Doctor Who Big Finish- The Wormery

The Wormery

Story 51
Written by Stephen Cole and Paul Magrs
Released November 2003

Despondent and depressed, the Doctor finds himself in Bianca’s, a special kind of bar where the owner slinks her way among the clientele between torch songs. She takes a special liking to the gloomy Doctor who is still recovering from the shame and humiliation of his trial with the High Council of Time Lords. He rebuffs Bianca’s attentions only to find himself buttonholed by a gin-soaked former acquaintance, the time-travelling vagabond Iris Wildthyme.

For the uninitiated, the scatter-brained Iris Wildthyme is a character who popped up back in 1998 alongside the Fourth Doctor and already claimed to be an intimate acquaintance. Her back-story is purposefully garbled and is a reflection of the Doctor’s adventures mis-remembered or mixed up with other creatures or situations. She travels in a double decker London bus version of the TARDIS which seems smaller on the inside than out, sometimes with a panda companion. Played by former companion and consummate vocal performer Katy Manning, Iris is a beloved creation who has appeared with numerous incarnations of the Doctor.

When Iris bumps into the Doctor, she finds him very cuddly beneath his prickly personality (which co-star Nicola Bryant has attested to) and attempts to lighten his mood. She accompanies the Doctor in a cab only to realize after leaving the club that it is actually a TARDIS floating in the aether of time and space. Iris seems more off kilter than usual as she has been imbibing liquor all night to get in touch with sentient worms that are swimming in the fluid. There is something very unusual going on in Bianca’s.

Confronting the club owner, it soon becomes apparent that Bianca is another incarnation of Iris herself who has reached the end of her life cycle and wishes to steal her former lives… much like the Valeyard did to the Doctor in his aforementioned trial.

Wormery is one of my favorite audio adventures as the performances are exemplary, the audio landscape of the club is expertly executed and the plot is bonkers. As co-stars, Baker and Manning are a sterling combination with Iris appearing to be suffering from an everlasting hangover yet really fancying the Doctor who just wants to be left to his ruminations.

Paul Magrs is responsible for some of the most ambitiously outlandish stories in print and audio from the Eighth Doctor Adventures with Paul McGann’s Doctor to the Tom Baker audio series for the BBC. Not only is the Wormery an enjoyably whimsical tale but it is also full of depth and explores a moment of the Doctor’s life when his massive ego was chipped away in a humiliating attack from his own people.

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2001: A Space Odyssey – new trailer

1968_2001 Space Odyssey_01A film that launched a thousand dreams, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 is returning to the big screen for a special engagement. Most likely you will not be able to attend (like myself), but the trailer alone has been generating lots of online buzz.

Stanley Kubrick’s philosophically ambitious, technically innovative and visually stunning cinematic milestone returns to UK cinemas on November 28th  as part of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder.

Book tickets here: http://bit.ly/10elluf

THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 10/22/14

For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

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PUBLISHER
TITLE, ISSUE NUMBER, PRICE IN U.S. DOLLARS (“AR” means “ask your retailer for the price”)

ANDREWS MCMEEL
Batman Files SC, $45.00

DC COMICS
Aquaman #35 (Paul Pelletier & Sean Parsons Regular Cover), $2.99
Batman ’66 #16, $2.99
Batman Eternal #29, $2.99
Earth 2 World’s End #3, $2.99
Flash #35 (Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund Regular Cover), $2.99
Multiversity The Just #1 (Ben Oliver Regular Cover), $4.99
New 52 Futures End #25, $2.99
Ronin Deluxe Edition HC, $29.99
Secret Origins #6, $4.99
Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie #3 (Darwyn Cooke Regular Cover), $2.99
Superman #35 (John Romita Jr. & Klaus Janson Regular Cover), $3.99

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Bionic Woman Season Four #2 (Sean Chen Regular Cover), $3.99
Justice Inc #3 (Of 6)(Cover C Gabriel Hardman), $3.99

IMAGE COMICS
Five Ghosts #13 (Cover A Chris Mooneyham), $3.50

LIVERIGHT
New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft HC (not verified by Diamond), $39.95

