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Doctor Who - Battlefield [DVD] [1989]
Doctor Who - Battlefield [DVD] [1989]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: £6.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Let This Be Our Last Battlefield", 28 May 2015
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Doctor Who: Battlefield.

Product Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
Number of discs: 2
Classification: PG
Studio: 2 Entertain
Running Time: 100 minutes

Special Features.
Commentary by Sophie Aldred (Ace), Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier), Angela Bruce (Brigadier Winifred Bambera), Ben Aaronovitch (Writer), Andrew Cartmel (Script Editor).
Storm Over Avallion - The making of Battlefield.
Past and Future King - Writing Battlefield by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel.
Watertank - Recalling Sophie Aldred's on-set accident.
From Kingdom to Queen - Jean Marsh looks back at her Doctor Who appearances.
Studio Recording.
Isolated music score.
Original BBC trails and continuity.
Radio Times billings.
Coming Soon trailer - The E-Space Trilogy.

Cast.
The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
Ace - Sophie Aldred
Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart - Nicholas Courtney
Morgaine - Jean Marsh
Brigadier Winifred Bambera - Angela Bruce
Mordred - Christopher Bowen
Ancelyn - Marcus Gilbert
Doris Lethbridge-Stewart - Angela Douglas
Shou Yuing - Ling Tai
Peter Warmsly - James Ellis
Pat Rowlinson - Noel Collins
Elizabeth Rowlinson - June Bland
Sergeant Zbrigniev - Robert Jezek
Flight Lieutenant Lavel - Dorota Rae
Knight Commander - Stefan Schwartz
Major Husak - Paul Tomany
The Destroyer - Marek Anton

Production Info.
Writer: Ben Aaronovitch
Director: Michael Kerrigan
Producer: John Nathan-Turner
Story number: 152
Number of episodes: 4
Season 26
Premiere broadcast: 6th September - 27th September 1989
Premiere network: BBC1
Format: 4x25-minute episodes

Ratings.
Part one - 3.1 million viewers
Part two - 3.9 million viewers
Part three - 3.6 million viewers
Part four - 4.0 million viewers

Trivia.
1)This story had the working titles Knightfall, Storm Over Avallion, Lake Over Avallion, Pool of Avallion, Song of Avallion, Stormtroopers of Avallion & The Battlefield.
2)Morgaine claims to be able to defeat the Doctor at chess, the Doctor retorts he is playing poker. He says that he has an Ace in his sleeves.
3)The Doctor carries Liz Shaw's UNIT pass (in his hat), his own, a catapult, & a variety of alien coinage.
4)A circle drawn with a piece of chalk provided by the Doctor helps protecting Ace, Shou & Excalibur from Morgaine.
5)The Brigadier is married to Doris Lethbridge-Stewart.
6)Those from Morgaine's reality refer to the Doctor as Merlin. The Doctor assumes this to be from some point in his own future, when he is Merlin.
7)The Doctor uses Bessie again, the license plate now reads WHO 7.

What's Up Doc?
The Doctor & Ace arrive on Earth in the late 1990s where they become involved in a battle between King Arthur & Morgaine, however, these are not the heroes of Britain's past but warriors from another dimension & they recognise the Doctor as the wizard Merlin, but help is on hand in the guise of the Doctor's old UNIT ally, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

Timelord Thoughts.
Battlefield is a cracking opener to season 26 & sees the series back on sparkling form once again as writer Ben Aaronovitch has come up with a clever witty fast paced script that delivers a fresh unique take on the King Arthur legend.

Sylvester McCoy is excellent as the darker mischievous manipulative Seventh Doctor & actually brings back the mysterious element to the character hinting he is far more than just a Timelord & adds great depth to this particular incarnation as the viewer never knows his Doctors true intentions.

Sophie Aldred is fantastic as Ace & her scenes with McCoy's Doctor are a joy to behold as this duo share a genuine affection in there scenes together which effortlessly creates such a great Doctor/Companion chemistry making them a joy to watch, while the late Nicholas Courtney reprises his iconic role of Brigader Lethbridge - Stewart, six years on from Mawdryn Undead to great aplomb & is given far more action to get his acting chops into this time around & becomes a key figure in this story's conclusion.

Battlefield guest star's include Jean Marsh who is no stranger to Doctor Who as she played the part of First Doctor companion Sara Kingdom & has featured in a many Big Finish audio dramas as Sara & other characters, here Marsh plays the villainous Morgaine & givez a very subtle dramatic performance in the part & makes this character far more than just the standard cliche villain of the week, i was shocked that she decides to restore a blind woman named Elizabeth's eyesight as payment for... sorry, "spoilers".

Angela Bruce does well as Brigadier Winifred Bambera & her scenes with the Brigader Lethbridge - Stewart feature some great verbal sparring between the two as each has a different way of doing things.

What let's this story down slightly is actor Christopher Bowen who completely overacts his part as Mordred & gives a very pantomime type performance & while the script is good it does suffer from the occasional padded in various parts.

The Destroyer is a decent monster though & works well because he is used sparingly throughout the latter part of the story with director Michael Kerrigan keeping the action moving along with tightly paced direction that kept this reviewer entertained for 100 minutes.

