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DOCTOR WHO 4TH DOCTOR TOM BAKER 1:6 SCALE COLECTOR SERIES FIGURE
DOCTOR WHO 4TH DOCTOR TOM BAKER 1:6 SCALE COLECTOR SERIES FIGURE
Offered by BBC Shop
Price: £149.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Quality Fourth Doctor 1:6 Scale Figure, 23 April 2015
Doctor Who Fourth Doctor 1:6 (12") Scale Figure.

Product Info.
*1 x Fourth Doctor Head Portrait featuring an Authentic Likeness of Tom Baker
*1 x Velvet Effect Frock Coat
*1 x Woollen Effect Trousers
*8 x Interchangeable Hands
*2 x Hairpieces (Hat and Hatless)
*1 x Long Woollen Effect Scarf
*1 x Tartan Waistcoat
*1 x White High-necked Shirt
*1 x Cravat Neck Tie
*1 x Pair of Brogue Shoes
*1 x Pair of Socks Tubes
*1 x Display Base with Illuminating Gallifreyan Symbol & Stand Accessories
*1 x Fedora Style Hat
*1 x Sonic Screwdriver
*1 x Bag of Jelly Babies
*1 x Yo-Yo
*1 x Key to Time
*1 x Time Tracer
*1 x Hand of Fear
*1 x TARDIS Control Room Printed Card Backdrop

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a excellent quality authentic looking 12" figure from Big Chief of The Fourth Doctor that captures the bonkers eccentricities facial likeness of Tom Baker's superbly & can be posed in various points of articulation, the figure includes a Long Multi Coloured Scarf, Sonic Screwdriver, & a bag of Jelly Babies & can be attached to the light-up display base that features the Gallifreyan symbol on the front.

Please be aware that this figure comes with small accessories which could be a choking hazard around young children.

The purchase price is quite expensive that currently retails At £150 which for one figure is on the steep side, however as I'm a hardcore Fourth Doctor fan my common sense went through the window & I just had to purchase this excellent quality authentic looking figure which is a highly recommended purchase for Doctor Who memorabilia collectors.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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Doctor Who Scale 1:6 1st Doctor Action Figure
Doctor Who Scale 1:6 1st Doctor Action Figure
Price: £177.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic But Expensive First Doctor Figure, 23 April 2015
Doctor Who Scale 1:6 First Doctor Action Limited edition Of 500 Figure

Product Info.
1 x 1st Doctor Head Portrait featuring an Authentic Likeness of William Hartnell
1 x Woollen Astrakahn Hat
1 x Long Striped Scarf
1 x Cape with Chain
1 x Frock Coat
1 x Patterned Waistcoat
1 x Patterned Trousers with Bracers
1 x White High-necked Shirt
1 x Cravat Neck Tie
1 x Pair of Spat Styled Shoes
1 x Pair of Socks Tubes
8 x Interchangeable Hands
1 x Display Base with Illuminating Gallifreyan Symbol & Stand
1 x Walking Cane
1 x Monocle with Ribbon
1 x Pair of Spectacles
4 x Keys of Marius
1 x Dalek Time Core
1 x Fob Watch with Ribbon
1 x Pipe
1 x TARDIS Control Room Printed Card Backdrop

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a excellent quality authentic looking 12" figure of The First Doctor which captures the late great William Hartnell's facial features magnificently & can be posed in various points of articulation, the figure includes a long black cape, scarf, hat & cane in the attire seen in the very first episode in 1963 - 'A Unearthly Child' & can be attached to the light-up display base that features the Gallifreyan symbol on the front.

Please be aware that this figure comes with small accessories which could be a choking hazard around young children.

The issue I have is the purchase price which is quite expensive for one figure despite it's excellent quality & a price of £99 would've been a much fairer purchase price, but as this release is limited to 500 this figure will soon be near impossible to purchase & the makers know this so are quite happy to retail this at nearly £180.

