Review: Torchwood – Iceberg

Review by Jacob Licklider


There really is something special about the way character drama can be done with a two-hander. Writing a story with only two speaking roles means that the author has to get really close with who these people are and what their relationship is; often times testing what their relationship and interactions mean. It’s odd then that in promoting Torchwood: Iceberg, Big Finish Productions don’t really mention this is ‘that’ type of story, instead implying that it’s going to be an examination of the character of Owen Harper, who died and was resurrected via alien technology in Series 2.

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Review: Doctor Who- The Third Doctor Adventures (Vol 6)

Review by Michael Goleniewski



Poison of the Daleks by Guy Adams

UNIT has been employed to handle security concerns at a new air filtration center that promises to help rid the planet of atmospheric pollution forever. The Third Doctor, Jo Grant, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and Sergeant Benton arrive to lend their expertise (and hopefully their endorsement) as necessary despite the Doctor’s personal suspicions and the somewhat rude comments of the leading professor on the project. But something strange is going on behind the scenes hinted at when a strange battered man suddenly appears out of nowhere asking for help before dying right in front of them. It’s not long before the UNIT family discover a dark connection to a whole other planet filled with killer plants, oddly familiar robot men, and occupied by an old foe lurking in the shadows waiting to strike…..

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Review: Doctor Who – Shadow Of The Sun

Review by Jacob Licklider


Let’s all be honest, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many industries, including the arts and avenues of entertainment, to grind to a halt; whilst there is plenty of misinformation about the
pandemic itself around. With television and film delays and potential cancellations, you would think that a small company like Big Finish Productions wouldn’t be able to keep up, but because they are small they’re able to keep going and find creative workarounds through the quarantines. Shadow of the Sun is the second release to come because of the pandemic and the first to feature a full cast. Continue reading

Review: The Paternoster Gang – Heritage 3

Review by Jacob Licklider


The Paternoster Gang: Heritage has been a four set miniseries exploring the characters which Steven Moffat retconned as the Paternoster Gang in The Name of the Doctor and the third set to be released from Big Finish Productions is the first to actually live up to the “heritage” subtitle. Heritage 3 is three stories each taking a look at the family or society that each member of the
Paternoster Gang hails from. It’s also the first set to feel like there may actually be a story arc forming for the next story with hints of a coming apocalypse that Madame Vastra has her own little part to play on. I’d say more on that later, but it is all setup and saved for the final set which has been announced and will be released later this year with a special guest appearance which I will not spoil here. Continue reading

Review: BATSH*T BRIDE (2020)

BATSH*T BRIDE is a new comedy from writer/director Jonathan Smith and stars Meghan Falcone, Josh Covitt, Jonny Svarzbein, Alicia Giangrisostomi, Shaina Vorspan, Kayla Conroy and Patrick Collins.

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Review: A Legacy of Whining

A Legacy of Whining is a new comedy feature from writer/director/star Ross Munro.

The past ain’t all it’s cracked up to be when two former high school friends reunite thirty years later in a painfully comedic and bittersweet rollercoaster of an evening.

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Review: Doctor Who – Cry of the Vultriss

Review by Jacob Licklider


April’s main range release is ‘Cry of the Vultriss’ and kicks off 2020’s Sixth Doctor trilogy and is notable for featuring Flip Jackson and Constance Clarke as companions after a nearly two-and-a-
half-year hiatus due to scheduling conflicts. The last release to feature this team wasStatic released in December 2017 which ended with a dramatic twist and as such in this review there will be spoilers for both ‘Static’ and ‘Cry of the Vultriss’ in this review, you have been warned!


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Review: Raiders of the Hidden Donald Trump Fetish Doll (Short)

‘Raiders of Hidden Donald Trump Fetish Doll’  is a comedy short from writer/director Angel Connell; who also stars playing a version of himself.

“An independent movie director (Angel Connell) in the middle of a crowdfunding campaign fends off a variety of malevolent individuals who seek to steal his ultimate crowdfunding perk: a Donald Trump fetish doll.” 

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Review: How To Fix A Drug Scandal (A Netflix Original Documentary Series)

In 2013, Massachusetts State Police arrest 35-year-old crime drug lab lab chemist Sonja Farak for tampering with evidence: and that was only the beginning. Over time, details emerged that Farak had been in fact using the drugs that she was tasked with testing. Did anyone know what had been going on? And when did they find out? The scope of Farak’s addiction—and the number of people convicted as a result of her drug testing—comes to light, despite repeated efforts to suppress evidence in the case. This four-part Netflix docuseries directed by Erin Lee Carr (Mommy Dead and Dearest, Dirty Money) examines an essential, but obscured, part of the criminal justice system. In addition to re-creations of Farak’s compelling grand jury testimony and interviews with attorneys and experts, we hear from Farak’s family for the first time, delving deep into how the actions of one crime lab employee can impact tens of thousands of lives.

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Review: Doctor Who – Subterfuge

Review by Jacob Licklider


Helen Goldwyn writing a Doctor Who story set in World War II is an excellent pitch for Big Finish Productions to take up.  Goldwyn has extensive acting and directing experience, being a part of Big Finish Productions since the very beginning with her first work being in The Spectre of Lanyon Moor and The Secret of Cassandra.  Most recently she showed an incredible understanding of wartime as one of four writers on Louise Jameson’s Big Finish Original ATA Girl.  Subterfuge takes place at the tail end of World War II and deals with Winston Churchill’s campaign as leader of the Conservative Party and eventual loss to Clement Attlee, the Labour leader of the time who took the position of Prime Minister.  Ian McNeice returns to the role of Winston Churchill and is brought into conflict with Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor and Rufus Hound’s Meddling Monk.  Subterfuge juggles two distinct storyline tied into the campaign: first is the Monk’s attempts to get Churchill reelected and the second is a series of terrorist attacks by a group of aliens and spies that the Doctor has to find a solution to while dealing with the Monk’s meddling.

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