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Impossible Podcasts

Impossible Podcasts
Lively discussion of the fiction of the fantastic on television, in books and in films, including Doctor Who fan commentaries

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Average Episode Duration:
Longest Episode Duration:
Total Duration of all Episodes:
0 days, 16 hours, 23 minutes and 57 seconds
Earliest Episode:
24 May 2022 (7:37am GMT)
Latest Episode:
19 May 2013 (12:03am GMT)
Average Time Between Episodes:
3 days, 17 hours, 47 minutes and 12 seconds

Impossible Podcasts Episodes

  • Points of Who #6 - Doctor Who Newsflash

    4 June 2012 (12:39am GMT)
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    Caleb Woodbridge and P.G. Bell bring you our monthly roundup of news, views and chatter.

    It's a short and sweet one this month - just enough time to congratulate Steven Moffat on his new BAFTA, wave goodbye to the Ponds and hello to Jenna-Louise Coleman, and ponder the demise of the SFX Weekender convention. Plus, a look ahead to next month's podcasts, which are chock full of Doctor Who goodness!

    Length: 13 minutes

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  • Visual Memory #4 - The Secret of Monkey Island

    16 May 2012 (6:00pm GMT)
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    Welcome, ye scurvy landlubbers, to a rum-fuelled edition of Visual Memory! The grog isn't strictly necessary, but it's rather fitting for the game Christopher Bell has loaded into the cannons this month. Prepare to set sail for The Secret of Monkey Island!

    This classic point-and-click adventure was created by a triumvirate of designers and writers, Ron Gilbert, Dave Grossman and Tim Schaffer, as an alternative to heavy-handed adventure games where one slip meant instant death or inability to complete the game. This was meant to be a more forgiving (there's only one place you can die, and that's by drowning), and thus more enjoyable experience.

    Players take on the mantle of Guybrush Threepwood, a young scallywag out to prove himself as a mighty pirate on Melee Island. To do this he needs to complete three tasks to impress a trio of pirate lords. Along the way, he will meet the love of his life (the governess of Melee Island, Elaine Marley), as well as battling the ghost of LeChuck, an infamous pirate out to marry Elaine by any means necessary.


  • Doctor Who - 5.4 'The Time of Angels'

    11 May 2012 (9:15pm GMT)
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    The Weeping Angel, coming out of a television screen Caleb Woodbridge and Sarah Burrow go back to commentate on The Time of Angels, the story which reintroduced River Song and the Weeping Angels for the Steven Moffat era. With the Angels returning for Amy and Rory's departure from the show in the autumn, does it hold any clues to the future?

    You can read what our very own James Willetts thought of the episode at the time in his Time of Angels review. And in wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey fashion, we recorded our commentary on Flesh and Stone, the second half of the story, back in 2010 when it first aired.

    Length: 51 minutes
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  • Random Encounter #3 - Don't Stop Believing

    2 May 2012 (6:00pm GMT)
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    Can video games be good for the soul? In her ongoing examination of the state of gaming, Olivia Cottrell wonders if we couldn't all do with a bit more soul...

    Video games and religion are not what you might call natural bedfellows. Even as games have grown up in the last few years and started to explore questions of race, sexuality and the more basic issues of morality (good vs evil, the needs of the many or the needs of the few and so on) religion has been a topic that most games try to avoid. As a gamer with a vested interest in religion (being a Christian), I find it frustrating that so many titles still shy away from a frank look at this fundamental aspect of the human condition. And that, when they do attempt it, they often fall very short of the mark.


  • Visual Memory #3 - Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors

    18 April 2012 (5:30pm GMT)
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    Its cult following may be more famous than the game that spawned it but, as evidence of a Darkstalkers reboot continues to mount, Christopher Bell looks back to 1994 and the birth of Capcom's original monster mash.

    As franchises go, Darkstalkers is one of the few to have flourished beyond its video game origins. It's been turned into a popular manga comic, a couple of animated series (avoid the Saturday morning American TV version at all costs!) and a 15th anniversary coffee-table tribute book, packed with gorgeous artwork. Its most popular characters, meanwhile, have gone on to star in a host of other high-profile titles including the Marvel vs Capcom series and a Magic: The Gathering-style card game. Most noticeably, they've become a mainstay of the cosplay circuit, with (mostly female) characters drawing eyes and camera lenses at conventions across the globe.

    Not bad for a series that hasn't seen a new release since 1998.


  • Random Encounter #2 - Tell Me a Story

    29 March 2012 (12:28am GMT)
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    Welcome back to Random Encounter, the monthly digest of gaming's hot topics. This month, Olivia Cottrell wants to know where all the good scripts have gone.

    Last week, I had a very strange moment. I was sitting in my living room, controller in hand, and I cried. Not big, dramatic sobs, just a sudden overflow of emotion that left me scrabbling around for a tissue. This was not prompted by anything melodramatic. All the game had done was build a character up through interactions and dialogue, then scripted something for them to say that touched me in a way that only a few things ever have. This had never happened to me in a video game before - but perhaps I should have seen it coming.

  • Visual Memory #2 - God Hand

    20 March 2012 (6:12am GMT)
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    Welcome to the latest Visual Memory, the monthly column exploring classic video games on extinct systems. This month, Christopher Bell thinks it's time to re-assess a stone cold turkey...

