story ‘The Keeper of Traken’ with me, Timelord007, Wolfie and WilliamsFan92 taking part. I also shared the first episode of ‘The Coins of Deno’ before it gets its release in January 2022. 🙂
In October, I saw the last four episodes of Series 6 of ‘Grantchester’ on ITV1. I also saw the last three episodes of Series 2 of the new ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ series on Channel 5. I enjoyed Series 2 of new ‘All Creatures’ more than I enjoyed Series 6 of ‘Grantchester’ when I watched the shows on TV.
I shared my review on the fourth ‘War Master’ audio story by Big Finish called ‘Anti-Genesis’, starring Sir Derek Jacobi. I reviewed some more ‘Time Lord Victorious’ stories like ‘He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not’, ‘The Enemy of My Enemy’, the ‘Daleks!’ YouTube mini-series and ‘All Flesh is Grass’. 🙂
I shared my review on the new version of ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ on Blu-ray, which I greatly enjoyed. I also shared my ‘convention memories’ of attending ‘Dimensions 2013’ back in Newcastle, October 2013. This completed my ‘memories’ of attending conventions for ‘Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary. 🙂
October was the highlight month for me in 2021, as I got to meet up with Sarah Sutton, Peter Davison and Janet Fielding at the ‘Bedford Who Charity Con 6′. It was lovely to meet up with these three ‘Doctor Who’ stars again, after having not been able to go to conventions for quite a long time.
At the end of October, it was the start of Series 13 of ‘Doctor Who’ which ended up becoming a six-part story called ‘Flux’, starring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, Mandip Gill as Yaz and John Bishop as Dan. I enjoyed watching the first episode of ‘Flux’ called ‘The Halloween Apocalypse’.
At the cinema, I saw the James Bond movie ‘No Time to Die’ and ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’. On Disney+, I saw ‘Muppets Haunted Mansion’, ‘Greyfriars Bobby’, ‘Three Men and a Baby’, ‘Three Men and a Little Lady’, three ‘Simpsons’ films including ‘The Force Awakens from Its Nap’, ‘The Good, the Bart and the Loki’ and ‘The Simpsons Movie’, ‘The Country Bears’, ‘National Treasure’ and ‘National Treasure: Book of Secrets’. It’s pretty amazing that I saw all these films in one month. 😀
I shared quick reviews on Series 3 of ‘Downton Abbey’ and on ‘Downton Abbey: A Journey to the Highlands’. I shared a quick review on ‘Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and his Merry Mouse’. I also shared a quick review on the ‘Stingray’ TV series, which I watched on Britbox and greatly enjoyed. 🙂
At the turn of November, I shared a brand-new ‘Bradley’s Basement’ wallpaper for my blog. I also shared my review on the fifth ‘War Master’ audio story by Big Finish called ‘Hearts of Darkness’. I shared my reviews on the Target novelizations/audiobooks of ‘Meglos’ and ‘Frontios’ in that month.
My ‘Time Lord Victorious’ review season concluded with reviews on ‘The Minds of Magnox’, ‘Mutually Assured Destruction’ and ‘Genetics of the Daleks’, and an updated review on ‘Echoes of Extinction’. These reviews were done in time to celebrate ‘Doctor Who’s 58th anniversary in 2021. 🙂
I continued enjoying more episodes of the six-part story ‘Flux’, which is Series 13 of ‘Doctor Who’, starring Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill and John Bishop. I shared reviews on the four episodes ‘War of the Sontarans’, ‘Once, Upon Time’, ‘Village of the Angels’ and ‘Survivors of the Flux’ in November.
I also shared an updated review on ‘Galaxy 4’, based on the new animation version, which I checked out on Blu-ray. I completed my viewing of the ‘Call the Midwife’ series on DVD, which I started back in 2020. My completed reviews on Series 10 of ‘Call the Midwife’ were shared in November, which I’m pleased about.
I saw the third film of Phase Four of the ‘MCU’ called ‘Eternals’ at the cinema. On Disney+, Christmas started early as I checked out ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’, ‘Home Alone 4’, ‘Home Alone: The Holiday Heist’, ‘Home Sweet Home Alone’, ‘Enchanted’ and ‘Twas the Night’. Also on Disney+, I started checking out the ‘Hawkeye’ series with the first two episodes, which were very festive indeed.
