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Tin Dog Podcast

Tin Dog Podcast
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tin-dog@hotmail.co.uk The Tin Dog welcomes you to sit back and listen to his rants and ramblings about all that is best in modern SF and Television. Via the gift of the new fangled Podcast over the tinterweb. As you can probably guess Tin Dog mostly talks about Doctor Who, Torchwood and Sarah Jane Smith but that wont stop him talking about any other subject you suggest. Hailing from a non specific part of the northeast of England, Tin Dog is male and in his mid 30s. A life long fan of almost all TV SF. His semi-autistic tendencies combined with his total lack of social skills have helped him find a place in the heart of British SF Fandom. Even as a child the Tin Dogs mother told him that she can trace his love of SF TV back to his rhythmic kicking, while still in the womb, along to the beat of the Avengers theme music. From Gabriel Chase to Totters Lane, from the Bad Wolf Satellite to the back streets of the Cardiff, Tin Dog will give you his thoughts on the wonderful Whoniverse. Daleks and Cybermen and TARDIS ES Oh My If you enjoy these Tin Dog Podcasts please remember to tell your friends and leave an email tin-dog@hotmail.co.uk

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Tin Dog Podcast Statistics
Episodes:
1730
Average Episode Duration:
07:44
Longest Episode Duration:
2:09:15
Total Duration of all Episodes:
9 days, 7 hours, 3 minutes and 28 seconds
Earliest Episode:
1 May 2007 (6:54pm GMT)
Latest Episode:
17 June 2017 (5:00am GMT)
Average Time Between Episodes:
2 days, 3 hours, 19 minutes and 17 seconds

Tin Dog Podcast Episodes

  • TDP 679: UNIT 4 - UNIT ASSEMBLED from @BigFinish

    17 June 2017 (5:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 17 minutes and 43 seconds

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    @TinDogPodcast reviews Kate Stewart and her UNIT team investigate and confront alien attacks on the planet Earth. Something is stirring, an old foe to those in UNIT with a long memory. And fortunately, to face an old foe... There are old friends. 4.1 Call to Arms by Matt Fitton Mike Yates braves a stormy night in the Lakes to help celebrate a milestone for John Benton. An evening of fond reminiscences of old glories and friends awaits. But a long-buried past is about to catch up with them. Meanwhile, on the rain-lashed moors, what begins as a routine mission for modern-day UNIT quickly becomes a fight for survival. 4.2 Tidal Wave by Guy Adams When an experimental tidal power generator needs its eco-friendly credentials checked, Kate Stewart calls in an expert. Soon, Jo Jones is bound for 'Project Charybdis' in the South Atlantic, along with an awestruck Osgood. But out at sea, a treacherous plan is set in motion to awake an ancient race. Beneath the seabed an army is sleeping - an army of Sea Devils! 4.3 Retrieval by Guy Adams As the Earth's primeval rulers reclaim their birthright, UNIT must stand against them. Kate Stewart and Osgood venture into a Mediterranean stronghold to retrieve a means to fight back. But a Silurian warrior is on their trail. Once she has the humans' scent, Commander Tryska will never give up the hunt. 4.4 United by Matt Fitton The Silurians hold Great Britain under siege. Grand Marshal Jastrok rules the seas and the skies with reptile forces. On the ground, Commander Kalana crushes all ape resistance. With Kate Stewart trapped, defence of the realm falls to UNIT's old guard. Jo Jones, Mike Yates and John Benton are ready to do their duty and stand united. Deploying May 2017 Written By: Matt Fitton, Guy Adams Directed By: Ken Bentley Cast Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood), James Joyce (Josh Carter), Warren Brown (Lt. Sam Bishop), Richard Franklin (Mike Yates), John Levene (John Benton), Katy Manning(Jo Jones), Richard Hope (Jastrok), Neve McIntosh (Kalana), Nicholas Briggs (Sea Devils), Nicholas Asbury (Burmaster), Annette Holland (Anne), Alex Tregear (Laura Sale). Other parts played by the cast. Producer David Richardson Script Editor Ken Bentley Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs This title was released in May 2017. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until July 31st 2017, and on general sale after this date.


  • TDP 678: 4th Doctor Adventures 6.6 - SUBTERRANEA from @BigFinish

    14 June 2017 (9:54am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 8 minutes and 27 seconds

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    @tindogpodcast reviews The TARDIS is going underground. When the Doctor and Romana find themselves buried beneath the surface of an alien world, they're soon swallowed up by a giant burrowing machine. This is where the inhabitants of this planet live - in huge, constantly moving, Drill-towns, chewing up the fuel and resources of the planet in order to survive. But something else lurks in the earth. Something that feeds on the Drill-towns. Something that is relentless and will not stop. The Silex are hunting. Written By: Jonathan Morris Directed By: Nicholas Briggs Cast Tom Baker (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), Matthew Cottle(Mr Maxwell Wilberforce Bell), Abigail McKern (Mrs Lucretia Bell), Robbie Stevens (Mr Jelicho Wigg/ Mr Wilfer Wagstaff), Jane Slavin(Miss Arabella Wagstaff/ Mrs Betsy Wagstaff), John Banks (Silex/ Mr Stoker). Other parts played by members of the cast. Producer David Richardson Script Editor John Dorney Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs


  • TDP 681: TV Doctor Who - 2017 09 Empress of Mars

    12 June 2017 (9:55pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 13 minutes and 50 seconds

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    Empress of Mars" is the ninth episode of the tenth series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It is written by Mark Gatiss and was broadcast on 10 June 2017 on BBC One. "Empress of Mars" received generally favorable reviews from television critics. The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Nardole (Matt Lucas), and Bill (Pearl Mackie) travel to Mars, but upon arrival, they find themselves in the middle of a conflict between the Ice Warriors and Victorian soldiers. The episode marks the return of the Ice Warriors, last seen in "Cold War", an episode of the seventh series that was also written by Gatiss. Contents [hide] 1Synopsis 1.1Continuity 1.2Outside references 2Production 2.1Writing 3Broadcast and reception 3.1Critical reception 4References 5External links Synopsis[edit] On Earth 2017, NASA finds the words "God save the Queen" made of rocks buried under the ice cap of Mars. The Doctor, Bill and Nardole venture to Mars in 1881 to investigate, and they discover that the planet is occupied by human soldiers from Victorian Britain. Nardole goes back into the TARDIS, but it departs for unexplained reasons, returning to the university in present day. Nardole has to ask Missy for help getting back. The humans have befriended an Ice Warrior they have named Friday. Captain Catchlove says they rescued Friday from his crashed spaceship while on patrol in Africa. In exchange, Friday allowed the soldiers to use his species' technology to travel to and mine Mars. The Doctor surmises that Friday is using them to access to his hive. They soon unearth the tomb of the Ice Queen. Despite Colonel Godsacre's order to not approach it, one guard cuts a crystal from the base of the tomb which revives the Ice Queen, Iraxxa. Iraxxa's waking leads to a confrontation with the humans. Friday tells Iraxxa it has been 5,000 years, and Mars' surface is uninhabitable; the Doctor asks Iraxxa to show mercy and gain help from the humans. Dismissing the Doctor and the soldiers, she asks Bill for her opinion, as a fellow woman. She decides to relent based on Bill's word, but then a soldier suddenly fires his rifle, the shot harmlessly glancing off Iraxxa's helmet. Provoked, she returns fire. Catchlove takes command, locking up the Doctor, Bill, and Godsacre, and traps Iraxxa and Friday within the tomb, where they start reviving more Ice Warriors. As the Ice Warriors launch their attack, Friday allies himself with the Doctor and Bill and helps the Doctor gain control of the mining device. The Doctor threatens to use it to bury all under the ice cap. Catchlove holds Iraxxa at knifepoint and attempts to force her to help him pilot a spaceship back to Earth. Godsacre manages to surprise Catchlove and kills him, then begs Iraxxa to kill him. Iraxxa calls off the attack in exchange for Godsacre pledging himself to the Ice Warriors. The Doctor covertly contacts Alpha Centauri to assist the Ice Warriors. The Doctor and Bill help Godsacre leave the message that NASA will discover. Nardole re-appears with the TARDIS. Missy is also on board and expresses concern about the Doctor's health. Continuity[edit] The Doctor's sonic screwdriver still has "no setting for wood", a defect first mentioned in "Silence in the Library". The portrait of Queen Victoria displayed resembles Pauline Collins, who played the role in "Tooth and Claw". [1] Outside references[edit] Friday is named after the character "Friday" from Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.[1] Bill mentions the movies The Terminator and The Thing, and the Doctor refers to the film Frozen.[1] Upon the discovery of the Ice Empress' tomb, the Doctor says "I've got a bad feeling about this," a recurring phrase in the Star Wars franchise.[2] Production[edit] The read-through for "Empress of Mars" was on 11 January 2017. Filming with the previous episode "The Lie of the Land started on 27 January, with principal shooting ending on 22 February.[2] Writing[edit] The story was originally to have been set on Peladon rather than Mars, hence the return of Alpha Centauri after 43 years.[1]It was also reported to have originally been planned as a sequel to the ninth series episode " Sleep No More", also by Mark Gatiss, referenced in the line delivered by the Ice Empress exhorting her warriors to "sleep no more".[3] Broadcast and reception[edit] The episode was watched by 3.58 million overnight.[4] It received an AI of 83.[5] Critical reception[edit] Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Rotten Tomatoes (Tomatometer) Rotten Tomatoes (Average Score) The A.V. Club Entertainment Weekly SFX Magazine [6] TV Fanatic IndieWire IGN 8.2[7] New York Magazine Radio Times [8] Daily Mirror [9] "Empress of Mars" received generally favorable reviews from television critics.[10]


  • TDP 680: TV DOCTOR WHO 2017 EP08 - The Lie of the Land

    9 June 2017 (8:27am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 15 minutes and 35 seconds

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    @TinDogPodcast reviews The Lie of the Land" is the eighth episode of the tenth series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. Written by Toby Whithouse, it was broadcast on 3 June 2017 on BBC One. "The Lie of the Land" received mixed to positive reviews from television critics. Continuing on after Bill (Pearl Mackie) gives her consent to the Monks, she and Nardole(Matt Lucas) have to find a way to rescue the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) after he is imprisoned, and end the Monk's invasion of Earth. It is the third and final of three loosely connected episodes called "The Monks Trilogy". Synopsis The Monks are rulers of the Earth, and appear to have been on Earth for millions of years, guiding human development. Bill and a few others are aware of the truth: the Monks have only been present on Earth for six months. Those who hold this view are imprisoned for "memory crimes". The Doctor appears on television praising the Monks' guidance over humanity. Bill keeps herself grounded in reality by imagining that she is talking with her long-dead mother, based on pictures the Doctor gave her. Nardole, also aware of the truth, locates Bill and helps her to find the prison hulk where the Doctor is thought to be a captive. Inside, after a team of commandoes swarm inside, the Doctor tells Bill he is cooperating willingly with the Monks, believing that humanity was doomed without their guidance. Bill becomes distraught and shoots the Doctor, who appears to begin regenerating, but quickly stops. The entire scenario is revealed to have been a test by Nardole, the Doctor and the team, to make sure Bill was not under the influence of the Monks. At the university where the Doctor and Bill work, they enter the Vault to talk to Missy, who says she has encountered the Monks before. She confirms the Monks maintain control by broadcasting a signal containing the false history to their subjugated victims via the numerous statues they have built across Earth, enabled by a psychic link established through the person who originally gave "consent"; Missy claims she defeated them during her own encounter by killing that individual. The implication is that Bill must die as the one who gave consent on Earth. Believing there is another solution, the Doctor, Bill, Nardole, and the commandoes infiltrate the Monks' pyramid in London so that the Doctor can hijack their broadcast with his own mind to break the psychic transmission. In the central chamber, the Doctor attempts to link his mind to the controlling Monk, who after a struggle overpowers the Doctor. Bill intends to sacrifice herself, linking her own mind to the Monk's despite the Doctor's protests. The Monks' broadcast is replaced with images of Bill's mother, which the Doctor recognises is a strong and loving memory in Bill's mind. Humanity wakes up from the Monks' lies and revolts against them. The Doctor, Bill, and Nardole watch as the Monks abandon Earth. Sometime later, the Doctor and Bill find that most of humanity have no recollection of the Monks. In the Vault, Missy expresses remorse for those she has killed. Continuity[edit] In images showing the Monks' aid to humanity, clips from the stories "Blink", "Nightmare in Silver" and "Into the Dalek" are shown. Later a clip from the "The Pilot" was seen, as well as several still images from past episodes of the new series.[2] Magpie Electrical, which first debuted in "The Idiot's Lantern" and recurs throughout the revival series, is shown as the shop where Bill watches one of the Doctor's broadcasts.[3][4] Outside references Missy briefly plays selections from Eric Satie's Gnossienne No. 1 and Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" on her piano.[2] Production The read-through for "The Lie of the Land" took place on 11 January 2017. Filming took place, alongside the subsequent episode "Empress of Mars", from 16 January to 22 February 2017.[2] In Missy's initial scene, the visual of her eyes superimposed over a panning shot is an homage to a similar scene from the 1996 film.[2] Broadcast and reception The episode was watched by 3.01 million overnight, the series' lowest overnight rating in its history, after the rating of 3.10 million for Battlefield in 1989. This was due to the episode being placed directly against the Britain's Got Talent finale.[5] It received an AI of 82.[6] Critical reception Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Rotten Tomatoes (Tomatometer) 90%[7] Rotten Tomatoes (Average Score) 6.74[7] The A.V. Club B-[8] Entertainment Weekly B[9] SFX Magazine 5/5 stars[10] IndieWire B[11] IGN 8.7 [12] New York Magazine 3/5 stars[13] Radio Times 2/5 stars[14] Daily Mirror 2/5 stars[15] "The Lie of the Land" received mixed to positive reviews, with "a number reviewers finding it the weakest story in the season so far".[16] The episode currently holds a score of 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, the site's consensus reading ""The Lie of the Land" closes a significant chapter for Doctor Who's tenth season -- yet leaves some major characters' fates tantalizingly open."[7]


