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Star Wars: Dark Lord - The Rise of Darth Vader
Star Wars: Dark Lord - The Rise of Darth Vader
by James Luceno
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Novel That Gets Inside The Mind Of The Galaxy's Most Fearsome Sith Lord, 29 Nov 2014
Star Wars: Dark Lord - The Rise of Darth Vader.

Peoduct Info.
Author: James Luceno.
Paperback Edition.
368 Pages.
Era: Set between Star Wars Episode III Revenge Of The Sith & Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope.

What's The Story.
The newly created Darth Vader flexes his Force-muscle as the Emperor's enforcer to maintain order & obedience in a galaxy reeling from civil war & the destruction of the Jedi Order.

To the galaxy at large, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker - the Chosen One - died on Coruscant during the siege of the Jedi Temple & to some extent the true good of Anakin was dead.

But from the site of Anakin Skywalker's last stand - on the molten surface of the planet Mustafa, where he sought to destroy his friend & former master, Obi-Wan Kanobi a fearsome spectre in black has risen.

Once the most powerful Knight ever known to the Jedi order he is not a disciple of the dark side, a lord of the dreaded Sith, & the avenging right hand of the galaxy's ruthless new Emperor. Seduced, deranged & destroyed by the machinations of the Dark Lord Sidious, Anakin Skywalker is dead ... & Darth Vader lives ...

Timelord Thoughts.
This novel was a great read & a real page turner that captures the tone of a Greek Tragedy play with the focus being on Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader & his thoughts after his resurrection, his feelings, his emotions & the mourning of Padme’s death & the inner conflict as he struggles to come to terms with his new cyborg body that we didn't see enough of at the end of Episode III's conclusion, thankfully author James Luceno gets inside the mind of the Dark Lord of the Sith & explores his tentative relationship with the Emperor & his remaining ambivalence about the dark side of the Force as Luceno goes to great lengths to explain about what happens to Obi-Wan Kenobi, while a few remaining Jedi make there last stand & try to restore peace to the galaxy & explains how Darth Vader eventually drove all the surviving Jedi into hiding, once & for all.

The light saber battles are detailed enough but lack a little energy in this novelization & it doesn't quite capture the visualization of the movies, but Luceno keeps the main plot moving forward & keeps the main focus on Darth Vader’s character arc which chapters are very gripping indeed as the author truly gets inside the mind of this twisted conflicted character while expands on the aftermath of events post Episode III that features the Wookiee after saving Master Yoda from the Order 66 as well as writing some interesting character pieces on the Emperor & Obi-wan Kenobi who eventually discovers Anakins fate in the novels final chapter.

Star Wars: Dark Lord - The Rise of Darth Vader bridges the gap perfectly between Revenge of the Sith & A New Hope & comes as a highly recommended read for fans of Star Wars by this reviewer.

Timelord Rating.

Star Wars The Old Republic - Revan
Star Wars The Old Republic - Revan
by Drew Karpyshyn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Old Republic Novel, 28 Nov 2014
Star Wars The Old Republic - Revan (Novel).

Product Info.
Author: Drew Karpyshyn
Paperback Edition
320 Pages
Era: Old Republic

What's The Story?
Revan: hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior. A Jedi who left Coruscant to defeat Mandalorians & returned a disciple of the dark side, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but the price of redemption was high. His memories have been erased. All that's left are nightmares & deep, abiding fear.

What exactly happened beyond the Outer Rim? Revan can't quite remember, yet can't entirely forget. Somehow he stumbled across a terrible secret that threatens the very existence of the Republic. With no idea what it is, or how to stop it, Revan may very well fail, for he's never faced a more powerful & diabolic enemy. But only death can stop him from trying.

Timelord Thoughts.
The Old Republic: Revan is the third in a series of novels based on the 2003 RPG video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic with Revan as it's main character.

Author Drew Karpyshyn novel 'Revan' is a excellent Old Republic Star Wars novel who's main character is a conflicted former Jedi/Sith who sets out on a journey to regain his memories he is plagued by what he sees & takes the fight to the Sith who Revan knows still lingers on the edge of the Galaxy.

This story makes for a gripping novel that contains great characters combined with a wonderful intriguing compelling storyline that's paced brilliantly throughout & never once felt padded as 'Revan' is compelling, conflicted interesting character & fits well into this story which gives nods to the old Knights of the Old Republic as seen in video games & drops subtle hints at what's to come.

'Revan' is amazing story which contains plenty of great twists plus the occasional touching moment of character drama as author Drew Karpyshyn has written a near perfect story that ties into the video games story arc brilliantly, Karpyshyn has created a variety of Sith characters like Sith Lord Scourge whos fate with Revan is entwined somehow & although the ending of this novel doesn't quite match up to the quality of the stories previous chapters 'Revan' is still a chilling Old Republic adventure that had me gripped from beginning to end & is well worth a read.

