Running Down Corridors-Episode 2

Welcome to episode 2 of Running Down Corridors, Martyn, Chris and Sam discuss Doctor Who spin-offs. Those that worked and those that didn’t. 

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Artwork by Penny Smallshire.

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Episode 282: The unbearable weight of massive talent

Martyn and Gerrod bring you the latest in entertainment news, as well as a review of the new Nicolas Cage film, The unbearable weight of massive talent.

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Artwork by Beeble Pete. Adapted by Penny Smallshire.

Running Down Corridors can be found here.

We sound familiar can be found here, More than just an impression can be found here.

Comedians talking about football can be found here, Cister Act here.

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Running Down Corridors-Episode 1

Introducing the first of our new spin-off podcasts. Running Down Corridors is a weekly based Doctor Who podcast, where Martyn, Sam and Chris navigate the Whoniverse.

In episode one, your dynamic trio discuss Jodie Whittaker’s penultimate story, Legend of the Sea Devils. They also talk about the special being beaten in ratings, by a repeat of The Antiques Road Show and what that means for the future of Doctor Who.

This podcast is part of The Bad Wilf Network. Check out www.badwilf.com, for information on all our other shows. 

Artwork by Penny Smallshire.

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Episode 281: The Batman

Martyn and Gerrord are joined by Antoni Pearce. The dynamic trio talk about The Batman. Spoilers are contained within, obviously. 

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We sound familiar can be found here, More than just an impression can be found here.

Comedians talking about football can be found here, Cister Act here.

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Review-Torchwood Sonny

In just a few short years, Lizzie Hopley has cemented herself as one of the most consistent writers on the Big Finish roster. Returning to the Torchwood range for the first time since 2017, she gives us an interesting morality tale about care homes, loneliness, the treatment of elderly people and, the existential crisis of an AI.

Torchwood: Sonny follows fan-favourite Rhys (Kai Owen) as he enlists his mum, Brenda (Nerys Hughes) into helping Torchwood investigate a new fleet of robots, in a care home. At first, Brenda isn’t too pleased about this. But as time goes on, she becomes more and more dependent on her robot, named Sonny.

I had almost expected this to be a tale of robots taking over and attempting to enslave humanity. But Lizzie Hopley is so much smarter than that. She knows we’ve seen that trope a thousand times before. Instead of making us fear what robots could do to us, she makes us fear what robots could reveal about us.

Kai Owen, Nerys Hughes, and Steven Kynman are all terrific, and their relationships are convincing from the start. We all know Hughes is a particularly talented actress, but she absolutely shines in this audio. She portrays Brenda with such a raw vulnerability, that feels like an emotional gut-punch at times. There’s a wonderful complexity to Brenda, that I hope we get more of in the future. The supporting cast is also exceptionally strong, with Amerjit Deu, in particular, doing a fantastic job as Prudeep.

Sonny is not only a brilliantly comedic script, it’s also a deep exploration of what it means to feel isolated. Hopley manages to convey the monotony of being in a care home, without the story being boring. Lisa Bowerman’s direction is flawless and keeps the story going at exactly the right pace, this is all beautifully accompanied by Steve Wright’s soundtrack.

I’ve said it before, but I think it bears repeating. Torchwood on Big Finish is Torchwood at its absolute best.

Torchwood: Sonny is available to buy from the Big Finish website.

Book review-Before The Batman

Synopsis:

We all know that billionaire Bruce Wayne is secretly Gotham City’s vigilante detective and protector, The Batman—but what road led him there? Find out in Before The Batman: An Original Movie Novel, which includes an exciting original story of Bruce Wayne’s early adventures on his way to becoming The Batman!

Written by David Lewman, Before The Batman, is a young adult novel, which essentially acts as a prequel to The Batman. It follows a 17-year-old Bruce Wayne, about a decade and a half before he dons the cape and cowl.

