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Day of the Triffids [DVD] [1981]
Day of the Triffids [DVD] [1981]
Dvd ~ John Duttine
Price: 6.06

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Adaption Of A John Wyndham Sci-Fi Classic, 30 July 2014
Day Of The Triffids (1981).
Based on: The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Written by Douglas Livingstone
Directed by Ken Hannam

Cast.
John Duttine as Bill Masen
Emma Relph as Josella Payton
Maurice Colbourne as Jack Coker
Stephen Yardley as John
Gary Olsen as Torrence

DVD Info.
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: PG
Studio: 2 Entertain Video
Number of episodes: 6
Running Time: 164 minutes.

Transmitted.
10 September 1981 - 15 October 1981

Trivia.
1)Each 8-foot-tall triffid prop concealed an operator on a go-kart seat in a fan-cooled, 5-foot diameter base, The base was modelled on a ginseng root.
2)Two of the props were later used in a carnivorous plant display at the Natural History Museum in London, England.

Plot Synopsis.
In 1981 terrible catastrophe has struck the population of Earth as almost everyone has been rendered blind by the arrival of a bright comet & it's debris lighting up the darkened skies, but the brightness has caused permanent eye damage.

Bill Mason is a Triffid farmer, The Triffids are mobile carnivorous plants, each armed with a lethal stinger, which had hitherto been cultivated for their oil, Bill was wearing protective clothing when some of the poison had still seeped into his eyes.

With Bill in hospital his eyes bandaged Bill is unable to see the bright comet in the night sky, yet his bandages due to be removed the next day to see if the medical treatment he's received on his eyes has been successful, yet when nobody shows up to remove his bandages, Bill tentatively removes the bandages himself & gradually discovers the catastrophe around him & soon finds a soul-mate named Jo Pleyton on his travels who can also see.

Over the coming weeks Bill & Jo find more and more sighted people & together they make plans to build a future. But there is a problem, A walking, carnivorous plant called a "Triffid," which up until now was kept safely in paddocks in quarantine locked zoos, has broken free & discovered a taste for rotting, human flesh.

The blind are helpless as many fall prey to the Triffids' lethal whipping sting, but can the sighted keep this fearful plant at bay?

Timelord Thoughts.
I remember being 6 years old when I watched this in the Autumn of 1981 & like Doctor Who it terrified me yet I still managed to persuade my parent's I had to watch it to see how it would conclude.

With memories of a few images, I purchased this DVD when it was released in 2005 & was stunned to find just how well the story & acting had held up as Day Of The Triffids showcases the breakdown of urban society with most of humanity blinded by the brightly lite comet.

One scene that stuck in my minds eye as a 6 year old child was a group of blind people surrounding a car desperate to grab hold of a sighted person inside as I remembered the unsettling disturbing imagery & seeing it as an adult I still find those images as shocking today.

Yes the Triffid Plants haven't aged well & look naff & plastic looking now but this was 1981 & way before CGI when special effects at the BBC had to do the best with what resources & budget restraints they had & make do, thankfully there appearances are kept to a minimum while the Triffid sound effect, are chillingly effective.

With horrendous disease sweeping across the land, a dictatorial self-imposed government plan to seize control in the breakdown of modern society is uncomfortable viewing & the first meeting of the group were Bill meets up with, it is explained that "women will be expected to have babies while men & children will be expected to work" is a horrific statement to hear throwing mankind back to the dark ages attitude of thinking & showcases that it won't be the Triffids that will destroy Mankind but Mankind itself.

With great realistic gritty performances by John Duttine who delivers a solid realistic performance as Bill Mason, Emma Relph is fine in her role as Josella Payton, while the late Maurice Colbourne gives his character Jack Coker a strong presence who asks a lot of moral questions of the viewer.

The DVD features no extras but has been digitally remastered looking clearer, sharper & more vibrant than it did way back in 1981 while the sound has been tweaked & adds greater atmosphere to the drama.

John Wyndham novel pulls no punches & writer Douglas Livingstone has adapted the source material superbly retaining the chilling, harsh & unnerving core of Wyndhams novel which is helped along by exceptional performances by the cast & decent production values for it's time sees the 1981 version of Day Of The Triffids best tv adaption to date.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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Doctor Who - Planet of the Spiders [DVD] [1974]
Doctor Who - Planet of the Spiders [DVD] [1974]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: 6.25

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Third Doctors Swan Song Lacks Punch, 30 July 2014
Doctor Who: Planet Of The Spiders.
Doctor: Third Doctor
Companion: Sarah Jane Smith
Featuring: The Brigader, Benton, Yates
Main enemy: The Great One, Eight Legs
Main setting: England, the 1970s, Metebelis III
Writer: Robert Sloman, Barry Letts (uncredited)
Director: Barry Letts
Producer: Barry Letts
Story number: 74
Number of episodes: 6
Season/series: Season 11
Premiere broadcast: 4 May - 8 June 1974
Premiere network: BBC1
Format: 6x25-minute episodes.