If however your a hardcore Whovian like myself this is a excellent quality product from Big Chief & it captures the look of The First Doctor authentically & is a highly recommended purchase.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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Clint Eastwood Collection - Tightrope [DVD]
Clint Eastwood Collection - Tightrope [DVD]
Dvd ~ Clint Eastwood
Offered by MadeAgainGills Online Media
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eastwoods A Cop On The Edge, 21 April 2015
Tightrope (DVD).

Product Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Italian, French, German, Dutch, Spanish
Region: 2
Number of discs: 1
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Classification: 18
Running Time: 109 minutes

Special Features.
Trailer
Cast & Crew Text Info

Cast.
Clint Eastwood as Wes Block
Geneviève Bujold as Beryl Thibodeaux
Dan Hedaya as Det. Molinari
Alison Eastwood as Amanda Block
Rod Masterson as Patrolman Gallo
Marco St. John as Leander Rolfe

Trivia.
1)Film debut of Alison Eastwood. The daughter of the film's star Clint Eastwood, although Alison had previously appeared uncredited as a child at an orphanage in Eastwood movie Bronco Billy (1980).
2)Susan Sarandon turned down the role of Beryl Thibodeaux, which was played by Geneviève Bujold because of the strong sexual violence content.
3)Clint Eastwood's twelfth film for the Warner Brothers studio
4)The movie was controversial for its S&M story elements.

What's The Story.
Wes Block is a New Orleans detective who's investigating a serial killer whose victims are young pretty women, that he then rapes & murders.

But the killings soon become personal when the killer chooses victims who are acquaintances of Block even threatening the lives of his two daughters.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a very dark thriller for a Clint Eastwood movie & although Clint's back in detective mode, the character of Wes Block is a world apart from that of Harry Callahan in that Block's a divorcee & has custody of his two loving daughters & yet easily becomes seduced during his latest investigation by the sleazy side of prostitution & becomes the target of a obsessive twisted serial killer who starts to kill the prostitutes that Block has slept with.

Eastwood's character in "Tightrope" is a very conflicted insecure character & Eastwood gives a brilliant underrated performance here who is so watchable & charismatic & yet still retains that Eastwood hard man exterior & one line humour.

Genevieve Bujold does,well as a Beryl Thibodeaux who runs a women's Rape Crisis Centre who is later targeted by the killer, Clint's daughter Alison Eastwood certainly holds her own by giving a good performance as Block's eldest daughter Amanda, although Dan Heyada acting seems wasted in his small role as Det. Molinari.

The movie features some very dramatic scenes as Block always seems to be one step behind the killer who starts to tighten his grip around Block's family even terrorizing his two daughters as director Richard Tuggle slowly builds the films suspense that concludes with a tension fuelled cat & mouse chase between Block & the killer that is tightly paced as to who will survive.

The only issue I had was why the killer were's a series of various masks as the character isn't someone who Block works with or knows personally, if this had been the case I'd understand as it would've added a who'dunnit element to the story but as that's not the case here it makes the eventual unmasking seem rather pointless.

The DVD transfer is decent enough for the movies age & features a sharp colourful print that is presented in a 1.85:1 ratio & includes a 5.1 Dolby Digital audio mix.

Overall, 'Tightrope' is a solid gritty thriller that features a great performance by Clint Eastwood who brings unique qualities to this tormented character, this may not be to everybody's taste but for fan's of Clint Eastwood it's a film well worth adding to your DVD collection.

Timelord Rating.
7/10
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The Eiger Sanction [DVD]
The Eiger Sanction [DVD]
Dvd ~ Clint Eastwood
Price: £5.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Eastwood Thriller, 21 April 2015
This review is from: The Eiger Sanction [DVD] (DVD)
(Warning Review Contains Plot Spoilers).

The Eiger Sanction (DVD).

