Alexei Warshawski

Doctor Who – Empress of Mars

Mark Gatiss’ latest offering was a great idea which was let down by its execution, a little like last week’s episode – hopefully this isn’t a trend, as we enter the final quarter of this series. The episode’s premise was Doctor Who at its best: we arrive on Mars in...
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Posted Jun. 15, 2017

Doctor Who – The Lie Of The Land

After three slightly drawn-out episodes, we’ve reached the conclusion of the Monks trilogy, in a finale with great ideas which are let down by their delivery. It’s six months since we’ve last seen our heroes – the Doctor is making propaganda announcements on behalf of the Monks, and Bill and...
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Posted Jun. 6, 2017

Doctor Who – Extremis

As Steven Moffat’s departure from Doctor Who becomes all the more imminent, he appears to have upped the audacity of his storytelling. This has given us a fantastic first half of this series’ run, and with ‘Extremis’, we might just have been treated to the best episode yet. The episode...
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Posted May. 23, 2017

Doctor Who casts its first openly gay companion

Since its revival in 2005, Doctor Who has been the subject of much praise and criticism in terms of representation – generally speaking, Russell T Davies (showrunner from 2005-9) receives the former, while Steven Moffat (showrunner from 2010-17) receives the latter. Davies is an openly gay writer, often incorporating LGB+...
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Posted Apr. 7, 2017

Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me): Review

When it comes to literature, I’m no traditionalist, but there’s been a place in my heart for Paradise Lost since I read it in my first year at Warwick. I was inspired by the unconventionality of how it treated its subject matter, and impressed by the huge questions which Milton...
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Posted Dec. 13, 2016

Review: WUDS presents ‘Absurd Person Singular’

Having witnessed a raucously funny rehearsal of the first acts a few weeks ago, I went into this play’s performance with expectations of a relentlessly funny, farcical comedy. What I was met with was a more sensitive and powerful production than I had anticipated. Absurd Person Singular focuses on three...
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Posted Nov. 12, 2016

Review: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

I’m in what is probably a significant minority of people who have never seen either of the Little Shop of Horrors movies. The only thing I knew for certain when I arrived at the Belgrade Theatre was that apparently ‘feeding the plant’ was a bad idea – this production, true...
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Posted Oct. 27, 2016

Interview: Tristram Hunt

Warwick Labour rounded off their Freshers’ events with a talk from Tristram Hunt, Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, who was invited to the university to speak about the future of the Labour Party. After his talk, he spoke to the Boar about higher education policy, how the Labour Party can...
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Posted Oct. 23, 2016

Pick of the Arts Societies

Warwick Chorus  We are a non-auditioned choir of around 200 members, making us the largest music society on campus. We are, in part, a community choir, and so our members are both students and locals, creating a vibrant ensemble. Our repertoire is mainly classical, and last year we sang Elgar’s...
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Posted Oct. 3, 2016