Timelord Rating.
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The Expendables 3: Extended Edition [Blu-ray]
The Expendables 3: Extended Edition [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Sylvester Stallone
Price: £13.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unrated At Last & Packing A Meaner Punch !, 28 Nov 2014
Thanks to Jonathan for allowing me a advanced copy for review.

The Expendables 3: Extended Edition (Blu-Ray).

Blu-Ray Info.
Language: English

Resolution: 1080p
English: Dolby Atmos
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English, Spanish
Region B/2
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK Ltd
Running Time 126 Minutes (Theatrical)
131 Minutes (Extended Unrated Edtion)

Special Features.
- The Expendables 3: Extended Edition Exclusive on Blu-ray featuring 6 minutes of extra action.
- The Expendables 3 Documentary
- New Blood: Stacked & Jacked
- The Total Action Package
- Gag Reel
- Extended Scene: Christmas Runs The Gauntlet with Jason Statham
- Also contains the theatrical version

Box Office.
Budget: $90 million
Box office Gross: $206.2 million

Sylvester Stallone as Barney Ross
Jason Statham as Lee Christmas
Antonio Banderas as Galgo
Jet Li as Yin Yang
Wesley Snipes as Doctor Death
Dolph Lundgren as Gunner Jensen
Kelsey Grammer as Bonaparte
Randy Couture as Toll Road
Terry Crews as Hale Caesar
Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks
Harrison Ford as Max Drummer
Arnold Schwarzenegger as Trench Mauser
Kellan Lutz as John Smilee
Ronda Rousey as Luna
Glen Powell as Thorn
Victor Ortiz as Mars
Robert Davi as Goran Vata

1)Bruce Willis was set to reprise his role of Mr. Church, at a salary of $3 million ($750,000 per day for four consecutive days). When he demanded $1 million per day instead, Sylvester Stallone & the producers refused, & he left the film. Within three days, Stallone was able to get Harrison Ford to replace the Church role as a new character Max Drummer.
2)While shooting an action scene in a truck Jason Statham almost suffered a fatal accident when the truck fell to the sea after brakes failed.
3)Sylvester Stallone tried to get Wesley Snipes to play the role taken by Terry Crews in The Expendables (2010). Crews went on to play Hale Caesar after Snipes declined due to legal matters related to his tax-evasion charges that prevented him from leaving the United States without the court's permission.
4)Although top billed, Jet Li has less than five minutes of screen presence.
5)In addition to his role of main villain, Mel Gibson was offered the chance to direct the film but he declined.
6)When Toll Road (Randy Couture) asks Doc (Wesley Snipes) why he got locked up Doc sarcastically replies: "Tax evasion". In 2008 Wesley Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion. He served from 2010 to 2013.
7)Sylvester Stallone offered a supporting role to Jackie Chan but Chan refused because he prefers to play a leading role.
8)Arnold Schwarzeneger's character twice quotes his previous films, "Get to the chopper" from Predator (1987) & "I lied" from Commando (1985).
9)Nicolas Cage was considered for the role of Bonaparte before Kelsey Grammer was cast.
10)At one point Mickey Rourke was set to reprise his role of Tool from The Expendables (2010).

What's The Story.
Barney Ross augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down the sinister Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder turned notorious arms trader who Barney was forced to kill, or so he thought.

Stonebanks, who cheated death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables & is hell bent on wiping out Barney & every single one of his associates for good.

Timelord Thoughts.
'The Expendables 3' annoyed me when I heard the film was going to be a 12a rated movie as I felt Sly & Co had sold out the hardcore fans, & as a 39 yr old man I grew up watching Sly & Arnie in those classic 80's action flicks so I was disappointed to say the least & while the film was better than I was expected I could see where the cuts had been made to obtain the lower rating.

The good news however is that 'The Expendables 3' has been released on Blu-ray unrated inserting 6 minutes of action into the movie that does improves the movie a little by making it a (15) rated movie, the additional scenes mostly appear after the 50 minute mark with the first scene features Barney discussing the character of Conrad Stonebanks to his team on the plane & the bloodier action soon becomes is evident throughout the movies climatic final battle especially with characters Lee Christmas who you see stabbing bad guys with knives & shooting them in the face whilst using a thug as a human shield while Snipes as Doctor Death gets to do more as he has a great fight scene with knives & each character seems to have a few additional action scenes building up to the final fight that features a bloodier Barney Ross vs Stonebanks punch up & this should've been the version of the movie that was released in cinemas.

Sylvester Stallone who also co-writes this movie kicks ass in this third entry in the franchise as Barney Ross, Stallone who at 67 tyrs old easily puts the younger action stars to shame while Jason Statham is always good value & shares a great chemistry with Stallone.

As for Arnold Schwarzenegger well he's well just Arnie who features mostly towards the end of the film as Trench mowing down villains with a big gun while smoking a cigar accompanied by Jet Li who briefly cameos as Yin Yang.

