Bookmark and Share Day of Armageddon Photonovel

1/30/2004 12:15:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

BBCi have been granted permission to take a telesnap-like photonovel of the recently recovered "Day of Armageddon," episode two of The Daleks' Master Plan. The photographs are printed along with informational text, and provide a first glimpse to many of us of some of the events not seen since its original broadcast (including the oft-mentioned "alien delegates".) You can view the photonovel by clicking here.

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1/29/2004 12:16:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 29, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Portal to Infinity is a new, unauthorized review guide of Doctor Who stories written by Keith C. Bradbury (the owner of the Who North America web store), due out in February. Says the press release: "Portal to Infinity is a guide to all those televised stories that have delighted fans of all ages throughout the globe. With plot synopses, reviews, multiple opinions, and even a ten star rating system, this book covers the entire series during its 26 year run. It even covers the 1996 telemovie starring Paul McGann, the Dalek movies featuring Peter Cushing, and the charity specials. What makes this book unique is the wide range of opinions given on the various stories. Dozens of reviewers contributed their time and opinions to make this book a reality. Sometimes they agree; often they disagree. But in the end, you will understand why we say 'It's like watching Doctor Who with a group of your friends!'" "Portal to Infinity" will be available first at WhoNA, then at specialty shops soon thereafter. The cover illustration to the book is available (Thanks to Keith & Jany Bradbury)

Bookmark and Share The Second Coming

1/29/2004 12:16:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 29, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
The weekly trade magazine Broadcast voted new DW producer Russell T. Davies' ITV two-part series The Second Coming as best drama; read the news report here.

Bookmark and Share DWM 340

1/29/2004 12:15:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Issue 340 of Doctor Who Magazine will be on sale February 5. Here's what you can expect from the next issue: DWM reveals the identity of Doctor Who's new television producer, while series writer Russell T Davies drops a few more hints about the show; "Ooh Lalla!," as Lalla Ward, gives DWM the warts-and-all story of her time in Doctor Who in the first part if a revealing new interview; "Channel Hopping," another installment of "Scheduled for Success" as Andrew Pixley discusses about the "Doctor?s greatest enemies... no, not the Daleks or the Cybermen, but The A-Team, Lost in Space and Coronation Street!"; Gareth Roberts peers through the police box doors, and attempts to construct the ultimate user's manual, in "Living in a Box"; the third part of the comic strip "Bad Blood"; it's the end of "It's the End"; plus all the regular news, reviews and features. (Thanks to Clay Hickman and DWM)

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1/28/2004 12:18:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 28, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
BBC Worldwide has released details on the forthcoming novel Empire of Death by David Bishop, due out in March from BBC Bokos. Details are as follows:

Empire of Death, by David Bishop

In 1856, a boy discovers he can speak with the voices of the dead. He grows up to become one of England's most celebrated spriritualists.

In 1863 the British Empire is effectively without a leader. Queen Victoria is inconsolable with grief following the death of her beloved husband, Prince Albert. The monarch's last hope is a secret seance.

The Doctor and Nyssa are also coming to terms with loss following the death of Adric and Tegan's sudden departure. Trying to visit the Great Exhibition of 1851, the time travellers are shocked when Adric's ghost appears in the TARDIS, beckoning them to the Other Side.

What is hidden in a drowned village guarded by the British Army? Is there life after death and can it be reached by those still alive? And why is the Doctor so terrified of facing his own ghosts?

Featuring the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa

Bookmark and Share Guy de Carnac books

1/28/2004 12:17:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

David A. McIntee will be writing a series of novels using the character Guy de Carnac from his New Adventures novel "Sanctuary", published by Twenty First Century Books; the first one, "Descent" (tentative title) is due out later in the year.

Bookmark and Share Fenric and Two Docs DVD Covers

1/28/2004 12:17:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Outpost Gallifrey has received the cover illustrations for the forthcoming North American DVD releases of The Curse of Fenric (Warner Home Video #E1993) and The Two Doctors (WHV #E1994), which we revealed first this past Sunday. Both DVD releases, which are two-disc sets, are due out June 1 with a suggested retail price of $34.98. Click on the thumbnails below for a larger version.