Battlefield comes in two formats, the original episodic or feature length extended edition which contains new special effects, extra scenes & enhanced score, I'd recommend the special edition as it feels far more the deluxe version, the special features are great additions including a commentary with Sophie Aldred (Ace), Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier), Angela Bruce (Brigadier Winifred Bambera), Ben Aaronovitch (Writer), Andrew Cartmel (Script Editor) plus a great making of documentary which includes discussions of Sophie Aldred's on-set accident in the water tank.

Overall, Battlefield is a cracking good Seventh Doctor adventure that delivers a great script, plenty of mystery & intrigue, the Brigader, Bessie & wonderful performances by Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred that is well worth adding to your Doctor Who DVD collection.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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The Thing (2011) [Blu-ray]
The Thing (2011) [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Price: £6.57

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Prequel To Carpenter's 1982 Classic!, 26 May 2015
The Thing (2011).

Product Info.
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Mandarin Chinese
Dubbed: French, German, Spanish, Portuguese
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Audio Description: English
Region: B/2
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audio:English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: DTS 5.1
Spanish: DTS 5.1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Universal Pictures UK
Running Time: 102 minutes

Special Features.
U-Control Picture-in-Picture
Audio Commentary: Director Matthijs van Heijningen & Producer Eric Newman
The Thing Evolves Featurette
Fire & Ice Featurette
Deleted/Extended Scenes

Cast.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Kate Lloyd
Joel Edgerton as Sam Carter
Ulrich Thomsen as Dr. Sander Halvorson
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Derek Jameson
Eric Christian Olsen as Adam Finch
Trond Espen Seim as Edvard Wolner
Kim Bubbs as Juliette
Jørgen Langhelle as Lars
Kristofer Hivju as Jonas
Stig Henrik Hoff as Peder
Jonathan Lloyd Walker as Colin
Jo Adrian Haavind as Henrik
Jan Gunnar Røise as Olav
Carsten Bjørnlund as Karl

Trivia.
1)The red axe that Carter uses and eventually sticks into the wall can be seen still stuck in the wall when the Americans visit the Norwegian camp in the original John Carpenter version.
2)John Carpenter, the director of the 1982 remake The Thing (1982), was enthusiastic about making a cameo appearance, but scheduling conflicts prevented him from making one.
3)The scene where Sander & Finch recruit Kate to come to Antartica is the only scene in this film or in John Carpenter's film that doesn't take place in Antarctica.
4)This is a prelude to the John Carpenter's The Thing (1982).

What's The Story.
Paleontologist Kate Lloyd joins a Norwegian scientific team in Antarctica that has discovered an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, & an organism that seems to have died in the crash.

When an experiment frees the alien, a shape-shifting creature with the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being, Kate must join the crew’s pilot, Carter to keep it from killing them off one at a time.

Paranoia soon spreads like an epidemic as they’re infected, one by one, & a thrilling race for survival begins…

Timelord Thoughts.
John Carpenter's The Thing is my all time favourite sci-fi horror so when I heard Universal were planning to make a prequel i was less than thrilled, how could the filmmakers possibly match up to Carpenter's cult classic?

Well the word is "excellently" as The Thing (2011) is a cracking tale of chilling sci-fi horror, good production values & nerve shredding tension as director Matthijs van Heijningen merges this prequel to tie-in with event's seamlessly into Carpenter's movie & captures the isolated cold setting of Antarctica & delivers some great gory horror sequences combined with manic paranoia as each member of the research team begin to distrust one another.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead delivers a solid engaging performance as Paleontologist Kate Lloyd & does well in the unlikely heroine role while Joel Edgerton seems to be channelling his inner Kurt Russell playing pilot Sam Carter.

The special effects combine both cgi & practical effects which are well used in some of the movies more tense & dramatic action sequences & they actually enhance the movie instead of suffocating it with cgi overload, while the script is crammed with some good twists & kept me on the edge of my seat as to who was infected.

My only quibble is a couple of the deleted scenes that were cut & there deletion is baffling as a certain death scene makes far more sense if one of these particular deleted scenes had been actually included in the movies final cut & the fate of Kate's character isn't given any sort of closure.

The Blu-ray features a clear & crisp transfer with scenes featuring blood, bile & flames give the icy palette a well textured kick of colour, the English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 delivers dynamic atmospheric eerie sound effects & cystal clear dialogue while the special features include a excellent commentary by director Matthijs van Heijningen & producer Eric Newman & a decent couple of featurettes & deleted scenes some of which should've made the final cut.

Overall, The Thing (2011) is a excellent prequel to John Carpenter's cult classic & delivers a quality sci-fi horror movie that deserves far more credit for delivering not just a excellent prequel but is a horror film that can stand on it's own merit.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Duel [Blu-ray] [2015] [Region Free]
Duel [Blu-ray] [2015] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Dennis Weaver
Price: £12.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terror On The Highway Goes HD, 26 May 2015
Duel (Blu-Ray).

