Doctor Who Magazine #502

DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE LOOKS AHEAD TO THE NEW SERIES IN ISSUE 502!

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As Matt Lucas and Pearl Mackie join Peter Capaldi in the TARDIS, we ask showrunner Steven Moffat how it feels to be working on his final series…

“When I agreed to do one more run, I thought, ‘Sod it, I’m not doing the march to the scaffold,’” says Steven. “I want it to feel like a brand new show. I want it to feel like Episode 1 of a new series. I want to leave like it’s all just beginning.” (more…)

Classic Doctors, New Monsters – volume 1

They’re coming thick and fast now, these Big Finish forays into the world of post-2005 (don’t call it Nu) Who. We’ve had Churchill, we’ve had River. And of course we’ve had the Doctor Donna. But the one I’ve been waiting for with a shedload of excitement (and a small toolbox of dread) is the one that’s out today: Doctor Who – Classic Doctors, New Monsters Volume 1.

Excitement because… well… it’s classic Doctors with new monsters, and considering there’s some crackers in there, what’s not to love? And this sort of canon-expanding boxset is bread and butter to BF now. Hard to see how it could go wrong.

And yet… and yet… well, let me explain that toolbox-sized modicum of concern. See, the line-up of new monsters – Weeping Angels, Judoon, Sycorax and not-as-new-as-they’re-pretending Sontarans – doesn’t necessarily look terribly audio. Or even audible for that matter, in the case of the Weeping Angels. And thereby hangs my dilemma: it’s a simple ‘will it work?’.

I needn’t have worried. Each story does what BF does best in the Whoniverse – it takes something we know and love, and somehow shows it to be bigger, more colourful and with greater depth than we knew before. It expands the canon, and in a very fulfilling way for the audient. (more…)

Big Finish: Torchwood 2.5 – Broken

Jack and Ianto, and some alone time at last? Well, not quite as you’d expect…

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A criticism levelled at the first televised series of Torchwood was how Ianto seemed to recover his very British stiff upper lip so quickly after some very traumatic events early on, and got more integrated into the team despite the betrayals around Cyber-girlfriend Lisa. It all felt a bit of a leap – and in jumps Big Finish to tell what was happening behind the screen. Pull up a pew, I’ll get the pints in…

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Big Finish: UNIT 2 – Shutdown

Last November, Big Finish introduced Kate Stewart and Osgood to their audio universe in UNIT: Extinction, which was one of my favourite releases of the entire year. Now, Kate and Osgood (and Josh and Sam) return – their task, should they elect to acquiesce, is to investigate missing people and secretive use of extraterrestrial technology. But no simple operation this – across several continents they will face threats both alien and closer to home, and risk capture, being disavowed by their government, and death. Even Tom Cruise would balk at an assignment this unachievable…

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Lego Star Wars – The Force Awakens

The curious world of console games realised through interactive computerised Lego avatars and environments has been around for a while. The original Star Wars Lego games were innovative, new and above all fun – and helped kick-start a seemingly 24/7 production line of games.  Some work well; others’ charm is sometimes offset by over-complicated controls.  And with yet another return to the Star Wars universe I was wondering if the creative well might have run dry.

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I needn’t have worried. The fun and charm are still there in spades, along with perfectly timed humor that is genuinely side-splitting on occasion, and often just from something you’ve seen in the background.

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Big Finish: Doctor Who Main Range – A Life Of Crime

The intergalactic Costa Del Sol, otherwise known as Ricosta!  Tropical, fantastic beaches, great food, and a thriving ex-pat criminal community retired from active robbery and thieving.

A life of crime!

But for one hopeful addition to its cadre of relaxing ex-criminals, things may not be as easy as she’d hoped.  While Melanie Bush is no longer associating with the scoundrel Sabalom Glitz she’s finding it much harder to extricate herself from the shadow of his reputation.  Perhaps having friends in low places will come with benefits: some of Glitz’s other cohorts may have need of someone with Ms Bush’s skills.  But why is the Doctor missing and just why do they have his TARDIS?

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Lego Star Wars – The Force Awakens

If you’re looking for something fun to keep you distracted until S10 hits the new Star Wars Lego game might be just what you’re looking for.

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Doctor Who Magazine Issue 501 – a 4th Doctor Celebration!

Doctor Who Magazine’s celebrations continue in issue 501, a souvenir edition devoted to 4th Doctor Tom Baker.  Featuring an ultimate interview that covers life, death and, of course, Doctor Who.
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“Life is too short to be dull. Be interesting. Because not very much else matters does it?”

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Asian Connection

If you’re looking for some 4th of July fireworks you might want to check out the latest Steven Seagal move: Asian Connection.  Following the lives of two small time crooks Jack (John Edward Lee) and Sam (Byron Gibson), who pick the wrong mark and unwittingly steal cash from drug lord Gan Sirankiri (played by Seagal).  Their only chance is to rob Thai banks and recoup Gan Sirankiri’s cash, a tactic that can only lead to an explosive conclusion.

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Asian Connection is release to DVD on the 4th of July.

Big Finish: Doctor Who Main Range – The Two Masters

The Master has an enemy. While the Doctor may want to foil his schemes, this foe wants him dead.  And this nemesis is the most dangerous man in the universe: himself!

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While the future and past are dying, gaps appearing in time itself, the two of them are locked in a battle to the death.  But how can the present kill the past? And can the past kill its own future?  This battle has been a long time coming and its outcome may mean the end; not just for the Master, but for the entire universe.

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