DVD Info.
Region 2.
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1.
Number of discs: 2.
Classification: PG.

Special Features
Audio commentary featuring: Nicholas Courtney [the Brigadier], Elisabeth Sladen [Sarah Jane Smith], Richard Franklin. [Mike Yates], Barry Letts [Producer and director]. Terrance Dicks [Script editor]
Trailer
The final curtain: 40 minute documentary
John Krane remembers Planet of the Spiders
Directing Who with Barry Letts
Now and Then: the locations of Planet of the Spiders
Photo gallery
Extract from Wogan relating to Doctor Who

Ratings.
RATINGS
Part 1 - 10.1 million viewers
Part 2 - 8.9 million viewers
Part 3 - 8.8 million viewers
Part 4 - 8.2 million viewers
Part 5 - 9.2 million viewers
Part 6 - 8.9 million viewers

Cast.
The Doctor - Jon Pertwee
Sarah Jane Smith - Elisabeth Sladen
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart - Nicholas Courtney
Mike Yates - Richard Franklin
Sergeant Benton - John Levene
Professor Clegg - Cyril Shaps
Lupton - John Dearth
Barnes - Christopher Burgess
Moss - Terence Lodge
Land - Carl Forgione
Keaver - Andrew Staines
Cho Je - Kevin Lindsay
Tommy - John Kane
Policeman - Chubby Oates
Soldier - Pat Gorman
Man with Boat - Terry Walsh
Hopkins - Michael Pinder
Tramp - Stuart Fell
Spider Voices - Ysanne Churchman, Kismet Delgado, Maureen Morris
Arak - Gareth Hunt
Sabor - Geoffrey Morris
Neska - Jenny Laird
Rega - Joanna Monro
Tuar - Ralph Arliss
Guard Captains - Walter Randall, Max Faulkner
K'anpo - George Cormack
The Doctor - Tom Baker (Uncredited)

Trivia.
1)The Doctor is familiar with Tibetan language & customs.
2)The Doctor receives a package from Jo Grant containing his Metebelis crystal, which he picked up during his previous visit to Metebelis III (Tv: The Green Death).
3)The Doctor mentions being taught in the ways of escapology by Harry Houdini.
4)Mike Yates refers to the last time he encountered Sarah as "that business with the dinosaurs".
5)The Brigadier's watch was given to him eleven years ago in Brighton by Doris.
6)The Brigadier phones Sullivan, the UNIT Medical Officer.
7)The Doctor is studying ESP. According to the Doctor, mental powers are "dormant" in most humans, but they do exist; telekinesis is indeed rare in Homo sapiens.
8)The Doctor hints that the Tardis is alive.
9)The Doctor uses electroencephalography on Herbert Clegg.
10)This is the first time the term "regeneration" is mentioned on screen.
11)This is the first time we see someone other than the Doctor regenerate (K'anpo Rimpoche).
12)This story features a large chase scene including Bessie, the Whomobile, a police car, a gyrocopter, a hovercraft & a boat.
13)Tom Baker is uncredited in the conclusion of Planet of the Spiders, when Jon Pertwee transforms into Tom Baker. 14)Since no regeneration was shown at the end of The War Games, this marked the first time since William Hartnell changed into Patrick Troughton in 1966's The Tenth Planet that an on-screen hand-over of the role had occurred.
15)Parts of this story were recorded at the same time as parts of Robot, This not only meant that Jon Pertwee & Tom Baker were literally playing the Doctor at the same time, but also that Elisabeth Sladen, Nicholas Courtney & John Levene were having to rush back & forth between the two productions.
16)The late wife of former Master, Roger Delgado, Kismet Delgado voices one of the eight legs voices in this story.
17)The late Kevin Lindsey (Cho Je) played Linx in the Doctor Who serial The Time Warrior & Styre/The Marshal in The Sontaran Experiment.

Plot Synopsis.
At a Tibetan retreat in the English countryside, a group of men are using ancient meditation rituals to tap into a mysterious alien power, They unwittingly create a bridgehead between Earth & Metebelis 3, a planet where the `Two Legs' are oppressed by giant spiders called the 'eight legs', The creatures are desperate to recover the blue jewel that the Doctor gave to Jo Grant as a wedding gift which has been recently returned to the Doctor as it's a vital the element in their plan for universal domination.

