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11/30/2004 01:19:00 am - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 30, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
One more piece of news from the ChicagoTARDIS convention that wasn't in yesterday's report: Big Finish will be keeping the current logo (the one used since the 1996 TV Movie) on the covers of their audios, as the current logo symbolizes the "classic" era of Doctor Who. It's possible the "new" logo will only be used for tie-ins that have to do with the new series (perhaps BBC Books novels featuring the Ninth Doctor and Rose?) More details as we get them.

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11/30/2004 01:18:00 am - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 30, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
The cover illustration (courtesy BBCi) and cover blurb (courtesy the BBC Shop) are now available for Match of the Day, the Fourth Doctor/Leela novel due out in January by Chris Boucher ("Psi-ence Fiction").
MATCH OF THE DAY, by Chris Boucher

There were the contracts, the agents, the local sponsors, the pay-per-view broadcasts, the independent verification of results, the laws which made murder legal in carefully defined circumstancesà It had taken a long time for the system of freelance duellists to be established, and an even longer time to develop the league of interplanetary superstars the others fought to reach and to challenge. And just when it was all working satisfactorily and profitably someone or something started interfering with the set up.

Famous fighters died in private duels. Up-and-coming professional fighters began to fall victim to casual, one-time challengers û the sort of psychos and testosterone-addled drunks who would themselves be expected to die quickly and routinely.

When Leela is challenged to a duel to the death, the Doctor realizes that there is more to the situation than simple murder and mayhem. But before he can sort it out, he needs to save his client û Leela. How long can she survive on a planet where not to kill is an offence punishable by death?

This adventure features the Fourth Doctor and Leela.

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11/29/2004 01:21:00 am - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 29, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Noise Monster Productions is a new audio production team created by Big Finish producers John Ainsworth and Nicholas Briggs, branching out to create independent audio dramas; among the people also involved are such Doctor Who notables as Marc Platt ("Spare Parts"), Jonathan Clements ("Sympathy for the Devil") and Steve Foxon (sound designer). The production company's first audio series is based on Space: 1889, the science fiction role playing game and early computer game; among the cast members are Simon Williams (Group Captain Gilmore from "Remembrance of the Daleks"), Ivor Danvers ("Nekromanteia") and "Star Wars" legend Anthony Daniels (See-Threepio), as well as several actors from the casts of Doctor Who and spinoff audios from Big Finish and BBV including Ian Brooker, Katarina Olsson, Toby Longworth and Jo Castleton. More details are available at their website at

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11/29/2004 01:20:00 am - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 29, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Outpost Gallifrey has several pieces of news for upcoming Big Finish projects from this past weekend's ChicagoTARDIS convention. Two forthcoming Big Finish audios now have known writers attached to them: next June's Seventh Doctor audio Unregenerate! is by David A. McIntee ("Excelis Rising"), while July 2005's Eighth Doctor audio Terror Firma is by Joseph Lidster ("Master"). The previously announced Dead Man's Hand by John Ostrander has been delayed due to the author's current work schedule but will hopefully be added on at a later date; meanwhile, Big Finish did confirm that there will still be two audios featuring the new companion Hex (Philip Olivier) in 2005. Additionally, Big Finish will be releasing their series side by side throughout 2005: the UNIT miniseries runs this December through March; the secondGallifrey audio series runs April through August; and the previously rumored Cybermen four-part miniseries will start in August 2005 and run through November. Finally, when asked if there would be any possible return of the characters and situations from the Dalek Empire series, possibly even in their regular Doctor Who series, there were indications that the ideas had been discussed but no announcement was made as of yet. More details soon.

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11/29/2004 01:19:00 am - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 29, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Musician Murray Gold will be composing the incidental music for the new series, according to sources. Gold is also currently working on the score for new series producer Russell T Davies' other current project, "Casanova," and is responsible for such television scores as "The Canterbury Tales" (which starred Billie Piper), "Shameless" and "Servants," and Davies' other television projects, "The Second Coming" and both series of "Queer as Folk". (Thanks to Stephen Sherry)

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11/27/2004 07:06:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 27, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Reports in today's Mirror that Zoe Wanamaker -- the esteemed character actress best known for her roles in the sitcom "My Family," as broom instructor Madame Hooch in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," and as Clarice Groan in the BBC adaptation of "Gormenghast" -- has been cast in the new Doctor Who series. Read the spoiler-tagged section as the report in the Mirror also includes spoilers about the episode she's in...
From today's "Mirror": the article Zoe Who-Ha notes that, in more news from the set "where increasing numbers of famous faces are turning up to join in. This week it's Zoe Wanamaker's turn in an episode called 'Survivor.'" According to the Mirror, Wanamaker plays "the oldest person in the world, who is being kept alive in a desolate and abandoned London by her alien captors."

