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Dark Eyes 4 (Doctor Who)
Dark Eyes 4 (Doctor Who)
by Matt Fitton
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £26.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Eye's Saga Comes Full Circle, 31 Mar. 2015
Dark Eye's 4 (Audio).
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companions: Liv Chenka, Molly O' Sullivan
Main enemy: The Daleks, The Master, The Eminence
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer's: John Dorney & Matt Fitton
Director: Ken Bentley
Release number: 4
5xCD's
Format: 4 Episodes
Includes Bonus Disc Behind The Scenes Interviews

Trivia.
1)This is the only Dark Eyes to feature Daleks, Sontarans, the Master & the Eminence.
2)This is the only boxset in which Liv Chenka appears in all the stories.
3)This is the only Dark Eyes not to feature Sally Armstrong.
4)The Dalek Time Controller said to the Master that the Daleks don't have a concept of beauty. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks).
5)Liv mentions that the Eye of Orion was said by the Doctor to be the most peaceful place in the universe. (TV: The Five Doctors).
6)The Dalek Time Controller mentions the New Dalek Paradigm. (TV: Victory of the Daleks).
7)The Doctor had previously been to Montmartre in the company of Lucie Miller whilst it was occupied by the Nazi's (AUDIO: The Scapegoat).

Part One: A Day In The Life.

Cast.
The Doctor - Paul McGann
Liv Chenka - Nicola Walker
Martin Donaldson - Barnaby Kay
Kitty Donaldson - Beth Chalmers
The Woman - Charlie Norfolk

What's Up Doc?
The Doctor and Liv return to post-World War One London, where the Doctor meets Kitty Donaldson & Liv strikes a friendship with her brother Martin. But what mysterious force is hunting them?

Timelord Thoughts.
The first story of the final Dark Eye's series is a solid opener that set's up the storyline & drama of what's to come, Liv Chenkas character is given more humanity here thanks to writer John Dorneys excellent writing of character drama as Liv has forged a friendship with a man named Martin as they go out on a date set up by the Doctor to watch a Buster Keaton movie, meanwhile the Doctor has been targeted for death & is being chased by killer androids & loses his Tardis yet again...

Featuring strong performances by actor's Paul McGann & Nicola Walker 'A Day In The Life' is a intriguing opener that raises far more questions than it answers but is a enjoyable adventure nevertheless.

Timelord Rating.
8/10

Story Two: Thee Monster of Montmartre.

Cast.
The Doctor - Paul McGann
Liv Chenka - Nicola Walker
Dalek Time Controller, Dalek Time Strategists, other Daleks - Nicholas Briggs
The Master - Alex Macqueen
Adelaine Dutemps - Rachael Stirling
Mademoiselle - Camilla Power
Georges Legrand - Blake Ritson

What's Up Doc?
The Doctor & Liv's investigations bring them to Paris, where a mutated monster stalks the streets & a old enemy returns.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a tale of two halves, the first half of this adventure being very slowly paced & doesn't seem to be going anywhere, but as I began to feel underwhelmed the second half of the story upped a gear & delivers a excellent piece of sci-fi entertainment as the plot moves forward as writer Matt Fitton adds some great dramatic plot reveals as we finally discover the truth behind Molly O' Sullivan's dark eye's & there importance to the overall series, Fitton also writes some chilling Dalek scenes giving Paul McGann some great dialogue as his Doctor is pitted against the Dalek Time Controller which adds a darker edgy tone to his Eighth Doctor's personality.

Timelord Rating.
8/10

Story Three: Master Of The Daleks.

Cast.
The Doctor - Paul McGann
Liv Chenka - Nicola Walker
Mary Carter - Sorcha Cusack
The Master - Alex Macqueen
Dalek Time Controller, Dalek Time Strategists, other Daleks - Nicholas Briggs
Rastel, other Sontarans - Dan Starkey

What's Up Doc?
The Master & the Dalek Time Controller have forged an uneasy alliance as the universe & history hangs in the balance, & this time the Doctor can't help...

Timelord Thoughts.
Two of the Doctor's greatest enemies The Master & the Daleks form an alliance is a thoroughly deserving combination of two great evil minds thinking a like as writer John Dorney gives these two monstrous devious villains some wonderful interplay & cracking dialogue as this sinister duo try to out evil one another, Alex MacQueens - Master is on top form throughout this adventure& is so charmingly evil you actually start rooting for The Master to win.