MARVEL COMICS
Alias Omnibus HC (New Printing), $99.99
Avengers #37, $3.99
Avengers And X-Men Axis #3 (Of 9)(Jim Cheung Regular Cover), $3.99
Axis Hobgoblin #1 (Of 3), $3.99
Secret Avengers #9 (Tradd Moore Regular Cover), $3.99
X-Force #11, $3.99

MOVIELAND CLASSICS
Famous Monsters Of Filmland #276 (November/December 2014), $9.99

TITAN BOOKS
On Set With John Carpenter HC, $29.95
Robocop The Definitive History HC, $34.95

Videos
Rick And Morty The Complete First Season BD, AR

Merchandise
Batman 1989 Movie Cowl Prop Replica, AR
Batman ’66 Batgirl 10-Inch Plush, $19.99
Batman ’66 Batman 10-Inch Plush, $19.99
Batman ’66 Catwoman 10-Inch Plush, $19.99
Batman ’66 Joker 10-Inch Plush, $19.99
Batman ’66 Robin 10-Inch Plush, $19.99
Batman 75th Anniversary Action Figure 4-Pack Set 1 (DC Direct), $75.00
Batman Arkham City Batman ARTFX+ Statue, $54.99
Batman Dark Knight Returns Real Action Hero, $199.99
Batman Forever Batarang Prop Replica, $400.00
Batman Li’l Gotham Batman Mini Action Figure (DC Direct), $12.95
Captain America Collectors Set, $9.99
Daredevil Firebrand Black T-Shirt LG, $16.99
Darkman Full Head Mask, $59.99
Doctor Who 3.75-Inch Action Figure 12-Piece Assortment Wave 3, AR
Doctor Who Titans The Tenth Doctor Mini Figure 20-Piece Blind Mystery Box Display Series 5, AR
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Godzilla Mechagodzilla Vinyl Bust Bank, $22.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy Rocket Raccoon ARTFX+ Statue, $54.99
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Mad Monster Little Tibia Mask, $42.99
Mad Monster Party Baron Von Frankenstein Mask, $59.99
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Mad Monster Party Fang Mask, $49.99
Marvel Minimates Best Of Series 3 Assortment, AR
Mr Toast 16-Piece Plush Display Version 5, AR
Punisher Skullblocks Black Glow-In-The-Dark T-Shirt LG, $16.99
Sherlock Dr. John Watson 1:6 Scale Figure, AR
Sherlock Holmes Deerstalker Hat, $18.99
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Star Trek Blue Uniform Luggage Tag, $9.99
Star Trek Gold Uniform Coin Purse, $19.99
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Star Trek Red Uniform Coin Purse, $19.99
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Star Trek Retro Tech Card Holder, $7.95
Star Wars Hoth Wars Charcoal Heather T-Shirt LG, $18.99
Star Wars Lightspun Heather T-Shirt LG, $18.99
Superman Collectors Set, $9.99

Doctor Who – The Highest Science to be adapted for audio

After leaving the airwaves in 1989, Doctor Who entered what is now referred to as the ‘Wilderness Years.’ New Adventures were published by Virgin, written by names now familiar to viewers of the 2005- BBC Wales revival such as Paul Cornell (Father’s Day, Human Nature/Family of Blood), Russell T Davies (Love and Monsters and a few others… ;) ) and of course Gareth Roberts (The Shakespeare Code, The Unicorn and the Wasp, Planet of the Dead, The Lodger, Closing Time and The Caretaker).

New Adventures stories picked up the gauntlet from the Cartmell Masterplan and saw a darker, more sophisticated version of Doctor Who than fans were previously used to. Beloved by many fans new and old, the novels were a great way to keep Doctor Who alive and even spawned a line of new stories for classic Doctors 1-6! While I was not a fan of the adaptation of Love and War (which was a surprise to me as I recalled enjoying the book), I am very excited about Highest Science which is a cracker of a yarn.

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The cover for Doctor Who: The Highest Science is now online, with the Jacqueline Rayner adaptation of Gareth Roberts’ Seventh Doctor novel coming in December.

Sakkrat. Many legends speak of this world, home of an ancient empire destroyed by its own greatest achievement: the Highest Science, the pinnacle of technological discovery.

When the TARDIS alerts the Doctor and Bernice to the presence of an enormous temporal fluctuation on a large, green, unremarkable planet, they are not to know of any connection with the legend.