The article also notes that the producers have devised a "cunning" way to let viewers known when the Doctor is entering a new time zone: he "changes his jumper. You read it here first," says the Mirror.

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11/27/2004 01:21:00 am - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 27, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
The BBC Shop website has released details of the extras in the forthcoming UK DVD release of The Mind Robber. Included is a commentary (as we previously reported) with actors Wendy Padbury, Frazer Hines and Hamish Wilson (the "alternate" Jamie) as well as director David Maloney; "The Fact of Fiction," a 34-minute featurette featuring the actors and production team recalling working on the story; "Highlander," a 22 minute interview with Frazer Hines looking back on his career in Doctor Who and beyond; plus production notes, photo gallery and an easter egg. "The Mind Robber" is due out in the UK in March from BBC Video.

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11/24/2004 07:15:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 24, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Outpost Gallifrey has received the cover illustration for Horror of Fang Rock, the January 2005 UK DVD release starring Tom Baker. Click on the thumbnail at right for a larger version. (Thanks to Tenth Planet.)

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11/24/2004 07:14:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 24, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Tenth Planet has sent us details of three new cookie jars being released in February 2005. Cards Inc. will be releasing these licensed cookie jars, the first being a silver and blue Dalek, with a Davros and a K9 cookie jar each immediately thereafter. The adverts are below along with a photo of the Dalek jar; click on each for a larger version. (Thanks to Tenth Planet)

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11/24/2004 07:13:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 24, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Those readers who were hoping that there'd be a preview showing of the new Doctor Who series at Christmas time (as had been rumored in online circles, though not here at OG) take note: the BBC's holiday season television schedules are now out and there's no mention of the show at all. This lends further credence to the spring airing, which we will believe is a mid-March debut. (Thanks to "Distant Dave")

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11/24/2004 07:13:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 24, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
The SFX site, the website of the science fiction magazine from Future Publishing, has a small handful of new photos from some recent filming done in Cardiff. "The Doctor Who production team are out and about filming on the streets of Cardiff again," says the report. "Our spies contacted us today to tell us that they had blocked off a street in Bute, near Cardiff Bay train station. We don't know which episode they're shooting, but because of the presence of soldiers in red caps, our guess is that they're filming pick-up shots for the two-parter 'Aliens Of London.'" You can see the photos on their site.

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11/24/2004 07:12:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 24, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
The latest issue of Dreamwatch magazine, #124, contains a couple of spoilers including two possible episode names; click on the spoiler tag below for more details. Dreamwatch 124 also features an interview with Insect Design about the development of the new Doctor Who logo... and, revealingly, how it reflects the interior design of the new TARDIS. Insect Design also confirms that the logo will be animated for the opening sequence. The issue is on the newsstands on November 25.
According to Dreamwatch, episode 6, written by Rob Shearman, was to be called Creature of Lies and mentions the title "Museum Piece" as a possible prior working title. Outpost Gallifrey does, however, know that this is an old title for the story, which features a lone Dalek, who it says forms a mental attachment with Rose (Billie Piper).

It also mentions episode 8 as being entitled Death Day, written by Paul Cornell, but Outpost Gallifrey is also aware that this is not the correct title either. As reported widely in rumors on the Internet, Dreamwatch notes the episode features the Doctor and Rose journeying back in time to meet Rose's father, who was going to be played by actorSimon Pegg ("Spaced")... though Pegg is apparently no longer available to play the role due to other time constraints.

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11/23/2004 07:17:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 23, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Today's edition of The Newcastle Chronicle & Journal interviews Mark Gatiss, new series writer and author of the new novel "The Vesuvius Club." In the article he discusses his new book, the movie version of his series "The League of Gentlemen," and his ambition to star as the Doctor... "although he says Christopher Eccleston, the latest doctor, brings a new dimension to the role." "I've spoken to Chris and we're going to have a kind of Brown/Blair thing," Gatiss tells the Journal. "He's going to retire gracefully after a few years and give it to me. No, I wish that were true. But if I waited as long as Gordon Brown has, it'll never happen!" (Thanks to Paul Engelberg)