    In a market saturated by cookie-cutter first person shooters and awful movie tie-ins, it's great to see a games company try something different. And while God Hand is remembered as the game that killed Clover Studios (the people behind the rather beautiful Okami), it did at least turn heads. Poisonous chihuahuas, a demonic Elvis, the ability to spank your female opponents... I couldn't make any of this up if I tried!


  • Doctor Who - 5.02 'The Beast Below' - Commentary

    16 March 2012 (2:36am GMT)
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    The Doctor meets Liz Ten Caleb Woodbridge, Swithun Dobson, Sarah Burrow and P. G. Bell return to The Beast Below, the second episode of the Smith/Moffat era!

    Join us as we discuss Star Wars references, political allegory, sparkly space whales, Paragon versus Renegade actions, and whether the Doctor is pro- or anti-monarchy! But watching the episode again, will the team choose to Protest or Forget?

    Length: 58 minutes
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    What did you think of The Beast Below? Should the Doctor have brought down the British monarchy? Did you care about the plight of the space whale? And just what had happened to the Welsh on Starship Britain?!

  • Random Encounter #1 - Girls, Guns 'n' Games

    29 February 2012 (6:00pm GMT)
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    Welcome to the very first edition of Random Encounter. Running as a counterpoint to our retro games column Visual Memory, this new monthly feature tackles the issues facing gamers in the here-and-now. Podcaster, reviewer and hardcore gamer Olivia Cottrell kicks things off with a matter very close to her heart...

    All the Mass Effect news lately - especially the trailer featuring the female version of Commander Shepard - has gotten me thinking about the first game in the series. Mass Effect introduced me to gaming as a hobby (some might say an obsession), but why did I latch on to that particular game when I had played others before it and have enjoyed others since? What made Bioware's space opera so special? Which buttons did it press that others didn't?


  • Visual Memory #1 - The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

    17 February 2012 (12:45am GMT)
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    The Legend of Zelda celebrates its 26th anniversary next week but Christopher Bell is looking back, not forward, in the first edition of Visual Memory - a brand new monthly column exploring classic games on extinct systems...

    Legend has it that the kingdom of Hyrule is protected from an ancient darkness by the Picori Blade, a sacred sword entrusted to the royal family by the Minish - a race of Borrower-sized folk who can only be seen by children. Every century, the people of Hyrule celebrate their victory over the forces of evil by holding a royal tournament, at which the winner is allowed to touch the sacred blade. It just so happens that this year's winner is an evil sorcerer by the name of Vaati, who shatters the sword, unleashing a tide of monsters on the land. To make matters worse, he turns the young princess Zelda to stone. It's up to her young friend Link to track down the mysterious Minish, re-forge the Picori Blade and restore the princess...


  • Review: Mass Effect 3 Demo

    12 February 2012 (4:37am GMT)
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    With the demo for Mass Effect 3 out this Tuesday, Olivia Cottrell gives us a sneak preview of what we can expect from the final installment in Bioware's science fiction action/RPG epic...

    It's nearly the end of a long wait. On March 9th, Mass Effect 3 will be released and a journey that began in 2007 will come to a close. Commander Shepard, fearless space marine (of either gender) will finally face the Reapers and - depending on your ability to make friends - defeat them for all time. This Tuesday, players will have the chance to experience a little of what Mass Effect 3 will be like when Bioware releases the demo for Xbox Live, Playstation and PC. I was lucky enough to get an early access code, so what does this third and final chapter in Shepard's saga have in store?


  • Doctor Who - 'Worlds in Time' - Video Game Review

    1 February 2012 (7:00pm GMT)
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    For such a diverse show, Doctor Who has always stuggled when it comes to video games. Could Worlds in Time be the one to buck the trend? Olivia Cottrell takes her virtual TARDIS for a spin...

    Pity the Doctor Who fan who also happens to be a video game geek. While the Doctor might initially seem a perfect fit for the video game world - his universe of strange aliens, dramatic stories and quirky characters is already one with a touch of the virtual about it - the franchise's attempts to cross into video games have so far been decidedly lacklustre. While perfectly decent for free titles, a clunky control system and broken AI meant that the recent range of downloadable 3D Adventure Games were frequently frustrating experiences. As someone who considers herself both a video games nerd (I've spent too many hours shouting at dragons over the past month to successfully argue otherwise) and a Doctor Who fan, I was ready for something more satisfying.


  • Points of Who 2: Doctor Who movie rumours and series 6 DVD review

    8 January 2012 (1:37am GMT)
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    In the second Points of Who, we go beyond our commentaries to catch up on the Doctor Who news and rumours.

    In this episode:
    • Caleb and Sarah discuss David Yates' original comments on making a Doctor Who film.
    • Swithun and James discuss Steven Moffat's response and what they'd like to see from a Doctor Who movie.
    • Caleb and Sarah discuss the Night and the Doctor mini-episodes.
    • Caleb gives his in-depth review of series 6 as a whole.
    Length: 40 minutes
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    Should Doctor Who go to Hollywood, or is it better suited for the small-screen? How does series 6 hold up now it's out as a box-set? Let us know your thoughts below!

  • Doctor Who - 7.0 'The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe' Commentary

    25 December 2011 (3:58am GMT)
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    Merry Christmas! Caleb Woodbridge, Sarah Burrow and P. G. Bell go through the wardrobe to discuss this year's Doctor Who Christmas special, The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe!

    In our latest podcast commentary, we discuss the influence of C S Lewis on Doctor Who, whether Matt Smith should have a child as a companion, the criminal underuse of Bill Bailey, Steven Moffat's gender politics, the place of fairytales in Doctor Who, the extraordinary in the everyday and much more.

