Showing posts with label audio adventure. Show all posts
Showing posts with label audio adventure. Show all posts

Friday, July 25, 2014

AUDIO REVIEW: The Abandoned

The Abandoned
by Nigel Fairs and Louise Jameson

Starring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson

Out Now


The Point of Stillness. A place the Time Lords are forbidden to go. Deep within the TARDIS, something unusual is happening. One of the ship's oldest secrets is about to be revealed, someone long-forgotten is ready to reappear.

This is a particularly fantastic story and certainly the highlight of the largely consistent third season of Fourth Doctor adventures. Massive kudos to Louise Jameson and co-writer Nigel Fairs for a memorable outing. We know that it was the TARDIS that stole the Doctor; we know Clara recommended that The Doctor take the particular one he did; and, thanks to Big Finish, we even know who was fixing the ship when it was stolen; but to whom did the TARDIS actually, originally belong? That question is answered in this wonderful and imaginative adventure.

Not only is this long unanswered question resolved, but there are also some particularly inspired ideas on offer. Without giving too much away Jameson and Fairs have personified imagination as embodied characters. This fantastic innovation reminds one of wonderfully well developed concept stories featuring the Mara from the Peter Davison era.

I would be very interested to see how much of the writing was handled by Louise and how much by Nigel. From the interviews included with the release it certainly seems the ideas were Jameson’s and and the pair equally shared the writing of the piece.

Stephanie Cole, a co-star of Jameson's in the memorable BBC series Tenko, is fantastic as Marianna, and the assembled Mandi Symonds, Andy Snowball and co-writer Nigel Fairs himself make an excellent ensemble. Both Tom Baker and Louise seem very invested in this adventure and are really buzzing as a team.

This one comes very highly recommended. Louise Jameson co-wrote it, it adds a great new part of the Who mythology and it has some very out of the box thinking and ideas. Please do give it a listen.

BLOGTOR RATING 9/10
Thanks to Big Finish

Sunday, May 18, 2014

AUDIO REVIEW: Last of The Colophon


Last of The Colophon
by Jonathan Morris

Starring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson

Out Now


The crew of the Oligarch survey ship and the Doctor and Leela all arrive on the dead planet Colophos. But is it really as dead as it appears? It’s not long before the visitors receive a communication from within in a ruined structure, a message from the last of the Colophon.

In a particular era, Doctor Who often turned to classic Universal horror characters for its influences, Jekyll and Hyde in Planet of Evil, Frankenstein’s Monster in The Brain of Morbius, the Mummy in Pyramids of Mars, etc... Jonathan Morris has tapped one of the unused creations, The Invisible Man, as the inspiration for this audio adventure.

Kudos is definitely deserved for the ideas that comprise this story, but these concepts don’t seem to fit particularly well together and aren't developed as fully as they could. It feels like a bit of a missed opportunity. The audio medium lends itself to an invisible enemy however audible dynamics aren’t used to their fullest. To top things off, and despite the fact that several characters don’t survive the adventure, there isn’t a strong enough feeling of suspense.

The guest voice work by Gareth Thomas (Blake from Blake’s Seven) as Morax and Jane Goddard as the robotic Nurse Torvik is first rate, but sadly not enough to inject a sense of stakes or danger in to this latest addition to the Fourth Doctor adventures. It’s not by any means a bad Doctor Who story, but it lacks a big enough hook to make it truly memorable.

BLOGTOR RATING 6/10
Thanks to Big Finish

Sunday, January 19, 2014

AUDIO REVIEW: Antidote To Oblivion


Antidote To Oblivion
by Philip Martin

Starring Colin Baker
Out now


Drawn by the distress call of a fellow Time Lord, the Sixth Doctor and Flip land in the now-disused underground of 24th Century London, or to be more precise, a future Britain now ruled over by sinister Concorpia. London is now an over-populated, ruined city where the locals are heavily drugged to avoid potential revolution. However, with mass unemployment and poverty being the norm and Concorpia struggling with a forever-expanding welfare budget they cannot afford, it's time to turn to the Universal Monetary Fund for help, forcing them to deal with a very familiar face from the past.

