Episode 160:The Blair Witch Project

Gerrod and Martyn sit down to discuss the 1999 horror movie, The Blair Witch Project.

The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 supernatural horror film written, directed and edited by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez.

It tells the fictional story of three student filmmakers—Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, and Joshua Leonard—who hike in the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland in 1994 to film a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch. The three disappeared, but their equipment and footage is discovered a year later. The purportedly “recovered footage” is the film the viewer sees.

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Review-Doctor Who: The Churchill Years

Reprising his performances during Matt Smith’s era of Doctor Who, Ian McNiece is back as Winston Churchill. Big Finish’s new box set departs from their well-honed format of unmediated aural adventures, with McNiece narrating as well as performing in each episode. The narration does cover a few bits that I felt it shouldn’t, notably an action sequence in the first story and the introduction of a famous historical figure in the third. I mention this to balance what I think has been a refreshing experience and a success overall.

Churchill’s narration includes recounting the words and actions of the first three new series Doctors. This has the brilliant effect of bringing the Christopher Eccleston Doctor to Big Finish, complete with the Ninth Doctor signature tune. The Doctor changes, the title music changes. Across the stories, one can spot the different speech patterns of each Doctor, even as related (and occasionally imitated) by McNiece.

There’s still plenty of full-cast audio action aboard, moved along nicely by the ‘companions’ of Churchill. As his new secretary, Hetty Warner (Emily Atack) leads many scenes apart from Winston and works well with both her employer and The Doctor. Kazran Sardick (Danny Horn) returns from Dr Who’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ and provides a good contrast to the 20th century way in which Churchill reacts to being dropped into Roman Britain. In the final piece, another supporting artist from a Matt Smith Christmas special returns, Holly Earl As Lily Arwell. She looks after Winston at a particularly action-packed point in his twilight years.



The first story is the most conventional, with an alien object dropped into wartime Britain. The second shatters that mould as we find Churchill’s Black Dog – his controversial mental issues – woven into the story. In the third, Winston lives amid the subjects of his own history books and the statesman’s fascination for butterflies is rolled rather surprisingly into the fourth adventure. Additionally, there’s a nice bit of Nick Briggs’ Dalek voice work in this set.

Doctor Who: The Churchill Years brought a delightful, fictionalised Sir Winston into my home over a couple of winter evenings. So pleasant was it that I might just sit down with Churchill’s own writing for just a bit more time with this true-life legend from long ago.

Big Finish review-The Yes Men

The Yes Men is the first in a new four part series of full cast audio stories called ‘Early Adventures’. These adventures are focusing on the second Doctor and his various different companions.

Fan favourite Frazer Hines reprises his role as Jamie and also plays The Second Doctor. Anneke Wills acts as narrator as well as reprises her role as Polly.
As Michael Craze sadly passed away in the late nineties, the role of Ben Jackson has been recast with Elliot Chapman.

The story starts with the Doctor wanting to visit his old friend Meg Carvossa, on the Earth colony of New Houston. Shortly after arriving, team TARDIS find that Meg has died in a mysterious way. That’s not the only problem, the helper robots have started acting a bit shifty.

What follows is a suspenseful tale of suspicion and death.

I know a lot of hardcore fans are unhappy with the recasting of pivotal roles, I am not one of them. I want Early era Big Finish stories and this is the only way we’re going to get them.

Elliot Chapman is phenomenal as Ben. It’s as if Michael Craze never left us, Chapman plays the role with the upmost respect for Craze, yet he also manages to make the role his own. The result is mesmerising.
I’m a huge fan of Frazer Hines, so I hate to type this. But, I don’t rate his turn as The Second Doctor. He can do a really decent impression of Patrick Troughton but that doesn’t really work for a 2hr audio play.
Other than that, everything else is up to the high standards we’ve come to expect from Big Finish. The script is solid, the direction is flawless and the music adds to the atmosphere. Stephen Critchlow is excellent as the mono toned Yes Men.

I look forward to hearing what the next set of Early Adventures brings us, but I’m especially intrigued to see what Elliot Chapman does with Ben Jackson.

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Episode 82:Sweeney Dredd

In which Martyn gets drunk and he and Gerrod discuss the 2012 films, The Sweeney and, Dredd.

This is a raw, unedited discussion by two drunk people. Enjoy. Play along at home, by listening out for Gerrod’s ghost and our secret word ‘mouse’.



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Episode 69: The Dark Knight trilogy

In which Martyn and Ash are joined by Martyn’s friend, Chris. The trio is joined by Phil from the who’s he podcast.

They discuss Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The Dark Knight Series is a set of three Christopher Nolan Batman movies. It includes Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight(2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and Cillian Murphy appeared in all three movies.

The Trilogy is considered by many to be one of the best of all time. Batman’s grounded portrayal was universally acclaimed.

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Episode 66: Shaun of the Dead

In which Martyn and Gerrod attempt to review Shaun Of The Dead.

WARNING: without Pete or Ash this episode turns filthy, fast.

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Episode 65: The Avengers (Assemble)

In which Martyn, Gerrod and Ash take a look at The Avengers, or Avengers Assemble. Then Ash talks to two women about a puppet: Check out Ash’s excellent podcasts , Night’s at the round table. and Hammered Horror.

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Episode 64: Cat Flap Fever

The Bad Wilf posse gather outside a pub to discuss the final ‘classic’ serial, ‘Survival.’ Gerrod has watched the first episode, Martyn has a cold and with guest appearances from members of the Who’s He, Nights at the round table and Pharos Project podcasts, what can possibly go wrong?

Trust me Midge, trust me.




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Episode 62: Attack of the CyberMart

In which Gerrod returns. What do you mean you don’t remember him?

Your heroes look at Attack of the Cybermen. We also welcome our new host, Ash. Check out Ash’s other podcasts, Nights at the round table. and Hammered Horror.

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The serial is set in London in 1985 and the planet Telos in the future. In the serial, the Cybermen plot to change the course of history by destroying Earth with Halley’s Comet in 1985, which would prevent the destruction of the Cybermen’s original home planet Mondas. In addition to its contemporary London setting, it also features several other references to the previous season’s Resurrection of the Daleks, notably the return of Lytton (played by Maurice Colbourne) and his henchmen (who again masquerade as policemen), and is directed by Matthew Robinson in his second and final contribution to the series.



Book review: Help I’m trapped in my best friends nose

A lot of children’s books are reviewed nowadays by either childen, so adults don’t or won’t read them, or adults, so kids don’t want to because it’s not written by them. So how do you break this vicious circle? how do you continue to have your children interested in reading? Well here’s one way….this review is written by both myself and my 11-year-old son.

Help I’m stuck up my best friends nose is a book of short stories by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. The back cover is hilarious, whereby most books have a synopsis of the story or a note about the authors, the back cover of this collection of stories is a points-scoring quiz.

Questions like Do you ever look in a mirror and see a maniac looking back? or Do you swing on a washing line whenever you get the chance? you then score a point for every answer you like, the problem is whatever you score the answer leads you to love the book. Very cleverly done.

Andy Griffiths then takes us through nine short stories of incredible humour for both children and adults with illustrations by the remarkable Terry Denton on every page.

Kraig picked this book due to the gory and funny stories and liked the idea that the stories where short so you could enjoy them and take a rest before the next one.

The title story is about a boys dream, in this dream, the boy’s friend Danny is a giant and picks his nose with the boy on his finger, and Kraig thinks the stories just got funnier and funnier as the book went on.

A must-read for all children in the 9 to 12 age group. – Steve and Kraig