Dolph Lungdren is underused however as Gunner Jensen & the movie misses out on his characters eccentricity that usually allows for some great comedic value while Antonio Banderas is more annoying than anyone else playing newcomer Galgo while Wesley Snipes adds menace to his character Doc & fares a lot better in the unrated cut with his extended fight scenes.

As for the newcomers it's Ronda Rousey who comes out best as Luna who actually isn't to bad an actress & can certainly kick ass when shes on screen using her fighting skills to perfection while Kellan Lutz as John Smilee lacks any charisma who is,just plain dull & Glen Powell could've been edited from the movie for all the use he is in his part of Thorn.

Mel Gibson though is absolutely fantastic & scene steals every moment by adding a dark sinister hatred edge to main villain Conrad Stonebanks & allows his character to be ruthless & unpredictable & his scenes with Stallone are exceptionally good, yet the final fight between Barney & Stonebanks falls a little short as it doesn't take that long for Barney to kill Stonebanks even if the unrated cut is a little longer.

Stallone has written a decent enough script but it can't escape a few plot holes like why Barney wouldn't want his experienced crew to help him take out Stonebanks who abandons them & instead hires a new inexperienced crew members makes no sense & Sly should've kept to his original draft & had Terry Crews character Hale Caesar killed which would've added some character drama into the story & upped the stakes for Barneys revenge.

The extras on this Blu-ray release are pretty decent & the making of documentary is entertaining & insightful while the Blu-ray picture looks fantastic in high definition, with close-ups offering excellent fine detail even in the movies darker looking environments & also delivers a sharp, clear image while the sound 7.1 mix is astoundingly effective with things like explosions, gunfire & other mayhem while the dialogue comes through loud & clear even in the most explosive action sequences.

Overall, The Expendables 3," is a testosterone fuelled release that packs more blood, sweat & action into one film than other action movies of this type & delivers a great nostalgia fest while bringing in some newer blood & is far better movie it's unrated extended cut version than the bloodless 12a edition & for Stallone fan's is now well worth purchasing on Blu-ray for this improved cut.

Timelord Rating.
Theatrical Cut - 6/10
Unrated Cut - 8/10
Overall Rating.
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Binary (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
Binary (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
by Eddie Robson
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £8.64

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mad Computer Targets Liz Shaw, 28 Nov 2014
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Binary (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles).
Doctor: Third Doctor
Companion: Liz Shaw
Featuring: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart
Main setting: England, the 1970s
Writer: Eddie Robson
Director: Ken Bentley
Release number: 6.09
Format: 2 - Episodes/ 1xCD
Running Time 60 Minutes

Behind the scenes interviews

Liz Shaw - Caroline John
Childs - Joe Coen
James Foster - Kyle Redmond-Jones

What's Up Doc?
A damaged alien computer is being guarded by UNIT troops, but the soldiers simply vanish...
Usually the Brigadier would call in the Doctor — but on this occasion the Time Lord is being kept out of the loop.

Instead, it's up to Elizabeth Shaw to oversee the project to repair this alien technology & recover the missing men.

Then Liz vanishes too.

Trapped inside the machine, Liz faces a battle for survival against a lethal defence system & this time, she must try & save the day without the Doctor at her side....

Timelord Thoughts.
Big Finish shakes up the format with this Companion Chronicles release that is told more like a full cast play instead of the usual linking narration which sees the late Caroline John once again reprise her role as Dr. Liz Shaw.

Writer, Eddie Robson’s story sees UNIT in possession of a alien computer that for some reason they don’t want the Doctor tampering with it & so Liz is sent to deal with the situation & try to repair the computer & investigate the mystery of some missing UNIT soldiers who have vanished without a trace.

Writer, Robson adds some neat twists to his story & portrays Liz's character as technophobic while keeping the involvement of the Third Doctor to a minimum as Liz is suddenly trapped inside the computer & makes a startling discovery as to the whereabouts of the missing soldiers.

The late Caroline John is excellent throughout Binary & plays the role of Liz Shaw with such conviction which thanks to Big Finish, John was given the chance to expand her role than the mere four stories she appeared in on tv throughout Season 7 & makes a real impression with her wonderful performance here, while guest actors Joe Coen & Kyle Redmond-Jones do quite well as missing UNIT soldiers Childs & James Foster

This adventure captures the action adventure tone of the Third Doctor era while the inclusion of UNIT sets the scene for the adventure which sadly only gives Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart a small fleeting appearance while the involvement of the Doctor doesn't appear until the later part of the story which sees him trying to guide Liz to safety & escape the deadly computer which although is a very formulaic plot that's been used many times it does at least deliver a very satisfying conclusion to the chain of events heard here.

Overall, Binary is a unique Companion Chronicle that is more a full cast play than the usual two-handers & delivers the crazy computer scenario which while doesn't really add anything new to this type of storyline it is at least a very entertaining 60 minute audio adventure that's well worth a listen.

