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Games Workshop - Warhammer Journal / Notebook Imperial Fists
Games Workshop - Warhammer Journal / Notebook Imperial Fists
Offered by Osiris Trading
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Imperial Fists Journal - Beautiful hardback, 5 Feb. 2017
As pictured except there is a clear wrap-around sticker on the bottom with the Warhammer 40k and Games Workshop logos, which in my view enhances it. On the back, the sticker states this is "Imperial Fists Journal".

I paid £6 for mine from a fair. Didn't know they existed (2016 product) and assumed I would not see again. There are 4 designs with glorious artwork and 1 with the Aquila logo. The inner (frontispage) is of different material/colour, black in tone with a repeat of the cover (on pages 2 and 3 effectively) and the 4th page has the Warhammer winged emblem very subtly repeated. The penultimate 2 pages are also black but more to do with copyright, Games Workshop, Nemesis now etc.

Beautiful product that I feel I want to use but not sure I want to waste it.


Blake's 7 - The Liberator Chronicles: Volume 12
Blake's 7 - The Liberator Chronicles: Volume 12
by Andy Lane
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £21.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, entertaining and just what every Blake's 7 fan would want, 5 Feb. 2017
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If this is the last box set of Chronicles, then that is a really great shame. Except for the odd weaker story it has been an exceptional run of stories for what is essentially a more economic way of producing audio dramas - a cast of two. It has brought the best out in most of the characters, and the format has suited most of the cast too.

This volume is no exception. The first story, Avon-centric, brings out more of his past, with an excellent puzzle going on at the same time. I just love how this is done. The second story and third run together, the first from Tarrant's perspective with the latter from Vila's. These two continue some of the concepts introduced in earlier box sets, so is perhaps fitting if this is box set 12 of 12. The Vila story is particularly strong, he has a character that is somewhat limited when his "friends" are around, but as demonstrated in the TV series (City at the Edge of the World) and here, when he is on his own, he is quite capable in his own way.

There are four actors across 3 stories, and you would barely be aware of this. An excellent trio of stories well worth listening to.


Doctor Who - The Power of the Daleks [DVD] [2016]
Doctor Who - The Power of the Daleks [DVD] [2016]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: £12.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant release, but the 2013 film "Power" should have been included., 10 Dec. 2016
I am no fan of animation or cartoon, but I have to say that this rendition of The Power of the Daleks is far superior to a) just the audio track, b) the novelisation (as good as that was) c) just a photo-novel and d) the surviving footage in order. I watched this story over three nights and found it to be one of the best Doctor Who stories I have seen in years. I thought I knew the story from the DWB photonovel, BBC novel, audio track and combined audio track/telesnap release, but I was wrong. Notable mention to the brilliant amateur film that was made and transmitted in 2013 in Fareham UK at the Power (of the Daleks) Convention and why that is not available somehow is in itself tragic. Nick Scovell played Troughton in that film (as he had in many stage plays) so given that this release "nods" his contribution by re-filming him and his theatre manager as templates for the artwork, begs the question of why their "entire contribution" to Troughton's first story is not reflected in this release. It is somewhat bizarre, and anyone who has seen that film is surely thinking the same. If we can get a "Galaxy Four" reconstruction as an extra, why this film does not get included as an extra is a real missed opportunity and moreover a tragedy, as there is no more relevant time than this to release it..

Power is a very good script and brilliant regeneration story. There is plenty of duplicity going on and the special effects and direction as seen through the animation are very good. The Daleks are utterly compelling and often chilling. The movements of all the human characters might not be to everyone's taste and one might argue that, at times, the animation is an oversimplification, but given the difficulties of "reconstructing" this story, such a criticism is unfair.

It is difficult to compare and rank a black and white animation alongside a colour story that still exists, but in all honesty, I would rather watch The Power of the Daleks animation DVD than, say The Horns of Nimon or The Twin Dilemma with real actors and footage.

I hope that this release paves the way for more total/near total reconstructions. Logically, The Evil of the Daleks should be next and/or Fury From The Deep. But thereafter, it is somewhat debatable.