Blu-Ray Info.
Language: English
Subtitles: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Arabic, Hindi
Dubbed: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Spanish: DTS 5.1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 12
Studio: Universal Pictures UK
Running Time: 89 minutes

Special Features.
- A Conversation with Steven Spielberg
- Steven Spielberg and the Small Screen
- Richard Matheson: The Writing of Duel
- Photograph & Still Gallery
- Trailer

Cast.
Dennis Weaver as David Mann
Jacqueline Scott as Mrs. Mann
Carey Loftin as The Truck Driver
Eddie Firestone as Café owner
Lou Frizzell as Bus Driver
Eugene Dynarski as Man in café
Lucille Benson as Lady at Snakerama
Tim Herbert as Gas station attendant
Charles Seel as Old man
Shirley O'Hara as Waitress
Alexander Lockwood as Jim, Old man in car
Amy Douglass as Old woman in car
Sweet Dick Whittington as Radio interviewer
Dale Van Sickel as Car Driver

Trivia.
1)During the chase, a parked sedan resembling a squad car is seen, briefly raising Dennis Weaver's hopes, but it turns out to be a service car for a pest exterminator named Grebleips... "Spielberg" in reverse.
2)When Carey Loftin, playing the truck driver, asked Steven Spielberg what his motivation was for tormenting the car's driver, Spielberg told him, "You're a dirty, rotten, no-good son of a bitch." Loftin replied, "Kid, you hired the right man."
3)Steven Spielberg can be seen reflected in the telephone booth during the scene where David Mann is calling the police.
4)Since filming only took about twelve days, it remains Steven Spielberg's personal benchmark for how quickly he can shoot a film.
5)After airing on U.S. TV, Steven Spielberg expanded it into a feature; this was the version released in Europe.
6)Spielberg wanted David Mann's car to be red so it would stand out in the wide shots of the desert highways.
7)David Mann & Mrs. Mann are the only characters in the movie with names.
8)The truck driver is never seen.
9)The truck going over the cliff was done in one take. It had to be because they couldn't afford other trucks with the film's very low budget.
10)The Truck's roaring death can be briefly heard during the sharks remains sinking to the bottom of the ocean in Steven Spielbergs 'Jaws'.

What's The Story.
David Mann is a man with a mediocre job who has trouble standing up for himself. While driving through the desert to an important appointment, he passes a slow-moving, rusty tanker truck.

The driver proves to be a psychopath & takes offense at this action, devoting the rest of his day purely to kill David along the empty highway.

Timelord Thoughts.
Duel is a classic thriller & one of Spielberg's finest movies as the director keeps up the terror & suspense from begining to end & never once lets the pace flag.

Dennis Weaver is excellent in the main role as protagonist David Mann a regular guy who's life is put at risk as he's seemingly pursued relentlessly by a rusty old truck but is this real or in David's imagination?, is he going insane or is it a nightmare?, is any of this real? as a bus driver who David helps doesn't know what he is on about, as he says "no i didn't see any truck" which leaves the viewer asking questions about David's state of mind.

Spielberg's direction is superb throughout making excellent use with the endless desert roads, the tense cafe sequence & that blaring horn of the truck in David's rear view mirror as the truck tries several times to kill David that is mixed together with a creepy music score & David narrating in his mind throughout keeps the film continually suspenseful & atmospheric as Spielberg builds the tension up as to why a truck driver would want to pursue & kill a man because he has overtaken him on a road.

The Blu-ray transfer is presented in its 1.85:1 ratio & features natural looking film grain with strong contrast & sharp details in facial complexions with lifelike textures while the rust spots & greasy stain on the truck are exposed with crystal clear clarity & looks simply amazing on HD, while the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio features a broad dynamic range of sound, never has the roar of a truck sounded so terrifying

The Blu-Ray extras are great with Spielberg explaining his thoughts & intentions of when he made this film & shows the director hasn't overlooked his earlier career & overall is seemingly proud of his final results on making this film.

Overall, Duel is a Spielberg classic & showcases the talents of this fine director & delivers a chilling psychological thriller that the late Alfred Hitchcock would've been proud of.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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Doctor Who: City of Death (Dr Who)
Doctor Who: City of Death (Dr Who)
by Douglas Adams
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Crackin' Time?, 25 May 2015
Doctor Who: City of Death (Novel).

Product Info.
320 Pages
Hardback Edition
Written By: Douglas Adams
Novelized By: James Goss

What's Up Doc?
The Doctor takes Romana for a holiday in Paris – a city which, like a fine wine, has a bouquet all its own. Especially if you visit during one of the vintage years.

But the TARDIS takes them to 1979, a table-wine year, a year whose vintage is soured by cracks – not in their wine glasses but in the very fabric of time itself.

Soon the Time Lords are embroiled in an audacious alien scheme which encompasses home-made time machines, the theft of the Mona Lisa, the resurrection of the much-feared Jagaroth race & the beginning (& quite possibly the end) of all life on Earth.

Aided by British private detective Duggan, whose speciality is thumping people, the Doctor & Romana must thwart the machinations of the suave, mysterious Count Scarlioni – all twelve of him – if the human race has any chance of survival.

But then, the Doctor’s holidays tend to turn out a bit like this.

Timelord Thoughts.
James Goss is the writer who has undertaken the task of novelizing the late Douglas Adams season 17's Fourth Doctor & Romana tv four part adventure 'City Of Death', Goss in turn has delivered a wonderful written fast paced novel which adds great backstory to several characters while keeping true to the original Adams storyline.

James Goss is a solid Doctor Who writer & has given Adams original story a bt of a polish & faithfully novelized this charming, magical & humourous adventure into a gripping page turning novel while expanding upon Adams original script notes.

