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Doctor Who: The Smugglers (BBC Radio Collection)
Doctor Who: The Smugglers (BBC Radio Collection)
by William Hartnell
Edition: Audio CD

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Smugglers is essentially William Hartnell last real fun adventure as the First Doctor in what was considered ..., 20 Dec 2014
Doctor Who: The Smugglers (BBC Radio Collection).

CD Info.
2xCD
Running Time: 110 Minutes
Writer: Brian Hayles
Read By: Anneke Wills

Story Info.
Season 4
Length: 4 episodes x 25 minutes each
Episode(s) missing - All 4 episodes
Originally Transmitted:
10th September 1966 - 1st October 1966

Cast.
The Doctor - William Hartnell
Anneke Wills - Polly
Michael Craze - Ben Jackson
David Blake Kelly -- Jacob Kewper
Terence De Marney -- Joseph Longfoot
George A. Cooper -- Cherub
John Ringham -- Josiah Blake
Michael Godfrey -- Captain Pike
Mike Lucas -- Tom
Paul Whitsun-Jones -- The Squire
Derek Ware -- Spaniard
Elroy Josephs -- Jamaica
Jack Bligh -- Gaptooth

Trivia.
1)The end of this story leads straight into the next, The Tenth Planet.
2)Telesnaps for episodes 1 - 4 survive.
3)This is the only televised Doctor Who story to have no incidental music whatsoever.

What's Up Doc?
The TARDIS arrives on the coast of seventeenth century Cornwall -- much to the astonishment of Polly & Ben.

Pirates led by Captain Samuel Pike & his henchman Cherub are searching for a hidden treasure, while a smuggling ring masterminded by the local squire is trying to off-load contraband.

The Doctor inadvertently learns, from churchwarden Joseph Longfoot (who is subsequently murdered), a cryptic rhyme that holds the key to the treasure's whereabouts, he is then kidnapped.

Although he escapes, the Doctor is eventually forced to tell Pike the rhyme's meaning as it refers to names on tombstones in the church crypt & the treasure is uncovered, at this point, the militia arrive are summoned by revenue officer Josiah Blake & a fight ensues in which Pike & many of his men are killed while the rest are taken prisoner.

The Doctor & his companions meanwhile slip back to the TARDIS.

Timelord Thoughts.
The Smugglers is essentially William Hartnell last real fun adventure as the First Doctor in what was considered at the time of transmission a disappointing debut adventure to the shows fourth season but I found some merit in writer Brian Hayles script which is a decent adventure romp that's paced well despite the appearance of some cliche characters like the hook handed pirate captain & also includes the usual plot of murder & searching for lost treasure, yet there is a little amount of real plot here which sees Ben & Polly struggling to accept they've travelled in time & space who soon realise travelling with the Doctor can be fun but dangerous.

The companion roles are performed superbly by Anneke Wills as Polly who thinks the murderer might come back & kill them yet she is a brave enough woman to spit accusations at the throat slitting pirate & the corrupt Squire.

Anneke Wills also provides this soundtrack with it's linking narration while the late Michael Craze does well as Ben who's a companion often overlooked as this duo seems to enjoy winding the other up as Wills & Craze share a great chemistry in there scenes together.

Brian Hayles script keeps the drama well paced while the action scenes are engaging enough for the listener which are competently handled by Wills energetic narration informing the listener of what's going on, while the late great William Hartnell adds that mischievous twinkle in his eye to the part of the Doctor that despite his ill health & imminent departure from the role is seemingly on top throughout this adventure that could be seen as his last true hurrah in the part as his health deteriorated quite badly in his final adventure 'The Tenth Planet' so much so that he was missing from episode 3 & looked very tired in that story's final episode.

Overall then 'The Smugglers' is little on plot but heavy on action, humour & eccentric characters that is quite simply a fun lightweight Doctor Who adventure that provides you with four episodes of top quality entertainment that's well worth adding to your Doctor Who audiobook collection.