Timelord Rating.
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Tales from the Vault (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
Tales from the Vault (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
by Jonathan Morris
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £8.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice If A Slightly Flawed Concept, 27 Nov 2014
Tales from the Vault (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles).
Companion(s): Steven, Dodo, Jamie, Zoe, Jo, Romana
Featuring: First Doctor
Second Doctor
Third Doctor
Fourth Doctor
Captain Ruth Matheson
Warrant Officer Charlie Sato
Main enemy: Kali Carash
Main setting:
The Vault, Gateshead, England, 2011
England, the 1960s
England, the 1970s
Kensington, 2002
South Africa, 1900
Writer: Jonathan Morris
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Release number: 6.01
Running Time 60 Minutes.

Behind The Scenes interviews.

Captain Ruth Matheson - Daphne Ashbrook
Warrant Officer Charlie Sato - Yee Jee Tso
Steven Taylor - Peter Purves
Zoe Heriot - Wendy Padbury
Jo Grant - Katy Manning
Romana - Mary Tamm

1)The Vault is located under the Angel of the North.
2)This is the second Companion Chronicles release to feature multiple companions from different eras (the first being AUDIO: The Three Companions). There are in fact six companions involved in the story, although only four are heard. This is not an omnibus of stories with linking material, but rather Jo, Romana, Steven & Zoe are worked into the narrative by way of archival recordings.
3)This audio drama features a cast of six actors, more than any other Companion Chronicle release to date.
4)Many Companion Chronicles are in the form of one actor reading a story, but the format of this story allows it to be presented as a regular audio drama.

What's Up Doc?
Welcome to the Vault -- jokingly known as "the Museum of Terrors" -- a high security establishment where UNIT keeps all of its alien artefacts.

New recruit Warrant Officer Charlie Sato is given a guided tour by Captain Ruth Matheson, & the archive reveals some dark secrets. An army jacket, a painting, crystal and a wax cylinder all hold a grave significance, & their stories are told by the Doctor's companions: Steven Taylor, Zoe Heriot, Jo Grant & Romana...

Timelord Thoughts.
Big Finish latest Companion Chronicles sees writer Jonathan Morris return to write two brand new characters into his latest adventure who work for UNIT HQ looking after a mysterious vault that contains many strange artefacts.

Writer Jonathan Morris usually delivers great Doctor Who stories & here he add something fresh & exciting to this unique tale which features cameos from Steven Taylor, Zoe Heriot, Jo Grant & Romana as Morris idea is a inventive one as it takes the listener on a new journey by granting us access to the UNIT archive & hear four mini stories by former Doctor companions which is a clever inspired idea.

This is a modern take as it delves into some of the companions past & is a strong directed play by Lisa Bowerman who keeps the pace moving steadily along & builds up great suspense that features some wonderful atmospheric sound design & music score by Alistair Lock.

Daphne Ashbrook & Yee Jee Tso voice the new characters Captain Ruth Matheson & Warrant Officer Charlie Sato & bridge together the linking material between the regular companions' cameo appearances, but writer Jonathan Morris never fleshes out these two new characters personalities or backstoy so we never get to know them that well in this audio adventure & while the four regular companions do great work, Peter Purves' spot-on Hartnell interpretation, Wendy Padbury's added maturity to her character of Zoe, Katy Manning's excellent as the dizzy Jo Grant & the late Mary Tamm's brings a touch of class & sarcasm to Romana, it does distract a little from giving Ruth & Charlie a chance to standout & shine considering this is there debut adventure theres little for them to actually do.

Tales from the Vault is a decent enough experimental Companion Chronicle that doesn't quite work as a story, it lacks a dramatic punch that could've done with another script polish & while there is a great concept here it needed far more Ruth Matheson & Charlie Sato as were really none the wiser by the end of this storyline of who these two new characters are, so overall 'Tales From The Vault' delivers a decent but not outstanding Companion Chronicles adventure.

Timelord Rating.
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Doctor who The Time of the doctor collectors figure set
Doctor who The Time of the doctor collectors figure set
Offered by BALLABEG100
Price: £50.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Quality Doctor Who Figure Set By Character Options, 27 Nov 2014
Doctor Who: Time Of The Doctor Collectors Set.

Product Info.
Size : 5.5" Tall
Material : Plastic
Packaging : Boxed
Series : Doctor Who.
Type : Action Figure.
Manufacturer: Character Options.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a excellent Eleventh & regenerated Twelfth Doctor figure set in which the Timelord is seen in his iconic long frock coat taken from Matt Smith's final story 'Time & The Doctor' were he regenerates into Peter Capaldi's Twelfth incarnation of the Doctor.

The set comes with a young & `aged' Eleventh Doctor heads plus a Twelfth Doctor regenerated head with 2 swappable shirt/chest pieces that also includes the following accessories:
1 x walking cane
1 x Sonic Screwdriver
1 x `Handles Head' accessories.