Bookmark and Share Radio Times and Sky Magazine

1/27/2004 12:19:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 27, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
This week's Radio Times (31 Jan-6 Feb) has the results of a recent poll on their website of "Spookiest TV Of All Time". While Doctor Who doesn't specifically feature, author William Gallagher says in his write-up: "If you're wondering where Doctor Who is, we know it could do spooky, but as it walks away with every poll it figures in, we awarded it a Certificate of Advanced Spookiness and left it off the list to give the others a chance". Meanwhile, Sky TV Magazine has done a similar yet more arbitrary poll of "scary moments", presumably selected by the magazine staff, in which Doctor Who does feature; the entry (which comes in ninth place) consists of: "The bit where the Cybermen come out of the sewers." (It doesn't mention the story -- "The Invasion" -- but at least it's there!) (Thanks to Matthew Harris)

Bookmark and Share North America DVD: Update

1/27/2004 12:19:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 27, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
We've learned more about the DVD releases coming in 2004 and early 2005, as Outpost Gallifrey noted in our Sunday news report. Both The Curse of Fenric and The Two Doctors will indeed be out on June 1 (we hope to bring you the cover illustrations as soon as they're available, possibly tomorrow.) Meanwhile, we have been told that Earthshock is indeed on the list of probable releases for the next twelve months, though it was accidentally left off the email BBCAmericaShop sent out to enquiring parties. The DVDs that haven't been "officially" confirmed in the UK -- namely,The Green Death and The Beginning Boxed Set -- should be taken as "potential," in that they would follow UK releases that haven't been officially confirmed yet by BBC Worldwide (but which have been mentioned as possible releases by UK-based retailers). As always, we will continue to report things as we hear them.

Bookmark and Share A History of the Universe

1/27/2004 12:18:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 27, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Mad Norwegian Press will be reprinting Lance Parkin's acclaimed and out-of-print A History of the Universe, editor Lars Pearson told Outpost Gallifrey today. "History of the Universe," a complete timeline to the Doctor Who mythos, was originally published by Virgin in May 1996; Parkin will be updating the guide to encompass the remainder of the Virgin Doctor Who series not covered when the book was printed, the BBC Doctor Who novels, the Big Finish audios and other stories. The book, which will be printed as "unauthorized," will be released in December 2004 as an oversized softcover. (Thanks to Lars Pearson)

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1/25/2004 12:25:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 25, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Issue 2 of the Canadian fanzine Whotopia is out; it includes such features "20 Questions with Louise Jameson," "Season 5: The Year of the Monsters," "The Making of Doctor Who Recons Part II," "The Scream of The Shalka Overview" and other highlights. For more details visit (Thanks to Bob Furnell)

Bookmark and Share Dinsdale Landen Tribute

1/25/2004 12:24:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 25, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
January 18th's BBC Radio Five Live's "Brief Lives" show (an obituary programme) featured a segment on Dinsdale Landen ("The Curse of Fenric"), featuring an interview with his wife discussing his work on Fenric. (Thanks to Chris Patient)

Bookmark and Share Davies on South Bank

1/25/2004 12:22:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 25, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
New Who producer Russell T. Davies will appear on the UK arts television magazine show "The South Bank Show" on February 8 at 22:45, according to their website as well as an appearance by the show's presenter Melvin Bragg on the "Today with Des and Mel" show. Says the South Bank site, "Can television drama still explore the state of the nation? Is there a place for politics in television drama? Just how truthful is docudrama? These are just some of the questions explored in the second programme in this two-part South Bank Show Special. Revealing the secrets and craft behind their work are some of this country's leading writers including Paul Abbott, Tony Marchant and Russell T Davies. With exclusive footage from several up-and-coming dramas for 2004, contributions from actors, directors and commissioning editors, this is an in-depth look at whether television drama can still break new boundaries in a medium dominated by reality TV and lifestyle shows." (Thanks to Ben Morris and Vin Marsden Hendrick)

Bookmark and Share Shalka Wins Blue Chip

1/25/2004 12:21:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 25, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Cosgrove Hall, the animators behind "The Scream of the Shalka," have won the award for Best Digital Animation -- the award Outpost Gallifrey previously noted it was nominated for -- at the Blue Chip Awards, the digital industry awards for the North West.

Bookmark and Share More Audio Release Notes

1/25/2004 12:21:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 25, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Further to our report last week about forthcoming audio release details from the BBC Radio Collection, Michael Stevens of BBC Audiobooks has put out the following call for material for the second volume of Doctor Who at the BBC, due out this summer. "If anyone out there has off-air recordings of radio programmes from the 1960s to the 1990s," says Stevens, "we'd love to hear from you. Although a lot of stuff is in the archive, an amazing amount is not. Amongst the radio things we'd love to include in a future release are William Hartnell's appearance on Desert Island Discs, Moviegoround featuring Doctor Who and the Daleks, Nicholas Courtney on Today in 1974, and anything featuring Patrick Troughton - but there are tons of other things we know were broadcast but are no longer held. If you were one of those who excitedly taped the merest mention of Who on the air, and would be prepared to loan us the tapes for a short while, please get in touch with us. Email putting DWATBBC as the subject header, or write to Doctor Who at the BBC, BBC Audiobooks, St James House, The Square, Lower Bristol Road, Bath BA2 3BH. We'd be delighted to give you a credit in the sleeve and a copy of the finished release. Please, though, don't send us any Dead Ringers clips - we're all sorted for them!" Meanwhile, Planet Who reports that an audio release of the Patrick Troughton serial The Invasion is due out in November 2004 on CD; we don't have any independent confirmation of such at this time.