In the final month of 2021, I shared my ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Advent Calendar’ which featured ‘The Lord of the Rings: Comedy Version’. It was fun to write up this ‘LOTR’ comedy version for this year’s advent calendar, based on what my best mate Stephen and I did as youngsters from 2003 to 2005. 😀
I also shared my reviews on the four ‘Nativity’ films, including ‘Nativity!’ with Martin Freeman, ‘Nativity 2: Danger in a Manager!’ with David Tennant, ‘Nativity 3: Dude Where’s My Donkey!’ with Martin Clunes and Catherine Tate and ‘Nativity Rocks!’ with Helen George and some other people. 😀
I shared more reviews on films I’ve seen on Disney+ such as ‘Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas’, ‘Godmothered’, ‘The Lady Killers’ 2004 film and ‘Encanto’, accompanied by ‘Far From The Tree’. I also got to see ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ at the cinema and it turned out to be an amazing film. 🙂
I saw the last episode of ‘Flux’, the six-part story that is Series 13 of ‘Doctor Who’ called ‘The Vanquishers’. I enjoyed that episode and I shared my final thoughts on ‘Flux’ in December. I also saw the last four episodes of ‘Hawkeye’ on Disney+, and it turned out to be an enjoyable Christmas series. 😀
To celebrate Sarah Sutton’s birthday this year, I did a ‘Bradley’s Basement’s Strange Love’ discussion on the ‘Doctor Who’ story called ‘Logopolis’ with Timelord007, Wolfie and WilliamsFan92. I also shared my reviews on ‘An Englishman on Gallifrey’ and ‘The Home Whovian’ to celebrate Sarah’s birthday.
I shared some more ‘Downton Abbey’ reviews on Series 4 and ‘The London Season’, just in time before Christmas. I also checked out the TV series ‘The Larkins’ on Britbox, which is a 2021 remake of ‘The Darling Buds of May’. My parents and I saw ‘The Larkins’ before seeing its Christmas Special.
I spent Christmas Day with my parents again this year, which was lovely. In terms of the stuff I saw on TV over Christmas, I saw the 2021 Christmas Special of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’, the 2021 Christmas Special of ‘Call the Midwife’ and ‘The Larkins at Christmas’. They were good to check out.
I also saw the first two episodes of ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ with David Tennant on BBC One as well as the first episode of ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ on Disney+. I also started sharing my ‘Nyssa Challenge’ mini-review season from 2021 leading into 2022. I also had my Covid booster jab before the end of 2021. 🙂
There’s no doubt in my mind that 2021 has been a turbulent year for most of us. It hasn’t been as bad as 2020, as I was able to enjoy some films at the cinema this year. But it hasn’t been the greatest of years to enjoy, and it’s very frustrating that we’re still stuck in the Covid-19 pandemic. 😦
The sought-for aim for me in 2021 was to attend the ‘Bedford Who Charity Con’ in October, as I’ve missed attending conventions so much and I wanted to be reunited with Sarah Sutton again as well as Peter Davison and Janet Fielding. I’m really thankful I was able to achieve that, despite the limitations.
Attending the ‘Bedford Who Charity Con’ with Sarah Sutton, Peter Davison and Janet Fielding in October and seeing ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ at the cinema in December were the two main highlights for me in 2021. They were both shining lights for me in what has been a very turbulent year.
There were things to enjoy in 2021, especially with checking out the content on Disney+ and Britbox. Throughout 2021, I’ve found it a challenge to upload ‘The Coins of Deno’, the upcoming eight episode anthology in ‘The Fifth Doctor by Tim Bradley’ series. It’s been an enjoyable challenge mind.
By the time you read this, I’ve had ‘The Coins of Deno’ already uploaded, completed and ready to be shared in 2022 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Fifth Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’. There’s much to look forward to in 2022. I’m hoping the New Year will be a better one than what we’ve just had.
I was able to revisit ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film trilogies this year and it was lovely to revisit ‘Fawlty Towers’. I’m sure there’ll be more things to revisit in 2022, whether it’d be updating some of my reviews or doing a brand-new take on something I’ve tackled already on my blog. 😐
I can’t predict whether 2022 will be a more positive year compared to 2020 and 2021 and whether we’ll be out of the Covid-19 pandemic in that year. But I hope my blog has been able to keep people’s spirits up during turbulent times. It’s certainly helped to distract me from real world events.
Whatever the future holds, I hope I’ve kept you thoroughly entertained this past year and hope to keep you entertained in the New Year. I’m certainly hoping to attend more conventions with perhaps Sarah Sutton and Peter Davison as guests. It’ll be pretty exciting to look forward to indeed. 🙂
Thanks for reading!
Bye for now, best wishes and please keep safe!
See you next year! 😀