IN ISSUE 510, DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE
PAYS TRIBUTE TO SIR JOHN HURT
From Alien to Z Cars, DWM celebrates the extraordinary career of an acting legend who became the Doctor’s secret incarnation in 2013, including tributes from David Tennant, Steven Moffat, David Warner and Louise Jameson.
“It doesn’t need saying – John Hurt was one of the greatest actors who ever lived,” says Doctor Who‘s executive producer, Steven Moffat. “That’s not even controversial, that’s just a fact. I only met him a handful of times, but I can confirm the other thing that everyone else has been saying about him: he was also incredibly nice. Now, nice doesn’t seem like much of compliment, but you have to remember that this man was, quite rightly, worshipped by everyone he met. Worship has been known to go to people’s heads – but not John’s. If a man can remain humble and kind and warm as the world basically genuflects around him, then that is no ordinary man. The Doctor would be proud to be John Hurt – and for one very special day, he was.” (more…)
Between planet-hopping, facing threats both alien and domestic and flirting with everything else, you have to wonder where Captain Jack found time to do the personnel paperwork for Torchwood Cardiff – and given the rate of staff turnover there must have been quite a considerable amount!
In an appropriate echo of Everything Changes, Before The Fall follows a new person joining the team – Rachel Allen may be a far cry from Gwen’s confident police woman of action, but that doesn’t mean the biggest challenges will be whether to sink a colleague’s stapler in jelly or steal it, even if it is a red Swingline…
As the year draws to a close, Big Finish brings another bumper UNIT epic to warm the cockles. This time, an investigation of an energy buildup takes Kate and Osgood into conflict against one of the more insidious alien threats that the earth has faced – and once it’s time for a Silent Night, will anyone involved Remember Christmas, or anything else?
Just when you thought you were spoiled with the two-hour Torchwood Archive, here comes a bursting three hours of Cardiff goodness!
As the title and nicely-done disc art hints, Torchwood: Outbreak sees Cardiff at risk from a medical threat. But this is much more than an epidemic of sniffles – first they know you, then you love, then you kill…
With no vaccine or protection against the mysterious infection, the Torchwood team have to keep themselves safe as well as find the true nature and intent of the disease. Is this from nature, or could alien factors be at work? Or could there be a deeper conspiracy at play?
It’s hard to believe that it’s already 10 years since Torchwood first hit TV, perhaps due in no small part to John Barrowman’s lack of aging. Like its parent show, it has worked in several guises across different media in that time, most recently having two six-episode seasons on Big Finish. And therein lies the challenge of celebrating it – with such a diversity of format (and not a particularly high character survival rate!) how do you reflect it all?
Cue Big Finish stepping forward, of course, and the bumper 2-hour The Torchwood Archive… but is this an archive worth digging in to?
A trap woven across time and a plan centuries in the making awaits the Doctor, Romana and K9 as they once again face the Conglomerate, with its mysterious head, Cuthbert. Time itself is under threat from the company’s business tactics and strange distortions in the Vortex are only the start of the Doctor’s troubles. Someone has been playing a long game, and it may already be too late to stop Cuthbert from embracing his destiny. But is he destined to run the universe… or destroy it?
Jack and Ianto, and some alone time at last? Well, not quite as you’d expect…
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…
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…
The intergalactic Costa Del Sol, otherwise known as Ricosta! Tropical, fantastic beaches, great food, and a thriving ex-pat criminal community retired from active robbery and thieving.
But for one hopeful addition to its cadre of relaxing ex-criminals, things may not be as easy as she’d hoped. While Melanie Bush is no longer associating with the scoundrel Sabalom Glitz she’s finding it much harder to extricate herself from the shadow of his reputation. Perhaps having friends in low places will come with benefits: some of Glitz’s other cohorts may have need of someone with Ms Bush’s skills. But why is the Doctor missing and just why do they have his TARDIS?
Avid listeners of Big Finish’s Torchwood series will recall that for the fourth episode of the first season, we revisited the briefly-seen Yvonne Hartman with the divisive but really rather good One Rule. For the fourth episode of the second, we get to spend more time with another character who didn’t last too long in the televised series – Suzie Costello.
When Suzie wakes to find Cardiff frozen in time, it’s quickly obvious that it isn’t going to be the best of days for her. Soon enough, she’s on the run from attacking aliens with Alex, the only other person not frozen, and the questions keep adding up – why are they being hunted? Just how sarcastic can one robot be? And can Suzie make it third time lucky to make it to the end of an episode alive?