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.

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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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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.

Episode 280: Tennant returns to Doctor Who?

In this latest exciting instalment of the podcast, Martyn, Chris and Sam discuss the likelihood of David Tennant returning to Doctor Who.

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Live-Action He-Man on the way

It’s been in development hell for nearly 20 years, but Sony’s live-action He-Man movie has finally taken another step closer to actually happening.

Kyle Allen (West Side Story) has been cast to play Adam, an orphan who discovers he is a prince destined to be the saviour of a faraway land. He must quickly learn of his power and the importance of saving his true home from an evil force.

The film will release on Netflix internationally, whilst releasing theatrically in China.

Exec Producer Robbie Brenner said:

“Masters of the Universe is an iconic property that shaped the imaginations of an entire generation of kids with the message of becoming the best version of yourself. With our partners at Netflix, we look forward to showing audiences that anything can happen in Eternia. We are continuing to unlock this global franchise in new ways, and we can’t wait to see Kyle battle it out with Skeletor in this epic live-action saga”.

He-Man has had a comeback recently, with the controversial ‘Masters of the universe’ by Kevin Smith and the more child-friendly version, ‘He-Man and the masters of the universe’ by Rob David.

As an 80s baby, He-Man holds a special place in my heart. The original series started in 1983 and was the first children’s programme to get a syndication deal in the US.

New target books on the way

BBC Books has announced that it will be expanding the Doctor Who Target range with five new titles in Summer 2022, all published on 14th July 2021, each with newly commissioned cover artwork by Anthony Dry.

Penned by the original scriptwriter the late David Fisher and adapted from his 2011 and 2014 audio novelisations, The Stones of Blood, and The Androids of Tara are now being released as two glorious Target books for fans to add to their collections.

These will be accompanied by a Target edition of The Fires of Pompeii by James Moran, as well as The Eaters of Light by Rona Munro and The Zygon Invasion by Peter Harness.

For Doctor Who fans, the range of novelisations published by Target Books in the 1970s and 1980s holds a special place. There was a novel published for almost every Doctor Who serial between 1963 and 1989, with very few (five, actually) notable exceptions.

Since 2012, BBC Books has been successfully reissuing these classic paperbacks and expanding the Target range to include all-new novelisations of modern-era Doctor Who episodes. The Stones of Blood by David Fisher – An ancient stone circle becomes a battleground as the Fourth Doctor must outwit the deadliest alien criminal this side of hyperspace.

The Androids of Tara by David Fisher – The Fourth Doctor and Romana’s search for the fourth segment of the all-powerful Key to Time leads them to the planet Tara.

The Fires of Pompeii by James Moran – It is AD 79, and the Tenth Doctor and Donna arrive in Pompeii on the eve of the town’s destruction. Mount Vesuvius is ready to erupt and bury its surroundings in molten lava, just as history dictates. Or is it?

The Eaters of Light by Rona Munro – The Twelfth Doctor takes Bill and Nardole back to 2nd century Scotland to learn the fate of the ‘lost’ Ninth Legion of the Imperial Roman Army. 5,000 soldiers vanished without explanation – how?

The Zygon Invasion by Peter Harness – It took three Doctors to broker a fragile peace between Zygons and Humans. Now the Twelfth Doctor must face the fallout alone. With his allies compromised and his companion believed dead, can he stop the world from plunging into war?

These latest additions to the collection, all by the original writers of the TV episodes, will help Target fans complete their classic and modern-era collections.

James Moran said:

“I’ve been watching Doctor Who and reading the Target books for as long as I can remember. The books were an essential part of my childhood, examining the amazing cover art, and “seeing” stories that aired before I was born. I loved learning new words from them, like “capacious”, and am beyond thrilled to become part of this publishing legend!”

Rona Munro said:

“It’s wonderful to have another chance to revisit the ideas of my last Doctor Who story, Eaters of Light, they are ideas that have been with me for a very long time and Doctor Who, as always, proved to be the largest and most exciting world in which to realise them.”

Peter Harness added:

“Like many, many others, I learnt to read and to love books by reading Target novelisations. The Saturday afternoon journey to Garland’s bookshop in Bridlington to see if any new Doctor Who stories had materialised on their shelves. Scouring markets and second-hand shops in hope of finding an old copy of Doctor Who and the Sea Devils. Desperately pester my poor cousin until he finally lent me his copy of Doctor Who and The Doomsday Weapon. Making my Grandad read me The Enemy of the World when he would’ve much preferred to fall asleep with the newspaper. There is a sense of magic and excitement about Target books which has stayed with me my whole life. And I can’t begin to tell you how wonderful it feels to be writing my own Target book of one of my own Doctor Who stories.”

The books are due for release during the summer of 2022.

Episode 279: Guess the episode of Doctor Who-Flux edition

Martyn challenges Chris and Sam, to guess the episode of Doctor Who Flux he is talking about, based on negative one-star fan reviews.

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