Big Finish has today revealed its final contribution to the Doctor Who multi-platform adventure Time Lord Victorious with a new limited edition vinyl – starring David Tennant and Paul McGann.

Time Lord Victorious! David Tennant and Paul McGann double LP!

Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious – Echoes of Extinction comprises two separate adventures that listeners can play in any order and form a greater narrative.  

This very special double-A side vinyl Doctor Who release features a different incarnation of the Doctor on each side and will be released on split red/blue vinyl.  

Trapped, a haunted monster waits to consume new victims. It needs help. It needs a doctor. Unfortunately, it also needs to kill whoever it meets. Thrust into immediate danger, and on the back-foot, it will take all of the Doctor’s ingenuity to triumph.  

Two interlinked adventures. Two Doctors. One foe.  

The stellar supporting cast also includes Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who, Broadchurch), Burn Gorman(Torchwood, The Expanse), Mina Anwar (The Thin Blue Line, The Sarah Jane Adventures), Kathryn Drysdale(Benidorm, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps) and Paul Clayton (The Crown, Him and Her).  

David Tennant said: “The Doctor in Time Lord Victorious is a different character. He’s slightly lonelier, slightly scratchier, when he doesn’t have one of his pals to hold him back.  

“But it’s nice to tell stories from different times of his life. You just have to try and make sure you’re in the right mindset. The script is fascinating. I’ve only got one side of it, but I’m very aware there’s more to this story, that there’s another Doctor on the other side of the disc. I look forward to getting my LP so I can listen to it all.” 

Paul McGann added: “I’ve read this script twice through and I’m still none the wiser. I’m more confused after the second time than I was after the first. It’s only while working on it that I’ve become aware of how it’s going to be structured.  

“It really appeals to me, the idea that it’s in two parts, on two sides of vinyl. I think it’s fun for people listening. Part of the excitement is when the different incarnations meet… or nearly meet.” 

Writer and Producer Alfie Shaw said: “Director Scott Handcock has pulled together an amazing who’s who of Doctor Who for the cast. We’ve got alumni from the series as well as Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.”   

“It’s been an honour to create Big Finish’s first commissioned-for-vinyl story, and utterly thrilling to write for both the Eighth and Tenth Doctors.” 

The vinyl will launch in selected UK ASDA stores on 27 November 2020.  

A digital download of the story will be released on 04 December 2020, and is now available to pre-order here at £8.99.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter to reopen on Thursday 20th August

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will reopen to visitors from Thursday 20th August, allowing fans to step back into the Wizarding World and discover the behind-the-scenes magic. From tomorrow at 1pm, fans will be able to book tickets online for visits up to 31st June 2021.

To help keep everyone safe, a number of additional measures and changes have been made to the Studio Tour experience. The updates are designed to prioritise social distancing and enhanced cleaning.

Geoff Spooner, SVP & General Manager, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London says: 

We’re thrilled to be able to open the doors to the Hogwarts Great Hall to visitors once again. While the Studio Tour experience may differ from previous visits as we introduce additional safety measures, we’re looking forward to welcoming fans back into the world of Harry Potter for a truly magical day out.”

Upon reopening, visitors will experience the Studio Tour’s special feature, A Celebration of Slytherin. For the first time ever, visitors will be able to walk through the Great Hall decorated in Slytherin colours before being the first to see the Slytherin Common Room up close.

A 25-ft section of the set complete with authentic props and imposing stone walls will be on display for fans. A Celebration of Slytherin has been extended until 12th November and more details can be found here.

Safety Measures  

  • Visitors aged 11 and up will be required to wear a face mask or covering for the duration of their visit.  
  • The Studio Tour will open with a reduced capacity to help encourage social distancing. Additional signage and floor markings will be in place to promote social distancing and allow visitors to navigate the Studio Tour safely.  
  • Enhanced cleaning will take place throughout the day and hand sanitiser stations will be positioned throughout the Studio Tour.  
  • Some areas of the Studio Tour may be unavailable to limit contact and maintain social distancing.  
  • To further limit contact, the Studio Tour’s shops and cafés will only accept cashless or contactless payment options such as credit and debit cards or mobile payments. 
  • For more information on the Studio Tour’s safety measure, visit the website

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London has achieved Visit England’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard by demonstrating that clear processes are in place and industry and Government COVID-19 guidance on cleanliness and social distancing are being followed. 

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter opened its doors on 31st March 2012. The unique attraction offers visitors the ultimate chance to get up close to authentic sets, discover the magic behind spellbinding special effects and explore the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Harry Potter film series. Visitors can explore the original Great Hall, step into the Forbidden Forest and discover the newly opened Gringotts Wizarding Bank all before marvelling at the breath-taking miniature scale model of Hogwarts castle. The Studio Tour has welcomed over 14 million visitors and has been well-received with 96% of the 40,000+ reviews on TripAdvisor rating it as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’. Tickets must be pre-booked at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk and cannot be bought at the attraction.

Artwork revealed for Titan’s Time lord victorious

A thrilling new adventure for the Tenth Doctor (as played by fan-favorite David Tennant) that sees the shocking return of his deadliest enemies: the Daleks! But things aren’t what they seem – time is all wrong, and something is coming that terrifies even the Daleks… The first of two oversized issues kicking off the BBC’s highly anticipated multi-platform Doctor Who epic, Time Lord Victorious!

Pre-order now from your local comic shop, Forbidden Planet
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Trailer-Get duked

Below please find the world premiere of the trailer for Amazon Studios’ GET DUKED!, an anarchic satire of generational politics, hip-hop loving farmers and hallucinogenic rabbit shites that pits the youth of tomorrow against the status quo of yesterday.

