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Doctor Who: The Legacy Collection (Shada/More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS) [DVD]
Doctor Who: The Legacy Collection (Shada/More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: 6.75

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MORE THAN THIRTY OR SHOULD THAT BE FIFTY YEARS IN THE TARDIS?, 30 April 2013
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An interesting release from Auntie Beeb this one. The incomplete Douglas Adams 'classic' Shada and the 1993 Documentary More than Thirty years in the Tardis in one box set.

The Shada story is basically a straight swap from VHS to DVD of this story's previous release, what's more interesting is the various extras on both items and if you pop these discs into your computer or Mac, you can get lots more extras too.

More than Thirty Years in the Tardis is again like its VHS release but is made up with by more extras on the disc.

Nothings stands out particuarly as a highlight but if your geekish about Doctor Who - you've got to get this release

KEITH GOOCH


Doctor Who: The Gunfighters (Classic Novels)
Doctor Who: The Gunfighters (Classic Novels)
by Donald Cotton
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 10.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who takes part in the gunfight at the OK Corral with the help of Scott Tracy, 10 April 2013
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If you are a fan of Doctor Who and the works of the late Gerry Anderson as I am, you'll love this audio book read by Shane Rimmer.

You may not recognise Shane Rimmer's voice as that of Scott Tracy from Thunderbirds as with age its got more gravel in it than one of the many gracel quarries that Doctor Who has been shot in over the years.

This is a very exciting reading of Donald Cotton's original Target novel with added sound effects.

Although Shane Rimmer is Canadian rather than American, you'd be hard placed to guess that from this reading as he sounds like an old time Western character from start to finish.

One of the best reading of these audio books I've ever heard, most enjoyable. A must listen to.

KEITH GOOCH


Space: 1999 Resurrection
Space: 1999 Resurrection
by William Latham
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.78

4.0 out of 5 stars Resurrection, 3 Sep 2012
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This was a short but interesting story which was a sequel to the Space:1999 television episode End of Eternity. A strange choice as this wasn't a particularly good episode as the main protagonist (Balor) was played by a certain Peter Bowles (of To the Manor Born fame) dressed in outrageous platform shoes and enormous black flared trousers stomping around Moonbase Alpha killing people.

This sequel was interesting but equally ridiculous and sort of introduced the idea of space-zombies to the Space:1999 canon, which is never a good thing.

If you are going to buy this, rememember two things, a) it is rather pricey and b) it is rather short, think of the original Target Doctor Who novels and you'll realise how short this novel is.

Otherwise if that hasn't put you off, then I recommend you buy this book for a daft but enjoyable short read.

KEITH GOOCH


Star Trek Voyager  - Season 1 (Slimline Edition) [DVD]
Star Trek Voyager - Season 1 (Slimline Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kate Mulgrew
Price: 12.00

4.0 out of 5 stars ENTERING THE DELTA QUADRANT, 21 Jun 2012
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For some reason this first season is rather short only 15 episodes (16 if you count the movie length pilot The Caretaker as two episodes).

It is interesting to see the genesis of this programme, which to me wouldn't gel until the third or fourth series when they'd got rid of the character Kes and replaced her with Seven of Nine.

Some interesting episodes (but really the Kazon as a villainous race, no they were really a poor man's alternative to the Klingons, but the charcaters don't really start to settle until further on into this seven year voyage.

Worth buying to see how it all began.

KEITH GOOCH


Energy of the Daleks (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures)
Energy of the Daleks (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures)
by Nicholas Briggs
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 9.47

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hi-Energy of the Daleks, 19 Jun 2012
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This is an excellent audio drama produced by Big Finish re-uniting the classic Doctor Who pairing of the Fourth Doctor and Leela.

Sadly the only thing that spoils this particular episode is the inclusion of the titled villains ... the Daleks.

As far as I'm concerned, the Daleks have never been scary (the only thing that scared me about Doctor Who as a child was the Cybermen) but here the Daleks sound so camp when they are ranting.

Nicholas Briggs manages to sound even more camp than Roy Skelton when he does the Dalek voices, a feat I never thought would be possible.

Good story spoiled by the inclusion of the Daleks, but I would still recommend that Doctor Who fans buy it.

KEITH GOOCH


The Protectors: The Complete Series [DVD]
The Protectors: The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Vaughn
Price: 21.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars IN THE AVENUES AND ALLEYWAYS, 19 Jun 2012
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Anyone who is interested in cult television from the 1970's, whether it be from the ITC stable (which this is) or not, should definitely buy this box set.

Produced by Gerry Anderson (the legend behind shows such as Fireball XL5, Thunderbirds, UFO and SPACE:1999) it has everything you would expect from a detective series from that era, i.e car scenes where its obvious the car isn't moving its just a projection goping past the window to give the illusion of movement and stunt fights where the stunt men and women look nothing like the people they are supposed to be doubling.

It has a stellar list of guest stars from that period John Thaw (The Sweeney, Inspector Morse), Patrick Troughton (Doctor Who), Stephanie Beacham (The Colbys, Bad Girls), Kate O'Mara (Bad Girls), Eartha Kitt (Batman, Mission Impossible), Lalla Ward (Doctor Who),George Baker (Inspector Wexford) Angharid Rees (Onedid Line) and many more.

