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1/31/2003 07:25:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

BBC Worldwide's Tradelink (the release service the BBC uses to issue information to vendors) has finally posted some news about the forthcoming release of The Talons of Weng-Chiang on DVD, with a stated release date of April 28. The information from BBC Worldwide is as follows (with thanks to Chuck Foster of the DWAS):

The inimitable Doctor Who and his assistant Leela are confronted by sinister and seemingly inexplicable occurrences in this gripping thriller set in the shadowy depths of nineteenth century London.
        With the help of Professor Litefoot, the Doctor investigates the gruesome murder of a cabbie and the mysterious disappearances of young girls. Whilst being chased by giant rats and forced to pit his wits against an evil doll and a merciless illusionist, he comes face to face with his most deadly enemy to date: Magnus Greel - a fifty-first century war criminal posing as Weng Chiang, an ancient Chinese god.
        Can the Doctor thwart his dastardly plans before Leela becomes his next victim….

Two-disc set which includes the following special features: CommentaryWhose Doctor Who, a 1977 documentary from BBC2's 'The Lively Arts' strand, looking back at the history of the programme and its psychological impact on the viewers, particularly children, introduced by Melvyn Bragg; Blue Peter TheatreBehind the ScenesPhilip Hinchcliffe Interview; plus trails and continuity, 1 Easter Egg, photo gallery and production subtitles.

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1/29/2003 07:26:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

The BBC Radio Collection will reportedly be releasing two audio boxed sets this year, according to the Planet Who website. is already listing a Yeti Box Setcontaining the CD releases of "The Abominable Snowmen" and "The Web of Fear" (which may include MP3 files as an extra), due out April 7. Additionally, a Dalek Box Set is reportedly being released later in the year containing the two stories "Power of the Daleks" and "Evil of the Daleks"; we've heard that these will be the earlier recordings released on cassette but remastered for CD. No official confirmation as yet on either one. (Thanks to Planet Who)

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1/29/2003 07:25:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Big Finish has posted new information on its website about a few forthcoming releases.Dalek Empire II: Dalek War - Part One is now in release after a brief delay, while the January audio Jubilee by Rob Shearman will be issued later in the week; both were delayed due to pressing issues. Meanwhile, Big Finish has posted a trailer for the February audio Nekromanteia by Austen Atkinson starring Peter Davison, Caroline Morris and Nicola Bryant, on its site, and issued the cover blurb for the forthcomingProject: Lazarus, the sequel to its earlier Project: Twilight by Cavan Scott & Mark Wright, starring Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Maggie Stables. Finally, a brief update to their Short Trips hardcover anthology series; the third installment will be called "A Universe of Terrors," edited by John Binns (due out in June), and the fourth book is "The Muses" edited by Jacqueline Rayner (due out in September). (Thanks to Big Finish)

by Cavan Scott & Mark Wright

"I'll survive Doctor. I always do."

Unfinished business. A frightened girl is stalked in a land of eternal night. A hunter longs for recognition and power. A traveller in time returns to correct the mistakes of the past and faces a danger that could rob him of his future. Unless his future intervenes. And in the shadows stands Nimrod. Waiting...

Welcome to the Forge.

Starring Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy (the Doctors) and Maggie Stables (Evelyn Smythe); with Stephen Chance (Nimrod), Rosie Cavaliero (Cassie), Emma Collier (Oracle), Adam Woodroffe (Sergeant Frith), Ingrid Evans (Dr. Crumpton) and Vidar Magnussen (Professor Harket).