The Sontarans also feature in this story voiced again by Dan Starsky but there limited appearance adds nothing to the plot & could've quite easily have been omitted from the storyline without any real changes to the plot, while the Eighth Doctor & Liv are served more as supporting players in this adventure, I think actor's Paul McGann & Nicola Walker deserved a bit more substance than what they are actually given here as this story tries desperately to cram so much into it's 60 minutes running time it occasionally forsakes the drama of it's main characters.

Still with so much going on there's no dull patches & the cast all delivers strong performances while the last scene which I won't spoil for you features such a powerful moment that it will have listeners on the edge of their seats.

Timelord Rating.
9/10

Story Four: Eye Of Darkness.

Cast.
The Doctor - Paul McGann
Liv Chenka - Nicola Walker
Mary Carter - Sorcha Cusack
Dalek Time Controller, Dalek Supreme, The Daleks - Nicholas Briggs
The Eminence, Markus Schriver - David Sibley
Anya - Susannah Harker
Brother Callis - Derek Hutchinson
Android - John Dorney

What's Up Doc?
It's the endgame as the Doctor battles to save time itself, truths will be revealed & a hero will make the ultimate sacrifice.

Timelord Thoughts.
So here it is, the final part of the Dark Eye's saga which despite being a little predictable at times.

If you've been following the overall arc this final adventure features some tragic moments & the death of a main character with a strong message that one's fate is inevitable.

The conclusion maybe slightly predictable but the story doesn't pull at the sentimentality, instead it goes for full on epic drama, mystery & suspense which for the most part 'Eye Of Darkness' delivers & gives a very strong conclusion to the saga thanks to Matt Fittons strongly written script.

The Eighth Doctor is probably written at his strongest in his story & one feels cheated that Paul McGann never got a full Tv series as this amazing actor performs every conceivable emotion here from fear, rage, sadness, anger, determination & humour, McGann just smashes this audio drama out the park & brings both light & shade to his Eighth Doctor's incarnation.

Sadly Nicola Walker has been very unwritten in the last three stories & one wonders were Liv's arc is leading too as her character will be featuring in the next Eighth Doctor mini series 'The Doom Coalition', hopefully that mini series can inject a bit more personality into this current one note character, Nicola Walkers a great actress with plenty of acting range & deserves far better drama & be given more to do with the Liv character.

The Daleks are utterly ruthless in this finale & it's hard to believe that there all voiced by one man - Nicholas Briggs who somehow creates a individual sinister & chilling personality from the dark & disturbed twisted mind of Dalek Time Controller to the vast array of battle Daleks that have featured in this series.

As for Molly O' Sullivan well this saga gives a fitting end to the now sixty something Nurse Molly played now by the brilliant Sorcha Cusack who injects the heart & soul into this character as writer Matt Fitton gives a satisfying & emotional pay off to Molly.

As conclusions go 'Eye Of Darkness' is a good one & showcases how entertaining Big Finishes Doctor Who audio drama can be, with great performances by the cast & wonderful written dramatic stories by writer's John Dorney & Matt Fitton combined with atmospheric sound effects & music score by Howard Carter & the high production values of Big Finish the 'Dark Eye's' saga as a whole is a entertaining action packed spectacle that deserves to be labelled an epic, roll on 'The Doom Coalation' which can't come soon enough for this reviewer.

Timelord Rating.
9/10

Overall, Dark Eye's has been a excellent saga that sees the Doctor's faith finally restored & has delivered 16 fast paced dramatic episodes over 4 box set's & is another successful audio series drama by Big Finish Productions.

Timelord Overall Rating.
9/10


The Entropy Plague (Doctor Who)
The Entropy Plague (Doctor Who)
by Jonathan Morris
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £13.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Emotional, Dramatic & Terrifying Fifth Doctor Audio Drama, 31 Mar. 2015
Warning, This review contains spoilers.

Doctor Who: The Entropy Plague (Audio).
Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Companions:Turlough, Nyssa, Tegan
Main setting: Apollyon, E-Space
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Jonathan Morris
Director: Ken Bentley

Product Info.
1xCD
2 - Episodes
Running Time 120 Minutes

CD Extras.
Trailer
Incidental Music Suite
Behind The Scenes Interviews

Cast.
The Doctor - Peter Davison
Turlough - Mark Strickson
Nyssa - Sarah Sutton
Tegan - Janet Fielding
Cherryanne - Catherine Skinner
Pallister - Robert Duncan
Branarack - John Voce
Robot - Alistair MacKenzie
Adric Traken - Alastair Mackenzie

What's Up Doc?
A Great Darkness is spreading over E-Space, as Entropy increases the search of a last exit to anywhere, the TARDIS arrives on the power-less planet of Apollyon, where the scientist Pallister guards the only way out - a mysterious portal.

