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‘Lady Midnight’ book review: Cassandra Clare returns to the Shadowhunters world

Returning to her expansive fantasy world which began with ‘The Mortal Instruments’, Cassandra Clare’s latest novel chronicles the Shadowhunters of Los Angeles, rather than the more familiar turf of New York. For those new to the series, the heroes are teenaged Nephilim; half angel warriors who battle demons and keep the peace between creatures such...

Audio review: John Hurt is Big Finish’s ‘The Invisible Man’

Kicking off their HG Wells season, which promises six stories throughout 2017, Big Finish present the incomparable John Hurt as The Invisible Man. Respectfully delayed by a few weeks for the saddest of reasons, fans can now enjoy the first of two bittersweet treats this month – not only does John Hurt voice the titular...

Audio review: Big Finish’s ‘Cicero – Though Scoundrels Are Discovered’

Taking its inspiration from what is recorded of Marcus Tullius Cicero’s speech in his first famous trial, circa 80 BC, Big Finish breaks into new territory presenting a legal whodunit with a pleasing classical twist. Despite its historic origins, no pre-requisite knowledge is called for as writer David Llewellyn breathes a modern sensibility into the...

Big Finish’s latest ‘Doctor Who’ audio stories reviewed: January 2017 round-up

A new year brings a new trilogy of main range stories, this time for Peter Davison, with his Season 19 line-up of Nyssa, Tegan and Adric for a full on space adventure with ‘The Star Men’. Meanwhile, the Fourth Doctor Adventures reunite the Doctor, Romana II and K-9 with the perennially popular ‘Jago and Litefoot’...

‘The Diary of River Song’ Season 2 review: River teams up with two classic Doctors

Her story may be over on television, but Alex Kingston’s time travelling archaeologist continues to thrive on audio. While last year’s debut season saw her encounter the Eighth, and she has subsequently starred in his Doom Coalition saga, this second box set allows Ms Song to cross Doctors Six and Seven off her temporal bucket...

‘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...