This figure set is presented in a Tardis inspired gift box with opening front Tardis door panels to reveal episode information & allows you to display your collector figure inside if you wish to do so.

Character Options have once again released a excellent figure set with great attention to detail thanks to some amazing craftsmanship & delivered a superb quality looking figure that capture the likeness of both Matt Smith & Peter Capaldi's facial features superbly while the display box is well presented packaging featuring trivia on each side of the opening Tardis doors.

I have had figure this brought me for Christmas but I wanted to check the products quality first which I can confirm is exceptionally well crafted & detailed & is well worth adding to your Doctor Who merchandise collectables.

Timelord Rating.
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[(The Light at the End * *)] [Author: Nicholas Briggs] published on (November, 2013)
[(The Light at the End * *)] [Author: Nicholas Briggs] published on (November, 2013)
by Nicholas Briggs
Edition: Audio CD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Audio Adventure Celebrating 50 Years Of Doctor Who, 26 Nov 2014
The Light At The End.
First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth Doctors
Main enemy: The Master
Susan, Ian, Vicki, Steven, Sara, Polly, Jamie, Zoe, Jo, Leela, Nyssa, Tegan, Turlough, Peri, Ace, Charley
Main setting: Totton, Hampshire, 23 November 1963
The Factory
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Nicholas Briggs
Director: Nicholas Briggs
Producer: David Richardson
Music: Jamie Robertson
Sound: Jamie Robertson
Format: 2 CDs x 2 Episodes (Main Story).

1)The writer Nicholas Briggs has been able to write a multi Doctor adventure that gives each Doctor his arc in the main story's plot.
2)The Doctor's interactions with himself sounds crazy but it does work especially the scenes between Tom Baker & Paul McGanns Fourth & Eighth Doctors.
3)A great intriguing plot featuring the sinister Master whoms chilling tones are brought to life by the amazingly good Geoffrey Beevers.
4)The companions also get there moments especially Louise Jameson's Leela & Sophie Aldreds Ace.
5)This story features some smaller cameos from other companions see how many you can hear.

1)The voice actor Tim Treloar impression of Third Doctor who was originally played by the late Jon Pertwee doesn't sound much like him.

Audio Info.
5 CD set.
Disc 1& 2 Light At The End Part's 1 & 2 Running Time 120 minutes.
Disc 3 Making of Light At The End Running Time just over 60 minutes.
Disc 4 The Big Finish Documentary Running Time just over a 60 minutes.
Disc 5 Bonus story The Companion Chronicles The Revenants Running Time 70 minutes.
Plus a 32 page booklet & photos of the cast.
*This also comes available in a standard 2 disc set featuring the story only*.

The Doctor - William Russell
The Doctor - Frazer Hines
The Doctor - Tim Treloar
The Doctor - Tom Baker
The Doctor - Peter Davison
The Doctor - Colin Baker
The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
The Doctor - Paul McGann
Leela - Louise Jameson
Nyssa - Sarah Sutton
Peri - Nicola Bryant
Ace - Sophie Aldred
Charley Pollard - India Fisher
Ian Chesterton - William Russell
Susan Foreman - Carole Ann Ford
Vicki Pallister - Maureen O'Brien
Steven Taylor - Peter Purves
Sara Kingdom - Jean Marsh
Polly Wright - Anneke Wills
Jamie McCrimmon - Frazer Hines
Zoe Heriot - Wendy Padbury
Jo Grant - Katy Manning
Tegan - Janet Fielding
Turlough - Mark Strickson
The Master - Geoffrey Beevers
Bob Dovie - John Dorney
Straxus - Oliver Hume
The Vess - Nicholas Briggs
Kevin Dovie - Benedict Briggs

1)This release has a standard audio cd release A 5 Disc Limited Edition cd release & a Limited 2 record Vinyl Audio release.
2)The voice of the boy Kevin is voiced by Nicolas Briggs son Benedict Briggs.
3)The Vess are a robotic species who sell arms to the Sontarans, Cybermen & the Daleks.
4)Kevin Dovie wonders if the Doctor's police box belongs to Father Christmas.
5)At this point in their personal timelines, the Fourth, Seventh & Eighth Doctors have not told their respective companions Leela, Ace or Charley about regeneration.
6)The Sixth Doctor expands the dimensional stabilisation field of Straxus' TARDIS to the entire pocket dimension, to allow his Fourth, Fifth, Seventh & Eighth incarnations to fully materialise their own TARDISes in the dimension itself.
7)Over the course of two hours on 23 November 1963, Bob Dovie was visited by the First Doctor, Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright, the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, Zoe Heriot, the Third Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, the Fourth Doctor, Leela, the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, the Sixth Doctor, Peri Brown, the Seventh Doctor, Ace, the Eighth Doctor and Charley Pollard in rapid succession.
8)Originally announced for release nearer the actual 23rd November 2013 anniversary date, the Special Edition CD & the digital versions of all editions were released by Big Finish one month early on 23 October.