But the portal needs power to open, & the only power Pallister can draw on is the energy contained within the molecular bonds of all living tissue...The Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan & Turlough soon learn that neither Pallister nor his ally, the space pirate Captain Branarack, will stop at murder to ensure their escape, but they're not the only menace on Apollyon, The Sandmen are coming - creatures that live on the life force; that live on death.

Death is the only way out into N-Space. Death, or sacrifice. But whose death? & whose sacrifice?

Timelord Thoughts.
'The Entropy Plague' concludes this trilogy of recent Fifth Doctor audio adventures that started with 'Mistfall' then 'Equilibrium' as writer Jonathan Morris who originally started off this older Nyssa arc with 'Cobwebs' has written a dramatic, satisfying & gut wrenching emotional payoff for the Fifth Doctor's companion Nyssa.

Partly told by the Doctor & his companions point of view who try to explain Nyssa's fate to her son Adric doesn't disappoint as writer Jonathan Morris has created some powerful imagery for this audio drama that from the beginning has a sense of impending doom & desperation as a battle for survival ensures, Morris adds frightening plague like monsters that mean certain death upon physical contact that genuinely terrifys as we hear the victims screams of pain, but it's the stories emotional farewell that this play is at it's most strongest as actress Sarah Sutton delivers possibly her most engaging, heartfelt & emotional performance as Nyssa who's selfless act of self sacrifice is completely in true of her character & while she doesn't exactly die she's given a fate far worse than death in my opinion as she is trapped in E-Space forever in another universe never to see her family or friends ever again.

Actor - Robert Duncan in the role of Pallister is wonderfully played as the character thinks he's some sort of saviour of E-Space who takes unorthodox methods into his own hands to save the planet but the eventual outcome is both gruesome & amoral as the entropic decay & destruction drains away the very fabric of E-Space, while the Space Pirate - Cherryanne is a character that could've been hammed up but instead is underplayed brilliantly by actress Catherine Skinner who delivers a very good performance throughout this audio drama.

The performances from the main cast are all excellent, Peter Davison again adds emotional sentiment at the loss of his possible favourite companion & captures the helpess feeling of losing yet another companion, Davison plays the part so brilliantly we can feel & share in his pain even through the audio medium.

Janet Fielding & Mark Strickson both deliver wonderful performances & are becoming something of a comedy double act as there witty banter underlines a genuine friendship is brewing underneath all the facade.

Overall, 'The Entropy Plague' is a dark sombre & very doom-laden script but contains great drama & atmosphere as writer Jonathan Morris has written a nerve jangling tension filled Fifth Doctor adventure that delivers a very powerful & emotional finale for Nyssa, so get your hankys ready Nyssa fan's for the conclusion of this audio drama it's going to be an emotional one.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Requiem for the Rocket Men (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures)
Requiem for the Rocket Men (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures)
by John Dorney
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £10.68

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Does Dan Dare In This Hugely Entertaining Audio Drama, 31 Mar. 2015
Doctor Who: Requiem for the Rocket Men (Audio).
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companions: Leela, K-9
Main enemy: The Master, Rocket Men
Main setting: The Asteroid
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: John Dorney
Director: Nicholas Briggs

Product Info.
1xCD
2 - Episodes
Running Time 60 Minutes

CD Extras.
Trailer
Behind The Scenes Interviews

Trivia.
1)This is Big Finishes third release to feature the villainous Rocket Men who previously featured in two First Doctor Companion Chronicles - 'The Rocket Men' & 'Return Of The Rocket Men'.

Cast.
The Doctor - Tom Baker
Leela - Louise Jameson
K9 - John Leeson
The Master - Geoffrey Beevers
Shandar - Mark Frost
Myrren - Olivia Poulet
Marshall - Damian Lynch
Oskin - Pat Ruins

What's Up Doc?
The Asteroid - notorious hideway of the piratical Rocket Men. Hewn out of rock, surrounded by force-fields & hidden in the depths of the Fairhead Cluster, their base is undetectable, unescapable & impregnable.