Phillip Martin, writer of Vengeance on Varos and Mindwarp, returns to Big Finish with his most infamous and iconic creation, Sil, in this dystopian tale designed to satirise current UK Coalition policies. Sil initiates an austerity drive that the writer here satirically imagines George Osborne and Ian Duncan Smith could only dream of – if they happened to have the immoral capitalist ethic of those from Thoros Beta, of course.

Martin paints some dark, if unoriginal ideas, attempting to use this tale to reflect on current political issues in the UK; however, with these ideas being handled in a very 'on-the-nose' manner and at times on case-by-case basis, you never quite feel that either the ideas behind the story, the themes presented or the morals played out ever quite mesh into a cohesively satisfying whole – each of the four parts have their own distinct tone and sub-plot, yet somehow they all fail to come together by the end.

As a result, the pace slows, particularly around Part Three, leaving the last installment with everything to fight for. Clearly designed to be a timely political satire, having set out this dark tone, Antidote To Oblivion ironically doesn't seem to want to go as far as it should, and seems to shy away from fully exploring the levels of evil that can exist in humanity.

For fans of Colin Baker's era, there are some surprising touches to enjoy – this becomes more of a emotional sequel to a certain TV story than you first realise; Nicholas Briggs gets the best out of his ensemble cast here, and the mood and music evokes the mid 1980s well, along with some fantastic use of sound design. Some great ideas, strong performances and nice touches to the show's past and knock-out performance by Nabil Shaban (very much stealing every single scene he's in) balance the lack of an overall story.

Oh, and there's the use of the very modern word “amazeballs” which is, against all the 1980s Colin Baker-era touches, just exactly that.

BLOGTOR RATING 7/10
Thanks to Big Finish

Friday, December 6, 2013

AUDIO REVIEW: Lords Of The Red Planet


Lords Of The Red Planet 
Starring Wendy Padbury and Frazer Hines

Out Now

Review by Gavin Dunbar

The Big Finish new "Lost Stories" volume, Lords Of The Red Planet, takes us back to the Second Doctor's era, with classic TARDIS crew Jamie and Zoe. Brian Hayles original story lines (two are wound together here in John Dorney's adaptation) of the story that was eventually replaced by Seeds Of Death.

The TARDIS lands on Mars at a time way before The Ice Warriors should exist, and The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe discover brutal genetic experiments taking place that are trying to create a new genetically pure race, which is the ultimate distillation of the Martian life forms. It is in essence, the "Genesis of the Ice Warriors", but the tone and flavour are very much set in the Sixties era of Doctor Who.

This is the first Second Doctor Lost Story I've heard, and was very impressed with Frazer Hines' Troughton impression. Frazer and Wendy Padbury are in fine form, and it's a bit of a family affair with Michael Troughton starring also, alongside Abigail Thaw, Charlie Hayes and Nicholas Briggs. It's a real achievement to re-create the feel of the late Sixties so well, and the cast here manage it in style, no surprise with such high pedigree of Classic Who actors involved.

BLOGTOR RATING 9/10
Thanks to Big Finish 

Friday, November 1, 2013

AUDIO REVIEW: The Light At The End (Limited Collector’s Edition)

The Light At The End
(Limited Collector’s Edition)
Starring Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy & Paul McGann and many more!

Written By Nick Briggs

Out Now


The Light At The End is a two-hour long audio adventure from Big Finish and has been released a month before the 50th Anniversary it was created to commemorate. It’s what is colloquially known as a "multi-Doctor" story and features every incarnation of The Doctor from before the programme returned to our screens in 2005. This review centres on the 10,000 piece Limited Collector’s Edition. [You can find the review of the "Standard Edition HERE.]

So, how does this Doctor-centric chapter measure up against its fellow multi-physician phases? The multi-Doctor story is a very specific one, and entirely unique. Some adore these stories, whilst other slate them as over-indulgent. The Light At The End walks a fine line but feels just a little too self aware of avoiding the themes and memes of the past. The problem here is that it is neither knowingly self referential nor contrastingly different enough to break the mould. It feels a little like the "Classic Series" Doctors take a holiday in the current series universe.

