When I learned that Big Finish was doing a run of HG Wells adaptations this year I knew I had to be "all-in".
Kicking off with The Invisible Man and running through his most popular titles, the celebration of Wells' oeuvre climaxes with his best-known work, The Martian Invasion Of Earth (aka The War Of The Worlds), in February.
Highlights, for me, of this series have been the horrors of The Invisible Man (featuring one of the last performances of the late John Hurt); one of all-time favourite novels, The Time Machine (they even included my favourite sequence - which has never appeared in the movies - when the Traveller goes forward into the far future; it's so beautiful and melancholic); and the pulpy excitement of The First Men In The Moon.
The Martian Invasion Of Earth stars Richard Armitage - who is playing Wolverine in the upcoming Marvel dramatic podcast - and Lucy Briggs-Owen in the lead roles of Herbert and Amy:
"No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s…The full-cast audio drama is available to pre-order from Big Finish for £14.99 on CD or £12.99 on download, or you can save money by bundle ordering the whole series.
A curiosity falls to Earth on Horsell Common, and a nightmare begins. England is laid waste by huge fighting machines, armed with devastating heat rays. Humanity brings its own weapons to bear upon the invaders, but can they be any match?
Trapped in a war of two worlds, one couple battles to survive. Herbert and Amy will witness… The Martian Invasion of Earth."