  • TDP 680: TV Doctor Who - The Lie of the Land

    9 June 2017 (7:07am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 16 minutes and 6 seconds

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    @TinDogPodcast reviews The Lie of the Land" is the eighth episode of the tenth series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. Written by Toby Whithouse, it was broadcast on 3 June 2017 on BBC One. "The Lie of the Land" received mixed to positive reviews from television critics. Continuing on after Bill (Pearl Mackie) gives her consent to the Monks, she and Nardole(Matt Lucas) have to find a way to rescue the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) after he is imprisoned, and end the Monk's invasion of Earth. It is the third and final of three loosely connected episodes called "The Monks Trilogy". Synopsis The Monks are rulers of the Earth, and appear to have been on Earth for millions of years, guiding human development. Bill and a few others are aware of the truth: the Monks have only been present on Earth for six months. Those who hold this view are imprisoned for "memory crimes". The Doctor appears on television praising the Monks' guidance over humanity. Bill keeps herself grounded in reality by imagining that she is talking with her long-dead mother, based on pictures the Doctor gave her. Nardole, also aware of the truth, locates Bill and helps her to find the prison hulk where the Doctor is thought to be a captive. Inside, after a team of commandoes swarm inside, the Doctor tells Bill he is cooperating willingly with the Monks, believing that humanity was doomed without their guidance. Bill becomes distraught and shoots the Doctor, who appears to begin regenerating, but quickly stops. The entire scenario is revealed to have been a test by Nardole, the Doctor and the team, to make sure Bill was not under the influence of the Monks. At the university where the Doctor and Bill work, they enter the Vault to talk to Missy, who says she has encountered the Monks before. She confirms the Monks maintain control by broadcasting a signal containing the false history to their subjugated victims via the numerous statues they have built across Earth, enabled by a psychic link established through the person who originally gave "consent"; Missy claims she defeated them during her own encounter by killing that individual. The implication is that Bill must die as the one who gave consent on Earth. Believing there is another solution, the Doctor, Bill, Nardole, and the commandoes infiltrate the Monks' pyramid in London so that the Doctor can hijack their broadcast with his own mind to break the psychic transmission. In the central chamber, the Doctor attempts to link his mind to the controlling Monk, who after a struggle overpowers the Doctor. Bill intends to sacrifice herself, linking her own mind to the Monk's despite the Doctor's protests. The Monks' broadcast is replaced with images of Bill's mother, which the Doctor recognises is a strong and loving memory in Bill's mind. Humanity wakes up from the Monks' lies and revolts against them. The Doctor, Bill, and Nardole watch as the Monks abandon Earth. Sometime later, the Doctor and Bill find that most of humanity have no recollection of the Monks. In the Vault, Missy expresses remorse for those she has killed. Continuity[edit] In images showing the Monks' aid to humanity, clips from the stories "Blink", "Nightmare in Silver" and "Into the Dalek" are shown. Later a clip from the "The Pilot" was seen, as well as several still images from past episodes of the new series.[2] Magpie Electrical, which first debuted in "The Idiot's Lantern" and recurs throughout the revival series, is shown as the shop where Bill watches one of the Doctor's broadcasts.[3][4] Outside references Missy briefly plays selections from Eric Satie's Gnossienne No. 1 and Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" on her piano.[2] Production The read-through for "The Lie of the Land" took place on 11 January 2017. Filming took place, alongside the subsequent episode "Empress of Mars", from 16 January to 22 February 2017.[2] In Missy's initial scene, the visual of her eyes superimposed over a panning shot is an homage to a similar scene from the 1996 film.[2] Broadcast and reception The episode was watched by 3.01 million overnight, the series' lowest overnight rating in its history, after the rating of 3.10 million for Battlefield in 1989. This was due to the episode being placed directly against the Britain's Got Talent finale.[5] It received an AI of 82.[6] Critical reception Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Rotten Tomatoes (Tomatometer) 90%[7] Rotten Tomatoes (Average Score) 6.74[7] The A.V. Club B-[8] Entertainment Weekly B[9] SFX Magazine 5/5 stars[10] IndieWire B[11] IGN 8.7 [12] New York Magazine 3/5 stars[13] Radio Times 2/5 stars[14] Daily Mirror 2/5 stars[15] "The Lie of the Land" received mixed to positive reviews, with "a number reviewers finding it the weakest story in the season so far".[16] The episode currently holds a score of 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, the site's consensus reading ""The Lie of the Land" closes a significant chapter for Doctor Who's tenth season -- yet leaves some major characters' fates tantalizingly open."[7]


  • TDP 679: UNIT 4 - UNIT ASSEMBLED from @BigFinish

    8 June 2017 (12:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 16 minutes and 50 seconds

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    @TinDogPodcast reviews Kate Stewart and her UNIT team investigate and confront alien attacks on the planet Earth. Something is stirring, an old foe to those in UNIT with a long memory. And fortunately, to face an old foe... There are old friends. 4.1 Call to Arms by Matt Fitton Mike Yates braves a stormy night in the Lakes to help celebrate a milestone for John Benton. An evening of fond reminiscences of old glories and friends awaits. But a long-buried past is about to catch up with them. Meanwhile, on the rain-lashed moors, what begins as a routine mission for modern-day UNIT quickly becomes a fight for survival. 4.2 Tidal Wave by Guy Adams When an experimental tidal power generator needs its eco-friendly credentials checked, Kate Stewart calls in an expert. Soon, Jo Jones is bound for 'Project Charybdis' in the South Atlantic, along with an awestruck Osgood. But out at sea, a treacherous plan is set in motion to awake an ancient race. Beneath the seabed an army is sleeping - an army of Sea Devils! 4.3 Retrieval by Guy Adams As the Earth's primeval rulers reclaim their birthright, UNIT must stand against them. Kate Stewart and Osgood venture into a Mediterranean stronghold to retrieve a means to fight back. But a Silurian warrior is on their trail. Once she has the humans' scent, Commander Tryska will never give up the hunt. 4.4 United by Matt Fitton The Silurians hold Great Britain under siege. Grand Marshal Jastrok rules the seas and the skies with reptile forces. On the ground, Commander Kalana crushes all ape resistance. With Kate Stewart trapped, defence of the realm falls to UNIT's old guard. Jo Jones, Mike Yates and John Benton are ready to do their duty and stand united. Deploying May 2017 Written By: Matt Fitton, Guy Adams Directed By: Ken Bentley Cast Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood), James Joyce (Josh Carter), Warren Brown (Lt. Sam Bishop), Richard Franklin (Mike Yates), John Levene (John Benton), Katy Manning(Jo Jones), Richard Hope (Jastrok), Neve McIntosh (Kalana), Nicholas Briggs (Sea Devils), Nicholas Asbury (Burmaster), Annette Holland (Anne), Alex Tregear (Laura Sale). Other parts played by the cast. Producer David Richardson Script Editor Ken Bentley Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs This title was released in May 2017. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until July 31st 2017, and on general sale after this date.


  • TDP 677: Torchwood 16 TORCHWOOD _ CASCADE _ CDRIP.TOR from @BigFinish

    7 June 2017 (9:21am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 8 minutes and 57 seconds

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    @TinDogPodcast reviews This title was released in June 2017. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until August 31st 2017, and on general sale after this date. WARNING: The unauthorised reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Your downloads are monitored. Internet piracy is a crime and is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, a fine of PS250,000 or death. Come on, we've all done it. We've all downloaded a cheeky little something we shouldn't have. After all, what's the harm, eh? You never get caught. No-one knows. No-one knocks at your door and tells you you're about to die. Turns out, there's something hiding in the internet. It knows what you've done. And it's going to stop you. Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners Written By: Scott Handcock Directed By: Scott Handcock Cast Naoko Mori (Toshiko Sato), Robbie Jarvis (Stephen), Ashley Kumar (Max), Rachel Handshaw (Nikki) Producer James Goss Script Editor David Llewellyn Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs


  • TDP 676: TV Doctor Who - Pyramid at end of world

    7 June 2017 (7:13am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 11 minutes and 28 seconds

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    @TinDogPodcast review The Pyramid at the End of the World was the seventh episode of the tenth series of Doctor Who produced by BBC Wales. The episode saw Bill make a deal with the Monks to help the Twelfth Doctor regain his eyesight, having been blind since TV: Oxygen, in which he was exposed to the vacuum of space. CONTENTS[show] SYNOPSIS edit At a war zone in Turmezistan where American, Chinese, and Russian armies are about to meet, a 5,000-year-old pyramid stands. It's very strange, but one thing raises the suspicions of the United Nations: it just appeared overnight. The aliens inside claim that humans would cause the death of all life on Earth. Soon, the Twelfth Doctor, Bill and Nardole are facing an invasion the likes of which they have never seen before. Before they invade, the aliens need the permission of humanity. PLOT edit to be added CAST edit The Doctor - Peter Capaldi Bill - Pearl Mackie Nardole - Matt Lucas Secretary General - Togo Igawa The Commander - Nigel Hastings Colonel Don Brabbit - Eben Young Erica - Rachel Denning Douglas - Tony Gardner Ilya - Andrew Byron Xiaolian - Daphne Cheung Monk - Jamie Hill Voice of the Monk - Tim Bentinck UNCREDITED edit Penny - Ronke Adekolouejo CREW edit to be added REFERENCES edit SCIENCE edit Agrofuel Research Operations uses EC 07, EC 31 and EC 46 to genetically modify R. planticola. They have been experimenting with the bacteria for at least 26 days. Douglas is also working on Experiment 7C1677, Enzyme C36 and Culture 14578. The Doomsday Clock is mentioned as having been started by some atomic scientists in 1947. LOCATIONS edit Bill and Penny are at the pub. Bill and Penny go back to Bill's flat. The Doctor, Bill, Nardole and the representatives meet up in a base in Turmezistan. The Doctor's office is mentioned. As the windows aren't big enough, the UN had to break down some of the wall to get the TARDIS out. Bill is wearing a jacket with Okinawa printed on it. Agrofuel is located in Yorkshire. The Doctor mentions Chasm Forge. TECHNOLOGY edit Penny mentions the computer simulation. Penny says she's getting an Uber to get home. The UN car's driver is called on his iPhone. Boat One is boarded again. The Doctor plays his electric guitar. The Doctor uses his sonic sunglasses which have once again been modified to give him very limited spatial information; enough to identify structures and data involving individuals present with him (age, height, etc), but not enough for fine details, such as reading the numbers on a combination lock. The UN sends of a USAF B52 towards the Pyramid. The pilot "maydays" Red 12. Agrofuel uses Bowes brand computers. Citizens in Turmezistan use cameras to photograph the Pyramid. The UN military uses guns. The UN uses Defender 110s. Russia tried to use a missile from a submarine against the Pyramid. GriffinFinder is a search engine. The Monks used a simulation machine. The Doctor tells the people at the meeting to go use Google. ORGANISATIONS edit The Doctor is recruited by the United Nations. The Doctor mentions UNIT and UNIT HQ. The Doctor pays a visit to the Agrofuel Research Operations. BIOLOGY edit Bacteria are being researched in Agrofuel. Xiaolian mentions flu and plague as possible ends to the world. The Doctor mentions GM (genetically modified) bacteria. Erica says the greenhouses at Agrofuel are full of Ethanol. SPECIES edit Bill thinks the Monks are vampires. PEOPLE edit Bill and Penny laugh about the Pope being in Bill's flat. Bill calls the President "orange". Douglas has messages on his iPad from Terry Beyer-Rees (Head of Research), Dr Patel, J. Plant, P. Spriggs, Dr Sherives, K. Moore, P. Hilton, Dr D. Newton, Dr Palmer, S. Lamont and M. Henshaw. The Doctor thinks Erica calls him God when she says "Oh my God". The Doctor says "By George". Biological data edit According to the sonic sunglasses, Bill is female, 26 years old, 167.6cm tall, weighs 130.2 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 79BPM and a body temperature of 37.6 degrees Celsius. Nardole is male, 237 years old, 167.7cm tall, weighs 216.1 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 78BPM and a temperature of 30.3 degrees Celsius. Discounting River Song, whose status as a companion is a matter of debate, this data makes Nardole the oldest known companion to date. The Secretary General is male, 70 years old, 165.2cm tall, weighs 140.1 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 68BPM and a temperature of 37.9 degrees Celsius. Xiaolian is female, 41 years old, 167.0cm tall, weighs 126.7 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 76BPM and a temperature of 37.7 degrees Celsius. Don Brabbit is male, 59 years old, 177.6cm tall, weighs 141.0 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 69BPM and a temperature of 38.0 degrees Celsius. Ilya Svyatoslavovich is male, 70 years old, 186.7cm tall, weighs 176.4 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 72BPM and a temperature of 37.6 degrees Celsius. The Commander is male, 63 years old, 176.7cm tall, weighs 176.3 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 75BPM and a temperature of 37.6 degrees Celsius. One Monk has a height of 204.6cm and a weight of 93.5 pounds. Another has a height of 214.3cm. The glasses are unable to detect their ages. FOOD AND BEVERAGES edit Bill and Penny are drinking wine. Bill: white wine, Penny: red wine. Erica and Douglas drink coffee. Water is being drunk during the meetings in the base. Nardole mentions air, water, food and beer, as basic necessities. EVENTS edit The Doctor says that they are against World War III.


  • TDP 673: 4th Doctor 6.5 Haunting of Malkin Place from @BigFinish

    3 June 2017 (6:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 6 minutes and 19 seconds

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    @TinDogPodcast reviews THE HAUNTING OF MALKIN PLACE Whilst on the way to visit the birthplace of MR James, a chance encounter with a spiritualist on a train sends the Doctor and Romana on the trail of a ghost. It's the most convincing case of haunting he's ever heard of, he tells them. And so, on their arrival, does it appear to be. Things go bump in the night at Malkin Place. The voice of a crying child. Birds bursting into flight. Strange movements in a seance. The Doctor is determined there must be a rational explanation. But is science always the answer to everything? Written By: Phil Mulryne Directed By: Nicholas Briggs Cast Tom Baker (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), Simon Jones (Talbot), Denise Black (Mrs Mountford), Gunnar Cauthery(Maurice), Fiona Sheehan (Beatrice), Rikki Lawton (Tom), Phil Mulryne (Jack). Producer David Richardson Script Editor John Dorney


  • TDP 675: TV DOCTOR WHO 2017 EP06 Extremis

    23 May 2017 (12:37pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 17 minutes and 43 seconds

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    @TinDogPodcast reviews #DOCTORWHO 2017 - EP06 #Extremis "Extremis" is the sixth episode of the tenth series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It is written by Steven Moffat and was broadcast on 20 May 2017 on BBC One. "Extremis" received extremely positive reviews from television critics, with many praising Peter Capaldi's performance and Steven Moffat's script, though some commented on the complicated script. The Vatican calls upon the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) to investigate the Veritas, a book for which its readers typically kill themselves after reading it. When the Veritas is translated and leaked online, the Doctor must uncover the dark secret that the book holds. It is the first of three loosely connected episodes called "The Monks Trilogy".[1]


  • TDP 674: Main Range 225 Vortex Ice/Cortex Fire from @BigFinish

    17 May 2017 (12:10pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 9 minutes and 42 seconds

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    @TinDogPodcast review of Vortex Ice by Jonathan Morris In search of 'exotic particles', the Doctor and Flip arrive 700 feet underground, in a mine in Northern Mexico - only to run into a scientific expedition. Among their number, an exobiologist. They're all on the hunt for alien life! Deep underground, the team finally uncovers a cave of vast crystals - like ice, despite the heat. And inside the crystal: something frozen. Something trapped in time. If only it were something simple, like a monster. But it's far, far worse than that. Cortex Fire by Ian Potter The Doctor brings Flip to the futuristic city of Festin, the best vantage point to witness a unique astronomical light show. In a city governed by the all-powerful network known as the Cortex, they're soon identified as outsiders - nihilists, perhaps, responsible for a wave of terror that's been sweeping the city... But the truth is different. The people of Festin are burning up. Spontaneously combusting. And no-one knows why. Written By: Jonathan Morris, Ian Potter Directed By: Ken Bentley Cast Colin Baker (The Doctor), Lisa Greenwood (Flip), Shobu Kapoor (Sai Chopra), Orlando Seale (Dylan Argent), Monty D'Inverno (Jannik Woolf), Rebecca Todd (Khoralla), Simon Dylan-Kane (Halus), Eve Webster (Bav/ Cortex/ Enforcer). Other parts played by members of the cast. Producer David Richardson Script Editor Alan Barnes


  • TDP 671: TV DOCTOR WHO 2017 EP05 Oxygen

    17 May 2017 (10:56am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 15 minutes and 43 seconds

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    @TinDogPodcast review of "Oxygen" Charles Palmer Jamie Mathieson 13 May 2017 Nardole accompanies the Doctor and Bill to a space station to answer a distress call. Most of the crew have been killed by their smartsuits, robotic spacesuits capable of independent movement which are the only source of oxygen on the station, forcing the TARDIS crew to don spares. The suits received an order to "deactivate organic components"; some crew survived by being disconnected, but networked suits can transmit the command by touch. Bill's suit malfunctions, forcing the Doctor to give her his helmet to save her, exposing himself to the vacuum of space, which blinds him; he later leaves her behind to be electrocuted, knowing her suit hasn't the power for a lethal shock. The algorithm used by the company determined the crew were inefficient and thus too expensive to keep alive. He wires the survivors' life signs to the station so that if they die it will explode, making it more expensive to kill them, so the suits give over their remaining oxygen. Bill is revived, the Doctor's eyes are repaired, and the survivors return to their head office to complain. Back at the university, the Doctor reveals to Nardole he is still blind.


  • TDP 672: Mark Wright Interview

    15 May 2017 (9:03am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 32 minutes and 56 seconds

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    Longest @TinDogPodcast EVER 90 MINS! Interview with Author Mark Wright @mwrightwriter Mark Wright has written many audiobooks, short stories, comic strips and novels for world-famous characters such as ***Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures,*** ***Power Rangers*** and ***Blake 7. ***He is the co-author (along with Cavan Scott) of the Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling miscellany, ***Who-ology* and its follow up, ***Wit, Wisdom and Timey-Wimey Stuff*. Mark is currently co-editor of ***Doctor Who - The Complete History*** part work, and regularly contributes to the pages of the official ***Doctor Who Magazine*** and its sister publication, ***The Essential Doctor Who.* He has recently turned his hand to scripting the on-going comic strip adventures of the Doctor in the pages of ***Doctor Who Magazine*** and is having more fun than is probably allowed writing about his favourite Time Lord. A full-time writer, Mark lives i near Halifax. Mark Wright is a writer who frequently collaborates with Cavan Scott. He also served as a production assistant for Doctor Who Magazine beginning with issue 448. WRITER AUDIO edit Big Finish main range Project: Twilight (with Cavan Scott) The Church and the Crown (with Cavan Scott) Project: Lazarus (with Cavan Scott) Project: Destiny (with Cavan Scott) Masters of Earth (with Cavan Scott) The Companion Chronicles The Prisoner of Peladon (with Cavan Scott) The Many Deaths of Jo Grant (with Cavan Scott) Project: Nirvana (with Cavan Scott) Big Finish Bernice Summerfield The Kraken's Lament Counter-Measures Peshka (with Cavan Scott) Iris Wildthyme The Claws of Santa (with Cavan Scott) Whatever Happened to Iris Wildthyme? (with Cavan Scott) Iris at the Oche Destiny of the Doctor Night of the Whisper (with Cavan Scott) Fourth Doctor Adventures The Eternal Battle (with Cavan Scott) New Series Adventures audiobooks The Nu-Humans (with Cavan Scott) SJA audiobooks Wraith World (with Cavan Scott) NOVELS New Worlds Project: Valhalla (with Cavan Scott) SHORT STORIES Short Trips Light at the End of the Tunnel (in Short Trips: Steel Skies) Mortlake (in Short Trips: Past Tense) ...Be Forgot (with Cavan Scott, in Short Trips: A Christmas Treasury) That Which Went Away (in Short Trips: Seven Deadly Sins) Faithful Friends: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 (with Cavan Scott, in Short Trips: The Ghosts of Christmas) Twilight's End (with Cavan Scott, in Short Trips: Defining Patterns) Priceless Junk (with Cavan Scott, in Short Trips: Indefinable Magic) Big Finish Bernice Summerfield Christmas Spirit (with Cavan Scott, in The Dead Men Diaries) The Crystal Flower (with Cavan Scott, in Life During Wartime) Benny and Louise (with Cavan Scott, in Missing Adventures) Iris Wildthyme The Unhappy Medium (with Cavan Scott, in Iris Wildthyme and the Celestial Omnibus) Iris Wildthyme and the Colonic in Space (with Cavan Scott, in Iris: Abroad) Project: Wildthyme (with Cavan Scott, in Iris: Fifteen) BBC website The Feast of the Stone (with Cavan Scott) The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who Sunset Over Venus COMICS Project: Longinus Project: Longinus (with Cavan Scott) The Dream (with Cavan Scott) Bullies (with Cavan Scott) Doctor Who Magazine Space Invaders! The Highgate Horror The Pestilent Heart Moving In Bloodsport Be Forgot Doorway to Hell Doctor Who Adventures The Purrfect Crime REFERENCES BOOKS Who-ology: The Official Miscellany (with Cavan Scott) The Quotable Doctor Who - Wit, Wisdom and Timey-Wimey Stuff (with Cavan Scott) ACTOR BIG FINISH DOCTOR WHO AUDIO STORIES The Fearmonger - Stephen Keyser The Eye of the Scorpion - Slave Project: Twilight - Mr Deeks The One Doctor - Guard Real Time - Dean DOCTOR WHO UNBOUND Sympathy for the Devil - Marcus BERNICE SUMMERFIELD The Kraken's Lament - Shopper


  • TDP 667: The Shape of Things to Come From @Bigfinish

    13 May 2017 (7:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 8 minutes and 47 seconds

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    Review by @TinDogPodcast This title was released in May 2017. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until June 30th 2017, and on general sale after this date. Every action has consequences. One confrontation, one punch, one bullet - something as simple as a gesture on a train - all can change the course of history. British diplomat Dr Philip Raven knows the world is on a knife edge. But he is about to see how history might have played out differently. How there could be a better future for those who dare to grasp it. An emissary from that future has come to show him... The Shape of Things to Come. Producer David Richardson Script Editor Matt Fitton Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs Written By: HG Wells, dramatised by Guy Adams Directed By: Lisa Bowerman Cast Nicola Walker (Jane), Sam Troughton (Raven), Ewan Bailey (Arden Essende), Simon Greenall (Hooper Hamilton), Eve Webster (Moira Caruso/ Anna), Duncan Wisbey (Titus Cobbett), Stuart Milligan (Benito Caruso). Other parts played by members of the cast.


