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June 26, 2017

Review: The Unofficial Doctor Who Songbook

Changing the lyrics of a song has been an effective hook for some of the most memorable adverts over the years: ‘What’s that coming over the hill? Is it a hexbug?’ It’s also been a superb form of parody with the likes of Weird Al re-immortalising old and new hits, turning “Happy” to “Tacky” and “Beat It” to “Eat it”. But for the most part it’s all just a bit of harmless fun, channelling the inner poet inside us all.

We’ve probably all been doing it since the days we were forced to sing hymns we didn’t believe or understand in school assemblies. We used to infuriate the [...]

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May 25, 2015

Towel Day Book Review: Shada by Gareth Roberts

Inside this book is another book – the strangest, most important and most dangerous book in the entire universe. The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey is one of the Artefacts, dating from dark days of Rassilon. It wields enormous power, and it must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands. Skagra – who believes he should be God and permits himself only two smiles per day – most definitely has the wrong hands. Beware Skagra. Beware the Sphere. Beware Shada.

The Hardback edition of Shada, released March 2012.

Shada has been elusive since it failed to show up on our screens in early [...]

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May 22, 2015

Review: City of Death by James Goss

The Doctor takes Romana for a holiday in Paris – a city which, like a fine wine, has a bouquet all its own. Especially if you visit during one of the vintage years. But the TARDIS takes them to 1979, a table-wine year, a year whose vintage is soured by cracks – not in their wine glasses but in the very fabric of time itself. Soon the Time Lords are embroiled in an audacious alien scheme which encompasses home-made time machines, the theft of the Mona Lisa, the resurrection of the much-feared Jagaroth race, and the beginning (and quite possibly the end) of all life on Earth. Aided by British private detective Duggan, whose speciality is thumping people, the [...]

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May 7, 2015

Review: The Roundheads by Mark Gatiss

With the Civil War won, the Parliamentarians are struggling to hang on to power. But plans are being made to rescue the defeated King Charles from his prison… With Ben press-ganged and put on board a mysterious ship bound for Amsterdam, Polly becomes an unwitting accomplice in the plot to rescue the King. The Doctor can’t help because he and Jamie have been arrested and sent to the Tower of London, charged with conspiracy. Can the Doctor and Jamie escape, find Ben and rescue Polly – while making sure that history remains on its proper course?

The original 1997 cover.

Originally published in [...]

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