    Length: 1 hour 10 minutes
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    What did you think of this year's Christmas special? Did it enchant you, or did you feel it could have been better? What other classic Christmas stories would translate well to Doctor Who?

  • Doctor Who - 4.0 'Voyage of the Damned' Commentary

    23 December 2011 (12:09am GMT)
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    David Tennant and Kylie Minogue face the Heavenly Hosts'Twas the night before Christmas Eve... and our resident Scrooge Swithun Dobson and very own Tiny Tim Caleb Woodbridge return to do battle between humbug and good cheer in their commentary on Voyage of the Damned, a tale of the Titantic in space, evil angels, and killing Kylie Minogue at Christmas!

    Join us as we discuss whether the disaster movie format is compatible with the traditional Doctor Who good versus evil showdown, the representation of angels in pop culture, the deification and deconstruction of the Doctor, and much more. And a merry Christmas to all of you at home!

    Length: 1 hour 10 minutes

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    Don't forget to check out our spoiler-free preview of this year's Christmas special, The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, and come back in a couple of days for our podcast commentary on the same!

    And please let us know, what do you think makes for the perfect Christmas special? What Doctor Who Christmas presents are you hoping for from Santa? Leave your comments below!

  • The Walking Dead - 2.07 'Pretty Much Dead Already' - Review

    2 December 2011 (6:13am GMT)
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    This is the show's last chance to impress before its mid-season break. Has it succeeded? Kieran Mathers finds out...

    Finally. After hours of wandering through the woods, The Walking Dead rediscovers what it's good at; theatre like intimacy and intensity; emotional engagement; a Mamet-esque development and understanding of male characters. This episode drives the plot forward and gives everyone in the wider ensemble something to actually do. It also features a climactic zombie massacre that would do the source material proud. At long last, it's television that makes you want to carry on watching.


  • The Walking Dead - 2.06 'Secrets' - Review

    29 November 2011 (8:56pm GMT)
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    AMC's zombie thriller approaches its mid-season climax, but will we be tuning in when it return? Kieran Mathers finds out...

    My word, there's an awful lot of shouting in this episode! After several plodding instalments, this season's incipient conflicts finally rear their ugly rotting heads. Gunfights, sex, violence... it's all here. I won't call it a return to form because it's still pretty poor fare compared to much of last season, but it's almost watchable again.

  • Video: Doctor Who Party - Fish fingers and custard!

    27 November 2011 (5:05am GMT)
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    Last weekend, we threw a party with the help of a Come Round Doctor Who party pack. As part of the evening's festivities, we decided to re-enact the Eleventh Doctor's first meal post-regeneration, as served to him by Amelia Pond: fish fingers and custard! Stay tuned for our podcast discussion on the series 6 DVD release, the movie rumours and the Christmas special trailer, all coming soon!

    If you're on Twitter, please retweet his party tweet to help Caleb win Doctor Who prizes!

  • Elisabeth Sladen tribute: The Sarah Jane Adventures - 'The Man Who Never Was' Commentary

    18 November 2011 (9:00pm GMT)
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    Elisabeth Sladen, star of the Sarah Jane Adventures Caleb Woodbridge, P.G. Bell and Sarah Jane devotee Brandon Michelle pay tribute to the wonderful Elisabeth Sladen, who as Sarah Jane Smith won the hearts of generations of fans.

    We look back on The Sarah Jane Adventures in our commentary on the final story, 'The Man Who Never Was', discussing Elisabeth Sladen's return to our screens via Doctor Who, the show's place in children's television drama history, and what both she and the show mean to us.

    Length: 1 hour 4 minutes
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  • The Walking Dead - 2.05 'Chupacabra' - Review

    18 November 2011 (6:07am GMT)
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    Kieran Mathers watches dull things happen very slowly...

    I really wasn't looking forward to reviewing this episode. For the fifth week in a row, the party of survivors wanders through the woods in search of the missing Sophia. There is also friction with the patriarchal Hershel (Scott Wilson) over access to his farm and the liberties being taken by some of the group.

    So thank goodness for red-neck hero Daryl (Norman Reedus) whose Touching the Void-style survival exploits reward us with a great series of scenes. His relationship with his missing brother Merle (Michael Rooker), last seen handcuffed to a rooftop in Season 1, is revisited as a means of fleshing out his insecurities about his role in the group, and his eventual acceptance at the end of the episode is lovely - a real highlight.

  • The Walking Dead - 2.04 'Cherokee Rose' - Review

    11 November 2011 (6:00am GMT)
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    After some hit and miss episodes, is there still life in AMC's zombie horror series? Kieran Mathers finds out...

    As a series, The Walking Dead has never aspired to the sprinting pace of 28 Days Later's "infected", and is usually content to amble along like a good old fashioned Romero zombie. But now it seems the series is degenerating into a legless corpse, dragging itself hand over hand, week by week, despite some occasional spikes in activity.

    This week, our characters clear a well. Seriously, they hoist a zombie out of a well. Daryl (Norman Reedus) takes a walk in the woods and the little girl whom the audience no longer cares about is still missing. Some cars move ... that's about it.


  • Points of Who 1: Your feedback and our new schedule

    11 November 2011 (1:22am GMT)
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    Welcome to our first edition of Points of Who, our new regular slot for your feedback!

    Up until now, we've been discussing your comments, tweets, emails and the like on a fairly ad-hoc basis. But we've decided to have a monthly slot dedicated to your questions, views and opinions.