Bookmark and Share Paul McGann Speaks

1/25/2004 12:20:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 25, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Paul McGann has a few things to say about the new Doctor Who series, in an interview with SFX Magazine. "I'm not being disingenuous now when I say that I've heard nothing," says McGann in response to reports he is being courted to appear in the series, either in a cameo appearance or as a regular. "And I'm unlikely to hear anything, except that they'll probably ask me to go back and do the regeneration, which I'd be happy to do. But if I was them, I wouldn't pick me. I think if somebody wants it more - and again, this is purely, purely rumour, so this could be nonsense, but not only have I heard that David Warner is up for it, but he really wants to do it. And if that's the case then they should give it to him, because you can't beat that. You can't beat passion. While I'd be into it... I've got to be really careful what I say here... I might not have the same passion that Warner would, to be brutally honest, simply by dint of the fact that I've done it before. If I was to get offered it, then I would have to be absolutely certain, and I would have to seek guarantees, that I could do the things I wanted to do in 1996, approach it the way we thought we might before. It would be unfinished business." The new issue of SFX goes on sale on February 18. (Thanks to Nick Setchfield)

Bookmark and Share North America DVD Update

1/25/2004 12:20:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 25, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Updated 1800 GMT: An update for our North American readers on the latest DVD releases. Following this March's release of the already-announced The Seeds of Death (Patrick Troughton) and The Three Doctors (Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton and William Hartnell), Outpost Gallifrey has learned that the next two DVD releases here will be The Curse of Fenric (Sylvester McCoy) and The Two Doctors (Colin Baker with Patrick Troughton). We've since confirmed that both will be released on June 1; later this week we will likely have further details as well as cover art for both.

Meanwhile, we have also been informed of developments later in the year: on the boards for the second half of the year or early in 2005, according to the BBCAmerica Shop (at least currently, subject to change as usual) are The Visitation(Peter Davison), Pyramids of Mars (Tom Baker) and The Green Death (Jon Pertwee) as well as The Beginning, which includes the stories An Unearthly Child, The Daleks and The Edge of Destruction. While no new boxed sets have been planned, this might be indication that at least, should "The Beginning" be released in the UK (there has been no confirmation about such from Worldwide), it would also be released in the US & Canada. This is also important to fans outside of North America because it reaffirms rumors that those discs are indeed being planned for later in 2004 or early 2005 in the UK (since BBC America will be following the UK releases instead of creating their own releases, a la "Key to Time".) Surprisingly, no word as yet on the status of Earthshock, the Peter Davison story that was released late last year in the UK. As always, all of this -- except for the June releases -- should be taken as "speculative" (whatever that means to you) until it's confirmed. (Thanks to BBC America Shop, Rob Hunter, Jason Prilby)

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1/20/2004 12:25:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 20, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Big Finish's The Creed of the Kromon is now in release; this is the first story with new companion C'Rizz (Conrad Westmaas).

Bookmark and Share More Master Plan Clips

1/17/2004 12:28:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 17, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
In addition to the online clip showing, a short clip consisting of some of the title sequence, the episode title, and some Daleks in conversation from episode two of The Daleks' Master Plan was shown on the BBC digital channel BBC Three as part of the Liquid News entertainment news show. The report said that it was the "exclusive" first showing (which was at about 19:45 GMT on January 15.) (Thanks to Phil Pizzey)

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1/17/2004 12:28:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 17, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
The Earthbound Timelords group, an online Doctor Who literary/educational collection, has embarked on the Doctor Who Fanzine Preservation Project. The goal of the Project is to save old Doctor Who fanzines from the garbage cans and dust bins and to try to preserve as many as possible for the long term use of Doctor Who researchers and historians. The EBTL site link features the goals and mission of the project. Keeping records of the history of Doctor Who fandom may not seem important to some at first, but this sort of archiving is extremely useful and Outpost Gallifrey fully supports it; check out the site and let them know if you can help! (Thanks to Nick Seidler)

Bookmark and Share DVD Releases

1/17/2004 12:27:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 17, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
The Galaxy 4 retailer website has listed several forthcoming UK DVD releases on their site that Outpost Gallifrey has previously reported as being planned for 2004: Ghost Light (said to be in release in May), The Green Death (July) and The Leisure Hive (September). While the dates have not been confirmed by BBC Worldwide, we do believe these are indeed on the drawing boards for 2004 release in the UK; of course, as soon as they are confirmed we'll let you know.