  • TDP 670: TV DOCTOR WHO 2017 EP04 - Knock Knock

    10 May 2017 (7:20am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 12 minutes and 54 seconds

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    Bill and five students (Shireen, Pavel, Harry, Felicity and Paul), seeking to room together, take an offer by an elderly Landlord for a large mansion at very low cost, as long as they do not enter the tower. Bill gets the Doctor to help with her move. The Doctor insinuates himself among Bill's friends, to Bill's consternation, but is troubled by the numerous noises the house makes, including knocking back when the Doctor knocks on the walls. As night falls, the knocking noises grow, and Bill's friends start to disappear. All the exits from the house are sealed tight, preventing any of them from leaving and separating the remaining ones. Bill and Shireen see Pavel half-absorbed in the wall, and the Landlord appears, striking a tuning fork which causes Pavel to disappear completely. The Doctor discovers the house's woodwork infested with insect-like creatures he calls Dryads. They are responsible for drawing the others into the woodwork prior to consuming them. The Doctor and Harry soon find evidence that every twenty years, a new set of students have been brought to the house to feed the Dryads. The Landlord arrives and admits that he needs the Dryads to keep his daughter Eliza alive in the tower. The Doctor and Bill converge on the tower, finding Eliza's body is now made completely of wood. The Doctor determines that the Landlord is actually Eliza's son, a memory long forgotten. As a boy, he had brought his terminally-ill mother some dormant Dryads he found, unaware of their power. When they heard a high-pitched sound from her music box, they awoke and started turning Eliza to wood to stave off her illness. Since then, the Landlord has controlled the Dryads to keep Eliza well while signing on new tenants to become the Dryads' source of nourishment. Eliza is dismayed to find she has been "living" for so long without an actual life outside the house. Being able to control the Dryads, Eliza takes the Landlord into a hug, over his objections, and thanks the Doctor before having the Dryads consume them, while also reconstituting all of Bill's friends. The group escapes the house before it collapses in on itself. Back at the university, the Doctor offers to take over watch of the vault from Nardole. The sounds of a piano can be heard coming from inside as the Doctor enters to have dinner with the prisoner inside. Continuity[edit] When talking about the Time Lords, Bill asks "Do you wear robes and big hats", to which the Doctor replies "No, big collars mostly". This is a reference to the classic series when Time Lords did wear large collars with their robes, which were introduced in The Deadly Assassin.[1] The Doctor also inadvertently mentions regeneration, but then quickly changes the subject.[1] Outside references[edit] Bill is called out for having a Little Mix playlist by her roommates.[2] The Little Mix songs "Black Magic" and "Weird People" are played during the episode. Production[edit] The read-through for the second production block of the tenth series took place on 18 July 2016, and filming began on 1 August 2016, starting with the third episode of the series, "Thin Ice", and then the fourth episode, "Knock Knock".[3][4] The episode was originally titled "The Haunted Hub".[5] The Fields House in Newport served as the mansion in this story; it had also been used for the Wester Drumlins house in the episode Blink.[2] David Suchet stated he "completely freaked" when he realized on the third day of filming that his family had rented the exact same house the Christmas before for the holidays. [6] In an earlier version of the script Harry, one of Bill's friends, was to be revealed as the grandson of a previous companion of the Fourth Doctor, Harry Sullivan, but this scene was later dropped from the final script.[7] Broadcast and reception[edit] After the episode was first broadcast, people in the UK could view a binaural version of the episode on BBC iPlayer.[8] The episode was watched by 4.32 million overnight, up a half-million viewers from the previous episode, "Thin Ice", and the highest-viewed story overnight since the series opener "The Pilot".[9] It received an Appreciation Index score of 83.[10] Critical reception[edit] Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Rotten Tomatoes (Tomatometer) 85%[11] Rotten Tomatoes (Average Score) 7.39[11] The A.V. Club B+[12] Entertainment Weekly B+[13] SFX Magazine [14] TV Fanatic [15] IGN 8.7[16] New York Magazine [17] Radio Times [18] "Knock Knock" received mixed reviews from critics, receiving criticism regarding the strength of the writing, but praise on the quality of the performances in the story, particularly Suchet's. "Knock Knock" holds a score of 85% on Rotten Tomatoes, the site's consensus reading "A bit of narrative weakness aside, "Knock Knock" is a wonderful mix of nostalgia, horror, humor, and monsters that culminates into a powerful and emotionally complex episode."[11]


  • TDP 669:Torchwood 15 CORPSE DAY from @BigFinish

    9 May 2017 (12:09pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 6 minutes and 58 seconds

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    @TinDogPodcast review of Glynn Lewis is just putting up a spice rack when there's a knock at the door. A knock that will bring a brutal end to his perfect family. PC Andy is very excited. It's Corpse Day - the day when the local constabulary get help on dead cases from Torchwood. This year, he's volunteered to act as liaison, and he knows he's going to have a brilliant time. For Dr Owen Harper, today's just like any other. There'll be bloodshed, screaming and murder. At the end of it all, he doesn't care. After all, life's just for the living, and he's long dead. Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners Written By: James Goss Directed By: Scott Handcock Cast Burn Gorman (Owen Harper), Tom Price (Andy Davidson), Hannah Maddox (Angela), Alex Tregear (Jan), Nigel Betts (Glynn), Oliver Mason (Sonny), Rhian Blundell (Marta), Aly Cruickshank (Desk Sergeant), Charlotte O'Leary (Waitress) Producer James Goss Script Editor Steve Tribe Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs


  • TDP 663 Torchwood - 14 The Dolls House from @BigFinish

    6 May 2017 (6:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 7 minutes and 30 seconds

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    This title was released in April 2017. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until June 30th 2017, and on general sale after this date. 1970s Los Angeles - the city of angels and broken dreams. Three remarkable women keep the West Coast safe from alien attacks - they are Torchwood Los Angeles. So many young girls come to this city hoping for something better. For some, luck is just around the corner. For others that golden ticket never arrives and they just fade away. But it's not that simple. Everyone has a value to someone, and Torchwood are about to discover Hollywood's darkest secret. Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners. Written By: Juno Dawson Directed By: Lisa Bowerman Cast Laila Pyne (Marlow Sweet), Kelly-Anne Lyons (Charley Du Bujeau), Ajjaz Awad (Gabi Martinez), Stuart Milligan (Don Donohue), Eve Webster (Valerie Fox), David Menkin (Brad), Guy Adams (Mr Beamish). Other parts played by members of the cast. Producer James Goss Script Editor Steve Tribe Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs


  • TDP 668: 4th Doctor Phillip Hinchcliffe Presents Helm of Awe from @BigFinish

    4 May 2017 (6:37am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 7 minutes and 53 seconds

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    @TinDogPodcast reviews Philip Hinchcliffe, acclaimed producer of Doctor Who (1975-77) returns to tell new stories for the Fourth Doctor and Leela. The TARDIS arrives on the remote Shetland isle of Bothness and the Doctor and Leela find themselves threatened by Vikings! Only all is not as it seems. The locals are celebrating the old Norse fire festival of Up Helly Aa, so there's nothing to be worried about. Or is there? For, unknown to the islanders, the TARDIS crew are on the trail of an ancient artefact invested with mysterious powers that has recently been stolen and brought to this remote location. Somewhere on this island lurks something ancient, and evil, and alien. The Doctor and Leela will have to stop it. Only on this occasion time might not be on their side. Written By: Philip Hinchcliffe, adapted by Marc Platt Directed By: Ken Bentley Cast Tom Baker (The Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela), Joanna Vanderham (Joanna Renwick), David Rintoul (Professor Angus Renwick), Jane Slavin (Peggy), Ewan Bailey (Davy McTavit), Kieran Bew (Murdo Jamieson), Chris Porter (Nardos), Fleur Hinchcliffe (Young Angus Renwick) Producer David Richardson Script Editor John Dorney


  • TDP 666: TV DOCTOR WHO 2017 EP03 Thin Ice

    3 May 2017 (8:25am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 7 minutes and 2 seconds

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    @TinDogPodcast review The Doctor and Bill find they have arrived in London in 1814, in the midst of a frost fair on the frozen Thames. After dressing in period garments, they take to explore it, unaware the TARDIS sensors have identified a large life form, a kilometer long, under the ice. The Doctor's sonic screwdriver is nicked by Spider, one of several orphan pickpockets led by Kitty. The Doctor and Bill chase down Spider and Kitty away from the fair. There, glowing lights under the ice encircle Spider's feet and before the Doctor can save him, Spider is pulled through the ice. Bill is troubled by the Doctor's lack of remorse for Spider's death. They track down Kitty and learn they have been paid to bring more people to the fair, with some having gone missing. The Doctor and Bill get into diving suits and purposely let the lights take them; the lights belong to strange fish, and they find a giant sea creature ensnared by chains, which has eaten Spider and others. Returning to land, they learn from Kitty that their benefactor is the wealthy Lord Sutcliffe. Sutcliffe affirms his family has used the creature to amass a fortune by feeding it victims then collecting and selling its waste as a super powerful replacement for coal. Fearing the Doctor knows too much, Sutcliffe sends the Doctor and Bill to be eaten, while he rigs a bomb to cause the ice to shatter with maximum possible casualties for fish food. The Doctor and Bill escape, and while Bill works with Kitty and the other orphans to clear people off the ice, the Doctor takes the bomb and places it on the creature's chains. When Sutcliffe sets off the bomb, the creature is able to swim free and Sutcliffe is lost in the freezing water. The Doctor rewrites the deed to the Sutcliffe mansion and its staff to the orphans, allowing them to live there as long as they want. They return to the present, where Nardole scolds the Doctor for breaking his oath to stay on Earth. Bill finds from old newspapers that the orphans lived a fulfilling life, though surprised there was no mention of the sea creature. Nardole, while checking the Vault beneath the University, hears something behind it knock repeatedly and says he will only let it out with a proper request from the Doctor. Continuity The Doctor mentions that he has attended Frost Fairs before. In "A Good Man Goes to War", River Song says that the Eleventh Doctor took her to the 1814 Fair for her birthday, where they were serenaded by Stevie Wonder. The First Doctor took Vicki and Steven to the 1814 fair in Frostfire, where they encounter Jane Austen. The Twelfth Doctor also took Clara Oswald to the 1814 Fair in the novel Silhouette, after promising to take her in "The Caretaker". "Doctor Disco" is the same name the Doctor used when leaving Clara a voice message in "The Zygon Invasion". The Seventh Doctor tells Ace in Remembrance of the Daleks that "your species has the most amazing capacity for self-deception", since there is no record of "the Zygon gambit with the Loch Ness Monster" or "the Yetis in the Underground". In "In the Forest of the Night", the Twelfth Doctor tells Clara that "the human superpower (is) forgetting" extraordinary events.[1] Outside references The Frost Fair of 1814, by Luke Clenell The episode features a visit to the 1814 frost fair, the last one to be held at the Old London Bridge (replaced in 1831), which caused the water flow in the Thames to slow enough to allow it to freeze. As part of a stunt during that fair, replicated in this episode, an elephant was led across the frozen Thames.[4] During one scene with the orphans, the Doctor reads them "The Story of Little Suck-a-Thumb" from Heinrich Hoffmann's Struwwelpeter, which would not actually be published until 1845.[4]


  • TDP 664: Doctor Who Main Range 224 - Alien Heart Dalek Soul from @BigFinish

    29 April 2017 (6:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 7 minutes and 19 seconds

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    This title was released in April 2017. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until May 31st 2017, and on general sale after this date. Alien Heart by Stephen Cole In the TARDIS, the Doctor and Nyssa stumble across a trail of ten destroyed worlds, all of them obliterated by means of some utterly monstrous but utterly unknown device. The planet Traxana would seem to be next in line to suffer the same fate. But when the TARDIS lands on an outpost on Traxana's moon, Nyssa is carried away by a tide of giant green arachnoids, leaving the Doctor behind... And the coming menace is closer than he thinks. Dalek Soul by Guy Adams On the Dalek-occupied world of Mojox, a group of rebels is engaged in a futile fightback against the invaders - but at last they've found an ally, in the form of the mysterious Doctor. Elsewhere, however, the Daleks' Chief Virologist is seeking to perfect a biological weapon to wipe out the Mojoxalli, once and for all. Her name... is Nyssa. Written By: Stephen Cole, Guy Adams Directed By: Ken Bentley Cast Peter Davison (The Doctor), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Eve Webster (Sonderal), Geoffrey Newland (Elthar), Alex Tregear (Theebe), Vineeta Rishi (Falex), and Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks) Producer David Richardson Script Editor Alan Barnes Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs Dalek Imagery from This Planet Earth.


