Stephen Gallagher interview

Martyn is joined by acclaimed writer Stephen Gallagher to delve into his illustrious writing career. Stephen shares fascinating insights into his upcoming Doctor Who Target novelisation for Warriors Gate, providing an exciting glimpse into the world of the iconic Time Lord.

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Trailer-Dune Part 2

Get ready for an epic return to the mesmerising world of Dune in the upcoming Part Two, as the latest trailer unveils a host of familiar faces and intriguing new additions. Timothée Chalamet’s Paul Atreides takes center stage once again, this time embracing his destiny as a leader of an uprising, while Stellan Skarsgård’s terrifying portrayal of Baron Harkonnen sends chills down our spines. Zendaya’s Chani also shines in a more action-packed role, captivating audiences with her presence. However, it’s Christopher Walken’s debut as the formidable Emperor Shaddam IV that steals the spotlight, providing a tantalising glimpse into the power struggles to come.

Picking up seamlessly from the cliffhanger ending of Part One, Dune: Part Two delves deeper into the mythic journey of Paul Atreides as he joins forces with Chani and the Fremen, seeking revenge against those who tore his family apart. The stakes are higher than ever as Paul faces a heart-wrenching choice between the love of his life and the destiny of the entire universe. His unique foresight propels him on a mission to prevent a catastrophic future that only he can envision.

Under the visionary direction of Denis Villeneuve, Dune: Part Two retains the awe-inspiring production and editing talent that made the first installment a visual masterpiece. Brace yourself for breathtaking landscapes, intricate world-building, and immersive storytelling that will transport you to the heart of this captivating universe once more.

Mark your calendars for November 3rd, when Dune: Part Two will grace the big screen, promising an unforgettable cinematic experience.

Prepare for an enthralling continuation of this beloved sci-fi saga, where destiny, love, and the fate of humanity intertwine in a spectacle that will leave audiences spellbound.

RDC-Torchwood:Everything Changes

Martyn, Chris and Abi discuss the first episode of Torchwood. 

In the first episode, aptly titled “Everything Changes,” viewers are introduced to a universe that exists alongside Doctor Who.

“Everything Changes” begins in the bustling city of Cardiff, where a chance encounter thrusts Gwen Cooper, a dedicated police constable, into a clandestine world beyond her wildest imagination. As Gwen investigates a puzzling murder case, she stumbles upon Torchwood, an enigmatic group led by fan-favourite Captain Jack Harkness.

Captain Jack Harkness and his team operate outside the conventional boundaries of law and order, dedicated to protecting humanity from extraterrestrial threats and supernatural occurrences. Torchwood’s diverse ensemble cast includes the tech-savvy Toshiko Sato, the medical expert Owen Harper, and the resourceful Ianto Jones. Together, they form an unconventional yet formidable team with unique skills and their own complex dynamics.


Through Gwen’s eyes, viewers discover a hidden side of Cardiff, where extraordinary events and unexplained phenomena are woven into the fabric of everyday life. The episode immerses audiences in a city filled with secrets, blurring the lines between the ordinary and the extraordinary.


As Gwen becomes entangled with Torchwood, she grapples with the shocking revelation that aliens exist among us. “Everything Changes” unveils the covert battles fought by Torchwood, exploring the complexities of their mission and the sacrifices made to protect humanity. Friendships are forged, loyalties are tested, and the very nature of reality is questioned.

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Phil Ford interview

Join us as we delve into the creative mind of renowned writer Phil Ford. Known for his exceptional storytelling prowess, Ford has mesmerised audiences with his contributions to television, film, and literature. 
Martyn engages in a thought-provoking discussion with Ford, exploring the intricate facets of his writing journey and the inspiration behind his most beloved works. Unravel the secrets of his creative process as he shares anecdotes and insights into the art of crafting compelling narratives.

The Waters of Mars novelisation is out on 13th of July.

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Keith Temple interview

Join Martyn as he sits down with acclaimed writer Keith Temple to discuss the highly anticipated Target novelisation of his Doctor Who episode, “Planet of the Ood.” Get ready for an engaging conversation filled with behind-the-scenes insights, fascinating anecdotes, and a deep dive into the creative process.