Timelord Rating.
7/10


Over the Top
Over the Top
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Price: £6.36

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's Stallone Soundtrack, 19 Dec 2014
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CD Info.
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Soundtrack, Import
Various Artists

Track Listing.
1. Winner Takes It All - Sammy Hagar
2. In This Country - Robin Zander
3. Take It Higher - Larry Greene
4. All I Need Is You - Big Trouble
5. Bad Nite - Frank Stallone
6. Meet Me Half Way - Kenny Loggins
7. Gypsy Soul - Asia
8. The Fight - Giorgio Moroder
9. Mind Over Matter - Lary Greene
10. I Will Be Strong - Eddie Money

Timelord Thoughts.
This soundtrack is taken from the Sylvester Stallone movie 'Over The Top' that features some very inspiring songs throughout this excellent soundtrack album of one of Sly's most underrated films that features the rockingly awesome 'The Winner Takes It All' by former Van Halen singer Sammy Hager & the wonderful ballad 'Meet Me Half Way' by the superb Kenny Loggins that are the two standout tracks on the album.

Praise must go to Giorgio Moroder wrote nearly all of the music on this album & while a couple of the songs do sound a little cheesy nowadays they still hold there own on a soundtrack album that consists of several great power ballads.

Overall, 'Over The Top' is a excellent upbeat 80's soundtrack that's well worth adding in your music collection if your like me a huge fan of Stallone movies.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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"Doctor Who" - Black Orchid (Classic Novels)
"Doctor Who" - Black Orchid (Classic Novels)
by Terence Dudley
Edition: Audio CD

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Excellent Adaptation Of This Fifth Doctor Whodunit Murder Mystery, 19 Dec 2014
(This review is dedicated to my friend Tim Bradley who is a great supporter of my reviews & this is his favourite Doctor Who story).

Doctor Who - Black Orchid (Classic Novels audiobook).

CD Info.
Number Of CD's 4
Running Time 310 Minutes
Author: Terrence Dudley
Read By: Michael Cochrane

What's Up Doc?
On a lazy June afternoon in 1925 the TARDIS materialises at the tiny railway station of Cranleigh Halt. Warmly welcomed by the local gentry, the time-travellers look forward to a well deserved rest from their adventures.

After a stunning performance at a friendly cricket match, the Doctor, together with Tegan, Adric & Nyssa are invited to a splendid masked ball by Lady Cranleigh & her son, Charles.

But a dark menace haunts the secret corridors of Cranleigh Hall & before the ball is over, the quiet summer will be shattered by the shocking discovery of a brutal murder.

Timelord Thoughts.
A two part Fifth Doctor Tv story released on audiobook running to over 5 hour's?, well yes & what a splendid novel this is adapted by original writer Terrence Dudley which benefits greatly from a longer adaptation as writer Dudley gets the chance to fill in some of the storyd gaps, flesh out the characterization of the supporting characters, add more detail to the story's murder mystery elements & extends the masquerade ball sequences & even includes more details about the opening cricket match.

More additional scenes feature on the thoughts & fears of Ann Talbot plus there's a gruesome macabre description of the disfigured George while Dudley expands upon the drama with the interrogation scenes featuring Sir Robert Muir & the Doctor after Ann accuses the Doctor of murder which are tighter paced & far more suspenseful & dramatic, but perhaps the biggest difference is that the Indian character who was actually killed in the Tv adaption lives in this version while the author finally adds a genuine back-story for George Beacham (aka Lord Cranleigh) that fits seamlessly into the story.

