Review-Torchwood: Dead man’s switch

One of my favourite things about Torchwood on TV, was Bilis Manger. This creepy time traveller (Murray Melvin) had so much potential, that was never fully realised on TV. Thankfully, that’s exactly what Big Finish excel at. They take a supporting character and make them shine and Billis has never shone more brightly than here.

Synopsis: A devious antique dealer, a property developer and a heartbroken hairdresser. Three strangers sit on a train that’s going nowhere.

They are joined by a mysterious figure.

Bilis Manger wants to tell them how they died.

This release contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners.

Dead Man’s Switch is a very different kind of Torchwood story. Dark and sinister. Writer David Llewellyn takes full advantage of the audio medium and offers us up a atmospheric homage to 70’s horror, especially when they reach the twisted ending. This wouldn’t be out of place as an Arrow film.

The three guest actors are perfectly cast, Murray Melvin plays the role with such gravitas and I can’t wait for him to return once more.

Episode 218: Sil and the devil seeds of Ardor

Martyn, Pete and Sam discuss the original drama from the world of Doctor Who, featuring SIL, the ruthless alien entrepreneur from planet Thoros Beta, played by Nabil Shaban.

Check out Pete’s interviews with Nabil Shaban, Keith Barnfather and Sophie Aldred.

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Episode 217: The Mask (1994)

Martyn and Gerrod sit down to discuss 1994’s The Mask.

The Mask is a 1994 comedy directed by Charles Russell, produced by Bob Engelman, and written by Mike Werb, loosely based on the comic series of the same name published by Dark Horse Comics. The film stars Jim Carrey, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene, Amy Yasbeck, Richard Jeni, and Cameron Diaz in her film debut. It revolves around Stanley Ipkiss (Carrey), an unfortunate bank clerk who finds a magical mask that transforms him into a mischievous zoot-suited gangster.



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Episode 216: Nabil Shaban Interview

Pete Fagan talks to Nabil Shaban, star of of ‘Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor’ on blu-ray and DVD. Nabil shares his filmmaking ambitions, views on Doctor Who and his surprising views on of the character of Sil.

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Sophie Aldred writes Doctor Who book

Doctor Who: At Childhood’s End is the first Doctor Who novel from Sophie Aldred who played the Seventh Doctor’s friend Ace, published 6th February 2020.

Once, a girl called Ace travelled the universe with the Doctor – until, in the wake of a terrible tragedy they parted company. Decades later, she is known as Dorothy McShane, the reclusive millionaire philanthropist who heads global organisation A Charitable Earth.

Dorothy is haunted by terrible nightmares, vivid dreams that begin just as scores of young runaways are vanishing from the dark alleyways of London. Could the disappearances be linked to sightings of sinister creatures lurking in the city shadows? Why has an alien satellite entered a secret orbit around the Moon?

Investigating the satellite with Ryan, Graham and Yaz, the Doctor is thrown together with Ace once more. Together they must unravel a malevolent plot that will cost thousands of lives. But can the Doctor atone for her past incarnation’s behaviour – and how much must Ace sacrifice to win victory not only for herself, but for the Earth? Past or future, which path do you choose?

Sophie Aldred said:

“I was thrilled and honoured to have been asked to create this opportunity for the Thirteenth Doctor and Ace to meet each other. I had always hoped to be able to offer classic fans an encounter between Ace and a current Doctor in some form or other and I hope fans of the present team will enjoy the blending of two eras of the most amazing programme in the Universe.”

At Childhood’s End will also be available as an audiobook in CD and digital download from 6th February 2020, narrated by Sophie Aldred.

Episode 215: Keith Barnfather Interview

Pete Fagan talks to Director / Producer Keith Barnfather about the release of ‘Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor’ on blu-ray and DVD, as well as his new two-disc collection of interviews entitled ‘The Doctors: More Monsters.’

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Episode 214: Simon Pegg MCM Panel

Here is the full Simon Pegg panel from MCM London.

Simon discusses The Dark Crystal, Star Trek, Star Wars, the Cornetto trilogy, Ready Player One and, Spaced.

Simon Pegg is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He came to public prominence in the UK as the co-creator of the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced, directed by Edgar Wright. He went on to co-write and star in the Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World’s End (2013). He and Nick Frost wrote and starred in the sci-fi film Paul (2011).



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Episode 213: Alex Rider MCM Interview

Here is the press room interview for the upcoming ‘Alex Rider’ TV series, by Sony Pictures. Recorded at London’s MCM Comic Con.

Present are Anthony Horowitz (Executive Producer), Guy Burt (Writer), Otto Farrant (Alex Rider), Vicky McClure (Mrs Jones), Ronke Adekoluejo (Jack Starbright).
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Episode 212:Doctor Who-The Two Doctors

With Hernadez on the run, it falls on Chris and Martyn to cover the Doctor Who story ‘The Two Doctors’.

The Two Doctors is the fourth serial of the 22nd season of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was broadcast in three weekly parts on BBC1 from 16 February to 2 March 1985.

The serial is set on an alien space station and in and around Seville. In the serial, the alien time traveller the Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker), his former travelling companion Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines) and his current companion Peri Brown (Nicola Bryant) work to save the younger Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) from the bio-geneticist Dastari (Laurence Payne), who intends to steal the knowledge of how to travel in time from the Second Doctor’s genetic make-up.



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