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Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Xbox 360)
Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Xbox 360)
Price: £22.00

3 of 3 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.

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

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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The Plotters (Doctor Who Missing Adventures)
The Plotters (Doctor Who Missing Adventures)
by Gareth Roberts
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware Of The Fifth Of November Doctor!, 21 Mar. 2015
The Plotters (Doctor Who Missing Adventures).

Product Info.
Paperback: 256 pages
Author: Gareth Roberts

What's Up Doc?
London, November 1605. The TARDIS materialises at a crucial moment in British history. While Ian & Barbara set off for the Globe Theatre, Vicki accompanies the First Doctor on a mysterious mission to the court of King James.

What connects the King's advisor Robert Cecil with the sinister hooded figure known only as 'the Spaniard'? Why is the Doctor so anxious to observe the translation of the Bible? & could there be some dastardly plot brewing in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament?

As a history teacher, Barbara thinks she knows what to expect when she encounters a man called Guy Fawkes. But she is in for a very unpleasant surprise.

Timelord Thoughts.
'The Plotters' may not be 100% historically correct in it's subject matter of Guy Fawkes but author Gareth Roberts writing is very good here & he faithfully captures the main characters excellently especially the First Doctor who's a little bit devious here & is a story well deserving to be included into the William Hartnell era.

The plot is a pure historical fun fast paced romp & features a great mistaken identities subplot as young Vicki is disguised as a boy which adds humour to the adventures hokum as the four time travellers are seemingly carried along by history as they soon encounter the imminent danger centred on the gunpowder plot & a certain Guy Fawkes.

My only gripe is that Barbara is slightly underwritten here & is again kidnapped which seems to be a regular occurrence to her character, but this is only a minor quibble to a otherwise enjoyable story & while some may complain about the historical accuracy this is seemingly deliberate by the writer as it allows author Gareth Roberts to have a little fun with the characters & plot.

'The Plotters' is a fun filled exciting & enjoyable Missing Adventures novel that once again gives the First Doctor era a wonderful historical adventure which contains a clever plot & fully rounded characters that delivers one of the better stories in the Missing Adventures range & one I highly recommended to fan's of the First Doctor.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Sleeping Dogs (Xbox 360)
Sleeping Dogs (Xbox 360)
Offered by 101Trading
Price: £11.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hong Kong's Version Of GTA, 21 Mar. 2015
Sleeping Dogs (Xbox 360).
Developer: Square Enix
Genre: Beat-Em-Up/Shoot-Em-Up/ Crime/Driving
Certificate: 18

Voice Cast.
Will Yun Lee - Wei Shen
Edison Chen - Jackie Ma
Tom Wilkinson - Superintendent Thomas Pendrew
Kelly Hu - Inspector Jane Teng
Robin Shou - Conroy Wu / Roland Ho
Megan Goldsmith - Ilyana
Elizabeth Sung - Broken Nose Jiang
Terence Yin - 'Dirty' Ming
Ian Anthony Dale - Ricky
Tzi Ma - Henry 'Big Smile' Lee / Old Salty Crab
Byron Mann - Raymond Mak / Pockmark Cheuk
Ron Yuan - Mr. Chow / Ponytail / Mr.Tong / Dogeyes
Chin Han - Sonny Wo
James Hong - Uncle David/Wa-Lin Po
Yunjin Kim - Tiffany Kim
Lucy Liu - Vivienne Lu
James C. Mathis III - King
Irene Tsu - Mrs. Chu
James Lew - Sifu Kwok
Celina Jade - Not Ping
Feodor Chin - Tran
Parry Shen - Winston Chu
Vic Chao - Joey Kwan / Siu Wah / Johnny Ratface
Anthony Chow - Alex / Duke
Conan Lee - Calvin / Harold 'Two Chin'
Osric Chau - Vincent
Lindsay Price - Peggy Li
Emma Stone - Amanda Cartwright
Steph Song - Sandra

What's The Story.
Sleeping Dogs is a gritty and visceral open-world cop drama set in the vibrant city of Hong Kong as gamers take on the role of undercover cop Wei Shen, tasked with taking down one of the world's most fearsome criminal organisations from the inside... the Hong Kong Triads.

As players explore the bustling & crowded Hong Kong island, through its neon-lit side streets & sprawling street markets, an incredible story unfolds of loyalty and betrayal, where Wei begins to question his own motives as he is sucked in deeper than he could ever imagine.

Offering players an island packed with action, every street corner, market stall, harbour dock or city skyscraper can become an opportunity for intense shoot-outs, adrenaline-fuelled street races & intense, brutal martial arts combat.