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1/24/2003 07:28:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

The Third Doctor returns on February 9 to the British channel UK Gold, which starts rescreenings with the first Jon Pertwee story "Spearhead from Space". There were hopes that UK Gold would return to the start of the series, but instead are opting this time for only the colour package. According to Sue Cowley in a post on the Restoration Team forum, UK Gold were recently supplied with information needed to retrieve new (much clearer) masters from BBC Worldwide for some of the stories that remain somewhat deteriorated in their library, although no word if they will actually do so. The show will air in both late night and early morning weekend screenings. (Thanks to BBCi, Sue Cowley, Steve Trevor)

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1/24/2003 07:27:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

BBCi has posted a preview of the next issue of Doctor Who Magazine, #327, on sale February 6. In the issue, Christopher Bailey (author of "Kinda" and "Snakedance") is interviewed; an article on the National Viewers and Listeners Association and its matron, Mary Whitehouse; "Guess Who?" with the Fifth and Sixth Doctors; "Full Circle" in the Archives; plus previews, reviews and so forth. At right is a thumbnail of the cover. For more details go to the BBCi website. (And speaking of BBCi... they've now launched both the photonovel of "The Smugglers" as well as a new birthday salute to Tom Baker called Doctor What... check them out!)

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1/24/2003 07:27:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

The still-unconfirmed-by-BBC DVD release of The Talons of Weng Chiang will likely be out on April 28, says a representative of Technicolor, the UK distributor of BBC Worldwide products (according to Ben Keywood of the Galaxy 4 shop). Meanwhile, further to the report of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) extras on the disc: "the extra listed as 'Blue Peter Theatre' should be a compilation of the segments from Blue Peter," says reader Jim Sangster, "where viewers were shown how to build their own Doctor Who puppet theatre... in the style of those old victorian ones where the 'puppets' (cardboard cutouts) were on a horizontal stick and they entered from the wings of a large box-theatre. At the time, the Radio Times published the black and white photos of the Doctor and Leela for kids to cut out, mount on thin card and stick to a straw or piece of thin dowling. They also (I think) included cut-outs of the sets the kids could make for their theatre." Again, BBC Worldwide has not yet officially announced this release. (As an aside... Ben from the Galaxy 4 shop also let us know that release of the Blake's 7 Series 1 DVD set -- again, still apparently unconfirmed by the BBC -- was delayed again, until June 2.) (Thanks to Ben Keywood, Jim Sangster)

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1/20/2003 07:29:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Though we emphasize that The Talons of Weng-Chiang is still unconfirmed for release on DVD in April (or May) by BBC Video -- even though retailers have received some notice -- the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has released details about this theoretical DVD's extras on its website, including the hour-long documentary "Whose Doctor Who" and an additional hour of other material. (This information does classify the release, like "Seeds of Death," as a two-disc set.)


00:58:42:01 | WHOSE DOCTOR WHO
00:25:57:15 | BLUE PETER THEATRE
00:23:58:22 | BEHIND THE SCENES


00:00:39:10 | EASTER EGG NO. 1

Meanwhile, there are rumors circulating that there will be only four Doctor Who DVDs released in 2004 in the UK. This is incorrect; it is based on information taken out of context in a post on the Outpost Gallifrey Forum from a member of the Restoration Team, but was merely speculative on the consequences of further drop-off of DVD sales. At no time has information been issued from the BBC or otherwise that a decision has been made to reduce Doctor Who DVD output.

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1/19/2003 07:32:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Cyril Shaps, a frequent guest star on many BBC programs with a lengthy film career, died January 1 in the UK. Among his roles were Rasputin The Mad Monk (1966), To Sir, With Love (1966), The Odessa File (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), The Spaceman And King Arthur (1979), Erik The Viking (1989), The Madness Of King George (1994), The End Of The Affair (1999), The Importance Of Being Earnest (2002) and the new film The Pianist (2003). He was in over 50 TV series including Quatermass II, The Persuaders!, QB VII, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, The Young Ones and Lovejoy, and portrayed the voice Professor Popkiss and Masterspy in Gerry Anderson's Supercar. He also made four appearances in Doctor Who: as John Viner inTomb of the Cybermen, Lennox in The Ambassadors of Death, Professor Clegg inPlanet of the Spiders, and the Archimandrite in The Androids of Tara (pictured, above right). Shaps was best-known in the UK for his long-running regular role as Rabbi Levi in the ITV sitcom Never Mind The Quality, Feel The Width (from 1967 to 1971). Shaps was an actor for more than 50 years. He was 79. (Thanks to Daniel Hirsch, Lee Horton, plus Kenneth Parker for the detailed bio info)