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11/23/2004 07:15:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 23, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
An interview with Russell T Davies in today's Times discusses Davies' new series "Mine all Mine" as well as the new Doctor Who series. "A lot of the time the actual writing process is as miserable as f***," Davies tells the Times. "Absolutely, this thing will follow me for the rest of my life. But the marvellous thing about writing Dr Who is that I know when I die there are magazines that will report my death." As the article states, for the series to "look nostalgic or self-referential, he decided, would be fatal," and notes that the new Doctor, Christopher eccleston, "will not, he discloses (and probably shouldnÆt) be regenerated from his predecessor Paul McCann [sic] ... That would puzzle the children and hold back the story's momentum." "I keep telling everyone it's early Saturday," Davies confides. "We're going to be up against Ant and Dec. You can't be boring. You can't sit still with it. It's got to be emotional and it's got to be fun at the same time..." He believes the series will be "telling good stories" and that it's "very funny in places. In episode two they go to space for the first time and meet loads of aliens and it's so funny. There is a plot underneath it all and their lives end up in danger, but, my God, it's funny." Davies waxes on his favorite Doctor (Tom Baker) and discounts media rumors that there's anything between the new series' co-stars. There's also a spoiler in the mix regarding the Dalek episode, which is shrouded in the spoiler tag below. (Thanks to Steve Tribe, Paul Hayes)
Russell T Davies in the Times:

"We move from his austere dining room to his video-festooned sitting room where (and this he definitely shouldnÆt be doing) he shows some early rushes. A golden Dalek, held in chains, harangues the doctor. Eccleston, dressed in a leather jacket, harangues him back. It could be Ralph Fiennes playing one of HamletÆs madder scenes. This is not the series I remember."

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11/22/2004 07:19:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 22, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Today's Media Guardian -- which features an article about producer Russell T Davies' new comedy, "Mine All Mine" (which starts on Thursday at 9pm on ITV1) -- also features a small snippet in the Media Monkey diary: "Sofa so good for new Who! The new Dr Who has passed the fear-factor test. Outgoing drama series boss Mal Young took an episode home to see how the drama, scheduled for a family audience in its old Saturday teatime slot, went down with his seven-year-old step-daughter. Monkey is glad to report that she ended up watching it from behind the sofa." (You can read ithere but registration's required!)

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11/22/2004 07:19:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 22, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
New series producer Russell T Davies appeared today on BBC Radio Five Live (which you can listen to by clicking here). As well as all the usual 'exciting' comments, Davies says 'New year, probably March and it's going marvellously' for the launch date, which is likely the most 'official' confirmation we've had (or sort of!) 'Good for them' is his comment on the Nation Estate and the 'small print' of the Dalek negotiations ('I hope my agent will be representing my rights when I'm gone'). Definitely no K9 in the new series. He hasn't finished writing - 'I'm still hurtling towards the first episode... about to catch up with the filming so we might have to do the last episode live!' (Thanks to Steve Tribe)

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11/22/2004 07:18:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 22, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
November 20's Liverpool Echo ran a story about how timeless Doctor Who really is... and how it's proof that television isn't as good as it used to be - just in time for the anniversary. "Most people will have vivid memories of the Doctor," it says, noting that "its reputation for being so scary that kids hid behind the sofa to watch it seems slightly absurd in this day and age of horror flicks and video games, but at the time, it was terrifying. Despite its shaky sets, dodgy costumes and on occasion frankly laughable scripts, it blazed a trail -- and took whole generations of TV viewers with it on its adventures." It also notes many of the assistants including Frazer Hines, Elisabeth Sladen, Bonnie Langford, Louise Jameson and Janet Fielding... and of course, "The baddies were just as important. The ultimate, of course, were The Daleks. Viewed with an adult, post-Star Wars eye, the Daleks look about as threatening as a can of tuna fish. But at the time, their monotone cyber-voices, their relentless pursuit of their enemies, and their motto: "Exterminate!", were extremely frightening." The article concludes with a very positive note: "It is easy to mock Doctor Who. It wasn't exactly big budget, and yet it is one of the most affectionately remembered shows in British TV history. It has spawned a legion of fans who still hold conventions. Its theme music is still recognised. There have been Doctor Who exhibitions and a variety of spin-off merchandise. The Doctor might have been gone for a while, but he has never been forgotten."

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11/22/2004 07:17:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 22, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
SFX's Christmas issue is out this week, and producer Phil Collinson is interviewed. "I can confirm that the Daleks WILL say exterminate - it would be madness to stop that happening," he tells SFX, confirming what was reported in the press some time ago. "But other than that, we do see this episode as very, very important, for both old and new viewers... It would be a shame to give away too much. But I can tell you that the Daleks will be doing things they've never done on screen before... If ever you've laughed at them, prepare to have the smile frozen on your face..." Collinson also talks about the possibility of the new series having pre-title "teaser" sequences. "All the early episodes have got the potential to do this, in the edit, and we're starting to like it so much that we're actually writing them in to later episodes." But, he adds, "If we sit in the edit and don't like them, we can change our minds at the last minute." (Thanks to SFX Magazine and BBCi)