Goss characterizations of the Fourth Doctor & Romana are spot on & he faithfully captures the bonkers eccentricities of the long scarf wearing bohemian Doctor & also grasps the sly sarcastic wit of the Timelady Romana & it's quite easy to hear Tom Baker & Lalla Ward voices these characters in your mind while reading this novel, Duggan however comes across as a dim wit & seems quite happy to crash through doors, walls or panes of glass but is a likeable enough character & it's a pity Duggan hasn't occasionally reappeared in further Doctor Who stories.

Count Scarlioni needs little introduction with fans & is the story's main villain & is written here as quite a tragic character who is the last survivor of his race known as the Jagoroth as writer Goss adds a clever insight to this character as we discover that in fact he doesn't realise he is a alien straight away adds great dramatic tension & suspense to this suave, deceitful & very disturbed villain, while Countess Scarlioni, is fleshed out far better than she was on tv as this novel includes a great backstory about her marriage to the villainous Count.

The main storyline keeps faithful to the original broadcast version as Count Scarlioni plots to steal the Mona Lisa that is linked to some peculiar time distortions happening around Paris that has alerted our beloved Timelords to investigate the time anomilys, the novels additional concepts that Adams originally removed from his tv script are restored here & all add great additions to this clever, witty & charming adventure.

Writer James Goss could've easily done a simple cut & paste job on this book but instead he has made a sterling effort to expand upon the character drama & by weaving it into the main storyline allows the reader to get a better grasp on the characters & there unique relationships that allows this novel to stand on it's own merits & deliver a unique take on one of Doctor Who's most ambitious wackiest & most enjoyable adventures & is a highly recommended novel for fan's of Doctor Who.

Timelord Rating.
9/10

P.S, Thanks to David Cox for coming up with the title for this review, much appreciated mate.
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Wrong Turn 6 Last Resort UK release DVD
Wrong Turn 6 Last Resort UK release DVD
Dvd ~ Anthony Ilott
Offered by MT MEDIA
Price: £19.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Turn 6: Last Nail In The Coffin!, 24 May 2015
Wrong Turn 6 Last Resort (DVD).

Product Info.
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Dubbed: French, Spanish
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Running Time 90 Minutes

Cast.
Anthony Ilott as Danny
Chris Jarvis as Jackson
Aqueela Zoll as Toni
Sadie Katz as Sally
Rollo Skinner as Vic
Billy Ashworth as Rod
Harry Belcher as Charlie
Joe Gaminara as Bryan
Roxanne Pallett as Jillian
Radoslav Parvanov as Three Finger
Danko Jordanov as Saw Tooth
Asen Asenov as One Eye
Kicker Robinson as Doucette
Talitha Luke-Eardley as Daria
Luke Cousins as Nick
Josie Kidd as Agnes

Trivia.
1)When Jillian & Bryan go to the market Zac Efron can be seen in a missing sign.
2)In October 2014, a court case was filed in Ireland over the unauthorized use of a photo of a woman who went missing in County Wexford. The resulting court ordered injunction filed in November 2014 resulted in distributor 20th Century Fox to recall all DVD & Blu-ray releases of the film & pull all online streaming sources.
3)Radoslav Parvanov is the fifth actor to portray Three Finger. He also portrayed his brother One Eye in Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines.

What's The Story?
In the backwoods of West Virginia bloodthirsty cannibals Three Finger, Saw Tooth & One Eye terrorize a hotel owner named Danny who is resorting the resort with his friends & are soon preyed upon for grisly torture, death & food.

Timelord Thoughts.
Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort is the worst film in the 'Wrong Turn' franchise & it's title "Last Resort" completely sums up the general feel of this gory movie as it's more than likely to be the final nail in the coffin for this horror franchise.

The producers think showing lots of sex & gory brutal kills will paper over the cracks in the plot (it doesn't) & the film features some terribly awful acting which goes from bad to simply atrocious, none of the characters are at all likeable & the actor's (i use that term very loosely) have no idea how to act & simply run & scream around the woods for most of the movie sprouting the usual "please don't kill me", erm he's a mutant cannibal dear with a sharp axe I think it's safe to assume your day's are numbered.

Poor former Emmerdale actress, Roxanne Pallett who plays the part of Jillian should really think about returning to the soap that made her known in the UK because she's not a believable dramatic actress in horror movies & her attempt at an American accent here is cringeworthy awful.

What sickened me the most about this film was the slaughtering of the deer which was totally unnecessary & didn't need to be included in the film at all & the only death scene that made me smile throughout the 90 minutes running time gives a whole new meaning to the term "water retention".

Overall, Wrong Turn 6 contains the usual throat slashing, killing, maiming, cannibal incest & dippy adolescents but is so poorly executed in it's lacklustre tired direction by Valeri Milev & features a cringeworthy cast of young actor's & the most stupid of endings that leaves nothing to recommend a viewing, gore hounds may find this mildly entertaining but my advice is stick too the first two movies & give this awful sixth movie a miss.

Timelord Rating.
2/10
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Doctor Who: The Last of the Gadarene: A 3rd Doctor novel (Dr Who)
Doctor Who: The Last of the Gadarene: A 3rd Doctor novel (Dr Who)
by Mark Gatiss
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £19.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Third Doctor Audiobook Adaptation, 21 May 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Doctor Who: The Last of the Gadarene (Audiobook Edition).