Product Info.
Format: PAL
Language: Italian, Spanish, German, French
Subtitles: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish
Dubbed: German, French, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
Audio Description: None
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: Universal Pictures UK
Running Time: 123 minutes

Special Features.
Trailer

Budget: $9 million
Box office: $14,200,000

Cast.
Clint Eastwood as Dr. Jonathan Hemlock
George Kennedy as Ben Bowman
Vonetta McGee as Jemima Brown
Jack Cassidy as Miles Mellough
Thayer David as Y.A. Dragon
Gregory Walcott as Clemnet Pope
Reiner Schöne as Karl Freytag
Michael Grimm as Anderl Meyer
Heidi Brühl as Anna Montaigne
Jean-Pierre Bernard as Jean-Paul Montaigne
Brenda Venus as George
Candice Rialson as Art Student
Elaine Shore as Miss Cerberus
Dan Howard as Dewayne
Jack Kosslyn as Reporter
Walter Kraus as Garcia Kruger
Frank Redmond as Henri Baq (Wormwood)
Siegfried Wallach as Hotel Manager'
Susan Morgan as Buns

What's The Story.
College lecturer Jonathan Hemlock tops up his university paypacket by carrying out the occasional assassination. His latest assignment involves joining a climbing expedition up the Eiger, identifying the Russian killer amongst the group & then eliminate this threat.

Timelord Thoughts.

The Good.
- Clint Eastwood is always watchable
- Great cinematography
- Jack Cassidys flamboyant performance as Miles

The Bad.
- Poor DVD transfer
- Dull in parts
- Disappointing conclusion

The Eiger Sanction was actor/directors Clint Eastwood attempt at doing something a little different in his career & trying to break away from the westerns & cop genre.

Eastwood star's as college lecturer & womaniser Jonathan Hemlock who also happens to be a former assassin for hire who is approached by a albino named Red Dragon to first kill a Miles Mellough & then another assassin who's identity is unknown but will be part of a mountain climbing expedition, so in order to kill this mysterious assassin Hemlock seeks out his former friend & climber Ben Bowman to help train him to climb the Eiger in order to sniff out & kill the other target.

Ths film is a decent enough spy thriller which has dated badly & features some shocking homophobic gay references that can make for uncomfortable viewing in today's times, Eastwood is always good in any role & plays against type here delivering a darker performance as former assassin Hemlock who is lured out of retirement for one last job via blackmail too eliminate a couple of targets, the action is decent when featured but not quite up to Eastwoods usual standards, the cinematography is amazing though & certain shots features some superb location filming & stunts during the climbing sequences on the mountain climb are quite tense viewing thanks in part to John Williams dramatic music score which adds great suspense to this movie.

However the reveal of the actual assassin came as no real shock as it's revealed to be Hemlocks friend Ben who strangely develops a limp simply because of the cold weather,"go figure" his leg seemed ok during the earlier practice climbs, arthritis perhaps?, this plot twist is disappointing as Hemlock then simply let's his friend live after a buddy buddy talk which gives the film a completely unrealistic & poor conclusion after the half decent build up.

Actor, Jack Cassidy is campier than a dozen Louie Spences but marvellous in his role as flamboyant homosexual Miles Mellough as Cassidy makes this unlikable character with no redeeming qualities somehow likeable that makes the audience feel some empathy for him when his character is left to die in the desert at the hands of Hemlock.

The DVD transfer isn't great, the print is quite grainy & the colour looks washed out & features some very dark areas that overall lacks any remastering polish which is poor by Universal's standards.

Overall, The Eiger Sanction is a watchable thriller letdown by some cliche characters & a very weak climax, a pity as with a few tweaks to the script this film could've been another franchise venture for it's star but like the movies final hour set in the icy landscape of Switzerland the end result left me feeling cold.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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Predators (2010) [DVD]
Predators (2010) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Adrien Brody
Offered by rsdvd
Price: £3.34

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Underwhelming Second Sequel, 20 April 2015
This review is from: Predators (2010) [DVD] (DVD)
Predators (DVD).

