Paul McGann was the shortest lived Doctor, on screen for just one episode. On the other hand, he’s one of the longest lasting Doctors, being the central character of novels, audio plays and comics from 1996 to the present day.

Even with this, though, he’s probably the least well known Doctor, which is why it was a great idea by BBC7 in 2006 to commission Big Finish to create an audio series about the Eighth Doctor similar in style to the television series.

Here, Lucie Miller is the companion, and unlike most companions she doesn’t want to be one. The Time Lords put her on some sort of witness protection program, for reasons unknown, and she’s stuck in the care of the Doctor. The TARDIS can’t even leave without her. Personally, I think this created for a dynamic that’s pretty hard to beat (although Donna did).

Well, that’s enough of the introduction. One last thing – you might think 3 is very few stories to put as my favourite, but, actually, this season only had 6 stories, so 3 is quite a lot indeed.

3. No More Lies

You’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d walked right into the middle of an episode when this one begins, but you’d soon realise this is just the beginning. The first ‘act’ of this story nicely juxtaposes the excitement of some sort of chase that the Doctor and Lucie are in (for once, though, they’re not the chased), and an extremely ordinary garden party in England. It’s intriguing, wondering what the two have to do with each other, but before you can frustrate yourself with confusion, the Doctor and Lucie end up following the man they were chasing into the very same garden party.

Generally, the second act is an extremely emotional story, which I won’t spoil for you, but I’d actually say my favourite thing about the story was the villains. The enemies in this story are a race of creatures that live in the Time Vortex, called the Tar-Modowk, and while they’re not the scariest villains in the world, they very much feel like traditional Doctor Who enemies. It’d be great to see them and the Voritsaurs (pterodactyl-like-creatures that live in the vortex) in the TV show one day.

It’s also worth noting that the audio play manages, by different background noises, to create a perfect image of the garden party in your mind – brilliant work on the part of Big Finish, I say.

The Doctor: I thought you wanted to save the world?
Gordon: I just didn’t envisage saving it by riding bareback on a pterodactyl named Margaret.

2. Phobos

If No More Lies created the perfect image of the garden party by just sound, then in this story the moon of Phobos is perfectly created in one’s imagination by the sound and description alone. Here, Phobos is a planet of extreme sports, a place visited by adrenaline junkies, or ‘drennies’ as the characters put it. And on this planet lives a beast, lying in wait to attack.

Once again, I don’t want to spoil the story, but near the end the Doctor has to face his fears. And it’s not just fears of the past. The greatest fear that the Doctor faces is the fear of what he may have to do in the future. Now, think what you like, but that sounds suspiciously close to the end of the Time War to me.

1. Human Resources

This is the two part finale. Most of the story is set in what appears to be an office, but it’s filled with so many differences from reality that the first part of the story is just hilarious. Of course, there’s still something clearly wrong, so there’s a very creepy feel about this, but that just makes everything so much better.

In the second part, we have the return of the Cybermen. And they’re Mondasian Cybermen, at that, before they even discovered Telos. What’s lovely is that the voices are a very subtle blend of new series Cybermen voices, and old series Cybermen, which gives them quite a disconcerting sound.

In addition, this is, after all, the season finale, so we find out all about what this witness protection program for Lucie was. We also have some very major character development on the part of Lucie, and we catch a glimpse at the Time Lords, and the chaotic way with which they try to control the universe without actually interferring.

Plus, the manner in which the Cybermen was defeated was both incredibly ludicrous, and extremely funny. If anything else, you have to hear this episode for that.

These episodes can be purchased on Amazon, or on the Big Finish website.

The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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The upcoming 25th anniversary edition of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes a couple of first looks at next year’s live-action adaptation.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a quarter of a century since the animated Beauty and the Beast hit movie theaters. To celebrate the occasion Disney is putting out an anniversary edition, and its special features section includes a treat: Our first look at Cogsworth and Lumière in the live-action installment, as well as a glimpse of a scene within Gaston’s tavern.