Product Info.
8XCD's
Running Time 458 Minutes
Read By Richard Franklin

What's Up Doc?
The new owners of a Second World War aerodrome promise a golden dawn of prosperity for the East Anglian village of Culverton. The population rejoices - with one or two exceptions. Former Spitfire pilot Alec Whistler knows the aerodrome of old, having found a strange, jade-coloured crystal there years before...

When black-shirted troops appear on the streets, Whistler takes his suspicions to his old friend Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. The Doctor & Jo are sent to investigate & soon discover that all is not well in the seemingly idyllic village.

What are the black coffin-like objects being unloaded at the aerodrome? What horror lies behind Legion International's impeccable facade? & what is the monstrous creature growing & mutating in the marsh?

As Culverton gears up for its summer fete, the Doctor finds himself involved in a race against time to prevent a massive colonisation of Earth. For the last of the Gaderene are on their way...

Timelord Thoughts.
Last of the Gadarene is your typical Third Doctor bodysnatching type adventure that sees blob like aliens invade a sleepy idyllic village where the townsfolk start acting strangely out of character who are being controlled by the sinister Gaderene, but is there a more sinister foe behind the controlling of the Gaderene & can the Doctor once again save mankind from imminent destruction?

Mark Gatiss is a self confessed Third Doctor fan & his enthusiasm for the late Jon Pertwees man of action incarnation, Last of the Gadarene is a love letter from Gatiss to the great man the writer captures the tone & era of this Doctor Who adventure perfectly, who needs huge outer space battles when you can have disturbing creepy monsters right at your front doorstep, the Gadarene are a splendid monster that horrifically attach themselves to there victims & hearing that they grin insanely through there blob like mutations gave me chills & goosebumps.

Gatiss writes a dark creepy storyline which is chock full of action, drama, suspense & nail biting tension that moves at a blistering pace & never let's up, while the main characterizations are faithful to there tv counterparts as Gatiss captures the anti-establishment man of action Third Doctor magnificently but doesn't ignore the supporting characters of Jo Grant, Brigader Lethbridge - Stewart, Mike Yates & Sgt Benton who each get plenty to do throughout this epic adventure.

Richard (Captain Mike Yates) Franklin gives an engrossing read here & a brings a great sense of threat & urgency to this audiobook adaption & while his impressions of the Doctor, the Brigader, Jo or Sgt Benton may not always capture the sounding likeness of the actor's voice his interpretation & mannerisms of the characters are well defined & spot on.

Last Of The Gadarene is a classic Third Doctor adventure that captures the Third Doctor era brilliantly as writer Mark Gatiss delivers another winner here, the plot is strong that had me gripped from start to finish, the Gadarene are chillingly effective monsters with only there underdeveloped backstory being my only minor criticism.

Richard Franklins narration is solid throughout & kept this listener engrossed in this excellent highly recommended audiobook adaption of a classic novel that's well worth a listen.

Classic Who at it's best.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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Doctor Who - Timelash [DVD]
Doctor Who - Timelash [DVD]
Dvd ~ Colin Baker
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who & The Borad Of Evil, 20 May 2015
This review is from: Doctor Who - Timelash [DVD] (DVD)
Doctor Who - Timelash (DVD).

Product Info.
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: PG
Studio: 2entertain
Running Time: 89 minutes

Special Features.

- Commentary by Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant & Paul Darrow.
- The Good, the Bad & the Ugly - A new documentary looking at the making of Timelash. Featuring contributions from Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Paul Darrow, David Chandler, Robert Ashby, script editor Eric Saward, writer Glen McCoy & Paul Lang from the Doctor Who New Adventures novels. Narrated by Terry Molloy.
- Radio Times Listings.
- Programme Subtitles.
- Production Subtitles.
- Photo Gallery with 8-minutes of Elizabeth Parker's music
- Easter Egg

Cast.
The Doctor - Colin Baker
Peri - Nicola Bryant
The Borad / Megelen - Robert Ashby
Old Man - Denis Carey
Tekker - Paul Darrow
Mykros - Eric Deacon
Maylin Renis - Neil Hallett
Vena - Jeananne Crowley
Kendron - David Ashton
Herbert - David Chandler
Katz - Tracy Louise Ward
Brunner - Peter Robert Scott
Sezon - Dicken Ashworth
Gazak - Steven Mackintosh
Aram - Christine Kavanagh
Tyheer - Martin Gower
Android - Dean Hollingsworth
Guardolier - James Richardson
Bandril Ambassador - Martin Gower

Production Info.
Writer: Glen McCoy
Director: Pennant Roberts
Producer: John Nathan-Turner
Story number: 141
Number of episodes: 2
Season 22
Premiere broadcast: 9th March - 16th March 1985
Premiere network: BBC1
Format: 2x45-minute episodes

Ratings.
Part one - 6.7 million viewers
Part two - 7.4 million viewers

Trivia.
1)The Third Doctor & Jo Grant have visited Karfel before this story, a portrait of the Third Doctor is seen, as is a photo of Jo in a locket.
2)This serial makes several references to Wells's novels The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man & The Island of Doctor Moreau.
3)This story was originally submitted as a Dalek adventure; it was rejected, but Eric Saward asked author Glen McCoy to resubmit it without them.

What's Up Doc?
On the planet Karfel & in 1885 Scotland, the Sixth Doctor & his companion Peri who together with a young man named Herbert, become entangled with the machinations of the despotic Borad & his army of androids who destroy all dissent in a blink via the Timelash - an instant & irreversible exile to a horrific dimension.

