Dark Shadows: The Ghost Watcher

“Look into the light and try to deny what you see… I dare you.”

As Maggie Evans leaves the Windcliff Institute, she begins to build a new life for herself away from the Collins family. But when an enigmatic stranger arrives in town, searching for phantoms, Maggie finds herself plunged into a world of intrigue and danger. What is the Ghost Watcher’s secret, and what is the true cost of his gift to the people of Collinsport?

Written by Stuart Manning this is another good audiobook which follows on nicely from the events in Clothes of Sand.

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Dark Shadows: Clothes of Sand

“The Sandman is coming… singing the children to sleep everywhere…”

When Maggie Evans is take to the Windcliff Institute, she begins her recovery from the ordeal she suffered at the hands of Barnabas Collins. As she undergoes hypnosis, disturbing memories of her childhood being to surface. Who was the imaginary friend who once watched over her, and what threat does he prose for Maggie’s future?

Written and directed by Stuart Manning, this is the first in a series of original audio books based on the 1960s tv series and predominantly featuring the original cast.

Although I prefer the full cast productions, these enhanced audio books provide a satisfying listening experience. I can recommend them to fans of the series and new listeners alike.

However, if you only know Dark Shadows from the recent film starring Johnny Depp you may be in for a surprise.

Clothes of Sand can be purchased here:


Doctor Who: The Death Collectors

A virulent disease that killed millions. A missing scientist. An ancient race of salvagers who collect and preserve the dead. The quarantined planet Antikon connects them all.

When the Doctor arrives on a sky station above Antikon, a single accident has already set in motion a chain of events that will mean the death of every living thing.

And the only way he can stop it is to die. Again.

Includes bonus 1 part story – Spider’s Shadow:

It is the eve of battle and the Martial Princesses Louise and Alison are hosting a royal ball.  But there are unwelcome visitors in the garden and a sequence of events spiralling out of control.  And what’s more, the Doctor doesn’t even remember arriving.

Written by Stewart Sheargold and directed by Ken Bently these two stories feature the seventh Doctor travelling alone.

The Death Collectors is a type of story I have a particular fondness for: the Doctor and a motley group of humans are trapped by an alien is a confined area such as a space ship or space station. The ending sent a chill down my spine.

I am still in two minds about one part adventures such as Spider’s Shadow. Some work as vignettes featuring the Doctor whilst others seem to be edited down from longer versions.

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Doctor Who: Assassin in the Limelight

Ford’s Theatre, Washington. Friday, 14th April, 1865. The assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
The place, the date and the event which made history. Or did it? Someone has been tampering with time, muddying the waters of history for his own purposes. Time itself is out of joint and the chief culprit is the enigmatic Doctor Knox.
Somehow the Doctor and Evelyn must put history back on track before the future dissolves into chaos. But Knox, it turns out, may be the least of their worries…

Written by Robert Ross and directed by Barnaby Edwards, this is another fine adventure for Colin Baker’s Doctor along with Maggie Stables as Evelyn Smythe.

Guest star Leslie Phillips reprises the role of Dr Robert Knox whom he first played Medicinal Purposes (which also features David Tennant).

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The Phantom of the Opera

This audio drama was released by Big Finish in March 2008.

In the cosmopolitan Paris of the 1880s, the new proprietors of the Opera House are amused to discover that their costly acquisition is said to be haunted. But their smiles quickly vanish, as tragedy follows misfortune: a murdered stagehand, a fatal accident, a missing girl. Fearful tales of the Opera Ghost race through the corridors and dressing rooms of the theatre. And with good reason – for deep in the catacombs beneath the Opera House, something is stirring…

Written By: Barnaby Edwards (translated and adapted from Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux)
Directed By: Barnaby Edwards


Anna Massey (Madame Giry), Peter Guinness (The Phantom), Alexander Siddig (The Persian), James D’Arcy (Raoul), Helen Goldwyn (Christine), Tony Millan (Moncharmin), Richard Earl (Richard), Nick Brimble (Philippe/Gaston), Nick Wilton (Lachenel/Mifroid), Geraldine Newman (Madame Valérius), Samantha Hughes (La Carlotta), Nicola Weeks (Meg/Adèle).
Singers: Linda Richardson (Christine/La Carlotta), Matthew Hargreaves (The Phantom)

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Doctor Who: The Haunting of Thomas Brewster

This audio drama was released by Big Finish in April 2008.

Thomas Brewster is haunted by the ghost of his drowned mother. But she is not the only apparition to disturb his dreams. Every few years, he is visited by a mysterious blue box…

Helped by his new assistant, the young Scots scientist Robert McIntosh, the Doctor struggles to unravel the twisted knot of temporal implausibilities which bind the TARDIS to Thomas Brewster.

Meanwhile, lost in the stews of Victorian London, Nyssa must face a host of spectral creatures gathering in the fog.

Written By: Jonathan Morris
Directed By: Barnaby Edwards


Peter Davison (The Doctor); Sarah Sutton (Nyssa); Leslie Ash (Mother); Christian Coulson (Robert McIntosh); John Pickard (Thomas Brewster); Barry McCarthy (Creek); Sid Mitchell (Pickens); Trevor Cooper (Shanks)
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