There are some wonderful performances, and the pairings of the Doctors were interesting; particularly Tom Baker and Paul McGann, who make a great duo. As always with these stories, the interplay between Doctors is what a large number of fans are most interested to witness.

The chosen companions - Louise Jameson, Sarah Sutton, Nicola Bryant, Sophie Aldred and India Fisher - also bring a lot to the table and there are masses of lovely little other cameos. Colin Baker stands out as the true hero of the story, which seems appropriate as he is often lauded as the best “audio Doctor”; a title with which I would not argue.

Geoffrey Beevers is on hand as the villain, the Master and, for fans of the Gallifrey series, Oliver Hume makes an appearance as C.I.A (Celestial Intervention Agency) agent, Straxus. The story is certainly an enjoyable ride, but misses a few notes and by only allowing the Doctors to unite for a few moments makes the listener feel slightly cheated.

The Making of The Light At The End
The Limited Collector’s Edition also includes a "making of" the 50th Anniversary audio adventure. It’s great to hear a little from each of the many actors on hand to commemorate the programme, and slightly disappointing to hear that a lot the pairings of the Doctors were down to scheduling. It’s interesting to hear about the background of how the story evolved to what we get to enjoy.

This Is Big Finish Documentary
One of the main boasts of the Limited Collector’s Edition is the seventy-minute This Is Big Finish documentary, for the seasoned listener there isn’t anything new on offer here, although for new listeners it’s fantastic to get a background for those coming to Big Finish audios for the first time. The one thing that really does come across, is how greatly everyone who works for Big Finish cares and loves what they do. And very much looking forward to the upcoming Philip Hinchcliffe series of dramas.

Companion Chronicles: The Revenants
The Limited Collector’s Edition also includes the Companion Chronicles release The Revenants, starring William Russell (pictured right) and Sharon Small. This story was originally released as a free download with Doctor Who Magazine issue 448 back in May 2012. As always, Russell is wonderful, but sadly the story doesn’t impress. It’s lovely to find out a little about what happened to Ian and Barbara after returning to earth butthe story is a little stilted and doesn’t move quickly enough to build much momentum.

The packaging for the Limited Collector’s Edition is beautiful. It gives a background to each Doctor and his relevant companion in the form of a Gallifreyan Celestial Intervention Agency incident report; featuring some tremendous original images and certainly makes a beautiful momento for the 50th anniversary.

The Limited Collector’s Edition comes highly recommended to new to Big Finish listeners and completists, but for the more seasoned listener the "Standard Edition" will probably suffice. The packaging is truly elegant, but the extra content doesn’t quite balance the price.

BLOGTOR RATING 7/10
Thanks to Big Finish


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Coming Soon: New Dalek Audios!

AudioGo have announced details of two new Doctor Who audio releases for November, both featuring the Daleks. One is an EXCLUSIVE new audio adventure and the other is a classic from the Seventies. Check out the details below.

PLEASE NOTE: Not final cover
The Sleepers in the Dust
This is a brand new audio exclusive story featuring the 11th Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the hit BBC One TV series. Written by Darren Jones, it features the return of the Nadurni, whom the Doctor first encountered in last year’s audio original The Eye of the Jungle. On an apparently lifeless world, the Doctor and his friends battle against plague. Will they find the cause - and the cure? Arthur Darvill reads this nail-biting original adventure

Available on CD (RRP: £9.25)/Download
Duration: 1 hour 16 minutes

Destiny of the Daleks
This full-cast TV adventure from 1979 stars Tom Baker as the Doctor alongside Lalla Ward as Romana, who also provides specially recorded linking narration. In a bonus interview Lalla recalls her time on Doctor Who, whilst additional PDF files contain colour scans of the original episode camera scripts.

Available on 2 CDs (RRP £13.25 )
or Download (£9.19)
Duration: 1 hour 59 minutes 

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Monday, July 16, 2012

REVIEW: The Nu-Humans

The Nu-Humans 
By Cavan Scott & Mark Wright
Read by Raquel Cassidy


 
Review by Andrea McGuire-Seery

A distant future where humans have populated swathes of the known Universe? A desolate, volcanic super Earth and, um, an 'alien' called Trevor? Check. Check. Check. OK, let's go!

