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‘Doctor Who’: ‘Shroud of Sorrow’ audiobook review

The 23rd of November 1963 holds particular significance for Doctor Who fans as the date of its first transmission. The previous day is etched into history, far more significantly, by the assassination of American President John F. Kennedy and this globally resonant event frequently comes up when discussing the start of the show.

‘Companions: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Assistants’ book review

The wonderful thing about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary is the upsurge in unofficial publications.

Companions by Andy Frankham-Allen takes an in-depth look at the brave souls who have battled at the Doctor's side, endured the excitement of time travel and crucially, asked the questions on our behalf.

‘Man of Steel’ movie novelization book review

Movie novelizations are strange beasts. On one hand, if you've seen the film, what would compel you to then read it? And on the other, if you haven't seen a film yet, why would you want to buy several hundred pages of entertainingly presented spoilers?

‘Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman’ book review

Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman is the kind of sturdy coffee table book that looks best when casually left open, brazenly revealing one of its many glorious double-page spreads of the film's pre-production artwork. Or the big photo of Henry Cavill's bare glistening torso. Hey, it's all part of the film's aesthetic appeal.

‘Doctor Who and the Planet of the Daleks’ audiobook review

Terry Nation’s script for the ‘Planet of the Daleks’ was a slice of traditional Doctor Who even in the early 1970s.

Reliant on many of his favourite elements such as inhospitable plant life, biological weapons and people hiding in Dalek casings, it acts as a sequel to his original Dalek tale and has been accused of being little more than a rewrite. We prefer to see it as a homage to those early days of black and white adventure serials.

‘Doctor Who’: ‘Trouble in Paradise’ (‘Destiny of the Doctor’ 6) audiobook review

June's entry in Doctor Who's Destiny of the Doctor series brings us to the Sixth Doctor and ‘Trouble in Paradise’ sees the Time Lord’s most colourful incarnation given a mission by the Eleventh; to collect something called an ‘omni-paradox’ and store its energy for later use. He is also after a coat and seems to regard the Sixth’s outfit as the height of sartorial elegance.