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Episode 345 – No Real Bad Guy

In this week’s show we explore two offerings from the Big Finish Companion Chronicles range. First it’s Season 3: #1 “Here There Be Monsters” featuring Susan and performed by Carol Ann Ford. Next is Season 3: #7 “The Transit of Venus”, this time featuring Ian performed by William Russell. Hear what we have to say about these two First Doctor era adventures.

Plus, new of the week including more Big Finish and Candy Jar Books announcements.

And, of course, your feedback. 

Enjoy!

Candy Jar Announces “The Lucy Wilson Mysteries”

If you’ll remember we reviewed a story on the podcast a few weeks back in Candy Jar Books Lethbridge-Stewart: The HAVOC Files 3 called Lucy Wilson by author Sue Hampton. The story introduces us to Lethbridge-Stewart’s granddaughter Lucy and tells us bout their heartfelt relationship together, despite the estranged one between her father and grandfather. Well, Candy Jar is bringing us more adventures of Lucy Wilson along with her friend Hobo, as they embark on adventures of their own.

Lucy Wilson doesn’t want to move from London to sleepy south Wales. But when she arrives at her new seaside home, it doesn’t appear to be as boring as she expected.


Ogmore-by-Sea seems to be under the control of a mysterious and powerful force. But why is Lucy its target? And why, when students at her new school start to disappear, does no one seem to care?


With the help of her new friend Hobo, Lucy Wilson must assume the mantle of her grandfather, the legendary Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and defeat an invisible enemy before it’s too late.

Here  are more details on the book from Candy Jar Books:

LETHBRIDGE-STEWART:

THE LEGEND CONTINUES

Award-winning independent publisher Candy Jar Books is publishing a new series of novels, The Lucy Wilson Mysteries. A spin-off from Candy Jar’s Lethbridge-Stewart range, Lucy Wilson will likewise feature fully licensed characters and concepts from the BBC’s beloved Doctor Who.

 

Eleven-year-old Lucy Wilson doesn’t want to move from London to sleepy Ogmore-by-Sea in south Wales. But when she arrives in her new seaside home, it isn’t as boring as she expected. The village is under the control of a mysterious alien force, and it falls to Lucy and her new friend, Hobo, to stop it.

 

Lucy is a new character in the Doctor Who universe, but she has illustrious heritage. She is the granddaughter of the iconic Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, one of Doctor Who’s longest running characters. The Brigadier, as he is known to fans, was played by the late Nicholas Courtney, whose death in 2011 prompted the show to pay tribute to him in the series finale, The Wedding of River Song.

So far Candy Jar Books Lethbridge-Stewart series has continued on from the BBC’s Web of Fear, taking place in the 1970s period known as Doctor Who’s “classic era”.

But three years into the series, Shaun Russell, head of publishing, thought the time was right to broaden the Brig’s horizons. He says: “The great thing about Doctor Who is that it appeals to adults and children alike. There’s something for everybody to explore, from The Sarah Jane Adventures for the very young, to Torchwood for those a bit older. Lethbridge-Stewart’s last appearance in any Doctor Who media was, in fact, in The Sarah Jane Adventures. I’m sure that sent a lot of kids back to the classic series to see what all the fuss about. And once you’re a fan of that, you’re generally a fan for life.

 

“The Brig is such a fundamental part of classic Doctor Who, but after Nicholas Courtney’s death, he’s naturally become less a part of the ongoing programme. We thought that, with the Lucy Wilson series, we could ensure his legacy continues into the modern day – at the same time hopefully sending young fans back to the classics! This is why we have decided to pit Lucy up against the iconic Great Intelligence.”

 

Not only is the Great Intelligence making a guest appearance, but so does the Brigadier and a couple of other characters well known to fans of the Lethbridge-Stewart range of books, and The Web of Fear.

 

Not that Lucy needs much help. A modern girl with strong values and opinions, she’s dauntless, loyal and whip smart – qualities long embodied by the Doctor himself. Jodie Whittaker’s recent casting as the first ever female Doctor has spotlighted the positive example the character provides young viewers. It is a tradition Candy Jar wanted to continue with its own contributions to the Who universe.

Sue Hampton, author of two previous Lethbridge-Stewart stories, says: “I’m sure that the new Doctor will defeat her enemies with smarts and ingenuity – and with the help of her friends. It’s great for kids to have someone like this as their role model. They’re the values of the show. And while she’s very much her own girl, we see Lucy as embodying similar traits. We hope young readers will find her just as inspiring.”

 

The book has been endorsed by Eggheads presenter and Radio 2 DJ Jeremy Vine. He says: “A great read – brilliant characters and a plot that keeps surprising you. Sue Hampton writes in three dimensions! Avatars of the Intelligence draws you in from the very first page.”

The cover art is by Steve Beckett, a freelance writer and illustrator who has contributed artwork for the UK’s longest running children’s weekly comic The Beano, including The Bash Street Kids, General Jumbo and Bully Beef and Chips.  He says: “I am very excited to have contributed to the expanding Lethbridge-Stewart universe. Shaun contacted me because he was familiar with my work for The Beano. He wanted something that could appeal to the young and adults alike. Hopefully I have achieved this. I have certainly grown quite fond of the characters and I look forward to hopefully drawing them again very soon.”

Avatars of the Intelligence by Sue Hampton is available for pre-order exclusively for fans until the end of September, with dispatch shortly thereafter. The commercial release of the book will be early next year.

We are excited to say that we will be reviewing the first book in this series before it comes out next year and are thrilled to learn what is in store for our heroine and her friends.