The Nu-Humans is the latest audio adventure for The Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory from old Who hands, Cavan Scott and Mark Wright. This exclusive adventure sees The Doctor and The Ponds tip up on a mining colony on Hope Eternal - a super Earth with super heavy gravity where they're immediately faced with murder as they discover the blasted, dead body of an ape-like, purple-scaled creature.

The Doctor and the Ponds are swiftly captured by another, very much alive, flare gun-toting, purple-scaled creature who introduces himself as Trevor Reardon. Trevor, you say? Sounds a bit, well, human.

We soon find out that the creature is, in fact, a Nu-Human; a genetically altered human who was part of the mining colony on Hope Eternal ruled by Governor Claudia Mason, Trevor's elderly, but definitely not-so-sweet aunt.

The Nu-Humans is part action adventure, part morality tale and part Poirot (yeah, I said it - even Amy says so).  The action is portrayed rather terrifically, with nasty, sky beasties adding to the tension, but the heart and soul of the story is what humans, even Nu-Humans, are capable of.  As humans expand into new galaxies, do they adapt to their surroundings or make their surroundings adapt to them?  Are they the great, noble race of the Universe? Or are they the real monsters?

“Humans. So much promise, so much disappointment.”

But don’t take that as meaning this adventure – and it is an adventure – is all moral postulating. Oh, no.  Raquel Cassidy’s gorgeous reading brings fun and tension to the table as well as delicious malice in Governor Mason. The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People actress does a pretty spiffing job playing the Doctor and the Ponds and the script is so good that even Smith’s Doctor’s physical tics and idiosyncrasies are brought vividly to life. Wonderful stuff.

What is particularly good about The Nu-Humans is that it allows us to see how smart, clever, and how full of empathy, Rory and Amy can be.  Sure, it’s easy to be a Doctor smarty~pants when you been flying though time and space for 900 years, but to be able to get to the heart of something big and important when you’re a twenty-odd year old human from Leadworth?  Now that is impressive.
BLOGTOR RATING 8/10
Thanks to AudioGo
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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Exclusive audios out today!


Released on CD today are two exclusive audio adventures from AudioGO - Doctor Who: Day Of The Cockroach (read by Arthur Darvill) and Torchwood: Red Skies. These titles are also available to download. You can read Blogtor's review of Day of the Cockroach HERE and Red Skies HERE.

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

REVIEW: Day of the Cockroach

Day of the Cockroach
by Steve Lyons
Read by Arthur Darvill
May 1/3 on Download/CD

Continuing their series of exclusive audio adventures for the current incarnation of the Time Lord, as played by Matt Smith on television, AudioGo deliver a tale from the Eighties from the "pen" of seasoned Who author, Steve Lyons. But it's not the Eighties as we know it.

Or even knew it...

"We're inside a nuclear bunker in Great Britain,
in the middle of an atomic war. And it's 1982!"


The Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves inside a British nuclear bunker, in the middle of an atomic war in 1982. As you may have guessed, this isn't quite the history we're used to. The opening of the story is quite remarkable, sorry, incredibly remarkable; certainly worthy of the television series (and more memorable than some). It's an exciting and vivid start that lumps humour, scares and intrigue together in a most pleasing fashion.

It's the perfect start.

The rest of the story doesn't quite live up to the fascinating opener and it's surprisingly old~skool in its form; base under siege, The Time Lord and his chums get split up early on. If I were being lazy (perish the thought), I would say it evoked both Genesis of the Daleks (the oppressive state of wartime) and The Doctor's Daughter (claustrophobic tunnels and blustering old soldiers).

Despite the upbeat tone from The Eleventh Doctor throughout there's some nastiness in the form of the titular cockroaches and the devastation the beasts cause (one death scene in particular is particularly unpleasant). Amy, uncharacteristically it has to be said, displays some sympathy as she reflects on how her parents are coping in this 1982. It's a moving moment though fans will be wondering why she never displayed this familial tone with regards to her daughter.

Full marks and a huge gold star must go to reader Arthur Darvill. The man behind Rory not only voices the narrative with a pleasant ear~stroking tone but he really dives into characters and their personalities fleshing them out neatly. His Matt Smith is on~the~nose, giving rise to his quirks and unusual style. Sadly, Darvill doesn't do his hilarious Karen Gillan "impersonation" and goes for a more subtle Scottish accent.

