Episode 267: Toby Hadoke

Martyn talks to writer, actor, comedian and podcaster Toby Hadoke about his life and career. 

Visit Toby’s website for full details about his projects. 

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Episode 286: Batgirl cancelled. Bullet Train review

Martyn and Gerrod talk about the recent Batgirl cancellation and pay tributes to David Warner, Bernard Cribbins, Nichelle Nichols and, Pat Caroll. They also review Sony’s new film, Bullet Train.

Bullet Train is a 2022 American action-comedy film starring Brad Pitt, as an assassin who has to deal with enemies while riding a Japanese bullet train. The film is directed by David Leitch and based on a screenplay by Zak Olkewicz that adapts the Japanese novel Maria Beetle (published in English as Bullet Train) by Kōtarō Isaka. In addition to Pitt, the film also stars Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Benito A. Martínez Ocasio, and Sandra Bullock.

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Episode 285: Tom Lenk interview

Martyn is joined by actor, writer and celebrity impressionist Tom Lenk.

They discuss Tom’s upcoming Edinburgh fringe show, his time as Andrew on Buffy the vampire slayer and Anson Mount’s hair. 

Details about Tom’s Fringe show can be found here.

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Episode 284: Rona Munro interview

Martyn is joined by legendary Doctor Who writer, Rona Munro. The duo discusses her new Target novelisation for The Eaters of Light.

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Episode 283: James Moran interview

Martyn chats with the writer, James Moran about his upcoming Doctor Who Target novelisation, The Fires of Pompeii.

The Fires of Pompeii is due for release on July 14th, 2022.

If you prefer video, this interview is also on YouTube.

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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.

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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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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.

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.

Dakota Johnson in talks to play Madame Web

Dakota Johnson is apparently in talks to play Madame Web, in sony’s Spider-Man spin-off.
The film, which is part of Sony’s increasing library of Marvel-based films, will be directed by S.J. Clarkson.

Madame Web, who first appeared in 1980s The Amazing Spider-Man No. 210, is a clairvoyant mutant who specialises in foretelling the future of Spider-themed superheroes, having mentored not only Peter Parker’s alter ego, but also numerous generations of Spider-People.
She is traditionally represented as a blind, paralysed elderly woman who is surrounded by a web-like contraption that keeps her alive, implying that she avoids direct battle and instead dispatches others on missions.

Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, writers of the upcoming Morbius, have penned the script.

Madame Web is one of a handful of Marvel-based films in development, as Sony expands their Universe of Characters.
Sony, which owns the film rights to Spider-Man and his associated characters, has already released Venom (2018) and Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2020), as well as the Jared Leto-led Morbius, which is set to be released in April. Kraven the Hunter, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is also in the works.

The studio is currently riding high following the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, which has grossed $1.74 billion globally, the highest in Sony’s history.

Listen to our review of Spider-Man: No way home here.