Michael Cochrane is a fine narrator & engages the listener with his dramatic enthusiastic reading while the additional music & effects by Simon Power create a genuine tense atmosphere capturing the tone of a Agatha Christie whodunit murder mystery, my only niggle is that I thought the first part of the story seemed slower paced while the second part felt slightly rushed in places but this is merely a minor quibble to a otherwise detailed & expanded storyline which is a very entertaining & enjoyable Fifth Doctor audiobook that is well worth adding to your Doctor Who audiobook collection.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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Doctor Who - Black Orchid [1981] [DVD]
Doctor Who - Black Orchid [1981] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Davison
Price: £8.92

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4.0 out of 5 stars Cricket, Deceit & Murder Awaits The Fifth Doctor, 18 Dec 2014
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DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: PG
Studio: 2entertain
2 Episodes
Running Time: 50 minutes

Special Features.
·Audio commentary by Peter Davison (The Doctor), Janet Fielding (Tegan), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa) & Matthew Waterhouse(Adric)
·Deleted Scenes
·Now & Then - Featurette on locations used in the story
·Stripped for Action - The Fifth Doctor - A look at the Fifth Doctor's comic strip adventures
·Blue Peter - A visit to the theatrical costumiers responsible for period costumes used in Black Orchid
·Points of View - Barry Took airs disgrunted viewers' letters about the rescheduling of Doctor Who
·Film Restoration - Before & after examples of techinques used during the restoration of the location film elements of this story
·Easter Egg - Go to the second part of the special features menu, go down to Points of View & click left, a green Doctor Who logo should appear, click it to see some BBC Idents & Announcement for this story
·Photo Gallery - Includes unreleased incidental music by Roger Limb.
·DVD-ROM feature - Radio Times billings

Cast.
The Doctor - Peter Davison
Matthew Waterhouse - Adric
Sarah Sutton - Nyssa / Ann Talbot
Janet Fielding - Tegan Jovanka
Michael Cochrane - Lord Cranleigh
Barbara Murray - Lady Cranleigh
Gareth Milne - The Unknown/George Cranleigh
Moray Watson - Sir Robert Muir
Ivor Salter - Sergeant Markham
Andrew Tourell - Constable Cummings
Ahmed Khalil - Latoni
Brian Hawksley - Brewster
Timothy Block - Tanner

Production
Writer: Terence Dudley
Director: Ron Jones
Script editor: Eric Saward
Producer: John Nathan-Turner
Series: Season 19
Originally broadcast: 1-2 March 1982

Ratings.
Part One : 9.9 million
Part Two: 10.1 million

Trivia.
1)The working title for this story was The Beast.
2)To preserve the mystery of his character's identity, Gareth Milne was credited as 'The Unknown' for Part One & in Radio Times, & as 'George Cranleigh' for Part Two.
3)Although Sarah Sutton was credited as 'Nyssa/Ann' on-screen, she was billed only as 'Nyssa' in the Radio Times.
4)This is the first story since The Highlanders not to feature any science fiction elements, apart from the use of the TARDIS, in the story.
5)Outdoor conditions deteriorated during filming, so the actors were required to perform through wind & rain.
6)Peter Davison, Janet Fielding & Matthew Waterhouse did not look upon this story favourably by saying the script was weak, yet Sarah Sutton thoroughly enjoyed the chance to play the two characters Nyssa & Ann Talbot & stands out in this adventure.

What's Up Doc?
The TARDIS arrives on Earth in 1925 where, due to a case of mistaken identity, the Doctor ends up playing in a local cricket match.

The travellers accept an invitation to a masked fancy dress ball, but events take on a more sinister tone as murders are perpetrated at the country home of their host, Lord Charles Cranleigh.

Timelord Thoughts.
Black Orchid is a cracking two part adventure from Peter Davisons first season as the Doctor & is a great little whodunit mystery that's set on Earth in 1925 were the Doctors mistaken identity seemingly becomes involved in quaint cricket match which leads to a more gruesome discovery later at Cranleighs Estate.

The story moves along at a decent enough pace & is a solid written script by Terence Dudley that contains some great moments of humour & yet delivers a clever Agatha Christie type whodunit plus a very tragic gut punch ending which is very sad thanks to Gareth Milne's heartfelt performance as George.

Director Ron Jones uses his location scenes well & edits the story well which looks to have had some half decent production values & features a solid supporting cast including the excellent Michael Cochrane who gives a wonderful performance as Lord Cranleigh.