Look for that coming on a podcast soon.###

Episode 344 – I Left My Heart on Raxacoricofallapatorius

In this week’s show we continue Big Finish’s Eighth Doctor Adventures with Season 3, number 1 Orbis.

Then we do some catching up on Titan Comics Ninth Doctor Season 1 with issues 1 through 5.

Find out what we thought of both.

And some convention news to cover this week from Time Eddy III coming up in Wichita, Kansas.

And of course, your feedback.

Link mentioned in the episode:

The Federation TV YouTube channel

Episode 343 – So, It’s Like Jurassic Park

Quick turnaround with a shorter episode this week. We tackle two Big Finish Eighth Doctor Adventures from season 2. This time it’s #7 Sisters of the Flame, and #8 Vengeance of Morbius. Listen in to hear what we thought of the two-part conclusion to the season.

Plus we look at the news out this week in the world of Doctor Who.

And, of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

Episode 342 – Colonoscopy In Space

In this week’s podcast, we’re joined by author and Candy Jar Books editor, Andy Frankham-Allen. We pick his brain a little this week and discuss the recent Lethbridge-Stewart novel, Night of the Intelligence and other topics in the range.

Then we torture… err… keep him around to discuss this week’s review of the Third Doctor and Jo Grant story, Colony in space.

He also, joins us as we weigh in on the news of the week.

And of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

 

Episode 341 – Putting it All Together

In this week’s episode, we rejoin Lethbridge-Stewart in the Candy Jar Books series named for him, this time with a review of Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen. We explore what becomes some closure to a story arc that started nearly two years ago in the series.

Also, we’ll look at the short story – The Runaway Bomb by Nick Walters. Find out what we thought about this tale that is also part of the bigger picture in the Lethbridge-Stewart series on books.

Plus, one news item this week.

Enjoy!

Episode 340 – Slouching Towards the Vortex

In this week’s show we review more materials from Candy Jar Books.

First we look at the latest short story selection in The HAVOC Files 3, including a tale by our very own resident author, Shaun

Plus, we squeeze in the novella, Life of Evans by John Peel, that was released by Candy Jar Books earlier this year. It also features the short story, Time and Again by Robert Mammone.

Plus some news-of-the week.

And, of course your feedback.

Enjoy!

Episode 339 – Change My Dear…

We take the opportunity to discuss the historic announcement of the next Doctor on this week’s episode of the podcast. Here are our thoughts on the news that Jodie Whittaker will take over the role at Christmas.

Also, we do have a few things to review. First we look at Big Finish Main Range story 89, No Man’s Land, featuring the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Hex.

Then, we delve into the first five issues in the Eleventh Doctor’s year three comics from our friends over at Titan Comics.

And, of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

Jodie Whittaker announced as the 13th Doctor

Actress Jodie Whittaker takes over as the 13th Doctor at Christmas

Actress Jodie Whittaker takes over as the 13th Doctor at Christmas. – Image BBC

The BBC revealed in a trailer following Wimbledon men’s singles final, that actress Jodie Whittaker will step into the shoes of the Doctor as the character’s next incarnation.

The Broadchurch star follows Peter Capaldi, who took the role in 2013 and leaves in this year’s Christmas special.

She joins another Broadchurch alum. Doctor Who’s new showrunner is Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall.

Whittaker told BBC News:

“It’s more than an honour to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”

As well as TV work, Whittaker has appeared on the big screen, in One Day, Attack the Block and St Trinian’s.

Episode 338 – Class is in Session

In this week’s episode of the podcast, we revisit the Doctor Who spin-off series, Class with a full review of the entire first (if only) season. We give our impressions of the series as a whole.

Also, some convention announcements and we talk briefly about some news of the week.

And, of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

Episode 337 – Dancing With Myself

A special delivery delayed the show this week, but we’re not holding that against her.

This week we look at the final episode of Series 10, The Doctor Falls. Find out what we thought of the finale.

Also, some news, including a few Christmas special announcements.

And, of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

Friday Night Who 6/30

Join us June 30 at our new time, 10:30 CDT for our weekly Doctor Who watch-along, Friday Night Who! We’re journeying to the end of the First Doctor’s era this week with William Hartnell’s last outing, in “The Tenth Planet”. As always, you can join the conversation on Twitter. Just follow @travelvortex and look for the #FridayNightWho #TheTenthPlanet hashtags.

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Episode 336 – Kill Bill Vol. 1

In this week’s show we examine the long awaited story in Series 10, World Enough and Time. We give our impressions of the not-so-surprising as well as the unexpected reveals in the show.

Plus, some big guest announcements from our good friends over at Time Eddy III. And some exciting news from our friends over at Candy Jar Books.

And, of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

Episode 335 – Death By Scotland

In this week’s show we look at the latest Doctor Who Series 10 story, The Eaters of Light. We give our opinions on the latest in the series.

Plus, some news of the week, including some sad news on a The Doctor Who Experience sunset date and big news about the Doctor’s arch nemesis the Master getting a series of audios of his own from Big Finish.

And, of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!

Links mentioned in this show:

Sundown – a short film starring Doctor Who stars Caitlin Blackwood & Frazer Hines

Episode 334 – God Save the Queen

In this week’s show we look at the latest story in Doctor Who Series 10, The Empress of Mars. We’ll give our, very brief this week, impressions on the episode.

Also, some news, that’s not news, about news, that will be news eventually. We’re referring to a certain someone’s (*cough* RTD) claim that he’s aware of a certain casting of a certain favorite character of ours.

And of course, your feedback.

Enjoy!