Product Info.
Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Running Time: 102 minutes

Special Features.
Crucified - Motion Comic

Cast.
Adrien Brody as Royce
Alice Braga as Isabelle
Topher Grace as Edwin
Walton Goggins as Stans
Oleg Taktarov as Nikolai
Louis Ozawa Changchien as Hanzo
Mahershalalhashbaz Ali as Mombasa
Danny Trejo as Cuchillo
Laurence Fishburne as Noland

What's The Story.
Royce is a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they've been brought together on an alien planet... as prey.

With the notable exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killer, mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members humans are being used as & systemically hunted & eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators in the ultimate battle of survival of kill, or be killed.

Timelord Thoughts.

The Good.
- Hardcore R' rated action scenes
- Decent cast
- Predators look cool

The Bad.
- A virtual remake of Predator
- Doesn't add anything new to the franchise

Predators is the third film in the Predator franchise & while director Nimród Antal keeps to the tone of the first two movies & delivers some decent R' rated action including the usual stabbing, shooting, beheadings & spine ripping the film doesn't seem to have it's own originality as the storyline is virtually a remake of the original 1987 classic movie.

Setting the action onto a jungle planet in outer space should make for an interesting premise but we know virtually nothing about who sent these killers & rapists here or who's behind it all, the action is decent but not spectacular while the Predators seem to lack the bad ass viciousness of the previous two movies.

The cast is a mixed bag that I didn't emotionally invest in there characters like I did with the original movie, Adrian Brody is surprisingly good in the lead action role of Brody & more or less carry's the entire movie on his shoulders, Lawrence Fishburne is completely wasted in his small apperance as weirdo Noland, Alice Braga thankfully stands out & holds her own giving a good performance as Isabelle, Danny Trejo character Cuchillo unforgivably gets an off screen death when he should've gone out all guns blazing (Machete kicks ass - not) & Topher Grace is a completely annoying twerp as Edwin & yet nearly survives till the end of the movie, why didn't one of these bad ass killers just end him?

The climax rips off the original to the point of Brody applying mud as camouflage exactly like Arnies character Dutch did in the original movie & the conclusion delivers a cliffhanger with the assumption of yet another sequel which has yet to materialize.

Overall, Predators is a watchable action popcorn flick that passes a hour & forty minutes but given the choice I'd rather watch Predator 1 or 2 than this rather lacklustre second sequel which I found to be quite disappointing, lacking originality & is a very underwhelming action movie.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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Predator 2 [Blu-ray] [1990] [Region Free]
Predator 2 [Blu-ray] [1990] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Danny Glover
Price: £7.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Predators In Town For A Few Day's To Kill, 19 April 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Predator 2 (Blu-Ray).

Product Info.
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish
Dubbed: French, German
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Audio Description: None
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 18
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Running Time: 103 minutes

Special Features.
Audio Commentaries
(Commentary 1) - Director Stephen Hopkins
(Commentary 2) - Writer's - Jim & John Thomas
The Hunters and the Hunted (SD, 36 min.)
Evolutions (SD, 8 min.)
Weapons of Choice (SD, 7 min.)
Hard Core Segments (SD, 7 min.)
Original Theatrical Trailers (SD, 4 min.)
Original TV Spots (SD, 3 min.)
The Predator Goes to Town (SD, 3 min.)
International Making-of Featurette (SD, 6 min.)
Creating the Ultimate Hunter (SD, 4 min.)

Cast.
Danny Glover as Lieutenant Mike Harrigan
Gary Busey as Special Agent Peter Keyes
Ruben Blades as Detective Danny Archuleta
María Conchita Alonso as Detective Leona Cantrell
Bill Paxton as Detective Jerry Lambert
Lilyan Chauvin as Dr. Irene Richards
Robert Davi as Deputy Chief Phil Heinemann.
Adam Baldwin as Garber
Kent McCord as Captain B. Pilgrim
Morton Downey, Jr. as Tony Pope
Calvin Lockhart as King Willie
Kevin Peter Hall as The Predator

What's The Story?
Amidst a territorial gang war, a sophisticated alien Predator stalks the citizens of Los Angeles claiming there human skulls as trophies, when Detective Danny Archuleta is savagely killed his best friend & partner L.A.P.D. officer, Lieutenant Mike Harrigan decides to defy his superiors & government agent's who have prohibited him from taking any action & attempts to track down the alien hunter himself.

