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

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