As the release date for the Target Novelisations of “Planet of the Ood,” “The Waters of Mars,” “Zygon Invasion,” and “Warriors Gate” approaches on July 13th, this episode is a must-listen for all Whovians and literature enthusiasts alike. Don’t miss out on this exclusive interview that will transport you into the captivating world of Doctor Who and the art of novelisation.

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Big Finish review-Doctor Who: Daleks! Genesis of Terror

In Daleks! Genesis of Terror, an audio adaptation that delves into the realm of the classic Doctor Who story, Genesis of the Daleks, the potential for exploring new dimensions within this beloved narrative is unfortunately left untapped. This release disappointingly fails to meet the expectations of delivering a cohesive and engaging experience.

The fragmented nature of Daleks! Genesis of Terror is hard to ignore. Instead of providing a complete retelling of Genesis of the Daleks, this audio adaptation solely focuses on Part One of the original draft. Parts Two, Four, and Six are quickly skimmed through by Nicholas Briggs, while Part Three and Part Five are presented as Companion Chronicle versions, narrated by Harry Sullivan and Sarah Jane respectively. This fragmented approach hinders storytelling, resulting in an unsatisfying and disjointed narrative experience for listeners.

Genesis of the Daleks: Part One suffers from poor writing and lacks significant deviations from its televised counterpart. Terry Molloy’s involvement, although expected to elevate the material, unfortunately, falls flat, lacking the fresh perspective necessary to rejuvenate the story. Additionally, Nicholas Briggs’s rushed readings of the other parts do little to fully immerse the audience, leaving much to be desired in terms of narrative engagement.

To further complicate matters, the inclusion of an 80-minute interview with Philip Hinchcliffe seems puzzlingly out of place within the context of the audio adaptation. While such interviews can provide valuable insights and behind-the-scenes information, this extended feature disrupts the flow of the release and distracts from its primary focus. It ultimately fails to enhance the listener’s experience as intended.

Ultimately, Daleks! Genesis of Terror struggles to justify its existence as a worthwhile adaptation. The decision to tackle a universally acclaimed story like Genesis of the Daleks appears misguided, as it lacks the necessity for a remake.

With its fragmented structure, lacklustre execution, and questionable creative choices, Daleks! Genesis of Terror fails to deliver a satisfying audio adaptation. Despite its commendable attempt to revisit a beloved story, it ultimately falls short of capturing the essence and magic of the original. Fans of Doctor Who would be better served by revisiting classic episodes or exploring other stories in the “Lost” range that offer more immersive and engaging experiences.

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Big Finish Review-Doctor Who: Purity Unleashed

“Purity Unleashed,” the sequel to May’s “Water Worlds,” takes listeners on an exciting journey with the Sixth Doctor, Mel, and their new companion, Hebe Harrison. This Big Finish audio play consists of three distinct adventures that maintain a sense of unity throughout.

What sets this mini-series apart is its exploration of the recurring theme of purity. The villains encountered in these stories become obsessed with the concept, leading to engaging and thought-provoking adventures that delve into purity of the mind, body, and even in history.

“Doctor Who: The Sixth Doctor Adventures: Purity Unleashed” lives up to the high standards set by its predecessors, offering a riveting storyline that will leave listeners begging for more. Like its predecessors, this series leaves us with an enticing cliffhanger.

The standout episode is Matthew Sweet’s “Broadway Belongs to Me!” which presents a refreshing and thought-provoking exploration of fascist themes within the context of musical theatre. Supported by Howard Carter’s exceptional score and Helen Goldwyn’s expert direction, the production reaches new heights of excellence.

Chris Chapman’s “Purification” takes us on a journey through time, starting in 1910 in New Zealand and spanning generations. This narrative gradually unravels the fabric of time itself, delving into the depths of the human psyche and will leave a profound impact on the audience.