Timelord Thoughts.
Sleeping Dogs is one of the most addictive games I've played to date & features one of the most intuitive & imaginative combat systems that includes an extensive set of martial arts moves & combinations to perform from bone-crunching kicks combined with vicious counters as well as using your open world environment by making use of circular saws, phone booths, incinerators, refrigerator doors & market stall shutters to name just a few.

By setting the game in Hong Kong developers Square Enix have made a lot of effort to capture an genuine Eastern feel to the game & for the most part have succeeded despite the environment not being completely 100% geographically accurate, the graphics are simply outstanding & are richly detailed, sharp & very fluent while some characters even incorporate the real actor's facial likenesses.

The voice acting from the cast includes, Emma Stone, Tom Wilkinson, Kelly Hu & Lucy Liu is superb & gives the game a big budget action movie quality feel while the soundtrack & sound effects are amazing & bring atmosphere to the Hong Kong nightlife, while the background settings & environments are visually stunning & are mostly interactive & brings to life a real world feel to the game.

The missions are fun & there's plenty of mini games & side missions which allows you to hack, lock pick, plant bugs, cell phone triangulation as well as foot & vehicle chases the latter being just a little bit clunky at times, the combat system & the variety of shoot-outs are the games strongest points as throwing an enemy into a wide range of real world environments adds brutal realism & never tires of being fun & the game features plenty of unlockable bonuses & upgrades which add longevity to the gaming experience.

Overall, Sleeping Dogs is a superb quality game by Square Enix that is completely addictive & enjoyable to play even despite the slightly clunky driving sequences & short main game because the combat & vast array of fighting moves, free running & shootouts more than makes up for the games occasional minor flaws & is a game well worth purchasing & adding to your Xbox 360 collection of games.

Graphics - 9
Sound - 9
Gameplay - 9

Timelord Overall Rating.
9/10
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The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (Xbox 360)
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (Xbox 360)
Offered by S6 entertainment
Price: £11.50

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You'll Feel Like The Undead After Playing This Tripe, 20 Mar. 2015
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (Xbox 360).

Gaming Info.
Tv Series Tie-In
Manufacturer: Activison
Genre: Zombie/Shoot-Em-Up
Certificate: 18

What's The Story.
Based on the award-winning TV series, you assume the role of the mysterious, crossbow-wielding survivor Daryl Dixon, alongside his overbearing brother Merle, on a haunting & unforgiving quest to make their way to the supposed safety of Atlanta.

The iconic walkers will relentlessly hunt you down using a combination of sight, sound & smell. As Daryl, you'll need to tread carefully throughout each new area that you explore. Once discovered, it doesn't take much to attract an unstoppable horde of undead walkers, so every threat needs to be assessed & every situation analysed.

Choose between whether to stay & fight while risking a gruesome death or using stealth to avoid the undead as no place is truly safe for Daryl as he makes his way through the Georgia countryside in this new, post-apocalyptic world.

Timelord Thoughts.
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct is a complete waste of the tv tie-in gaming license, Activision have simply produced a lazy cash-in dull stealth shooter that features very dated graphics, dull gameplay & a very weak storyline that is so lacklustre you may find yourself actually becoming comatose playing this.

The A.I is appalling & the worst aspect of the game as the undead Walkers hardly lunge or attack you & you can simply go up to the undead walkers & dispatch them one at a time with your weapons without taking any damage to your health, hell they even line up ready for you to kill them probably longing for death to be put out of there misery as they know there appearing in such a dire game, this glitch severely hampers the gameplay & makes the game absolutely no challenge whatsoever as you simply stroll from one town to another looking for supplies as you attempt to travel to the apparent safety of Atlanta.

The game is also incredibly short & can easily be completed in about 6 hours while the ending comes as a complete disappointment & is just an appalling mess, Xbox 360 gamers deserve a far better challenge than what's been produced here & Activison should hang there head's in shame expecting fan's of the tv show to fork out cash for this lazy tie-in.

The only good thing this game has going for it is the voice acting by Norman Rebus & Michael Rooker as brother's Daryl Dixon & Merle who deserved a far better quality gaming release to add there vocal talents too.

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct is a complete waste of time & effort as the game is a quickly made cash-in of the tv shows popularity, with a bit more care & attention this could've been a half decent game, so if you want a Walking Dead game stick to the other season 1 & 2 games by Avanquest Software & give this poor release a miss.

Graphics - 2
Sound - 4
Gameplay - 2

Timelord Rating.
2/10
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Doctor Who: Corpse Marker: A 4th Doctor novel (Dr Who Unabridged CD)
Doctor Who: Corpse Marker: A 4th Doctor novel (Dr Who Unabridged CD)
by Chris Boucher
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who & The Return Of The Robots Of Death, 19 Mar. 2015
Doctor Who: Corpse Maker (Unabridged Audiobook).

