Audio Review – The Coming of the Martians

Review by Ian McArdell


Since going out of copyright, there have been a few projects based on H.G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds, adding to the extensive catalogue of adaptations already available.
While the most well-known versions might be Orson Welles’ famous 1938 radio play or Spielberg’s Tom Cruise fronted movie, both shifted the location and moved the story to their present day. Slightly more faithful is Jeff Wayne’s musical interpretation, which at least keeps the setting correct – although it has claimed the title and forced this adaptation to be dubbed ‘The Coming of the Martians’; originally the title of the first part of the novel. With a fresh take on the novel by Nick Scovell, who may be known to some for his re-staging of Doctor Who classics, Sherwood Sound Studios’ approach has remained incredibly faithful to the original text; this is a tale of a Martian invasion of the home counties, with the action taking place across Surrey and Hampshire, as well as London. Continue reading

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Audio Review: The Omega Factor Series 3

Review by Ian McArdell


Three series in, and with an episode tally now exceeding the original television run, Big Finish’s continuation of the 1970’s supernatural thriller series The Omega Factor is on robust form. Continue reading

Audio Review: The Martian Invasion of Earth

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


Big Finish continue their classic adaptations with another HG Wells classic & one of his most celebrated at that. Continue reading

Original Torchwood team returns in new Big Finish audio series ‘Believe’

The full Torchwood team – Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Owen Harper and Toshiko Sato – are reunited in this new full-cast drama!
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Audio Review: Blake’s 7 – Crossfire Part 2

Review by Ian McArdell


Hot on the heels of their thrilling 40th Anniversary release, Big Finish are back for more as Crossfire – a twelve-part season of stories set within the programme’s third series – continues.

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Audio Review: Blake’s 7 – The Way Ahead (40th Anniversary Special)

Review by Ian McArdell


In writing a 40th anniversary story, writer Mark Wright was set a tremendous challenge; to create a tale which offers each of the show’s main characters a chance to shine, while at the same time maintains a tone which resonates with the core themes of the show and celebrates what we all love about Blake’s 7. Continue reading

Review – The First Doctor Adventures (Volume One)

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


The First Doctor is back, but maybe not the one you might expect! Yes, David Bradley reprises his role of the First Doctor from ‘An Adventure in Time & Space’ (then technically as William Hartnell) and Twice Upon a Time. Joined by his Tardis crew from ‘An Adventure in Time & Space’ Claudia Grant (Susan), Jamie Glover (Ian Chesterton) & Jemma Powell (Barbara Wright). Also featuring James Dreyfus as the Master… the Original you might say!

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Audio Review: Blake’s 7 – Heroes 

Review by Ian McArdell


Celebrating Blake’s 7’s band of heroes, or should that be anti-heroes, this short-story collection is released in anticipation of the programme’s 40th anniversary next year.
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Audio Review: Blake’s 7 – Crossfire Part 1

Review by Ian McArdell


After their successful return in box set format last July, for The Spoils of War, this latest release for the Blake’s 7 – The Classic Audio Adventures range initiates a fresh run of twelve stories under the umbrella title of Crossfire which is proposed as a new sub-season of stories, set within Series C. Continue reading

Review: Doctor Who – The Thief Who Stole Time

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


The 4th Doctor (Tom Baker) & Romana (Lalla Ward) are back for the second part of this adventure started in the The Skin of the Sleek. Romana is stranded and tried to get back to safety, the Doctor tries to make things right and time is running out. How are the Timelords involved in this planet and what is it’s secret? All will be revealed Continue reading