Review-Torchwood:Ghost Train

It’s 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.

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

Episode 23: The Doctor Who Experience

Martyn and Gerrod discuss their recent trip to the Doctor Who Experience.

An exhibition titled Doctor Who Experience, complete with a new interactive Doctor Who episode with the Eleventh Doctor, opened at London Olympia on 20 February 2011 after a number of test days and preview visits.

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Episode 22: The Ribos Operation

Martyn and Gerrod discuss Doctor Who Series Six. New Bad Wilf team member, Peter reviews The Ribos Operation from AudioGO

The sixth series of British science fiction television programme Doctor Who was shown in two parts. The first seven episodes were broadcast from April to June 2011, beginning with “The Impossible Astronaut” and ending with mid-series finale “A Good Man Goes to War”. The final six episodes aired from August to October, beginning with “Let’s Kill Hitler” and ending with “The Wedding of River Song”. The main series was preceded by “A Christmas Carol”, the 2010 Christmas special. The series was led by head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, alongside executive producers Beth Willis and Piers Wenger. Sanne Wohlenberg, Marcus Wilson, and Denise Paul served as producers. The series was the sixth to air following the programme’s revival in 2005 after the classic era aired between 1963 and 1989, and is the thirty-second season overall.

The series stars Matt Smith as the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor, an alien Time Lord who travels through time and space in his TARDIS, a spacecraft whose exterior resembles a British police box. It also stars Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill as his companions, newlyweds Amy Pond and Rory Williams. Alex Kingston also returns as River Song, a mysterious woman from the Doctor’s future who is revealed throughout the series to be Amy and Rory’s part-Time Lord daughter and the Doctor’s wife. In addition to Song, the series continues story threads from the fifth series, most notably the Silence, the cause of the TARDIS exploding in “The Pandorica Opens” / “The Big Bang”.

Reluctantly cancelling his well-earned holiday, the Doctor sets off in the TARDIS to trace and re-assemble the six segments of the Key to Time on which the stability of the entire Universe depends. Assisted by the argumentative Romanadvoratrelundar and K9, he lands on the planet Ribos in search of the first segment and finds himself entangled in the machinations of two sinister strangers, Garron and the Graff Vynda Ka. Who are they? Is Garron simply a shady confidence-trickster dealing in interplanetary real estate? Is the Graff Vynda Ka just a power-crazed exile bent on revenge? Or are they both really agents of the Black Guardian, intent upon seizing the precious Key in order to throw the Universe into eternal chaos? Risking his life within the monster-infested catacombs of Ribos, the Doctor has to use all his wit and ingenuity to find out…

An exciting unabridged reading, with music and sound effects, and this novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure, first published by Target Books in 1979

Bad Wilf Quiz 2

The quiz returns with Torchwood trivia, Ayesha Antione info and that all-time favourite conundrum: what actors have played Doctor Who?

 

 

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Episode 21: No Glove, No Love

Martyn and Gerrod discuss Torchwood series 1, episode 1: Everything Changes.

Everything Changes” is the first episode of the British science fiction television programme Torchwood, which was first broadcast on 22 October 2006. The story was written by show creator and executive producer Russell T Davies as an introduction to the show’s mythos. The episode re-introduces Captain Jack Harkness, who had proved popular in the first series of the 2005 revival of Doctor Who, as the leader of Torchwood, a team of alien hunters.

The story is told from the perspective of Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles), who comes across the Torchwood team through her job as a police officer with the South Wales Police, who are investigating a series of strange deaths in Cardiff. Through Gwen’s discovery of Torchwood, the audience is introduced to team members Owen Harper (Burn Gorman), Toshiko Sato (Naoko Mori) and Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd). Suzie Costello, as played by Indira Varma, had also been billed as a series regular prior to transmission, though in a twist the character was revealed as the murderer and killed off at the end of the episode, with Gwen replacing her as a member of the Torchwood team.

The episode originally aired on Freeview channel BBC Three and upon broadcast earned the channel its highest ever viewing figures. Critical reaction to the episode was mixed, with reviewers making both positive and negative comparisons to Torchwoods parent show Doctor Who.

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Episode 20: K-9 and Company

In which Martyn and Gerrod look at the 1981 pilot for K-9 and Company.

God help us all.

K-9 and Company is a one-episode television pilot, for a proposed 1981 television spin-off of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features former series regulars Sarah Jane Smith, an investigative journalist played by Elisabeth Sladen, and K9, a robotic dog voiced by John Leeson. Both characters had been companions of the Fourth Doctor, but they had not appeared together before. The single episode, “A Girl’s Best Friend”, was broadcast by BBC1 as a Christmas special on 28 December 1981, but was not taken up for a continuing series.

“A Girl’s Best Friend” is set in the fictional English village of Moreton Harwood in 1981. In the programme, Sarah and K9 investigate the disappearance of Brendan Richards (Ian Sears), the ward of Sarah’s Aunt Lavinia (Mary Wimbush), in the wake of increasing reports of witchcraft.

Under a different production team, the overall concept of a Sarah Jane and K9 series did eventually come to fruition: The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007–2011), featuring both of these key characters and actors (though K9 and Leeson only appear in some episodes).

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Episode 19: Ultraviolet

Martyn and Gerrod are joined by Dave, from Professor Dave’s Ark in space. The trio discusses the short-lived, 1998 channel 4 Vampire drama ‘Ultraviolet’.

Ultraviolet is a 1998 British television series written and directed by Joe Ahearne and starring Jack Davenport, Susannah Harker, Idris Elba, and Philip Quast. The music was composed and performed by Sue Hewitt. The programme was produced by World Productions for Channel 4.

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Valiant 2

Hi, Martyn here. Sorry for not updating often but hopefully soon this site will be up and running as we want it soon.

Just to let you know I attended the Valiant 2 Doctor Who convention in Sheffield yesterday. I meet and interviewed Sophie Aldred ( Seventh Doctor Companion), Kenneth Cope (Warriors’ Gate), Clifford Rose (Warriors’ Gate), David Weston (The Massacre & Warriors’ Gate), Roy Spencer (The ark & Fury from the Deep), Joseph Lidster (Writer) and Simon Guerrier (Writer).

These interviews and a few photos will be up on the site in the next few days