Posts by: Ian McArdell

Doctor Who Short Trip 8.08: Flight Into Hull! review

Doctor Who’s favourite mum Jackie Tyler returns in a second slice of adventure from the parallel universe which has now become the home of her reunited family – and the stomping ground of the MetaCrisis Doctor. UNIT’s dinner lady extraordinaire is still recovering from The Siege Of Big Ben and smarting from the actions of...

Doctor Who Eighth Doctor Adventures – The Time War Series 2 review

As Doctor Who fans we are used to enjoying stories in varying eras of the show, but there is a special thrill with the current Eighth Doctor offerings from Big Finish. While the Ravenous stories see a younger Eighth enjoying adventures in the company of companions Liv and Helen, the alternate strand is set much...

Callan Volume One review

Running on ITV for four series between 1967 and 1972, as well as spawning both a movie and an 80’s TV special, Callan was a hard-hitting spy drama which followed its hero, played by Edward Woodward, in his missions for The Section – a covert government department handling enemies of the state by the most...

Doctor Who Short Trips 8.06 – The Siege Of Big Ben review

In the first of two Short Trips, Camille Codhuri reprises her role as Rose Tyler’s inimitable mother Jackie, gloriously sharing a few secrets with us over a cheeky splosh of pinot. While this is not Camille Codhuri’s first audio outing, having starred in both the The Ninth Doctor Chronicles and The Lives Of Captain Jack,...

Torchwood 22: Goodbye Piccadilly review

This month, Big Finish serves up a sequel of sorts to 2016’s Ghost Mission, which saw Sgt. Andy Davidson paired up with 1950’s Torchwood operative Norton Folgate, played by Samuel Barnett (Dirk Gently, Big Finish’s Cicero). While the first story saw Norton in the present day, ostensibly there to assess Andy’s suitability to join the...

Doctor Who The Companion Chronicles – The Second Doctor Volume 2 review

Now in the second year of its box-set format, The Companion Chronicles – partially narrated stories related by the Doctor’s fellow travellers – returns with four stories set in the Troughton era, and heralded by a rather wonderful video trailer. After the sad passing of Debbie Watling last year, the line-up of available companion actors...

Star Cops: Mother Earth Part 1 review

In the summer of 1987, the BBC transmitted a show which fused the genres of science fiction and crime; Star Cops followed Nathan Spring, a traditional copper thrust into space as the head of the nascent International Space Police Force. Devised by Blake’s 7 script editor and Doctor Who scribe Chris Boucher, the show was...

Doctor Who Short Trip 8.05 review: Trap for Fools

For this latest Doctor Who Short Trip we join Turlough back in the classroom. Not at Brendon, the public school from Mawdryn Undead where the Doctor first encountered him, but at the futuristic St. Neot’s – a school run on traditional lines for the elite of the galaxy. Shrouded from the hubbub of the universe, St. Neot’s...

UNIT Cyber Reality boxset review

Six box sets in, and with Autons, Silurians and Sea Devils, The Silence, Daleks and Sontarans already faced, it was inevitable that Kate Stewart’s UNIT team would tackle the Cybermen at some point. Of course, they did so onscreen in Dark Water/Death In Heaven, but these stories are set earlier. Picking up on the story...

Big Finish Originals – Cicero Series 1 review

Starring Samuel Barnett (Netflix’s Dirk Gently), the pilot episode of Cicero was a surprise hit last year. Returning for a further five episodes, as part of the Big Finish Originals range, all six now form a first series. Set in ancient Rome, lawyer Marcus Tullius Cicero comes to prominence with his successful defence of a...