Peter Davison is in fine form as the Fifth Doctor & gets plenty to do in these two episodes who plays cricket, spend half the story wandering about the Estate wearing a dressing gown & is mistakenly accused of murder as the Doctor is wearing the same Mannequin outfit as the murderer at the Cranleigh Estate fancy dress ball.

Sarah Sutton is on dual role duties here playing both Nyssa & Ann Talbot despite there being no explanation given as to why these two characters look identical but Sutton plays both roles completely different & delivers two superb performances who even gets to show off her dancing skills in this story.

Janet Fielding is underused as Tegan in this story but at least her character is less bossy here & dare I say more "friendly", either the party's spirit has mellowed her a little or she's drank too much red wine, sadly Matthew Waterhouse is again the weakest link as Adric who is as bland & annoying as ever & does nothing of interest throughout this entire adventure.

Overall, Black Orchid is a fun & enjoyable two part adventure that features mostly good performances by the cast & contains some decent production values & location filming that is entwined with a clever whodunit murder mystery that is never less than entertaining & is another solid Fifth Doctor adventure.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Doctor Who: Engines of War: A War Doctor Novel (Dr Who)
Doctor Who: Engines of War: A War Doctor Novel (Dr Who)
by George Mann
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £17.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars War Changes Everything Including The Doctor, 18 Dec 2014
Doctor Who: Engines of War (Audiobook).

CD Info.
8xCD's
Running Time 600 Minutes
Author: George Mann
Read By: Nicholas Briggs
Unabridged Edition

What's Up Doc?
The Great Time War has raged for centuries, ravaging the universe, The Daleks & the Time Lords deploy ever more dangerous weapons in their desperate attempts to outmaneuver each other & gain an advantage but there is no end in sight.

On the outer rim of the Tantalus Eye, scores of planets form a spiral around a vast fold in space-time, these planets are human colony worlds, now overrun by Dalek occupation forces were a weary, angry Doctor leads a flotilla of Battle TARDISs against the Dalek stronghold & in the midst of the carnage, the Doctor's TARDIS crashes to a planet below: Moldox.

The Doctor is trapped in an apocalyptic landscape of ruined cities & burning buildings, Dalek patrols roam among the wreckage, rounding up the remaining civilians. But why haven't the Daleks simply killed the humans?

Searching for answers in the ruins, the Doctor meets "Cinder," a young female Dalek hunter, as the duo struggle to survive they try to discover the Dalek plan which take them from the ruins of Moldox to the halls of Gallifrey & set off a chain of events that will change everything ... & everyone.

Timelord Thoughts.
Author George Mann has written a outstandingly good War Doctor Who adventure here which is a prologue to events prior too 'Day Of The Doctor'.

Mann writes a gripping adventurous journey & does a splendid job of characterizing the incarnation of a Doctor well know very little about superbly & makes the War Doctor a battle scarred weary Timelord we actually believe has lasted for many centuries & fought this long & bloody war who is tired of fighting as the warrior within him is beginning to slowly fade away & is without doubt the story's strongest narrative.

The storyline is actually quite a traditional Doctor Who adventure & at times is brimming with nostalgia as this novel takes us from ravaged planets to the Doctors home planet; Gallifrey to the centre of a Dalek battle fleet & yet somehow tinted with sadness despite the small victories that feature during this story that against a widespread backdrop of failures one can sense the oncoming storm is gathering to it's inevitable satisfying conclusion.

I thoroughly enjoyed this War Doctor adventure as it balances the eccentricity of the Doctor & yet adds great intensity of this incarnation struggles & sacrifices as this War Doctor is faced with several difficult decisions, the most difficult being should the Doctor allow his own race the Timelords to destroy the Daleks that will wipe out billions of human beings in the process or should he stop his Gallifreyan rulers & risk the destruction of his home planet Gallifrey echoes the Fourth Doctors "Do I have the right?" scenario from 'Genesis Of The Daleks'.