In need of allies, the Master has arranged to meet with Shandar, King of the Rocket Men. But the mercenaries have captured themselves a very special prisoner - his oldest enemy, the Doctor.

What cunning scheme is the Doctor planning? How does it connect with Shandar's new robotic pet? & just what has happened to Leela? The Master will have to work the answers out if he wants to leave the asteroid...alive...

Timelord Thoughts.
'Requiem for the Rocket Men' is the third story in the fourth series of Fourth Doctor Adventures ranges & is one of the best written Doctor Who story's I've heard in quite sometime as writer John Dorney effortlessly has written an unique audio drama that combines elements of both the Third & Seventh Doctor era's mixed into a tense & dramatic Fourth Doctor adventure.

From the very beginning this audio drama is completely different in tone & pacing than any mid-seventies Doctor Who which sees writer John Dorney inject new life into this range who takes this particular story into a new direction & writes great character drama along with some awesome action scenes as the Doctor suits up & battles the Rocket Men who are unquestionably written as B'movie 1930's Sunday matinee villains that wouldn't be out of place in the Third Doctor era.

The story is told mostly from the Master's point of view which allows Geoffrey Beevers to give possibly his best performance to date as The Master, the scene featuring the Doctor's apparent death adds great depth & drama allowing The Master's inner rage to manifest that he's at last victorious against his most feared advisory, while the Fourth Doctor resorts to cunning deceptive methods to try & outwit his arch enemy in a great game of cat & mouse.

Tom Baker is simply outstanding as the Doctor in this adventure who retains the bonkers eccentrics of his fourth incarnation but brings a deceptive darker & dangerous edge to his fourth incarnation showing moments of cunning & devious manipulation that his future seventh incarnation does so well, but later grabs a jetpack & gets to be involved in a superb space battle against the Rocket Men in a sequence which could've featured in any Third Doctor adventure.

Louise Jameson gives an amazing performance here who's character Leela has effortlessly evolved into a confident, mature & experienced warrior as her time with the Doctor she has developed a sense of rationality & her final speech to the Fourth Doctor as she parts company is a far better written exit than Louise was given in Tv in 'The Invasion Of Time'.

Overall, 'Requiem for the Rocket Men' is a wonderful pulpy atmospheric sci-fi drama that contains hi-jinks, escapades, double-crosses & Dan Dare type action sequences that delivers 60 minutes of thoroughly entertaining audio drama & to date is one of my favourite stories in the Fourth Doctor range & comes as a highly recommended purchase by this reviewer.

Oh!, & then there's that surprise cliffhanger ending..."sorry, spoilers".

Timelord Rating.
9/10


Nightshade (New Doctor Who Adventures)
Nightshade (New Doctor Who Adventures)
by Mark Gatiss
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark & Devious Seventh Doctor NA Novel, 30 Mar. 2015
Doctor Who: NA - Nightshade.

Product Info.
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Virgin Books
Language: English
Author: Mark Gatiss

What's Up Doc?
Ace has never known the Doctor so withdrawn & melancholic as he is avoiding her company, seeking solace in the forgotten rooms & labyrinthine passages of his ancient time machine.

Perhaps he will find the peace he yearns for on his favourite planet, Earth, in the second half of the twentieth century - in the isolated village of Crook Marsham, to be precise, in 1968, the year of peace, love & understanding.

But one by one the villagers are being killed prompting The Doctor to act, but for once he seems helpless, indecisive & powerless.

What are the signals from space that are bombarding the radio telescope on the moor? What is the significance of the local legends from the Civil War? & what is the aeons-old power that the Doctor is unable to resist?

Timelord Thoughts.
'Nightshade' is a crackingly good Seventh Doctor - New Adventures novel by writer Mark Gatiss who has written a superb enigmatic & very gory adventure for the Doctor & Ace that includes some great moments of character drama slowly revealed about the Doctor's past timeline.

Gatiss novel showcases the darker manipulative & borderline twisted motives of the Seventh Doctor's incarnation which makes this part of the novel a far more chilling & dramatic engrossing read than the actual main plot as Gatiss effortlessly gets into the mind of the umbrella man & adds a real sense of mystery & ambiguity & delivers a ending which shows the truly selfish nature of the Seventh Doctor.