Bookmark and Share Peter Purves Home Fire

1/17/2004 12:27:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Peter Purves suffered a house fire this past Thursday at his home in Suffolk. Says a BBC news report, five fire crews were called to the house at Sibton after a fire started midday Thursday; firefighters managed to save the main property, although the annex where Purves' mother-in-law lives was left badly damaged. An electrical fault in the bedroom of the annex is the purported cause. Purves, known to Doctor Who fans as the actor who played stalwart space pilot Steven Taylor in seasons two and three of Doctor Who, was quoted as saying, "They sent five crews who were all very busy and were amazingly efficient. The next time there's a firefighters' strike, I'm going to stand on the picket line with them." (Thanks to John Dorney)

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1/17/2004 12:26:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Galaxy 4 has posted release information about Reeltime Pictures' new series of DVDs for 2004, re-releasing previous VHS installments as double sets on a single disc. Due out in 2004 are the following dramas and documentaries, with tentative dates as follows:
  • January 31: Daemos Rising (the BBV/Reeltime drama sequel to the TV story "The Daemons"); Mythmakers: William Russell & Verity Lambert; Mythmakers: Terrance Dicks & Barry Letts Part 3
  • February 28: In Memory Alone (the third chapter of BBV's Stranger video series starring Colin Baker & Nicola Bryant); Mythmakers: Mark Strickson & David Banks; Who's Who & Then and Now (two American PBS documentaries from 1987)
  • March 31: An Englishman On Gallifrey & The Home Whovian (Mark Strickson video diary from his Gallifrey 2001 visit and the classic PBS Doctor Who documentary); Mythmakers: Anneke Wills & Michael Craze
  • April 30: The Doctor Down Under & The Doctor In Need (documentaries about Australian fandom and American PBS broadcasts); Mythmakers: Jacqueline Hill & Raymond Cusick
  • May 31: My Doctor Who Diary & ReUNITed (Yee Jee Tso's video diary from 2001 paired with the UNIT reunion at ChicagoTARDIS 2001); Myth Makers 13: Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel Comics Parts 1 & 2
  • June 30: The Panopticon Tapes 1 & 2 (footage from various Panopticon conventions); Myth Makers 14: Jon Pertwee & Christopher Barry
  • July 31: The Doctor At Sea & The Megeve Experiment (Sci-Fi Sea Cruise documentary and the French video production diary with Sophie Aldred & Debbie Watling); Myth Makers 15: Louise Jameson & Mat Irvine
  • August 31: The Myth Runner Tapes (a series of out-takes and fluffs from the range of Myth Makers titles); Myth Makers 16: Peter Purves and Donald Tosh
  • September 30: Longleat 83 Special Edition (20th anniversary convention diary); Myth Makers 17: Caroline John & Terrance Dicks/Barry Letts Part 1

Bookmark and Share 2004 Radio Collection Update

1/17/2004 12:26:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 17, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
2004 will see some great stuff from the BBC Radio Collection. As previously announced, this year's first BBC audio release is Fury From the Deep, due out February 2, narrated by Frazer Hines. The audio release of The Wheel in Space is due out on CD on May 4; for the first time, Wendy Padbury (Zoe) narrates a story, having recorded her material on January 15 according to the BBCi site. Meanwhile, the re-release of Death Comes to Time in MP3 format has been pushed back to June 7, while The Crusade will be released on August 2 (likely with narration by William Russell, but that hasn't yet been confirmed). Details have also been revealed about the two Tales from the TARDISvolumes, now due out July 5; they both feature material only previously released on cassette. Volume one of "Tales" features the audio readings of the novelizations of "The Curse of Peladon" (by Jon Pertwee), "Kinda" (by Peter Davison) and "Attack of the Cybermen" (by Colin Baker), as well as two short-story collections, "Out of the Darkness" read by Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant and "Short Trips" read by Nicholas Courtney and Sophie Aldred. Volume two of "Tales" features readings of the novelizations of "Planet of the Daleks" (by Jon Pertwee), "Warriors of the Deep" (by Peter Davison) and "Vengeance on Varos" (by Colin Baker), as well as Paul McGann's reading of Gary Russell's "The Novel of the Film" and of the short story collection "Earth and Beyond". Finally, BBC Radio Collection will release a second volume of "Doctor Who at the BBC" sometime in the autumn. (Thanks to BBCi and Planet Who)