We see parts of the Doctors character traits slowly begin to shine through this incarnation as we begin to see the return of the Doctors quirky sense of humour & yet still maintains his cunning craftyness & battle scarred edge which is similar to his Seventh incarnation persona as he devises a cunning masterplan to try & save the universe from interplanetary war between the Timelords & the Daleks.

Overall, Engines Of War is a excellent audiobook adaption of the novel that's superbly narrated by the excellent Nicholas Briggs who also voices the Daleks making them a sinister & malevolent threatening race & injects plenty of great moments of drama with enthusiasm in his reading & in doing so engages the listener straight away by drawing us into the adventure.

So if like me your a hardcore fan of Doctor Who this is well worth purchasing for the uniqueness of a story to feature the War Doctor which you'll get an understanding of who the War Doctor actually is in this brilliantly written audiobook adaptation that should be added to your Doctor Who audiobook collection.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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Doctor Who: Silhouette: A 12th Doctor Novel (Dr Who 12th Doctor)
Doctor Who: Silhouette: A 12th Doctor Novel (Dr Who 12th Doctor)
by Justin Richards
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £15.30

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4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting & Surreal Adventure For The Twelfth Doctor & Clara, 18 Dec 2014
Doctor Who: Silhouette (Audiobook).

CD Info.
5xCD's
Running Time 300 Minutes
Author: Justin Richards
Read By: Dan Starkey
Unabridged Edition

What's Up Doc.
Marlowe Hapworth is found dead in his locked study, killed by an unknown assailant, This is a case for the Great Detective, Madame Vastra.

Rick Bellamy, bare-knuckle boxer, has the life drawn out of him by a figure dressed as an undertaker which angers Strax the Sontaran.

The Carnival of Curiosities, a collection of bizarre & fascinating sideshows & performers, This is where Jenny Flint looks for answers, How are these things connected? & what does Orestes Milton, rich industrialist, have to do with it all?

The Doctor & Clara joint the hunt for the truth they find themselves thrust into a world where nothing & no one is what they seem.

Timelord Thoughts.
Silhouette is the second of three BBC audiobooks of adventures featuring the Twelfth Doctor & Clara Oswald & is written by the excellent Justin Richards who has written many great novels & Big Finish audiobook adventures for many incarnations of the Doctor over the year's & now adds the Twelfth to his impressive CV of stories.

I found that this story starts off a little unevenly with it's surreal tone & pacing but the adventure soons picks up pace bringing a curious mystery in Victorian England that engages the listener with quite a eerie story that author Justin Richard's paces superbly by building up the suspense of the drama that really draws you into this clever little mystery.

Author Justin Richards gets the characterisation of the darker grumpier Twelfth Doctor to perfection & grasps his slightly estranged relationship with Clara very well but adds some wonderful moments of humour to give the story some enjoyable lighter moments that complement the storys more macabre undertones.

The villain takes some working out who we discover is a very manipulative character & the story includes many great subplots featuring a carnival, a weapons dealer in hiding, a shapeshifter & a sinister creature that can drain the emotions out of it's victims & put them altogether & you have all the ingredients of a classic Doctor Who adventure.

'Silhouette'is narrated very well by the Sontaran - Strax himself actor Dan Starkey who I was a little unsure wouldn't quite pull off a dramatic reading & yet does with great aplomb & surprised me on how much enthusiasm he brings to this reading & generate some great moments of tension or humour which makes this latest unabridged Twelfth Doctor adventure well worth adding to your Doctor Who audiobook collection.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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"Doctor Who" - The Myth Makers (Classic Novels)
"Doctor Who" - The Myth Makers (Classic Novels)
by Donald Cotton
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £12.87

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4.0 out of 5 stars Greek Myths Shenanigans For The Doctor & Co, 16 Dec 2014
Doctor Who: The Myth Makers (Audiobook).