Timelord Thoughts.
Timelash is a bad story, from it's hammy acting, weak script & poor low budget production values which shows on-screen lack vision or scope continues to divide fandom, some fans like the it's so bad it's good element while other's simply detest it as one of the weaker Sixth Doctor story's of season 22.

For me I'm in the so bad it's good camp, yeah it's complete nonsense but enjoyable nonsense nevertheless, The villainous Borad looks great thanks to some impressive make up effects & is one of the more disturbing looking monster's seen in Doctor Who & is brought to life by actor Robert Ashby who's voice is chillingly & menacing, however the supposedly futuristic sets look very cheap & with the entire story being completely studio bound it lack any scope or atmosphere.

Glen McCoy's story features the usual disfigured looney scientist who becomes a dictator arc who discards anyone who tries to overthrow or go against his rule into the timelash which is hardly a original concept & the androids with helium voices look like Max Headroom painted with a blue face & adding HG Wells (Herbert) into the storyline simply doesn't work as I felt David Chandlers performance was very wet behind the ears & some started to grate on my nerves.

Colin Baker is decent enough as the Doctor & makes this at least watchable, although his dangling acting on the edge of the timelash facing possible oblivion leaves a lot to be desired, Nicola Bryant however seems a little sidelined in this story as Peri Brown & spends most her time chained up (keep clean thoughts timelord).

Timelash is ambitious at times with the occasional good idea thrown in but is sadly letdown by McCoy's inexperience as a writer & maybe if writer's Robert Holmes or Chris Boucher had written this story it could've been a really chilling adventure instead of a incoherent average one.

The main guest star of this story needs no introduction it's Paul Darrow who for 4 series played Kerr Avon in Blake's 7 (1978-81), here Darrow hams it up to a warp factor 10 as Maylin Tekker to the point he thinks he's performing in some sort of greek tragedy or possibly Shakespeare's Richard III, Darrow completely chews the scenery & manages to out ham - William Shatners hammy turns as Captain Kirk in 60's 'Star Trek', but falls just short of the mark behind Richard Briers & Graham Crowden who both still deliver the top two greatest hammy performances as seen in Paradise Towers & The Horns Of Nimon.

Overall, Timelash is a cheaply made story with plot holes bigger than mile wide potholes but somehow it manages to retain it's charm factor & is never less than entertaining in a so bad it's good kinda way, the DVD extras aren't as vast as some Sixth Doctor releases but what's included is good value & the 'commentary' & 'making of' are quite interesting with cast & crew discussing this story & are well worth a listen & watch.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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Doctor Who - Delta and the Bannermen [DVD] [1987]
Doctor Who - Delta and the Bannermen [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: £7.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Goes Hi-Di-Hi, 19 May 2015
Delta & The Bannermen.

Product Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: PG
Studio: 2entertai
Running Time: 75 minutes

Special Features.
• Commentary by Sylvester McCoy (the Doctor), Sara Griffiths (Ray), director Chris Clough & script editor Andrew Cartmel
• But First This Andi Peters presents a contemporary children’s TV feature on location with the cast of Delta & the Bannermen
•Interview Rushes Hugh Lloyd (Goronwy) • Clown Court Noel Edmonds & Sylvester McCoy present out-takes the Seventh Doctor
• Trails and Continuity
•Photo Gallery
• Radio Times Billings Listings for
• Coming Soon Trailer
• Digitally remastered picture & sound quality
• Wales Today A BBC Wales news report on the making of the programme
• Part One: First edit The original half-hour edit
• Hugh and Us An interview with from Delta & the Bannermen
• Stripped for Action A look at the comic strip adventures of this story presented in a PDF file [DVD-ROM – PC/Mac]
• Production Information Subtitles

Cast.
The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
Mel - Bonnie Langford
Gavrok - Don Henderson
Delta - Belinda Mayne
Weismuller - Stubby Kaye
Hawk - Morgan Deare
Tollmaster - Ken Dodd
Burton - Richard Davies
Billy - David Kinder
Ray - Sara Griffiths
Murray - Johnny Dennis
Keillor - Brian Hibbard
Chima - Tim Scott
Bollitt - Anita Graham
Adlon - Leslie Meadows
The Lorells - Robin Aspland, Keff McCulloch, Justin Myers, Ralph Salmins
Vocalists - Tracey Wilson, Jodie Wilson
Goronwy - Hugh Lloyd
Vinny - Martyn Geraint
Callon - Clive Condon
Arrex - Richard Mitchley
Young Chimeron - Jessica McGough, Amy Osborn
Chimeron Princess - Laura Collins, Carley Joseph

Production Info.
Writer: Malcolm Kohll
Director: Chris Clough
Producer: John Nathan-Turner
Story number: 146
Number of episodes: 3
Season 24
Premiere broadcast: 2nd November - 16th November 1987
Premiere network: BBC1
Format: 3x25-minute episodes

Ratings.
Part one - 5.3 million viewers
Part two - 5.1 million viewers
Part three - 5.4 million viewers

Trivia.
1)Working titles for this story were The Flight of the Chimeron.
2)At the time the episode was produced, Bonnie Langford was considering leaving the series midway through the season & Ray was intended to be her replacement. Langford ultimately chose to stay for the complete season & the idea of having Ray join the TARDIS crew was dropped; elements of the character, however, later inspired the creation of Ace, who became Mel's replacement at the end of the series. Coincidentally, Sophie Aldred auditioned for the role of Ray. She did not get the part, but was eventually cast as Ace instead.
3)Chimeron males & infants are green. They were nearly wiped out by the Bannermen.
4)Some long shots of Sylvester McCoy riding a motorbike show him wearing his glasses, which he normally removed before filming took place.
5)This was the first three-episode story (in the traditional twenty-five-minute episode format) since Planet of Giants in 1964. Each of McCoy's seasons would have two serials of this length.
6)First appearance of The Seventh Doctor's question mark umbrella.
7)On the DVD commentary for "The Curse of Peladon", the former production team of Barry Letts & Terrance Dicks criticised the celebrity casting of Ken Dodd in this story.