Ian Potter’s “Time-Burst” transports us to 1864 Sheffield, skillfully exploring social inequity and calamity with sensitivity and nuance. Potter’s adept exploration of displacement, arrogance, and the intricate nature of fixed time creates a tale that deeply resonates with listeners.

Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford once again deliver exceptional performances, effortlessly embodying their respective roles as the Doctor and Mel. Their chemistry is evident through their charming banter and delightful humour, and Langford gets the chance to showcase her musical theatre roots, shining brightly in the process.

With “Doctor Who: The Sixth Doctor Adventures: Purity Unleashed,” Big Finish continues to impress with their ability to craft compelling narratives. This series leaves audiences wanting more, eagerly anticipating the continuation currently scheduled for August.

With exceptional writing, performances, direction and sound design. This drama is a must-listen for all fans of Doctor Who.

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Film review-Fast X

Fast X takes the Fast and Furious franchise to new heights of excitement and spectacle. It embraces its over-the-top nature, delivering a wild ride that pushes the boundaries of plausibility. The film is a celebration of sheer entertainment, inviting viewers to suspend their disbelief and revel in the exhilarating action.

The plot revolves around Dom Toretto and his crew, who find themselves entangled in a complex scheme orchestrated by the deranged Dante Reyes, son of a Hernan Reyes from Fast Five. Dante Reyes seeks to torment Dom by putting his loved ones in danger through a series of outlandish scenarios. Along the way, familiar faces and adversaries reappear, adding to the ever-expanding ensemble.

Fast X never shies away from its audacity. It showcases jaw-dropping action sequences, including car jumps, explosive stunts, and death-defying feats. The film blurs the line between homage and repetition, referencing past instalments while introducing fresh elements to keep things from feeling repetitive.

The cast delivers committed performances, with Jason Momoa stealing the show as the flamboyantly unhinged antagonist. He’s essentially playing The Joker. His portrayal adds a captivating mix of humour and madness to the proceedings. The film also introduces new characters, such as Brie Larson’s Tess and Alan Ritchson’s Almes, who contribute to the diverse ensemble.

At its core, Fast X is an escapist thrill ride. It demands that viewers embrace its over-the-top nature and surrender to the sheer enjoyment of the spectacle. The film transports audiences to a world where the laws of physics take a backseat to adrenaline-pumping action and larger-than-life characters.

While the plot may be convoluted and the characters larger than life, Fast X succeeds in delivering an exhilarating experience. It captures the essence of the franchise’s appeal: the excitement, the high-octane action, and the sense of camaraderie within the “family.” It reminds us that sometimes, it’s okay to suspend our disbelief and indulge in pure cinematic escapism.

Fast X stands as a testament to the franchise’s ability to consistently deliver entertainment that resonates with its devoted fan base. It invites viewers to buckle up, let go of their inhibitions, and embrace the wild and outrageous journey it offers. So, prepare for a thrill like no other as Fast X revs up the engines and takes you on a heart-pounding adventure where anything is possible.

Fast X is in cinemas across the UK & Ireland.

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The Best Flash Stories: Unforgettable Speedster Adventures

The Flash, the beloved superhero from DC Comics, has captivated readers for decades with his incredible speed, quick wit, and thrilling adventures. Since his debut in 1940, this scarlet speedster has accumulated a vast collection of incredible stories that have defined his legacy in the world of comic books. In this article, we delve into the most unforgettable Flash stories, exploring the breathtaking moments, emotional arcs, and mind-bending concepts that have made the Scarlet Speedster an iconic character.

1. “The Return of Barry Allen” (The Flash Vol. 2 #73-79):

In this classic tale by Mark Waid and Greg LaRocque, Barry Allen, the original Flash, mysteriously returns from the dead. However, things are not as they seem, as an imposter with a sinister agenda lurks in the shadows. This story delves into themes of legacy, identity, and the enduring spirit of heroism.

2. “Flashpoint” (Flashpoint #1-5):

Written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Andy Kubert, “Flashpoint” takes readers on a journey through an alternate reality where Barry Allen awakens to a world in chaos. His mission to restore the timeline leads to unexpected alliances and heart-wrenching sacrifices. This groundbreaking event reshaped the DC Universe and set the stage for a new era.