But the connection is there, and it will lead them into conflict with the monstrous Chelonians, with their contempt for human parasites; into adventure with a group of youngsters whose musical taste has suddenly become dangerously significant; and will force them to face Sheldukher, the most wanted criminal in the galaxy.

As well as Doctor Who: The Highest Science, fans of Gareth Roberts’ work in the realm of Doctor Who novels might like to check out next year’s releases of Doctor Who: The Romance of Crime, Doctor Who: The English Way of Death, and Doctor Who: The Well-Mannered War: titles which are also collected in two luxury collections volume 1 and volume 2.

Doctor Who – Freedom of the Daleks

drWho_FreedomoftheDaleksDoctor Who has existed for 50 years but aside from the televised adventures there have been reams of comic strips, stacks of novels and reels of audio tapes (not to mention many many audio adventures produced by Big Finish!).

And there’s more!

Fandom is a wonderful thing. Here the folks at Time Tunnel Media have created a thing of beauty.

A group of humans have found the Dalek Emperor and are attempting to revive him. A Thal ship arrives and demands the handover of what they define as a war criminal which prompts a stalemate. In a moment of desperation, the Thals and Daleks humanized by a procedure initiated by the Doctor years ago (in Evil of the Daleks) reach out to the Time Lord for help.The Doctor must convince the humans to hands over the Emperor at the risk of reigniting the fires of war. While the Thals wait in orbit, ready to fire upon the planet, the Doctor must live up to his legendary reputation and defuse a deadly situation.

After conversing with the Emperor, it seems that the Doctor has achieved the impossible by brokering a peace between the two races. Yet, in the eleventh hour, the Emperor instead declares war on the Thals, stating peaceful coexistence as an insult.

“Can the Doctor prevent a massacre?”

Not only is this a story set in the timeline of the Second Doctor (likely season 6B?), and not only does the voice actor playing the Second Doctor capture the character and play loving homage to Patrick Troughton, but it’s a thrilling yarn that would make series writer David Whittaker (co-writer of the initial Daleks story and both Power and Evil of the Daleks) happy. Freedom of the Daleks is a thrilling story with sharp dialog, superb acting and uses the Daleks so well that BBC Wales should sit up and take notice.

AND IT’S FREE!

Set after the events of Evil of the Daleks which saw the demise of the Daleks forever (they would not be seen again until 1973), the story utilizes the ‘humanized’ Daleks and an ailing Emperor with the Doctor trapped in the middle of a moral argument as he attempts to broker peace between the Thals and the surviving Daleks.

Should he actively commit genocide? Should the Daleks be exterminated?

Listen here to find out!

Concept art for Star Wars Episode VII leaked

istar-wars-episode-vii-logo Set thirty years after the events of Return of the Jedi that saw the demise of the Empire, Episode VII could be the most hotly anticipated sequel since Son of the Mask (possibly moreso). Rather than giving fans Darth Vader as precocious kid, this time the tried and true classics of Luke, Han and Leia are coming back along with some new characters. Early production footage has established that practical special effects will be used rather than a reliance on green screens, which makes my inner 5 year-old very happy. What’s even cooler are these leaked pieces of concept art depicting a universe haunted by the dark Empire and its fallen lord.

Rumors favor that Luke Skywalker will be the main villain in this new trilogy, but like much of the information floating around, this has yet to be confirmed. StarWars_Vader_EpSeven StarWars_Ep7_tiefighter StarWars_GraveRobber Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars Episode VII has a December 18, 2015 release date.

More images can be found here

THIS WEEK AT YOUR COMIC SHOP 10/15/14

For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

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PUBLISHER
TITLE, ISSUE NUMBER, PRICE IN U.S. DOLLARS (“AR” means “ask your retailer for the price”)

DARK HORSE COMICS
Action Philosophers HC, $29.99
B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #124, $3.50
Black Sky Sampler (One Shot), $4.99
Criminal Macabre The Third Child #2 (Of 4), $3.99
Dark Horse Presents #3, $4.99
Star Wars Legacy II Volume 4 Empire Of One TP, $16.99
Star Wars Volume 4 A Shattered Hope TP, $16.99

