DARK WATER CLIP – WHO’S MISSY?

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DOCTOR WHO RADIO TIMES COVER

Radio TimesThis week’s edition of Radio Times features Peter Capaldi as the Doctor on the front cover as the magazine looks forward to the first part of this season’s two-part series finale, Dark Water.

The magazine’s digital version also includes a 30 page Monster supplement, showcasing some of the of the Doctor’s deadliest enemies courtesy of the Radio Times archive.

The Radio Times, covering television and radio programming for 1st-7th November, is available online and in shops now.

Thanks to Radio Times

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DARK WATER TV TRAILER

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REVIEW – THE DOCTOR’S TALE

002_the_doctors_tale_cover_largeAs long-time readers and long-time contributors to Planet Mondas will no doubt be aware, I am a fan of “Nu-Who”. I like the charactarisation, the music, the acting, the emotion, the so-called soap opera plots. I like the fact that the companions feel real, have character development, a life and a family. The one thing (apart from the casting of Matt Smith) that I would change would be to have a few honest to goodness pure historical stories. Sure we have had celebrity historical stories, but they all involved a sci-fi element, I would love to see the Doctor in the English civil war for example, stuck between Roundheads and Cavaliers, seen as a traitor by both, and trying to get away with his life. I would further enjoy it if King Charles and Cromwell were just King Charles and Cromwell and not two alien warlords playing a war game on a distant planet with Robot Soldiers. Rant over.

This months early adventures release makes me glad we have a Big Finish, we have a Hartnell era pure historical, but it’s also set in a period of history I know little about so it serves the series original remit of being educational too.

The Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki land in England in the early 1400′s. King Richard II has just been usurped by King Henry IV and it is a time of change and of distrust. They are taken in to an abbey where The Doctor gains the position of tutor to young Isabella, the wife of deposed King Richard II, and when the fearsome Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Arundel makes an unexpected appearance at a banquet at the abbey, a string of harrowing events are set in motion.

Lead by William Russell and Maureen O’Brien a small cast brings this story to life. You can feel the edginess and distrust of the supporting characters, England is a land ruled by fear and the face of that fear is Thomas Arundel.

I like the Hartnell era, it did time travel properly, none of this timey-wimey malarkey. History could not be tampered with, you were part of events and you get the feeling that the Doctor is helping history along.

The story has an epic feel over its four extended episodes with our protagonists getting split up and all making their separate ways to the Royal Court, and to be honest, the length is perhaps this stories only failing, it seems to take a long while for the plot to get going and when it dies there seems to be a lot of needless too-ing and fro-ing, along with double cross after double cross – my head was spinning at certain points. Perhaps as a three- parter this story would have been tighter.

Borrowing a little front Nu-Who this is also a celebrity historical as our heroes get to meet Geoffrey Chaucer and help preserve his Canterbury Tales for posterity.

A very good, very Hartnell era historical then, not perfect, but doing just what it says on the tin, and, serving an educational remit. I really want to find out more about King Richard II, he seemed from the dialogue a renaissance man a hundred years too early.

As Shakespeare put it:

For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings;
How some have been deposed; some slain in war,
Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed;
Some poison’d by their wives: some sleeping kill’d;
All murder’d: for within the hollow crown.

A very apt quote which captures the mood of the piece. 8/10.

Written by Ed Watkinson

SYNOPSIS:

England, 1400. Winter. Blood in the snow. Henry IV has usurped the throne, and deposed King Richard II languishes in Pomfret Castle.

Meanwhile the Doctor and his companions preside over New Year revels at Sonning Palace.

But Sonning is a prison, treachery is in the air and murderous Archbishop Thomas Arundel will stop at nothing to crush the rebellion.

As the Doctor and Barbara take the road to Canterbury, Vicki finds a royal friend and Ian is dragged into a dark web of conspiracy at whose heart sits that teller of tales, Geoffrey Chaucer.

CAST:

William Russell (Ian Chesterton/The Doctor), Maureen O’Brien (Vicki/Barbara Wright/Narrator), Gareth Armstrong (Geoffrey Chaucer), Joseph Kloska (Sir Thomas de Wensley), Alice Haig (Isabella), John Banks (Thomas Arundel)

Written By: Marc Platt
Directed By: Ken Bentley

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REVIEW – JAGO & LITEFOOT SERIES 8

Jago-and-Litefoot-series-8Six months is too long to wait. Not as long as eighteen months I grant you, but a very very long time when Series Seven of Jago and Litefoot ended on that cliffhanger.