With help from an old mentor, the Third Doctor realises the only way to foil the plot is to make the ultimate sacrifice, as the Doctor must risk certain death to return to the cave of the Great One & save the universe from the eight legs on Metebelis III.

Timelord Thoughts.
Planet Of The,Spiders is the late Jon Pertwee's swan song as the Third Doctor & also the 6 part finale to season 11 is a mixed bag as it features many good things about the Third Doctors era but also feels considerably padded out to accommodate 6 episodes.

The story starts with the Third Doctor receiving a letter from his former companion Jo Grant who is returning the blue crystal from Metebalis Three which was a wedding gift from the Doctor for her & Professor Clifford Jones because the natives on her Amazon expedition think it contains dangerous mystical elements that alerts the eight legs of Metebalis III who want the crystal returned for their own sinister ends.

Theres a overlong chase that feature in this adventure giving actor Jon Pertwee a chance to drive or fly any type of craft he hasn't yet used in his five year tenure & while the majority of the chase is well filmed (apart from the awful CSO flying cars scenes) the conclusion is completely pointless as Lupton escapes by teleporting himself back to the monastery.

The story lacks the chill factor of previous Third Doctor stories, the spiders aren't scary & look awful in most scenes they feature in which may have benefited in keeping there appearance mostly in the shadows although actress Ysanne Churchman does voice the Great One with sinister relish, yet the lack of people being killed on screen in this adventure makes this final Third Doctor story feel rather tame & lightweight.

Jon Pertwee's performance seems a little subdued throughout this adventure, maybe Jon was feeling sad that he's leaving a show he'd loved doing for 5 year or it could be the rumours of his continued Back problems which affected him throughout later seasons & was acting through the pain.

Nevertheless Pertwee still delivers his anti establishment attitude that is the personality of the Third Doctor & films the majority of the action sequences himself & his final scene were he tells Sarah he's had to face his fears & for her not to cry is touching, heartbreaking & quite moving, it's just a shame the regeneration is a quick mix & dissolve from the Third Doctor into the Fourth, as the Third Doctor deserved a better transformation than what was filmed here.

It's not all bad, Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane & Nicholas Courtney as Brigader Lethbridge Stewart both add weight,believability & gravitas to there roles & both share a great chemistry with the Third Doctor, while Richard Franklyn returns as Mike Yates (Now dismissed from the army) is given an important role in the story alerting Sarah Jane to the events featuring the eight legs & redeems his character here from his previous betrayal of UNIT in the earlier season 11 adventure 'Invasion Of The Dinosaurs'.

Overall then Planet Of The Spiders has a tired rather jaded feel concluding the Jon Pertwee era on a average note intead of a blaze of glory, while the plot is easy to follow it's overlong & padded throughout, yet contains some great performances by the cast & some excellent final words from the Third Doctor that makes Planet Of The Spiders a slightly above average adventure.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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Transit (New Doctor Who Adventures)
Transit (New Doctor Who Adventures)
by Ben Aaronovitch
Edition: Paperback

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Doctors Stuck In Transit, 30 July 2014
Doctor Who: Transit.
264 Paperback Novel.
Doctor: Seventh Doctor.
Companion: Benny
Main enemy: Fred.
Main setting: London, 2109.
Publisher: Virgin Books.
Writer: Ben Aaronovitch.
Release number: 10.

Trivia.
1)In his house the Doctor tries to retroactively stock his cupboards, but he forgets.
2)The Thousand Day War was fought with the "Greenies", a slang term for Ice Warrior.
3)Ubersoldaten were augmented soldiers that fought in the Thousand Day War.
4)Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart is the only surviving "super soldier" created after the Thousand Day War with Mars (the rest were killed by her adoptive father).
5)Moneypens are used to transfer currency.
6)The Doctor refers his third, fourth and fifth incarnations' liking for wine, ginger beer & cricket respectively.
7)The Doctor gets drunk celebrating the universe's birthday with Kadiatu.
8)Earth's official First Contact with aliens is embodied in the Arcturan Treaty of 2085.
9)Bernice does not look when she walks out of the Tardis & falls down a hole.
10)The family motto of the Lethbridge-Stewarts is here stated as: Nemo me impine lacessit ("No one attacks me with impunity").
11)The Lethbridge-Stewart family has a long history of military service & an interest in the unusual.
12)Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart dreams of Pythia. She is related (by both adoption & some of the genetics used to create her) to Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.

Plot Synopsis.
It's the ultimate in mass transit systems, a network of interstitial tunnels that bind the planets of the solar system together, Earth to Pluto in forty minutes with a supersave non-premium off-peak travelcard.

But something is living in the network, chewing its way to the very heart of the system & leaving a trail of death & mutation behind it.