Without question the most significant Doctor Who item/activity/merchandise of 2016.


The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield: The Unbound Universe (Doctor Who)
The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield: The Unbound Universe (Doctor Who)
by James Goss
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £24.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confident and entertaining package that begs a sequel, 29 Oct. 2016
Big Finish are probably my favourite company of all time, because of the 700+ products of theirs I have, 95% have given me entertainment, insight, diversion, and that indescribable thing relating to fan continuation. There are 3-4 Doctor Who related threads continued here. Doctor Who itself, a spin-off companion who is utterly brilliant, an alternative universe Doctor and a surprise related to the programme.

The themes of the stories are a little unsettling, but that makes for good drama. Whoever, in Big Finish dreamed up crossing Big Finish genre wires should get a Christmas bonus. As with the two box sets prior, TNAoBS proves to be a great hit, and makes me feel guilty for not having bough every single prior BS release, but you have to start somewhere.

The marvellous David Warner reprises his "Doctor Who-Unbound" Doctor. Doctor Who Unbound was a short lived but extremely poignant range which was brilliant at times, and a little too diverse at others, perhaps hence its lack of popularity and on-going exposure. These were "what-if" Doctors in essence, the David Warner and David Collings ones were probably the best.

This is a four story box set with aspects and elements of the first three stories formulating and concluding in the fourth with a bonus element that is well portrayed and hopefully disguised. If you are a Doctor Who television-only viewer, then you have a companion and a Doctor that you will never experience if you don't don the headphones and get these NAoBS.

It enriches the Doctor Who world greatly and well worth the money and time invested listening to it. Long may this box set series continue.


Doctor Who: The King's Demons: A 5th Doctor novelisation
Doctor Who: The King's Demons: A 5th Doctor novelisation
by Terence Dudley
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £20.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Intense expansion of the original story, 25 Sept. 2016
Whatever one thinks of the original story, this rendition is far superior. At 5 discs, it is longer than stories with three times as many television episodes, thanks to Terence Dudley's expansion of the novel.

It is perhaps as harrowing as Doctor Who fiction gets, thanks to the detail and the psychology. What is a substandard television story is massively elaborated into something more worthwhile. The television story was limited to just 50 minutes, so it is perhaps a bit unfair, but of all the Target novel expansions, this one has to sit in the top 5 for detail gained.

Mark Strickson does a fabulous job here and I hope he does more in the future. His contributions to Big Finish in the last few years have been terrific, so given that here he has to perform more than just Turlough, he does very well.

I never did read the book, so having this product, which you can listen to whilst gardening or walking really is one of the more worthwhile releases in this range, irrespective of whether you are a fan of the original television episodes.


Doctor Who and the Invasion of Time: A 4th Doctor Novelisation
Doctor Who and the Invasion of Time: A 4th Doctor Novelisation
by Terrance Dicks
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £18.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The audiobook made me like the story a lot more than the DVD and video does, 22 Sept. 2016
Over the years I have seen much divided opinion on this story. Television-wise I have never liked it for several reasons. However this talking book performed by John Leeson is not only enjoyable it is somewhat rewarding as it makes much more sense to me now.

It is one of the few instances where I would prefer to listen to the audio than watch the story because of the expansion of behavioural reasons and earlier indications of things to come.

Therefore this is a very good release, well read and with good music and sound effects. Leeson captures the mannerisms of the original actors well.


Doctor Who and the Claws of Axos: A 3rd Doctor novelisation
Doctor Who and the Claws of Axos: A 3rd Doctor novelisation
by Terrance Dicks
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Talking book is very enjoyable, 22 Sept. 2016
This range really has gone from strength to strength. I have within the last 4 months watched the DVD, yet thoroughly enjoyed this reading by Richard Franklin. Reading is an understatement as Richard does perform many of the characters and does a good job at it. I would welcome him to do more.

Added to which the sound effects and background music are in a different league now to the very early releases.