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11/12/2004 07:21:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 12, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Peter Davison stars in the first of six episodes of the radio sitcom "Rigor Mortis," which aired last night at 11pm on BBC Radio 4 and airs every subsequent Thursday, with rebroacast over the web on the BBC Radio4 Online website. "Davison is Dr Anthony Webster, chief pathologist and a man who loves his job so much he can't understand why people get upset when he takes his work to lunch with him. His colleague Dr Ruth Hamilton (Matilda Ziegler) was lured into the job by watching TV murder mysteries and is constantly disappointed by the banality of the work. Their boss tries to make the mortuary a brighter place - 'after all, a corpse is a person' - and the team also includes a sometimes inebriated lab assistant, a down-to-earth receptionist and a policeman who is prone to fainting." (Thanks to Paul Engelberg, Brian Jacob)

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11/12/2004 07:21:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 12, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
The Production Base website (an industry production site) recently requested additional accredited editors for theDoctor Who Confidential series, the BBC3 documentary series that will run after the broadcast of the new show's first season. According to the information Outpost Gallifrey was sent, there will indeed be "archive footage" used in the series (possibly clips from the 'classic' series), behind the scenes footage and music montage sequences. Each half-hour episode will have a three week production period with a fourth for grading and dubbing, and will be in production from 22 November through to 30 April 2005. Production Base notes that the BBC is "looking for editors who have experience working with archive footage, cutting behind the scenes actuality and who are skilled at composing music montage sequences" and that the job is based in Cardiff. (Thanks to Kevin West)

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11/12/2004 07:20:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 12, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
According to a press release from the BBC Press Office, John Yorke will be succeeding the outgoing Mal Young as Controller of Continuing Drama Series at the BBC, as well as joint Head of Independent Drama with Lucy Richer. Yorke will be responsible for overseeing all continuing drama series on BBC channels, including the new Doctor Who series. There is no expectation, however, that this will result in any changes for the first series of the show or subsequent years. (Thanks to Steve Tribe)

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11/10/2004 07:27:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 10, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
In the first issue of JLA Classified (by Grant Morrison, an author who also wrote a few Doctor Who strips for "Doctor Who Magazine"), a Dalek make a cameo in Batman's Sci-Fi Closet! On page 24 as Batman talks to Alfred, he tells him that he's going into his "Sci-Fi Closet". Inside that closet, in the lower right of the panel, is the unmistakable top of a Dalek - eyestock and all. (Thanks to Andrew Rubio)

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11/10/2004 07:26:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 10, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
The Express Shopping Channel (Sky and NTL 637) will show Collector's Edition: Doctor Who with televised shopping for Doctor Who items on Tuesday November 23 at 10pm. (Thanks to David Whittam)

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11/10/2004 07:26:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 10, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
According to the New Zealand online retailer Gameplanet Store, the Lost in Time set will be released in New Zealand on January 13. (Thanks to David French)

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11/10/2004 07:24:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 10, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Big Finish has posted some new details about forthcoming books and audios late this year and early next. The cover illustrations and cover blurbs for The Game by Darin Henry (starring Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton) is up; the story features a special guest appearance by William Russell (who played Ian Chesterton with William Hartnell back in the 1960's.) Also now available is the cover and blurb for Dreamtime by Simon A. Forward (with Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and Philip Olivier.) There's also a cover illustration for the final Paul McGann story of the season, The Next Life, as well as for the forthcoming anthology book Short Trips: A Christmas Treasury and the seventh (and likely final) Doctor Who: Unbound serial A Storm of Angels, which will now be out in December. You'll find all of these covers and information below; click on the thumbnails for a larger version of each.

A few additional notes: the Big Finish site mentions an "unusual addition to the post-production of Her Final Flight, BFÆs subscriber-only release, in the form of a choir! Early versions of the script suggested that scene 9 could be enhanced with four-part unaccompanied chants, but these were cut with the realisation that they would be difficult to record. That was until Julian Harris kindly offered the services of his highly acclaimed choir, the St.JamesÆs Singers, to record the chants for this production. Thanks to the generosity of Julian Harris, the St.JamesÆs Singers, and Bob Burnell (with SNP Productions), the chants were recorded on Wednesday, 6th October. The chants were especially composed by Julian Shortman, and have now been passed on to David Darlington, who will integrate them with his post-production work for the story. As to the specific role the chants have to play in scene 9 of Her Final Flight however, remains to be heard in December!" Also, the latest anthology book Short Trips: 2040 is due out shortly, and one of the stories (by Richard Salter) can be downloaded on the website as a teaser. Finally, the story "Dead Man's Hand" is either off the schedule or has been retitled; now on the "coming soon" list for the Seventh Doctor is a story called Unregenerate!