Ace is also given plenty to do in this story who's maturing nicely but still gets to blow stuff up & becomes attracted to the pub owner's teenage son Robin Yeadon that builds up to a slow burn romance, Gatiss keeps the main plot pretty basic as the townsfolk of Crook Marsham in the year 1968 are being attacked by a monster named 'The Sentience' who's brutally killing people in some very gory ways, the Doctor & Ace arrive in the Tardis & slowly become involved in the sinister mystery but the Doctor doesn't seem himself, is there something terribly wrong with the Doctor or is it just another devious masterplan he's conjured up?, it's here were writer Gatiss tale ups a gear as he ramps up the horror & gore elements & pushes the violence to there absolute limits.

Overall, 'Nightshade' is a excellent New Adventures novel that showcases the darker aspects of the Seventh Doctor's personality & while the main plot is nothing new it does capture a great eerie atmosphere & should hopefully be faithfully adapted by Big Finish who have announced a full cast audio adaptation of this outstanding Seventh Doctor adventure.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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Assassins Creed II: Game of The Year - Classics Edition (Xbox 360)
Assassins Creed II: Game of The Year - Classics Edition (Xbox 360)
Offered by John Seth Smith
Price: £29.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Improved Gaming Sequel In Everyway!, 29 Mar. 2015
Assassins Creed II - Game Of The Year Edition(Xbox-360).

Product Info.
Manufacturer: Ubisoft
Certificate: 15
Game Type: Stealth/Combat

Contents Include.
- Assassin's Creed 2 full game
- Both DLC packs: Battle of Forli & Bonfire of the Vanities
- 3 Templar Secret Locations (Palazzo Medici + Santa Maria dei Frari + Arsenal Shipyard), previously only available in the Assassin's Creed 2 Black Edition.
- All extra features are contained on the remastered game disc - there is no need to download any content to play

What's The Story?
Assassin's Creed II features a new hero, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, a young Italian noble, a descendant of Altair & ancestor of Desmond moves the story forward & is set in a new era, the Renaissance period of Italy.

Ezio befriends Leonardo da Vinci & takes vengeance for the death of his family on Florence's most powerful conspirators as he ventures throughout the cty streets to the canals of Venice where Ezio slowly gains the skills to become a master assassin.

Timelord Thoughts.
Assassins creed II succeeds were many other games fail & actually improves upon the the original in almost every aspect, from the games superb detailed graphics with more facial texture added to the characters appearances to the stunning visuals of Italy that all help in creating a wonderful atmospheric backdrop, while the sound design is clear & authentic that features a solid voice acting cast including Kirsten (Veronica Mars) Bell returning to voice Lucy.

The side quests & extra missions that include assassination missions are a lot more varied & fun to play because the targets each have there own back stories which all adds to the solid storyline, Ezio stealing from the crowds of people or pickpocketing from dead slane assailants never gets dull as you receive a triad of verbal abuse from the townsfolk, the climbing & free running is far smoother than the first game bringing a more polished feel.

The combat system has also been greatly improved & now includes additional choice of weapons which you are either given, you take from another or can purchase from a shop, you can even dye your clothes or buy medicine for when your energy bar needs topping up, Ezio can take his armour for repair or purchase paintings from the shops all bring neat little touches to the gameplay, while the hand to hand combo fighting is a improvement over the one hit punching of the original game & upgrading your Uncle Mario's castle in Monticello to provide an additional income is clever & proves to be a strategical distraction in creating a sense of accomplishment that provides a alternative challenge to all the hacking & slashing & the parts were you control Desmond are no longer dull as his part in all of this has been greatly improved upon.

Overall, 'Assassins Creed II is a far superior game to the original in everyway, from it's improved graphics to it's engrossing storyline that completely sucks you into Ezio's story, while the improved free running, climbing, side quests missions along with a more fluid combat system all additional fun to this sequel which is also a huge game to complete & makes this one gaming experience you don't want to miss out on playing & is a far superior game compared to the original in everyway & comes highly recommended by this reviewer.

Graphics - 9
Sound - 9
Gameplay - 10
Longevity - 9

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Xbox 360)
Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Xbox 360)
Price: £22.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Return To Form, 27 Mar. 2015
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Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Xbox 360).

Product Info.
1 x Disc
Genre/Zombie Horror/ Shoot-Em-Up
Certificate: 18
Developer: Capcom.