The Claws of Axos is a good television story with little wrong about it, but sadly not seen as a classic. Alien portrayal is excellent as were the visual effects and sets. One does not "see" this with audio, but bizarrely it does not detract.

2016 is definitely the best year to date for BBC Audiobooks, and if they carry on like this, there are a few from several years ago I would now like them to remake. They might be £7 more than they were then, but it is very much worth it.


Doctor Who and the Sontaran Experiment: A 4th Doctor novelisation
Doctor Who and the Sontaran Experiment: A 4th Doctor novelisation
by Ian Marter
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £18.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars July 2016 Audiobook release review of "The Sontaran Experiment - the slightly alternative version", 14 July 2016
First impressions that £20 for a 3 disc reading of a 2 part story, where the original price of the DVD was £12 might seem bewildering but one needs to treat this as arguably the most alternative rendering of a television experience in the audiobook range to date. First of all the stunningly realistic Jon Culshaw performs Tom Baker better than anyone else today. He also does Sontaran/s to perfection and is notably good in a number of other roles too.

The original book, by Harry Sullivan actor Ian Marter is perhaps the first and arguably greatest considerable reimagining of a Doctor Who story. Not only is the start different (same with Doctor Who and the Daleks which gives a proper introduction), but key elements throughout the story are too, such that if you are listening to it as a "story reminder", you will be left a bit confused or detached at times.

Ian Mater reimagines this story for someone who has not read "The Ark in Space" the prior week as Target publication order was very different from BBC transmission order.

Therefore, this story is an absolute treat. Don't let the mere 3 discs deter you. This is one I will be listening to again before too long as I read the sleeve notes a little too late. This clearly was one of the better novelisations for its time, added to which Ian Marter was "actually there". Who better to read a Tom Baker story now than Jon Culshaw, who so brilliantly impersonates Baker (and Pertwee).

It is one of the shorter audio to date, but it is probably the best example of how good this range could have been from the start. It is a useful format for reinterpreting the story as well as being delivered in an entertaining way. I often grumble a little at this range but on this occasion, I paid the full £20 for it and have to say that as a piece of Doctor Who merchandise, it is outstanding.
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The Victorian Age (Torchwood)
The Victorian Age (Torchwood)
by A. K. Benedict
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and unoffensive Torchwood, engaging and entertaining to boot. Highly recommended., 18 Jun. 2016
Torchwood and Queen Victoria have tenuous links and this is played very well here. There are no challenging themes or taboos exploited as is common with Torchwood and perhaps why some people put negative comments against positive reviews for what is genuinely an outstanding Big Finish range. I have loved all 7 Torchwood Big Finish stories to date, as it has produced entertaining drama that expands the known Torchwood universe.

Here it goes back to the past, I guess the sideburns on Cap'n Jack are a bit of a clue. It is a very basic plot as Torchwood goes, but allows a brilliant expansion of the concepts set out in Doctor Who "Tooth and Claw" which is the televisual genesis of Torchwood.

As I say a simple and unchallenging plot, but Torchwood through and through and, as always John Barrowman is awesome. The characterisation of Queen Victoria and her relationship with Torchwood is what this story is about, and I cannot fault how it is done.

, not knowing what the outcome is going to be.


Xenos (Eisenhorn Trilogy 1)
Xenos (Eisenhorn Trilogy 1)
by Dan Abnett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and engagaing read, 12 Jun. 2016
A surprisingly good read. Eisenhorn reminded me a little of The Stainless Steel rat in his precision and correctness about things. The book is written in the 1st person so perhaps easy to draw parallels with other characters.

Newcomer to 40k, I am, but I just loved this book and the whole bizarre science-fiction concepts towards the end are just magic.

Knowing nothing about 40k bar The First Heretic I read before it which is totally unrelated, I appreciated this book as a stand-alone piece of fiction and it fuelled me up to continue reading other 40k and even Warhammer in general because it seems to be a fabulous genre. I never played the games and never will, but just love the detail of the whole universe that has been created here.


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