Once again a reluctant Seventh Doctor is dragged into human history, Back down amongst the joyboys, freesurfers, chessfans, politicians & floozies, where friends are more dangerous than enemies & one man's human being is another's psychotic killing machine.

Once again the Doctor is all that stands between humanity & its own mistakes.

Timelord Thoughts.
Transit is a novel for more mature Doctor Who readers as it contains F' word swearing & deals with more adult references that's packed with interesting concepts as writer Ben Aaronovitch has written a witty enjoyable & flawed NA adventure.

Transit is a novel that focuses on it's characters more than it does on the Doctor or his new companion Bernice Summerfield yet works fairly well because it is a really interesting gritty story where a solar system is linked by a network of trains that travel throughout some kind of interstitial tunnels in deep space.

The network echoes Skynet in the Terminator movies becoming self as things start to go very wrong & passengers are being killed in droves in transit, or mutating into bloodthirsty ceatures while the Doctor tries to come up with a plan to save the humans as he battles against AIs & a interplanetary mass transmat system as writer Aaronovitch cranks up the tension & pace to his novel here to alarming effect.

However I wasn't sold on the character of Kadiatu Lethbridge Stewarts as Aaronovich saddles her with one of the most significant legacies in Doctor Who's history & while her character is quite intriguing it feels like Kadiatu is overshadowing Benny Summerfield who only officially joined the Tardis in the previous adventure is completely underused in his novel & hardly features in the book as her character is reduced to become a mindless zombie for much of the adventure while the Seventh Doctor at times feels completely out of character even getting drunk at one point which I found completely stupid & added nothing to the overall plot.

Transit has divided Doctor Who fan's, some like it other's loathe it yet it is one of those NA novels that's always going to be talked about in the fan community, at times Aaronovitch story is imaginative & suspenseful while other times seems completely out of character & a uneven tone makes Transit a Marmite NA adventure.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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Doctor Who: Illegal Alien
Doctor Who: Illegal Alien
by Robert Perry
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars Umbrella Man & The Cybermen, 30 July 2014
Doctor Who:Illegal Alien.
Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companion: Ace
Main enemy:
George Limb.
Cybermen.
Nazis.
Main setting: London, and Jersey, November 1940.
Publisher: BBC Books
Writer's: Mike Tucker and Robert Perry.
Release number: 5.
Format: Paperback Book.
281 Page Novel.

Trivia.
1)When he is talking about the Daleks, the Doctor's voice develops a harder edge, which disturbs Ace.
2)The Doctor is fond of baseball & once watched a game that included Babe Ruth in 1926.
3)The Doctor doubts that Captain Hartmann would be able to pronounce his name.
4)The Cybermen that were featured in the story were capable of repairing themselves.
5)The Cybermen have used different types of Cybermats which attacked in different ways, such as the injection of poison & a sonic scream, The Cybermats present in the story have metal teeth used for cutting flesh.
6)A baby is among those converted by the Cybermen at the end of Part Three, It is given regular-sized Cyber-arms but has the tail of a Cybermat.
7)This novel was originally submitted as a television story for Season 27 of the original series of Doctor Who, It was initially submitted under a pseudonym as Mike Tucker had been known within the BBC as having predominantly worked with special effects.
8)The novel was released on 6 March 2014 as the Cyberman entry for The Monster Collection, Its new cover featured a 2006 Cybus/Cyber Legions-style Cyberman.
9)As part of the epilogue, a hidden chamber full of dormant Cybermen is found beneath the streets of London waiting for a call that would be eventually activated in the television story The Invasion.

Plot Synopsis.
Cody McBride, ex-pat American private eye, sees the sphere crash-land & split open, as Cody glimpses inside something emerging from within, But the military dismiss his account of events the sphere is simply a new German secret weapon that has malfunctioned in some way, What else could it be?

Arriving amid the chaos, the Seventh Doctor & Ace are the only people to believe McBride. The sphere bears all the hallmarks of sophisticated alien technology & whatever was inside it is now loose in London.

Before long, they have embarked on a trail that brings them face to face with hidden Nazi operatives & some very old enemies...

Timelord Thoughts.
Mike Tucker & Robert Perry have written a superb atmospheric novel detailing a interesting story for the Seventh Doctor & Ace which also features the return of the Cybermen.

This written collaboration of Tucker & Perry deliver a Cybermen tale in such a way that makes the silver nemesis feel a genuine threat against the Doctor once again especially the return of the deadly Cybermats & all because Ace wants to see the Blitz, so the Doctor of course takes her as the time travellers get involved with P.I's, Nazi's & Cybermen. This is a very atmospheric read, there are some truely tense moments to it while writers Mike Tucke & Robert Perry write the characteristics of The Seventh Doctor & Ace superbly well mirroring the performances on tv.