What's Up Doctors?
November 23rd 1963 proves to be a significant day in the lives of all eight Doctors...
It's the day that Bob Dovie's life is ripped apart...

It's also a day that sets in motion a catastrophic chain of events which forces the first eight incarnations of the Doctor to fight for their very existence. As a mysterious, insidious chaos unfolds within the TARDIS, the barriers of time break apart...

From suburban England through war-torn alien landscapes & into a deadly, artificial dimension, all these Doctors & their companions must struggle against the power of an unfathomable, alien technology.

From the very beginning, it is clear that the Master is somehow involved.

By the end, for the Doctors, there may only be darkness.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is Big Finishes 50th Anniversary story celebrating the Golden anniversary of Doctor Who that been written by Nicholas Briggs the executive producer of Big Finish who is also a, director, writer, voice of the Daleks, Cybermen & Ice Warrior's, as this epic story features Doctor's 1-8 battling against there old foe The Master.

The plot focuses on the Doctor's first transmitted date of 23rd November 1963 where the Eight Doctors are pitted against strange event's are have been set in motion which could erase the Doctors timeline completely as the Timelord must fight for his very existences as chaos erupts throughout many the Doctor's timeline & for Bob Dovie, well his life is about to take on a very dramatic turn for the worse as these events may have a connection to each other somehow? & if so the consequences could be disastrous which would cause the fabric of time to be completely ripped apart.

This is a epic well written adventure by Nicholas Briggs whom is the first writer to have weaved all the elelments together to make a multi Doctor story that does justice to each incarnation & actually deliver a intriguing storyline that actually works.

Each Doctor & his companion have there moment's & the chemistry between Tom Baker & Paul McGann is electrifying, so please do another audio adventure with these two Doctors together please.

Out of the Companions Leela & Ace come out the best served & deliver some truly classic lines especially Aces description of the Doctor's previous incarnations.

The Master is a excellent choice of villian considering the Daleks & Zygons are being used in the TV special 'Day of The Doctor' & as always he is superbly played by Geoffrey Beevers whom brings a chilling menace tone to the role of the emaciated renegade Timelord.

The story is well written & easy to follow & writer Briggs keeps the Doctor's bickering to a minimum & instead focuses on the Doctor's working together to solve the mystery & the catastrophic events going on throughout his own Timeline.

The extras are informative & engaging featuring interviews with the majority of the cast, Writer & production discuss the making of this epic story on disc 3 & talk about Big Finish productions & it's achievements in 2013 & beyond on the 4th disc.

The Bonus Companion Chronicle story The Revenants was originally released with Doctor Who Magazine & features William Russell reprising his role as Ian Chesterton & guest artist Sharon Small.

It alternates between past & present day as Ian discusses an adventure he had in the past with the Doctor & Barbara a long ago.

There is a shocking scene in the drama were the Doctor in his Tardis leaves Ian & Barbara stranded were they are then rescued by a local woman named Janet whom taks of creatures living within the mud.

The are called the Marsh-Wains & only ally to help them are the Wissfornjarl.

This is a great 70 minute intriguing paced adventure written by Ian Potter & superbly narrated & voiced by William Russell & actress Sharon Small.

This is a must buy purchase as this release is a celebration of 50 years of Doctor Who honouring it's past history & paving way for its future.

With Big Finish Productions Doctor Who is in very safe hands, so here's to the next 50 years of time travelling with the Doctor & his Tardis.

Timelord Rating.
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I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer [DVD]
I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brooke Nevin
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £10.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Jumped The Shark, More Like Pole Vaulted The Shark With This Dire Effort, 25 Nov 2014
I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer [DVD].

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: Dutch, Hindi, Italian, French, Arabic, English
Dubbed: French, Italian
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 18
Studio: Sony Pictures
Running Time: 91 minutes

Brooke Nevin as Amber Williams
David Paetkau as Colby Patterson
Torrey DeVitto as Zoe Warner
Ben Easter as Lance Jones
Seth Packard as Roger Pack
Clay Taylor as P.J. Davis
Michael Flynn as Sheriff Davis
K.C. Clyde as Sheriff John Hafner
Brittanie Nicole Leary as Kim
Star LaPoint as Kelly
Don Shanks as Fisherman/Ben Willis
Junior Richard as Lone Performer

The movie was announced in 2000, and was originally meant to star Jennifer Love Hewitt, Brandy Norwood & Freddie Prinze Jr. again. However, the movie was left alone for a while & the original script, which involved Jennifer, Brandy & Freddie, was scrapped & a whole new script was written.
2)Despite the original script being scrapped, Jennifer Love Hewitt was rumored to have a cameo appearance in the new movie, but never made it.

What's The Story.
When a group of teenagers cover up the death of one of their friends after a disastrous July 4th prank, they find themselves being stalked by a mysterious figure exactly one year later.

