Sherwood Sound Studios are announcing a further short delay for the release date for The Coming of the Martians, our faithful audio adaptation of H. G. Wells’ 1897 martian invasion story The War of the Worlds starring award-winning actor Colin Morgan (Merlin, Humans, The Living and the Dead).


The Coming of the Martians will be released to Kickstarter backers and pre-order customers via digital download in January, 2018 and then general release shortly afterwards.

Physical products for Kickstarter backers and pre-order customers will then be dispatched as soon as we get them from the manufacturers, which we estimate at the end of January, 2018.

Once we have shipped ALL physical products to our Kickstarter backers and pre-order customers we will then dispatch to the general public.



A note from Martin Johnson…

“Adapting The War of the Worlds into a realistic sounding audio drama in 5.1 surround sound has been a huge challenge, bigger than any previous work in this medium. With so many adaptations of this story being released in 2017, I want ours to stand out from the rest as being the most faithful to the 1897 original and the highest quality production on offer. This means great attention to detail and a depth of soundscapes never before heard on audio. As I’ve said before, I would rather delay the release than produce something we didn’t think was the absolute best and I understand that there may be a few people upset by this delay.

Sherwood Sound Studios is essentially a start-up business. With this, our first major release, we turned to Kickstarter to fund our production. Unlike established audio drama production companies, who have very few creatives working on their releases, we have zero staff. Not only am I the producer of The Coming of the Martians but I’m also the audio editor, sound designer, music composer, disc content producer, product & cover artist, website & ordering admin and distribution guy. It’s very demanding.

With this being a start-up business I can only work on our production during my free time as I currently have a day job, which unfortunately has kept me unusually busy over the last few months. This is the main cause of the delay and I offer my deepest apologies as there isn’t a great deal I could have done to get more free time.

I hope, once you finally hear our adaptation, you will understand the vast amount of effort that has gone into making it sound like you’re not listening to an audio drama but having a realistic experience of martians destroying southern England in 1910 and indistinguishable from the real world.”


We also have a War of the Worlds page with information on this production.

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  1. Heather 4 months ago

    Thank you for the update, Martin. And thanks for all the work to get this out to the masses. Really looking forward to hearing the final product.

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