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.

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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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Big Finish: Doctor Who Main Range – Vampire of the Mind

On a mysterious island, where not everyone who lands will one day leave, stands a solitary castle reputed to be haunted. However it’s not ghosts that inhabit this ancient structure, but something far, far worse.  The Doctor will have to keep his wits about him to discover not only the secret of this place but also the fate of several missing scientists, all of whom are connected to the top secret Dominus Institute.  But is this nagging feeling of having been here before just déjà vu. or is there another ghost from the Doctor’s past waiting for him?

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Big Finish: Torchwood 2.4 – Moving Target

Avid listeners of Big Finish’s Torchwood series will recall that for the fourth episode of the first season, we revisited the briefly-seen Yvonne Hartman with the divisive but really rather good One Rule. For the fourth episode of the second, we get to spend more time with another character who didn’t last too long in the televised series – Suzie Costello.

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When Suzie wakes to find Cardiff frozen in time, it’s quickly obvious that it isn’t going to be the best of days for her. Soon enough, she’s on the run from attacking aliens with Alex, the only other person not frozen, and the questions keep adding up – why are they being hunted? Just how sarcastic can one robot be? And can Suzie make it third time lucky to make it to the end of an episode alive?

 

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