Have you listened to series seven? If not, go out and buy it now, it’s available here and come back when you have listened to it…

All done? Then I will continue…

Series Eight carries on from where Series Seven left off, Jago and Litefoot have been introduced to a new act for Jago’s theatre, the fabulous fun and feral SCORCHIES, first seen here – again, go and buy it and come back when you have listened to it! This is turning out to be an expensive review, so The SCORCHIES are back, malevolent muppets with melodic menace (alliteration creeping in there), so without further ado, my lords ladies and gentlemen, I bring to you for your delectation and delight those marvellous masters of motley, those investigators of infernal intrigue, those redoubtable resolute rakes, ladies and gentlemen I present Jago and Litefoot Series Eight!

Series Eight as with the other series is split into four stories so I will look at them all in turn.

Encore of the Scorchies by James Goss

The SCORCHIES appearance at the end of series seven took me completely by surprise, and raised my expectations for series eight, as more titbits of information leaked out it was made known that this was going to be a musical episode, something I have been hoping the new TV series of Doctor Who would do since 2005. But this is no ordinary musical, it’s a Jago and Litefoot musical featuring killer alien puppets with music and songs by Howard Carter. How could it go wrong? In a word it doesn’t – ever – not even for one second. This may not only be the very best episode of Jago and Litefoot, but the best episode of anything ever, full stop. It’s darkly funny, horribly macabre, exciting and sad, and the songs – wow, they are all in the style of Victorian music hall, you will never hear the laughing policeman in the same way again. To compare it to anything else is pointless, this is completely unique, an utter triumph for all involved. Just one question for Big Finish, will there be a soundtrack album? If so take my pre-order now.

The Backwards Men by Andy Lane

After the triumph of Encore of the SCORCHIES, could this measure up? Well, yes and no. It’s completely different, more traditional Jago and Litefoot in style, a traditional infernal investigation.

The daring duo investigate why people are gathering on street corners in herds, milling around and walking backwards. The trail leads to the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, a complex character with very odd motivations. Litefoot is given a lot to do in this episode, playing almost a dual role and Jago is given more depth than his usual bluster and buffoonery in the denouement. Christopher Benjamin is incredible here, showing some of the man behind the facade. A thought provoking episode, quite sad and flat in a way, but utterly engaging and characterful.

image1Jago & Litefoot & Patsy by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris

The Talons of Weng-Chiang was such a rich mine of character and plot that even the most minor roles are seared on the mind.

Remember this character on the right?

Not only does she get a name: Patsy, but gets a whole back-story, and is integral to the plot and that of the next episode. Patsy is a mudlark, a beachcomber who scavenges flotsam and jetsam from the Thames. She finds a large mutant fish which leads her to come into Jago and Litefoot’s world and on a life changing adventure which is concluded in the next story.

The depth of charactarisation is incredible, atmosphere drips from the script, it’s just so visual, you can “see” what the characters are seeing and the dialogue is so vivid, it’s part love story, part horror story, and part alien invasion by stealth, which leads us on to the fourth story.

Higson & Quick by Justin Richards

Following on from the incidents in the previous story, Patsy, Jago and Litefoot are all possessed by the Darkling Facade, an alien intelligence. With our heroes having become what they usually battle against it’s up to Ellie Higson, barmaid at the Red Tavern, and Inspector Quick to save the day. This could be an opportunity for Messers Benjamin and Baxter to go over-the-top and ham it up as villains, but the performance is far more chilling. They are hardly any different, slightly colder (and off their beer), but the same people just gone wrong. The repercussions of what they have done while possessed weighs heavily on our heroes, and the ending of the season is strangely downbeat, leaving our heroes to go away on a much needed holiday as a lead in to series nine.

Again, I love Jago & Litefoot, it’s my favourite range from Big Finish, even better than Doctor Who. The writing, the atmosphere and the acting are all first class with Benjamin and Baxter a joy to listen to, ably supported by Lisa Bowerman as Ellie and Conrad Asquith is Inspector Quick. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, a joy from beginning to end, as Henry Gordon Jago may say… a cavalcade of creditable characters on a commendable curiosity of corking calamity!

Series Eight is anything but a calamity – it’s marvellous and I sing it’s praises at 10/10.

Now then, how long until March 2015 and Series Nine?!

Written by Ed Watkinson

SYNOPSIS:

Encore of the Scorchies by James Goss
A special musical episode with stunning music and lyrics by Howard Carter!
There’s a new act at the New Regency Theatre, and Jago and Litefoot are about to face their grand finale.

The Backwards Men by Andy Lane
There’s unrest on the streets of London, and strange creatures who walk backwards What is the link to Wednesday’s World of Weird Wonders?

Jago & Litefoot & Patsy by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris
When a monster is discovered on the bank of the Thames, Jago and Litefoot team up with the mudlark Patsy to investigate.

Higson & Quick by Justin Richards
Jago and Litefoot can no longer be trusted. Can barmaid Ellie Higson and Inspector Quick save the day?

Trevor Baxter (Professor George Litefoot), Christopher Benjamin (Henry Gordon Jago), Conrad Asquith (Sergeant Quick), Lisa Bowerman (Ellie), Jenna Russell (Porcelain Polly), Cameron Blakely (Colonel Fuzz), Sarah Lark (Nancy), Gus Brown (Mr Wednesday), Ian Burford (Arioch), Andrew Greenough (Jeremiah Castle), Flaminia Cinque (Patsy), Robert Whitelock (Mulberry Gride)

Written By: James Goss, Andy Lane, Simon Barnard and Paul Morris, Justin Richards
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman

Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Justin Richards
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

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NEXT WEEK – THE FINALE BEGINS

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IN THE FOREST OF THE NIGHT PREVIEW CLIP

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TERRORS OF THE THÉÂTRE DIABOLIQUE

1960006_10152586354303025_3674495000890646720_nIt’s nearly Hallowe’en, and this year, something truly terrifying is going to happen…

Six seemingly random strangers are drawn by a mysterious figure to a disused, semi-derelict theatre in a sleepy, seemingly innocuous, seaside town. There they begin their journey into the bowels of the building where their innermost darkest thoughts will be revealed in an encounter that will change their lives forever…

This anthology features a series of six macabre and deliciously funny short stories from the imaginations of writers Jon Arnold, Simon A Brett, John Davies, Tony Eccles, Lee Rawlings and J.R. Southall. In true portmanteau horror film fashion the threads are all drawn together into a thrilling conclusion penned by lead writer, Dan Barratt.  The book is lavishly illustrated with the work of brilliant artist Paul Griffin and features a foreword written by acting legend David Warner.

All proceeds from the sale of THÉÂTRE DIABOLIQUE are being donated to the mental health charity, MIND.

To order your copy make a donation on Dan’s JustGiving page. Leave your email address and you will be sent a PDF/Kindle copy of the full standard black and white book. Anyone making a donation (of any amount) will be sent a copy! Please don’t be shy… donate whatever you like or feel you can afford. All donations are very welcome.

Alternatively click on the following link to access the book’s Lulu store page where you will find the currently available print versions of TERRORS OF THE THÉÂTRE DIABOLIQUE. All copies ordered from Lulu include a small donation to MIND so, if you wish to do so, you may also make an additional donation here and you will also be sent a PDF/Kindle copy via email. Please note; this is the only way to get your hands on the full colour edition which contains additional lavish artwork! Print copies will be available from the end of October.

Thanks to Dan Barratt

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INTRODUCTION TO IN THE FOREST OF THE NIGHT

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BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP AT THE BFI

bfi_logo_transpThe BFI have announced their new season of programming, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, featuring some of the best sci-fi films and and works at events across the UK.

In December the BBC Radiophonic Workshop will be taking part in two events. Tickets will be on sale in the near future.

The Boy From Space + Panel discussion and Q&A with BBC Radiophonic WorkshopSaturday 6th December – 13:00

To celebrate our BFI DVD release of the remastered and rarely seen The Boy from Space we present a specially edited 70min version of the series. Made by the BBC education department, The Boy From Space tells the story of two children who try to conceal an alien, and has since become legendary as one of the finest children’s series ever made. The eerie nature of the show was greatly assisted by the music and audio effects supplied by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with key Workshop figures Paddy Kingsland, Dr Dick Mills and Roger Limb, who provided the original music for this and many more TV series. We’ll also screen clips of other rarely seen series that the BFI is releasing such as The Changes and Out of The Unknown, and our special guests will demonstrate their working methods and how they contributed to these unique productions.

Sonic Cinema Presents: Radiophonic Workshop Live – Saturday 6th December – 18:00

Taking Days of Fear and Wonder as their theme, Radiophonic Workshop have created a unique set that highlights their seminal work in TV and radio and their influence on electronic music in the UK. Drawing on the principles of musique concre?te, found sounds, early electronics, handmade synths and tape loops, the Workshop created the otherworldly soundtrack to many iconic shows, including Horizon, Quatermass, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy… and Delia Derbyshire’s realisation of the iconic Doctor Who theme. Join us for a special evening of analogue history and frequencies from the future.

For more details check out the BFI website.

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IN THE FOREST OF THE NIGHT TRAILER

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FLATLINE – CLIP & INTRODUCTION

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DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #478

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STEVEN MOFFAT TALKS ABOUT THE SEASON FINALE IN DWM 478!

Head writer Steven Moffat talks about the return of the Cybermen in this year’s final adventure.

“I really wanted to do a Cyberman story,” says Steven, “because they were always my favourites when I was a kid, and I was quite surprised that one way or another I’d never used them in any of my own scripts, except as supporting characters. So I wanted to do a proper scary one…”

ALSO INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

  • Extensive previews of Episodes 9 to 12 of the new series – Flatline, In the Forest of the Night, Dark Water and Death in Heaven. DWM talks exclusively to writers Jamie Mathieson, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Steven Moffat.
  • DWM interviews Samuel Anderson, aka Danny Pink .
  • Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions in his exclusive column.
  • DWM talks to Derrick Sherwin, Doctor Who’s producer in the late 1960s.
  • Kill the Moon writer Peter Harness talks in depth about the script for his episode.
  • Reviews of the latest TV adventures: Time Heist, The Caretaker, Kill the Moon and Mummy on the Orient Express.
  • DWM talks to the stars of the Eighth Doctor’s latest audio series, Dark Eyes 3, including Paul McGann, Alex Macqueen & Georgia Moffett.
  • The Doctor and Clara’s comic strip adventures continue in The Eye of Torment written by Scott Gray, illustrated by Martin Geraghty.
  • The Time Team comment on the 2008 Tenth Doctor episode The Stolen Earth.
  • Jacqueline Rayner writes about the different ways of watching new episodes in Relative Dimensions.
  • The results of the DWM 2013 Merchandise Poll are revealed.
  • The Watcher tackles the controversial subject of last-minute edits in Wotcha!
  • The DWM crossword, prize-winning competitions and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 479 is on sale from Thursday 16 October 2014, priced £4.99.

Thanks to Tom Spilsbury

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FLATLINE CLIP

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66 SECONDS – MUMMY ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS PREVIEW

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MUMMY ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS TRAILER

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REVIEW – THE WORLDS OF DOCTOR WHO

worldsofdoctorwhoforwebcopy_cover_largeI finished listening to this a few days ago, it’s a big story and needed a lot of thinking over before putting fingers to keyboard.

Usually I start my reviews with a bit of a preamble (or incoherent ramble!) about how I am feeling, what memories the story stirs up, the music I am listening to.  If you are a long-time reader you will know what I mean, if not Hello and thanks for reading. Anyway, and I don’t know why, but this story reminded me of Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield. Maybe it’s the ebb and flow of the story, that it’s broken up into distinct but linked chapters in the same way that Tubular Bells is broken up into movements, or maybe it’s the way both have a haunting melody as their constant.  Actually that’s probably it, whilst Tubular Bells has, well, Tubular Bells as its theme, the Worlds of Doctor Who has a haunting rendition of Ding Dong Bell played on a music box.  It’s really chilling. Yes children’s nursery rhymes as a horror staple are a bit passé these days, but when done as well as this it can be indulged.

So the story – it really does encompass the whole worlds of Big Finish Doctor Who, an epic spanning the centuries told in four parts, each starting different friends of the Doctor.

Part One is called Mind Games written by Justin Richards and features my favourite characters Jago and Litefoot.  I just can’t get enough of their bi-annual box sets of breathtaking bonhomie. Ok, no more alliteration I promise. To the uninitiated Henry Gordon Jago & Professor George Litefoot appeared in The Talons of Weng-Chiang with Tom Baker, were revived by Big Finish for Companion Chronicle – The Mahogany Murderers and then for a series of box sets, series 8 is due in October 2014. So, Jago has booked an act in his theatre, the act is Mr Rees a hypnotist who uses a music box playing a haunting version of Ding Dong Bell, but those who take part in his act are committing terrible crimes and then thinking they dreamed it.

Jago and Litefoot are on fine form (when aren’t they?) and get the story going, Rees is the worst sort of villain, not using his powers for any gain or power, but because he can. A great start to the story and a great introduction to Jago and Litefoot’s adventures too.

Part Two is called ‘The Reesinger Process’, again by Justin Richards. We have moved on from the 1890′s to the 1960′s and the story is continued by the Counter Measures team, Group Captain Gilmore, Rachel Jensen, Alison Williams as seen in Remembrance of the Daleks along with their boss Sir Toby Kinsella. Several high ranking civil servants and Military personnel have been inexplicably committing random murders, the Counter Measures team’s investigation leads them to the Reesinger Institute, a place where anti interrogation techniques are taught. The institute is run by brother and sister James and Stephanie Wilton and on her desk, Stephanie has a certain music box… Full of Cold War era paranoia it feels like it could have been a show made by ITC in the 1960′s and the team are on fine form. I really do like Sir Toby, even though I shouldn’t. Again the story ends with a hook for the next part.

Part Three is The Screaming Skull by Jonathan Morris.
An older Captain Mike Yates seeks the help of Captain Ruth Mathieson (Daphne Ashbrook) and Charlie Sato (Yee Jee Tso) to enter The Vault, an archive of dangerous alien artefacts gathered by UNIT over the years.  A team of soldiers have been sent in but the Vault has gone dark. Yates, Mathieson and Sato have an hour to solve the problem in the Vault and get out before it is destroyed. Wow, this one drips with atmosphere, it’s the most overtly “horror” of all the stories, having not heard any of the previous “Vault” stories I didn’t know what to expect, but my expectations were exceeded. A tense heart in mouth, edge of seat story full of twists and turns, I will definitely be seeking out the other Vault Stories.

Which brings us on to Part Four, Second Sight by Nick Wallace and Justin Richards.
Not a lot I can say about this without spoiling, but suffice to say, things are bad.  The Doctor has been called in, Romana has sent Leela to help and the true extent if Rees’s plans are revealed. It’s all rather epic really and a crescendo to the four movements of this symphony. To take the Tubular Bells analogy a bit further, there is a quiet moment after the main story has finished and then…..well, that would be telling (it’s not the sailors horn pipe though!)

A real epic spanning not only the centuries but the whole range of Big Finish’s Doctor Who worlds.  A great pilot for each of the series if you have not heard them (I will certainly be investigating the Vault) not perfect, but very good indeed.  I found the ending a little bit of a cheat, a variation on a theme that has become very over used in New Who on TV, but used in a slightly different way here.

Worth the entry fee? I would say so.  Welcome to my world, won’t you come on in because I give it 9/10.

SYNOPSIS:

An epic adventure uniting the Doctor’s friends across time and space, featuring Jago & Litefoot, Counter-Measures, the Vault and Gallifrey!

1: Mind Games by Justin Richards
In Victorian England, Henry Gordon Jago and Professor Litefoot investigate worrying events on the streets of London – which seem to be linked to the New Regency Theatre’s resident act, the mesmerist Mr Rees…

2: The Reesinger Process by Justin Richards
London, 1964, and the repercussions of Jago and Litefoot’s adventure are dealt with by Sir Toby Kinsella and his crack team of specialists at Counter-Measures. What is the Reesinger Process – and who is behind it?

3: The Screaming Skull by Jonathan Morris
Disgraced soldiers Ruth Matheson and Charlie Sato are called back into action by Captain Mike Yates, when the UNIT Vault is mysteriously locked down by a deadly force. Together they must infiltrate the Vault and get those trapped out alive. But what enemy are they facing?

4: Second Sight by Nick Wallace and Justin Richards
The actions of Mr Rees have alerted the Time Lords of Gallifrey, and Romana has assigned her best warrior. Independently, the Sixth Doctor has arrived on Earth. A power from the dawn of the Universe is about to be unleashed once more…

CAST:

Colin Baker (The Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela), Lalla Ward (Romana), Daphne Ashbrook (Ruth Matheson), Trevor Baxter (Professor George Litefoot), Christopher Benjamin (Henry Gordon Jago), Richard Franklin (Mike Yates), Karen Gledhill (Allison Williams), Hugh Ross (Sir Toby Kinsella), Pamela Salem (Rachel Jenson), Yee Jee Tso (Charlie Sato), Simon Williams (Group Captain Gilmore), Jamie Glover (Mr Rees), Sinead Keenan (Stephanie Wilton), Rory Keenan (James Wilton)

Written By: Justin Richards, Jonathan Morris, Nick Wallace
Directed By: Ken Bentley and Lisa Bowerman

Producer: David Richardson
Script Editor: Matt Fitton
Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

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REVIEW – SIGNS AND WONDERS

signs-and-wonders_cover_largeTen years is a very long time, in fact, it’s a really long time. Thinking back to how things were ten years ago, no smartphones, no tablets, music still mainly CD, Tony Blair was Prime Minister. A lot has changed in the intervening decade. We have been through a recession, had the first coalition government and the way people watch television has changed beyond all recognition due to PVR’s and online viewing. Big changes, little changes but all now part of daily life.

Ten years ago, Doctor Who was back in production, Eccleston and Piper in the lead roles and Russell T Davies at the helm, did they ever dream that their daring and brave reboot would now be a staple of Saturday night viewing and would last so long? Ten years later we are four new Doctor’s down the line and the show is as popular as ever. Why am I obsessing about ten years, the decade from 2004 to 2014? Despite all these changes, Big Finish have been a constant, and in 2004 they introduced a character called Thomas Hector Schofield. His story has been ten years in the making and in the latest story from Big Finish – Signs and Wonders it comes to an end.

I know, I know, “spoilers” but I feel they are justified, like Rose Tyler saying “this is the story of how I died”. I won’t tell you how it ends, but it’s really worth the effort, the pay-off is wonderful.

So, Signs and Wonders. Not for the faint hearted, it has ten years worth of continuity and what you get out of it depends on how much you have invested in the “Hex arc”.

Potted history (spoiler-phobes may wish to skip) Thomas Hector Schofield played by Philip Olivier was a nurse working in St. Garts Hospital London, he meets Ace and the Doctor during a Cyberman Incursion and joins the TARDIS, through many adventures Hex is the compassionate corner of the Ace, Doctor, Hex triangle, he meets his hero Florence Nightingale and just wants to help people. Turns out Hex and the Doctor are being manipulated, Hex is actually Waylan’s shield, a weapon created by Elder God Waylan in his battle against Fenric. Hex is killed but on a trip to Liverpool where Ace makes the Doctor apologise to Hex’s Nan for putting him in danger, they meet Thomas Hector Thomas, a local villain who is the image of Hex – also played by Philip Olivier – it turns out he IS Hex with his memories stripped out, he joins the TARDIS and Ace vows to get his memories back. Which brings us once again to Liverpool…

Hector wants to go home, but in Liverpool is a man, a charlatan to many, a messiah to others called Rufus Stone prophesying the end of the world. Everyone is having bad dreams foreseeing their death – Rufus Stone is telling everyone that the North of England is the chosen land, miracles happen at his command, signs and wonders to awe his followers but are they being duped, and is he?

It’s very apocalyptic, think RTD’s The Second Coming, real Old Testament end of the world stuff and it really is my sort of Who – I like the contemporary setting, the familiarity of the location, the real characters, grounding it in reality makes the threat all the more real to me. Jessica Martin is great as Vicar Janet Green and Amy Pemberton makes a welcome return as Sally Morgan who has been living with Hex’s Nan Hilda until Hilda died and now wants to rejoin her army unit.

A truly epic story tying up threads woven over ten years and like all the best TV shows that are losing a beloved and long term character, the actual plot ends about ten minutes before the episode does. What a lovely ending Hex is given – up there with Jo Grant, Sarah Jane and Rose Tyler, worth the price of the CD for this scene alone, and then we have the Doctor and Ace musing on their own mortality, because all the Doctor got in his dream was Puccini…

So there you have it, Hex’s story done and dusted, a story ten years in the making with laughs and many many tears along the way. Is the story perfect? No, but it’s quite close. Maybe a bit too long, maybe just a little confusing in the resolution but well worth the entry fee a wonderful epic emotional roller coaster ride and a fitting ending for one of the most human and long term companions.

I sign off on Signs and Wonders at an epic 9/10.

SYNOPSIS:

The end of the world is nigh. That’s what everybody is seeing in their nightmares. That’s why they are congregating in Liverpool for the party to end all parties, hosted by Rufus Stone, a celebrity turned doomsday prophet. He claims he’s the only one who can save them when the day of judgement comes. Because he’s on the side of the angels.

The Doctor, Ace and Hector arrive to find the city in the grip of apocalypse fever. There are lights in the sky, earthquakes and power cuts. The Doctor is determined to investigate, while Ace is more concerned about finding a way of restoring Hector’s lost memories.

Meanwhile, in the river Mersey, hideous, slug-like creatures are stirring…

CAST:

Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Philip Olivier (Hex), Jessica Martin (Reverend Janet Green), Warren Brown (Rufus Stone/To’Koth), Jemma Churchill (Praska), Rory Keenan (Captain Gormley)

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KILL THE MOON PREVIEW CLIP

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KILL THE MOON TRAILER

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