The novels most dramatic scene is the skining the flesh off a unsuspecting victim which is quite a disturbing moment in the novel & would never be allowed to be shown on tv, even reading about it the image sticks in the minds making this part of the story quite a horrific disturbing moment of reading.

This is a action packed fast paced adventure with some truely tense moments to it, The Cybermen are portrayed stomach churningly chilling & sinister throughout this Novel which would be ideal for a Big Finish audio adaption as it's a well told story with dark gruesome undertones.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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Doctor Who: Sands of Time: The Monster Collection Edition (Doctor Who (BBC Paperback))
Doctor Who: Sands of Time: The Monster Collection Edition (Doctor Who (BBC Paperback))
by Justin Richards
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.39

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4.0 out of 5 stars Redux Monsters Edition., 30 July 2014
Doctor Who: Sands Of Time: The Monster Collection Edition.
256 Page Paperback Novel.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
Companion(s): Nyssa, Tegan.
Main enemy: Nephthys.
Publisher: Virgin Books.
Writer: Justin Richards.
Release number: 22.

Trivia.
1)Nyssa is chosen as the host for Nephthys.
2)Nephthys is released when the canopic jar containing her reasoning is broken while robbers are plundering her pyramid.
3)The Doctor makes a passing reference to Scaroth & his involvement in the construction of the Pyramids of Giza.
4)The final passage of the book has Marcus Scarman arriving for dinner at Lord Kenilworth's in 1896.
5)Tegan tells the Doctor that her sense of adventure died in Amsterdam.
6)The death of Adric is discussed several times by Tegan & the Doctor, specifically why the Doctor cannot use the Tardis to save him & the emotional impact it has had on them.
7)This novel continues many of the themes in the television story Pyramids of Mars & functions as both a prequel & a sequel.
8)The phenomenon of the Web of Time & the Doctor's inability to change history despite his limitless ability to travel in time is central to the novel, It is discussed several times by the Doctor & Tegan, The Doctor does mention that he has seen history changed, but that it requires "fantastic power" & is often disastrous.
9)Tegan attempts to change history in a minor way, However, events end up not being changed at all something that doesn't surprise the Doctor.
10)The cover of Sands of Time differs from it's previous BBC release as here a Servitor robots is seen wrapped in mummy-like wrappings which were featured in the Fourth Doctor Adventure tv story; Pyramids of Mars.

Plot Synopsis.
Arriving in Victorian London, the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa & Tegan run straight into trouble: Nyssa is kidnapped in the British Museum by Egyptian religious fanatics; the Doctor & Tegan are greeted by a stranger who knows more about them than he should & invited to a very strange party.

Why are rooms already booked for the Doctor at the Savoy? How can Lord Kenilworth's butler Atkins be in Egypt & London at the same time? What is the history of the ancient mummy to be unwrapped at Kenilworth's house? & just what has all this got to do with Nyssa?

The Doctor's quest for answers leads him across continents & time as an ancient Egyptian prophecy threatens 1990s England, While the Doctor attempts to unravel the plans of the mysterious Sadan Rassul, mummies stalk the night & an ancient terror stirs in its tomb.

Timelord Thoughts.
Writer Justin Richards is no stranger to writing Doctor Who novels or audiobooks & delivers a excellent prequel/sequel to the Fourth Doctors Pyramids Of Mars tv adventure that captures the characterizations of the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa & Tegan superbly.

Richard's story sees the Fifth Doctor battling against the servants of the Osirans, helped mainly by Atkins the butler while Nyssa is kidnapped yet again, poor ole Nyssa why is it she's constantly either kidnapped, poisoned or brainwashed as her character seems to get a raw deal in many Doctor Who stories & deserves to be written far better than the damsel in distress character.

The Doctor attempts to stay both inside & outside the flow of Time battling against Mummies, desert expeditions & ancient gods as the Doctor has to use his wits to unlock the mystery & save Nyssa as writer Justin Richards keeps a steady pace flowing throughout this novel & comes up with a clever devious prequel/sequel to Pyramids Of Mars & a shocking climax you won't see coming until it hits you towards the very end makes Sands Of Time well worth reading.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Sands of Time (Doctor Who Missing Adventures)
Sands of Time (Doctor Who Missing Adventures)
by Justin Richards
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fifth Doctor's Egyptian Adventure, 29 July 2014
Doctor Who: Sands Of Time.
256 Page Paperback Novel.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
Companion(s): Nyssa, Tegan.
Main enemy: Nephthys.
Publisher: Virgin Books.
Writer: Justin Richards.
Release number: 22.