As the teens are picked off one by one by the violent & inventive killer, they have to work out who the murderer is & if he has any connection to their guilty secret.

Timelord Thoughts.
I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer is a lame stupid excuse for a slasher movie that contains no suspense or drama & concludes with such an awful ending that puts the final nail in this coffins franchise once & for all.

The director Sylvain White & the movies screenwriter Michael D. Weiss bring nothing new to the slasher genre except the stupidest plot twist of the killers reveal who is the ghost of Ben Willis the killer from the previous two movies turning the franchise into a supernatural slasher that is completely ridiculous.

The suspense is non existent & underdeveloped, I couldn't care less about the characters or who gets killed as the young cast are dull & forgettable who each phone in there awful monotone performances, while the kills sequences are bland & unoriginal that makes this second sequel a pointless & redundant straight to DVD release that I'd recommend is given a miss.

Timelord Rating.
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes [Blu-ray + UV Copy]
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes [Blu-ray + UV Copy]
Dvd ~ Gary Oldman
Price: £14.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Battle For The Planet Of The Apes Redux, 25 Nov 2014
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (Blu-Ray).

Blu-Ray Info.
Language: English
Region B/2
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Audio Formats
English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
English SDH, Spanish
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 12
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Running Time: 130 minutes

Special Features.
4 Galleries
Andy Serkis: Rediscovering Caesar

Exclusive HD Content
Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Matt Reeves
Journey to Dawn
Humans & Apes: The Cast of Dawn
The World of Dawn
The Ape Community
Move Like an Ape: An Artist s Artist's Medium
Weta & Dawn
The Fight for a New Dawn
Audio Commentary by Matt Reeves

Budget: $170 million
Box office: $708.2 million


Andy Serkis as Caesar
Toby Kebbell as Koba
Nick Thurston as Blue Eyes
Karin Konoval as Maurice
Terry Notary as Rocket
Doc Shaw as Ash
Judy Greer as Cornelia
Lee Ross as Grey

Jason Clarke as Malcolm
Gary Oldman as Dreyfus
Keri Russell as Ellie
Kodi Smit-McPhee as Alexander
Kirk Acevedo as Carver
Jon Eyez as Foster
Enrique Murciano as Kemp
Jocko Sims as Werner
Keir O'Donnell as Finney
Kevin Rankin as McVeigh
Lombardo Boyar as Terry
James Franco as Dr. Will Rodman (Cameo via videotape).

1)The orangutan that is featured prominently in the film is named Maurice. This is a reference to Maurice Evans, who portrayed the orangutan Dr. Zaius in Planet of the Apes (1968) & Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970).
2)The film takes place in 2026.
3)This film is essentially a remake of Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
4)Caesar's and Cornelia's infant son and Blue Eyes' baby brother is named Milo.
5)The the fate of Will Rodman (James Franco) after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) is unknown, but there is a clue. When Caesar returns to his house you can see a sign with an "X" on the stoop by the door. Usually this means someone living there is infected.
6)Despite having a cameo via video tape, James Franco had no involvement nor knowledge of his cameo. The video is from the first film.
7)The movie starts & ends with a close up shot of Caesar's eyes.
8)Other directors considered for the film include Jeff Nichols, Guillermo del Toro & Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.

What's The Story.
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.

They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.

Timelord Thoughts.
'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' is a sequel that expands upon the Apes mythology & is set 10 years on from the previous movie 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' were a deadly virus has since taken effect wiped out most of the human population on Earth.

Ceasar the genetic enhanced Ape has grown older & wiser who has built a community in the woods who is under the assumption that all of mankind is now extinct but trouble ensures when the not-so-dead humans appear in the woods seeking a fragile peace but not everybody wants that peace especially the vengeful Koba who still holds a grudge against the humans for how they tortured him & creates a sinister plan that causes a chain of events to occur to ensure an all out war between humans & apes.

What first impressed me was the astonishing advancement 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' achievess when it comes to the use of CGI with such a high level of craftsmanship & animation created by Weta who use these effects to enhance the storytelling & not overshadow it combining some outstanding motion-capture performances by Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbell & Judy Grier who bring so much energy & emotional depth to there characters of Caesar, Koba & Cornelia & portray such a believable personality of frightening realism that achieves the best motion-capture with CGI Ape effects yet.

The human cast don't quite fair so well & are overshadowed by the amazing Ape performances & while Jason Clarke gives a competent performance as Malcolm his character is quite underwhelming & uncharismatic, while the excellent Gary Oldman isn't given nearly enough material yet still has the acting ability to create a mesmerizing character in the battle scarred Dreyfus.

The script is a dark emotional bold adventure that is a mirror image of sorts to todays times & the social friction & the bloody horrors of war between one another which simply changes the story to a simian/human conflict scenario & portrays mankinds simply fears of change, cynicism & revenge & delivers a highly relevant emotional storyline.