Timelord Thoughts.
Predator 2 is in my opinion a very underrated sequel, yes the original is a cult action classic but judge this movie on it's own terms & there's plenty here too enjoy, featuring some brutal kills & tension fuelled action sequences, Predator 2 relocates to the crime ruled streets of Los Angeles in the year 1997 were another Predator has returned 10 yrs on from the original film & is caught up in the midst of a gang war.

Danny Glover is great as Lt Mike Harrigan, a no-nonsense honest cop who's got a touch of Martin Riggs about his personality & boarders on becoming a full blown loose canon after the death of his best friend & partner Danny Boy a great performance by Ruben Blades.

Bill Paxton is basically playing Hudson from 'Aliens' as transferred cop Jerry Lambert & is there to provide some witty one liners for comic relief, María Conchita Alonso is a female cop with bad attitude as Detective Leona Cantrell, while Gary Busey is well simply playing Gary Busey as special agent Peter Keyes but at least his performance is never dull.

This movie kicks off with a full on gang war that puts these 12a action movies to shame & delivers non-stop action right through to it's tense dramatic conclusion between Harrigan & the Predator on-board a spaceship, the kills are bloody gory, the humour is funny & the production values are high which makes for a very entertaining sequel, this Blu-ray transfer is mostly a grain free picture & is smooth looking throughout, the DTS-HD MA 5.1 Audio is extremely loud & bassy during the film's many shootouts & explosions sequences but adds a clear sounding clarity during the movies dialogue scenes.

The special features are mostly ported over from the 2 - disc DVD Special Edition but the two Commentaries - one by Director Stephen Hopkins gives a good insight into what went on behind the scenes of making the movie from the special effects shots, the script, the characters & the casting is a enjoyable informative listen while the second commentary is with writer's Jim & John Thomas who recall their work on the original Predator, & their creative reasons as to wanting to set their sequel in Los Angeles.

Overall, Predator 2 is well worth the Blu-ray upgrade as the movie looks clearer & sharper & features a very loud DTS-HD MA 5.1 sound mix plus some great bonus material, this Blu-ray release comes recommended for hardcore fans of the Predator franchise.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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The Maltese Penguin (Doctor Who)
The Maltese Penguin (Doctor Who)
by Robert Shearman
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Very Silly Audio Adventure, 17 April 2015
Doctor Who: The Maltese Penguin.

Product Info.
1xCD
1 - Episode
Running Time 70 Minutes
Author Rob Shearman

Cast.
The Doctor -- Colin Baker
Frobisher -- Robert Jezek
Josiah W Dogbolter -- Toby Longworth
Alicia Mulholland -- Jane Goddard
Chandler -- Alistair Lock

Trivia
1)This story marks the second & final appearance of Frobisher in an audio play. He previously appeared in this format in (AUDIO: The Holy Terror).

What's Up Doc?
It was just another quiet day on the mean streets for Frobisher, private eye. But then a dame walks into his office & into his life. A dame who is drop dead gorgeous & drop dead deadly, offering him a case he just can't refuse.

Well, he could refuse it. If he really wanted to. But he has to pay the rent.

When their paths cross, Frobisher finds himself involved in a web of mayhem & intrigue. A web of gangland killings, corrupt cops, sentient bloodstains & very rude hotel receptionists. A web of murder & deceit, treachery & fisticuffs.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is very much a marmite type of adventure as fan's who enjoy there Doctor Who played to comic effect should feel free to add a extra star to this review, however those like myself who prefer something a little darker & edgy then 'The Maltese Penguin' isn't that story.

This was originally a bonus subscribers release & is quite a silly adventure in which the Doctor barely appears, instead shape shifter Frobisher played once again by Robert Jezek morphs into the image of the Sixth Doctor for most of this play which sadly doesn't suit actor Colin Baker's unpredictable Timelord nature at all as Baker disastrously tries & fails to imitate Frobishers New York accent which soon becomes a very annoying audio experience.