The production on Day of the Cockroach is also worth a mention, adding to the atmosphere with a fantastic array of sounds and menacing soundtrack. It's a cracking story, perhaps a little too long, that will amuse, scare and entertain in bucket loads. An immense addition to the series of exclusive audio adventures.



BLOGTOR RATING 8/10
Thanks to AudioGO


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Thursday, April 12, 2012

New 11th Doctor Audio adventure

AudioGo have announced a new exclusive audio adventure for The Eleventh Doctor, The Day of the Cockroach. Written by Steve Lyons and read by Arthur Darvill, this original story is released 1 May on download and 3 May on CD; here are the details:
The TARDIS materialises in a pitch-dark tunnel, where the Doctor, Amy and Rory stumble on the dead body of a soldier. Questioned by his superior officer, Colonel Bowe, they learn that they’re inside a British nuclear bunker, in the middle of an atomic war – in 1982.

Amy and Rory weren’t even born then, but they know the bomb didn’t drop that year, and so does the Doctor. The friends also know they had nothing to do with the death of Sergeant Trott – so who, or what, was the killer? And why does the Doctor’s psychic paper not work on the Colonel?

The Doctor, Amy and Rory soon learn that something else is lurking in the shadows. Something deadly...
Duration: 1 hour 15 mins
Thanks to AudioGO
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New Doctor Who and Torchwood audio

AudioGo have announced details of a new Doctor Who audiobook and an exclusive Torchwood adventure, both released next month. Details below:

Paradise Towers
Written by Stephen Wyatt
Read by Bonnie Langford
4 x CDs available April 5, £13.25
Download April 1, £12.29
Playing time: 4 hours 50 mins

Much in need of a holiday, Mel and the Doctor head for Paradise Towers: a luxury man-made planet with sparkling fountains, sunny streets, exotic flowers and a shimmering blue swimming pool.

But when the TARDIS materialises in a dark, rubbish-filled, rat-infested alley it seems that this particular Paradise has turned into Hell!

Pursued by rogue cleaning machines, authoritarian caretakers and old ladies with strange eating habits, the Doctor and Mel track down the source of the chaos to one mysterious character – the designer of Paradise Towers, the Great Architect himself...
___

Fallout
Written by David Llewellyn
Read by Tom Price
CD available April 5, £10.20
Download April 1, £6.70
Playing time: 1 hr approx.

This thrilling story is set after the conclusion of the most recent TV series, Miracle Day, and finds Sgt Andy dealing with a bizarre double shooting and a deadly alien virus.

When Yasmin finds a jewelled egg in her grandfather’s shed, her first thought is to sell it. Unfortunately, the object is no valuable FabergĂ© antique, but a dangerous weapon from another planet. Worse still, the buyer she finds online is a Russian secret agent working for the Committee for Extraterrestrial Research, who promptly swipes it, kills her brother Sayed and lands her in hospital.

When Sgt Andy Davidson realises that he’s not dealing with an ordinary double shooting, he calls Gwen Cooper, who breaks the bad news about the egg and its deadly contents. With no Torchwood to help, and Gwen in America, it’s up to Andy and Yasmin to follow the trail of the ‘Shiva virus’ – all the way from Cardiff to the British Museum...

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Audio Adventures News

AudioGO have announced news of three Doctor Who related releases in March, check out the details below.

Darkstar Academy
Read by Alexander Armstrong


When the TARDIS is buffeted by ‘time slippage’, the Doctor experiences a terrible vision of the end of everything. Tracking the source of the disruption, he takes Rory and Amy to what appears to be an English public school in the 1950s.

But as the friends are about to discover, there are some very unusual things about Darkstar Academy. For a start the prefects carry guns, and then there is the strange forcefield that surrounds the perimeter. Not to mention the foot-long, crab-like creatures with spiny, armoured bodies...

When the Doctor learns the truth about the Academy, he also discovers that the whole place is in terrible danger. But with a swarm of creatures on the loose, what can he, Amy and Rory do to help prevent a terrible disaster?