When it comes to the action sequences, 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' doesn't dumb down the violence & pushes the boundaries of what can be shown in a 12 rated movie as director Matt Reeves goes for a gritty realistic approach showing a spectacular visual extravaganza who creates great tension & atmosphere combined with some nicely shot action scenes that showcases the true horrors & violence of war.

The Blu-Ray transfer displays great picture definition thats crystal clear with a sharp resolution adding great clarity & colour to the print, while the English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 produces crisp clear dialogue & atmospheric background effects.

The extras are excellent & highlights include the amazing motion-captures sequences achieved in this movie by Weta & goes behind the scenes of motion-capture with Andy Serkis & also features an impressive film commentary with director Matt Reeves.

Overall 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' it's a amazing science-fiction film with astonishing CGI effects I've ever seen enhanced by the amazing believable motion-capture performances by Andy Serkis & Toby Kebbell combined with Matt Reeves best directing to date & delivers a highly charged emotional movie & one of the best films I've seen in ages.

Timelord Rating.

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer [DVD] [1999]
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Love Hewitt
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £8.40

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3.0 out of 5 stars Pointless & Tireless Sequel, 24 Nov 2014
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish
Dubbed: German
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 18
Studio: UCA
Running Time: 96 minutes

Special Features.
Music video "How Do I Deal?" by Jennifer Love Hewitt
Making-of featurette

Jennifer Love Hewitt as Julie James
Freddie Prinze, Jr. as Ray Bronson
Brandy Norwood as Karla Wilson
Mekhi Phifer as Tyrell Martin
Matthew Settle as Will Benson
Jennifer Esposito as Nancy
Muse Watson as Ben Willis
Bill Cobbs as Estes
Jeffrey Combs as Mr. Brooks
Benjamin Brown as Darick the Dockhand
Ellerine Harding as Olga
John Hawkes as Dave
Jack Black as Titus Telesco (uncredited)

1)Peter Jackson was asked to direct.
2)E.T star, Henry Thomas auditioned for the role of Will Benson.
3)Danny Cannon directed the 1995 sci-fi adaption of Judge Dredd.

What's The Story.
Two surviving teens, Julie James & Ray Bronson survived the bloody vengeance of Ben Willis & together killed the murderous Fisherman one year ago, but the stress of those events has taken it's toll on Julie who's unable to concentrate on her studies or love life with her boyfriend Ray which is putting a strain on there relationship.

When her best friend Karla Wilson wins a luxury holiday for four to the Bahamas, Julie thinks she can finally put the events of the last year behind her - but fate has other plans in store as murder & mayhem follow Julie to the island in the shape of a murderous fisherman with a hook but Ben Willis is dead isn't he?

Timelord Thoughts.
"I Know What You Did Last Summer" was a decent enough self contained slasher movie & featured a nice revenge-laced storyline about teenagers who had to pay the consequences of their mistakes at the hands of a psychotic fisherman, this sequel is a continuation of the two surviving characters Julie & Ray & set one year later.

I Still Know... is a bloodier gorier movie than the original but resorts to the usual bog standard set of horror cliches & character stupidity that usually feature in this genre & adds nothing really new to the slasher movies.

Danny Cannons direction is solid enough & he manages to capture the tone of a isolated atmospheric creepy hotel were Julie & her friends are staying & does deliver some decent kill sequences but without scriptwriter Kevin Williamson returning input to the genre it's up to writer Trey Callaway's script to deliver the goods & while he injects a fair amount of wit into the storyline he doesn't add anything new, while the plot has so many holes & inconsistencies for instance the scene were Ray & his friend drive down a dark road & stumble upon an accident which is a trap by Ben Willis but how did the murderous fisherman know that Ray & his friend would be coming down that road, at that particular time, tarot cards, a crystal Ball, time Travel? & don't even get me started on the movies dumbest "gotcha!" jump scare ending which actually makes the last 97 minutes utterly meaningless.

Jennifer Love Hewitt is watchable but her character of Julie James is to much of a whinger while Freddie Prinze Jr still can't act & gives another bland performance as Ray Bronson.

Brandy Norwood can't act if her life depended on it who is playing the part of Julies best friend Karla Wilson while Mekhi Phifer plays such an annoying foul mouthed obnoxious character named Tyrell Martin I was praying he'd get bumped off far earlier in the movie as he's as irritating as hell, the only standouts are Jennifer Esposito as hotel worker Nancy & Jeffery Combs bonkers take on hotel manager Mr. Brooks & finally Jack Black plays another dope smoking dude named Titus who is so out there he at least raises a smile when his characters on-screen.

Only hardcore horror enthusiasts will get any sort of enjoyment out of this movie as 'I Still Know What You Did Last Summer' might be a bigger gorier slasher sequel but in no way is it better than the self contained original & delivers nothing we haven't seen before in other slasher flicks & put simply is a very disappointing lacklustre sequel.

Timelord Rating.
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