Rob Shearman has written some wonderful audio dramas for Big Finish but sadly The Maltese Penguin isn't one of them, overplaying the humour simply for comedic effect dilutes any drama out from the story which isn't very much to say the least & the detective film noir scenario ludicrously spoofs this particular genre to daft mockery.

The only scenes worth praising here are for the real Sixth Doctor's heartfelt speech about feeling lonely which sounds like it should be in an entirely different adventure, Colin Baker is very good here & delivers quite a touching sympathetic performance.

Robert Jezek reprises Frobisher who again mantains the form of a penguin form & soon becomes quite annoying with his over the top cowardly antics & grating American accent, at times this story seemed more like a episode of Scooby-Doo than Doctor Who.

Big Finishes voice of Judge Dredd actor Toby Longworth does at least add a menacing touch of villainy to his role of Josiah Dogbolter but his vocal talent is wasted in this play, while Shearmans wife actress Jane Goddard gets in on the action as the moody Alicia who is possibly the best character in the play.

The production is up to the usual Big Finish standards & the music score & sound design by David Darlington perfectly captures a film noir atmosphere, Gary Russell's direction is solid enough but he doesn't reign in the story's farcical tone as the humour is constant & the story isn't given the time to breathe which doesn't allow for any dramatic moments & simply becomes a continuous mad cap audio adventure.

'The Maltese Penguin' isn't my cup of tea & ain't a Doctor Who audio adventure I can find to be entertaining, those who enjoy more comedic episodes of Doctor Who should enjoy this story no end but for fan's like me who prefer a darker more menacing adventure should look elsewhere than this average release.

Timelord Rating.
5/10
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Doctor Who: Frontios: A 5th Doctor novelisaton (Dr Who)
Doctor Who: Frontios: A 5th Doctor novelisaton (Dr Who)
by Christopher H Bidmead
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £16.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Far Superior Target Adaptation, Now On Audio, 16 April 2015
Doctor Who: Frontios (Audio).

Product Info.
4xCD's
Running Time 267 Minutes
Author Christopher H Bidmead
Read By: Christopher H Bidmead

What's Up Doc?
Far into the future, the TARDIS hovers over the planet Frontios, refuge of survivors from Earth who escaped the disintegration of their home planet. The Doctor is reluctant to land, not wishing to intervene in a moment of historical crisis; the colonists are still struggling to establish themselves & their continued existence hangs in the balance.

When the TARDIS is forced to crash land by an apparent meteorite storm, however, the Doctor, Tegan & Turlough are marooned on the hope-forsaken planet & somewhere, beneath the surface, the Tractators are waiting...

Timelord Thoughts.
I won't deny that this Fifth Doctor adventure was not one of my favourite stories as the Tv shows classic episodes never really held my interest as I found this yarn to be dull as dishwater to be honest.

However the audio adaption of Frontios which is both written & wonderfully narrated by Christopher H Bidmead who injects such a great energy into his reading.

Bidmead knows his story & the characters in 'Frontios' word perfect & his adaption of his own Tv scripts actually translates far better as a audio drama as somehow Bidmead has added a far darker edge to this mysterious adventure to what was actually shown on Tv in 1984.

Bidmeads novelization of his own Tv scripts contains a lot more gore than was seen on Tv that adds moments of genuinely chilling horror thanks to some pretty horrific deaths which a gruesomely descriptive, the overall plot is tighter paced too & now has a greater sense of urgency to it, while the Tractators without the restraints of the then poor BBC series budget are no longer the stumbling dancers in rubber monster outfits roaming around Television Centre, now thanks to the power of audio medium these malevolent monsters are far more sinister & menacing than what was seen on Tv.

Bidmead also gives a strong characterization to the story's main characters especially the Fifth Doctor who's usual curious nature has abandoned him as the Doctor seems to be constantly frustrated throughout Frontios, although there's a wonderful playful scene where he makes believe Tegan to be an android is very amusing, Tegan's character is not as annoying here either she only has a few mild sarcastic moments & actually becomes involved in the drama.

