Audio and radio play reviews

Review: Torchwood – Asylum


In the UK: Wednesday 1st July, 2.15pm, Radio 4. Available for download until 7th July. Also available from

I feel violated. Violated and stupid. Don’t I learn? Am I no better than invertebrates or small yappy dogs? Couldn’t I tell that another Torchwood Radio 4 play was going to make the last one look like a work of art?

Apparently not, because I actually sat down and listened, live, to TorchwoodAsylum.

Well that’s 45 minutes I’m not getting back.

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Meme of the week: Your favourite bit of recasting

Slightly trickier meme this week. As you know, many shows last several seasons/series. Actors can get bored, get ill, have contract negotiation issues – or sadly they can die. In the case of pilots, they may not work at all well and might need to be gotten rid of.

In these cases, the producers can write them out or recast the character. Sometimes, this can actually be for the best, with the replacement actor turning out to be better than the original.

So meme of the week this week is

What’s been your favourite piece of recasting?

There’s a lot to choose from. Dynasty and Dallas did a whole lot of recasting – was Emma Samms a better Fallon than Pamela Sue Martin, who was also recast on The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew? Doctor Who recasts all the time. Bewitched recast the original Darren, and then reused all his scripts. Roseanne replaced Alicia Goranson with Sarah Chalke. The A-Team recast Face in between pilot and series. Ruby keeps dying in Supernatural and being replaced.

I’ll open it up as well to US/UK remakes of shows, just in case you preferred Harvey Keitel (or even Colm Meaney) to Philip Glenister in Life on Mars. And I’ll let you have movie series as well, just in case you think Robin Curtis was better than Kirstie Alley in Star Trek, for some reason.

As always, leave a comment with your answer or a link to your answer on your own blog.


Review: Doctor Who – 120 – The Magic Mousetrap

The Magic MousetrapApologies for the delay in reviewing this one: I simply couldn’t face listening to the first of two Sylvester McCoy stories after having to sit through the Key 2 Time season.

In fact, the thought of listening to the new Eighth Doctor and Lucie season was so horrific I’ve decided to give those a complete miss, so sorry if you’ve been hoping for reviews of those – I doubt you have.

But, just for yous guys, I forced myself to get back on track. I steeled myself last week, gave The Magic Mousetrap a whirl – as well as the first episode of The Three Companions – and now I’m ready to report.

It’s not that bad actually, although it would have been so much better with practically any other Doctor/companion combination.

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Wednesday’s Micro Live news

Happy Canada Day everyone!


  • Jason Lee and Michelle Trachtenberg join A Couple of Dicks
  • Trailer for Soderbergh’s The Informant, starring Matt Damon and Scott Bakula
  • Bill Nighy to appear in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Trailer for Inglourious Basterds

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