Doctor Who: Five Doctors - Soundtrack review

CoverMade and transmitted as a 90-minute special in 1983, The Five Doctors was the 20th-anniversary outing for the Time Lord, seeing the incumbent Peter Davison joined by his previous incarnations. The music was composed by Peter Howell at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. It was, in accordance with normal practice at the time, mixed in mono, so is presented here within a subtle mono-compatible stereo image. In 1995, Paul Vanezis was contracted by BBC Video to produce a ‘Special Edition’ of the story, extended beyond the original running time and featuring updated visual effects. It was also decided to mix the soundtrack in Dolby Surround (later updated to full 5.1 surround for DVD), so Howell was called in to rework the music. Both versions of the score are presented complete on this release… [click here...]

 

Doctor Who: The Invasion - Soundtrack review

CoverFeaturing the Brigadier, UNIT and the Cybermen, The Invasion was an eight-part Doctor Who story made and transmitted in 1968. Written by Derrick Sherwin (from a story by Kit Pedler), it starred Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor. At the helm was Douglas Camfield, one of popular television’s most maverick and talented directors in the 1960s and 1970s. The music was composed by Don Harper, the third Australian émigré composer (after Ron Grainer and Dudley Simpson) to work on the programme. The master tape of the music for The Invasion was lost soon after transmission, but Harper retained a 7½ ips ‘composer’s copy’ that forms the basis of this release. The score is augmented by the extensive use of electronic sounds by Brian Hodgson of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop… [click here...]

 

Imaginary: Live Cast Recording - Music review

CoverSimG Records's latest release is a live recording of the National Youth Music Theatre's 2017 production of Imaginary. The show is a moving, funny and inspiring musical about the wonder of childhood, and the struggle to hold on to that wonder as you grow up. Milo is Sam’s only friend. They do everything together. But as Sam’s first day at secondary school approaches, his mum is worried that the mischievous Milo is holding her son back, stopping him from growing up. School turns out to be full of surprises – and secrets. Can Sam and Milo’s friendship survive in this new world, where a painful revelation threatens to change their lives forever...? [click here...]

 

Tank Girl All Stars #3 - Comic book review

CoverThe Tank Girl birthday thrills continue as this 30th-anniversary anthology spectacular kicks into even higher gear! Will the gang make it to the church on time for the wedding of Barney’s favourite cousin Barry, who’s marrying a woman called, um, Barry – or will they get distracted by a hunt for buried treasure? Is the Supertronic Jet Girl powerful enough to take on an army of mutated zombies and save Booga? Perhaps more importantly, would you like to buy her action figure…? [click here...]

 

Rampage - Blu-ray review

Cover Primatologist Davis Okoye shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, incredibly rare albino silverback gorilla who has been in his care since he rescued the young orphan from poachers. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals. As these newly created super creatures tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with discredited geneticist Kate Caldwell to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend... [click here...]

 

Virtual Archer - Gadget review

Cover Orb Gaming and ThumbsUP! do a range of gaming accessories and have recently released their Virtual Archer, an augmented reality bow, which connects to your android or iOS phone. The software is free to download, and the bow connects to your phone via Bluetooth. You will need to buy two AAA batteries as these are not supplied with the kit. The bow will take a phone up to seven inches... [click here...]

 

Doctor Who Borrowed Time - Book review

Cover Whatever you borrow must be repaid… Andrew Brown never has enough time. No time to call his sister, or to prepare for that important presentation at the bank where he works. The train’s late, the lift jams. If only he had just a little more time. And time is the business of Mr Symington and Mr Blenkinsop. They’ll lend him some – at a very reasonable rate of interest. Scenting something sinister, the Doctor, Amy and Rory go undercover at the bank. But they will have to move fast if they are to stop Symington and Blenkinsop before they cash in their investments… [click here...]

 

Doctor Who: The Triple Knife - Book review

Cover Join the women of the Whoniverse for five thrilling adventures by Sunday Times bestselling author Jenny T. Colgan. In The Triple Knife, Ashildr, a young Viking girl, has been brought back to life after a brave death. Now immortal, she has lived longer than anyone ever should – and lost more than she can even remember. Picnic at Asgard follows the mysterious River Song, who, married to a Time Lord, has to keep track of what she did and when – even though it might not have happened to her yet. The collection also includes three further adventures – short stories that are bigger on the inside… [click here...]

 

Doctor Who: Confusion of Angels - Graphic novel

Cover When the Doctor and his companions are drawn to a seemingly empty transport vessel in deadly trouble in deep space, they’re pulled into an impossible conflict – between the robotic Heavenly Host and the terrifying Weeping Angels! Featuring the Twelfth Doctor and fan-favourite companions Bill, Nardole and Missy… along with some other familiar faces! Writer Richard Dinnick teams up with artists Francesco Manna (Vampirella, Witchblade) and Pasquale Qualano (Batman ’66, DC Comics Bombshells) to navigate the thrilling climax of the Twelfth Doctor’s Year Three comics adventures…! [click here...]

 

The Wonderful World of Tank Girl - Graphic novel

CoverA stunning, all-new collection of four astounding Tank Girl adventures, from creator Alan Martin and mind-blowing artist Brett Parson. From the crime caper to end all capers with Tank Girl, Booga and the gang, to a farcical stage play murder mystery, to a spy thriller in the bowels of Australia’s nastiest (and stupidest) crime syndicate, to a freak-out deep dive into Tank Girl’s own psychedelic subconscious, Wonderful World is the perfect grab-bag of humour, violence, puns and eternal, immortal, piss-taking friendship… [click here...]

 

Doctor Who: The Lure of the Nomad - review

CoverFor thousands of years, it has drifted through space, unimpeded, forgotten, seemingly lifeless. Now, finally, it has been discovered. Responding to a distress call from the mysterious hulk, the Doctor and his companion, space pilot Mathew Sharpe, walk into a desperate situation. The multi-tentacled semi-bionic Makara had been tasked with renovating the abandoned craft, but now they’ve begun murdering their employers. The Doctor soon realises that the Makara have been programmed to kill – but by whom, and for what reason? Finding out the truth will mean uncovering a secret that threatens the entire universe... [click here...]