Given the target audience, this isn’t a complex read. I blitzed through it in about 90 minutes. However, I had a lot more fun with this than I anticipated. It’s an intriguing look at Batman’s early years, laying the groundwork for the universe of the film, without rehashing what we’ve previously seen. We learn a bit more about Alfred and his military days, as well as The Riddler and the parallels between him and Bruce Wayne.

The book isn’t a required read before seeing the film, but it does a great job of expanding the mythology that’s established in the film.

The book includes a few behind the scenes images from the film, as well as a small poster.

Review-Studio 666

The Foo Fighters are having issues writing their 10th studio album, trying to think outside the box and spark their creative juices. Leader singer, Dave Grohl suggests they record in an ominous mansion. Once inside supernatural forces threaten to endanger the album and their lives.

Strange occurrences (and celebrity cameos) arise as the band squabbles over how to best utilise its improvised studio’s “creepy death atmosphere” and eerie acoustics.

Studio 666 is a mixed bag, based on a short story by Grohl. It’s part-comedy, part-horror, part-90s slasher throwback. The plot is very formulaic and the acting isn’t Oscar-worthy, some of the band members are better than others, but that all adds to the charm. This is a proper B-movie, the type we haven’t seen for decades. Watching the tight-knit band play off one other as fictional versions of themselves is a lot of fun.

Studio 666

Starring Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Rami Jaffee, Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins, Whitney Cummings, Will Forte, Jeff Garlin, Leslie Grossman and Jenna Ortega. Story by Dave Grohl, written by Jeff Buhler and Rebecca Hughes. Directed by BJ McDonnell. Is out now, in selected cinemas in the UK and Ireland.

 

Billie Piper returns to Big Finish

Big Finish has announced that this October, the multi-award-winning Billie Piper returns to the world of Doctor Who as Rose Tyler in the first of two brand-new box sets of full-cast audio adventure, The Dimension Cannon.  

Set after the events of the television story, Doomsday, this spin-off drama series follows the exploits of Rose, her friends and her family, trapped in another dimension on a parallel Earth. With her world doomed and a universe at stake, Rose must continue her frantic search for the only person who can help… the Doctor.  

Joining Billie Piper in the cast of Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon is co-star Camille Coduri, reprising her role as Rose’s mum, Jackie Tyler, and Mark Benton as an alternative version of fan-favourite, Clive Finch.  

Billie Piper said: “The Dimension Cannon is such a brilliant idea and gives Rose a lot more life beyond the Doctor. But there’s also something quite sad about her search. It’s a real bitter-sweet series of tales. I’m delighted for the fans to receive these new adventures. It’s something they talk to me about just as much as the episodes I appeared in on TV. It seems like there’s an enormous appetite for it and it’s very moving to imagine listeners spending a few more moments with this family particularly.” 

Both volumes, Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon Volume 2 — Other Worlds and Volume 3 — Trapped are now available to pre-order as collector’s edition box sets (on CD + download for just £19.99 per volume) or digital download only (for just £16.99 per volume). 

Read our review of the first series here.

Trailer-Jurassic World: Dominion

Universal Pictures has unveiled a new trailer for the third and final instalment in the Jurassic World trilogy.

It’s set four years after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

The franchise’s original cast members will feature, with Laura Dern back to play Dr Ellie Sattler, Sam Neill reprising his role as Alan Grant and Jeff Goldblum returning as Ian Malcolm.

Jurassic World: Dominion is out in UK cinemas on 10 June 2022.

Obi-Wan Kenobi release date revealed

Disney+ has released the first official poster for Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi series. They have also confirmed the series will premiere on May 25th, 2022.



Obi-Wan Kenobi is set 10 years after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, where “Kenobi faced his greatest defeat, the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, turned evil Sith Lord, Darth Vader.”

Ewan McGregor will be reprising his role as Obi-Wan, in the series. He will also be joined by prequel trilogy co-star Hayden Christensen, who is returning as Darth Vader.

The series also stars Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Moses Ingram, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie.

“Obi-Wan Kenobi” is executive-produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor and Joby Harold.