    In this episode, we discuss your reactions to The Wedding of River Song, plus where to find Doctor Who actors in horror movies (answer: practically everywhere!). We also welcome a new guest commentator Brandon to the show, and ask for your suggestions in naming P. G. Bell's baby boy - his wife has already vetoed Stormaggedon!

    Length: 24 minutes
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    We also announce our new regular schedule for the coming months with Doctor Who off the air...


  • The Walking Dead - 2.03 'Save The Last One' - Review

    4 November 2011 (8:00am GMT)
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    Is The Walking Dead living up to its potential? Kieran Mathers takes a look at the latest instalment...

    Zombies have it pretty easy. Robbed of their higher brain functions, all they have to worry about is food. (And what exactly happens if a zombie doesn't eat? Can they get any deader? All comments gratefully received). They certainly don't have to contend with the existential crises that beset our heroes this week; is life worth living and what are they prepared to do to save themselves?

    As Lori (Sarah Callies) and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) watch their son Carl (Chandler Riggs) slowly succumb to his injuries in the farmhouse, they are forced to wonder whether it would be kinder to let him die. We're forced to wonder too - Carl's distended belly and seizing fit are really tough to watch and his parents' helplessness makes it all the more harrowing.

  • Interview - Simon Marshall-Jones - Spectral Press

    30 October 2011 (4:53am GMT)
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    Simon Marshall-Jones In this era of economic downturn, as e-book sales rocket, bookshop chains collapse and the publishing industry doesn't seem to know which way to jump, it takes a very brave soul to establish a small, independent press imprint.

    But that's exactly what Simon Marshall-Jones, the founder and editor of Spectral Press, has done and business is booming. Some of the rising stars of fantasy and horror are writing for him, his first three publications have all sold out and there are bigger things yet to come.

    Our reviews editor P.G. Bell spoke to Simon at FantasyCon 2011 in Brighton this month, to find out what he's doing right.

    Length: 11 minutes

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  • Author Interview - Simon Kurt Unsworth - FantasyCon 2011

    30 October 2011 (4:53am GMT)
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    Hundreds of fantasy, sci-fi and horror fans descended on Brighton last weekend for the British Fantasy Society's annual convention. Our reviews editor, P.G. Bell, was one of them.

    There are lots of good reasons to attend the annual FantasyCon. Free wine is one. The chance to meet your favourite writers and publishers in the flesh is another. And that's why I was there. (Well, also for the free wine. But definitely not for Saturday night's tentacle burlesque show. Honest).

    I got to chat with World Fantasy Award nominated writer Simon Kurt Unsworth, who was in town to launch his new book, Quiet Houses. (If you haven't heard our review of Quiet Houses yet, you can download it here). He told me how the book came into being, how a series of long bus journeys led to him becoming a writer, and why he likes his characters to be "baffled". Click the link below to hear the full story, and read on after the break for some photos of the launch and the rest of the weekend!

    Length: 22 minutes

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  • Book Review - 'Quiet Houses' - Simon Kurt Unsworth

    30 October 2011 (4:53am GMT)
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    "Do you live in a haunted house? Have you ever been to a place and had an experience that you cannot explain? Do you have a story to tell? Serious researcher wants to hear from you. Must be prepared to go on record. No timewasters. Tel:01524 500 501 ext 23 and leave a message."

    Simon Kurt Unsworth is one of the rising stars of horror and dark fantasy fiction, and we've got our hands on his new book, Quiet Houses - a reinvention of the classic English ghost story. Our reviews editor P.G. Bell gives us his verdict with the help of a genre-appropriate (and slightly ghostly) guest star. Click below to find out what they thought!

    Length: 13 minutes

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    Title: Quiet Houses
    Author: Simon Kurt Unsworth
    Publisher: Dark Continents Publishing
    Format: Paperback (PS9.99) 
    ISBN: 9780983624516
    Published: October 2011

  • The Walking Dead - 2.02 'Bloodletting' - Review

    28 October 2011 (6:57am GMT)
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    Good news, zombie fans - AMC have announced that The Walking Dead will return for a third season next year. But will we still be watching? Kieran Mathers weighs the pros and cons of the latest episode...

    Like the final floundering heartbeat of a zombie plague victim, this episode only manages sporadic moments of life. When it's good, it's very good but when it's bad it's ugly.

    In this episode, Grimes has to get his son to a doctor. Realising they don't have the correct equipment to save him, Shane and a companion head back into town, where an overrun FEMA hospital might provide the equipment they are looking for...


  • The Walking Dead - 2.01 'What Lies Ahead' - Review

    26 October 2011 (8:46pm GMT)
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    A bitter struggle to survive. Mindless, shambling antagonists. A dwindling team facing a bleak and uncertain future... But enough about the backstage politics! What did Kieran Mathers think of the Season 2 opener?

    I can't imagine The Walking Dead being made by a major network. The offspring of such movies as Day of the Dead, it's very much a work of horror and lends itself to graphic dismemberments and decapitations, so credit goes to AMC for being brave enough to push the boundaries.

    And, until recently, the gamble seemed to be paying off.

  • Video Games - 'Mortal Kombat' (2011) - Review

    20 October 2011 (5:30pm GMT)
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    Beat-em-up classic Mortal Kombat rose from the dead earlier this year, looking better than ever. But, after almost twenty years and some bad mistakes (including those dreadful movies starring Christopher Lambert), has the game that launched a thousand headlines retained its power to shock? And, more importantly, is it any fun to play? Christopher Bell finds out...

