Whooverville 3

The date for the  next Whooverville event, Whooverville 3 has been announced. It will take place on Saturday the 3rd of September 2011. The venue is The Quad, in Derby.

If you’re travelling from London, it takes about 2hrs from St.Pancras, on East Midlands Trains.

More details on the link below

http://www.whoovers.org.uk/whooverville/whooverville.html

Doctor Who Air Time Confirmed

The radio times have confirmed that Doctor Who, the impossible astronaut, will be airing at 6pm, on the 23rd of April, 2011.
It’s the earliest time slot the series has been given since it returned in 2005. It’ll be interesting to see how it impacts on the viewing figures. Let’s hope the BBC aren’t going back to there, check your listings every week ways

Doctor Who: The BBC Radio Episodes

Here’s a beautiful box-set of BBC radio plays. So beautiful in fact, I almost didn’t open it.

It’s a collection of radio adventures; there are three different Doctors, the 3rd, 4th and 6th.

The Paradise of Death and The Ghosts of N-Space

These are 3rd Doctor stories which feature Jon Pertwee, Elizabeth Sladen and Nicholas Courtney.

Neither story really works that well and they introduce an extremely annoying, new companion.

In N-Space we meet the Brigadier’s uncle, in an awful ghost tale.
The performances are strong, but the scripts aren’t that great. You can make a bad audio out of a good script, but you can’t make a good audio out of a bad script. It does, however try to capture that era of Doctor Who, which even though it failed, was an interesting experiment and given the resent passing of Nicholas Courtney, it was great to hear him again

Doctor Who and the Pescatons

This is a fun little tale, which features the 4th Doctor and Sarah Jane. The Doctor and Sarah are battling monsters, that are bringing panic, to the streets of London. This is less than an audio play and more of an audio book, with Tom Baker narrating and Liz Sladen throwing in the odd comment. It’s a fun story, but I couldn’t help but feel that it would have suited Patrick Troughton’s 2nd Doctor better.

Exploration Earth

This is the real clunker in this box set. It features the 4th Doctor and Sarah Jane investigating the start, of life on Earth, only to run into the Megron Lord of Chaos. The performances feel a little “phoned in”.

Whatever Happened To… Susan?

This is a tongue-in-cheek tale of what Susan did after she left the TARDIS. Jane Asher takes over from Carol Anne Ford, as Susan and is talking to a documentary crew, about her life after leaving the TARDIS.

There are some laugh out loud moments here, including her tale about how The Doctor get’s younger and younger with each regeneration and how companions fell in love with him.

It’s an amusing story that runs at about 30 minutes, but it completely contradicts continuity. If you’re willing to switch your brain off and just listen, then you’ll have an amazing time, if you get bogged down with continuity, you won’t enjoy it.
I couldn’t help but wish that it was a proper, serious audio drama, with Carol Anne Ford reprising the role of Susan and telling the tale. Done seriously, this could have been a brilliant audio drama

Slipback

Now, this was the first Doctor Who story made for radio and was broadcast during the show’s enforced hiatus, in 1985.
This was a very Douglas Adams story – I could imagine Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect in this. This isn’t a great story; the computer is annoying, but likeable. The performances of Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant are quiet good and you get a foreshadow of the chemistry that would later work so well on Big Finish.

It’s a good enough box set with a few decent tales, but also with a few poor episodes. I’d say this is one for true, die hard Doctor Who fans. Viewers of the new series will get very little for money.

You can purchase this on CD or download from audiogo.co.uk

DWPA Valiant 2 Special

Martyn and Geeksyndicate’s David Monteith interview Doctor Who fans and guests for the DWPA at Fantom Films’ Valiant 2 event. In order of appearance:

  • Writers Joseph Lidster and Simon Guerrier
  • David Weston, Kenneth Cope and Clifford Rose (1980 story Warriors’ Gate)
  • Roy Spencer (sixties stories The Ark and Fury from the Deep)
  • Sophie Aldred (7th Doctor companion ‘Ace’)

Valiant 2: fantomfilms.co.uk
DWPA: www.doctorwhopodcastalliance.org
Geek Syndicate: geeksyndicate.wordpress.com

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Catherine Tate heading State side?

Hello. Here’s the first piece of news on the Bad Wilf website.

It’s being speculated that Catherine Tate, may be taking over from Steve Carell, in the US version of The Office. She’s in a long list of contenders, including Will Farrell, James Spader, Ricky Gervais and Ray Romano, who are all appearing in Carell’s upcoming, last episode.
I’d say that she and James Spader are the top contenders. Ricky Gervais has been there, done that. But, it would be fun to see David Brent running, Dunder Mifflin.

But, Catherine is busy in the West End until September, starring in Much Ado About Nothing, with David Tennant. So, it may not be her after all, but, she’d be a strong choice

Bad Wilf Reporter Martyn

Torchwood-Department X. Review

Now, moving on to Department X, This finds the Torchwood team investigating the old Cardiff department store, GR Owen.
The team go undercover to determine why customers are disappearing.
It’s written by James Goss and Kai Owen is on vocal duty again. The style has changed for this audio, it’s no longer a first person narrative, it’s more like a regular audio book.

Now, this isn’t up to the high standard of the previous audio, Ghost Train, but it’s still extremely entertaining. Kai Owen does another brilliant reading, again capturing the essence of all the Torchwood team, as well as new characters, the musical stores and sound effects still work well.

This is a return to the Torchwood of yester-year, it feels like a series 2 story, not as dark as children of Earth, but not as fluffy as series 1.

I imagine it’s the last time the Ianto Jones features in any Torchwood spin-off, as future adventures are more likely to be based, between children of earth and the new US format, or on the US format

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

Doctor Who- The Gemini Contagion. Review

Now, only a week before the 2011 series of Doctor Who kicks off, the last Time Lord returns with this audio book, read by Meera Syal, she played Nasreen Chaudry,
in the Silurians two-parter, from series 5.

Meera Syal gives us an excellent read, she manages to capture the essence of every character

It’s a very Douglas Adams story. I could imagine him writing this, if he were still with us.

The story focuses on a new anti-viral handwash Gemini, which has been laced with Meme-Spawn, a sentient microorganism which makes the user fluent in every universal language. Now, you may be thinking. Brilliant, how do I get some?

Unfortunately, the manufacturers didn’t think to test it on humans. Humans react badly to, Gemini –It makes them speak every language at once, with a violent urge to communicate

In come the Doctor and Amy, they land on an Earth-bound cargo ship loaded with Gemini and with the crew already infected by the virus.

Unable to escape the ship, and with Amy facing infection, the Doctor is faced with a conundrum: does he save Amy or the Earth?

The quality of this audio really impressed me. I started to wish that it was an episode of the tv series and not just an audio.

It’s a gripping story, but there is one niggle. I don’t believe that the owner of the company, wouldn’t have tested It on human’s, before selling it to them. But, that is just a minor niggle.
Everything else about this story is enjoyable and, it’s under a tenner, which is cheap for a qucik who-fix.

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

Bad Wilf reviewer, Martyn

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