Author Archives: Ed Watkinson

REVIEW – THE ETERNAL BATTLE

How do you reconcile the different phases of the Tom Baker era. For me it goes something like this – dour, fun, cold (Hinchcliffe, Williams, JNT) but there really is more to it than that. Tom was laugh out loud … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE CONTINGENCY CLUB

 Doctor Who just seems to “fit” in to Victorian London – not the real Victorian London of Dickens or anything as grim as that, but the mythological steampunk retro Victorian London of comic books and pulp wiring. The London of … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE WORLD BEYOND THE TREES

This is a very odd story, made even odder if you are not familiar with the Short Trip story “Damascus” (review HERE). Set in the mid 1970′s this involves Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker) at a bit of a loose end … Continue reading

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REVIEW – PATHFINDER LEGENDS 3.1 – CURSE OF THE CRIMSON THRONE: EDGE OF ANARCHY

This is a bit of a departure for me – its the first time I have listened to a Pathfinder Legends release and therefore it is the first time that I have reviewed one. And coming in at season three … Continue reading

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REVIEW – GRACELESS IV

I don’t even know where to begin, for once my (admittedly)  flowery and verbose style is at a loss because how do you begin to review a Graceless box set? Really how? Because Graceless is a rare and beautiful thing … Continue reading

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REVIEW – TORCHWOOD ONE: BEFORE THE FALL

What really did go on at Torchwood One before the battle of Canary Wharf? Was Yvonne Hartman a good boss, did Ianto Jones make excellent coffee before his time in Cardiff and how did the staff put up with the … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE BEAST OF KRAVENOS

Where do I start with this one? It has all the makings of a bit of a classic. Lets look at the evidence – It has one of my favourite classic era Doctor/Companion combinations in Tom & Lalla, it features … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE STAR MEN

And so we begin another year of main range releases, what will 2017 bring us? and can it match the very high standard of 2016? To quote Tom Baker “who knows?” Well, Big Finish probably do but for now the … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE AVENGERS: THE LOST EPISODES (VOLUME 7)

And so it ends. This is the very last box set of “Lost Episodes” as every single one of the missing episodes of Season One of The Avengers have been lovingly recreated by Big Finish, and bring the run an … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE DIARY OF RIVER SONG VOLUME 2

Two words to begin this review. Can you guess what they are? What other words are appropriate  to welcome back her of the magnificent hair apart from “Hello Sweetie”: Right, I got that out of my system, thanks for bearing … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE NEW COUNTER MEASURES SERIES 01

And they are back! After the “pilot” episode earlier this year “Who Killed Toby Kinsella?” (review HERE)  the Counter Measures team are back together for a series of off beat espionage adventures, but this time in glorious 16mm film with  … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE HESITATION DEVIATION

What is it with The Doctor & Christmas? as far back as 1965 he was getting it wrong all Z-Cars & Keystone Cops style and in more modern times he has fought off invasions and even succumbed to a regeneration … Continue reading

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REVIEW – COLD FUSION

Why don’t I remember this one so well? I read the novel in the 1990′s and have vague recollections of Five meeting Roz Forrester at a railway station, but apart from that zero, zilch, nothing. Which in a way is … Continue reading

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REVIEW – ORIGINAL SIN

And we are back in the 1990′s.Not the barren decade that some would have you believe, but a melting pot of creativity, thinking the unthinkable, writing the unfilmable and paving the way for the 2005 Doctor Who renaissance. Yes indeed … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE SONTARANS

I really hope I don’t come over all “Mary Whitehouse” in this review, because that is not who I am at all. Violence has its place in stories, it really does – I never understood her problem with the Hinchcliffe … Continue reading

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REVIEW – QUICKSILVER

Parting is such sweet sorrow as a wordsmith much greater than I could ever dream of being once wrote – and this story begins with an ending. Of sorts. Ladies and gentlemen we are at the finale of the 2016 … Continue reading

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REVIEW – ABSOLUTE POWER

You sort of know where you are with Colin Baker releases – dependable, classy and following a certain formula. As Meat Loaf once sang “two out of three aint bad” as yes this release is dependable, yes it most definitely … Continue reading

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REVIEW – DARK SHADOWS: HAUNTING MEMORIES

In this 50th anniversary year of Dark Shadows we have been treated to a 50th anniversary special and tow short story anthologies, the second of these is “Haunting Memories” and it is what I will be talking about shortly.  If … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE

As the old poem goes “Yesterday, upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there.He wasn’t there again today,I wish, I wish he’d go away…” It conjures images of a creepy supernatural story, probably reinforced by memories of Sapphire … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE AVENGERS: STEED & MRS PEEL VOL 2

In an England that never really existed is a retirement home, and in that retirement home is a man – an old debonair man with a twinkle in his eye and a carnation in his lapel – this is where … Continue reading

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