Product Info.
Number Of CD's: 4
Running Time 240 Minutes
Read By - Stephen Thorne
Sound & Music Design - Simon Power

What's Up Doc?
Long, long ago on the great plains of Asia Minor, two mighty armies faced each other in mortal combat, the armies were the Greeks & the Trojans, and the prize they were fighting for was Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world.

To the Greeks, it seemed that the city of Troy was impregnable & only a miracle could bring them success as help comes to them in a most mysterious way, as a strange blue box materialises close to their camp, bringing with it the Doctor, Steven & Vicki, who soon find themselves caught up in the irreversible tide of history & legend.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is another Tv story that's sadly missing from the BBC archives but is currently available on either a Tv soundtrack edition or this Target novelization audiobook adaption which is the one I prefer because originally the tone of this story is a little to comedic & humourous consideringthe subject matter which obviously transferred into the BBC soundtrack release.

However, this audiobook adaption features the powerful vocal tones of actor Stephen Thorne who over his career has played many iconic villains in Doctor Who & Big Finish audios & his narration here is superb adding gravitas & maturity to this First Doctor adventure by giving a far more grittier dramatic impact & depth that changes the complete tone of the story for the better, while Simon Powers sound design & music cues enhance this audiobook adaption giving it a suspenseful atmospheric feel of it's own.

The story isn't without a few faults as writer Donald Cotton writes the Doctor a little to humoured at times that dilutes the seriousness of the character & situation he's currently in as he's perceived & looked upon as the Greek God Zeus something which Tom Bakers Fourth Doctor would've adored, while Katrinas introduction at the end of the story is treated more like a afterthought to replace Vicki as the female Tardis compainion.

What the story does gets right however is Vicki's departure, who the Trojans christen `Cressida as she falls in love with Prince Troilus & finally marries while a little unoriginal is a fitting end for this companion while Steven Taylor gets plenty to do & involved in the main part of the action even getting into some fisticuffs with Paris which is one of the storys highlights.

Overall, 'The Myth Makers' is another polished audiobook adaption despite the story's occasional flaws which are thankfully papered over by Stephen Thornes magnificent narration & Simon Powers atmospheric sound effects & music that add great atmosphere & drama to this entertaining historical Doctor Who adventure & is another audio CD worth adding to your Doctor Who audiobook collection.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Doctor Who and the Planet of the Daleks (Classic Novels)
Doctor Who and the Planet of the Daleks (Classic Novels)
by Terrance Dicks
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £8.75

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting & Atmospheric Daleks Audiobook Adaption, 16 Dec 2014
Planet Of The Daleks (Audiobook).

Product Info.
Number Of Discs: 3
Running Time 185 Minutes
Read By - Mark Gatiss
Sound & Music Design - Simon Power

What's Up Doc?
After pursuing the Daleks through space, the Doctor & Jo Grant land in the midst of a tropical jungle on the planet Spiridon & finds there are more horrors that await the time travellers than just the Daleks.

Vicious plants spitting deadly poison, invisible Spiridons are attacking from all sides & in hiding a vast army of Daleks who are waiting for the right moment to mobilize & conquer.

Timelord Thoughts.
I remember owning a audio cassette version of 'Planet Of The Daleks' which was narrated by the Third Doctor himself the late great Jon Pertwee & while that was a decent take on the story this version is by far the superior more polished version to own as it features excellent enthusiastic narration by actor/writer Mark Gatiss who adds great depth & energy into his reading of Terrence Dicks adapted Target novelization & captures the mannerisms & phrasing of the Third Doctor very well.

This audiobook version includes sound effects & music cues by sound designer Simon Power which injects moments of great tension, suspense & atmosphere while Nicholas Briggs returns to voice the Daleks once again & gives them a darker sinister more malevolent tone which makes them a truly terrifying enemy.

