By Paul Grammatico
It is now the season where families come together, have holiday dinners, playing seasonal music, exchanging various gifts, make merry with others, and; of course, Santa Claus. In the current environment we reside in as lockdown is required this holiday, I hope the situations above will return in 2021.
Getting back to the man in the red suit; in many parts of America, Mr. Claus is considered a jolly man who gives presents to ‘good’ children and ‘bad’ children get coal in their stockings. Films in the United States view Santa and everything that surrounds him as being good. This was exemplified in such classic films as Miracle on 34th Street (1947, 1994) and The Santa Clause (1994).
But in 1984, Tri-Star pictures flipped the script on Santa by creating Silent Night, Deadly Night; turning the iconic man of Christmas into a killer and would birth a slew of numerous evil/killer Santa films that are still going strong nearly four decades later.
Review by Michael Goleniewski
Big Finish’s Christmas release for 2020 sees the Seventh Doctor and Ace hoping to land in Edinburgh for the holidays but instead coming to the small village of Coylumbridge which is eerily quiet and empty. They soon meet an old friend in the area, retired Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, who is looking into a rather ominous presence on the nearby mountain of Ben MacDui that’s causing hikers to go missing and/or be hospitalised from paranoia and delusion. Naturally while Ace immediately takes the initiative in climbing the peak with a new friend, the Doctor and the Brig stay behind in the comfort of the nearby inn to learn more and wait for backup support. But soon, everyone will be up on the mountain navigating the trials of the summit while searching for answers surrounding the mysterious presence waiting for them on the windy plateau….. Continue reading
Review by Jacob Licklider
Celebrating Christmas, and any other winter holiday, in 2020 is going to be one of those weirder experiences to avoid the further spread of an already taxing pandemic. So leave it to Big Finish Productions to come along and bring Lisa Bowerman in to record a Bernice Summerfield anthology celebrating the season with the ‘First Lady’ of Big Finish. New listeners should know going in that this is an anthology showcasing Benny throughout her life (after her travels with the Seventh Doctor), and is written without heavily relying on the continuity of the adventures and can be enjoyed separately. This is something that I am grateful for, especially as until very recently the single releases of the Bernice Summerfield range have only been available on CD (and Series 7-11 still are as of writing this review). It means that you can just listen to this rather affordable audiobook and enjoy 10 very different stories of the season from 10 very different authors. Continue reading
Review by Michael Goleniewski
‘Blood on Santa’s Claw’ represents Big Finish’s Doctor Who Christmas special as well as the only real holiday special we’re going to get for 2019 (minus the Thirteenth Doctor comic special that won’t be looked at until next year). The release is an anthology set of four stories featuring the Sixth Doctor and Peri and represents a few big milestones for the team being the first real holiday story they’ve gotten as well as introducing a new companion in Peri’s new boyfriend, singer Joe Carnaby played by Luke Allen-Gale. It’s an interesting idea and one that deserves attention and acknowledgment for being so out of the blue in giving a relatively lesser-known Classic Doctor a Christmas special and (provided it’s good) should be something Big Finish should definitely take to heart for each holiday season with other older Doctors. Continue reading
Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)
It’s another great start to a short trip with the narration device being Bernice Summerfield explaining to a medical robot why it needs to delete her memory.
Death at Christmas is the second seasonal Doctor Who audio drama to be produced, written and directed by Doctor Squee of the Gallifrey Stands Podcast following last years The Time Trap.
As the Doctor & companion Orla head back to Earth for her Dad’s funeral, they reminisce on how they met. The Doctor had just regenerated and found himself crashing into Orla’s life. Meanwhile the new health minister is unveiling a drug that could be the cure for Orla’s Dad’s cancer. But is this cure too good to be true, or could it be deadlier than the cancer itself? Added to this, is one of the Doctors oldest enemies manipulating it all from behind the scenes and if so can the Doctor pull it together after the change to stop him?
This year’s Christmas Special sees The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) join forces with a masked Superhero (Justin Chatwin) for an epic New York adventure. A new image from the episode was released today. Continue reading
The BBC have announced the title of this years Doctor Who Christmas special will be The Husbands Of River Song in an episode guest starring Greg Davies and Matt Lucas alongside Peter Capaldi as The Doctor and Alex Kingston as River Song.
We’d like to wish all our readers and friends around the world a very Merry Christmas…however you chose to spend it. 2014 has been a busy year for us and we can’t wait to share some of the exciting articles and events we will be bringing you in 2015.