THE GAME, by Darin Henry

On the planet Cray, it's game time.

The Gora and the Lineen are set to face off in the grudge match to end all grudge matches. The players are limbering up, the commentators are preparing, the fans are daubing themselves in their team's colours. The arena is set, and the kick-off is approaching.

When the Doctor and Nyssa arrive, however, they find that Naxy is a sport that anyone can play - whether they want to or not. Cray's entire future depends on the match's outcome, but the time travellers soon realise that it is anything but just a game.

This story takes place between "Time-Flight" and "The Arc of Infinity".

Starring Peter Davison (the Doctor) and Sarah Sutton (Nyssa) with William Russell (Lord Darzil Carlisle), Ursula Burton (Ambassador Faye Davis), Robert Curbishley (Ockle Dirr), Gregory Donaldson (Coach Bela Destry), Christopher Ellison (Morian), Andrew Lothian (Hollis Az), Jonathan Pearce (Garny Diblick), Dickon Tolson (Coach Sharz Sevix). Directed by Gary Russell.

DREAMTIME, by Simon A Forward

The Dreamtime is living Time. The Dreaming is living myth.

A city travels the stars, inhabited by stone ghosts. At its heart, an ancient remembrance of Earth. Mythical creatures stalk the streets and alien visitors have come in search of trade. But there is nothing to trade. There is only fear. And death. And the stone ghosts.

For Hex's first trip in the TARDIS, it's about the strangest place he could have imagined. Weird and very far from wonderful. Adjustment to his new life could prove tough. But he will have to adjust and do more, just to stay alive, and Ace will have to be his guide through this lost city of shadows and predatory dreams. And the Doctor is the first to go missing.

The Doctor has crossed into the Dreamtime.

This story takes place after "Survival".

Starring Sylvester McCoy (the Doctor), Sophie Aldred (Ace) and Philip Olivier (Hex), with Tamzin Griffin (Trade Negotiator Vresha), Jef Higgins (Co-ordinator Whitten), Brigid Lohrey (Dream Commando Wahn), Josephine Mackerras (Toomey), Andrew Peisley (Dream Commando Mulyan), Steffan Rhodri (Commander Korshal) and John Scholes (Baiame). Directed by Gary Russell.


Christmas and Doctor Who are inextricably linked. From the moment the Daleks first appeared at yule-tide to the regular Annual under the tree, the spooky cosiness of the season has always chimed with the series's own brand of comfortable thrill.

This collection covers every aspect of Doctor Who at Christmas, from the Fourth Doctor and Romana wisecracking their way through opening their presents to the Seventh Doctor encountering a dangerous something from Christmas past; from the Sixth Doctor running into another Christmas TV institution to the Eighth Doctor's lonely vigil in a frozen landscape. The Fifth Doctor visits an old companion, the First Doctor lands in a house where Christmas doesn't go as planned, while the Second Doctor finds he has to have a serious chat with Santa Claus. And Bernice Summerfield experiences Christmas on the Braxiatel Collection. Unfortunately.

There are hidden links between many of the stories, which are themselves arranged like a symmetrical snowflake. This being Christmas, alongside the tales, there are instructions for building your own Who adventure game, a monster party game (careful how you play it!), poems both nostalgic and jolly including one by accomplished poet Jo Fletcher and four delicious Christmas recipes with a Doctor Who makeover, making this a real stocking-filler of a compendium, the ideal gift for followers of the show, young and old.

The contributors are: Peter Adamson, Peter Anghelides, Paul Beardsley, Vanessa Bishop, Andy Campbell, Stephen Cole, Paul Condon, Paul Cornell, Martin Day, Terrance Dicks, Val Douglas, Karen Dunn, Stephen Fewell, Jo Fletcher, Matthew Griffiths, Simon Guerrier, J. Shaun Lyon, Steve Lyons, Jackie Marshall, Mark Michalowski, Lawrence Miles, Jonathan Morris, Neil Perryman, Marc Platt, Ian Potter, Jim Sangster, Cavan Scott & Mark Wright, Darren Sellars, Dave Stone and Nick Wallace.

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11/10/2004 07:24:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 10, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Paul McGann can be seen next week in the new ITV drama "Lie With Me" and icLiverpool has run an article in anticipation. The article discusses his family life ("Paul's real life as a family man is very much at odds with the lives he usually portrays on screen") and the character he portrays, Gerry Henson. He also discusses the new TV series. "I was never in the running to play him again," McGann tells the reporter. "I was never called and I never rang them either. Would I have been interested? It's not easy to say - I wasn't interested in doing the pilot to start with." Now Paul, it says, is resigned to being what he calls "the George Lazenby of Doctor Who" and mentions the audios he's done for Big Finish. Read the full article at the icLiverpool website.