What's Up Doc?
The time: 1959. The place: the Shangri-La Holiday Camp, South Wales. The Doctor & Mel want time out.

The hedonistic alien Navarinos wants to catch some vintage rock & roll while two CIA agents want to know what happened to their country’s missing satellite.

When the beautiful Chimeron princess Delta shows up on the scene, the murderous Bannermen soon follow in hot pursuit & the stage is set for a fiery showdown that will decide the fate of an entire civilisation.

Timelord Thoughts.
Doctor Who goes all Hi-Di-Hi for this Seventh Doctor three parter & I was half expecting Ruth Madoc or Paul Shane to make an cameo appearance as the action takes place at a summer holiday camp named Shangri-La set in South Wales as the Doctor wins a holiday & trouble soon follows as our beloved Timelord battles to save the life of a young baby from the murderous Bannermen.

This brisk paced three parter is written by Malcolm Kohll & is a very camp (no pun intended) story from season 24 that at times goes to far with the humour which contradicts the storylines darker elements which do add a bit of dramatic depth, although to be fair there is something relaxing watching this light hearted & enjoyable adventure & it's certainly a big improvement over the previous season's story 'Paradise Towers'.

Sylvester McCoy again plays the Doctor in a more humourous tone but starts to subtly hint at his deviously cunning manipulative personality here that was more evident in his following two seasons & adds a touch of charm & charisma to his enigmatic incarnation that makes McCoy's performance very watchable.

But poor ole Bonnie Langford? she's really been given some poor scripts this season & again her character Mel Bush has little to do except scream a lot & need rescuing, thank god Big Finish have rectified this & moved her character forward as she's given very little drama to sink her teeth into this three parter.

Ken Dodd plays a small role as The Tollmaker & I got to meet Ken Dodd backstage once after his 7 hour stand up show & I asked why he took this part & his reply was hilarious "to please the Inland Revenue" he replied which was priceless.

Don Henderson is well cast as the menacing villain Gavrok who is quite unsettling at times in his performance but sadly Belinda Mayne lacks any character & emotion as Delta making her completely monotone in her performance, thankfully Sara Griffiths fares a lot better as Ray & it's a pity she didn't get to feature in another tv adventure as I felt the was more to tell about her character.

Overall, Detla & The Bannerman is a campy toned fun but absurd story that is somehow a very enjoyable adventure to watch, the real holiday camp settings adds a realism to the production design, although the special effects range from average to hokey but for a light hearted adventure this is one of the better stories of season 24 & well worth a watch.

Timelord Rating.
7/10
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Mercenary - Absolution [DVD]
Mercenary - Absolution [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steven Seagal
Price: £7.00

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4.0 out of 5 stars Bad Ass Seagal Is Back!, 19 May 2015
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Mercenary - Absolution.

Product Info.
Region: 2
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 18
Audio:
5.1 Stereo
2.0 Stereo
Studio: High Fliers Film
Running Time: 91 minutes

Cast.
Steven Seagal as John Alexander
Byron Mann as Chi
Vinnie Jones as The Boss
Josh Barnett as Colt
Adina Stetcu as Nadia
Massimo Dobrovic as Handler
Maria Bata as Diana
Sabrina Branduse as Alexander's wife
Dominte Cosmin as Sergei
Howard Dell as Van Horn
Adina Galupa as Sofia
George Remes as Victor

What's The Story.
When a Special Forces operative is recruited to take out an Afghan drug dealer, he discovers that profits from the drug world are being split between powerful Afghan families & secret groups in the U.S.

When he meets two victims of sex trafficking he is convinced that the drug lord is also involved in this illegal trade.

In order to prove his theories he must immerse himself in this criminal underworld where death & danger lurk at every turn & he must fight to get out alive.

Timelord Thoughts.
Steven Seagal & director Keoni Waxman reunite for a sixth time with 'Mercenary Absolution' was sees Steven Seagal & his stunt double return as John Alexander & beat up or shoot plenty of bad guy's for 90 minutes & is a solid return to form for the ex ponytailed aikido master.

Obviously this film ain't in the same league as 'Marked For Death' or 'Under Siege' but Seagal actually does a fair amount ofthe brutal close up hand to hand fights & shoots plenty of bad guys, the fight sequences are well choreographed thanks to Keoni Waxman's solid direction who keeps the action coming thick & fast which helps to paper over the cracks in the plot.

Seagal wears mostly black & sports a goatee beard yet again & speaks his usual whispering dialogue but that's why we love his movies, Bryon Mann is very good in this film as Chi & shares around the same screen time as Seagal who features in five solid fight sequences to Seagals four, while Vinnie Jones plays the villain who is funnily named "The Boss" (original name) but is sadly underused in this film & his one fight scene ends far too quickly.