Not to mention the regular stars Robert Vaughn (The Man from Uncle, Hustle),Nyree Dawn Porter (The Forsthye Saga) and Tony Anholt (Space:1999) and episodes shot in glamorous cities across Europe such as Prague, Paris, Copenhagen, Rome,Madrid, London and sadly one shot in a not so glamorous city... Edinburgh.

All in all, 52 episodes so 52 chances to catch a glimpse of a bygone era.

KEITH GOOCH


Thunderbirds: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
Thunderbirds: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Alan Patillo
Price: 39.75

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4.0 out of 5 stars Thunderbirds truly are into the 21st Century, 7 May 2012
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As anyone who knows me will testify, I live for the varied multiverse of the Gerry Anderson universe. I eat sleep and breathe shows such as UFO, SPACE 1999 and New Captain Scarlet.

Whilst I have to admit that Thunderbirds is one of my least favourite Gerry Anderson shows, seeing as I have it already in audio cassette form, CD form, vinyl records form, 8mm film, VHS and DVD formats as well as UMB DVD it seemed only right to get it in Blu Ray too.

It seems I know more about Thunderbirds than the people that produced the packaging on this boxset, why would you put an insignificant character like Kyrano on the cover, unless you were stupid enough to think he was International Rescue's nemesis The Hood.

This boxset (which is remarkable cheap considering it has all thirty two episodes of the 1965/1966 series of Gerry Anderson's most remembered show Thunderbirds.

Although the extras don't add anything to what I already have in my collection and the difference in picture isn't all that significant, its still interesting to watch this series over again, something I haven't done for several months.

Yes it's dated, yes it's scientific tosh and yes it's politically incorrect with a) no black characters and b) some sterotypically xenophobic interpretations of foreign languages/accents and c) it has a lot of it's heroes and heroines smoking (tut tut).

At this price it is still worth a punt and well worth watching, I'd recommend it to anyone.


Star Trek - Enterprise - Series 4 - Complete (Slimline Edition) [DVD]
Star Trek - Enterprise - Series 4 - Complete (Slimline Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Scott Bakula
Price: 16.35

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5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Enterprise's Best Season, 5 May 2012
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This is an excellent box set containing Star Trek Enterprise's fourth and last season.

I'm not a big Star Trek fan, but this series is the least Star Trek-ish of the lot.

Although to be fair, in this season they cram in the end of the Xindi saga, Orion slave girls, why the Klingons in the classic original Star Trek series don't have cranial ridges and two episodes in the mirror universe, as well as Peter Weller (a.k.a. Robocop) in two episodes as a xenophobic man opposed to any alien life form on either Earth or humanity's home Solar system and his organisation terra Prime.

We also see the origins of Sections 13 (more seen of in Deep Space Nine) and we discover a dark secret of William Riker.

All in all a truly remarkable season and well worth watching.


Doctor Who: The War Machines [DVD]
Doctor Who: The War Machines [DVD]
Dvd ~ William Hartnell
Price: 7.50

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4.0 out of 5 stars WAR MACHINES, 8 May 2011
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Many people disregard William Hartnell's performance as The Doctor, because of his unfortunate ability to fluff his lines, which is a shame, as he is still the original and best, despite what numerous polls have since declared.

here in the War Machines, he is arguably at his best. Initially saddled with one of the worst companions in the shows history, Dodo (Jackie Lane) the Doctor arrives back in 1966 London at the early period shortly after the opening of the latest marvel of the age the Post Office Tower.

Buried in the heart of the tower is an evil computer named Wotan, who in a move long before the Internet of for that matter the movie Terminator, links up with all the major computers in the world and at the point of going live decides that humanity needs to be replaced and goes about building vast War Machines to go about ridding the world of its human occupants.

Using its hypnotic powers Wotan hypnotises various people including Dodo to help in its plans to build the War Machines and it is left to the Doctor who seems immune to Wotan's pwoers to save humanity, backed by his new found friends Ben and Polly.

This story has everything, rather naff War Machines that obviously somebody in the BBC thought would rival the Daleks, the first appearance of Ben and Polly and one of the latter William Hartnell performances and a good one, as he has to carry a lot of the show himself.

Would throughly recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it.


Doctor Who: The Macra Terror[1967](Original BBC Television Soundtrack)
Doctor Who: The Macra Terror[1967](Original BBC Television Soundtrack)
by Colin Baker
Edition: Audio CD

4.0 out of 5 stars DOCTOR WHO THE MACRA TERROR, 16 Oct 2010
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One of the many early Doctor Who stories that were wiped by the numpties a the BBC, because they didn't think they were commercal viable.

And to be honest much as I love the Patrick Troughton era of the show, this isn' one of his best stories, and perhaps should have remained lost or missing.

Giant crabs who use mind control over humans to get them to mine the poisonous gas they require to live sounds like something that Roger Corman woul have come up with in th 1950's.

Enjoyable for all the wrng reasons, but worth listening to once.

One for the purists only.


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