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11/10/2004 07:22:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 10, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Outpost Gallifrey has a further batch of photos taken by Ian Golden including a brief set report (you can read it by clicking on the spoiler tag, but it has very little in the way of spoilers.)

Meanwhile, the Sun covered the filming yesterday with an article along with accompanying photo noting that Billie Piper and Christopher Eccleston were holding hands (although it's quite likely that it was part of the filming session.) TheWestern Mail also picked up the story and the Metro today ran a photo of the two as well.
The day's filming started at 9.30am at the British Gas office in Churchill Way. They were there to shoot just one minute of film, two TARDIS landing shots from different episodes. Billie and Chris were the only two actors present.

Rehearsals were done with stand-ins before the two stars entered the fray to do the filming for real.

It was then that the crew noticed that plenty of photos were being taken and surprisingly we were asked to stop.

For the second bit of the filming, the TARDIS was moved. I missed that bit of action, but as the TARDIS was right by a fire escape, I managed to sneak out and have my photo taken by the old girl. Note that only three sides of the TARDIS were built for this scene.

On my lunch break, I went down to Queen Street and viewed the filming down there. It was then that I the opportunity to speak to the two stars themselves (despite Euros Lyn wagging a finger at me when I walked up at them). They were happy to speak and were both very friendly, Chris especially, asking about me, was interested that I know RTD's former landlord and was interested to talk about the local Doctor Who group, Timeless. He also very much enjoys Cardiff, filming here and describes RTD as "an absolute genius". Both were happy to pose for a photo as well as sign autographs.

I also spoke to a crew member who said that they will be finishing in March and broadcast will be start around Easter 2005.

-Ian Golden
Another small batch of photos from Cardiff. The first one is actually from several weeks ago during the filming at Cardiff's Temple of Peace with an unidentified alien; the others are from yesterday, including Christopher Eccleston having a laugh with the production team and the chairs he and Billie Piper are using. (Thanks to Mark Davies)

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11/09/2004 07:30:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 9, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Mad Norwegian Press has a few minor schedule changes. The updated and revised version of Lance Parkin's History of the Universe, the chronology of the "Doctor Who" universe, has regrettably been delayed until March 2005. Also, Mags L. Halliday's novel Warring States, the fourth Faction Paradox novel, is now slated for April 2005 release; Outpost Gallifrey has printed the prelude which you can read by clicking here. The third FP novel, Warlords of Utopia by Parkin is still slated for December, as is the second of their About Time Doctor Who reference books by Lawrence Miles and Tat Wood (book #4 in the series.) (Thanks to Lars Pearson)

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11/09/2004 07:30:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 9, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Our friends at Tenth Planet have provided us with the cover illustration for The Pescatons. We originally brought you a smaller thumbnail of the cover illustration for the forthcoming BBC Radio Collection audio CD release starring Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen, a new release of the LP release of the 1970's. Click on the cover illustration for a larger version. (Thanks to Tenth Planet, Jason Fletcher-Bartholomew)

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11/09/2004 07:29:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 9, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
New series writer Mark Gatiss spoke to the Sunday Herald on November 7 about his series "The League of Gentlemen" and also about the new Doctor Who season forthcoming. "The Dr Who commission was another dream job somehow drafted into reality for Gatiss," the article says. "He loved the programme as a child, and hated it when it became an obscure self-parody." He discusses his Doctor Who novels (briefly) for Virgin and BBC Books, and also his screenplays for the BBV direct-to-video films "The Devil Of Winterbourne" and "The Zero Imperative" (which he notes are "not available" even though they actually are, on video!) He says that the new series is "a brilliant reinvention. ... IÆm not just saying that. Chris plays it straight, but fun. His seriousness is almost frightening, it makes The Doctor seem more alien, more like an innocent on Earth. When he tells you the world is going to explode, you believe it. ItÆs a wonderful part and a great piece of television. Very funny, very scary." Read the full article at the Sunday Herald site.

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11/09/2004 07:28:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 9, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Film and TV artist Pete Wallbank has created a limited edition print of Christopher Eccleston as the ninth Doctor, exclusively available through the Galaxy 4 store in the UK and on sale on November 30. "A3 in actual size and printed upon high quality heavy weight german etching paper. Individually signed, numbered and inspected for quality by Pete Wallbank himself. Each print will be accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity and is supplied within a plastic cover for presentation and protection. The run of only 100 copies is printed via the digital giclee method - to maintain the highest of standards with each print being produced as a one off. The finished item is virtually indistinguishable from it's original!" Click on the thumbnail for a larger version of the illustration and visit the Galaxy 4 shop online to buy.