As confirmed by producer Jack Morrissey on Facebook, this photo of Cogsworth (played by Ian McKellen) and Lumière (Ewan McGregor) is concept art, but it gives us a sense of the style that director Bill Condon is shooting for:

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While it’s nice to finally see a glimpse of a couple of the characters, a big question remains unanswered: How will these objects look once they have faces on them? (Cogsworth’s face might be hinted at in the center of the clock.)

Also on the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition is a shot from the the “Gaston” musical number. From left to right we see Alexis Loizon as Stanley, Josh Gad as LeFou (just over Gaston’s shoulder), and Luke Evans (with his back to the camera) as Gaston.

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Update: And here’s another look at the movie, courtesy of this person on Twitter — this time we get to see Dan Stevens as human Beast!

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We’ll be curious to get our hands on the anniversary edition in September, because we expect we’ll see more from the new movie than the two stills above.

Disney released the first trailer for the live-action Beauty and the Beast in May. It was very much a teaser trailer, as it didn’t provide any looks at the characters — except Belle (Emma Watson), appearing through the glass casing protecting the film’s iconic rose.

In fact, the trailer’s first looks at the various settings (Namely the Beast’s castle) fell in line with the visual style we see in the above concept art.

Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens hit theaters March 17, 2017.

Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

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Apple — always one to push the boundaries by simplifying their products as much as possible — is reportedly looking to remove the all-important Home button in next year’s new iPhone.

Apple loves making their products as simple as possible. The iPod was a success because of how clean it looked compared to other MP3 players. With Apple TV, Steve Jobs bragged about how few buttons the device’s remote had.

But since 2007, every new iPhone has had the same number of physical buttons, switches, and ports: A ringer switch, a lock button, volume up/down buttons, a USB port, and a headphone jack.

That changes next month, when Apple is expected to announce that the iPhone 7 will be lacking a headphone jack. Instead, users will be listening to music via the Lightning port (which you currently use to charge and sync your iPhone).

And for 2017, Apple will reportedly go one step further by removing the Home button.

Ah, the Home button. It’s always been there for us — it’s our captain for navigating the iPhone. We use it to switch between apps, we use it to get to our Home screen, we use it to summon Siri, and we use it to read our finger print. Back in the “old days,” we used it to force quit apps when they froze on us.

In a new report, Bloomberg says Apple is planning to remove the Home button for the 2017 iPhone, which will presumably be called iPhone 7s. It’s billed as a “major redesign of the iPhone for 2017 that focuses more heavily on the display.”

Previous rumor mill reports have suggested that Apple will ditch the Home button in order to decrease the size of the top top and bottom bezels, thereby making the phone not as tall, or using the freed up space to add more screen.

Here’s a mock up of what that could look like, via TapSmart:

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What remains unclear is how users will be able to unlock and navigate their iPhone without the Home button. Reports have suggested that the whole screen will serve as a TouchID surface and a Home button (using the 3D Touch feature Apple launched last year).

Interestingly, next month’s release of iOS 10 will introduce a new way to unlock your iPhone: You’ll have to press down on the Home button to activate an unlocking. Previously, all you had to do was rest your finger on the Home button while your lock screen was awake.

Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

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Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

Now, according to Deadline, Disney is developing an all-live-action remake of the film. Nick Hornby will write the script, while Joe Roth is in negotiations to sign on as a producer.

If Mendes’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he directed the last two James Bond features, both Skyfall and Spectre, as well as 1999’s American Beauty.

You can check out the trailer for the horrifying original film below:

As of late, Disney has been announcing live-action versions of its properties left and right, including The Nutcracker (which has a huge cast of well-known actors), The Little Mermaid (with Lin-Manuel Miranda attached to help write the music), Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson), and Cruella (starring Emma Stone), among others.

With the amount of remakes — especially in the live-action department — it’s no wonder James and the giant Peach is the latest to be announced.

Do you want to see a live-action ‘James and the Giant Peach’ movie?