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?
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?
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?
In the 80s greed is good, and bankers and brokers are the masters of the universe. But supreme among them is the mysterious media mogul Alex Zenos, head of the powerful Zenos Corporation. He is a man who with a lot to offer and he’s offering it to Britain, just when it needs an economic miracle to offset the strikes and riots. He has powerful backers who wish to invest and with the terms they are offering, who can refuse? So while the Doctor is distracted investigating a suspiciously advanced computer game called Warfleet, Mel is left to go undercover to find out just who Zenos’s partners are.
For the Daleks, power is good. The power of the free market will let them take over the earth, and the only shot fired will be inside a game.
Doctor Who 24/7 are reporting that according to Paul McGann (and he would know, let’s face it), a sequel to the incredibly popular Five(ish) Doctors Reboot is in the works.
This is excellent news, as the original was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the 50th anniversary.