Author Archives: Ed Watkinson

REVIEW – SPARE PARTS (LIMITED EDITION VINYL)

There has never been a Doctor Who story quite like this, not before, not since. And it is very easy to see why it is a firm fan favourite and by extension a candidate for a very special Vinyl release … Continue reading

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REVIEW – DETHRAS

After 42 years of being a fan of Doctor Who I can still be caught unawares by a story, and this months Fourth Doctor story  ”Dethras” is proof positive of that. On the surface of it Dethras is not a … Continue reading

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REVIEW – TORCHWOOD: THE DOLLHOUSE

Question: Can I write this review without mentioning 1970’s camp cop show Charlie’s Angels? Answer: seeing as I just have the answer is a great big NO Because The Dollhouse wears its influences not only on its sleeve, but has … Continue reading

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REVIEW – ALIEN HEART/DALEK SOUL

This is release number 224 in the main range. Let that sink in. a whole 224 stories released since 1999 – more than the entire run of the “classic” series plus all of the New series up to The Doctor … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE HELM OF AWE

Tom Baker did and still does dominate Doctor Who, his seven year tenure casting a long shadow both forwards and backwards in time, Tom is the yardstick by which all other Doctor’s past or future seem to be judged and … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE JAGO & LITEFOOT REVIVAL ACT TWO

Ladies and Gentlemen, the interval is nearly over – please finish your Port and Cake and any other refreshment you have decided to partake in, our esteemed speakers Professor George Litefoot & Mr Henry Gordon Jago are about to retake … Continue reading

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REVIEW – PATHFINDER LEGENDS – CURSE OF THE CRIMSON THRONE – ESCAPE FROM OLD KORVOSA

After the events of last months instalment, the disease that was rampaging through Korvosa and the revelation that it was the Queen that was behind it all, you would think that our heroes Valeros (Stewart Alexander), Ezren (Trevor Littledale), Harsk … Continue reading

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REVIEW – CHARLOTTE POLLARD SERIES TWO

Its been a bit of a long old wait between Series One and Series Two and getting a resolution to the cliffhanger. And we do and if you were expecting a few more “jolly hockey sticks”  middle class adventures then … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE JAGO & LITEFOOT REVIVAL ACT ONE

As the old saying goes “you can never have too much of a good thing” and Big Finish seem to understand that because when the “good thing” in question are the adventures of Mr Henry Gordon Jago & Professor George … Continue reading

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REVIEW – ZALTYS

Weren’t the junkings of the season 19 stories an act of cultural vandalism, yes we still have Kinda & Earthshock but we also have Time Flight whilst classics like Zaltys remain only in audio form. Whats he on about? you … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE SILENT SCREAM

Don’t be fooled by the morose face Tom has on the cover or the Season 18 theme music. Yes this may be dressed up as a season 18 story, but apart from the window dressing this is a pure season … Continue reading

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REVIEW – TORCHWOOD: VISITING HOURS

Mum’s and their sons eh? An unbreakable bond, a fierce devotion, a force of nature that woe betide anyone tries to come between no matter who or what they are. And that is what this month’s Torchwood release – Visiting … Continue reading

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REVIEW – DOOM COALITION 4

Lets start by stating what this is NOT. This is not for the faint hearted or indeed for those who have not heard Doom Coalition’s one through three as there is an awful lot of back story there and Doom … Continue reading

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REVIEW – CICERO

I do like a good whodunnit (not the Pertwee TV show from the mid 1970’s) but a bit of Agatha Christie or Midsomer Murders or Jonathan Creek or at the moment Death In Paradise. I really enjoy trying to solve … Continue reading

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REVIEW – GARDENERS’ WORLDS

The Pertwee era was known for its straight up, no nonsense action adventures, with very little of the weirdness and whimsy that had perforated the eras of Messers Hartnell & Troughton. But this months Short Trips story does something rather … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE WAR DOCTOR VOLUME 04: CASUALTIES OF WAR

I cannot start this review without paying tribute to the late and very much missed Sir John Hurt – I will try to keep it short as pretty much everything meaningful has already been said. Sir John was truly a … Continue reading

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REVIEW – PATHFINDER LEGENDS – CURSE OF THE CRIMSON THRONE – SEVEN DAYS TO THE GRAVE

When something inspires you to relive old hobbies and to foist them on to your family you know that you have a winner. Because thats just what listening to last months Pathfinder Legends release has done – it has rekindled … Continue reading

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REVIEW – DARK SHADOWS: PHANTOM MELODIES

It is always a joy to go back to Collinsport, to drink in the permanent autumnal, twilight atmosphere and enter the lives of the people who live there. I only discovered Dark Shadows last year but have been completely mesmerised … Continue reading

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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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