Trivia.
1)Nyssa is chosen as the host for Nephthys.
2)Nephthys is released when the canopic jar containing her reasoning is broken while robbers are plundering her pyramid.
3)The Doctor makes a passing reference to Scaroth & his involvement in the construction of the Pyramids of Giza.
4)The final passage of the book has Marcus Scarman arriving for dinner at Lord Kenilworth's in 1896.
5)Tegan tells the Doctor that her sense of adventure died in Amsterdam.
6)The death of Adric is discussed several times by Tegan & the Doctor, specifically why the Doctor cannot use the Tardis to save him & the emotional impact it has had on them.
7)This novel continues many of the themes in the television story Pyramids of Mars & functions as both a prequel & a sequel.
8)The phenomenon of the Web of Time & the Doctor's inability to change history despite his limitless ability to travel in time is central to the novel, It is discussed several times by the Doctor & Tegan, The Doctor does mention that he has seen history changed, but that it requires "fantastic power" & is often disastrous.
9)Tegan attempts to change history in a minor way, However, events end up not being changed at all something that doesn't surprise the Doctor.

Plot Synopsis.
Arriving in Victorian London, the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa & Tegan run straight into trouble: Nyssa is kidnapped in the British Museum by Egyptian religious fanatics; the Doctor & Tegan are greeted by a stranger who knows more about them than he should & invited to a very strange party.

Why are rooms already booked for the Doctor at the Savoy? How can Lord Kenilworth's butler Atkins be in Egypt & London at the same time? What is the history of the ancient mummy to be unwrapped at Kenilworth's house? & just what has all this got to do with Nyssa?

The Doctor's quest for answers leads him across continents & time as an ancient Egyptian prophecy threatens 1990s England, While the Doctor attempts to unravel the plans of the mysterious Sadan Rassul, mummies stalk the night & an ancient terror stirs in its tomb.

Timelord Thoughts.
Writer Justin Richards is no stranger to writing Doctor Who novels or audiobooks & delivers a excellent prequel/sequel to the Fourth Doctors Pyramids Of Mars tv adventure that captures the characterizations of the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa & Tegan superbly.

Richard's story sees the Fifth Doctor battling against the servants of the Osirans, helped mainly by Atkins the butler while Nyssa is kidnapped yet again, poor ole Nyssa why is it she's constantly either kidnapped, poisoned or brainwashed as her character seems to get a raw deal in many Doctor Who stories & deserves to be written far better than the damsel in distress character.

The Doctor attempts to stay both inside & outside the flow of Time battling against Mummies, desert expeditions & ancient gods as the Doctor has to use his wits to unlock the mystery & save Nyssa as writer Justin Richards keeps a steady pace flowing throughout this novel & comes up with a clever devious prequel/sequel to Pyramids Of Mars & a shocking climax you won't see coming until it hits you towards the very end makes Sands Of Time well worth reading.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Doctor Who: The Eight Doctors
Doctor Who: The Eight Doctors
by Terrance Dicks
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars Uncle Terrence Kicks Off The Eighth Doctor Novels With A Bang, 29 July 2014
The Eight Doctors.
288 Paperback Novel.
Author: Terence Dicks.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion: Sam.
Featuring:
First Doctor
Second Doctor
Third Doctor
Fourth Doctor
Fifth Doctor
Sixth Doctor
Seventh Doctor
Main enemy:
Ryoth, CIA
Main setting:
London, 1997
Earth,100000 BC
An unnamed planet
England, 1970s
Vampire planet, E-Space
Eye of Orion
Space Station Zenobia
Metebelis III
Gallifrey

Trivia.
1)Rassilon's Red is Gallifrey's finest vintage, The Sixth Doctor and Eighth Doctor drink several goblets of it.
2)The Fourth Doctor & Romana drink red wine.
3)Shobogans speak highly of the Doctor.
4)The Eye of Harmony in the Doctor's Tardis is a symbolic manifestation.
5)The Castellan keeps the Black, Grey and White Files.
5)Olive Hawthorne may have latent telekinetic abilities.
6)The Eighth Doctor meets the Brigadier.
7)Flavia is president.
8)The Eighth Doctor loses his memory from a trap left by the Master.
9)The Master left his Tardis in Devil's End, He retrieves it following his escape from Fortress Island.
10)Drashigs, Sontarans and the Raston Warrior Robot are time scooped in order to launch an attack on the Fifth Doctor & the Eighth Doctor.
11)Deathworms were tamed by the Morg, The Master experimented on them for his own purposes.
12)The Master uses his Tissue Compression Eliminator.
13)The title of chapter eleven, The Vampire Mutation, was a working title for State of Decay.
14)In this novel the Seventh Doctor has a "mid life crisis" while trying to deal with his approaching death.
15)There is an explanation of how the Master became worm-like in( Tv: Doctor Who).
16)Borusa testifies in a future where he's still locked in the Dark Tower.
17)The Eighth Doctor losing his memory became a continuous plot device throughout the BBC Eighth Doctor novel range so the title Doctor Who takes on another meaning so it seems.

