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Big Finish: Torchwood 2.3 – Ghost Mission

It’s fair to say that Torchwood Cardiff has had a bit of a rough time from a human resources point of view, and right from the first televised episode staff numbers have been dwindling. By 2016 it’s gotten to a point where the company creche and bring your child to work day are the same thing, and Gwen is really gasping for someone to make a half-decent cup of coffee at the very least. So now, finally… come on down, PC Sergeant Andy Davidson, it’s time to shine!

 

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It all started like such a normal day for Andy Davidson, with a nice cuppa and trying to plan how to introduce himself to a girl without seeming stalky. But then Norton Falgate quite literally appears from nowhere, and the pressure is on as Andy is to be assessed for Torchwood. There will be danger, goo, aliens, singing and analysis of the Welsh mind – but will there be breaks for tea and the loo?

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Big Finish: Doctor Who Novel Adaptations 9 – Nightshade

For years, I’ve been hoping for Nightshade to be adapted into a two-parter to bring what was probably my favourite of the New Adventures novels to a new audience. It may not have come to TV, but BF have brought Mark Gatiss’ first novel into a range of adaptations that has been fantastic so far – can they continue the pattern and do it justice?
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Nightshade takes us to the little village of Crook Marsham in 1968, where undercurrents of lost dreams and past glories are joined by a sullen Seventh Doctor lost in thoughts of hanging up his umbrella. But the undercurrents don’t stop with the people – something is shifting out of sight, and is retired actor Edmund Trevithick really imagining those monsters from his old show?

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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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