'Planet Of The Daleks' is a entertaining enjoyable audiobook adaptation of a classic Third Doctor Dalek adventure & is paced well at just over 3 hours that's well worth adding into your Doctor Who audiobook collection.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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The Punisher [DVD]
The Punisher [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dolph Lundgren
Price: £4.49

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4.0 out of 5 stars Were Is Justice, Were Is Punishment !, 15 Dec 2014
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DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Running Time: 85 minutes

Cast.
Dolph Lundgren as Frank Castle/The Punisher
Louis Gossett, Jr. as Jake Berkowitz
Jeroen Krabbé as Gianni Franco
Kim Miyori as Lady Tanaka
Bryan Marshall as Dino Moretti
Nancy Everhard as Sam Leary
Barry Otto as Shake
Brian Rooney as Tommy Franco
Zoshka Mizak as Tanaka's daughter
Larry McCormick as TV newsreader
Kenji Yamaki as Sato
Todd Boyce as Terrone
Hirofumi Kanayama as Tomio
Lani John Tupu as Laccone
Giancarlo Negroponte as Musso

Trivia.
1)Dolph Lundgren did most of his own stunts.
2)Dolph Lundgren co-wrote the Punisher's monologues at the beginning & end.
3)Marvel Comics only granted the film-makers a provisional license on rights for the character of The Punisher. This effectively meant that the production team could only really use the name of the character & not any of his defining traits, including his famous skull T-shirt.
4)A sequel was planned but New World's financial difficulties & eventual bankruptcy killed any plans for a sequel.
5)91 people are killed individually on screen in this movie.
6)Dolph Lungdren & Louis Gossett Jr also worked together on 'Cover Up'.

What's The Story.
When Frank Castle's family is murdered by Mob criminals, he wages a fall out war on crime as a vigilante known only as the Punisher where only one thing is certain... the guilty will be punished.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a often overlooked movie version of The Punisher that was released way back in 1989 & arrives now on DVD & Blu-ray officially for the first time complete & uncut.

While little is seen of Castles backstory & apart from a few seconds of flashbacks the character is well written & his motivations for his war on crime are clearly defined through the trauma of losing his family, Dolph Lungdren gives a competent enough performance here as Frank Castle/The Punisher who is obviously a deeply traumatised character consumed by a deep inner rage who's only motivation for living is to punish those who are guilty.

Lungdren adds a physicality to the role of Frank Castle & gets involved in many of the movies violent fight & shootout sequences doing most of the action scenes himself that for a low budget action movie are excitingly shot by director Mark Goldblatt whom has served as a editor on films such as 'Terminator 1 & 2', 'Starship Troopers'&'Armageddon' to name but a few.

While some of the acting is quite poor & very hammy at times to say the least the movie does features some good acting support from Louis Gossett Jr as Frank's ex partner & best friend Jake Berkowitz who has been obsessively chasing The Punisher for years thinking it is Frank & ex Bond villain Jeroen Krabbe plays crime boss Gianni Franco who makes the usual stereotypical mob boss character quite a intriguing one who needs Castles expertise to rescue his son & the mobs children who have been kidnapped by the Yakuza led by Lady Tanaka for selling on the slave trade market.

The fight scenes were improvised by the actors which adds a gritty realism to them, the mute female martial artist who uses her ear rings to kill is a bad ass bitch & The Punisher himself certainly lives up to his name who is a completely ruthless b##tard as he shoots, strangles, stabs, tortures & kills criminals without any compassion.

Overall, The Punisher (1989) is a underrated & often overlooked action movie & was made at a time before Marvel became the rulers of the comic book movie franchise, for fans of 80's hardcore movies that enjoy scenes of over the top graphic violence it would be crime not to add this film to your action movie collection.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Doctor Who: The Highlanders Original BBC Television Soundtrack (BBC Radio Collection) [AUDIOBOOK]
Doctor Who: The Highlanders Original BBC Television Soundtrack (BBC Radio Collection) [AUDIOBOOK]
by Elwyn Jones
Edition: Audio CD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Ay I'm Jamie McCrimmon The Son Of A Piper", 14 Dec 2014
Dedicated To Mark For His Continued Support On My Reviews.