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11/09/2004 07:27:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 9, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Outpost Gallifrey has obtained a new batch of photos from day photography done today (November 9) in Cardiff along Queen Street. Director Euros Lyn was on hand, as well as banners and signs stating "Henricks" which are tied into the first episode of the series; though rumors have said it might be pick-up shots (new footage or reshots), it's been pointed out to us that producer Russell T Davies, in his recent Production Notes in issue #349, noted, "Euros is juggling schedules (just to make life easier, one of his scenes from Block Two has been recorded in Block One, whole another will shift to Block Three.)" Chris Eccleston and Billie Piper were on hand for the filming. Click on each photo for a larger version. (Thanks to Mark Davies)

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11/04/2004 07:33:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 4, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Issue #350 of Doctor Who Magazine has again reached subscribers early (over a week) and will shortly be available on newsstands. Here's a preview of what to expect; click on the thumbnail cover for a larger version.

One note, though, from DWM Assistant Editor Tom Spilsbury: "A few subscribers have alerted us to the fact that their subscription copy of DWM 350 has arrived with pages 11-18 and 35-42 missing, and 3-10 and 43-50 duplicated in their place. Fortunately this problem doesn't appear to be very widespread (touch wood!), and most other subscribers I have checked with seem to have a copy without the problem. All the copies we have had in the office seem to be fine, so if you are one of the people who are affected, could you please send us your copy and we will replace it for you ASAP. The address to send them to is, of course: Doctor Who Magazine, Panini House, Coach and Horses Passage, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5UJ. Hope this doesn't spoil the anniversary celebrations too much!" (Thanks to Tom Spilsbury/DWM)
Join the birthday celebrations with issue 350 of Doctor Who Magazine!

In this feature-packed issue, Steven Moffat tells us about how he's coped writing for the new TV series in an exclusive interview: "When you sit down to write Doctor Who for television, you realise 'This is it!' I spent my first two weeks on the script writing about three pages and generally freaking out, thinking 'No, it's not a pastiche of Doctor Who, it's not a comment on Doctor Who ... it is Doctor Who!'"

Meanwhile, there's tons more new series coverage - We get the latest from the Doctor Who production team, as they answer readers' questions in a Matrix Data-Bank special; Gallifrey Guardian pages reveal 17 new cast members, and reports on all the latest news from the Doctor Who set; And, of course, Russell T Davies gives us a few more hints about next year's series in another of his unmissable Production Notes!

Plus - there's all of this ... We've invited some old friends back to celebrate our birthday, so check out all-new special editions of Fluid Links, The Life and Times of Jackie Jenkins, It's the End But... and UNIT Hotline! Meanwhile Tim Quinn and Dicky Howett return with a brand new 'Doctor Who?' cartoon, while Leighton Noyes is back with a new one-off 'Doctor Oho'! And on top of all that, Sorvad returns from the Dark Places of the Inside to choose the best readers' letters of all time in Who Cares!

Our feature on the 25-year history of Doctor Who Magazine brings us up to the present day, in the final part of Happy Times and Places?. Find out about trips to Vancouver, newsagents that bite back, and something about a new TV series ...

The Fact of Fiction spotlights the story that was on television 25 years ago, when issue 1 first appeared - the Tom Baker classic, City of Death! How marvellous!

Our comic strip adventure continues with Part 5 of The Flood - and it's a special nine-page instalment! Will human spirit be able to triumph over the might of the Cybermen?

And all of that's before we even mention the special digitally-restored copy of issue 1 that comes FREE with every copy! (But no transfers, sorry.) You'd be mad to miss this one! DWM 350 goes on sale in newsagents from Thursday 11 November 2004.

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11/04/2004 07:33:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 4, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Lalla Ward and her husband, author Richard Dawkins, will be presenting from Dawkins' newest book on Wednesday, November 10th at 6:00 pm at the Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA. For full details on this event click here. (Thanks to John S Hall)

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11/04/2004 07:32:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 4, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Yesterday's icCheshire Online discusses the role Colin Baker is playing in the new play "The Haunted Hotel," which starts at the Chester Gateway Theatre next week. "As a former Doctor Who, Colin Baker has had to confront some of the nastiest creatures in the universe. But Daleks and Cybermen pale in comparison to the terrifying evil he faces in The Haunted Hotel." Adapted from the novella by Wilkie Collins, The Haunted Hotel is "a chilling tale of supernatural malevolence and inescapable destiny." Baker stepped into the role at the last minute after Brian Blessed took ill. For more details visit the website here. (Thanks to Paul Engelberg)

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11/04/2004 07:32:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 4, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Lance Parkin's The Gallifrey Chronicles is now due in March 2005, moving the three tie-in novels for the new series to April through June 2005. Meanwhile, the book we previously reported, Doctor Who: Monsters and Villains by Justin Richards, is a 96-page paperback retailing for 7.99 UK and published "midway through the television series' BBC One run ... [it] will feature classic monsters from the first 26 seasons... as well as new and exciting monsters from the new series... everything from Autons to Zygons..."