Key features:
- Claire Redfield & Moira Burton star - Fan favourite character Claire Redfield returns to the horrors that haunted her in the past, alongside Moirta Burton, daughter of Resident Evil legend Barry Burton.
- Evil is watching - Set in what appears to be an abandoned detention facility on a remote island, the horror awaits players around every dark corner. Will there be a way to escape?
- A brand new type of enemy - Not as mindless as zombies, the scary design of the Afflicted means they are able to move quickly & attack the player with basic weapons, making them a genuine threat to players' survival.
- Assistive co-op play - Players will need to switch between the two characters to overcome the nightmares in either single-player mode with an AI partner or offline co-op. Utilise Moira's torch to temporarily blind the enemy before Claire takes them out!

Timelord Thoughts.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 is a four episode download adventure that's now released complete on disc format that allows players to switch between characters in single player or playing together with a friend in offline co-op as you battle for survival against the hoards of the undead.

Many fan's have complained that Resident Evil has strayed to far from it's survival horror roots in recent year's & the sixth game in the series was critically panned by many, so I'm happy to report that developer Capcom have seemingly taken on-board the fan's criticism & have faithfully restored the survival horror elements back into Revelations 2 as this game genuinely recaptures the tension filled horror of the franchise's earlier games.

Graphically the game is impressive with clear sharp visuals & interesting cut scenes that help in creating a tense chilling atmosphere thanks to a interesting storyline, the sound is hauntingly effective as it adds a genuine eerie creepy feel to the game as you hear a noise knowing any moment someone or something will jump out on you.

The strategy elements of earlier games has been incorporated back into Revelations 2 & conserving your resources is essential to survive, the puzzle elements of the game are of the usual standard fare but enjoyable nevertheless, the weapons available at your disposal are varied with even the weakest weapons impact actually give a strong recoil to the swarm of undead zombies especially shots in the head or other weak points which incapacitate enemies a lot faster, while further weapon upgrades increase the damage & destruction to your enemies & these little things all adds up to some neat touches.

The Raid mode is a excellent addition & a very addictive sub game that is entertaining to play & does add value to the overall gameplay while the offline co-op to play with a friend is enjoyable.

Gaming niggles?, only a couple, the A.I single player can be a little frustrating as there character's refuse to find any hidden objects & while you control the supporting player the games main characters Claire & Barry will rarely fire their weapons, Why? This is "SURVIVAL HORROR", these issues should've been fixed as it makes some parts of the game slightly annoying to play.

The game roughly takes about 2-3 hours per chapter to complete so that's around 8 - 12 hours but the game does feature two endings & there's various difficulty settings & further upgrades available that all add to the games replay value.

Overall, Resident Evil Revelations 2 is a strong return to form for the zombie horror franchise & restores the survival horror elements of the earlier Resident Evil games, the sub games all add additional fun to the overall gameplay & the offline co-op mode with a friend is excellent value & while the game does contain a few glitches & the A.I could've done with being improved upon for the price this is a action packed kick ass zombiefest & a great addition to the Resident Evil gaming franchise that's well worth purchasing.

Graphics - 8
Sound - 9
Gameplay - 8
Longevity - 7

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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The Guardian of the Solar System (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
The Guardian of the Solar System (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
by Simon Guerrier
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Sacrifice For Sara Kingdom, 25 Mar. 2015
Doctor Who The Companion Chronicles: The Guardian of the Solar System.
Doctor: First Doctor
Companion(s): Steven, Sara
Featuring: Bret Vyon
Main enemy: Mavic Chen
Main setting: Ely, England
The Great Clock, 3999
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Simon Guerrier
Director: Lisa Bowerman

Product Info.
1xCD
2 - Episodes
Running Time 60 Minutes

CD Extras.
Trailer
Behind The Scenes Interviews

Cast.
Sara Kingdom - Jean Marsh
Robert - Niall MacGregor
Robert's daughter - Lisa Bowerman [uncredited].

What's Up Doc?
Space Security Agent Sara Kingdom is dead, her ashes strewn on the planet Kembel. But, in an old house in Ely, Sara Kingdom lives on…

Now joined in the house by her confidante Robert, Sara recalls her travels in the TARDIS with the Doctor — & a particular adventure when the ship appeared to land inside a giant clock, where old men are caught in its workings & behind this nightmare is an old enemy: Mavic Chen; The Guardian of the Solar System.

Then & now, Sara's past is catching up with her as the cogs have come full circle…

Timelord Thoughts.
'The Guardian of the Solar System is the final story of the Sara Kingdom trilogy & as with the first two releases 'Home Truths' & 'The Forgotten World' this concluding adventure brings closure to this trilogy of audio adventures.