Plot Synopsis.
Recuperating after the trauma of his recent regeneration, the Eighth Doctor falls foul of a final booby trap set by his arch-enemy, the Master.

When he recovers, the disorientated Doctor looks in a mirror and sees the face of a stranger, all he knows is that he is called the Doctor - nothing more, But something deep inside tells him to trust the Tardis, & his hands move over the controls of their own accord.

The Tardis takes him to a strangely familiar junkyard in late-nineties London, where he is flung into a confrontation between local drug-dealers & Samantha Jones, a rebellious teenager from Coal Hill School.

But the Doctor soon finds the Tardis transporting him to various other places in order to recover all his memories - and that involves seeing seven strangely-familiar faces...

Timelord Thoughts.
The Eight Doctors is written by Third Doctor script editor & Target Novelizations author Terrance Dicks which is basically Uncle Terrence greatest hits compilation which is more a nostalgia trip through memory lane & features some of the best moments from the original series.

As the writer of the 20th Anniversary tv story, 'The Five Doctors' Dicks chooses to continue straight on after the event's of the tv movie with mixed success, While Doctors Three, Fourth & Sixth get longer chapters in the book the Seventh feels underused somewhat despite being a cracking part of the novel despite it's occasional continuity error.

Dicks uses the concept of the Doctor & the shows past continuity of a amnesiac Eighth Doctor visiting his past selves to fill in the gaps in his memory & fills in the blanks of the classic tv series & events inbetween like how The Master became snake like prior to the tv movie to the political upheaval on Gallifrey mentioned in The Trial of a Time Lord then throw in The Sontarans, the Master & the Raston Warrior Robot from The Five Doctors & you have a novel crammed full of adventure & nostalgia.

One issue I had with this novel is the inclusion of Samantha Jones, who would go on to become a companion of the Eighth Doctor who feels tagged on & short changed featuring in a already crammed adventure & her inclusion would've far benefited the next novel in the range.

Overall, The Eight Doctors is an enjoyable fast paced Doctor Who novel & one of Terence Dicks better novels that is fast paced well written adventure that features the occasional plot holes from the tv series, but still Uncle Terrence knows Doctor Who inside out & doesn't disappoint here delivering a entertaining novel that had me gripped me from beginning to end.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Jean-Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors [DVD]
Jean-Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jean-Claude Van Damme
Price: 9.42

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4.0 out of 5 stars Needs To Be Seen To Be Believed, 29 July 2014
Jean Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors.
Region 2.
Number of discs: 2.
Classification: 15.
Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment.
Genre: Reality television.
Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Kristopher Van Varenberg.
Bianca Bree.
Gladys Portugues.
Narrated by Jason Flemyng.
Country of origin United Kingdom.
No. of series 1.
No. of episodes 8.
Running time 44 minutes per episode.

Synopsis.
ITV have gone `Behind Closed Doors' & into the life of kickboxer and action star Jean-Claude Van Damme in this documentary.

Van-Damme has given ITV insight into his life as he prepares for a kickboxing fight for the first time since 1982, We meet Van Dammes wife Gladys & his two children Kristopher & Bianca while Van Damme takes us behind the scenes of his latest movies & a insight into his lifestyle & career.

Timelord Thoughts.
At one time Jean - Claude Van Damme was up there with Sylvester Stallone & Arnold Schwarzenegger as a action legend as I grew up watching Bloodsport, Kickboxer, Double Impact, Universal Soldier etc...

How I wish now I hadn't watched this fly on the wall documentary as like my cousin says it has ruined the image of him I once had as Van Damme comes across as big head, egotistical (Walks around with either a cap or T-Shirt with Van Damme written on it) & basically seems to have lost the plot he's going to fight Kang Sung in a Kickboxing match to restore his honour for humiliating his family of his past mistakes, a match that to date he still hasn't fought.

Highlights include Van Damme losing it as a car cuts him up, belittling his daughters boyfriend & then gives him two of his movies as a Christmas present to Van Damme crying about the state of the world to the build up to the series highlight of Van Damme hearing the news that producers don't want him for a Bloodsport remake, here Van Damme loses it big time flying into a fit of rage blabbering on about his parrott dying of a broken heart & claims people perceive him as Chuck Norris's punching bag (Whatever he means by that?, well your guess is as good as mine).