3. “The Dastardly Death of the Rogues” (The Flash Vol. 3 #1-6):

Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul crafted this story arc that introduces readers to a Flash who is falsely accused of murdering his Rogues Gallery. As he fights to clear his name, he uncovers a deeper conspiracy that challenges his trust in those closest to him. With stunning visuals and an intricate plot, this tale showcases the enduring bond between the Flash and his villains.

4. “Blitz” (The Flash Vol. 2 #192-200):

Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins weave an electrifying narrative in “Blitz” as the Flash confronts his most formidable adversary yet: Zoom, a villain who embodies pure speed. With the lives of his loved ones hanging in the balance, Barry must tap into unknown depths of courage and determination to overcome this terrifying threat.

5. “The Flash: Rebirth” (The Flash Vol. 3 #1-6):

In this highly anticipated series written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Ethan Van Sciver, Barry Allen returns to a world that has moved on without him. “The Flash: Rebirth” delves into the complexities of Barry’s resurrection, his reconnection with his family, and his rediscovery of his purpose as the Fastest Man Alive.

6. “Born to Run” (The Flash Vol. 2 #62-65):

Mark Waid and Greg LaRocque provide a definitive origin tale for Wally West, who becomes the Flash after his mentor, Barry Allen. “Born to Run” showcases the emotional journey of a young hero finding his place, grappling with self-doubt, and ultimately embracing his destiny as a guardian of Central City.

The Flash has raced through countless unforgettable adventures throughout his storied history, leaving an indelible mark on comic book storytelling. From the iconic tales of Barry Allen to the transformation of Wally West, these stories have explored themes of heroism, sacrifice, and the enduring legacy of the Flash. Whether you’re a long-time fan or new to the Scarlet Speedster’s world, these stories stand as a testament to the enduring appeal and limitless potential of the Flash.

The Flash will hit cinemas on 16th June 2023.

Big Finish Review-Doctor Who: Past Lives

Doctor Who, the iconic science-fiction franchise, is celebrating its 60th anniversary, and it’s time to kick off the celebrations in style. In the story titled “Past Lives,” the Doctor and Sarah Jane team up with UNIT to stop giant alien crocodiles. However, the Doctor is not himself, and he needs to solve the mystery of his ‘degeneration’ before he loses himself completely.

The Storyline: The Doctor’s Degeneration

The Time War is over, and the Doctor is injured and brought to a Time Lord field hospital. His body glows with energy, but instead of regenerating into a future form, the Doctor’s past faces begin to appear as he flits haphazardly between incarnations. He staggers to his TARDIS and sets out to solve the mystery of his ‘degeneration.’ The Doctor follows clues to retrace his steps, encountering old friends and enemies along the way. He must stop his degeneration before he loses himself completely.

The Monk’s Meddling

Settling into his Fourth incarnation, the Doctor goes in search of the Monk, with a vague memory that he had something to do with his ‘degeneration.’ Meanwhile, the Monk is meddling, bringing Sarah Jane Smith to the future UNIT HQ to steal a device for an alien race. The Doctor must help Kate Stewart and Osgood foil an invasion before he can confront the Monk about what he knows.

Cast and Performances

Tom Baker kicks off the anniversary celebrations with his brilliant performance in “Past Lives,” where we see the utterly brilliant Sadie Miller reunite with the cast. Jemma Redgrave excels with the audio medium and puts in a great performance here. Ingrid Oliver, who got on nerves in the television series, delivers a great performance as well. Rufus Hound, once more portraying the extremely talented Monk, works well with the rapid pacing of this story.

Conclusion

“Past Lives” is the perfect way to begin the 60th-anniversary celebrations of Doctor Who. The highlight of the story is the interaction between the characters from different eras. It’s great to hear the Doctor’s reaction to seeing Sarah Jane after centuries. The Monk and UNIT crew work well with each other, making it a must-listen story for any Doctor Who fans.

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This title was released in May 2023. It will be exclusively available to buy from the Big Finish website until 31 July 2023, and on general sale after this date.