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New Counter Measures: series 2 review of the Doctor Who spin-off

Counter-Measures has long since escaped the 1960s and their roots as a Doctor Who spin-off (from Revelation of the Daleks) and carved a path that in this set of stories sees them plough further into the 1970s and then curve right back towards their roots. The first story is The Splintered Man by Roland Moore,...

‘Hard Sun’ Episode 2 Review

Welcome to the slow road of weekly Hard Sun reviews. I’m sipping the series slowly, like a fine cognac, or Pepto Bismol. By now you may have watched the entire 8 episodes. In fact, you could’ve watched them all several times over. Judging by the iPlayer charts you might well have: it’s proved very popular....

Doctor Who: Landbound review

In 2016, to honour the memory of a much missed colleague, Big Finish launched the first ‘Paul Spragg Short Trip Memorial Opportunity’. Offering writers new to the company the chance to submit a short story idea, with the prize of a commission and its subsequent release, it yielded the entertaining Seventh Doctor tale ‘Forever Fallen’...

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Fleet Street Transparency review

If there’s one thing we need at Christmas (even accepting it’s a good few weeks gone) it’s a seasonal tale set in Victorian London and featuring Sherlock Holmes (Nick Briggs) and Dr Watson (Richard Earl). The Jonathan Barnes story The Adventure of the Fleet Street Conspiracy provides just that. The story is available on download...

‘Hard Sun’ Episode 1 Review

Take a cursory glance at Twitter (the best kind of glance), and you’d be misled into thinking that the world was going to end any day now. Fortunately BBC One’s new Saturday night diversion ‘Hard Sun’ gives us all a cheerily optimistic 5 years before the great big horrid orange death-ball eradicates us all. The...

Doctor Who: O Tannenbaum review

So that was Christmas and what have Big Finish done? They’ve created a story, as festive as they come. Of course, Doctor Who‘s first (and only until the modern era) Christmas Special featured the First Doctor, and with his final tale set at the South Pole, we are used to picturing him trudging through a...

Doctor Who: Wreck of the World review

Bristol based writer / composer Timothy X Atack (who just won the biennial Bruntwood prize, Europe’s biggest playwriting prize, with Heartworn), makes his Big Finish debut with the Early Adventures story The Wreck of the World. It’s a big screen outing for the second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe, with plenty of atmosphere, a dark presence...

Inside No 9 series 4 episode 1 review: Zanzibar (spoilers)

Spoilers. This is now the fourth series of Inside No 9, which means by the time we’re done, there will be more episodes of this than the markedly more famous League Of Gentlemen¸ which recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary. There hasn’t yet been a film of Inside No 9  though, although it is presumably only...