The production values by Big Finish is of the highest calibre, featuring atmospheric sound effects & music score by Richard Fox & Lauren Yason adds a great tension & dramatic atmosphere to the story especially the when the elderly prisoners who are forced to maintain a gigantic clock is a stunning sequence that worked so magnificently on audio as I easily pictured those images in my mind.

Simon Guerrier's magical script is wonderfully heartfelt & character driven as he writes the character of Sara Kingdom as a Greek tragedy type figure & a victim of circumstance & yet Sara is so determined & courageous as she battles on regardless, that of all the Doctor's companions Sara surely deserves to live again & find some happiness, but what price will have to be paid for her happiness?, the life of another perhaps?

Actress Jean Marsh has delivered some outstanding performances as Sara Kingdom throughout this trilogy & always adds great emotion & vulnerability to her character & has allowed us to venture on these three journeys with her, Marsh again gives a truly heartfelt performance here & pitches the story's action, drama & emotion to perfection in her narration, while Niall MacGregor has given us a great new character in Robert as the story's final moments brought a tear to my eye as his character must choose to make the ultimate sacrifice.

'The Guardian of the Solar System' concludes this Sara Kingdom trilogy on a high thanks to the combination of writer Simon Guerrier outstanding scripts, Big Finishes high production values & Jean Marsh & Niall MacGregor wonderful understated performances as Sara Kingdom & Robert, this trilogy is hands down one of Big Finishes best Companion Chronicle arcs to date & all three stories come highly recommended by this reviewer.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Home Truths (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
Home Truths (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
by Simon Guerrier
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hauntingly Good Audio Drama For One Of Doctor Who's Most Tragic Companions, 25 Mar. 2015
Doctor Who The Companion Chronicles: Home Truths.
Doctor: First Doctor
Companion(s): Steven, Sara
Main enemy: An intelligent house
Main setting: Ely, England
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Simon Guerrier
Director: Lisa Bowerman

Product Info.
1xCD
2 - Episodes
Running Time 60 Minutes

CD Extras.
Trailer
Behind The Scenes Interviews

Cast.
Sara Kingdom - Jean Marsh
Robert - Niall MacGregor

What's Up Doc?
There's a house across the waters at Ely where an old woman tells a strange story about a kind of night constable called Sara Kingdom & her friends, the Doctor & Steven.

She talks of a journey they made to a young couple's home, & the nightmarish things that were found there & a bout the follies of youth & selfishness & the terrible things even the most well-meaning of us can inflict on each other.

Hear the old woman's story & then decide her fate.

Timelord Thoughts.
'Home Truths' is a spooky atmospheric audio drama that's best listened to at night & in the dark as this First Doctor adventure is a hauntingly good mystery that is guaranteed to send shivers down the listeners spine.

From it's creepy opening in which a man named Robert enters an old abandoned house on a cold night & soon finds he's not alone inside the house as he meets a woman named Sara Kingdom who shares a spooky story with him, but Sara Kingdom died didn't she? So how can she be this old woman? & what is the unique mystery that the great house inhabits?

Writer, Simon Guerrier knows how to get under the skin of the listener & has written a very eerie First Doctor adventure that injects a genuine unerving feel to it & captures an atmospheric haunting tone & yet the story is somehow tinged with sadness & tragedy.

Writer - Guerrier writes the character of Sara as a tragic believable companion which allows the listener to feel some empathy for her & as we go along on the journey with Sara we experience her pain & share in her tragedy as actress Jean Marsh gives a wonderful performance here as Sara Kingdom & delivers a very dramatic narrative that's pitched perfectly as Marsh effortlessly grasps the dramatic beats of the play with great aplomb.

Overall, 'Home Truths' is a spooky tale of tragedy which happens to incorporate some very ghostly elements into it's storyline & delivers over 60 minutes of wonderful storytelling & a final twist cliffhanger which gives this story a dramatic edge & keeps listeners guessing about what will happens next?, a highly recommended Doctor Who audio drama.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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The Drowned World (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
The Drowned World (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
by Simon Guerrier
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £8.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Tense & Satisfying Audio Drama, 25 Mar. 2015
Doctor Who The Companion Chronicles: The Drowned World.
Doctor: First Doctor
Companion(s): Steven, Sara
Main setting: Ely, England
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Simon Guerrier
Director: Lisa Bowerman

Product Info.
1xCD
2 -Episodes
Running Time 60 Minutes

CD Extras.
Trailer
Behind The Scenes Interviews

Cast.
Sara Kingdom - Jean Marsh
Robert - Niall MacGregor

Trivia.
1)Robert once again relates the story of the Doctor, Steven & Sara's first visit to the intelligent house in Ely a thousand years earlier. (AUDIO: Home Truths).

