Torchwood-Ghost Train. Review

Its been too long since our last instalment of any kind of, Torchwood. So this release was welcomed with open arms.
Ghost Train is written by James Goss.
Goss has already written a few novels for both Doctor Who and Torchwood, he wrote 2009’s Torchwood’s audio play, the Golden Age.

Ghost train is a first person narrative, Its set between Series 2 and Children of Earth.
It’s centred around Rhys Williams and so no other than, friend of the Bad Wilf podcast, Kai Owen is brought in to read it. No, I really am shameless enough to put in a plug, during a review.

Kai has a great voice for audio.
The reading is very clear, even while he is imitating the voices of the other characters. The sound effects and music work well and add real atmosphere but don’t distract from the speech.

The story starts out about missing fridges but then it gets complicated. It centres around a train pulling into a station late night/early morning, years after the track has been abandoned. For the 2 weeks previous many strange things have been happening. Radios telling people to kill.
SatNav’s telling drivers to run people over. And it all has something to do with that train. The train is coming from a world that has just recently been destroyed and now what’s coming from that world, is coming to this one.

I absolutely loved this story, Its a 2 CD set, at just under 2 hours and 20 minutes. Honestly, it could have done with being slightly longer.
It’s funny when it has to be funny, it’s gripping when it needs to grip and it doesn’t feel like 2hrs and 20mins.
Kai manages to capture the essence of every character, extremely well, especially Ianto, he nail’s Gareth David-Lyod’s dry wit, and speech perfectly. He captures Gwen and Jack pretty well too.

Like the previous Doctor Who Audiobook it is also split into chapters for ease. It also contains the £5 off your first purchase code. Like all other Torchwood Audiobooks, this should be considered canon.

You can get this audiobook straight from Audiogo, on cd or download for under a tenner, which is a bargain really

Bad Wilf Reviewer. Martyn

The Doctor Who Experience

Hey guys.

Martyn here. On Friday the 1st of April Imran and I, along with our friends Mark and Paul, attended The Doctor Who Experience and a great time was had by all.
I’ve been to a few Doctor Who exhibits in the past and The Doctor Who Experience is far more than your average exhibit . As great as it was to have my picture taken next to Eccleson’s leather jacket, Tennant’s converse and Colin Baker’s techni-coloured dream coat, what I really wanted and what all fans really wanted was to fly the tardis. I wanted to step inside that little blue box that’s bigger on the inside. I wanted to feel the awe, fear and excitement of taking on some live action Daleks. In short I wanted to be a kid again. That’s what the experience does, it makes you feel like a kid.

The greatest part about the experience, is seeing the kid’s reactions to it, they are, after all the target audience.

Now, let’s talk about the actual experience. You start off, by watching selected clips of series 5. Which remind you just how good Matt Smith is.
After a while, a crack begins to appear in the screen, the crack from Amy’s wall.

Shortly after passing through the crack in time those famous blue doors, appear. The way they make the TARDIS appear, is nothing short of genius, you take a place around the console and…. I’m not going to say anymore as I don’t want to spoil anything…

Now, on to the actual exhibit. It is, understandably aimed at the post 2005 audience, focusing mainly on the friends and enemies the Doctor has acquired since then. But, that doesn’t mean fan’s of the original series will feel left out, the 4th-7th Doctor’s console room is beautiful.
There are original costumes and there are brilliant recreations, such as the 8th Doctor’s costume. You’ll get to see aliens from Ice Warriors, to Zygon’s.
Look out for the face of Boe, he’s hidden away in the screening room.
The greatest part of the exhibit are the interactive parts, you can remix your own version of the theme tune, change your voice to sound like a cyberman or dalek, learn to walk like a scarecrow or cyberman in the little dance studio

My only critique about the whole event, are the photo opportunities. There’s a green screen and for £12- £15, you can have your picture taken in front of various backgrounds, now, in my opinion, the end result doesn’t justify the price, it’s nothing somebody with ten minutes and photoshop, couldn’t knock up. I feel it would have been better, to have another replica eleventh Doctor’s TARDIS and charged people £15 to have their picture taken in that.
But, that’s just my opinion.

After the exhibit, you exit, via the gift shop. Now, I will warn you every thing is marked up at the recommended retail price, the 2005 series, will set you back £55.

Overall it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I walked away with a song in my heart and a warm feeling inside

Bad Wilf Reporter. Martyn

Valiant 2

Hi, Martyn here. Sorry for not updating often but hopefully soon this site will be up and running as we want it soon.

Just to let you know I attended the Valiant 2 Doctor Who convention in Sheffield yesterday. I meet and interviewed Sophie Aldred ( Seventh Doctor Companion), Kenneth Cope (Warriors’ Gate), Clifford Rose (Warriors’ Gate), David Weston (The Massacre & Warriors’ Gate), Roy Spencer (The ark & Fury from the Deep), Joseph Lidster (Writer) and Simon Guerrier (Writer).

These interviews and a few photos will be up on the site in the next few days

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Enjoy

Martyn and Imran

Doctor Who audio: The Sirens of Time

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In practice, the story’s shape gets in the way. Gallifrey is in a state of crisis, facing destruction at the hands of an overwhelming enemy. And the Doctor is involved in three different incarnations – each caught up in a deadly adventure, scattered across time and space. The web of time is threatened – and someone wants the Doctor dead. The three incarnations of the Doctor must join together to set time back on the right track – but in doing so, will they unleash a still greater threat? (synopsis)

In The Sirens of Time, fan service is performed to a five-star degree. In the first moment of Part One, a Gallifreyan tannoy voice delivers an alert in accurate, Deadly Assassin style. The meeting of the Doctors’ minds later on is a good mix of the sound heard in The Three Doctors and something better suited to accompany the memory flashbacks that the three share.

Each of the three Doctors get an episode to themselves then converge in the conclusion. In practice, this story structure is a bit disorienting. The three short pieces don’t get much time to develop before the fourth on Gallifrey gets into gear. Although the plot seems to have no holes it doesn’t come together in the way I imagine the makers hoped.

Doctor Who is usually better for me in reruns and this was no exception. Doubtless most of the actors will have completely forgotten having done this job but that’s fine with me; they’ve left behind some good performances. I hope they had some laughs and maybe earned a penny or two because my side of the equation’s worked out pretty well.

http://www.bigfinish.com/01-Doctor-Who-The-Sirens-of-Time