Torchwood Star Joins The Dark Night Rises

Former Torchwood actor, Burn Gorman has been cast in The Dark Knight Rises, which is potentially a career changing opportunity. Production is getting closer and closer. The film’s director Christopher Nolan has also added Daniel Sunjata and Diego Klattenhoff. They are joining a cast that now includes Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple and Josh Pence.

Sunjata will be playing “a courageous special forces operative” and Klattenhoff will be “a rookie cop who is looking to make a difference.” No word on who Gorman will play other than a supporting role in the film.

The Dark Knight Rises starts shooting in Pittsburgh, USA. This summer for a Summer 2012 release date

B.W reporter Martyn

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

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


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

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’)

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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