    I've been playing the Mortal Kombat series since it made its gore-soaked, parent-and-politician-bothering debut way back in the early 1990s and, considering that I'm now 27, that would put me at around nine or ten years old when MK1 first arrived. Don't panic; my folks were OK with it, and I didn't become the ultra-violent little so-and-so that the naysayers claimed I would.

    Skip forward to the here-and-now. The digitised actors have been replaced by fully Unreal Engine 3 rendered, three-dimensional punch bags, albeit on a 2D plane; the ninja costumes are no longer re-colours (the original suit was white, and the colours changed depending on the character), giving a greater sense of visual identity and, last but not least, the series' trademark Fatalities are much more grisly.

    But I'm getting ahead of myself. Because the biggest change is not merely technical.


  • Review - Browncoats Mix Tape - Adam WarRock

    17 October 2011 (5:30pm GMT)
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    What happens when space cowboys meet gangsta rappers? Something amazing, that's what! Resident uber-nerd Olivia Cottrell dons her headphones and brings us the lowdown on a highly unlikely mashup...

    The internet is a wonderful place for creativity. Especially in terms of fandom: all kinds of talented, creative people use the genre shows, comic books and video games that they love as raw material to express themselves in media that you would never expect in a million years. So it is with the small but growing genre of 'nerdcore' rap artists - musicians who (truer to the roots of hip hop and rap than their more mainstream contemporaries) use the genre to talk about the things that are important to them. It's just that these things happen to be the aforementioned comic books, TV shows, and video games. While doing so, they often articulate wider points about life in general. So it is with Adam WarRock's newest offering, The Browncoats Mixtape, based on Firefly.


  • Doctor Who 6.13 'The Wedding of River Song' Commentary

    2 October 2011 (5:27pm GMT)
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    Caleb WoodbridgeSwithun Dobson and Sarah Burrow discuss 'The Wedding of River Song' , episode 13 of Doctor Who series 6. As the Doctor heads to his almost certain death, something has gone very wrong with time, thanks to a woman...

    We discuss alternate realities, guns'n'eyepatches, Indiana Jones, the Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, time loops, the motives of the Silence, the legend of the Doctor, stepping back into the shadows, story arcs and more, plus we look forward to the Christmas special and beyond!

    Length: 1hr 13 minutes
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  • Video Games - 'Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine' - Review

    30 September 2011 (11:37pm GMT)
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    Olivia Cottrell gives us the lowdown on Space Marine, published by THQ for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC and released on September 6th 2011.

    Well, it was inevitable, really. Having reviewed the promotional game Kill Team, it seemed only natural that I try Space Marine when it came out- at least, that's the excuse I used. Released on Friday last week, Relic Entertainment's vision of a grim, dark far future where there is only war is a surprisingly enjoyable romp that incorporates some of the best things about the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

    The story of the game is simple enough. The player is put in the clunky armoured shoes of Brother-Captain Titus, an Ultramarine (the best kind of space marine, apparently) captain tasked with liberating a strategically vital world from the orks. Things develop quickly and, though I won't spoil the climax, there are some pretty fun action sequences that have to be seen to be believed. Combat is standard hack and slash/point and shoot, though the game's decision to omit the now-ubiquitous cover mechanic means that unwary players can quickly find themselves mobbed. You can only regain health by performing finishing moves on enemies- initially this seems alright but you can still be attacked while doing so, which can be very frustrating.

  • Seven Ways the Doctor Could Cheat Death in 'The Wedding of River Song'!

    30 September 2011 (3:01am GMT)
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    Caleb Woodbridge looks ahead to 'The Wedding of River Song', considering seven possible (or impossible!) ways to cheat death when you're a Time Lord!

    Theories covered include:
  • "I woke up and it was all a terrible dream"
  • It's the Doctor's ganger!
  • It's the Tessalecta!
  • "Regeneration juice" and other technobabble
  • "Time can be rewritten"
  • "To be fair, the universe did blow up"
  • The love of a good woman?
  • Listen to the evidence for and against each one, let us know your predictions, and check back in a day or two's time for our commentary on the finale!

    Length: 17 minutes
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  • Doctor Who 6.12 'Closing Time' Commentary

    24 September 2011 (3:55am GMT)
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    Caleb WoodbridgeSwithun Dobson and Sarah Burrow discuss 'Closing Time' , episode 12 of Doctor Who series six, which sees the return of both of Cybermen and James Corden in the latest tale from Gareth Roberts!

    As the Doctor's death approaches, he makes a social call on his old friend Craig Owens, but soon finds himself saving the world one last time. We discuss the Doctor's parenting skills, Cardiff filming locations, sentimental endings, and much more, as well as responding to your feedback on The God Complex!

    Length: 1hr 6 minutes
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  • Doctor Who 6.12 'Closing Time' Spoiler-free review

    18 September 2011 (10:38pm GMT)
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    Caleb Woodbridge previews 'Closing Time', episode 12 of Doctor Who by Gareth Roberts.

    Two hundred years later, and the Doctor is preparing to meet his end at Lake Silencio. As part of his "farewell tour", he calls in on Craig Owens (James Corden from The Lodger) to make a social call, but with mysterious power shortages and disappearing shop attendants, he can't resist investigating one last mystery...

    After exploring the darker side of travelling with the Doctor in The Girl Who Waited and The God Complex (don't forget to check out our audio commentaries on those episode), we're back to a much lighter action-adventure in this week's encounter with the Cybermen. The domestic humour combined with something sinister in a department store harks back to Russell T Davies-era Who, especially the first episode Rose, which is no bad thing in my book.