Download available March 1 £6.79 | CD available March 8 £10.20
Playing time: 1 hour approx

Shada
Read by Lalla Ward

Thirty-three years ago, the BBC started filming Douglas Adams’ six-part Doctor Who serial, Shada. But industrial action halted recording, and the story was left unfinished… until now. Written by acclaimed Doctor Who novelist and screenwriter Gareth Roberts, it is based on Douglas Adams’ original scripts and read by Lalla Ward (who played the Doctor’s companion Romana). John Leeson, the original K9, returns as the voice of the Doctor’s faithful robot dog. The reading is enhanced with music and sound design.

The Doctor’s old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University – where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs – most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous.

The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isn’t a book for Time Tots. It is one of the Artefacts, dating from the dark days of Rassilon. It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands. The sinister Skagra most definitely has the wrong hands. He wants the book. He wants to discover the truth behind Shada. And he wants the Doctor’s mind...

Available March 15: £19.69 (Download), £19.35 (10 CDs)
Playing time: 11 hrs 30 mins


Torchwood: Army Of One
Read by Kai Owen

Washington D.C., post-Miracle. The city has been hit by a spate of very unusual serial killings. The victims are different ages and genders and the locations vary, but each body has one thing in common – it has been reduced to a dried-up, desiccated husk. Special Agent Lucas Avery has dealt with some tricky puzzles in his time, but this is stranger than anything he has ever encountered. His one lead is a pair of names: ‘Gwen’ and ‘Rhys’...

For Gwen Cooper and Rhys Williams, still recovering from the recent, traumatic events that shook the world, life is about to get difficult and dangerous again. For it’s not just Homeland Security on their trail, but something else – something alien, terrifying and deadly...

Download available March 1, £6.79 | CD available March 8, £10.20
Playing time: 1 hour approx



Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Advent Calendar - Day 20

Today is the twentieth day of the Blogtor Who Advent Calendar where each day, up until Christmas (it's the 25th, in case you're not religious and aren't aware), I'll be leaving a little treat for you (though you won't have to open a door to get it). Day 19 can be found HERE.



Included in the player above is Part 3 of The Christmas Review where the audio commentary team of Blogtor and Alexander J McKinnon take a look at Doctor Who: The BBC Radio Episodes boxset AND a Matt Smith "I Am The Doctor" T~shirt. Check out Part 2, where we review The Brilliant Book 2012, HERE and Part 1, the Complete Sixth Series DVD boxset, HERE.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

New Eleventh Doctor Audio releases

September sees the Eleventh Doctor heading for the Big Apple in AudioGO's exclusive audio adventure, Blackout. Specially written by Oli Smith and read by Stuart Milligan (Nixon in The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon), it sees Amy and Rory dealing with a deadly virus while the Doctor faces a terrible dilemma...
November 9th, 1965. New York City is plunged into darkness, a taxi driver has bad dreams, and an invisible spacecraft hovers ominously above the skyline.

As an extra-terrestrial disease sweeps the populace, Amy and Rory must sabotage the city's water supply to slow the spread of infection, and a dying Doctor holds another man's life in his hands.

With the death toll rising, and his companions stalked through the streets by alien businessmen, the Doctor is forced to make a terrible decision.

How far must he go to save his friends?
Blackout
Release Date: 8 Sep 2011

Duration: 1 hour approx.

DL/CD RRP: £10.99/£10.20




Travelling from New York to South London, the second audio release, Touched by an Angel, is written by Jonathan Morris and read by Clare Corbett. It features the Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the spectacular hit series from BBC Television, and is a thrilling tale of paradox and predestination.
In 2003, Rebecca Whitaker died in a road accident. Her husband Mark is still grieving. He receives a battered envelope, posted eight years ago, containing a set of instructions with a simple message: "You can save her."

As Mark is given the chance to save Rebecca, it's up to the Doctor, Amy and Rory to save the whole world. Because this time the Weeping Angels are using history itself as a weapon...
Touched by an Angel
Release Date: 8 Sep 2011
Duration: 5 hrs 10 mins
Download Price: £13.49

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New Who & Torchwood audio


Fans of Doctor Who and audio can indulge their twin passions in March with the release of brand new original adventure, The Gemini Contagion. Written specially for AudioGO by Jason Arnopp, it is read by Meera Syal, who played Nasreen Chaudhry in the BBC TV episodes The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood. Click on the cover art for bigger versions.