  • TDP 665: TV DOCTOR WHO 2017 EP02 Smile

    26 April 2017 (4:23pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 11 minutes and 53 seconds

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    266 2 "Smile" Lawrence Gough Frank Cottrell-Boyce 22 April 2017 TBD 83 The Doctor and Bill arrive on one of Earth's first colonised planets, Gliese 581d. They are greeted only by two different types of robots: swarm robots (Vardies) and slow but sentient emojibots. An emojibot gives the Doctor and Bill discs that communicate their true emotions. The Doctor theorizes that the planet is awaiting the colonists but soon realizes that the skeletons of a set-up crew have been crushed to feed the plants. Determined to blow up the city, he finds the main ship within it and its engine room, but Bill runs into a child who has awoken from a pod. The colonists were cryogenically frozen, with a few "shepherds" woken early to work. After one shepherd died, the emojibots could not recognise grief and killed all in mourning in an onslaught against sadness. The awakened colonists decide to fight back, but the Doctor wipes the memory of the robots and reboots everything... only humans must now learn to live with the Vardies, the planet's indigenous species. Then, after the TARDIS returns them to London, the Doctor and Bill discover themselves on a frozen Thames River, an elephant walking towards them on the ice.


  • TDP 662: TV DOCTOR WHO 2017 - EP01 The Pilot

    24 April 2017 (9:39am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 14 minutes and 6 seconds

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    from Wiki The Doctor and Nardole have occupied themselves under the guise of a university professor and assistant. Bill Potts is called to the Doctor's office, where Bill becomes the Doctor's student. Bill becomes intrigued by a student named Heather. Heather asks her to inspect a puddle, asking her if she can see what's wrong with her reflection. The Doctor investigates the puddle, and notes that it is not a reflection, but something mimicking them. Bill returns to her flat, and is chased by a moving body of fluid: A living fluid from an alien ship that has absorbed Heather and her feelings for Bill. Bill runs to the Doctor's office and they flee into the TARDIS. The Doctor moves the TARDIS, where he and Nardole check on a vault they are guarding. The TARDIS lands again in Australia, where the Doctor admits who he is. The fluid follows them to another planet in the future, then through a Dalek battle, but survives. Bill convinces "Heather" to let her go, and it departs. The Doctor and Bill return to his office, where he attempts to wipe Bill's memories of the day but she stops him. As Bill leaves, she finds the Doctor waiting with the TARDIS.


  • TDP 661: 4th Doctor 6.4 Dethras from @BigFinish

    22 April 2017 (6:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 5 minutes and 45 seconds

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    in the control room of a World War 2 submarine something strange has started to happen. As the ship runs out of control, its crew begin to fall unconscious... Finding the submarine in the last place they'd have expected, the Doctor and Romana are confronted by a mystery. Once fully populated, there are now only three men on board. And there's now also a chimpanzee. What has happened to the rest of the crew? What are the strange noises they can hear outside the hull? And most importantly, who, or what, is Dethras? Written By: Adrian Poynton Directed By: Nicholas Briggs Cast Tom Baker (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), Alistair Petrie (John), Shelia Ruskin (Flague), Josh Bolt (Philip), Brian Vernel (Robert), John Banks (Franklin), Jane Slavin (Xankari/ Teacher). Producer David Richardson Script Editor John Dorney


  • TDP 660: CHARLOTTE POLLARD SERIES 02 from @BigFinish

    15 April 2017 (6:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 9 minutes and 9 seconds

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    This title was released in March 2017. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until April 30th 2017, and on general sale after this date. Charlotte Pollard. Space-time traveller. Former emissary of the mysterious and terrifying Viyrans. Now she's cast adrift and finds herself and unlikely adventurer Robert Buchan brought right down to Earth -- but an Earth which is changing rapidly. Why and how have they crash-landed in the London Underground? Who are the Identical Men? And why is human behaviour starting to change in startling and unexpected ways? Charley, Robert and their friend the Rogue Viyran must find out if they are the solution or the cause. Deep underground, something is stirring. Fragments of an alien design are coalescing... Part 1: Embankment Station - A bumpy arrival, journalism, politics and a security crisis. Part 2: Ruffling - Hiding in a bank, on the run, trapped underground. Part 3: Seed of Chaos - Tube train trouble, the chaos begins, the Prime Minister arrives. Part 4: The Destructive Quality of Life - Marooned on an alien world, a 'concentration camp' in Slough, messaging through space and time. This release also includes a bonus hour of content featuring interviews with cast and crew. Written By: Nicholas Briggs Directed By: Nicholas Briggs Cast India Fisher (Charlotte Pollard), James Joyce (Robert Buchan), Dan Starkey (Rogue Viyran), Deirdre Mullins (Naomi Davies), Kieran Hodgson (Woking), Ashley Kumar (Rab), Rachel Atkins (Minister), Helen Goldwyn (Lysette Allegro), Pippa Haywood (Prime Minister), Colin McFarlane (The Identical Men), Karen Henson (Madeline), Gary Turner (Captain Warwick), Ben Crowe (Sergeant Hunter), Glen McCready (David Shillingford/Gelrasian/Guard/Proto-Viyran/Donald Predko/Soldiers). Other parts played by members of the cast. Producer and Script Editor Scott Handcock


  • TDP 659: Doctor Who Main Range 223 - ZALTYS from @BigFinish

    12 April 2017 (6:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 12 minutes and 9 seconds

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    @TinDogPodcast reviews ZALTYS In the Vortex, the TARDIS comes under a form of psychic attack - resulting in the abductions of first Adric, then Tegan. Following their trail, the Doctor and Nyssa arrive under the lurid skies of the planet Zaltys, whose entire population has vanished in strange circumstances. Soon, they discover that Zaltys is now the target of treasure seekers, come to scavenge this so-called Planet of the Dead... Meanwhile, deep below the planet's surface, Adric learns the earth-shattering reason why the people of Zaltys disappeared... and why they were wise to do so. And Tegan is, quite literally, in the dark - enduring interrogation by the mysterious Clarimonde. Any friend of the Doctor's is Clarimonde's enemy... because theirs is a blood feud! Written By: Matthew J Elliott Directed By: Barnaby Edwards Cast Peter Davison (The Doctor), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Janet Fielding (Tegan), Sean Barrett (Perrault), Niamh Cusack (Clarimonde), Philip Franks (Gevaudan), Rebecca Root (Sable), Alix Wilton Regan (Lusca/Siobhan), Carol Sloman (Talia/Computer). Other parts played by members of the cast. Producer David Richardson Script Editor Alan Barnes Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs


  • TDP 657: War Doctor Box set 4 from @BigFinish

    9 April 2017 (6:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 11 minutes and 42 seconds

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    This title was released in February 2017. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until April 30th 2017, and on general sale after this date. The War Doctor and Cardinal Ollistra are stranded far from their Time Lord forces, with Daleks closing in, destroying all that stands between them. They must call on the help of new friends and old to fight their way back to the front lines. From the outer reaches of the galaxy, to the heart of Gallifrey itself, the Doctor finds casualties in every place the Time War has touched. Among them, a fighter, a travelling companion of the distant past, who remembers him quite differently. A warrior woman named Leela... 4.1 Pretty Lies by Guy Adams Trapped and desperate, light years from their armies at the heart of the Time War, the War Doctor and Cardinal Ollistra discover that wherever they go, destruction follows. A war reporter named Schandel may provide the key to their escape, but it is often said that the first casualty of war is the truth. When the choice between grim reality and a hero's story means life or death, will the Doctor allow Schandel to print the legend? 4.2 The Lady of Obsidian by Andrew Smith As a Dalek Strike Fleet heads to destroy another defenceless world, the Doctor seeks help from a shadowy guerrilla force. The Time War leaves many casualties in its wake, and inside the Obsidian Nebula the monstrous Unlived are held at bay only by the 'Lady' and her dwindling band of fighters. The War Doctor soon finds himself at the Lady's mercy, and two old friends face new revelations... 4.3 The Enigma Dimension by Nicholas Briggs The Dalek Time Strategist has a new plan to ensure final victory in the Time War. As its forces gather for a huge assault on the enemy, ahead of the fleet something hovers above the planet of the Time Lords. And on Gallifrey itself, shadows move among the Cloisters. The Time Lords face a threat alien to their entire universe. To save their world, the War Doctor and his allies must enter the Enigma Dimension... Written By: Guy Adams, Andrew Smith, Nicholas Briggs Directed By: Nicholas Briggs Cast John Hurt (The War Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela), Jacqueline Pearce (Cardinal Ollistra) Joseph Kloska (Schandel), Julia Hills (Sera/Spokesperson), Mark Elstob (Editor/Old Man), Lizzie Roper (Rosata Laxter/High Minister), Chris Porter (Skaul/Freel), Alan David (Castellan Kanteer), Jane Slavin (Panopticon Guard Lintok), and Nicholas Briggs (Dalek Time Strategist/Daleks/Assault Team Leader). Other parts played by members of the cast. Producer David Richardson Script Editor Matt Fitton


  • TDP 656: Doom Coalition 4 from @BigFinish

    5 April 2017 (6:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 11 minutes and 54 seconds

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    This title was released in March 2017. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until April 30th 2017, and on general sale after this date. The Doctor has been disposed of, and the end of the universe is nigh. There will only be one winner, but how many will lose? 4.1 Ship in a Bottle by John Dorney The Doctor, Liv and Helen are hurtling into a future that has been utterly destroyed, trapped inside a shuttle with no possible means of escape. But with the lives of everyone in the universe in the balance, they've got to find one. And soon. When the stakes are this high, you can't just give up. Or can you? 4.2 Songs of Love by Matt Fitton Left to fend for herself against a bunch of power-hungry plotters hell-bent on destroying the universe, what choice does a girl have but to throw in her lot with the winning side? Using her past to her advantage, River Song returns to the ancestral seat of the Time Lords to make her last stand. 4.3 The Side of the Angels by Matt Fitton Cardinal Ollistra has plans for New York, plans which involve the Deputy Mayor and her sponsor, one 'Reverend Mortimer' - better known to the Doctor as the Meddling Monk. The Eleven arrives to stamp out the resistance, but that isn't the only danger the Doctor finds lurking in the shadows - for New York is a city of Weeping Angels. 4.4 Stop the Clock by John Dorney The time has arrived. Events are in motion. The end of the universe is at hand and the Doctor and his friends have one hour to save eternity. Starting now. Producer David Richardson Script Editor Ken Bentley Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs Written By: John Dorney, Matt Fitton Directed By: Ken Bentley Cast Paul McGann (The Doctor), Nicola Walker (Liv Chenka), Hattie Morahan (Helen Sinclair), Alex Kingston (River Song), Mark Bonnar (The Eleven), Robert Bathurst (Padrac), Emma Cunniffe (The Sonomancer), Rufus Hound (The Meddling Monk), Beth Chalmers (Veklin), Carolyn Pickles (Cardinal Ollistra), Jacqueline Pearce (Ollistra), Olivia Poulet (Jerasta), Vince Leigh (Volstrom/ Matrix Keeper/ Computer), Sasha Behar (Presidential Aide/ Tessno/ Ladonne), Ronnie Ancona (Joanie Carrington), Alex Beckett (Alekall). Other parts played by members of the cast.