'Mercenary- Absolution' is a solid if occasionally flawed Steven Seagal movie, however it's decently paced action fare & delivers enough bone crunching mayhem to keep Seagal fan's like me happy for a hour & half & overall is watchable Seagal hokum.

Timelord Rating.
7/10
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Doctor Who - Paradise Towers [DVD] [1987]
Doctor Who - Paradise Towers [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: £6.90

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2.0 out of 5 stars Pantomime Towers More Like!, 18 May 2015
Doctor Who: Paradise Towers.

Product Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: PG
Studio: 2 Entertain Video
Running Time: 97 minutes

Special Features.
Commentary with Judy Cornwell, Stephen Wyatt & Dick Mills
Horror on the High Rise - the making of this serial.
Casting Sylvester
Girls! Girls! Girls! - The Eighties
Deleted & extended scenes
Alternative soundtrack
Photo gallery
Coming soon trailer - The Sun Makers
Radio Times listings
Trailers
Digitally re-mastered picture & sound quality

Cast.
The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
Mel - Bonnie Langford
Chief Caretaker/The Great Architect - Richard Briers
Deputy Chief Caretaker - Clive Merrison
Tabby - Elizabeth Spriggs
Tilda - Brenda Bruce
Maddy - Judy Cornwell
Pex - Howard Cooke
Fire Escape - Julie Brennon
Bin Liner - Annabel Yuresha
Blue Kang Leader - Catherine Cusack
Yellow Kang - Astra Sheridan
Red Kang - Nisha Nayar
Young Caretaker - Joseph Young
Video Commentary - Simon Coady

Production Info.
Writer: Stephen Wyatt
Director: Nicholas Mallett
Producer: John Nathan-Turner
Story number: 145
Number of episodes: 4
Season 24
Originally Broadcast: 5th October - 26th October 1987
Premiere Network: BBC1
Format: 4x25-Minute Episodes

Ratings.
Part one - 4.5 million viewers
Part two - 5.2 million viewers
Part three - 5.0 million viewers
Part four - 5.0 million viewers

Trivia.
1)The Doctor is again called an "Old One" by locals, as he was in (TV: The Mysterious Planet).
2)The TARDIS is graffitied again in (TV: Aliens of London).
3)The TARDIS pool last appeared in (TV: The Invasion of Time). It was later rebuilt by the Doctor some time between this episode & The Eleventh Hour, but was again ejected in (TV The Doctor's Wife), but in (TV: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS) there is a new swimming pool again.

What's Up Doc?
Mel wants to go swimming so the Doctor takes her to a tower block called Paradise Towers where there is reputed to be a fantastic pool. When they arrive they discover that the place is far from being the superb leisure resort they had expected - it is run-down & dilapidated.

The hallways are roamed by gangs of young girls known as Kangs; the apartments are inhabited by cannibalistic old ladies, the Rezzies; & the building is managed by a group of dictatorial caretakers, presided over by the sinister Chief Caretaker...

Timelord Thoughts.
Paradise Towers is written by Stephen Wyatt who's overall story arc is about the breakdown of society in terminal decay & could've been a great premise for a story, unfortunately this 4-part adventure featured in the dreaded Season 24 where Doctor Who was possibly at it's most pantomine.

Sadly what we get here is a rather silly story that features character's who are completely over the top & unbelievable while the acting "IS" bordering on panto season, Richard Briers is simply awful in the role of the Chief Caretaker who's the main villain & takes hammy acting to a whole new level even surpassing Graham Crowdens - Soldeed in 'The Horns Of Nimon' & it's obvious that The Chief Caretaker is based on Adolf Hitler & even features a slug like moustache which looks completely ridiculous.

Howard Cooke plays cowardly hero Pex & gives such a cringeworthy performance who is a completely unconvincing character & delivers such dreary dialogue like "I'm Pex", while the Doctor's current companion Mel is written as very annoying & immature here which isn't actually Bonnie Langfords fault entirely & more down to Wyatts poor characterization of Langfords character, thankfully Mel has been remedied in several excellent Big Finish audio dramas featuring the Sixth & Seventh Doctor's.

Tabby & Tilda are like the cannibalistic versions of the two fat ladies who used to appear on the cookery channel, at least Elizabeth Spriggs & Brenda Bruce try to inject a bit of creepy menace to there characters & there eventual demise is the highlight of this adventure for me.

The Kang's speak in a sort of mixed up broken English which grates on ones nerves very quickly & poor ole Sylvester McCoy seems completely out of his depth here & doesn't seem to have a clue how to play the part of the Doctor & simply goes for all out humour that is a far cry away from his darker, devious & manipulative portrayal as seen in seasons 25, 26 & many Big Finish audio dramas.

The BBC's low budget is evident here as this is mostly a studio bound story & it shows in the production values as Paradise Towers includes such poorly constructed sets that are very basic when they should've looked more futuristic to match the story's setting.

Overall, 'Paradise Towers' has a decent enough storyline but doesn't achieve in it's conviction, the jokey campy tone ruins any chance of any drama or emotion this story could've had, if Paradise Towers is the best the shows production could muster then maybe it's time the good Doctor took a very long sabbatical.

Timelord Rating.
4/10
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