It begins on the ice-planet Vinsk, in the year 2112. The all-new anti-viral handwash, Gemini, has been laced with Meme-Spawn: a sentient micro-organism which makes the user fluent in every language in the universe. However, manufacturer Zalnex made one crucial mistake. They didn't test Gemini on humans, who are seized by the violent urge to communicate but speak every language all at once with a manic, garbled shriek and pass on the virus by touch.

The Doctor and Amy arrive on an Earth-bound cargo-ship loaded with Gemini, where a human crew are succumbing to the virus which has nasty second and third phases in store. When the Doctor and Amy are separated, they both know that it's only a matter of time before Amy is infected.
With the ship locked on course, and no way of curing the sufferers, the Doctor is faced with a terrible decision: does he save Amy, or Earth?
Duration: 1 hour 30 mins
Download/CD RRP: £6.49/£13.25
Release Date: 03 March 2011


AudioGO are also releasing two totally original and exclusive Torchwood audio stories in March. Ghost Train and Department X are written by James Goss, author of many Torchwood and Doctor Who novels including the award-winning Dead Air - review HERE. Set before Children of Earth, both stories feature Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones, as played by John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd in the hit series from BBC Television. They are read by Kai Owen, who plays Rhys. Synopses & cover art below:

Ghost Train sees Rhys investigating his very own mystery, for once. OK, it starts off being about missing fridges. But it leads to a midnight train pulling into an abandoned platform at Cardiff Station. What is the mysterious cargo that Rhys is unloading? Where's it going? And what can be behind it?
Duration: 2 hours
Download/CD RRP: £6.79/ £13.27
Release Date: 03 March 2011

Department X finds the Torchwood team going undercover in Cardiff department store G. R. Owen, the last of Cardiff's old department stores. Times are hard and the ancient firm has gone into administration. But who are the Administrators? What goes on behind the shutters at night? And why are customers disappearing? Jack is determined to find out, before the store closes forever.

Duration: 2 hours
Download/CD RRP: £6.79/ £13.27
Release Date: 03 March 2011



Thanks to AudioGo


ETA: James Goss's Doctor Who audio story The Hounds of Aretemis is being given away this Saturday in the Guardian newspaper. Sunday's Observer will feature The Ring of Steel read by Arthur Darvill. Go here for more details on this story.

Thanks to Scardis for this info

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

REVIEW - "The Last Voyage" audio

BBC Audio out now
Available on Double CD [RRP £9.99]
Wow, Davey T is back! Remember when he was The Tenth Doctor? Way back in, oh let me think, January 2010, car~azy times man. Yuperoony, the most popular incarnation of Gallifrey's finest returns in adventure that comes off as Midnight crossed with Voyage of the Damned (and chuck in Nightmare of Eden for good measure).
It's a brilliant start without a word uttered, all eerie noises and tones - the high production values continue throughout. And it takes a while for the Time Lord to show up, before that we get 'treated' to David Tennant performing a conversation as two girls (cue gasps). One of the girls, Sugar MacAuley, is an American and Davey T gets a chance to show off his Yank accent.


And this is gonna split some people I fear. You'll either lurve it or hate it. His style certainly does take you out of the story as it's purty funny to hear but it does match the vivacious nature of Sugar's persona.

The story itself is an old~fashioned murder mystery (with a bit of quantum mechanics thrown in) with the crew and passengers of an "interstitial transposition vehicle" (that's spaceship to you and me) going missing or dying. Or do they....?


Tonally it veers from some very light moments (Sugar wears a winged hat leading to The Doctor calling her Asterix) to some quite dark scenes (notably the graphic cliffhanger) and writer Dan Abnett handles it very well. His invention, the lashboard, is intriguing and beautifully sci~fi, almost retro~fully so (is that even a word?). Add in a reference to The Doctor's real name and an unidentified monster and you'll find The Last Voyage an absolute treat perfect for all these cold nights stuck indoors.