    As might be expected from the pen of Gareth Roberts, who brought us last series' The Lodger, as well as the witty The Unicorn and the Wasp and The Shakespeare Code, the jokes come thick-and-fast. The bromance between the Doctor and Craig reaches new levels (and the return of the so-called "Gay Agenda"!) One of the Doctor's new abilities from earlier in the series provides a great running gag too.

    James Corden is one of those comedy guest stars, like David Walliams last week or Catherine Tate before, who tend to polarise opinion. I really enjoyed both Gavin and Stacey and The Lodger, and Corden's turn as the hapless but likeable Craig Owens is just as entertaining a second time round, though sadly Daisy Haggard only gets a cameo as Sophie. There's a fun reappearance for Lynda Baron, making her third guest showing in Doctor Who: she was Captain Wrack in the Peter Davison story Enlightenment, and sang 'The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon' all the way back in 1966 for The Gunfighters!

    Some might find the ending a bit too sentimental - the Doctor says as much! But I really enjoyed it - it's fun, touching and scary in the right places. The Cybermen get treated properly as monsters and are nicely effective, even on a small scale.

    Although an unashamedly fun episode, the shadow of the Doctor's impending death looms large, and the closing moments lead directly in to the events we saw back at the start of the series, where the Doctor was struck down by the Impossible Astronaut. Closing time indeed...

    Check back on Saturday night for our audio commentary on 'Closing Time' and to let us know what you thought!

  • Doctor Who 6.11 'The God Complex' Commentary

    17 September 2011 (4:00am GMT)
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    Caleb WoodbridgeSwithun Dobson and Sarah Burrow discuss 'The God Complex' , episode 11 of Doctor Who series six, penned by Being Human writer Toby Whithouse.

    The Doctor, Amy and Rory face their nightmares in an infinite hotel, but has travelling with the Doctor finally become too dangerous? We discuss nightmares, blogger stereotypes, religion in Doctor Who, Rory's lack of faith, the question of what the Doctor believes in, the departure of Amy and Rory Williams, and much more.

    Length: 1hr 2 minutes
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  • Doctor Who 6.11 'The God Complex' - Spoiler-free preview

    16 September 2011 (11:17pm GMT)
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    Caleb Woodbridge reviews 'The God Complex', episode 11 of Doctor Who, a weird and twisted tale of nightmares and infinite corridors by Being Human scribe Toby Whithouse.

    After last week's excellent The Girl Who Waited, this keeps up the high standard with a neat psychological tale. Although last week's events aren't referenced directly, it certainly has an impact on the Doctor's relationship with Amy and Rory. The Doctor's fallibility comes under more scrutiny as the TARDIS team face their worst nightmares...

    The Minotaur makes for a great monster, and there's a strong guest cast, including David Walliams doing a typically Walliamsian turn as Gibbis, one of the most cowardly creatures in the cosmos. Amara Karan is the other stand-our performance, playing Rita, who I think is Doctor Who's first Muslim character (at least since the 1965 historical story The Crusade, which says a lot). Questions of faith form an important part of the story - it's the most theological Doctor Who has been since The Satan Pit back in Tennant's first series.

    The nightmare hotel is reminiscent of Whithouse's portrayal of Purgatory in Being Human series 3, which also featured people's individual fears. It's interesting that in telefantasy, Purgatory has become a place where characters go to "Face their Issues" rather than be purged of their sins: the afterlife adapted for the therapy age. That's not what's going on here though - we're still firmly in science-fiction territory.

    There are lots of easter-eggs for fans of the show, including blink and you'll miss them glimpses of old monsters (plus a member of the production team!) There's a sly link back to a Tom Baker era story, and a vital scene that echoes a moment in The Curse of Fenric. 

    It's not as emotional as last week, but still a strong, moving and intelligent story. Check back on Saturday night for our podcast commentary on the show!

  • Torchwood Miracle Day - 10. 'The Blood Line' - Commentary & Series Review

    15 September 2011 (6:05am GMT)
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    Caleb Woodbridge and Swithun Dobson discuss the finale of Torchwood: Miracle Day, The Blood Line. Has Miracle Day given Torchwood a new lease of life or reduced it to shambling corpse?

    We discuss Holocaust parallels, dystopian futures, sympathy for the devil (or at least Oswald Danes), the clash between its high concept science fiction concept and its action-thriller format, and deliver our verdict on the series as a whole!

    Length: 1 hour 16 minutes
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    Have you stuck with Torchwood through to the end? What did you think of the conclusion to Miracle Day? Do you want to see more from the Torchwood team, and if so, where should the show go next?

  • Doctor Who 6.10 'The Girl Who Waited' Review

    14 September 2011 (5:19pm GMT)
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    James Willetts brings us his review of 'The Girl Who Waited'! Don't forget to check out our commentary, and let us know what you think!

    What can you say about The Girl Who Waited? Well first of all, it's brilliant. Secondly though, it's yet another chance for the cast to showcase just how great they are.

    I was speaking to someone the other day who complained that since RTD left Doctor Who hadn't been the same. They were right. It's got better. This has been touted as a little bit like Turn Left, but it's as superior to that as the Original Trilogy is to the Prequels.

