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Rich Cross

Torchwood Soho Parasite

Torchwood Soho: Parasite review

London’s Soho district in the 1950s was an area in transition. A bustling crowded enclave of pubs, clubs and cafes that had emerged from the harshest restrictions of post-War austerity but which was a decade away from being able to embrace the seedy and the satirical sides of the swinging Sixties. The swirling pea-soup smog … >

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Torchwood: Red Base

Torchwood: Red Base review

The much-loved character of Sergeant Andy Davidson takes centre stage in this latest monthly Torchwood audio release from Big Finish. Red Base is a blend of sci-fi caper and whodunnit, which sees Andy dispatched to investigate unexplained deaths on the Mars colony at Starr Base. What makes this personable Welsh copper’s task a little easier … >

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Torchwood - Save our Souls - Big Finish

Torchwood: Save Our Souls review

Queen Victoria is at her imperious best in the latest monthly Torchwood audio Save Our Souls. The story is a rip-roaring homage to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, but naturally with an extra supernatural spin. After her recent sojourn to a sea fort in the Solent, Victoria has again set out on the … >

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The Omega Factor - Divinity - Big Finish

The Omega Factor: Divinity review

Suspected poltergeist activity in a small village outside Liverpool attracts the attention of Tom Crane and Anne Reynolds in this latest audiobook in Big Finish’s The Omega Factor series. It’s a classic setting for the team, and this is a story full of the signature elements that the show’s fans will expect. The drama of … >

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Star Cops - Mars Part 2 - cover

Star Cops: Mars Part 2 review

The guiding principle of Star Cops, which continues to make the series so effective on audio, is that it should always be a police procedural which just happens to unfold in space. This latest trilogy of investigative adventures from Big Finish, which concludes the current series of adventures based on the planet Mars, embraces that … >

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Torchwood: Dinner and a Show review

It’s an eventful night at the opera for Ianto and Toshiko in the latest monthly Torchwood audio release from Big Finish. Penned by Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto), Dinner and a Show is an entertaining comedy caper, that mixes some sci-fi absurdities and moments of genuine “mild peril” with a diverting and well-crafted character-led drama. The dynamic … >

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Torchwood - Iceberg - cover

Torchwood: Iceberg review

Hospitals and medical facilities have become regular ‘go to’ locations in Big Finish’s monthly Torchwood audio range. With patients beholden to the doctors treating them, there’s always the potential for that power imbalance to lead to unexpected outcomes. Latest release “Iceberg” takes that kind of clinical concept and injects a dose of mystery and suspense … >

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The New Counter Measures - The Dalek Gambit

The New Counter-Measures: The Dalek Gambit review

With the Daleks determined to thwart the Movellan Manoeuvre on Earth, the momentum picks up in this second and concluding instalment of the current incarnation of The New Counter-Measures audios from Big Finish. Alerted to their presence, the Daleks commit to wiping out Movellan’s ambition. Predictably, they are unconcerned if the price is the incineration of … >

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The New Counter Measures - The Movellan Manoeuvre

The New Counter-Measures: The Movellan Manoeuvre review

Big Finish called time on the New Counter-Measures audio box sets back in 2017. Yet there’s been a strong desire since then to provide fans with a more complete and fitting endpoint for the current run. Something stronger than simply the lack of new commissions. Following on from the group’s entanglement with a self-help messiah … >

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Torchwood: Tropical Beach Sounds and Other Relaxing Seascapes #4

Torchwood: Tropical Beach Sounds and Other Relaxing Seascapes #4 review

The self-help industry in the UK is thriving, a beneficiary of increasingly uncertain times. The personal self-help recording, voiced by pop psychologists or celebrities, has long been a key platform for the distribution of behavioural advice. It is something that has brought solace, reassurance and encouragement to countless listeners. Yet, for sceptics of “guided audio … >

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