Blogtor rating 8/10

Thanks to BBC Audio

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Last Voyage - Audio CD cover & synopsis


Coming up early next year is another EXCLUSIVE release from BBC Audio. The Last Voyage is read by DAVID TENNANT and will be available from January 7th, 2010 - priced £9.99. Click on the pic above for a bigger, juicier version whilst you can read the synopsis below:
The TARDIS materialises on board the maiden voyage of a pioneering space cruiser, travelling from Earth to the planet Eternity. The Doctor has just started exploring the huge, hi-tech Interstitial Transposition Vehicle when there is a loud bang, a massive jolt and a flash of light. Shortly afterwards, he discovers that nearly all the passengers and crew have disappeared. Unless the Doctor and flight attendant Sugar MacAuley can take control and steer the ship, they could crash-land – or keep slipping through space forever. And as if that wasn’t enough, something awful awaits them on Eternity…

Written exclusively for audio by Dan Abnett and read by David Tennant, The Last Voyage features the Doctor as played by David Tennant in the acclaimed hit series from BBC Television.

Thanks to BBC Audio

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The 8th Doctor Audio on BBC7


BBC 7 broadcast The Eighth Doctor audio adventure, Sisters of the Flame yesterday (sorry about the delay!) and it is now available on the iPlayer for the next 7 days. You can hear the story, starring PAUL MCGANN and SHERIDAN SMITH, over at the BBC HERE. The series is due to continue during the Christmas period.

Thanks to Jacob Saxton Smith & Bingo Zzzzzz

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Last Voyage - Audio CD synopsis


Coming up early next year is another EXCLUSIVE release from BBC Audio. The Last Voyage is read by DAVID TENNANT and will be available from January 7th, 2010 - priced £9.99. Here's the synopsis:
The TARDIS materialises on board the maiden voyage of a pioneering space cruiser, travelling from Earth to the planet Eternity. The Doctor has just started exploring the huge, hi-tech Interstitial Transposition Vehicle when there is a loud bang, a massive jolt and a flash of light. Shortly afterwards, he discovers that nearly all the passengers and crew have disappeared. Unless the Doctor and flight attendant Sugar MacAuley can take control and steer the ship, they could crash-land - or keep slipping through space forever. And as if that wasn't enough, something awful awaits them on Eternity...

Written exclusively for audio by Dan Abnett and read by David Tennant, The Last Voyage features the Doctor as played by David Tennant in the acclaimed hit series from BBC Television.

Thanks to BBC Audio

Friday, October 23, 2009

REVIEW - "Hornet's Nest: The Circus Of Doom"

BBC Audio released Nov 5
Available on CD [RRP £6.25] & Download [RRP £4.95]


After the riotous Dead Shoes comes a more sombre, and certainly much darker, installment in the Hornet's Nest series. The Circus of Doom, despite it's slightly ridiculous Comic Relief~esque title, is a serious affair and much of Tom Baker's gregariousness is reigned in, leading to a rather dry and humorless listen.


Going back in time (metaphorically speaking, he's regaling Mike Yates - who barely has two words to say - with war stories of the Hornets) to 1832 in order to trace the source of the current foe, The Doctor comes across the sleepy town of Blandford and a "Circus of Delights" that, in actual fact, is much more doom~laden than its title would suggest.

Baker gets much mileage out of the words 'doom' and 'doomed' whilst never really grasping what the word means. Much of the problem with this tale is that Tom never gets out of first gear; it's not an interesting performance from him and he sounds thoroughly bored throughout. Likewise the rest of the cast failed to engage in any way with some terribly cliched accents on display.


Which is a great pity as writer Paul Magrs has delivered a perfectly enjoyable script including some delightful moments like The Doctor feeling futuristic in his "Edwardian casuals" alongside some striking, and slightly horrific imagery. The line "the breathless nostrils" of a corpse did make me quiver.

The Circus of Doom feels like a halfway house in the Hornet's Nest series and I hope that this is merely a blip as the tension was ramped up at the denouement leading directly onto the next installment which promises to be the strangest and most horriblest yet....


BLOGTOR RATING: 5/10

Thanks to BBC Audio