Posts by: Rich Cross

Torchwood: The Green Life review

This much-anticipated second release in the new series of Doctor Who monster-themed Torchwood audios returns to the setting of the classic 1973 Jon Pertwee story The Green Death: “the one with the giant maggots” as it is ubiquitously referred to in pop culture. For the majority of the story this is a double-act, as Torchwood’s...

Torchwood: Night Of The Fendahl review

A low-budget, low-rent film crew are shooting their latest schlock horror in the mocked-up catacombs of Fetch Priory. It’s a hackneyed, tawdry slasher, replete with all the overused “young woman as sacrificial victim” clichés. But this film project is not just a case of tacky production values and poor creative choices. This movie director and...

Torchwood: God Among Us Part 2 review

As the second instalment of this latest Torchwood audio trilogy opens, the team is not in the best of shapes: colleagues are scattered and distracted, mutual trust is at an all-time low, several team members compete to set the organisation’s priorities, while behind the scenes an all-seeing deity and a mysterious Committee battle for control...

Big Finish: Survivors series eight review

As the timeline of Big Finish’s Survivors audio adventures moves beyond the endpoint of the TV series, this latest boxset delivers an impressive mix of large scale, high stakes and small scale, intimate stories which set in motion the events which will come to an explosive conclusion in the final set in this current run...

Blake’s 7: Restoration Part 1 review

The battle to save the Liberator from destruction, and to recover the full operating capacity of the most powerful spaceship in the galaxy, is at the heart of each of the four stories in the opening salvo of Big Finish’s new Blake’s 7 audio series. With their vessel damaged beyond the ability of the craft’s...

The New Counter Measures: The Hollow King review

Relocating the adventures of the Counter Measures team into the 1970s opened up a new contemporary setting in which the group could set about tackling threats from alien incursions and human criminality. It’s a change of scene that the creative team at Big Finish have already made great use of in earlier boxsets in this...

Blake’s 7: Uprising review

Once he and his ill-assorted crew had seized control of the Liberator, Roj Blake became preoccupied (some might say obsessed) by the goal of becoming a catalyst for a popular rebellion against The Federation. Time and again Blake and his band of rebels attempted to inspire the oppressed to revolt, sabotaged Federation operations, sought out...

Star Cops: Mother Earth Part 2 review

The second series of Big Finish’s Star Cops audios takes the threat posed by the Mother Earth terror group into unexpected new directions, as the tendrils of the anti-space colonisation conspiracy introduced in series one are revealed to reach even further than Nathan Spring and his team had suspected. The result is a strong and...

Torchwood: God Among Us Part 1 review

What will immediately strike many listeners picking up this latest Torchwood boxset from Big Finish (the four-story God Among Us Part 1) is how rich, layered and intricate the post-TV mythology of the Torchwood canon has become. With few concessions to anyone tuning in for the first time, this is not the most straightforward of...

Big Finish: Blind Terror – The Gods Of Frost review

Released just as the bleaker weather and receding daylight hours announce the arrival of autumn, Big Finish’s latest original audio drama is a classy, quality chiller. This immersive and atmospheric tale of ghostly spectres and ‘spirits from beyond the grave’ unfolds as winter takes hold of an isolated and eccentric country estate and long-buried secrets...