Posts by: Ian McArdell

Torchwood – Aliens Among Us Part 2 Box Set review

Continuing the new fifth series of Torchwood, as full-bloodied full cast audio drama, Captain Jack Harkness and his team are back on the mean streets of present day Cardiff. Following on the heels of Part 1, which introduced new characters and a tough alien-infused situation in the city they protect, this release contains episodes five...

Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor: The Time War Volume 1 boxset review

When Doctor Who returned to television, the “Time War” was a masterstroke; side-stepping years of continuity, it allowed new viewers to learn about the Doctor’s past alongside his die-hard fans. Through a drip feed of titbits, passing references and old enemies in subsequent years, this backstory built inexorably towards Gallifrey’s climatic return in time for...

Doctor Who review: The Blood Furnace

Starring the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Mel (who has re-joined the TARDIS after her travels with Glitz), Big Finish’s Doctor Who story The Blood Furnace brings the companions home to Earth and relatively close to their respective times as they materialise at a Merseyside shipyard in 1991. It soon becomes a rather personal trip for Mel too, as...

Torchwood: The Lives Of Captain Jack boxset review

Jack Harkness, former Time Agent and friend of the Doctor has a rather complicated timeline; he has travelled with two different incarnations and also on his own, as well as having spent several lifetimes on Earth. This makes him ripe for further exploration and this box set explores some of the tantalising gaps in Jack’s...

Doctor Who Short Trips 8.10 review: All Hands On Deck

Hot on the heels of September’s release, All Hands On Deck is another tale set at the eve of the Time War, featuring the Eighth Doctor as he seeks to ensure one of his companion’s safety. While A Heart On Both Sides featured the Doctor incognito, the former TARDIS traveller he visits in this story is...

Baker’s End 4: The Happenstance Pox review

Across three surreal instalments of Baker’s End, we were treated to the death and feline-infused resurrection of Tom Baker as “The King of Cats”. Through his adventures, he saw off twerking pensioners, psychic investigators and grotesque scarecrows, even journeying into Hades to save his faithful housekeeper. This fourth episode however brings a change. While the...

Big Finish Terrahawks – series 3 review

Since its revival in 2015, Terrahawks – the audio continuation of Gerry Anderson and Christopher Burr’s 1980’s puppet show – has delivered two impressive series packed full of entertaining call backs, appallingly bad puns and some not-so-subtle digs at the wider Anderson universe.

Doctor Who – Short Trips 7.08 ‘The British Invasion’ review

Wendy Padbury narrates this charming tale which brings the TARDIS and her crew, the Second Doctor, highlander Jamie McCrimmon and the futuristic astrophysicist Zoe Herriot to London’s South Bank in 1951, for the Festival of Britain. The first quarter of an hour of the play’s unhurried forty-two minutes is made up of some delightful character...