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Doctor Who Novel Adaptations 8 – All Consuming Fire

Now, I am famously not a fan of the crossover. I find having characters from multiple different fictional universes interacting in each others’ spaces achieves little more than breaking two fourth walls at once, if I may stretch that metaphor beyond what is fashionable numerically.

Similarly, I’ve said long and often how much I dislike the part-performed, part-narrated sort of audio play that Big Finish typically puts out in its First and Second Doctor ranges. In this case, it’s the jerk of tense-change that breaks the fourth wall for me, pulling me right out of the story.

So it came as something of a surprise that the eighth outing in Big Finish’s Doctor Who Novel Adaptations range – Guy Adam’s part-performed, part-narrated adaptation of Andy Lane’s Who/Holmes crossover All Consuming Fire, with up to three of its fourth walls missing – is so very, very, very bloody good indeed.

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I think partly this works because the (part-)narration style is absolutely correct for one of its canons. Since the original Holmes  stories were narrated by Watson, having Watson do the same here feels perfectly fine; and the addition of a few other voices to the task of narration similarly doesn’t seem at all out of place.

The meeting of two canons, my other bugbear, is also a (surprisingly) effective thing. The mercurial Seventh Doctor is perfect in Holmes’s world, confounding the latter with an equal intellect but far more humour throughout, as is his wont, in a manner that leaves the Great Detective utterly baffled. (more…)

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 Flash 2×09 – Running to Stand Still

flash2x09After last week’s two-part pseudo Justice League crossover with Arrow, we’re briefly back with the home team again before the mid-season break, in an episode which echoes back to the days of the Batman TV show with a good old multi-villain team-up. (more…)

The Flash 2×08 – Legends of Today – Arrow 4×08 – Legends of Yesterday

flasharrow1With titles like these, it’s no great surprise that the now-traditional mid-season crossover story is being used to launch the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow series. What is perhaps more surprising, is that whilst it feels more like the sort of 1970s Giant crossover story that used to appear in the summer before comics invented ‘Events’, this two-parter feels like it’s working within the ongoing plots of the respective shows, rather than taking a step away for the duration.
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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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Lego Dimensions – Doctor Who Level Pack Review

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It was exciting news when Doctor Who Lego was announced a while back, and even more exciting when it was confirmed the Doctor would be in the new Lego Dimensions game.  And it’s not just a token nod: what we have here is a full level pack with a lot of content, all very faithful to the show and imbued with its charm and wit. From the Legofied title sequence you can tell this game is going to be fun. The titles are a nicely translated version of the 12th Doctor’s, but are jam packed with Dr Who themed lego hi-jinx in the background.lego-dimensions-will-feature-peter-capaldi-as-doctor-who-daleks-and-cybermen-included-486455-2

The Flash 2×07 – Gorilla Warfare

groddIn the very first episode, we were teased with the appearance of a mangled cage sporting the name Grodd. Whilst comic fans would instantly recognise this as Gorilla Grodd, it seemed unlikely that a show from the same stable as the gritty and fairly grounded Arrow would go so far as to actually feature a giant talking psychic genius gorilla.

Of course, as we now know, they did.

After that appearance, it’s no surprise that it was just a matter of time before we got a return appearance from the lonely gorilla. This time round, Grodd is using his mind control ability to obtain chemicals he can use to increase the intelligence of other gorillas and give him some others of his kind to hang out with.
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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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The Flash 2×06 – Enter Zoom

flash2x06With Zoom seemingly intent on sending a stream of metahumans over from Earth 2 to kill the Flash, Barry is keen to leverage the captured Dr Light to lure Zoom to Earth 1, on the basis that the longer it goes on, the more likely someone will get hurt.
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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…)

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