  • TDP 658: The First Men in the Moon from @BigFinish

    2 April 2017 (6:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 7 minutes and 37 seconds

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    @TinDogPodcast reviews Mr Bedford has an extraordinary tale to tell. A tale of discovery and adventure, of bravery and sacrifice, and of strange creatures beyond our world. His story begins with a chance meeting in the English countryside. Professor Cornelius Cavor is a scientist, a visionary, and a dreamer - but in Mr Bedford, he finds the practical partner who can help him realise his ambition. The two are thrown together on an impossible journey, and together, Cavor and Bedford are destined to become... The First Men in the Moon. Producer David Richardson Script Editor Matt Fitton Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs Written By: HG Wells, dramatised by Jonathan Barnes Directed By: Lisa Bowerman Cast Nigel Planer (Professor Cavor), Gethin Anthony (Bedford), Chloe Pirrie (Maria Bell), Alan Cox (Shapps/Bartoli/Selinites), David Horovitch (The Grand Lunar). Other parts played by members of the cast.


  • TDP 655: Baker's End 3: Tatty Bogle

    26 March 2017 (6:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 4 minutes and 26 seconds

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    It's raining blood on the village of Happenstance. Things will get hellish. Includes unlimited streaming of Baker's End: Tatty Bogle via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. ships out within 3 days


  • TDP 651: 4th Doctor 6.3 Silent Scream from @BigFinish

    22 March 2017 (9:13am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 5 minutes and 45 seconds

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    On the set of a busy Hollywood movie in the late 1920s, a damsel is in distress! As cameras roll, she opens her mouth to scream and... nothing comes out. Nothing at all. It's happened again. The Doctor, Romana and K9 have arrived in a terrified Tinseltown. A new film is being made and several stars of the silent screen are viewing it as a potential comeback... but it may prove a poisoned chalice. Actors are vanishing and strange creatures stalk the streets. Something evil is lurking behind the scenery. Can the Doctor stop it when he doesn't have a voice? It's time for his close-up. Written By: James Goss Directed By: Nicholas Briggs Cast Tom Baker (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), John Leeson (K9), Alec Newman (Dr Julius), Pamela Salem (Lorretta Waldorf), Jane Slavin (Nelly), Andree Bernard (Lulu Hammerstein), John Banks (Cab Driver/ Director) Producer David Richardson Script Editor John Dorney Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs


  • TDP 652: Main Range 222 - The Contingency Club from @BigFinish

    22 March 2017 (7:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 6 minutes and 33 seconds

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    London, 1864 - where any gentleman befitting the title 'gentleman' belongs to a gentlemen's club: The Reform, The Athenaeum, The Carlton, The Garrick... and, of course, The Contingency. Newly established in St James', The Contingency has quickly become the most exclusive enclave in town. A refuge for men of politics, men of science, men of letters. A place to escape. A place to think. A place to be free. The first rule of the Contingency is to behave like a gentleman. The second is to pay no heed to its oddly identical servants. Or to the horror in its cellars. Or to the existence of the secret gallery on its upper floor... Rules that the Doctor, Adric, Nyssa and Tegan are all about to break. Written By: Phil Mulryne Directed By: Barnaby Edwards Cast Peter Davison (The Doctor), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Janet Fielding (Tegan), Clive Merrison (George Augustus), Philip Jackson (Mr Peabody), Lorelei King (The Red Queen), Tim Bentinck (Wakefield/ Cabby/ Stonegood), Alison Thea-Skot (Marjorie Stonegood/ Computer), Olly McCauley (Edward/ The Knave). Other parts played by members of the cast. Producer David Richardson Script Editor Alan Barnes Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs


  • TDP 654: Baker's End 2: Gobbleknoll Hall from @Bafflegab Productions

    20 March 2017 (10:19am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 5 minutes and 27 seconds

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    @TinDogPodcast reviews Ghost-hunting TV show Manifest Yourself is filming an overnight vigil in Happenstance. But the spirits of Gobbleknoll Hall are not to be messed about with. Can the King of Cats prevent the spooky investigation from going tits up? Includes unlimited streaming of Baker's End: Gobbleknoll Hall via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.


  • TDP 653: Torchwood - Visiting Hours from @BigFinish

    17 March 2017 (1:53pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 5 minutes and 55 seconds

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    @TinDogPodcast review Everyone's a little worried about St Helen's Hospital. In many ways it is a miracle of the modern NHS. It has plenty to offer its patients. The problem is that a lot of them keep dying of natural causes in the night. And no-one can find the bodies. People are beginning to notice. Questions are being asked. And there are rumours - the strange whispering figures seen at the end of the corridors, the electrical buzzing, the screams. Also, Rhys Williams has come to visit his mother. Brenda's had her hip done and is looking forward to a bit of rest and regular crumble. Rhys and his mam are in for a night they'll never forget. Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners Written By: David Llewellyn Directed By: Scott Handcock Cast Kai Owen (Rhys), Nerys Hughes (Brenda Williams), Karl Theobald (Mr Tate), Ryan Sampson (Mr Nichols), Ruth Lloyd (Nurse Brown), Stephen Critchlow (Dr Fletcher) Producer James Goss Script Editor Steve Tribe Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs This title was released in March 2017. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until April 30th 2017, and on general sale after this date.


  • TDP 649: 4th Doctor Adventures 6.2 Eternal Battle @BigFinish

    1 March 2017 (6:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 9 minutes and 25 seconds

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    Synopsis This title was released in February 2017. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until March 31st 2017, and on general sale after this date. The TARDIS has landed in a war zone. The Doctor, Romana and K9 find themselves traipsing through an inhospitable battlefield. Strange lights flicker in the sky, and stranger creatures lurk in the darkness. When rescued from an attack by a Sontaran tank, the time-travellers discover they're facing a far more dangerous foe than the battle-hungry clones. This terrifying fight has been going on longer than anyone can remember... and shows no signs of stopping. With the TARDIS missing and their luck running thin, the Doctor and his friends' only hope of survival is to uncover the truth about what is happening on this planet. If they can discover the secret of the eternal battle they might just survive... but it might just mean the end of them all. Written By: Cavan Scott and Mark Wright Directed By: Nicholas Briggs Cast Tom Baker (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), John Leeson (K9), Dan Starkey (Field Major Lenk/Sergeant Major Stom), Jane Slavin (Captain Nina Albiston/Sycon Computer), John Banks (Brennan/Trooper Varn) Producer David Richardson Script Editor John Dorney


  • TDP 648: The Invisible Man From @Bigfinish

    17 February 2017 (9:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 8 minutes and 58 seconds

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    In the midst of a snowstorm, a stranger arrives in an English country inn, seeking solitude. Soon, inexplicable goings-on at the Coach and Horses bring fear to the village. Two very different men - the scholarly Dr Kemp and gentleman-of-the-road Thomas Marvel - are drawn into terrible events beyond their understanding. A man named Griffin has defied the laws of nature, and is about to embark on a reign of terror. For he is... The Invisible Man. Producer David Richardson Script Editor Matt Fitton Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs Written By: HG Wells, dramatised by Jonathan Barnes Directed By: Ken Bentley Cast John Hurt (Griffin), Blake Ritson (Kemp), Peter Noble (Thomas Marvel), Dan Starkey (Teddy Henfrey), Annette Badland (Mrs Hall), David Rintoul (Reverend Bunting/ Dr Cuss/ The American), Richard Dixon (Colonel Adye/ Mariner/ Shopkeeper), Alex Clatworthy (Agatha/ Millie/ Marie), Alexander Forsyth (Sergeant Perkins/ Constable Jaffers/Barman).


  • TDP 644: Doctor Who - The Pirate Planet Book Review

    12 February 2017 (6:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 10 minutes and 9 seconds

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    Book Description The classic Doctor Who adventure by Douglas Adams, novelised at last About the Author Douglas Adams (Author) DOUGLAS ADAMS was born in Cambridge in March 1952. He is best known as the creator of The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which started life as a BBC Radio 4 series. The book went on to be a No. 1 bestseller. He followed this success with The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980); Life, The Universe and Everything (1982); So Long and Thanks for all the Fish (1984); Mostly Harmless (1992) and many more. He sold over 15 million books in the UK, the US and Australia. Douglas died unexpectedly in May 2001 at the age of 49. James Goss (Author) James Goss is the author of the novelisation of Douglas Adams' City of Death, as well as several other Doctor Who books. While at the BBC James produced an adaptation of Shada, an unfinished Douglas Adams Doctor Who story, and Dirk is his award-winning stage adaptation of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. He won Best Audiobook 2010 for Dead Air and his books Dead of Winter and First Born were both nominated for the 2012 British Fantasy Society Awards. His novel Haterz has been optioned as a movie.


  • TDP UPDATE:- #AskTinDog or Tin-Dog@Hotmail.co.uk

    9 February 2017 (12:30pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 47 seconds

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    with the 10th anniversary of the show coming soon, why not get involved with #AskTinDog yes its stolen from RFS but thats not a huge crime is it?


  • TDP 641: Diary Of River Song Vol 2

    2 February 2017 (5:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 10 minutes and 13 seconds

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    This title was released digitally only in December 2016, and on CD in January 2016. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until March 31st 2017, and on general sale after this date. Time travelling archaeologist and adventurer River Song returns - and this time she will be stepping into the past life of the Doctor, encountering two of his incarnations at once! From the space exploration vessel Saturnius - which is heading to a destination that never gets any closer - to a doomed planet Earth and beyond, River's journey will bring her closer to a new foe... and an encounter with both the Sixth and Seventh Doctors. 2.1 The Unknown by Guy Adams A planetary anomaly. A scientific impossibility. A mystery to be solved. Of course, River Song expects to be consulted. She expects her valuable knowledge and experience will help the crew of the Saturnius unlock the strange phenomenon that has appeared in Earth's solar system. But what River doesn't expect is a stowaway. An infuriating little man, calling himself the Doctor. 2.2 Five Twenty-Nine by John Dorney River has made a terrible discovery. Billions of lives hang in the balance. But if she can save just a few, then it might just help her solve the conundrum of Earth's destruction. But how can she win when survival becomes a race against time itself? A race against Five Twenty-Nine? 2.3 World Enough and Time by James Goss When it comes to bringing down corrupt and exploitative regimes, there is no-one quite like River. Until she arrives at Golden Futures and discovers that someone else has already taken on her job. Someone with almost as much style and panache as herself. The Doctor is about to get the shock of his lives. 2.4 The Eye of the Storm by Matt Fitton The Great Storm of 1703 approaches. The fate of planet Earth hangs in the balance. The only person who can save it is the Doctor. Or River Song. Or quite possibly another Doctor. Or maybe this whole situation is their fault in the first place. Two Doctors. One River. An infinite number of ways to destroy the world. It's going to be a bumpy ride... Written By: Guy Adams, John Dorney, James Goss, Matt Fitton Directed By: Ken Bentley Cast Alex Kingston (River Song), Colin Baker (The Doctor), Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Anna Maxwell Martin (Maddie Bower), Gemma Saunders (Ellen Byrne), Justin Avoth (Robert Murphy), Salome Haertel (Rachel), Jessie Buckley (Sarah Dean / Speravore Queen), Ann Bell (Lisa Burrows), Robert Pugh (Emmett Burrows), Dan Starkey (Computer / Announcer), Aaron Neil (Steven Godbold / Computer), Sara Powell (The PA), Sam Alexander (Todd the Pod), Barnaby Edwards (Autocorrect), Paul Keating (Isaac George), Robert Hands (Daniel Defoe / Barkeep), Alan Cox (Robert Harley / Speravore / Warder). Other parts played by members of the cast. Producer David Richardson Script Editor Matt Fitton Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs


  • TDP 647: Peter Capaldi to leave Doctor Who at end of 2017

    31 January 2017 (2:32pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 14 minutes and 25 seconds

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    eter Capaldi will stand down from Doctor Who in the show's 2017 Christmas special. Capaldi made the surprise announcement on Jo Whiley's BBC Radio 2 show, saying: "One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best. "From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead.