DC COMICS
Adventures Of Superman Volume 2 TP, $14.99
Batman ’66 Volume 1 TP, $14.99
Batman ’66 Volume 2 HC, $19.99
Batman And Robin #35 (Patrick Gleason & Mick Gray Regular Cover), $2.99
Batman Eternal #28, $2.99
Batwoman #35, $2.99
Earth 2 World’s End #2, $2.99
Justice League #35 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Regular Cover), $3.99
New 52 Futures End #24, $2.99

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Walt Disneys Uncle Scrooge Volume 2 Seven Cities Of Gold HC, $29.99

MARVEL COMICS
Avengers And X-Men Axis #2 (Of 9)(Jim Cheung Regular Cover), $3.99
Avengers World #14, $3.99
Daredevil #9, $3.99
Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu Out Of The Past TP, $16.99
Fantastic Four #11, $3.99
New Avengers #25 (Jackson Guice Regular Cover), $3.99
Original Sin Annual #1 (Julian Totino Tedesco Regular Cover), $4.99
Thor Epic Collection Volume 1 The God Of Thunder TP, $34.99
Uncanny X-Men #27 (Chris Bachalo Regular Cover), $3.99

TITAN BOOKS
Planet Of The Apes The Evolution Of The Legend HC, $39.95

TITAN COMICS
Black Dragon HC, $19.99
Complete Johnny Nemo HC, $22.99
Doctor Who The Twelfth Doctor #1 (Alice X. Zhang Regular Cover), $3.99

Videos
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume 30 DVD, AR
Star Blazers 2199 Volume 3 DVD, AR

Merchandise
Back To The Future Time Machine Mark I Car, $60.00
Batman 1966 TV Retro Action Figure Accessory Pack, AR
Batman Desktop Standee, $5.99
Bioshock Infinite Booker 7-Inch Action Figure, $24.99
FW Gundam Standart Trading Figure 6-Piece Assortment Series 21, AR
Guardians Of The Galaxy Drax The Destroyer Dagger, $12.00
Guardians Of The Galaxy Fully Loaded Previews Exclusive Black Spiral T-Shirt SM, $20.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Lanyard With PVC Dangle, $5.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Previews Exclusive Snap Back Cap, $26.99
M.O.D.O.K. Previews Exclusive Navy Black Heather T-Shirt XXL, $17.99
Marvel Weapon Plus Steve Rogers Previews Exclusive Navy T-Shirt LG, $18.99
Masters Of The Universe Snake Mountain Statue, AR
Star Trek Dr McCoy Desktop Standee, $5.99
Star Trek Mr Spock Desktop Standee, $5.99
Star Wars Black 6-Inch Action Figure Assortment 201404, AR
Star Wars Kenner-Inspired Wampa Jumbo Action Figure, AR
Star Wars Life-Size Vintage Stormtrooper Monument, AR
Steampunk Inverness Jacket Gray, $65.00

The Doctor Who Experience 2014

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The Doctor Who Experience has undergone its very own regeneration and will reopen its doors on Friday 24 October 2014 from 12pm.

With a newly scripted adventure featuring the Twelfth Doctor (as played by Peter Capaldi), star in your very own episode of Doctor Who as you journey to the heart of the TARDIS and grapple with a threat that could destroy the universe…

PLUS visit the new look Doctor Who exhibition, hosting the single largest collection of Doctor Whoprops, sets and costumes, including the latest props from series 8.

Tickets are selling fast – book yours today!

Anyone want to fly me to England next week?

Here comes Daredevil, the Man Without Fear

The Marvel Universe is about to get even bigger on the small screen with a new line of series exclusively produced for Netflix featuring Jessica Jones, Power Man and Iron Fist, ending with a unified team, the Defenders. Announced earlier this year, we finally got a glimpse of Daredevil at the NYCC along with some excellent concept art by Marvel CCO Joe Quesada.

With DC Entertainment taking the TV screens by storm with Arrow, Gotham, Flash as well as Constantine, there is definitely an audience for comic book-themed programs. Just… please make this better than Agents of SH.I.E.L.D.

Official press release below:
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“Marvel’s Daredevil” follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

Marvel’s first original series on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus,” “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”) and Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” in addition to writing the first two episodes of “Marvel’s Daredevil”), along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Smallville,” “Heroes”).

“Marvel’s Daredevil” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix

For more information on “Marvel’s Daredevil,” and the other exciting new Marvel Television series coming to Netflix, stay tuned to Marvel.com.

