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Horror Channel Frightfest 2016

Frightfest is back… not quite where you were looking! This year with new headline sponsor The Horror Channel, Frightfest took over the entire of the West 12 Vue in Shepherds Bush, and offered a 67-film lineup over main and discovery screens.

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Virtual Reality: The Present

So last week I talked about past attempts to bring VR gaming to the masses. Fair to say, they were more misses than masses. But that was over 20 years ago. VR is here and a lot has changed in that time. Your mobile phone is more powerful than the typical games console was then. With those changes in technology Virtual Reality is now a possibility.

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There are three main contenders for your Virtual Reality enjoyment in today’s market, all at various prices over £300. Yeah, I said it was here, didn’t say it was going to be cheap! However, you don’t need to cripple your credit card to take part. It’s possible to experience VR for under £20, but more about that later. Let’s look at the top contenders, how much they cost and what you’ll need to use them. (more…)

Virtual Reality: The Past

This is the first in a series of articles about one of the big trends in gaming: Virtual Reality. It’s the future of gaming,  I know because that’s what the gaming media keep telling me. So it must be true! But what is it and where did it come from? Is it new technology or has it been around for a while? In these articles I’ll explore the various attempts at Virtual Reality (VR) from the past, look at the numerous VR options available today and have a glimpse and speculate on what the future may hold for VR.

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But, as the Disney song says, “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start”

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Film & Comic Con Glasgow 2016

The annual Film & Comic Con rolled into Glasgow again last weekend, bringing with it a host of special guests, amazing cosplay, photo shoots, Q&A’s and a vast range of merchandise sure to dazzle any geek.

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The special guests included stars of movies such as Superman, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings as well as cast members from Doctor Who, Only Fools and Horses, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Power Rangers and Blakes 7.  The world of wrestling was also well served with the dynamic duo of local lad Grado and the legendary Al Snow (with his traveling companion Head). (more…)

Doctor Who Magazine: On Location

GO ON THE ROAD WITH THE LATEST DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE SPECIAL EDITION!

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The latest Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition take a look at how the world’s longest-running science-fiction series has travelled to locations far and wide. 

In its early days Doctor Who was recorded on cumbersome cameras tethered to claustrophobic and often inadequate studios. The show rarely escaped these confines in the 1960s, but as technology improved, producers and directors became more adventurous.

Location shooting has helped to create some of the most memorable episodes in the series’ long history. This unique publication tells the story of those episodes and the people who made them happen. (more…)

Big Finish: Torchwood 2.6 – Made You Look

Series 2 of Big Finish Torchwood has been back and forth as far as the turn of the twentieth century, but it’s somehow fitting that for the finale it’s back to the, er, present (ish?) with post-Miracle Day Gwen.

And a trip to the seaside too, following a claim that “Talmouth is dying” – suffice to say this won’t be anything like the lovely day the day she went to Bangor…

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Something is in the newly-empty town, something that knows where you are and is right at the edge of your vision. But be careful – see it three times and you die, it says. Gwen don’t look, don’t you stare, is it hiding under there?

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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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