The Earth Station Who Podcast Episode 149 – The Androids of Tara

Earth Station Who Podcast Ep 149
The search for the Key to Time takes the ESW crew to Zenda, er, Tara. Mike, Mike, Jen, and Mary see if Mary Tamm playing a total of four parts can equal over half of Tom’s screen time in this story. Plus, we preview some upcoming local Doctor Who themed conventions.
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Review: Doctor Who the Companion Chronicles – Home Truths

Home_TruthsBlurb: There’s a house across the waters at Ely where an old woman tells a strange story.

About a kind of night constable called Sara Kingdom. And her friends, the Doctor and Steven. About a journey they made to a young couple’s home, and the nightmarish things that were found there. About the follies of youth and selfishness. And the terrible things even the most well-meaning of us can inflict on each other.

Hear the old woman’s story. Then decide her fate.

Review: Of all the companions that Big Finish could work with, Sara Kingdom was the most likely. Since she only appeared in the final nine episodes of a single serial, The Daleks Master Plan, it didn’t seem possible for her to have any unseen adventures with the Doctor and Steven. Yet, Big Finish decided to exploit the fact that episode seven of The Daleks Master Plan does not contain a cliffhanger for episode 8. With Sara’s characterization changing somewhat in the later episodes, it seemed possible that maybe she did have a few more adventures with the Doctor and Steven than what had been seen on TV. It created a great opportunity for Big Finish, since Sara has a tremendous backstory to exploit. She started as a blindly obedient agent of the futuristic Space Security Service who doesn’t even question the order to murder her brother, Bret Vyon, when it’s given by the Guardian of the Solar System, Mavic Chen. Her obedience leads her to do the deed and to hunt the Doctor and Steven as criminals until they prove to her that Chen has sold out the human race to the Daleks. Then she swears vengeance on Chen even as she travels with Steven and the Doctor to protect the taranium core that the Daleks covet. Writer Simon Guerrier who had written a short story for Sara Kingdom was asked to write the story, and Big Finish prepared to reintroduce the character to modern audiences with Home Truths. Continue reading “Review: Doctor Who the Companion Chronicles – Home Truths” »

Review: Doctor Who The Early Adventures – The Sontarans

SontaransBlurb: The TARDIS arrives on a moon-sized asteroid orbiting two gas giants. With an amazing view, it’s a chance for the Doctor, Steven and Sara to unwind after their recent adventures.

But they quickly find themselves in the midst of battle – on one side: a familiar group of space-suited soldiers – members of the Space Security Service. On the other: strange, squat aliens in body armor.

Surviving the initial hostilities, the Doctor and his friends discover that the SSS squad is on a terrifying mission. With many lives at stake, they have to venture deep inside the asteroid in search of a hideous weapon. But who can they trust in the battle against these Sontarans? Continue reading “Review: Doctor Who The Early Adventures – The Sontarans” »

The Monster Scifi Show Podcast – Scifi News for 2/3/2017

Happy 2017!!!! This is the first Scifi News podcast for this new year and there is a lot of news to cover. Here are the “BIG” 3 topics +1 which I will be talking about on this show:

Highlander Reboot Will Start a Trilogy, Gets Compared to John Wick

Ben Affleck Steps Down as Director of The Batman

Peter Capaldi to Leave ‘Doctor Who’

John Hurt Passed

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Review: Doctor Who the Companion Chronicles – The Anachronauts

AnachronautsBlurb: An experimental timeship smashes into the TARDIS, and the crews of both ships wake up on a desert island. Has the TARDIS been destroyed? And why doesn’t the Doctor want to escape?

Then, Steven and Sara find themselves on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall in 1966. And their only way back to the TARDIS is to betray the Doctor.