The Highlanders (Original BBC Soundtrack).
Doctor: Second Doctor
Companion(s): Ben, Polly, Jamie
Main enemy: Solicitor Grey
Main setting: Scotland, 16 April 1746
Writer: Elwyn Jones & Gerry Davis
Director: Hugh David
Producer: Innes Lloyd
Story number: 31
Number of episodes: 4
Season 4 (1966)
Premiere broadcast: 17 December 1966 - 7 January 1967
Premiere network: BBC1
Format: 4x25-minute episodes
Running Time 100 Minutes

Cast.
The Doctor - Patrick Troughton
Ben Jackson - Michael Craze
Polly - Anneke Wills
Jamie McCrimmon - Frazer Hines
Alexander McLaren - William Dysart
The Laird - Donald Bisset
Kirsty McLaren - Hannah Gordon
Lieutenant Algernon Ffinch - Michael Elwyn
Sergeant - Peter Welch
Grey - David Garth
Perkins - Sydney Arnold
Sentry - Tom Bowman
Trask - Dallas Cavell
Mollie - Barbara Bruce
Willie Mackay - Andrew Downie
Sailor - Peter Diamond
Colonel Attwood - Guy Middleton

What's Up Doc?
The Second Doctor, Polly & Ben arrive in Scotland just after the Battle of Culloden were the Doctor gains the trust of a small band of fleeing Jacobites by offering to tend their wounded Laird, Colin McLaren, while Polly & the Laird's daughter, Kirsty, are away fetching water, he & the others are all captured by Redcoat troops commanded by Lieutenant Algernon Finch.

Grey, a crooked solicitor who sells prisoners to slavery for transportation in the West Indies, secures the group into his custody, Polly & Kirsty blackmail Finch into helping while the Doctor wins the day by smuggling arms to the Highlanders who are being held on board a stolen ship, the Annabelle.

Grey & the ship's unscrupulous captain, Trask, are overpowered & the vessel is returned to its rightful owner, Willie Mackay, who agrees to take the rebels to safety in France.

The Doctor, Polly & Ben return to the Doctor's TARDIS, where they are joined on their travels by the young piper Jamie McCrimmon.

Timelord Thoughts.
Sadly, 'The Highlanders' is another missing Doctor Who story from the BBC archives & only exists as 4 off-air audio recordings & telesnaps via this Tv soundtrack with linking narration by Frazer Hines.

This is quite a fast paced historical adventure that sees the debut of Jamie McCrimmon the son of a piper who's first appearance differs completely from the Jamie of later adventures who is a little rough around the edges here but is brought brilliantly to life by actor Frazer Hines who makes the character his own & is instantly likeable.

Anneke Wills is superb as Polly throughout this 4 part adventure & gets a fair amount to do instead of just making the Tea which includes a potential relationship with an English redcoat, while Ben Jackson who is played by the late Michael Craze gives a very understated but likeable performance here.

But it's Patrick Troughton who once again gives the standout performance here as the Second Doctor who breathes new life into the show & injects his cosmic hobo incarnation with a quirky eccentricity cleverness whom acts all whimsical but knows exactly how to save the day & even gets to drag up here to save his friends in this adventure.

The story is pure historical & theres plenty of action thrown in for good measure & while the script is gripping & well written the dialogue is sometimes clunkily scripted but the performances of the leads are solid enough to carry through what shortcomings the dialogue may have as the story sees the Tardis lands in Scotland at the conclusion of the Battle of Culloden in 1746 as the Highlanders are attempting to secure the English Throne for the Stuart Kings obviously being Doctor Who chaos soon follows as the Tardis travellers become embroiled in events.

Overall, 'The Highlanders' is a wonderful listen & is a strong debut story for companion Jamie McCrimmon & while it's as engaging an adventure as say Power Of The Daleks or Evil Of The Daleks it's a solid 4 part adventure of Season 4 & is a entertaining enjoyable enough Second Doctor adventure.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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