  • TDP 642: Main Range 221 StarMen

    29 January 2017 (5:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 7 minutes and 15 seconds

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    This title was released in January 2017. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until February 28th 2017, and on general sale after this date. Astronomical navigation is a tricky business. To help Adric with his studies, the Doctor sets course for Gallius Ultima - a planet on the edge of the Milky Way, housing one of the most impressive observatories ever constructed. But the TARDIS arrives to find Gallius U in a state of emergency, tracking the return of the Explorer-class ship Johannes Kepler from its mission into the heart of the mysterious Large Magellanic Cloud. A mission that met with disaster... To find out what overtook the crew of the Johannes Kepler, the Doctor and his companions must journey into the heart of the Cloud... and beyond, into the darkness of another reality altogether. The universe of the Star Men. Written By: Andrew Smith Directed By: Barnaby Edwards Cast Peter Davison (The Doctor), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Janet Fielding (Tegan), Sue Holderness (Kala Tace), Sophie Wu (Autumn Tace), Peter Guinness (Rovus), Damian Lynch (Fell/Lom), Kris Dyer (Nomar/Vedrin / Surgical Robot/ Pilot), Barnaby Edwards (Computer). Other parts played by members of the cast. Producer David Richardson Script Editor Alan Barnes


  • TDP 640: New Counter Measures - Series 1

    26 January 2017 (5:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 14 minutes and 28 seconds

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    Synopsis This title was released in December 2016. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until January 31st 2017, and on general sale after this date. 1. Nothing to See Here by Guy Adams A series of violent bank robberies are baffling the Swiss police. It's time for New Counter-Measures to step into the breach. But as the crime spree escalates and one of the team gets closely involved, are they going in too deep? Can you go undercover even from yourself? 2. Troubled Waters by Ian Potter When a lost submarine is found, the New Counter-Measures team are sent into the depths to investigate. But why? What unusual scheme was being hatched on board? Who has very special designs on Allison? And what's happened to the crew? 3. The Phoenix Strain by Christopher Hatherall After tourists are attacked by the birds circling Parliament Square, Sir Toby Kinsella suspects London is about to turn into an Alfred Hitchcock movie. With feathered foes everywhere, the race is on to find out what's happening... and whether this biblical plague can even be stopped at all. 4 A Gamble With Time by John Dorney In the glamorous casinos of Monte Carlo, a nefarious scheme is being hatched. Fortunately, the New Counter-Measures team are on hand to prevent a disaster. But are they betting with the right hand? When they're playing against Lady Suzanne Clare, all bets are off. Written By: Guy Adams, Ian Potter, Christopher Hatherall, John Dorney Directed By: Ken Bentley Cast Simon Williams (Group Captain Gilmore), Pamela Salem (Rachel Jensen), Karen Gledhill (Allison Williams), Hugh Ross (Sir Toby Kinsella), Carolyn Seymour (Lady Suzanne Clare), Tam Williams (Gus Kalwarowksy / Dave and Martin), Joanna Bending (Croupier / Tessa Collins), George Asprey (Balthasar Schrek), Robin Weaver (Edwige Ponzi), Gunnar Cauthery (Franz), Christian Edwards (Alex), Vincent Carmichael (Machado), David Rintoul (Lord Henry Balfour), Claire Calbraith (Starling), Andrew Wincott (Professor Abrams) Producer David Richardson Script Editor John Dorney Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs


  • TDP 646: Cold Fusion - Doctor Who Novel Adaptation 11 from @BigFinish

    25 January 2017 (9:50am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 8 minutes and 4 seconds

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    This title was released in December 2016. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until January 31st 2017, and on general sale after this date. Please note: Doctor Who - Cold Fusion orders before 4th January 2017 didn't ship on CD until 4th January due to a delay in December. Download orders have been available since the December launch. A newly regenerated Fifth Doctor arrives on an occupied ice planet - where the Seventh Doctor is investigating dangerous energy experiments conducted by the Earth Empire. But events spin out of control when a refugee from the distant past arrives - Patience, the Doctor's Wife! Written By: Lance Parkin Directed By: Jamie Anderson Cast Peter Davison (The Fifth Doctor), Sylvester McCoy (The Seventh Doctor), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Janet Fielding (Tegan), Yasmin Bannerman (Roz Forrester), Travis Oliver (Chris Cwej), Christine Kavanagh (Patience), Jeremy Hitchen (Medford/Quint/Quant/Ziyou Wanle/Ferutu), Sharon Maughan (Whitfield), Peter Caulfield (Adam/Falconstock/Sam/Concierge/Robot Voices) Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs


  • TDP 645: Original Sin - Doctor Who Novel Adaptation 10 @BigFinish

    25 January 2017 (9:37am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 8 minutes and 37 seconds

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    This title was released in December 2016. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until January 31st 2017, and on general sale after this date. A warning from a dying alien leads the Doctor and Bernice to Earth. However Earth in this time period is not a good place to be. The murder rate is rising, but the killers seem to be acting without motive. The TARDIS crew's investigations lead them to a military training planet, a prison inside a star, and a terrifying old foe. And all the time they are being pursued - by two dogged Adjudicators who've stumbled onto a terrifying conspiracy. Chris Cwej and Roz Forrester. Things will never be the same again. Based on the 1995 New Adventures novel by Andy Lane. Written By: Andy Lane, adapted by John Dorney Directed By: Ken Bentley Cast Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield), Yasmin Bannerman (Roz Forrester), Travis Oliver (Chris Cwej), Andrew French (Beltempest), Philip Voss (Robot/ Under-Sergeant), Amrita Acharia (Rashid/ Computer/ Shythe Shahid), Robbie Stevens (Dantalion/ Homeless/ Securitybot), Jot Davies (Powerless/ Pryce/ Hater/ Evan Claple). Other parts played by members of the cast. Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs


  • TDP 643: Torchwood One - Before The Fall

    20 January 2017 (12:52pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 8 minutes and 29 seconds

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    Synopsis This title was released in January 2017. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until March 31st 2017, and on general sale after this date. London, 2005. Yvonne Hartman is the undisputed head of Torchwood One. Above the government, beyond the police, she has excellent people skills; enjoys regular tea with the Queen; and effortlessly defends the British Empire from alien threats. Yvonne Hartman is excellent at her job, and inspires devotion in everyone who works with her - until, one day, she makes a terrible mistake. We all make mistakes. But only at Torchwood can a single mistake plunge your world into interstellar war. Yvonne Hartman's facing the fight of her life. One she's going to win. New Girl by Joseph Lidster "They've been coming to us for years. And we've been kept in the dark. My name's Rachel Allan. And I'm Torchwood" It's Rachel Allan's first day at Torchwood. Torchwood only takes the brightest and the best - and Rachel's wondering if Yvonne Hartman's made a terrible mistake in picking her. Plunged into a world of alien invasions and office politics, Rachel's desperate to fit in. For one thing, she really wants this job. And, for another, she knows what happens at Torchwood if you fail. Through The Ruins by Jenny T Colgan "Ianto, please. It's all... it's all gone wrong. I don't know what to think any more." Away Days at Torchwood aren't what you'd expect. Yes, there's the forced camaraderie, the team-building exercises, and the chance for long-held rivalries to boil over. But Torchwood Away Days also have the potential to get very lethal very quickly. Yvonne Hartman's extremely worried by this year's Away Day. But she's got other things on her mind - something's very wrong with Torchwood. Uprising by Matt Fitton "Torchwood. It's taken the best part of a month, but I've finally got things running how they should be. How they should have been all along. " Torchwood has experienced some radical changes, but things are finally settling down. Everyone has pulled together and is trying to put the past behind them. Well, except for Yvonne Hartman - she's out to win the future. There's one problem. Someone seems to have started an interstellar war. Someone who knows Torchwood from the inside out. Written By: Joseph Lidster, Jenny T Colgan, Matt Fitton Directed By: Barnaby Edwards Cast Tracy-Ann Oberman (Yvonne Hartman), Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto Jones), Gerard McCarthy (Dean), Sophie Winkleman (Rachel Allan), Robert Daws (Soren), Tim Bentinck (Thomas), Nisha Nayar (Guleraana), Lorelei King (Pippa), Damian Lynch (Kieran), Simon Hickson (Ziggy), Rachid Sabitri (Mehdi), Helen Goldwyn (Receptionist), Philip Childs (Dave). Other Humans, Aliens and Torchwood Agents played by members of the cast. Produced by James Goss Script edited by Scott Handcock Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs


  • TDP 638: Running Through Corridors Vol2

    19 January 2017 (7:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 5 minutes and 57 seconds

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    Running Through Corridors Volume 2. IN A NUTSHELL 1970s Doctor Who is revisited, reviewed and re-evaluated in the second volume of this fan favourite. REVIEW Long, long ago, (OK, it was 2009, the first gap year since Doctor Whos return to our screens in 2005), two men gave themselves a quest. Too boldly watch and write about every single episode of our favourite television show in the space of a single year... And It is fitting that in 2016 the year second great gap year, that volume two has finally materialised into our book shelves. For those of us who have been living on the dark side of the moon (or egg - depending on your personal canon) who may not have read the first "Running Through Corridors" you have missed a treat. Volume One covered the 1960s while this volume covers the 1970s and a third volume should cover everything else up to the end of the Tenth Doctors tenure. Authors/friends Rob Sherman. (Dalek/Chimes of midnight) and Toby Hadoke. (Moths Ate my Doctor Who Scarf, whosround and more DVD extras than you can shake a stick at) are not only watching every episode of our favourite show but also finding positive and witty things to say about each and everyone. Received fan wisdom is often a welcome casualty of this reasonably mammoth tome. There is nothing but love on display here. Its the love you have for a member of your own family, forgiving and all embracing. Emphasising the positive, while accepting that nothing is perfect - even City of Death. The only thing that could make this will any better be the immediate release of Volume three. It may it may have taken have taken years of this book to finally arrive but it was definitely worth the wait. Just don't ask Rob when Volume Three will be out. No one likes to see a grown author cry. INSERT ITEM INFO. End of review


  • TDP 636: The Beast of Kravenos - 4th Doctor Adventures 6.1

    16 January 2017 (5:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 8 minutes and 28 seconds

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    A stunning new star act is wowing the audiences of the New Regency Theatre. The modern mechanical marvel of canny canine charisma - the automated dog that can answer any question - the incomparable - the unbeatable - K9! The Doctor and Romana have returned to Victorian London and been reunited with their old friends Professor George Litefoot and Henry Gordon Jago. However this is not merely a social visit. A terrifying crime spree is sweeping the capital, and the burglaries of 'The Knave' defy all logic. Something impossibly dangerous is taking place amid the fog. Only the time travellers and their friends can stop it... but can they be sure they're all on the same side? Written By: Justin Richards Directed By: Nicholas Briggs Cast Tom Baker (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), John Leeson (K9), Christopher Benjamin (Henry Gordon Jago), Trevor Baxter (Professor George Litefoot), Conrad Asquith (Inspector Quick), Ed Stoppard (Sir Nicholas Asquin) Producer David Richardson Script Editor John Dorney Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs


  • TDP 637: Doctor Who Main Range 220 - Quicksilver

    13 January 2017 (7:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 7 minutes and 39 seconds

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    Synopsis This title was released in December 2016. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until January 31st 2017, and on general sale after this date. It's the telegram Constance never wanted to read: DEEPLY REGRET TO INFORM YOU LT-CMDR H CLARKE LOST IN ACTION. CLASSIFIED OPERATIONS. Those classified operations concerned a top-secret military project code-named 'Quicksilver'. A project based in Vienna. A project with alien connections. But bombed-out Vienna is not what it was before the war - with its Strauss music, its glamour and easy charm. It's not the time nor the place for a happy reunion. As Constance Clarke is about to discover... And as the Doctor is about to discover, too! Written By: Matt Fitton Directed By: Jamie Anderson Cast Colin Baker (The Doctor), Miranda Raison (Constance Clarke), Lisa Greenwood (Flip Jackson), Matthew Cottle (Henry Clarke), Joel Fry (Kinvar/Rogers), Oliver Cotton (Major Callahan), Kate Kennedy (Ana), Robbie Stevens (Boyarov/Vilal General). Other parts portrayed by members of the cast. Producer David Richardson Script Editor Alan Barnes Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs


  • TDP 639: Space Helmet For A Cow

    10 January 2017 (1:24pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 4 minutes and 34 seconds

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    Space Helmet for a Cow Volume 2 - 1999 to 2013 IN A NUTSHELL A wry and honest look at the real life madness that surrounded the making of the greatest television show in the world. REVIEW Anyone who bought Volume One of Space Helmet for a Cow will be buying Volume Two, this might seem like a broad statement but even after a cursory glance at Volume Two, it's clear that this celebration of the history of "New Who" (1999 onwards) is something worth shelling out those hard earned Grotzit for. This new volume covers a considerably shorter period than the first but still manages to cram its hefty page count with the same high standard of witt and critical commentary that went into the first. It is an extremely joyous trip down memory lane for those of us who experienced the resurgence of the new series from the ashes of old. Every page oozes with the sort of acerbic prose that many reviewers dream of, while taking care not to crossing the line into purely negative territory. Not only is it hilarious but it is deeply comprehensive and will act as a gentle reminder for all of those weird and outlandish moments that abound around Doctor Who production and the universe that we are part of. The book answers many questions that we simply didn't know we were asking. Such as "Did Benny and Bjorn from ABBA really plan a Torchwood musical called Weevil Rock You?" or "Which Doctors shared a bed?" and the slightly more believable "How did David Tennant become his own Father in law?" It is clear that this was a labour of love, it lets us see Doctor Who as it really is - a TV programme that is as haphazard in nature as any other in modern television and it is celebrated here in all of its glory. I would recommend that you don't get this for Christmas because your family will lose you for the entire day and become annoyed at your constant chuckling. INSERT ITEM INFO. End of review


  • TDP 635: Doctor Who - Main Range 219 Absolute Power

    9 January 2017 (10:10am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 9 minutes and 2 seconds

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    Two thousand years ago, all civilisation on the planet Teymah was wiped out in an AELE - an Anomalous Extinction Level Event. Now, the galactic entrepreneur Lyam Yce hopes, at last, to learn the reason why the ancient Teymahrians went extinct - by funding a huge archaeological dig. While the Doctor probes a strange sphere found by Yce's diggers, his companion, former Bletchley Park cryptographer Constance Clarke, agrees to help translate symbols written in the lost ancient language of the Teymahrians. And soon, they'll learn that ancient Teymah's secrets were best left buried deep beneath its shifting sands... Written By: Jamie Anderson Directed By: Jamie Anderson Cast Colin Baker (The Doctor), Miranda Raison (Constance Clarke), Paul Reynolds (Lyam Yce), Jenny Bede (Florrie/Medical Doctor), Arian Nik (Ammar Elkady), Neil Edmond (Professor Aryan Wyke/Mine Worker), Gary Martin (Kohrbal), Esther Hall (Pheenan). Other parts played by members of the cast. Producer David Richardson Script Editor Alan Barnes


  • TDP 634: Doctor Who - The Return of Doctor Mysterio

    5 January 2017 (10:37am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 16 minutes and 11 seconds

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    "The Return of Doctor Mysterio" is an episode of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. First broadcast on BBC One on 25 December 2016, it is the twelfth Christmas special since the show's revival in 2005. It is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Ed Bazalgette. The episode stars Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor and Matt Lucas as Nardole, the latter reprising his role from the preceding episode, "The Husbands of River Song". The episode is set in New York City, and involves the Doctor and Nardole linking with journalist Lucy Fletcher (Charity Wakefield) and a superhero called The Ghost (Justin Chatwin) to combat brain-swapping aliens. The episode received generally positive reviews from critics. Contents [hide] 1 Plot 1.1 Continuity 1.2 Outside references 2 Promotion 3 Broadcast 3.1 Cinemas 4 Reception 4.1 Critical reception 5 Home media 6 References 7 External links Plot[edit] In New York City on Christmas Eve of 1992, an 8-year-old boy named Grant wakes to find the Doctor dangling outside the window of his family's apartment, and helps him come into his bedroom. Taking the boy to the rooftop, the Doctor reveals he accidentally set off a trap for a device he was building, and enlists him to help complete it. However Grant mistakenly swallows a wish-granting gemstone needed for the device, believing it to be medicine, effectively being granted his wish to be a superhero. Abandoning the device, the Doctor makes Grant promise to not use his new superpowers before he leaves. Returning to New York in 2016 with Nardole, whom he rebuilt from Hydroflax's body, the Doctor conducts an investigation into Harmony Shoals, a multinational research company, discovering a news reporter named Lucy Fletcher performing a similar investigation. The group discover that it is being secretly run by a group of living alien brains that transplant themselves into any living creature they need for their plans, killing the company's owner, Mr Brock, for his body. Tracked down by Dr Sims, an employee the brains already took over, the group suddenly are rescued by a masked superhero named the Ghost, who transports Lucy close to her home. Returning to her apartment before her, Ghost transforms back into Grant, who works for Lucy as a nanny, only to be shocked to find the Doctor and Nardole waiting for him, having tracked him down via the gemstone fused to him. When Lucy returns and sees the Time Lord, the Doctor reveals to her that the alien brains colonise planets by taking control of their prominent leaders, with Earth being their next target. Leaving Lucy to prepare for an interview with Grant's alter ego, the Doctor and Nardole track down the alien's ship in a low orbit and board it via the TARDIS. On board, they discover that the ship's reactor is in a critical state, and realise from Dr Sims that he intends to drop it on New York. Remembering an observation made by Nardole, the Doctor realises the city would be vaporised except for the Harmony Shoals building, and that the world leaders would take shelter in the company's other buildings within each capital city on the belief that Earth was under attack, effectively allowing the brains to take them over. After Dr Sims lets slip the ship is to be dropped at a designated time, the Doctor reprogrammes it to begin descending ahead of schedule. Attending his interview, Grant and Lucy become captured by the brains who intend to transplant themselves into Ghost's body. Breaking free and secretly returning as himself, Grant picks up a message from the Doctor requesting his help to stop the alien's ship from crashing into the city after being unable to change its course during its descent. Revealing himself as the Ghost to Lucy in stopping the ship on the rooftop, Grant finally manages to win her over and takes her in tow as he disposes of the ship, while the Doctor alerts UNIT, who subsequently shut down Harmony Shoals, unaware that the alien brain in Dr Sims has escaped within one of their soldiers. Back at Lucy's apartment, Grant informs the Doctor he will no longer use his powers, though as the Time Lord leaves, Lucy asks him why he is sad. Not giving a straight answer as he leaves, Nardole reveals he is still mourning the loss of River Song but will hopefully recover, leaving with the Doctor to aid him further. Continuity[edit] At the beginning of the episode, the Doctor is constructing a device to reverse the paradoxes created during his previous visit in "The Angels Take Manhattan".[1][2] The Doctor mentions that he usually gets "an invasion" every Christmas, a reference to the different invasions of Earth taking place during most Doctor Who Christmas specials.[3] The unnamed brain-swapping aliens last appeared in the 2015 Christmas special "The Husbands of River Song", where they were servants of King Hydroflax. Their main agent, Scratch, stated that they represented "the Shoal of the Winter Harmony."[2] The Doctor tells Lucy that he works for Scotland Yard, which he also did in "The Woman Who Lived". Previously, the Tenth Doctor told the guests at Lady Eddison's manor he was a chief inspector from Scotland Yard in "The Unicorn and the Wasp, while the Eleventh Doctor told President Richard Nixon he was an undercover operative from Scotland Yard (code-named "The Doctor") in "The Impossible Astronaut".[2] A movie theater across from Lucy's apartment features a film called The Mind of Evil, the name of a Third Doctor serial.[4] Nardole mentions that the Doctor cut him out of Hydroflax's body, referring to off-screen events following the "The Husbands of River Song" where he was decapitated and his head was placed inside the artificially intelligent robotic body of King Hydroflax.[5] When the Doctor complains that Grant promised him never to use his powers, Nardole brings up the Time Lord policy of never interfering with other peoples or cultures, first mentioned in the Second Doctor serial The War Games.[4] When clearing out the headquarters of Harmony Shoal, a UNIT officer prepares to contact Osgood, referring to Petronella Osgood who previously appeared in "The Day of the Doctor", "Death in Heaven" and "The Zygon Invasion" / "The Zygon Inversion".[3] Both the Doctor and Nardole refer to the final 24-year night the Doctor spent with River Song ("The Husbands of River Song") and her eventual death in the Library ("Forest of the Dead").[2] Outside references[edit] The character of "The Ghost" is a pastiche of the comic book superhero Superman, with several references to the character being made throughout the special: Superman's creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, are referenced when Mr Brock suggests to the gathered reports to direct further questions to ""Miss Shuster and Ms. Siegel".[6] Grant has roughly the same standard powers of Superman, including flight, super-strength, super-speed, being bulletproof, and possessing X-ray vision,[7] along with other unconventional powers.[1][7] He gains his power from a stellar-powered object (a gemstone made from a star, in the episode), much as Superman gains his from Earth's yellow sun.[1][7] The Harmony Shoals building in New York featured in the episode has a large globe on top of it, making it resemble the Daily Planet building, a major setting of Superman stories.[1] Grant prefers being called "mild-mannered", as Superman's alter ego is often characterized. He also follows the same moral code as Superman when operating as the Ghost,[7] and transforms in a similar fashion by tearing open his shirt to reveal his superhero costume underneath.[1] The special features a number of elements that mimic those from Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie. One scene involves the Ghost voicing his hope that Lucy's close call at Harmony Shoal hasn't put her off journalism, paralleling the same scene in the film in which Superman hopes Lois is not put off from flying after he rescues her from falling out of a helicopter.[7] Lucy also conducts a rooftop interview with the Ghost reminiscent of Lois' interview with Superman in the film.[8] Lucy Fletcher is named after Lois Lane's sister Lucy.[1] Her character is similar to Lois' in that she does not realize that her old high school friend and current nanny is the superhero Ghost.[5] The initials "L.L." used by several characters of the Superman comics (Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Lex Luthor, Linda Lee) is used in Lucy's married name: Lucy Lombard.[1] Several characters from Marvel Comics line the walls of the young Grant's bedroom.[1] The Doctor questions Spider-Man's unusual origin of being bitten by a radioactive spider; he opines that radiation poisoning would be the likely result.[1] A "Joe's Pizza" is shown within the city, which is where Peter Parker worked at briefly in the movie Spider-Man 2.[2] The Doctor counsels Grant that "with great power comes great responsibility," an adage associated with Spider-Man.[7] Batman is briefly referenced after the Ghost drops Lucy off at her apartment building. When the baby monitor he is carrying goes off, Lucy mistakes it for a signal device and asks if the Bat-Signal is now an app.[1] The Doctor uses the viral mobile game Pokemon Go to create a distraction at Harmony Shoal's Tokyo headquarters.[9][10] Promotion[edit] The episode was revealed and the first trailer was shown at the 2016 New York Comic Con on 7 October 2016.[11] A preview clip was shown as part of the Children in Need broadcast on 18 November 2016.[12] Broadcast[edit] Cinemas[edit] The episode will receive cinema screenings in Australia and New Zealand on 26 December 2016,[13][14] in Canada on 26 and 28 December 2016,[15] and in the United States on 27 and 29 December 2016.[16] Reception[edit] The episode had an official rating of 7.83 million viewers in the UK, making it the 6th most watched show on Christmas Day 2016.[17] The overnight rating was 5.68 million, a share of 27.1% of the total TV audience.[18] The episode received an Appreciation Index score of 82.[19] It also received 1.7 million viewers on BBCA, was BBC America's top telecast of the year across all key demographics, and was the most talked about Christmas day television program on Facebook and Twitter.[20] Critical reception[edit] The Telegraph gave a positive review of five out of five stars and summarized that the episode was "a romp with a classic feel and cross-generational appeal".[9] Andrew Billen writing in The Times gave the programme four stars out of a possible five. Billen said that Capaldi was at his warmest and that Nardole (Matt Lucas) "added panto brio to an already exuberant episode".[21] The Guardian gave a positive review of The Return of Doctor Mysterio saying "Capaldi takes Manhattan!" ... "Cosmic baddies are inserting alien brains into world leaders' heads in the Christmas special. It's timely, top-of-the-tree fun - and Peter Capaldi and Matt Lucas are a pantomime treat".[22] IGN said ""The Return of Doctor Mysterio" is a pretty lightweight entry in the Twelfth Doctor's oeuvre, which considering the events of last season isn't necessarily a bad thing. But the different elements of the episode don't come together as smoothly as they could, and the emotional through line for the Doctor is treated mostly as an afterthought" but gave it 7/10.[23] A.V. Club gave a mixed review saying that "Doctor Who takes a jolly detour to superhero goofiness".[24]


 
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