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‘Torchwood One: Before the Fall’ review: We learn more about what makes Ianto tick

Big Finish’s latest three-disc Torchwood release is not set in Cardiff, nor does it contain any Captain Jack. Instead it gives us a few days in the life of the Canary Wharf headquarters before it was so rudely destroyed by Daleks and Cybermen. Titled Torchwood One: Before the Fall, it stars Tracy-Ann Oberman as Yvonne Hartman...

‘Dan Dare’ review: Big Finish’s ‘The Audio Adventures – Volume 1’ feels fresh

Despite his being a bona-fide British sci-fi icon, we have to confess that CultBox was not terribly familiar with the exploits of Colonel Dan Dare. Born of 1950s comic strip adventures in The Eagle, before radio plays and various adaptations, the square-jawed ‘Pilot of the Future’ has been gently modernised and returns to the airwaves...

‘Doctor Who’ spin-off review: ‘The New Counter-Measures’ Season 1 box set

The Counter-Measures team, first spun out of ‘Remembrance of the Daleks’ back in the 1960s, now have their feet firmly placed in the early 1970s, at least in terms of style. In this first set of four one-disc stories, the team of Sir Toby (Hugh Ross), Group Captain Ian Chunky Gilmore (Simon Williams), Dr Rachel...

‘UNIT: Silenced’ box set review: The Silence return in ‘Doctor Who’ audio adventure

The modern era of Doctor Who has brought us some memorable new monsters and villains, but arguably none as deliberately forgettable as The Silence. The Munch inspired creatures were introduced in 2011’s season-long storyline, but their lengthy grip on humanity was promptly loosened by the Doctor; turning their own hypnotic tricks against them in ‘Day...

Big Finish’s ‘Doctor Who’ audio stories: November 2016 reviews round-up

November’s stories from the Doctor Who audio wizards at Big Finish show the truly demonstrate the range of the programme. While the Sixth Doctor and Mrs Constance Clarke, combat a beautiful new design of Dalek, Hartnell era companions Peter Purves and Maureen O’Brien bring to life a comic tinged historical in the Italian Renaissance. Meanwhile,...

Big Finish’s ‘Survivors’ box set review: Season 5 delivers some genuine shocks

Chronicling humanity’s struggle in the wake of a deadly plague, this fifth season from Big Finish brings the Survivors their greatest threat so far; the return of “the Death”. Two years on, new lives have begun with people forming small communities and living off the land, as well as trading with others. The resurgent threat...