Audio Review: Space 1999 (Vol. 1)

Review by Ian McArdell


Space 1999 Volume 1 continues Big Finish’s vivid reimagining of the late 1970s Gerry Anderson classic. After launching with the show’s pilot episode, refashioned as an epic audio movie, this boxset moves us into the realm of regular episodes. While remaining faithful to the spirit of the original, this first set holds two original stories and one adaptation. The first deals directly with the aftermath of Breakaway, and follows up on the mysterious call to the planet of Meta – a plot threat surprisingly forgotten onscreen as the Moon headed on out into the universe. Continue reading

Review: Doctor Who – Genetics of the Daleks (Time Lord Victorious)

Review by Michael Goleniewski


‘Genetics of the Daleks’ is perhaps the biggest surprise story in the whole of the Time Lord Victorious arc as it features the earliest Doctor involved in the entire saga so far and yet somehow happens to be one of the last stories timeline-wise in regards to how the Daleks themselves pertain to the big event. Its trailer makes it feel like ‘Alien’ with a lone pepper-pot instead of a xenomorph akin to how the recent final Eighth Doctor TLV audio was basically ‘Die Hard’ with a whole army of ‘pepper-pots’ at it’s disposal and the Doctor in the John McClane role. And similar to said audio, ‘Genetics’ delivers pretty much that exact premise albeit with a few twists along the way.

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Audio Review: Blake’s 7 – Outlaw

Review by Ian McArdell


Outlaw is the latest Blake’s 7 audiobook from Big Finish. Like it’s immediate predecessor ‘Uprising’, it focuses on a lesser developed character from the show. In that case it was the ill-fated Gan, here the light is shone on Blake’s nemesis, Space Commander Travis. Continue reading

Audio Review: Star Cops – Mars (Part 2)

Review by Ian McArdell


Mars 2, the latest Star Cops audio release, concludes the current storyline for the International Space Police Force. Based on Chris Boucher’s short-lived 1987 television series, this audio drama stars David Calder as Commander Nathan Spring, a canny copper determined to build a presence for law and order in orbit.

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Audio Review: Blake’s 7 – Restoration (Part 1)

Review by Ian McArdell


A new year brings a fresh batch of classic adventures for Blake’s 7, the first of three box sets which will make up a mini-series under the umbrella title ‘Restoration’, in the same way the last three releases did for Crossfire. Continue reading

Audio Review: Wireless Theatre Company – Red Moon (Parts 5 & 6)

Review by Ian McArdell



Across the Fifth and Sixth phases of Red Moon, The Wireless Theatre Company’s six-part alternate history of the space race, we finally get to the core of the conspiracy surrounding SpaceCom’s Eagle One nuclear base. Continue reading

Audio Review: The Wireless Theatre Company – Red Moon 3&4

Review by Ian McArdell


With the third and fourth instalments of Red Moon, The Wireless Theatre Company’s six-part alternate history take on the space race, the conspiracy escalates and tensions spill over into action as two of our principal characters collide.

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Audio Review: Blake’s 7 – Crossfire Part 3

Review by Ian McArdell


Across four further tales, the crew of the Liberator return to witness the conclusion of the Crossfire story arc; episodes 9 – 12 chart the final stages of a civil war for control of the Federation, with Servalan and the former President vying for supremacy. Nestled as a sub-season within the continuity of late Series C, Crossfire Part 3 follows the same format as the previous two box sets, mixing arc-heavy stories with lighter ones and using various combinations of the cast; Avon, Cally, Vila, Tarrant and Dayna, along with Orac and Zen. Continue reading

Cops and Monsters – Scottish sci-fi series crowdfunding for Series 2

‘Cops and Monsters’ is an on-going supernatural police thriller set in a near future Scotland. Created by 34-year old screenwriter and indie film producer Fraser Coull. The series follows the ‘Paranormal Investigation Team Scotland (PITS)’ as they police and protect the supernatural community in a near-future Scotland.

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Audio Review: The Wireless Theatre Company – Red Moon

Review by Ian McArdell


From novels to films to comic books, ‘What If?’ tales and alternate histories are often compelling as they offer a rich playground of almost familiar events to play in. In just this vein, Red Moon looks at one of the pivotal moments in the 20th Century and poses the question… What if the Russians had beaten the Americans to the Moon? Continue reading