Review: Big Finish had wanted to reunite Peter Purves and Jean Marsh in an audio adventure for some time. Both Purves and Marsh had had successful trilogies in The Companion Chronicles range written by Simon Guerrier. With Purves expressing interest in working with Marsh again, it seemed obvious to put the two together sooner rather than later. A double-length Companion Chronicle was commissioned, but the author was unable to meet the deadline. Instead, fan favorite Simon Guerrier was asked to create a replacement at the last minute. The result was The Anachronauts. Continue reading “Review: Doctor Who the Companion Chronicles – The Anachronauts” »

Earth Station Who Podcast Episode 147 – The Ribos Operation

Earth Station Who Ep 147Bones of our fathers, bones of our kings! Mike, Mike, and Mary enter the catacombs in hopes of finding the first segment of the Key to Time. In addition, they discover a new companion for the Fourth Doctor, the pretty and prim Romanadvoratrelundar, aka Fred.
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Review: Doctor Who Short Trips – Etheria

bfmstdl09_etheria_cover_largeBlurb: Having escaped an ambush by pirates, the Doctor and Vicki are stranded on a strange world, in the shadow of vast rock formations and islands in the sky. The only way home is through the treacherous Etherlands, where the invisible Ether alters the perception of anyone who enters…

Review:Over ten years ago, Big Finish used to publish short story anthologies about Doctor Who. They referred to these as anthologies as Short Trips. Soon after the new series debuted, the BBC removed Big Finish’s license to publish Doctor Who books. Yet, the Short Trips live on in the form of narrated audios of Doctor Who short stories. Nick Wallace’s Etheria is one of these, set during the time when the Doctor traveled with Vicki and Steven and is narrated by Peter Purves. Continue reading “Review: Doctor Who Short Trips – Etheria” »

The Oncoming Storm Ep 190: NA #53 The Return of the Living Dad

2017 is finally here! We hope you’re enjoying the new year as much as we are. To celebrate the new year, why don’t you sit down and relax with us as we venture into another little English village? Don’t mind all the aliens, they’re here to help.

And we’re back! Hope everyone had a great holiday. We here at Oncoming Storm HQ all had a wonderful break, but there was one thing missing… heated Doctor Who discussion! Josh, Ashley, Rachel, and Jeff are once more headed into that depth, with some discussion about Return of the Living Dad by Kate Orman. Benny finally finds out what happened to her father, and calls on the Doctor to track him down! Lots of disputed points in this episode, and one of the crew even goes as far as saying this might be their favorite book! But before we can get to the book discussion, there’s a months worth of news to talk about, and there’s an announcement about the future of the podcast to get through. The Oncoming Storm… this time, we’ve got a sentient spatula! It’s really the best thing in the book.

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Review: Doctor Who the Companion Chronicles – Upstairs

dwcc0803_upstairs_1417_cover_largeBlurb: When the TARDIS lands in a dilapidated attic, the Doctor, Vicki and Steven discover they are on Earth, in London… in Number 10 Downing Street.

However alien forces are at play here, affecting the very fabric of the building… and adjusting the very essence of history itself.

Review: The final full season of The Companion Chronicles saw a focus on the first Doctor’s era. Every companion except for Sara Kingdom got a new story. Upstairs put together the team of Maureen O’Brien, reprising her role as Vicki, and Peter Purves, once again playing astronaut Steven Taylor. O’Brien hadn’t done much work for Big Finish by that point, but Purves was one of their regulars having done over a half dozen audio dramas this point. Upstairs allowed Purves to take a backseat to O’Brien who gets the lion’s share of the work, narrating the story as Vicki and also doing the voice work for all of the characters other than Steven, whom Purves plays. It allows this story to do something a little different and present listeners with a dynamic that only existed on TV for 3 serials before O’Brien left the series. Continue reading “Review: Doctor Who the Companion Chronicles – Upstairs” »

The Earth Station Who Podcast Ep 146 – The Return of Doctor Mysterio

Earth Station Who Ep 146
It was a dark time in the Big Apple. Aliens bent on colonization with only a single caped crusader to stop them. But wait, what’s this? The long awaited return of the dynamic Doctor! Mike, Mike, Jen, and Mary unwrap the twelfth annual Christmas special. And they brought snacks. The mark of a pro.
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