Bookmark and Share Teletext Article Raises Eyebrows

1/17/2004 12:26:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

A January 16 article on the UK Teletext has raised some eyebrows and created a whirlwind of new rumors concerning the new Doctor Who series. In an "exclusive" written for Teletext by Simon Holden, the reporter announces a "fleeting appearance" by Paul McGann as the Doctor, shortly before regenerating into the new incarnation: "The last Doctor will be regenerated into the new one and have a glamorous female sidekick." However, producer Mal Young is quoted as stating "He will regenerate but we will bring it up to date, modernise the storytelling," not necessarily confirming any sort of regeneration. Indeed, Outpost Gallifrey has been told that there will not be a regeneration; Mr. McGann has NOT at this time made any sort of agreement to appear in the new series, nor has, as is purported by the article, the use of the Daleks and/or Cybermen been confirmed (indeed, rights issues between the BBC and the Terry Nation estate are still being negotiated.) Author Holden claims the budget will be four million pounds. Read the article, but of course take it with a grain of salt; there is very little that producer Young actually says in the article, and much is extrapolated around it.

Bookmark and Share Deep Roy

1/15/2004 12:33:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Deep Roy, aka Mr. Sin from "The Talons of Weng-Chiang," can currently be seen in Disney's "The Haunted Mansion" as the Hitchhiking Ghost and Tim Burton's "Big Fish" as Danny DeVito's sidekick Mr. Soggybottom. (Thanks to Rich Kirkpatrick)

Bookmark and Share Third Faction Novel

1/15/2004 12:32:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 15, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Lance Parkin, author of several acclaimed Doctor Who novels including "Father Time," "The Infinity Doctors" and "Just War," will be penning the third Faction Paradox novel. Entitled Warlords of Utopia, the novel is the third in Mad Norwegian Press' series of books concerning the time-travelling voodoo cult first created by Lawrence Miles for the BBC Books Doctor Who novel range. Parkin's book "is a generational story in which every parallel reality where Rome conquered the world finds itself warring against every parallel reality where Nazi Germany dominated the globe. The book serves to reintroduce crucial elements concerning the Warùthe ongoing conflict between major powers in the Faction Paradox seriesùpaving the way for major War developments in the Faction Paradox book line." The novel is due out in August 2003. (Thanks to Lars Pearson)

Bookmark and Share Tom in the Glen?

1/15/2004 12:32:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 15, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
The January 12 edition of the Express newspaper mentioned the possibility of Tom Baker taking a role in the next series of the UK drama Monarch of the Glen. "Baker, 69 - famed for his striped scarf and poodle hair as the Doctor," says the article, "is in talks to become a regular on hugely popular BBC Scottish-set drama... The feelgood Highland series stars Susan Hampshire and Hamish Clark and has attracted a staggering 50 million viewers around the world. The larger-than-life Baker is seen as a suitably high-profile name to fill the gap left by Good Life actor Briers. 'Tom Baker would fit into the mould of an eccentric Highland character brilliantly,' says our source. 'He was initially reluctant to do the series because of the large amount of filming which takes place in Scotland, but now is very interested.'" (Thanks to Mark Askren)

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1/15/2004 12:32:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 15, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society has announced publication of its 40th anniversary drabble collection Who XL by Ian Wheeler. The book will include one drabble (or piece of writing exactly 100 words long) for each of the Doctor's TV adventures. Contributors include Colin Baker, Nicholas Courtney, Dave Stone, Andrew Pixley, John Freeman, Jean-Marc Lofficier and Gareth Preston, each explaining why a particular Doctor Who story is important to them. Details of ordering will soon appear on the DWAS website; a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Foundation for the Study of Infant Death. (Thanks to Ian Wheeler)

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1/15/2004 12:31:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

According to Roadshow Entertainment, both the DVD release of The Curse of Fenric and the VHS release of Invasion of the Dinosaurs have been scheduled for February 11 in Australia. At right is the Australia cover version of "Fenric". (Thanks to Carl Davidson)

Bookmark and Share Mal Young Speaks

1/15/2004 12:31:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 15, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
BBC Wiltshire feature a new interview with new series producer Mal Young regarding current plans for the new show. Some of the highlights, as transcribed by the Dark Horizons website, are as follows; you can find a RealAudio version of the interview at BBC Wiltshire site. (Thanks to BBC Wiltshire and Dark Horizons).

How do you think the style of the show will change in this new series?

"The trick that we have to pull off is stay true to the original spirit of the show and the original character, but make it for the 21st century and a younger audience now who have been brought up watching some fantastic sci-fi films and TV shows. Televisions changed, films have changed so we have to move with the times".

Were you tempted to change Dr. Who radically to update it?

"There's always different vesions of it, but we just wanted to say well look lets go back to the TV original...when you watch it today the stories are great, the characters are great but the young viewers today wouldn't stand for those kind of production values...we need to have film-ic values, we need to bring production values to it that they expect now from shows like "Buffy".

What considerations were made for a new Doctor and when will we know?