    This isn't just look what happens if the Doctor dies, if you make the wrong choice, go through the wrong door. This is what happens if that wrong decision is compounded again and again. None of it malicious. This wasn't a trick to make things deliberately worse. This wasn't a world threatening sequence of disasters. It was one woman who pressed the wrong button and ended up in a different time stream. That's it.

    In fact the whole theme of this episode was choices. It opens with Amy making the wrong choice of what button to press (but it was one that Rory and the Doctor could easily have made too), hinged upon Amy making the decision to work with Rory to save her younger self, and ended with the Doctor leaving Rory to make the choice about which wife to save.

  • Torchwood Miracle Day - 10. 'The Blood Line' - Spoiler-free preview

    12 September 2011 (4:52am GMT)
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    Caleb Woodbridge previews 'The Blood Line', the shocking finale of Torchwood: Miracle Day. With Torchwood split across opposite sides of the world - Rex and Esther in Buenos Aires; Gwen, Jack and Oswald in Shanghai - the race is on to reverse the Miracle before the Families can implement the next stage of their grand plan.

    It's the end, but has the moment been prepared for? Well, sort of - like Miracle Day as a whole, 'The Blood Line' is a mix of the good, the bad and the just plain silly. But it carries it off with enough energy and conviction to make it compelling, if not entirely coherent, storytelling. And inevitably, not everyone is going to make it out alive...

    Tough choices await Captain Jack and the rest of his team. Much of the drama centres around the decision to bring back death, giving a real sense of the weight and responsibility of the choice. This is especially true of Gwen Cooper, whose opening speech sets the tone for the episode, and Eve Myles does a great job as usual of humanising what could become a rather abstract concept. Central to the series is the theme of the danger of deciding who lives and who dies.

    On a lighter note, there are also some fan-pleasing references to Doctor Who continuity. And the last few scenes come with a twist that will redefine Torchwood as a show if it returns - but whether it will be renewed is very much in question.

    Perhaps more importantly, should the show return? Check back on Thursday night for our commentary and full post-mortem dissection of the undead corpse of Torchwood: Miracle Day!

  • Doctor Who 6.10 'The Girl Who Waited' - Commentary

    10 September 2011 (3:58am GMT)
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    Caleb Woodbridge, Swithun Dobson and Sarah Burrow commentate on 'The Girl Who Waited' by Tom MacRae, the latest episode of Doctor Who!

    With Amy Pond trapped in the Red Waterfall facility, can the Doctor and Rory rescue her before she is killed by kindness? Or will time catch up with her first?

    We discuss time-travel conundrums, asking if knowing the conventions of the show's format helps or hinders the drama. We dig deep into Amy and Rory's relationship, praising Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill's performances, plus spot the connections to The Mind Robber, City of Death and Amy's Choice, keep score with Moffat Bingo and much more!

    Length: 57 minutes
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  • Book Review - 'Kingston to Cable' - Gary Greenwood

    9 September 2011 (6:00pm GMT)
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    There's a new reviewer in town. Claire Fayers squares off against the latest offering from fantasy and horror writer Gary Greenwood. Who will be left standing?

    Western crossovers seem to be gaining in popularity. First we had Western-martial arts comedy (Shanghai Noon), then Korean Western (The Good the Bad and the Weird). Cowboys and ninjas fought in The Warrior's Way and, as I write this, Harrison Ford is doing battle in Cowboys & Aliens.

    Kingston to Cable by Gary Greenwood takes the Western, shakes it up a bit and dumps it in a fantasy setting. The world is one of isolated towns separated by vast expanses of inhospitable territory and the opening scene is the most classic of all Western classics: a stranger rides into town.

    Or, rather, a Stranger. In Kingston, Strangers are a recognised class - wanderers with names such as Slake and Hook and Justice. They stay in the town Station, drink in the town bar, stay for a few days or a few weeks, and move on. Some of them are pursuing their own agendas, some just appear to enjoy causing trouble. Many are reputed to have magical powers, which explains the townspeople's reluctance to get involved with them.


  • Doctor Who - 'Night Terrors' - Review

    5 September 2011 (7:00pm GMT)
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    Scary for scary's sake? Reviewer James Willetts asks whether last Saturday's episode had more to it that meets the (glass) eye...

    There's a lot of talk a lot of the time about how scary new-Who can be. How it's somehow unsuitable for children, as though terrifying them about a fictional monster is in some way going to emotionally cripple them for life. It's an argument that most people, thankfully, have little time for, and I bring it up because 'Night Terrors', an episode which was seemingly designed simply to scare the crap out of small children everywhere, actually addresses it. It's a nicely meta moment that sums up everything else within this episode; a child's father mentions that, to stop him being scared, they banned scary television.

    It's probably a common response. If you read the message boards and speak to parents they often worry that Doctor Who may be unsuitable for their child. As though mild peril with a through-flowing message that everything will be alright in the end is a bad thing.


  • Television - My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic - Review

    30 August 2011 (8:00pm GMT)
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    We were a little surprised when Olivia Cottrell first asked to write a review of the new My Little Pony series. After all, she's not exactly the girly-girl type. But then, from the sound of it, neither is the series...

    When you hear 'My Little Pony', what springs to mind? Chances are you'll think of the pastel, plastic doe-eyed monstrosities that were advertised with an equally vapid cartoon- strictly the territory of little girls, and not particularly discerning ones at that. However, if you've spent a little time on the Internet recently, you might have noticed the growing popularity of a modern version of the cartoon. Entitled My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, this new series has enchanted a new demographic of 18-35 year old males (among others) and consequently taken the Internet by storm. Fan art, fan fiction and pony-dedicated websites abound in every corner of the web. So what has made this show so popular? Has the Internet finally gone mad? And what on earth is a Sonic Rainboom?