We see Van Damme venturing into nightclubs, drinking & socialising on the party circuit wearing a baseball cap thats labelled Van Damme which shows just egotistical this man has become & boy does Van Damme like to talk which is mostly about himself as we see him in several movie set ups including a cameo in a movie where he has John McEnroe style hair as he proclaims "You wouldn't see Sly or Seagal doing this", No you wouldn't they wouldn't lower themselves & while Seagal isn't that great anymore at least he never pretends to be someone he isn't as Van Dammes vanity & self delusional technobabble makes him appear a complete imbecile.

Yet at times there are glimmers of a nice guy trying to get out somewhere, the love Van Damme has for animals is wonderful & he truly loves his dogs & takes care of them well & you can see he love's his family even through his egotistical facade.

So why rate this fly on the wall documentary 4 stars? It doesn't showcase Van Damme in the best of light coming across on screen as brash, egotistical & eccentric yet somehow this series is captivating & entertainingly watchable, Jean-Claude Van Damme Behind Closed Doors could well be Van Dammes best acting performance to date.

Timelord Rating.
8/10


Cold Fusion (Doctor Who Missing Adventures)
Cold Fusion (Doctor Who Missing Adventures)
by Lance Parkin
Edition: Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars Two Doctors, One Cold Dilemma, 29 July 2014
Doctor Who : Cold Fusion (Doctor Who Missing Adventures).
272 pages.
Paperback.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
Companion(s): Adric, Nyssa, Tegan.
Featuring: Seventh Doctor, Chris, Roz.
Main enemy: The Ferutu.
Main setting: An unnamed human colony, the 27th to 28th centuries.
Writer: Lance Parkin.
Release number: 29.

Trivia.
1)Tegan has seen Blake's 7 & can cope with the idea of transmats.
2)The Fifth Doctor is only just getting over his recent regeneration.
3)The Seventh Doctor has to hide his emotions upon seeing Adric again.
4)The Seventh Doctor's favourite biscuits are chocolate HobNobs.
5)Chris Cwej uses the alias Bruce Jovanka.
6)Roz Forrester is beginning to feel her age.

Story Synopsis.
More than one Tardis lands on a barren ice world.,The Fifth Doctor, Adric, Nyssa & Tegan find a once ordered society on the verge of collapse, as rebels wage a dirty war with Scientifica, the ruling elite, All that stands between order and anarchy is the massed presence of an Adjudicator peacekeeping force.

But is peace the only reason for the Adjudicator garrison? What exactly has been discovered deep below the planet's surface? Who are the mysterious Ferutu? And why is telling a ghost story a criminal offence?

The Fifth Doctor sides with the cause of justice & fairness as always, But as a threat to the universe unfolds, he finds himself in conflict with his past... & his future.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a superb written novel by Davros writer Lance Parkin, It's not often two Doctor's are used so well together but this novel titled Cold Fusion writer Parkin manags to pull it off with great aplomb.

The companions are used cleverly in the novels two concurrent storylines as the story sees the Fifth Doctor unintentionally interfere in a Seventh Doctor conflict, on Ce World, Parkins storyline has a strong plot while the apocalyptic threats feels truly tense or threatening while sadly the storys conclusion ends up a little bit flat, however it's well worth a read & a meeting between the secretive, manipulated Seventh Doctor & the innocent trusting boyish heroic Fifth Doctor is as explosive & confrontational as you would expect as Lance Parkin's has a firm grasp on the character traits of the two Doctor here, a touching standout moment in this novel when the Seventh Doctor meets Adric brought a tear to this reviewer's eye.

Overall, Cold fusion is another great editon to the Missing Adventures range & showcases the writing strengths of author Lance Parkin who delivers a very entertaining fast paced novel here & a must read for fan's of the Fifth & Seventh Doctors.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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26 CD STORAGE RACK TOWER BLACK NEW
26 CD STORAGE RACK TOWER BLACK NEW
Offered by Maplin_Webdeals
Price: 5.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Quality CD Tower, 29 July 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
26 CD Storage Rack Tower Black.

Product Synopsis.
Easy to assemble, stackable CD storage system, The unit will stack both vertically & horizontally, Holds up to 26 CDs.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a very easy to assemble plastic CD rack that holds 24 single + 2 Double CDs either end of the Rack or 26 solo CDs.

The product when fitted together is a sturdy strong product that holds the CDs well, My only complaint is the grooves between CDS should have been designed to hold Double CDs as well as the single CDs as the design only holds Double CDs either end of the CD Rack.

Overall a sturdy quality product that is reasonably priced & well worth purchasing for CD storage.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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