Author Archives: Ed Watkinson

REVIEW – KINGDOM OF LIES

This story is many things – its a farce, its a Shakespearian pastiche, its a satire on the Royal Family, its a comedy painted in broad strokes, its a story of hidden nuances and it is also rather entertaining. It … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE FOURTH DOCTOR SERIES 07 VOLUME 01

A new year and a new way of dong things for the Fourth Doctor Adventures at Big Finish – perhaps inspired by the “box set” and “binge watching”  craze brought on by Netflix (guilty as charged all of Stranger Things 2 … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE FIRST DOCTOR ADVENTURES VOLUME 01

Is it 2018 already? wow 2017 just sped by didn’t it and one of the last releases of 2017 becomes my first review of 2018 the much anticipated releases of The First Doctor Adventures Volume 1. Now then, if you don’t know … Continue reading

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REVIEW – O TANNENBAUM

The second story to pop into my inbox to review is O Tannenbaum  a William Hartnell offering from Big Finishes short story range and is a short story based on Trees with a little nod to Varga Plants and an oblique … Continue reading

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REVIEW – STATIC

I think this one deserves a musical interlude to set the scene – give this a listen as it really complements the atmosphere of Static: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulwVN4LkgaI Go out on a high and leave them wanting more is a good philosophy … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE WRECK OF THE WORLD

I recently was able to review some of the Big Finish output for Planet Mondas, and it was an honour to do so. I have not reviewed anything before so please bear with me. I hope to give a fair … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE MORTON LEGACY

Thats twice now in this series I have thought the thought “Hartnellesque”, which is odd as the Troughton and Hartnell era’s were completely different beasts. But this release along with The Night Witches (review HERE) have a distinctly “first Doctor” … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE MIDDLE

I really like this one, it feels like a Doctor Who story should feel (if that is a thing) has a definite beginning, middle and end with very natural feeling cliffhangers (the ending of part one is a particular treat) … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE INGENIOUS GENTLEMAN ADRIC OF ALZARIUS

Imagine if you will that this story is two things and they both concern Adric, or to give him his title in this story “The Ingenious Gentleman Adric of Alzarius”. The first thing this story is is a prism, a … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE TIME WAR SERIES 01

To call this box set “highly anticipated” would be rather an understatement. The Time War has underpinned Doctor Who since its return in 2005 – it has been the driving force behind the series and was the focal point of … Continue reading

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REVIEW – TORCHWOOD: ALIENS AMONG US VOLUME 02

Those of you who have not heard volume one may wish to catch up – its available to buy HERE and my review is HERE, because this is a continuing story a real season five and what self respecting fan … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE OUTLIERS

Well now, nobody did a base under siege story quite like they did in the Troughton era did they? Oh yes, there were bases under siege before and there have been many a base under many a siege afterwards – … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE BEHEMOTH

Well, sometimes things just work. A load of disparate ideas and situations come together and a sort of alchemy takes place. The Behemoth is one of those rare things. It contains the following elements:  1 Bath in 1786 2 Old … Continue reading

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REVIEW – ALL HANDS ON DECK

Comedy and tragedy are two sides of the same coin as The Seventh Doctor once said in The Happiness Patrol. And its true they are, no truer than this story because when the laughter stops the tragedy begins and we … Continue reading

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REVIEW – A HEART ON BOTH SIDES

It is coming. Or it has already happened. Or it is happening now everywhere and every-when The Time War has haunted Doctor Who since it came back in 2005, and soon – very soon we get to experience it first … Continue reading

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REVIEW – BERNICE SUMMERFIELD: TRUE STORIES

Big Finish, with these Bernice Summerfield releases you are spoiling us!  Well they are. Not one but two releases featuring the universes premier archaeologist and alcohol consumer  within a month, I never get tired of listening to the adventures of … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE NEW ADVENTURES OF BERNICE SUMMERFIELD VOL 4: RULER OF THE UNIVERSE

Indulge me if you will, before I review this at times exhilarating  at times downbeat, at times frustrating and at times utterly wonderful box set while I start with a musical interlude dedicated to the one and only, the greatest companion … Continue reading

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REVIEW – TIME IN OFFICE

This is a bit of an odd one, and do you know I really cannot decide if it is odd good or odd bad or just plain odd, its a puzzler. First of all the tone – the Davison era … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE NIGHT WITCHES

Long time readers may remember that I lament the loss of the “pure historical” – and while I enjoy the pseudo historical and celebrity historical nothing really matches the drama of the pure historical from the first couple of Hartnell … Continue reading

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REVIEW – THE THIEF WHO STOLE TIME

When we left Romana (Lalla Ward) last month she was abandoned on the surface of the planet Funderell, abandoned by her erstwhile classmate Sartia (Joannah Tinsey) and left to die. It was the shock at the end of a rather … Continue reading

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