  • Torchwood Miracle Day - 6. 'The Middle Men' - Review

    28 August 2011 (7:58pm GMT)
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    Reviewer James Willetts weighs in on the latest episode of Torchwood. Has his patience finally paid off?

    With a single episode Torchwood has sparked a resurgence, albeit one that may well have come too late for the casual viewer. After five weeks of lethargically plotted, unyieldingly slow story, we're finally rewarded with three ongoing plot threads that are equally relevant and interesting. It's hard to believe that this is the same series.

    Whilst Rhys and Gwen try to break her father out of the Welsh concentration camp, Jack does some investigative work into PhiCorp and Rex and Esther set out to reveal the truth about the death of Dr Juarez.
    Rex and Esther are both given a chance to shine here and, after five weeks in which neither have shown much in the way of engaging characterisation (Esther in particular having suffered from a bad case of the 'Nobody Cares-ies') it's certainly refreshing to see them both engaging in some plot advancing escapades. Their story also benefits from a series of scenes which successfully build the tension as Rex digs himself deeper and deeper into trouble.


  • Torchwood Miracle Day - 5. 'The Categories of Life' - Review

    28 August 2011 (7:58pm GMT)
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    James Willetts is back to pick over the bones of the latest episode of Miracle Day. Warning: may contain traces of Buffy.

    So that was it. Torchwood's big twist was that there was no twist. The concentration camps are just concentration camps and Oswald Danes really isn't a nice man after all. Yes. It's not exactly The Sixth Sense. Hell, it's not even The Village, but Torchwood should really be applauded for its enthusiastic willingness to play it straight.

    The only problem is, no one seems to have told the show runners, who breathlessly announced that this was the point at which PhiCorp's true intentions would be revealed. Except, as it turned out, they were the same intentions that were revealed last week.


  • Torchwood Miracle Day - 3. 'Dead of Night' - Review

    28 August 2011 (7:58pm GMT)
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    James Willetts shares his thoughts on last week's episode of Torchwood. It seems he's a glutton for punishment. Don't forget to download our commentary for Episode 4: 'Escape to LA', available immediately after the UK broadcast tonight!

    Torchwood, Torchwood, Torchwood. What the heck is going on here then?

    Whilst the last few episodes have been all over the place in terms of realism, characterisation, plotting and holding an audience's attention I'm still happy to watch this. No matter how bad it is, the innate draw of sci-fi, or just a neat 'what if' are enough to keep me going. Something has to be really bad to lose me entirely. I'm not one of these people who think life's too short to waste on bad TV, or low budget B-Movies, or spending an evening of my life trying to find some Superhero themed music*.

    Some people might see it as a character flaw. Personally, I think it's more of a triumph. Anyone who's read anything I've ever written, knows that I frequently dislike the shows I watch. Just because I have a tolerance for nonsense, doesn't mean I can't recognise it when I see it.


  • Torchwood Miracle Day - 2. 'Rendition' - Review

    28 August 2011 (7:58pm GMT)
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    James Willetts wonders why the latest episode of Torchwood wasn't as much fun as Iron Man or dinosaurs.
    If you missed our commentary for 'Rendition', find it here!

    There are two huge problems with the second episode of Miracle Day which derail an engaging and enjoyable story.

    Unfortunately there are two parts of the episode which ring so false that all sense of logic, excitement and larger storyline are utterly lost. The first is the softening of the public's attitude towards Oswald Danes, and the second is the creation of an anti-toxin to cure arsenic poisoning from the everyday contents of an aeroplane.

  • Torchwood Miracle Day - 4. 'Escape to L.A.' - Review

    28 August 2011 (7:57pm GMT)
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    James Willetts continues his weekly analysis of the Marvel Universe Miracle Day. Don't forget this week's podcast commentary, available immediately after the UK broadcast, tomorrow evening!

    When I was a student I discovered a series that I instantly fell in love with. It was a genre bending mash up of Raymond Chandler-esque gumshoe investigation and teen drama, in a fresh and vibrant school setting. The first two seasons involved an ongoing plot arc but the third, faced with cancellation and troubled budgeting, featured two shorter mini-arcs - an elegant mix between episode-of-the-week shenanigans and a more involved season arc which meant the producers had a chance to tell two final stories rather than one.

    The reason I bring this up is because we're now four episodes into Torchwood: Miracle Day and nothing has happened since the first ten minutes. Now, this may be the most meta of stories: a plot that shambles on long after it should have died may be a novel way to demonstrate the problems of a world in which death is no more, but somehow, I don't think so.


  • Doctor Who - 'Let's Kill Hitler' - Q&A with Steven Moffat

    28 August 2011 (7:57pm GMT)
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    Photo by Dave Parsons Doctor Who is back! Our full-length commentary will be online later this week but, to tide you over, here's something a little bit special. WARNING: contains some spoilers about a returning monster!

    Our very own Caleb Woodbridge had the chance to question Steven Moffat, Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan at the recent preview screening for 'Let's Kill Hitler', held at the British Film Institute in London. Find out how the showrunner keeps his stories straight, his approach to the mythology of the Doctor and, most importantly, why they really keep killing Rory.

    The secrets of the universe lie within this podcast.* Can you afford to live without it?

    Length: 33 minutes

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    *As long as you consider Karen Gillan's favourite outfit of the series one of the secrets of the universe.

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