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Ian McArdell

Doctor Who Main Range 254: Emissary of the Daleks review

After creating a well-received encounter for the 1980s era Cybermen last year, writer Andrew Smith again returns to the Monthly Adventures – this time pitting the Sixth Doctor against the Daleks. Arriving on a remote planet, principally to satisfy the Doctor’s curiosity regarding such an isolated society, he and Peri find a world under occupation. … >

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Doctor Who: The Legacy of Time review

Big Finish have been creating Doctor Who audio adventures for twenty years. During that time, they have worked with multiple Doctors, most of the companions and a whole host of popular characters and villains from the television series, as well as creating a universe of their own. As is traditional, this milestone is being celebrated … >

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The Avengers: The Comic Strip Adaptations Volume 3 review

For their latest box set of adaptations, after two volumes drawn from Diana magazine, Big Finish have turned to the strips of TV Comic. Three volumes have been announced, the first expanding on tales from the Series 6 “Steed and Tara King” era of the television show. On screen, Linda Thorson’s Tara King may have … >

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Doctor Who Main Range 253: Memories Of A Tyrant review

At the heart of the latest Doctor Who monthly adventure, the first in a fresh trio of stories for the Sixth Doctor and Peri, sits an age-old conundrum: can there be a time limit on justice? Memories Of A Tyrant takes the idea further, with technology which promises to retrieve seemingly long-forgotten memories, by asking … >

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The Lives Of Captain Jack Volume 2 review

Two years on from his first solo outing on audio, under his own name rather than as part of Torchwood, Captain Jack Harkness is back for another trio of stories drawn from different points in his endless lifespan.   A time-traveller, conman, hero and sometime companion of the Doctor, the vibrant former Time Agent was … >

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Doctor Who Main Range 252: An Alien Werewolf In London review

Through this recent trilogy of monthly adventures, the Seventh Doctor has reconnected with Mags, the werewolf character first seen in Season 25’s The Greatest Show In The Galaxy. The pair have survived both The Monsters Of Gokroth and Mags’ own ancestors living under The Moons Of Vulpana, but for the final tale they are in … >

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Big Finish: The Tenth Doctor Adventures Volume 3 review

The latest volume of Tenth Doctor adventures from Big Finish return David Tennant to 2008, paring him again with Catherine Tate’s indomitable Donna Noble. This time it is a family affair too, as the first story also stars Donna’s acidic mother Sylvia, as well as her beloved Gramps Wilfrid Mott too. No Place First up … >

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UNIT Series 8: Incursions review

First appearing in 2013’s The Power Of Three, the modern incarnation of UNIT enjoyed a smattering of appearances onscreen with both the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors, dealing with Zygons, Missy and her Cyber-minions. On audio they have been rather more prolific, notching up eight boxsets of adventures which have featured a mix of old enemies … >

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Doctor Who Main Range 251: The Moons Of Vulpana review

In the second part of this trilogy featuring Mags, the Seventh Doctor appears to be up to his old manipulative tricks as he brings his new travelling companion home. While Titan Comics’ 2018 Hill Of Beans strip visited one of its moons, this story brings us to Vulpana itself; back in history to an apparent … >

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Doctor Who: The Monsters Of Gokroth review

The latest main range trilogy kicks off with the return of an old friend as the Seventh Doctor catches up with Mags, Jessica Martin’s werewolf character from 1988’s The Greatest Show In The Galaxy. While that story left her with the Psychic Circus, we pick up some time later with Mags in search of a … >

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