Debra-Jane Appelby

Debra-Jane Appelby

Loud, Yorkshire, opinionated, techno-geek, trans-woman comedian with a fondness for excessive culinary pleasures and too little exercise.


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The regeneration game

Yes, it'd be good to have a female lead in Doctor Who, says Debra-Jane Appelby. But wouldn't it also be good to have a woman in charge of the show?
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Why I ❤️ John Carpenter

Movie auteur John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 turns 40 today, giving Debra-Jane Appelby the perfect excuse to wax lyrical about the sheer John Carpenterness of John Carpenter.
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The age-old question

Debra-Jane Appelby is both 21 and 50 this year. Wait, what? Don't worry, she's going to explain. But also ask, what does age really matter anyway?
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When I’m in charge

Because the people with all the power seem to have fucked-up priorities, we’re asking our writers what five laws they’d enact if they ran the country (or indeed world). First up is Debra-Jane Appelby, who doesn’t do things by halves.
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Out of the frying pan into the fridge?

The world of comics has become a lot more female-focused in recent years. So why, asks Debra-Jane Appelby, are woman characters still put at risk to spur male heroes into action?
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The X-Files re-opened

The era-defining sci-fi show returns with a six-part miniseries at the end of January (February on Channel 5 for us Brits). So, asks Debra-Jane Appelby, is it a fan-inspired resurgence or more cynical Hollywood remaking?
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Star Wars Next Generations

It’s hard to deliver to the nostalgist while trying to bring in an entire new generation. Here’s hoping then, says Star Wars fan Debra-Jane Appelby.
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Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Strong women abound in the final big-screen outing for Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series. But is it any good? We sent Debra-Jane Appelby to find out.
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Why I ❤️ Richard Pryor

The late, great Richard Pryor would have been 75 today. Debra-Jane Appleby tells us why he’s the god-daddy of alternative comedy.
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Why you’re never too old to learn a musical instrument

After early discouragement in school, Debra-Jane Appelby wrote off her chances of ever playing a musical instrument. But it turns out all she needed was a ukulele, the internet and a bit (but really not a lot) of time.