The only downside is the character of Turlough who slowly starts losing his mind as he's extremely traumatized by the Tractators, Bidmeads writes the character well enough but we sadly lose Mark Strickson's intense performance that was so perfect in the televised version.

The sound effects & the creepy music score all help to bring a chilling atmospheric edgy tone to the story & the scuttling noise of the Tractators makes for some genuine hair raising back of your neck moments.

Overall, 'Frontios' is a brilliant Target novel that has translated well to audio & captures a isolated barren atmosphere brilliantly that features so genuine terrifying moments of horrific gruesome horror, it's such a pity the Tv episodes weren't as good as this novelization as originally I expected very little from this release but have been pleasantly surprised to find that I am appreciating this story far more now thanks to this excellent audio adaption of a unique Doctor Who adventure.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Doctor Who: The Roundheads: A 2nd Doctor novel (Dr Who)
Doctor Who: The Roundheads: A 2nd Doctor novel (Dr Who)
by Mark Gatiss
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Shenanigans Await The Doctor & Co, 16 April 2015
Doctor Who: The Roundheads (Audio).

Product Info.
8xCD's
Running Time: 558 Minutes
Author: Mark Gatiss
Read By: Anneke Wills

What's Up Doc?
With the Civil War won, the Parliamentarians are struggling to hang on to power. But plans are being made to rescue the defeated King Charles from his prison…

With Ben press-ganged & put on board a mysterious ship bound for Amsterdam, Polly becomes an unwitting accomplice in the plot to rescue the King, The Doctor can’t help because he & Jamie have been arrested & sent to the Tower of London, charged with conspiracy.

Can the Doctor & Jamie escape, find Ben & rescue Polly – while making sure that history remains on its proper course?

Timelord Thoughts.
Mark Gatiss proves great versatility as a writer as he's written for most if not all incarnations of the Doctor & here its the Second Doctor's turn to get in on the Gatiss bandwagon, who along with companions Jamie, Polly & Ben.

The time travellers become unwittingly entangled in a historical adventure that features swashbuckling swordfights on ships, a brief hint of romance for on of the Tardis crew & dailies with cavaliers, roundheads & female pirates.

The story features some great character moments for all the regulars as they are spilt up & each given there own mini arc, Polly gets embroiled with the Cavaliers, Ben Jackson rides shotgun with the sailors, while the Doctor & Jamie encounter the Roundheads.

The pace of this audio drama flows quite fluently thanks to a very clear & concise read by Anneke Wills (Polly) who injects a charming warm & friendly narrative over 8 hours of audio drama, there's no aliens, ancient mythical powers or Daleks in this Second Doctor adventure, here it's focus is on Oliver Cromwell who has also featured in the Seventh Doctor audio drama 'The Settling' by Big Finish Productions.

The Roundheads is a pure historical adventure but the story works so well on so many different levels as the Doctor & his companions unintentionally alter the course of history & then try desperately to restore the timeline even if it means siding with forces that aren't necessarily for the greater good, Cromwell is characterized superbly in Gatiss story who's becoming more & more frustrated by the smallest of issues which quickly seem to annoy him & yet Gatiss writes the character as mysteriously enigmatic that keeps the listener guessing to Cromwells true intentions & were never quite sure if he's in fact a hero or villain.

Criticisms? Only a couple in that the Doctor seems to have very little to do throughout this story & is written more as a supporting character instead of taking centre stage in the adventures key moments & loses sone of his alien quirkiness by coming across as far more human than cosmic hobo, Pollys possible romance with Whyte doesn't lead anywhere & is padded out while the subplot involving some pirates adds far too many characters into the mix & overcrowds the story, in fact at times I lost track of who was actually who?

