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Big Finish – Torchwood 1.5: Uncanny Valley

Jack’s back! John Barrowman returns to the first series of BF Torchwood in this month’s Uncanny Valley, and expectations are high. We’ve circled Wales and Turkey and taken in the space of a few years, but with Jack back things must be coming to a – ahem – head, right?

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Well, yes and no – in more than one sense. For in this penultimate episode, Jack is investigating an individual, uber-wealthy CEO Neil Redmond (Steven Cree) who has recently been returning to public life after a terrifying accident. But is his level of recovery surprising considering his injuries? While he speaks in St Petersburg, who is Jack watching in his secluded castle near Cardiff? And will we finally start to get answers about The Committee?

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Big Finish to say: Elementary my Dear Doctor! (no not Watson)

Fan’s want it, Moffat teases it while Gatiss say’s NO!

But finally we’ve got get the Doctor and Sherlock teaming up! (just perhaps not the Doctor or the Sherlock you were thinking of)

Big Finish is Wholocked?Continuing their adaptations of Virgin’s New Adventures, Big Finish have teamed up McCoy’s 7th Doctor and Nicholas Briggs Sherlock  in  Doctor Who: All-Consuming Fire

The two heroes unite to investigate a sinister intelligence lurking on the streets of 1887 London, aided by their faithful companions Ace (Sophie Aldred), Bernice Summerfield (Lisa Bowerman) and Doctor John Watson (Richard Earl).

Big Finish has an excellent series of Sherlock stories so this should be a juicy encounter indeed.

Big Finish’s ‘The Omega Factor’ in BBC 4’s 2016 Audio Drama shortlist!

The highly recommended, and down right terrifying, audio drama ‘The Omega Factor: The Old Gods’ has been short listed for Best Online Only Audio Drama by the BBC.  You can buy the box set, with Louise Jameson and Terry Molloy, here.

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Big Finish – Torchwood 1.4: One Rule

After last month’s trek 5 years beyond Miracle Day, it’s back in time for One Rule and a pre-Battle of Canary Wharf Yvonne Hartman.

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Director of Torchwood One in London, we last saw Yvonne in the Army of GhostsDoomsday two-parter, (if you’re not familiar, now’s a good time to check out the two episodes… done? Yes, it is a striking resemblance between Martha and her cousin!) so she’s possibly not be the most expected choice of episode star for this series. It’s also the first time that Yvonne has appeared in a story under the Torchwood banner, so does One Rule manage to keep consistent quality with the previous stories?

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The Sigmund Freud Files

The Sigmund Freud Files

It may be hard to believe sometimes, but there was a time when there were people even more divisive than Steven Moffat – and one of the most divisive in the past century has been Sigmund Freud.The oft-quoted “father of psychoanalysis”, the frequent focus on sexual history in his theories have fallen out of favour (though they give good joke material) but many aspects of the methodology of analysis and therapy remain.

Now, The Sigmund Freud Files gives a new aspect to the Professor – how would he have dealt with personal involvement in cases of crime? Big Finish bring us Bastei’s new English-language adaptations of the successful German series from 2011 – but do they stack up or end up as a Freudian slip?

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Big Finish – UNIT: Extinction

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For the first time outside of my slightly disturbed hopes during The Kingmaker, the world of post-2005 Doctor Who comes to Big Finish, and with a Redgrave no less! Jemma is back as Kate Stewart and is joined by Ingrid Oliver’s Osgood as UNIT face a new spearhead from a returning alien menace. How will the 21st-century UNIT fare with no Doctor to help, and is this start of a new Big Finish range any good?

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Big Finish: Jago and Litefoot Series 10

Jago and Litefoot Series 9 was great, but not amazing if truth be told. A nice bunch of stories but nothing ground-breaking: almost as if the franchise were treading water a bit, waiting for the someone to turn on the metaphorical wave machine in the swimming pool of Supernatural Steampunk Shenanigans (gone a bit Jago, sorry).

Well, hold onto your hats, Ladies and Gents, because if that metaphor serves at all then Series 10 is a veritable tsunami!

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The series opens with Simon Barnard and Paul Morris’s The Case of the Missing Gasogene. The writers’ names may be familiar from the Cosmic Hobo/Bafflegab Scarifyers series – and their script certainly will be. It is immediately recognisable as from the same stable, populated as it is with plummy, infeasibly-named aristocrats and their servants, suffused with gags, and possessing of an ingeniously off-the-wall plot. (more…)

Big Finish – Torchwood 1.3: Forgotten Lives

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Do you ever wonder as you get older where the time has gone, that it just seems to accelerate so that what seemed like just a few weeks ago was in fact much longer? Well, since last month’s Fall to Earth it seems that several years has passed to when we pick up with Gwen and Rhys in Forgotten Lives.

It’s been half a decade since the Miracle, and Torchwood’s surviving couple seem to be comparatively settled – such as they can be – raising their daughter and quietly avoiding attention. But a strange phonecall draws them northwards to the isolation of the Bryn Offa Nursing Home, and before you can say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch it’s clear that there’s something unnatural going on – that laundry is going to have to wait…

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Big Finish Eighth Doctor: Doom Coalition vol 1

Big Finish’s fourth Dark Eyes season finished that series of box sets with aplomb, and it was hard in many ways to see how the next Eight Doctor series could better it.

Well, I can tell you that the audio drama company has worked out the answer. It’s an answer of many parts, but an answer it is, because the recently released Doom Coalition volume 1 is absolutely awesome.

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This first of many Doom Coalition box sets stars Paul McGann as the Doctor, with Nicola Walker as companion and mopey erstwhile botwrangler (I’m going to use that phrase till someone acknowledges it’s great) Liv Chenka. Also introduced is Hattie Morahan as new companion Helen Sinclair, and the excellent Mark Bonnar (late of The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People off of the telly) as The Eleven. (more…)

Big Finish – Torchwood 1.2: Fall To Earth

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Time again for new Torchwood, and the second part of the new Big Finish series heralds the return of everyone’s favourite tea boy – Ianto Jones is here! Well, I say “here”, does the edge of the atmosphere count? He’s headed this way at least… what, under control? Bah, some people want everything…

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