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Big Finish: Torchwood 2.2 – Zone 10

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April may be known for showers, but there’s a definite chill in the air as Big Finish’s second series of Torchwood heads to Russia for second episode Zone 10. Having deciphered a 40-year old encoded message, Toshiko Sato meets with Russian agency KVI to find out what secrets hide in the eponymous area. The truth may be out there – but is Tosh ready for what it may involve? Who else could have a stake in keeping Zone 10 under wraps – and how far will they go to make sure it stays hidden?

 

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Big Finish – Torchwood 2.1: The Victorian Age

The twenty-first century is where everything changes – but Jack’s getting ready really really early…

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Lawks a lordy, Torchwood is back for a second series with Big Finish, and as the end of the nineteenth century nears Jack’s over at Torchwood London for a royal inspection. Unfortunately Torchwood is also due for a visit by an interstellar-ly initiated case of Murphy’s Law, and one that doesn’t stand on ceremony. One thing’s for sure – those are some serious mutton chops…

 

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The Eighth Doctor: Doom Coalition 2

It’s always a happy day when a new Eighth Doctor download lands on the digital doormat, and Doom Coalition 2, his latest outing, does nothing to change that – except, perhaps, leave a question hanging on the aether…

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The set opens with Nick Briggs’s Beachhead in which an attempt for a break at the seaside ends up with the fall-out from a mistake made by the Doctor in a previous life, and an altercation with a couple of miffed Voord. But why are the aliens there at all?

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The Second War Doctor Box Set: Infernal Devices

If the star of the first Big Finish War Doctor box set, Only the Monstrous, is the War (don’t call me) Doctor, then the star of their second, Infernal Devices, is probably the Time War itself. And while that centre stage has been a long time coming – for, which of us hasn’t yearned for the true stories of the likes of the Nightmare Child and the Neverweres? – let me tell you, it’s been worth the wait.

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The first box set had a job to do in creating an introduction to the War Doctor for those who didn’t know him, and generating greater depth to him for those of us who did. And that job the boxset, and specifically the non-Doctor’s portrayer, John Hurt, did very well. But it left a gap: what exactly was this thing, this Time War, that had caused that man to stray so far from the morals of those who shared his body if not his name? What induced the Machiavellia, and all the self-loathing? It can’t just be any old war; it must be something special. (more…)

The Skaro Review – Frankenstein (DVD/BluRay)

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There’s something about the story of Victor Frankenstein and his creation that has endured particularly in film, which makes it somewhat ironic that several of the most recognised elements aren’t from Mary Shelley’s novel. Most notably, of course, the whole stitching of body parts, lightning and “It’s alive!” owe more to James Whale’s 1931 movie than Shelley’s writing.

Recently in particular the rate of Frankensteinian (yes it is a word!) films seems to have increased, and the first four months of 2016 alone are seeing three movies and a TV series released on UK DVD/BluRay – and that’s without including any rereleases (or Hotel Transylvania 2, because, well, just because!) – so it takes something a bit different to stand out.

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Big Finish – Torchwood 1.6: More Than This

A second outing this season of BF-Torchwood for Gwen beckons, as she’s back in Cardiff (presumably) after the events of Forgotten Lives. Hope her diary is clear though as she’s in for a Manic Morning, not least of which involves arrangements relating to a new Hub. Forget The Committee, Torchwood must now face their greatest threat – a council planning department…BF TW 106 More Than This

Some of Torchwood‘s best TV episodes were when the story scaled right back to just a couple of characters, and More Than This fits right in as Planning Officer Roger Pugh (Richard Nichols) gets to experience first hand a particularly busy day in the life of Gwen Cooper. There will be speeding, decapifenestration (if that isn’t a word it ought to be!), art criticism and a choice of salad ingredient – but will the right health and safety forms be filled in correctly?

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This would have been… Fantastic! Storyboards showing the 9th Doctor in the 50th

A while back Moffat revealed that the War Doctor wasn’t originally in the 50th. His role instead would have been played by the 9th Doctor (Sadly things didn’t work out so we never got a return appearance from Christopher Eccleston).

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But we do have a tiny tease about how it would have looked thanks to artist Andrew Wildman, who has released some of the storyboards.

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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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First the good news….

Well after months of silence we have official word that we are indeed getting Doctor Who in 2016, with the confirmation of the 2016 Christmas Special.

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The Alert among you, or anyone who follows our twitter feed who read about it months ago, will have deduced that this means the Christmas special will sadly be all the Doctor Who we get (but expect the Doctor to turn up in other places to help with Doctor Withdrawal).  However there are some other positives to offset this less than fantastic news.

Firstly S10 will be Moffat’s last.  He’s been holding the reins for well over half a decade and he’s not quite done yet as he still needs to write, make and promote S10.  But with the end of one era we also get the start of something new with Chris Chibnall taking over as show runner.  The Broadchurch writer is a huge Doctor Who fan and has already written for the show.

As these rumors have been doing the rounds for a while (although other names were in and out the frame) it’s good that things are clear now.   We’re all hoping here that Peter Capaldi can be tempted to stay on to have a smooth transition that’s less abrupt than the complete shake up that S5 was (not that S5 was bad by any means).

But in the meantime thank you Mr Moffat, you are leaving a tough target for Chris Chibnall to hit but we’re sure he’s well capable of blowing a TARDIS sized hole right in the middle of it!  Geronimo!

Doctor Who Magazine #495

FIND OUT HOW RIVER SONG MEETS THE EIGHTH DOCTOR – IN THE NEW ISSUE OF DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE!
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Doctor Who Magazine finds out what happens when River Song runs into the Eighth Doctor in the new audio series The Diary of River Song – and interviews both Paul McGann and Alex Kingston!

“River has to interact with the Eighth Doctor to save him, to help him,” explains Alex. “When she’s figured out how she can do that without having to be physically present in front of him, alongside helping him, she can then tease and flirt a little bit, because she knows she’s safe, and she knows she hasn’t overstepped a boundary, or changed his or her future in any way by that actual physical interaction. So she can then have fun! She’s in control.”

And what does the Eighth Doctor make of River?

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