Where we're up to at the moment is, Russell [T. Davies] is writing the scripts now and we have some other writers working with him. We'll be making around about 12 or 13 episodes, that's quite a big body of work so that's going to take some time to get right. We want to aim for that quality and make sure we've got good scripts. Then when we've got scripts, then we can start approaching actors.

We've drawn up a long short list of who'd we would like to see in the role - the consideration is that the expectation from the audience will be so high, that the pressure on the actor whoever that may be will be so great to carry off this iconic character that it will have to be someone who can really pull it off....Its probably not realistic to think that we're going to take a chance on someone whose never worked on television before, they're going to have to know what they're doing.

How will the character be modernised?

I think the character remains the same...there's no point redesigning the wheel, its a fantastic character this timelord, it works so why change that. We'll stay true to that, but we'll just make sure the story telling is pacier, that it can be very intelligent...they'll expect us to do quite heavy tough and involving stories that a whole family can watch.

What aspects of the old series will be retained for this?

We don't know yet, as I say he's just now sitting down to write the scripts. We don't just want to do the same old thing, there's no point in doing what's already been done - Russell's going to have a great time inventing some great new monsters, it should feel scary and it should feel fun. We may see some of the old characters from the past coming back but we don't know yet.

When will it hit screens?

We'll be in production later this year, and we hope that it'll be ready for transmission in 2005. Which end of 2005 we're not sure yet. We want to get it right, we don't want to set ourselves a deadline and then rush with the script, the casting and the production and not get it right. We're gonna get one go at this, and the interest already from the media this far ahead has proven that we have to get it right - that the pressure will be great. We're taking our time, putting a lot of time and effort into it and all the best talent onto it as possible.

Any prospect of a lady Doctor Who?

Its been mentioned a few times...we're not ruling out anything, but my taste I think it would probably be male but....we'll just leave it open to the best person for the role.

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1/15/2004 12:30:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 15, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Shalka animators Cosgrove Hall have been nominated for a Blue Chip award, the digital industry award for the North West, for the BBCi webcast animated serial.

Bookmark and Share Daleks Master Plan Part 2 Found!

1/15/2004 12:30:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 15, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Episode two of the lost Doctor Who serial The Daleks' Master Plan, entitled "Day of Armageddon," has been recovered in its entirety and has been returned to the BBC's archives, according to Steve Roberts of the Doctor Who Restoration Team. The episode stars William Hartnell, the first Doctor, with companions Steven (Peter Purves) and Katarina (Adrienne Hill), along with Space Special Security agent Bret Vyon (played by Nicholas Courtney, who would later return to the series as the Brigadier)... indeed, the most notable fact about the episode may be that it's the first and only complete episode to feature footage of both Katarina and Bret Vyon (who have only been seen in very short extant footage since the story was wiped in the 1970's).

Says Roberts: "I was contacted on Tuesday via the RT Website address by the former Head of Engineering at Yorkshire Television, who told me that he thought that the time was right to return two cans of Doctor Who film that he had "borrowed" from a pile of junk he was asked to dispose of whilst a trainee BBC engineer in the early seventies. The first was a copy of 'The Expedition' from the first Dalek story... but the second was 'Day of Armageddon', the second episode of 'The Daleks' Master Plan'! I've just watched the episode and it's fantastic - you get to see Katarina, more of Bret Vyon, the alien delegates (including, of course, Celation, who we only ever had a single picture of!) and the Doctor disguised as Zephon stealing the Taranium Core!"

Outpost Gallifrey's Doctor Who Episode Guide entry for "The Daleks' Master Plan - click here

Says the official press release: "Doctor Who episodes have a history of being returned from slightly strange places and in the past they have been found in such diverse locations as a church basement, a car boot sale and even a jumble sale in New Zealand! The latest find is no exception, as the episode is literally a gift from the opposition - in this instance from Francis Watson, Head of Engineering at Yorkshire Television in Leeds. As a young engineer working for the BBC in the early seventies, Watson had been given the task of clearing out a room full of junk at the CorporationÆs Television Film Studios in Ealing. Among the rubbish were two 16mm cans marked Doctor Who, which Watson saved from destruction so that he could watch them on the projector at his local film club. For over thirty years and through two house moves, he kept the films safe and now feels that the time has come to return them to the BBC. Watson says that he has always felt slightly embarrassed about ôborrowingö the films, but he can be assured that, thirty years on, both the BBC and fans of the series will be only too happy about it, for his minor indiscretion as a junior engineer undoubtedly ensured the episodeÆs survival. The second of WatsonÆs film cans contained a poor-quality episode of The Expedition, an episode of the very first Dalek adventure, of which the BBC already has a master copy. Day of Armageddon is a great find however, as it is a crucial episode which helped to set up the ambitious twelve part story, a classic space-opera romp through space and time which sees the Doctor and his companions try to thwart the traitorous æGuardian of the Solar SystemÆ, Mavic Chen, and his Dalek allies - culminating in the destruction of time itself! Importantly for both fans and historians alike, this second episode contains scenes with several characters for which very little visual reference material still exists - in fact only a single, blurry photograph of the alien leader Celation is known to have survived in a private photograph collection."