Dean, Duncan and DJ Beatroot are teenage pals from Glasgow who embark on the character-building camping trip — based on a real-life program — known as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, where foraging, teamwork and orienteering are the order of the day. Eager to cut loose and smoke weed in the Scottish Highlands, the trio finds themselves paired with straight-laced Ian, a fellow camper determined to play by the rules. After veering off-path into remote farmland that’s worlds away from their urban comfort zone, the boys find themselves hunted down by a shadowy force hell-bent on extinguishing their futures. From writer-director Ninian Doff — making his feature debut after a slew of award-winning music videos and short films for artists including Run the Jewels, Miike Snow, Migos, and Mykki Blanco — comes an anarchic satire of generational politics, hip-hop loving farmers and hallucinogenic rabbit droppings that pits the youth of tomorrow against the status quo of yesterday. Get Duked! stars Eddie Izzard, Kate Dickey, Georgie Glen, James Cosmo and a breakout young cast featuring Samuel Bottomley, Viraj Juneja, Rian Gordon, and Lewis Gribben.

GET DUKED! will open Friday, August 28 worldwide on Amazon Prime Video

Trailer-Batman a death in the family

Five fascinating tales from the iconic DC canon, including the first interactive film presentation in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment history, come to animated life in DC Showcase – Batman: Death in the Family. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the anthology of 2019-2020 animated shorts arrives from WBHE on Blu-ray and Digital on October 13, 2020.

Anchoring the compilation of shorts is Batman: Death in the Family, WBHE’s first-ever venture into interactive storytelling that allows fans to choose where the story goes through an innovative navigation guided by the viewer’s remote control.

Comedians talking about football

Listeners to this podcast will be aware that Sam has his own podcast, called ‘comedians talking about football’. On his latest episode he is joined by Moss Side born Lew Fitz (that’s Lew, not Lewis) as seen and heard on BBC Three and BBC Radio 4 talks about the rise and rise of Manchester CIty.

Growing up in a family full of “Reds” – Lew talks about why in Manchester United’s 1998/99 treble-winning season he decided to choose (then) Division 1 side Man City over arguably the greatest team in the world at that time.

In all his years supporting Man City he’s seen his club go from playing England goalkeeper David James as striker, to be coming Premier League point scoring record holders under Pep Guardiola. We also talk about how it felt watching City, Man Utd’s “noisy neighbours” lift the title for the very first time… while in Miami, which Lew, from Moss Side, describes as a “soulless place” :D

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Music By: Violet Class 

Artwork by: James Gent

Doctor Who SDCC virtual panel

Launching in September 2020 over twelve weeks, Time Lord Victorious is the BBC’s brand-new, multi-platform Doctor Who story told across comics, novels, audio, vinyl and digital!

Titan Entertainment’s Andrew Sumner goes behind the scenes with writer Jody Houser, artist Roberta Ingranata, colorist Enrica Eren Angiolini, editor Jake Devine, senior creative editor David Leach and BBC producer James Goss to discuss the new Time Lord Victorious comic series. https://linktr.ee/TitanPane

Trailer for Audible’s Sandman adaptation

Audible and DC has shared the first trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s classic graphic novel series The Sandman. The trailer is our first glimpse at the audio of James McAvoy’s Lord Morpheus.

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The audio play has been adapted and directed by Dirk Maggs, and boasts an incredible voice cast that includes Taron Egerton as John Constantine, Riz Ahmed as the Corinthian, Kat Dennings as Death, Samantha Morton as Urania Blackwell, Bebe Neuwirth as the Siamese Cat, Andy Serkis as Matthew the Raven, Michael Sheen as Lucifer, and many more.

Here’s the synopsis:

When The Sandman, also known as Lord Morpheus—the immortal king of dreams, stories, and the imagination—is pulled from his realm and imprisoned on Earth by a nefarious cult, he languishes for decades before finally escaping. Once free, he must retrieve the three “tools” that will restore his power and help him to rebuild his dominion, which has deteriorated in his absence. As the multi-threaded story unspools, The Sandman descends into Hell to confront Lucifer (Michael Sheen), chases rogue nightmares who have escaped his realm, and crosses paths with an array of characters from DC comic books, ancient myths, and real-world history, including Inmates of Gotham City’s Arkham Asylum, Doctor Destiny, the muse Calliope, the three Fates, William Shakespeare (Arthur Darvill), and many more.

The play also includes an original musical score by Academy Award winner James Hannigan.

The Sandman is set to launch on Wednesday, July 15th.

We sound familiar with special guest Jon Culshaw

Listeners to this podcast will be aware that Chris has another podcast, called We sound familiar. On the latest episode, they’re joined by legendary voice actor Jon Culshaw.

Jon Culshaw is an English actor, impressionist and comedian. He is best known for his work on the radio comedy and TV series, Dead Ringers.

He has also voiced a number of characters for ITV shows, as well as the audio production company Big Finish.

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Epsiode 229: talking comedy

Martyn, Chris, and Sam are back. This week, they’re talking comedy. But what exactly is comedy and, who decides what’s funny?

The dictionary describes comedy as;

professional entertainment consisting of jokes and sketches, intended to make an audience laugh.”

But, is that an accurate or relevant description? Your dynamic trio discuss their favourite comedians/influences, such as Lee Evans, Robin Williams, Paul Whitehouse, Shappi Khorsandi, Jon Culshaw and, Dave Chappelle.

They also talk about “cancel culture” and ask questions such as “should it be one rule for comedians and one rule for everyone else?” and “what role should context play when telling a joke?”

The intro is taking from Dave Chappelle’s 2019 Netflix special ‘sticks & stones’.

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