Product Info.
8 X CD's
Running Time 520 Minutes
Author: Chris Boucher
Read By David Collings

What's Up Doc.
The Fourth Doctor & Leela arrive on the planet Kaldor were society has become too dependant on Voc Robots & the truth about former murderous killer Robots that killed all but three survivor's on the Sandminer was kept a secret from the residents of Kaldor City as it would cause mass panic.

The three survivors are showing signs of a mental breakdown as once again the Robots are being programmed to kill but surely it can't be the work of Taren Capel as he died on the Sandminer?

The Robots this time aren't contained to one Sandminer & if the Doctor & Leela can't find a way to stop the Robots they will destroy all life on the planet Kaldor.

Timelord Thoughts.
'Corpse Maker' is an outstanding novel by Chris Boucher who originally created the character of Leela & wrote Tv's 'The Robots Of Death' sees this follow up sequel now released in a BBC audiobook format.

'Corpse Maker' is a excellent sequel to 'Robot's' in which writer Chris Boucher expands upon the storyline about the three remaining survivors of the Sandminer incident & gives the story a bigger dramatic scope by using the planet Kaldor as a huge canvas for it's setting as the Fourth Doctor & Leela arrive on Kaldor & are quickly separated that allows writer Boucher to write Leela who's a pivotal character in this story show more of the savage side of her personality & allow Leela to cleverly use her hunting instincts without the Doctor being all disapproving of her violent methods.

The Doctor is slightly underwritten & at times seems a little subdued in this story which underplays the bonkers eccentric antics of the Fourth Doctor, the start of the adventure takes a while to build up while the finale is let down by a anti-climactic conclusion, but I have to give writer Chris Boucher his dues as he's undertaken & written a very compelling follow up to 'The Robots Of Death' & writes those creepy VOC Robot's as both charming & terrifying.

Actor, David Collings gives a clear, concise & dramatic read to the story's narration which makes for a easy listening drama & is a good choice of narrator for this story & performs the many characters throughout the story extremely well by giving each character's personality an individuality.

Overall 'Corpse Maker' is a superb follow up sequel to a classic Fourth Doctor Tv adventure that despite the long running time & the few occasions were the story slightly dips in pace, this novel on the whole has been wonderfully translated into a excellent easy listening audiobook drama that's well worth a listen.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Doctor Who and the Deadly Assassin: A 4th Doctor novelisation (Dr Who Unabridged CD)
Doctor Who and the Deadly Assassin: A 4th Doctor novelisation (Dr Who Unabridged CD)
by Terrance Dicks
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £18.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Deadly State Of Mind, 19 Mar. 2015
Doctor Who & The Deadly Assassin (Target Audiobook).

Product Info.
4 X CD's
Running Time 202 Minutes
Author: Terrance Dicks
Unabridged Edition

What's Up Doc?
The Doctor is suddenly summoned to Gallifrey, the home of the Time Lords, where his ghastly hallucinations of the President's assassination seem to turn into reality. When the Doctor is arrested for the murder, a hideous, dark, cowled figure is gleefully watching in the shadows.

In a battle of minds, the Doctor faces renegade Time Lord the Master, inside a nightmare world created by his old enemy's imagination. But the Master's evil intentions go much further - he has a Doomsday Plan & it is up to the Doctor to prevent him from destroying Gallifrey & taking over the Universe!

Timelord Thoughts.
I love this classic Tv story from 1976 as it's quite a unique, surreal & mysterious Fourth Doctor adventure & the first to feature a Doctor without the aid of a companion, Originally written by Robert Holmes author Terrance Dicks has adapted Holmes story into novelization form with mixed results & while he adds a little more character drama about the Timelords & addresses the abrupt nature of Sarah Jane Smith's departure there's nothing new been added to the plot & seems a standard by the numbers cut & paste adaption.

Another issue with 'The Deadly Assassin' is this story relies heavily on visualization as those filmed Matrix sequences on Tv were some of the most tension filled & disturbing scenes to have featured in Doctor Who as the Doctor experienced many hallucinations from inside the Matrix as he battled for his very survival, here the audiobook does it's best with atmospheric music, sound effects & narration but it doesn't quite come together as these aspects of the story were supposed to be seen & not heard.

The story does however move at a cracking pace & at just over three hours long it doesn't get bogged down with padded out filler & simply gets on to the heart of the story, Geoffrey Beevers narration is quite simply excellent who as The Master gives a completely terrifying performance with those sinister Vincent Price evil like vocal tones that Beevers captures so magnificently & injects plenty of tension & suspense to the story's dramatic moments superbly.

Overall, 'The Deadly Assassin' is another solid Target audiobook release & is read well by actor Geoffrey Beevers but I find this to be a visual storytelling Fourth Doctor adventure that I think works far better on Tv than it does on audio.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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