What's Up Doc?
Space Security Agent Sara Kingdom is dead, her ashes strewn on the planet Kembel. But, in an old house in Ely, Sara Kingdom lives on…

To the Elders of this ruined world, Sara is a ghost, a phantom that must be excised. She must prove her right to exist, & she does so with stories. Stories of a time when she travelled the universe with an ancient Doctor & his heroic companion Steven inside a magical space/time ship called the TARDIS.

One story in particular could make a difference. The one about their trip to a world covered in water, where a human expedition is being wiped out. It’s a battle to survive, as the travellers face the horrors of the drowned world…

Timelord Thoughts.
'The Drowned World' is a strong follow up to the previous Companion Chronicles 'Home Truths' & is a highly polished suspenseful audio drama that is wonderfully narrated by actress Jean Marsh who also reprises her role of Sara Kingdom, while guest actor Niall MacGregor plays a man called Robert & gives a good performance in the role.

Simon Guerrier story is full on tense & dramatic that's paced very well & delivers an original polished scripted audio drama that engages the listener straight away with it's claustrophobic tale set on a waterlogged asteroid provides a unique setting for the drama to unfold.

Actress Jean Marsh adds great drama to her narrative parts & injects great heart, courage & bravery into her character Sara Kingdom but doesn't quite pitch the tone of the First Doctor all to well despite the odd mannerisms but does fare a little better as Steven Taylor.

The story's conclusion provides a superb cliffhanger & keeps listeners on tenderhooks as to what happens next which is always a good sign to how enjoyable a story is & on that note 'The Drowned World' more than delivers thanks to a solid script from writer Simon Guerrier plus strong narration by actress Jean Marsh but I'd advise you listen to 'Home Truths' Companion Chronicle before listening to this as some listeners maybe confused about what's actually going on with a companion who's actually dead.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Scales of Injustice (Doctor Who Missing Adventures)
Scales of Injustice (Doctor Who Missing Adventures)
by Gary Russell
Edition: Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who & The Return Of The Silurians, 24 Mar. 2015
Doctor Who: The Missing Adventures: The Scales Of Injustice.

Product Info
Paperback: 256 Pages
Author: Gary Russell

What's Up Doc?
When a boy goes missing & a policewoman starts drawing cave paintings, the Doctor suspects the Silurians are back. With the Brigadier distracted by questions about UNIT funding & problems at home, the Doctor swears his assistant Liz Shaw to secrecy & investigates alone.

But Liz has enquiries of her own, teaming up with a journalist to track down people who don't exist. What is the mysterious Glasshouse & why is it so secret?

As the Silurians wake from their ancient slumber, the Doctor, Liz & the Brigadier are caught up in a conspiracy to exploit UNIT's achievements -- a conspiracy that reaches deep into the heart of the British Government.

Timelord Thoughts.
Writer - Gary Russell effortlessly recaptures the tone & spirit of season seven classic Who with this Third Doctor novel titled 'The Scales Of Injustice', not only that but Russell writes a crackingly good tale that features two dilemmas for the Doctor, Liz & Unit to investigate, one in which sees the return of the Silurians while the other involves Government conspiracies & a shadowy grey hitman that all adds great mystery to the novels storyline.

The novel manages to balance great action, mystery & drama with wonderful moments of character drama as writer Gary Russell fleshes out the books main characters extremely well, in particular Brigader Lethbridge-Stewart who is having to deal with domestic problems in his personel life as well as dealing with the security of the nation in his job as the Brigader.

Author - Gary Russell also writes a fitting goodbye story for the character of Dr.Liz Shaw who gets a much deserved exit scene in this novel as her character left so abruptly on tv, Liz's exit is well written & quite touching that serves her character well, we also read about Mike Yates promotion which adds a neat touch to the novel while the Third Doctor is faithfully captured here complete with his nose & neck rubbing mannerisms along with his anti-authority stance against politics & the higher powers of the British Government.

Overall, 'The Scales Of Injustice is a gripping Missing Adventures novel that's pretty horrific in places as the storyline features a fair amount of death that's quite graphic reading in places & despite the occasional dull laspe in the pacing for the most part this is a enjoyable adventure filled novel & one well worth picking up especially if your a fan of the Third Doctor era.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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