After the TV-series feel and length of Aliens Among Us, the bumper special of Believe and foray into Yvonne Hartman’s Torchwood One with Machines, the most recent set of monthly releases may have been overlooked. So as the summer comes to an end, why not catch up with some of the recent Torchwood releases?
There’s a whole bunch to choose from, and with the school holidays finishing plenty of opportunity for playlists for when the younger listeners aren’t around…
OK, so it’s not the proper avengers but there are a lot more of the American Avengers and their hearts are in the right place. They start kicking botty next week but here is a nice little feature about the ground breaking IMAX camera use.
You knew it was going to be big but if you choose the power of IMAX to deliver the Avengers Infinity War experience then it’s going to be even bigger. Don’t believe us then watch this spangly new feature about how the new movie is so big they turned to IMAX to fit it all in.
Today, BBC Worldwide has announced that the complete collection of this classic BBC sci-fi adventure will be released on DVD on the 12th March and is available to pre-order now from amazon.co.uk.
Produced by Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks from Doctor Who, the cult sci-fi series was first broadcast on the BBC in January 1978 and ran for four, 13-episode series until 1981. The programme follows the adventures of a small group of rebels, led by Blake (Gareth Thomas), as they fight against the totalarian Terran Federation who control Earth.
Yes, the official series 5 – and with RTD on board as well! This time round he is in a more advisory role behind the scenes, adding to the wealth of Big Finish talent proven in the past couple of years.
Cardiff is not so much invaded as occupied – these aliens look human enough to avoid mass panic, and have built enough financial and political clout to make them a formidable foe for anyone who should want to shift them. But these newcomers may not be all that’s alien in Cardiff, and things are never straighforward where the freshly-rebuilding Torchwood are involved…
As the finale to Aliens Among Us approaches, it seems a good time to have a look back at some of the recent entries in Big Finish’s monthly range of Torchwood that has helped pave the way in popularity and quality. They all feature members of the team who would be unlikely to appear in that “fifth season” – though stranger things have certainly happened in the series! – and tell very different tales in different ways. But how do they fare as entries to the Torchwood canon?
At the end of 2017 a remarkable chapter in the history of Doctor Who draw to a close. Two incarnations of the Time Lord overcame an existential threat… before the arrival of the Thirteenth Doctor heralded a bold new era for the programme.
The latest Special Edition of Doctor Who Magazine is a unique celebration of the Twelfth Doctor’s final adventures, from The Return of Doctor Mysterio through to Twice Upon a Time. Packed full of all-new features and previously unseen images, this is the essential guide to the year in Doctor Who. (more…)
As Peter Capaldi calls time on his adventures in the Tardis, Jo Whiley has exclusive access to the Doctor Who team. She catches up with the stars of the series on the set including Pearl Mackie, David Bradley, Exec Producer extraordinaire Steven Moffat, and the Doctor himself. Plus, Jo hears from outgoing companion, Matt Lucas, and digs into the BBC Doctor Who archive.
There will be stories from behind the scenes including how Matt approaches being recognised by fans, the radical ways in which Pearl’s life has changed, Pele’s reaction to signing a Brazil shirt for the Doctor and how Doctor Who has always been with Peter Capaldi – from dressing up as a Dalek as a child, to karaoke singalongs to The Killers all in the name of getting into character…
Plus, Radio 2 listeners will find out which member of the team has a penchant for Chas and Dave!
Catch it at 8pm, Thursday 21 December
KYLE BARGHOUT: This was one boxset I really wasn’t looking forward to.
NIC FORD: Good start…
KB: As much as I love Big Finish’s output and the tweaks they have made to other parts of the Doctor Who range to improve it, anything New Who was always going to be unwelcoming for me. The RTD era was one of the weakest series of the shows entire history in my opinion. It set a trend of smugness and an air of self satisfaction that I feel has only grown under Moffat. It sacrificed plot and logical story telling for dramatic yet nonsensical, emotional scenes. Worse, the 40 minute format utterly ruined any chance of detailed character development.
NF: Well, Kyle and I have famously always disagreed here. For me, Who post-2005 has been an absolutely triumph, building on a brand of story telling that was always strong and refashioning it for a modern audience. As with every wannabe Who writer, I’d change almost everything if given the chance, of course; but that’s more testament to how inspiring I’ve found the modern show than criticism of it. And for me, Russell Tiberius Davies is the master crafstman of TV drama. (more…)
The planet Funderell is an unusual place. With oceans you can walk on and a single village for the entire planet, it’s not your run of the mill alien world. The locals, Wavewalkers who hunt on the semi solid oceans, seem simple but have unexpected depths – but that’s not the only surprise in store for the Doctor and Romana. After the TARDIS is lost beneath the waves, help appears from that most unexpected of sources, a fellow Time Lord: and not just any fellow Time Lord, but an old friend of Romana’s. But why is she here and what is she looking for? On this planet of secrets beware exploring too deeply: you may just drown!
It’s an interesting tale, this one. It starts feeling like a fishing tale from a few hundred years go and then swerves into a deep mystery with a lot of players; each with their own agenda. Every twist and change of gear managed to very effectively ratchet up my interest. While at first thinking this felt a lot like a historical, the story threw in a lot of interesting sci fi ideas; a lot of mysteries and some twists and made me double take. It all leads up to a nice cliff hanger that makes you long for the next part.
Tom Baker and Lalla Ward are on fine form and it’s a solid cast. Joannah Tincey is especially good as Romana’s long time friend from the academy and their verbal sparring (with each being cordial but keeping a lot back) is a joy to listen to and it’s nice to see it’s so central to the story.
While all two-parters need the second part to fully judge I’m looking forward to seeing how this one plays out.
Written By: Marc Platt
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Tom Baker (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), Joannah Tincey (Sartia), Alan Cox(Eamonn Orensky), Kieran Hodgson (Klick Chervain), Des McAleer (Blujaw Skaldson), Alex Wyndham (Linnis Skaldson), Jamie Newall (Greygul), Jane Slavin(Frithra), John Banks (The Sleek)
Other parts played by members of the cast.
Producer David Richardson
Script Editor John Dorney
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs