THE COMPLETE DOCTOR WHO EXTRA SERIES ONE

DEEP BREATH – DOCTOR WHO EXTRA: SERIES 1 EPISODE 1

INTO THE DALEK – DOCTOR WHO EXTRA: SERIES 1 EPISODE 2

ROBOT OF SHERWOOD – DOCTOR WHO EXTRA: SERIES 1 EPISODE 3

LISTEN – DOCTOR WHO EXTRA: SERIES 1 EPISODE 4

TIME HEIST – DOCTOR WHO EXTRA: SERIES 1 EPISODE 5

THE CARETAKER – DOCTOR WHO EXTRA: SERIES 1 EPISODE 6

KILL THE MOON – DOCTOR WHO EXTRA: SERIES 1 EPISODE 7

MUMMY ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS – DOCTOR WHO EXTRA: SERIES 1 EPISODE 8

FLATLINE – DOCTOR WHO EXTRA: SERIES 1 EPISODE 9

IN THE FOREST OF THE NIGHT – DOCTOR WHO EXTRA: SERIES 1 EPISODE 10

DARK WATER – DOCTOR WHO EXTRA: SERIES 1 EPISODE 11

DEATH IN HEAVEN – DOCTOR WHO EXTRA: SERIES 1 EPISODE 12

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REVIEW – THE WIDOW’S ASSASSIN

20140704143246the-widows_assassin_cover_largeCast your minds back to 4th October 1986, it’s one of those days I remember very well. Doctor Who was back after it’s 18 month hiatus, and Trial of a Timelord was in full swing. 4th October 1986 was the date of the broadcast of Episode Five, or if you like Episode One of Mindwarp.

It was a warm early Autumn day, and what makes it so memorable was the continuity announcement before the story. I was upstairs in my Grandfather’s house, watching on a black and white portable TV and the continuity announcer said something like “Now the return of an old enemy for Doctor Who”.  Now remember, in 1986 we had no internet, fanzines were beyond me, and I didn’t subscribe to Doctor Who Magazine, so this announcement fired my imagination and became the one I really remember. For those brief few minutes, the possibilities were endless – old enemy meant, Daleks, Sontarans, Cybermen! Or in this case, as my disappointed 14 year old self found out a few minutes later, old enemy meant Sil and the Mentors. These weren’t an old enemy, they had only been introduced the previous season! I was cross, very cross indeed, but over the next few weeks I was enthralled by episodes 5-8 or Mindwarp. It was a deliciously macabre dark story with a cataclysmic ending and to top it all it starred SIR BRIAN BLESSED. The confused ending left me confused at the time, but it was a fabulous exit for Peri, a real blaze of glory, until it was revealed she had actually been rescued by King Yrcarnos and yes, Peri was going to marry SIR BRIAN BLESSED and become a warrior queen of the Krontep.

Hmmm.

That makes no sense at all, and this months main range story from Big Finish “The Widow’s Assassin” carries on Peri’s story. For those who have not seen Trial of a Timelord, go and watch it now…

Are you back? Then I will begin.

This months story could be renamed “What Peri Did Next”. The story is beautifully framed as a fairy story – we meet up with Peri on her wedding day on the home-world of the Krontep. The Doctor turns up for the wedding, is given short shrift by Peri and is incarcerated in the dungeons.

Turns out that the Doctor has been feeling lonely since his companion Flip left him and he wanted to find Peri to ease his guilt at leaving her on Thoros Beta. The Peri he finds is much changed, cold, aloof, hurt and betrayed by being left behind. The world building is superb a sort of Gilliam/Pratchet/Pythonesque world with larger than life caricatures all giving a turn rather than going for realism, it stays just the right side of camp and is very much in keeping with the overall tone.

The story itself is a murder mystery which uses two very overused tropes, time travel and mind-scapes. I groaned when yet another virtual world was conjured up, but was completely wrong-footed, because this mind-scape actually gives a wonderful amount of character development for the Doctor.  The “lonely little boy” touched on in The Girl In the Fireplace is referenced again here, but this lonely little boy is The Doctor, and how he dealt with his loneliness is central to the story and to its resolution.

The supporting cast are again very Gilliamesque  – the first and second guards are actually called Guard One and Guard Two and their boss has been gene spliced with a sheep! It’s funny, but it’s also tragic and grotesque, imagine a Jabberwocky sort of look and you get the idea

So a great reunion of Ol’ Sixie and Peri – will there be more adventures for them? Spoilers sweetie, I am afraid… Suffice to say this was a joy to listen to, camp, silly, horrific, exciting, sad and moving – everything you could want from a Doctor Who story.

Highly recommended – a bit of a classic, really – and a well deserved 9/10.

Written by Ed Watkinson

SYNOPSIS:

Once, long ago, in a land of monsters and corridors, a fair maiden was captured, and placed in a deep sleep.

She was used to being captured, and she had a hero who rescued her on just such occasions. But this time the hero never came.

And the fair maiden slept on.

Eventually, a King rescued the maiden, and made her his bride, which many wise old women might tell you is just another way of capturing fair maidens.

And still the fair maiden slept on.

Then, the hero had another stab at rescuing the maiden from her prison, but he was too late. And, more importantly, he had forgotten the rules of fairy tales.

He didn’t slay the dragon.

CAST:

Colin Baker (The Doctor), Nicola Bryant (Peri), Tim Chipping (Constable Wolsey/Mandrake), John Banks (Baron Pteratrark/Guard Two), Andrew Dickens (Reverand Flitamus/Guard One), Fiona Sheehan (Princess Dirani), Glynn Sweet (Harcross The Ever-Patient/Pheen-Tu/Flunkey)

Written By: Nev Fountain
Directed By: Ken Bentley

(Anyone purchasing this story from the Big Finish site will be able to download the original Extras track on MP3, which is 8 minutes longer than the version on the CD which had to be cut down just to fit onto the disc)

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REVIEW – THE BOUNTY OF CERES

the_bounty_of_ceres_cover_largeIt’s not often I get wrong-footed by a TV show… having said that, here is a list of times I have been wrong-footed by them in the past:
Jonathan Creek – Satan’s Chimney, fooled me not once, but twice.
Doctor Who – Dark Water, didn’t see the Missy reveal coming.
Twin Peaks – got Laura Palmer’s killer completely wrong.
I solved Broadchurch, sussed out the ending of Breaking Bad, wasn’t Lost with Lost, but I digress…

This months Early Adventures story completely wrong-footed me, the wrong-footing was so complete that I didn’t even realise I was about to be wrong-footed – but stay with me as this is not the whole story.

The story begins with The Doctor making repairs to the TARDIS using the Monk’s directional unit. Things don’t go to well and soon The Doctor, Vicki and Steven are locked out of the TARDIS and in a sort of moonbase. It’s very very “Hartnell”, it’s slow, suspenseful and full of atmosphere.  We know what the characters know as they explore their surroundings and slowly, very slowly, the plot unfolds.

The pace is slow, almost sedate, and it takes two episodes for anything of note to actually happen. We find out our heroes are in a base on the Moon Ceres in an asteroid belt, a small crew is in charge of mining but not much else, then it all kicks off. Service robots go mad, a malign voice talks to the Doctor and one of the crew and the planet it seems is coming alive and seeking revenge for the pain that the mining has caused it.

Episodes Three and Four see the pace step up as the protagonists fight for their lives against the service robots and the dwindling air supply.  Then the rug is pulled out from under the listeners feet and the story you thought you were listening to isn’t quite that, it’s actually a lot nastier, contrived and spiteful.

Peter Purves is fabulous as Steven and his Hartnell voice is suprisingly good. Maureen O’Brien reprises Vicki with ease and the guest cast, especially Julia Hills as Qureshi, give great well-rounded and believable performances.  They are not heroes, just people at work having a very very bad day.

As I said before it is very slow to start, perhaps it would have been a better three-part story, and the almost cliche of a sentient planet is almost a cliche but any more would be spoilering.

So whilst definitely a bounty, the Bounty of Ceres is more of a Milk Chocolate Bounty than a Dark Chocolate bounty, and as such gets 7/10.

Written by Ed Watkinson

SYNOPSIS:

Ceres. A tiny, unforgiving ball of ice and rock hanging between Mars and Jupiter.  It’s no place to live, and it takes a special kind of person to work there.

The crew of the Cobalt Corporation mining base know exactly how deadly the world outside their complex is, but the danger isn’t just outside anymore. The systems they rely on to keep them safe are failing and the planet is breaking in.

When the TARDIS strands Steven, Vicki and the Doctor on the base, they have to fight a foe they can barely comprehend to survive.

CAST:

Maureen O’Brien (Vicki/Narrator), Peter Purves (Steven/Narrator), Richard Hope (Moreland), Julia Hills (Qureshi), Peter Forbes (Thorn)

Written By: Ian Potter
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman

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REVIEW – MASTERS OF EARTH

193_masters_of_earth_cover_largePost Apocalyptic dramas seem to be all the rage at the moment, from The Walking Dead to The Hunger Games to World War Z, to The Last of Us to Big Finish’s own superb reboot of Survivors. What is it that fascinates us about looking into a cracked mirror version of our own world where society has broken down? Of disparate bands of rag-tag survivors eking out a living against terrible odds? Putting ourselves into this situation what would we do to survive if we had to? Are we the good people we like to think we are if the rules of society no longer apply?

Back in 1964 Doctor Who touched on this area with The Dalek Invasion of Earth, we came in to the story at the end, Episode One aptly titled “World’s End” set in 2164, the Daleks had already conquered the Rarth and occupied the planet for 10 years. It was a bleak world of rebels, quislings, black marketeers and Daleks. The Doctor of course saves the day and sets the Earth back on to a course of freedom and hope.

This month’s main range release from Big Finish is set during The Dalek Invasion of Earth, in 2163, one year before the Daleks are defeated.

The Sixth Doctor and Peri arrive in the highlands of Scotland, and are soon split up as Peri is selected for forced labour in a Dalek oil refinery. What follows is three episodes of capture, escape, peril, and twists and turns as the Doctor, Peri and new friends Ross, Alan and Moira Brody, try to get to Orkney and a mythical resistance group. There are problems though, first The Doctor cannot risk interfering with events as this may undo the fragile web of time, and Moira Brody is a figure in history that the Doctor knows of as an inspirational resistance leader, so she needs to survive.

The first three episodes have it all, like a desperate road movie being thwarted by roadblocks, Dalek Patrols, Robomen, Varga plants, and a marine version of the Slyther. The peril and horror content mixed with the desperation of the protagonists is made even more dire when Peri is scratched and infected by a Varga plant. It’s gripping stuff, it really is, until episode four happens.

I was completely caught up in the race against time and desperate escape from the Daleks that when Episode Four happens and a characters motivations are revealed (spoilers I will say no more), I felt a bit let down by the resolution.  It just seemed do at odds with the first three episodes that it could have been from a different story, which is a shame as the first three episodes are so good. There is an interesting glimpse into how far the Doctor will go to protect the Web of Time, made more chilling by Colin Baker’s matter of fact delivery.

Can I just mention Colin for a moment, Ol’ Sixie is just superb here. Colin is incapable of playing the Doctor badly and still after all these years he is finding more layers to the Sixth Doctor’s personality – bluster tinged with pathos sums him up here, but also does him no justice at all. Great to see the old team of Peri and Six back together again they have such a history and are a great combination.

What could have been a classic, for me falls at the last hurdle, but the set up episodes are just superb, so I award this a not quite masterful, but still extremely passable 7/10.

Written by Ed Watkinson

SYNOPSIS:

The year is 2163. Ten years since the Daleks invaded the Earth. One year until the Doctor, in his first incarnation, will help bring the occupation to an end. But for now, their reign of terror goes on.

The TARDIS brings the Doctor and Peri to Scotland – enslaved, like everywhere else on the planet. But there are rumours of Dalek-free islands off its coast. Places where resistors and refuseniks are coming together, gathering arms and armour, preparing to strike back against the enemy.

When the Doctor falls in with an unlikely group of freedom fighters making that dangerous journey to Orkney, he finds himself trapped – but not only by the Daleks, their robotised henchmen and their human collaborators.

By history.

Because history shows that for another year, resistance is useless…

The rebellion must fail – and as a Time Lord, the Doctor can do nothing to help.

CAST:

Colin Baker (The Doctor), Nicola Bryant (Peri), Tracy Wiles (Moira Brody), Brian McCardie (Alan Weir), Sean Biggerstaff (Ross Nicolson), Hugh Ross (Kyle Inskip), Damian Lynch (Curbishly), Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks/Roboman)

Written By: Mark Wright and Cavan Scott
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs

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PETER CAPALDI DECLINED AN AUDITION FOR THE 1996 TVM

At a special event in London to launch the Series 8 DVD/Blu-Ray, Peter Capaldi surprised fans – and Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat! – when he revealed that he turned down an audition to play the Doctor in the 1996 TV Movie – a role that ultimately went to Paul McGann.

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CHILDREN IN NEED – EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF THE DOCTOR WHO CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

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DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #480

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MICHELLE GOMEZ REVEALS THAT THE MASTER WILL RETURN – IN DWM 480!

Michelle Gomez, who plays the latest incarnation of that galactic jackanapes the Master, speaks to Doctor Who Magazine about her evil role…

“Everything about making the Master the Mistress kind of ups the ante,” says Michelle. “It makes everything that little bit more dangerous. It blows open this Pandora’s box.” Michelle probably can’t reveal whether or not she’ll be back as Missy next year, but DWM asks her anyway, apropos of nothing.
“Yes,” replies Michelle.
Now, that was surprising!
“‘Yes’ is my answer. I’ll be back. Can I say that? Am I allowed? If not… well, I guess we’ll have to see how she’s received…”

The full interview with Michelle Gomez appears inside DWM 480.

ALSO INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

  • DWM interviews Douglas Mackinnon, the director of Listen, Time Heist and Flatline.
  • Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions in his exclusive column.
  • DWM investigates the question: ‘Is the Doctor a good man?’
  • Toby Hadoke pays tribute to the late Lynda Bellingham, the actress who played the Inquistitor in 1986′s The Trial of a Time Lord.
  • Siobhan Redmond, the new Rani, talks exclusively to DWM about her first audio story.
  • The Doctor and Clara’s comic strip adventures continue in The Eye of Torment written by Scott Gray, with art by Martin Geraghty.
  • The Fact of Fiction investigates the classic 2005 Ninth Doctor adventure The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances.
  • The Time Team comments on the blockbuster 2008 Tenth Doctor episode Journey’s End.
  • Jacqueline Rayner has to stay up late for her Doctor’s appointment in Relative Dimensions.
  • The DWM Review examines Flatline and In the Forest of the Night.
  • The Watcher looks at subtitle howlers in Wotcha!
  • The DWM crossword, prize-winning competitions and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 480 is on sale from Thursday 13 November 2014, priced £4.99.

Thanks to Tom Spilsbury

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CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2014 TRAILER

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DEATH IN HEAVEN – PREVIEW CLIP: A REVELATION

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THE ESSENTIAL DOCTOR WHO: ALIEN WORLDS

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THE ESSENTIAL DOCTOR WHO: ALIEN WORLDS

Issue 3 of The Essential Doctor Who is a lavish 116 page guided tour of some of the numerous planets visited by the Doctor. The tour begins at Alfava Metraxis and ends at Zolfa-Thura, taking in some of the best known worlds visited by the Time Lord along with some of the lesser known ones.

Alien Worlds features an introduction by Toby Hadoke, a feature by the Public Astronomer Dr Marek Kukula, an article by Mark Wright on the history of the Doctor Who production design and an interview with the writers and editors of Doctor Who Magazine’s comic strip. Other highlights include maps of Marinus, Dulkis and Spiridon by illustrator Paul Smith.

Editor Marcus Hearn, said:

Alien Worlds is a departure from the style of earlier issues.  The encyclopaedic format has enabled us to cover everything from 1963 to 2014, and to harmonise the sometimes complicated histories of worlds such as Skaro, Trenzalore and the Moon. We’ve packed in a huge amount of information, but designer Peri Godbold has ensured that each page looks beautiful.

The Essential Doctor Who: Alien Worlds is out now!

Thanks to Marcus Hearn

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DEATH IN HEAVEN TRAILER

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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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