The recovery of Day of Armageddon comes almost five years after the previous missing episode, "The Lion," the first chapter of the serial "The Crusade," was recovered from a film collector in New Zealand, and returned to the BBC via the Restoration Team. More details as we get them. (Thanks to Steve Roberts, Julian Knott and the Restoration Team)

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1/15/2004 12:29:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 15, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
A clip from The Daleks' Master Plan 2 can be found on the BBC News website, part of a BBC News article on the recovery of the episode (see below). Clips from the recovered episode were also shown this evening on BBC London.

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1/10/2004 12:35:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Big Finish has updated some details on its 2004 audios, including confirming the dates and casts for the forthcomingThe Axis of Insanity by Simon Furman (April), which stars Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant and Caroline Morris as the Fifth Doctor, Peri and Erimem; Arrangements for War by Paul Sutton (May), starring Colin Baker and Maggie Stables as the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn; and The Harvest by Dan Abnett (June), starring Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and newcomer Philip Olivier as the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Hex. Big Finish has also added the cover illustrations and blurbs for Jim Mortimore's The Natural History of Fear (as well as a new downloadable trailer) and the sixth Short Trips fiction anthology volume, Past Tense. Meanwhile, some new details about the new character, Hex, and Philip Olivier's debut in "The Harvest"; says the Big Finish site, Hex's real name is Hector, "not the coolest name for a kid growing up in Merseyside," and he lives and works in London in the year 2021. "He enjoys working as a nurse in a hospital, is terribly good at his job and gets on with patients and staff alike, an all round good bloke. He's quite taken by Dorothy McShane [aka Ace] (she's only a few years older), a friend who has been working part-time at the hospital for some months now. Intrigued by her, he follows her home one night to an address in Shoreditch, only to find it's not quite the home he expected... Hex and Ace form a good friendship and together with the Doctor solve the galaxy's problems. However, everyone has a past, despite what appears on the surface and Hex knows that one day, whether he likes it or not, his might surface and that could seriously damage the dynamic of the new TARDIS team. So he opts to keep quiet about things... for now..." According to Gary Russell, he didn't have any actor in mind for the part, but saw Olivier in the UK soap "Brookside," where he was playing the character of Tinhead. (Thanks to Big Finish)

The Natural History of Fear, by Jim Mortimore


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Short Trips 6: Past Tense, edited by Ian Farrington

Doctor Who began in 1963 with a remit to teach its audience about the past. One of the regular characters was a history teacher and the intention was that the series would regularly explore bygone centuries, meet historical figures and interact with our ancestors. Soon, the TARDIS was making visits to the Roman era, the time of the French Revolution and the pre-Cortez Aztec culture; the Doctor and his companions met cavemen, Marco Polo, Richard the Lionheart and Wyatt Earp. But just as the Doctor is an alien visitor, so other interlopers from other worlds have found themselves in Earth's past some with the intention of changing history.

Past Tense features seventeen tales set on Earth in days gone by. The Doctor finds himself and his fellow travellers in a variety of times and places: involved in international espionage with British and German spies, at the annexation of the Transvaal, watching an Ashes cricket match and mixing with the late-Sixteenth Century theatrical set. Seeing history happen, learning about its nuances, trying to prevent its corruption, or simply enjoying its atmosphere, our heroes find themselves in exciting adventures wherever or whenever they go.

Featuring "The Immortals" by Simon Guerrier, "One Small Stepà" by Nicholas Briggs, "Ante Bellum" by Stephen Hatcher, "CHAOS" by Eric Saward, "The Thief of Sherwood" by Jonathan Morris, "Come Friendly Bombsà" by Dave Owen, "Graham Dilley Saves The World" by Iain McLaughlin & Claire Bartlett, "Mortlake" by Mark Wright, "Far From Home" by Alison Lawson, "White Man's Burden" by John Binns, "All Done With Mirrors" by Christopher Bav, "Bide-a-Wee" by Anthony Keetch, "Of Mercury and Jupiter" by Ian Mond & Danny Heap, "The Man Who Wouldn't Give Up" by Nev Fountain, "To Kill a Nandi Bear" by Paul Williams, "Fixing a Hole" by Samantha Baker, and "That Time I Nearly Destroyed The World While Looking For a Dress" by Joseph Lidster.