Overall, 'The Roundheads' gets more right than it does wrong & is a solid enjoyable Second Doctor audio drama that's worthy of a listen thanks to Anneke Wills warm narration & a tightly written story which showcases Mark Gatiss exceptional talent for writing good Doctor Who historical dramatic adventures who effortlessly continues to write excellent stories for both the classic era & the new series.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Just War (New Doctor Who Adventures)
Just War (New Doctor Who Adventures)
by Lance Parkin
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tense & Terrifying NA Novel, 12 April 2015
Just War (New Doctor Who Adventures).

Product Info.
Paperback: 272 Pages
Author: Lance Parkin

Trivia.
1)Just War was adapted by Jacqueline Rayner for Big Finish Productions' first series of Professor Bernice Summerfield audio dramas.
2)The audio drama version omits the Seventh Doctor, Chris Cwej & Roz Forrester that instead focuses on Bernice Summerfield & her ex-husband Jason Kane (who was not part of the original story).
3)Mel Bush makes a brief appearance in a flashback interlude.

What's Up Doc?
March 1941: Britain's darkest hour. The Nazis occupy British soil & British citizens are being deported to European concentration camps. Six thousand people a month are dying in air raids on London. The United States show no sign of entering the war.

According to the Seventh Doctor, this isn't a parallel universe, it isn't an alternate timeline; & everything is running according to schedule. But now something, somewhere, has gone wrong. The Nazis are building a secret weapon, one that will have a decisive effect on the outcome of the War. Chris thinks it's a UFO, while Roz believes that the Luftwaffe have developed the largest bomber ever built. Only Benny may have seen the mysterious craft -- but she's disappeared off the face of the Earth.

Timelord Thoughts.
Lance Parkin hits the ground running with this his debut novel titled 'Just War' which is hands down one of the best written Seventh Doctor storys in the 'New Adventures'range & is an adventure layered with tragedy & triumph over the forces of evil.

Parkins novel is so powerfully written & immediately grips you with it's dramatic tale of mystery & features some truly shocking revelations as the Doctor, Chris, Roz & Benny become involved in battling against the Nazi's in 1941 World War II Great Britain, Parkins novel builds up the story's characters & plot in it's first half which allows the latter half of the book to deliver plenty of nail biting suspense & drama that leads up to the storys gut punch conclusion.

Parkin writes the regulars particularly well here especially Bernice (Benny) Summerfield who is forced to shoot a German soldier in cold blood because he recognized her for reasons that will become clear when fully reading this book, Benny is refered to as having a Nazi type personality by Steinmann & is also brutally tortured in some shockingly strong scenes for a Doctor Who novel.

Roz gets to enjoy a genuinely touching romance while experiencing both prejudice & intolerance of her skin colour in 1941 Great Britain, while Chris who is written as quite a bland character here doesn't get a lot to do & is sent to France & gets the weakest companion arc of this NA adventure.

But it's the characterization of the novels main character The Doctor which stands out here as the devious master manipulative & ruthlessly intelligent Seventh Doctor, author Parkin to shows the no-nonsense consequences & the horrific aftermath of the Doctor's action has on those around him - the scene were Benny makes the Doctor look at here bruised & tortured body is powerful written drama which spurs the Doctor into a game of Russian Roulette with Joachim Wolff which concludes in a similar scenario to the Twelfth Doctor's recent encounter with The Clockwork Man in 'Deep Breath' & is left open for debate about the Doctor's actions.

Joachim Wolff is such a chilling ruthless written character who commits several despicable acts throughout this adventure, from sending the Doctor to a French village of Granville for interrogation by Oskar Steinmann, to ordering the execution of six innocent villagers in retaliation for Gerhard's death & doesn't even flinch in breaking a young girls neck which is one of the most gratuitous scenes written in Parkins novel.

Overall,'Just War' is a NA for a more mature Doctor Who audience as it deals with several topical themes, the author clearly wants you to understand the full horrors of war which are far more disturbing than any Dalek or Cybermen adventure, Parkin succeeds in writing a very frightening psychological tale that leaves a chill in your bones long after you've finished reading this tense & dramatic Seventh Doctor adventure & is a highly recommended read by this reviewer.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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