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1/19/2003 07:32:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Daphne Oram, the co-founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, passed away on January 6 aged 77. Although Oram didn't work on Doctor Who directly, her work influenced it greatly; she "created an experimental early intelligent musical instrument called Oramics inspiring the modern electronic music industry of today," according to the BBC's internal magazine Ariel. "This charming, eccentric individual, who appeared at the college gate with her shopper trolley filled with oscilators, bits of electronic circuitry and a quarter inch tape machine, leaves behind a legacy of imaginative, alternative thinking as an inspiration to all composers from all musical genres. She very much wanted to remain until her dying day a 'useful' member of society. A true artist in the fullest sense of the word." Certainly her work inspired those who came after, including Doctor Who composers Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire. (Thanks to Jim Sangster)

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1/19/2003 07:31:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

BBC Worldwide Americas has issued press releases for the forthcoming Planet of Giantsand Underworld VHS releases on May 6 in North America, including cover illustrations (click on the thumbnail for a larger version). Outpost Gallifrey previously confirmed these May releases last month. The details are as follows:

Warner Home Video #E1740

In an attempt to return Ian and Barbara to the twentieth century, the Doctor tries an unorthodox new technique. It causes the TARDIS doors to open in mid-flight, which sets alarms ringing inside the craft. The time travelers arrive on Earth only to discover that they have been drastically reduced in size. They are now tiny people in a world of giant objects. The TARDIS has materialized between the cracks in a garden patio. The garden is teeming with giant worms, ants and cats - all deadly hazards for the miniature time travelers. Worse still, the TARDIS crew learns that this garden is the testing site for a deadly insecticide, DN6. Developed to eliminate all insect life, the chemical may be equally effective against miniscule time travelers. Starring Jacqueline Hill, William Hartnell, William Russell, Carole Ann Ford. Street date: May 6.

Warner Home Video #E1741

Hundreds of thousands of years ago, the Time Lords of Gallifrey began exploring space and time with their new TARDIS technology. The first alien race they encountered were the Minyans, who treated the Time Lords as gods. In return, the Time Lords gave medical and scientific aid. As the Minyans became more advanced, they renounced their former gods. The war that followed destroyed the planet Minyos and set the Time Lords on the path of non-interference with the affairs of the universe. Before Minyos was totally destroyed, a single ship - the P7E - escaped. It carried the future of the Minyan species, locked into its onboard race banks. But the P7E disappeared into deep space centuries ago. Now the last of the Minyans have embarked on a quest to recover their lost race banks. Their quest is destined to bring the Minyans once again into contact with the Time Lords - one Time Lord in particular. Starring Tom Baker, Louise Jameson. Street date: May 6.

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1/19/2003 07:30:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

At least one major US book chain will soon cease carrying the Doctor Who novels in the US. Due to the inability of BBC Books to license a new North American distributor,Borders Books (one of the two largest US bookstore chains) has now categorized the Doctor Who novels as "non-returnable markdowns"; this means that all the BBC Doctor Who books up to and including The Adventuress of Henrietta Street are now marked at 50% off and when they're gone, they're gone. (Thanks to Jonathan Dennis, Ian Rogers)

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1/18/2003 07:34:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Issue 326 of Doctor Who Magazine reveals that Big Finish is planning a new subscriber-only CD for release sometime during this year, featuring some "old enemies" (yet to be revealed). This would be the second release given exclusively to subscribers (following last year's "The Maltese Penguin," although that eventually made its way to sale.) Additionally, the issue reveals that the forthcoming Music from the Seventh Doctor Audio Adventures features the scores of the Big Finish stories "Dust Breeding," "The Rapture" and "Bang-Bang-A-Boom!" (Thanks to Damon Querry and DWM)

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1/18/2003 07:33:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