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1/10/2004 12:35:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

According to BBC Worldwide, Pyramids of Mars has been scheduled for DVD release in Australia in June 2004. (Thanks to Dwayne Bunney)

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1/10/2004 12:34:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Bill Baggs of BBV Productions is currently working with BBC South on "a new, short Doctor Who story to celebrate the 40th anniversary." Baggs told Outpost Gallifrey, "If it gets off the ground it will be made soon, and would air within BBC South Today, the south of England's regional, early evening magazine programme, so not all of the UK would necessarily see it." They hope to employ an established Doctor Who actor and a familiar foe. (Thanks to Bill Baggs)

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1/10/2004 12:33:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Iain Truskett, co-moderator of the Jade Pagoda books discussion list, passed away suddenly on December 29 after suffering cardiac arrest. Our deepest sympathies to all his friends online and his family & friends in Australia.

Bookmark and Share Enemy of the World Photonovel

1/08/2004 12:38:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

BBCi has begun another photonovel on the official Doctor Who site, this time the lost Patrick Troughton serial The Enemy of the World. Their photonovel series are camera-shots from the original television broadcasts, the only visual evidence from the episodes that have since been purged. Check it out!

Bookmark and Share Pyramids Update

1/08/2004 12:38:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

BBCi has noted confirmation of the "Pyramids of Mars" DVD for March, the details of which were announced at theRestoration Team site in early December.

Bookmark and Share Scales of Injustice

1/08/2004 12:37:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

According to the latest DWM, Gary Russell's The Scales of Injustice is the next novel that will be serialized electronically on BBCi.

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1/08/2004 12:37:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

The BBC Kids network in Canada has picked up the Peter Davison era package; they will begin broadcasting these stories on February 16 in the early hours (1:00am), with two back-to-back episodes every weeknights. Complete stories will run Saturday & Sunday nights at the same time starting February 21. (The package does not include "Earthshock," "The Five Doctors" and "Resurrection of the Daleks" because they are "not currently available for broadcast," likely due to the ongoing negotiations with the Nation estate.) (Thanks to Graeme Burk)

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1/08/2004 12:36:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

January 8, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
ABC Australia confirms here that the DVD of The Visitation is due out there in April. (Thanks to Justin Watson)

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1/08/2004 12:36:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

According to the MJTV website, the fourth edition of their "Actor Speaks" interview CD series will feature Paul Darrow, former "Blake's 7" star and "Doctor Who" guest actor and currently starring in the Kaldor City audios (which continue adventures set in the universe of the Doctor Who story "The Robots of Death"). Included on the CD will be a one-shot audio story set in the Kaldor City universe, "Landerchild" by Alan Stevens, with Darrow and Peter Miles ("Genesis of the Daleks," "Doctor Who & The Silurians"); and a discussion with Darrow and Miles about their time together during the making of "Silurians". Previous issues of MJTV's series have featured Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane) and Jacqueline Pearce ("The Two Doctors"). (Thanks to Magic Bullet and MJTV)

Bookmark and Share The Mystery of McGann Solved

1/06/2004 12:41:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

BBCi posted a new article about the reaction to the recent oversight of not using Paul McGann in the documentary "The Story of Doctor Who". Says the article, "The producers decided to concentrate on Doctor Who during the period when it was an on-going series (between 1963 and 1989) so the documentary only covers the home-grown BBC episodes." For what it's worth...

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1/06/2004 12:40:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Issue #339 of Doctor Who Magazine is due out this Thursday. Included in the issue is a feature article on new companion Hex (in the Big Finish audios); the concluding segment of DWM's interview with production manager Gary Downie; a "Fact of Fiction" installment on "The Visitation"; Andrew Pixley returns with Archive Extras on the stage plays "Seven Keys to Doomsday" and "Curse of the Daleks"; part two of the new comic strip, "Bad Blood"; plus the usual reviews and features.

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1/06/2004 12:40:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine features details about Big Finish's midyear plans. Introduced in the issue is the new companion, Hex, a twenty-three year old human from the year 2021 played by a newcomer to the range, Philip Olivier (at right), best known as Tinhead from the UK soap "Brookside". The three stories to be released after the current Paul McGann series (concluding in March), will be Axis of Insanity by Simon Furman (involving "the nexus of all realities"), starring Peter Davison; Arrangements for War by Paul Sutton, with Colin Baker; and Harvest by Dan Abnett, which stars Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred and introduces Olivier as Hex. More details soon.

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1/06/2004 12:39:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

BBCi reports Chris Boucher's novel Match of the Day is out in January 2005, not February, which breaks the traditional EDA/PDA variation.

Bookmark and Share British Film Institute

1/06/2004 12:39:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

The British Film Institute has a section in their archives devoted to Doctor Who! Check it out. (Thanks to Mags Halliday)