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Audio review: Big Finish’s ‘Frankenstein’

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (A Modern Prometheus) is a classic story most are aware of but few have read. This new audio release is a full cast dramatization adapted by Jonathan Barnes and directed by Scott Handcock. The adaptation is faithful to Shelley’s masterpiece (written when she was 18) and tells the story of how Victor...

‘Doctor Who’ audio review: Big Finish’s ‘Tom Baker at 80’

Recent roles in the likes of Little Britain have demonstrated to wider public something long known by Doctor Who fans; Tom Baker is a national treasure. Now at eighty, this interview comes at the end of a third run of Fourth Doctor adventures, and hot on the heels of his fan-pleasing cameo in ‘The Day...

‘Doctor Who’ book review: ‘The Official Quiz Book’

With 3,000 questions drawn from 50 years of on-screen Doctor Who, this quiz tome is quite the most comprehensive of its type. As an editor, author and scriptwriter, as well as a regular Doctor Who Magazine columnist, Jacqueline Rayner is well qualified to pose the questions and sets herself the target of having one at...

Audio story review: Big Finish’s ‘The Night of the Triffids’

While CultBox is familiar with Day of the Triffids in its various forms, the announcement that Big Finish was adapting its sequel Night of the Triffids into an audio drama came as a bit of a surprise; chiefly as we had never heard of it. Simon Clark’s 2001 novel, adapted for audio by the author,...

‘The Driver’ Episode 2 review

After a steady start in last week’s opener – enjoyable but pedestrian in its predictableness – the second episode zooms out of the 30mph zone with its foot down, bringing some much needed excitement to a journey that might otherwise have become tedious. Having already been party to some dodgy deals since becoming driver for...

‘Doctor Who’ spoiler-free review: ‘Kill the Moon’

“Certain moments in Time are fixed. Tiny, precious moments. Everything else is in flux, anything can happen. But those certain moments…they have to stand.” So said The Tenth Doctor in ‘The Waters of Mars’ – not the last time you’ll hear that episode mentioned in this review, or others. Viewers will draw close parallels between...

‘Glue’ Episode 3 review

As I said last week, there always seems to be something on fire in Glue. A car, a caravan, a pile of wood in a copse… the countryside is indeed a highly flammable place. It’s why you never see cows smoking. Or sheep having ‘baa’-rbeques. Ha. Ha. Ha. But all those flames do more than...

‘300: Rise of an Empire’ movie review

Set alongside the events of Zack Snyder’s 2006 movie, the sequel to 300 focuses on Greek general Thermistokles as he tries to take down Persian forces led by god Xerxes and his right hand woman Artemisia. 300: Rise of an Empire continues the ultra violence and stylised visual effects that made 300 great. There’s probably...

‘Peaky Blinders’ Season 2 Episode 1 spoiler-free review

Watching the opener to Peaky Blinders’ second season is like swaggering back into your old home town. Just as the streets, the faces, and the noises of your old manor are all as vibrantly familiar and much more impressively dismal than you remembered, so there’s an identical sensation as you hear the ferric beat of...