Audio Review: The World’s of Blake’s 7 – Heroes And Villains

Review by Ian McArdell


Heroes and Villains is the latest release from The Worlds of Blake’s 7 range from Big Finish. Exploring the universe away from the Liberator, boxsets so far have focussed on fellow freedom fighter Avalon, the mysterious Clone Masters, Colin Baker’s bombastic villain Bayban the Butcher and the  insidious criminal organisation known as The Terra Nostra. Each of these releases have seen members of the show’s original cast appear.

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Audio Review: Survivors – New Dawn 2

Review by Ian McArdell


Survivors: New Dawn sees three further adventures for Abby Grant and Jenny Richards. Some twenty years on from the initial outbreak of ‘The Death’, this sequel series has caught us up with the two remaining central characters from the show.978-1-83868-771-7

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Audio Review: The Worlds of Blake’s 7 – The Terra Nostra

Review by Ian McArdell


The Terra Nostra returns us to the criminal organisation first glimpsed in the Blake’s 7 episode Shadow, for a set of stories in the shady underworld of the Federation. Taking their inspiration from the Mafia, the Terra Nostra seemingly stretched throughout the galaxy and it was heavily implied that they existed as a form of Federation soft power within the criminal classes. This boxset also draws together strands from the previous two in The Worlds of Blake’s 7, The Clone Masters and Bayban the Butcher – notably the story of the psycho-strategist Hinton. Continue reading

Audio Review: Survivors – Ghosts and Demons

Review by Ian McArdell


Ghosts and Demons is the latest story from the world of Terry Nation’s Survivors. While the audio dramas have pushed the timeframe on to the late 1990s with New Dawn, this story is firmly lodged within Series 1 of the television show (set around the time of the episode Something of Value). Indeed, the challenges our heroes face during the story are rooted in the events of that episode. As with some of the best of the full-cast range, Ghosts and Demons offers us multiple ways into the story by following the experiences of the characters through the early stages of “the death”. In most cases, it’s tragedy; for others, it’s freeing.

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Audio Review: Survivors – New Dawn 1

Review by Ian McArdell


New Dawn 1 is the first of two 3-story boxsets which picks up the tale some fifteen years after we last heard from Terry Nation’s Survivors.
Although it eschews a move into double figures, making a fresh start with the subtitle New Dawn, this is effectively the tenth audio series. With six new episodes adding to the thirty-six already released, there’s now more Survivors on audio than were made for television in the mid-1970s, which is a remarkable achievement. However, it’s not the Seventies that we are concerned with here; though it’s not specified, by my reckoning the events of New Dawn occur somewhere in the mid-to-late 1990s.
Abby Grant returns: Fifteen years after she went into hiding, having prized her conflicted teenage son Peter from the clutches of the quasi-military operation he’d become a part of, and despite his crimes, the pair fled.

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Missing Doctor Who Episode Recreation Gets YouTube Premiere

“Mission to the Unknown” is a missing episode of the third season of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, first broadcast on 9 October 1965.

Exactly 54 years after its original broadcast, a recreation of this missing epsiode will premiere on the Doctor Who Youtube channel.


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Audio Review: Survivors Series 8

Review by Ian McArdell


It has been a long thirteen months since the last audio box set of Terry Nation’s Survivors, Big Finish’s continuation of the classic 1970s television drama. With the world’s population ravaged by a deadly pandemic, the series charts the lives of those who are attempting to rebuild against all the odds.

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Audio Review: Survivors Series 7

Review by Ian McArdell


Terry Nation’s Survivors, which ran for three series in the mid-1970s, told the story of the population ravaged by a deadly virus and how the few who survived it struggled to keep going in a familiar, yet utterly changed world.

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Audio Review: Blake’s 7 – The Spoils of War

Review by Ian McArdell


After break of almost two years, Blake’s 7 have returned to Big Finish with a new box set of adventures under the title The Spoils of War.
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Audio Review: Survivors Series 6

Review by Ian McArdell


Returning for a sixth box set, the audio continuation of Terry Nation’s post-apocalyptic drama continues to chronicle humanity’s struggle to survive in the wake of a deadly plague. Continue reading