More on Marvel.com: http://marvel.com/news/tv/23447/nycc_2014_marvels_daredevil_comes_to_illustrated_life_in_new_concept_art#ixzz3G2EPYET0

Here’s a brief announcement from Comic Book Cast on the first look at Daredevil in his earliest costume:

Doctor Who – The Caretaker

The Caretaker

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Story 8.06
Written by Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat
Transmitted 27 September 

The life of a time travelling adventurer is not an easy one, especially when you are trying to lead a ‘normal life.’ Clara Oswald has been living a split lifestyle, spending part of her time with the mysterious Time Lord called the Doctor and the other half as a school teacher exploring a budding romance with a fellow teacher, Danny Pink. While the Doctor had insisted that he is not her boyfriend, but he seems to be personally affronted as he realizes she is having dates and pursuing a romance. At one point the Doctor even suspects a wild-haired, bowtie-clad young teacher as her boyfriend and is almost relieved as the suitor looks so much like his previous incarnation.

When the Doctor announces that he is going undercover, Clara is hopeful that she will finally get some peace and quiet from the wild ride across time and space. Imagine her surprise when she learns that the setting of the Doctor’s undercover operation is Coal Hill School as the caretaker. Once more, her life is overly complicated; all of the students are aware of her relationship with Mr. Pink and the Doctor is hunting a killer alien construct called the Skovox Blitzer.

Since its return in 2005, many writers with a background in situation comedy worked on Doctor Who including both show runners Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat. The modern Who has been part domestic drama/part far-flung sci-fantasy with mixed results. There are episodes such as The Lodger (also written by Roberts) that are almost entirely sitcom-like and at first glance it would appear The Caretaker would be cut from a similar cloth. But while The Lodger involved two ancillary characters stuck in a will they/won’t they cycle, The Caretaker uses the opportunity to further develop the characters of the Doctor and Clara and how they relate with unexpected results.

While Clara had been introduced during the Matt Smith era, she didn’t really blossom until this year when the Doctor became bristly and more alienating. She has been understanding and accepting of his peculiarities based on their past together, but when he meets the time travelling hero, Danny Pink sees him for what he is, an upper-class officer-type who sees others as lesser beings.

Meanwhile the Doctor continues to gain a more human layer through his interactions with the spunky student Courtney. He gives her grief, but her persistence earns a modicum of respect (even if he insists that she isn’t special). The 12th incarnation of the Doctor has had a rough road development-wise which shows just how comfortable the production team had gotten writing him as a quirky magical wizard. But he seems to be getting closer to a more clearly defined incarnation.

Clara’s two lives finally collide and Danny becomes involved in the hunt for the Skovox Blitzer leading to further conflict with the Doctor. In the end Pink is instrumental in the defeat of the monster, but he is wary of the Doctor’s influence over Clara. As Clara has such a strong and determined personality, the fact that the Doctor can so easily put her in danger is worrying to Pink, who obviously cares for and respects her.

The aptly named Caretaker surprised me as it brought up some interesting questions and set up situations that would blossom sooner than I anticipated in the following story,’Kill the Moon.’ The life of a companion has always been one of an exterior conscience for the Doctor as far back as Barbara who challenged the Doctor against letting the Aztecs kill innocents, but the lifespan of a companion is dicey. Surprisingly very few have died (only Katarina, Sara Kingdom, Adric and Kamelion come to mind) but with the constant threat of violence around them, death is a very real possibility. It is clear that this version of the Doctor has a very different way of viewing the universe than his predecessors. The Doctor is an enemy to monsters, an opponent to tyrants, and a foe to madmen, but he is also a threat to anyone who gets close to him, making him an unlikely caretaker to say the least.

What a surprising installment.


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The 2014 ratings so far (via DrWhoTV):

Deep Breath 6.8m (overnight) 9.17m (final) AI 82
Into the Dalek 5.2m (overnight) 7.29m (final) AI 84
Robot of Sherwood 5.2m (overnight) 7.28m (final) AI 82
Listen 4.8m (overnight) 7.01m (final) AI 82
Time Heist 4.93m (overnight) 6.99m (final) AI 84
The Caretaker 4.89m (overnight) TBCm (final) AI 83

Next time: Kill The Moon

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