The Galaxy 4 shop in the UK is reporting that the schedule for 2003 of Doctor Who audio soundtrack releases from the BBC Radio Collection is as follows: "The Power of the Daleks" in May, "The Evil of the Daleks" in August and "Marco Polo" in November. Outpost Gallifrey received a report this week that artist Max Ellis has been commissioned for these three covers. None of this has been officially confirmed by BBC sources, though we believe the report is factual. Meanwhile, the newest issue of TV Zone magazine is reporting a mid-year (May 2003) release of the story Invasion of the Dinosaurs on VHS; obviously this is also not yet confirmed, but likely considering that there are so few stories yet to be released. (Thanks to Lissa Levesque, Div, Keith Randall)

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1/10/2003 07:35:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Steve Roberts of the BBC's Doctor Who Restoration Team confirmed today that the forthcoming release of The Seeds of Death - the first six-part story released on DVD in the UK - will be a two-disc set. We'd heard this before but were waiting for official confirmation. (Thanks to Steve Roberts

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1/09/2003 07:37:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Big Finish has revealed further plans for its 2003 range of products based on Bernice Summerfield, the former Doctor Who books companion that was spun off several years ago. In addition to three previously confirmed stories this year, all audio -- February's "The Mirror Effect" by Stewart Sheargold, "The Bellotron Incident" by Mike Tucker in April, and June's "The Grel Escape" by Jacqueline Rayner -- Big Finish has announced that August will see the release of The Poison Seas by David Bailey. "Bernice will receive a curiously worded summons to head back to The Braxiatel Collection. Is something wrong? Has something happened to her baby, Peter? Has Brax discovered some new amazing artefact? Have Adrian Wall and Jason Kane come to blows over the nappy-changing rota? Or have Ms Jones, the fearsome administrator and Mister Crofton the equally fearsome gardener arranged nuptials? Or is it something far more sinister, far further reaching than that? Has something that Benny thought was over and done with come back to haunt her? Or, as seems likely, has war finally come to her doorstep?" That's followed in September by the second Bernice hardcover short story anthology, Life During Wartime edited by Benny creator Paul Cornell, "which apart from changing the direction of Big Finish's audio and book range, will also act as an excellent jumping-on point for newcomers or old-hands who have fallen away." Cornell will also pen the December 2003 audio release The Axis of Evil, for which some of the plot threads from "Life During Wartime" will be examined. (Thanks to Big Finish)

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1/09/2003 07:35:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Update 9 Jan 2200 GMT: The Tenth Planet store has sent us the final cover illustration for The Space Pirates, the February 2003 release from the BBC Radio Collection. "The Space Pirates" was the penultimate Patrick Troughton serial and is the last almost-entirely-missing story in the BBC's archives (only episode 2 exists out of 6.) The story is narrated by Frazer Hines (Jamie). Click on the thumbnail for a larger version of the cover by Max Ellis. Meanwhile, the Galaxy 4 store site sent us what appeared to be a 2003 release schedule for the rest of the year including "The Underwater Menace," "The Wheel in Space" and "Marco Polo"; however, we've since been informed that this an older release schedule and has been superseded, and is likely not the final version anymore. (Thanks to Tenth Planet and Galaxy 4)

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1/06/2003 07:36:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Doctor Who fan & collector Ian Levine is currently making available several unique Doctor Who props and items, including: a Cyber Controller head (one of two made for the serial - fixed mouth); a Cyberman from "Tomb of the Cybermen" (Head only); a Cyberman from "Earthshock" (Head only); a TARDIS from "Curse of Peladon" (fell down mountainside); an original Sea-Devil head; two pieces of the Key to Time; the book from "Shada" (The Worshipful And Ancient Law Of Gallifrey); an original Ice Warrior claw (from "The Ice Warriors"); a Servo Robot (from "The Wheel in Space"); one of the fake Mona Lisa’s from "City of Death"; a black & white photographic background used for "Warriors' Gate" episode 4; a shrunken Xeraphin from "Time-Flight"; a wall panel from "Full Circle"; and Bellal's head from "Death to the Daleks" (latex has decayed). Interested parties can send enquiries to Paul Vanezis of the Doctor Who restoration team (Thanks to Paul for letting us know!)