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11/04/2004 07:31:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 4, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine has further details on the previously reported extras for the forthcoming DVD release of Horror of Fang Rock. The DVD commentary is by Louise Jameson, Terrance Dicks and John Abbott (Vince). 'Terrance Dicks: Fact and Fiction', produced by Keith Barnfather is an in-depth examination of Dicks' contribution, running to 35 minutes and including interviews with Christopher Barry, Barry Letts, Eric Saward, Paul Cornell and Terrance Dicks. 'Paddy Russell: A Life in Television', produced by Paul Vanezis is 15 minutes, interviews Russell, examines her career and features footage from her early television career. 'The Antique Doctor Who Show' is also included - the five-minute piece on collecting merchandise broadcast in November 1993 with Planet of the Daleks. Photo gallery, production notes also included on the disc.

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11/04/2004 07:31:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 4, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
There's been a recent flood of rumors and stories floating around the net the past two weeks, and in addition, the newest issue of Doctor Who Magazine (#350) has some further details. So, here's a quick rundown of the info that Outpost Gallifrey has heard:

Story Titles: Steven Moffat's two-parter (episodes 9 and 10), set during the Blitz, is currently called The Empty Childaccording to DWM. Both episodes of Aliens of London (episodes 4 & 5) will have episode-specific subtitles. There are other titles that have been rumored, but at this point none are confirmed (though the title The Unquiet Dead has been touted as a likely title for episode 3) and will likely change by time of broadcast.

Casting: For "Rose" (episode 1), Elli Garnett plays Caroline Finch; Adam McCoy plays her son. In "The End of the World" (episode 2), Yasmin Bannerman ("Red Dwarf" and "Cold Feet") plays Jabe. "The Unquiet Dead" (episode 3, tentative title) features Alan David and Eve Myles in unknown roles; Huw Rhys as Redpath; Jennifer Hill (from Russell Davies' "Mine All Mine") as Mrs. Peace. In "Aliens of London" (episodes 4-5), David Verrey (who's also been in "Red Dwarf") as Joseph Green; Basil Chung and Fiesta Mei Ling as the previously-reported "Chinese couple"; Morgan Hopkins as Sergeant Price; Eric Potts as Oliver Charles; Steven Speirs as Assistant Commissioner Strickland; Lachele Carl and Jack Tarlton as television reporters. Bruno Langley (as Adam Mitchell) appears in episodes 6 and 8; we believe this indicates that the broadcasting order for episodes 7 & 8 will be reversed (for reasons we can't disclose, sorry!) Nicholas Briggs, writer/producer who voices the Daleks for Big Finish, will be doing the same in the new series starting in episode 6 (and likely in episodes 12-13).

Production: Lowri Thomas is the Unit Manager; Patrick Begley is the Props Manager; Ian Richardson is the Sound Manager. Block four of production consists solely of episode 7, to go before the cameras in late November; block five will be the two-parter by Steven Moffat, episodes 9-10, and block six will be comprised of episodes 11-13. Block one (episodes 1, 4 and 5) is currently complete and is being edited.

Music and Sound: The current hope is to apparently use the Ron Grainer version of the theme tune in the series. Mark Ayres has remastered the TARDIS sound effect for use in the show, other familiar sound effects might crop up.

Broadcasting: The current word on the start date of transmission is the third or fourth week of March, although this is not completely set and will likely not be finally decided until the end of the year at the earliest. Nevertheless, it's likely to run from late March through the end of June. BBC Books is currently altering its schedule to accommodate. A second series is "by no means a done deal" and will depend on ratings, but there are plans being made for scripts for the second season prior to being commissioned. No word as yet on when this might arrive on television, but speculation is it would be the fall of 2006. The Doctor Who Confidential documentary series will likely not be on the DVD's; however, according to producer Phil Collinson, while "people won't have to wait for DVD extras to see how the show is put together ... we hope the DVDs will still have extras all of their own!"

Writing: Author Mark Gatiss is interviewed this week in the Guardian newspaper, mostly about his new novel but also briefly about his Doctor Who novels and his episode in the new series.

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11/03/2004 07:34:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 3, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
As Outpost Gallifrey announced yesterday, we have learned that the first two Doctor Who DVD releases in North America next year will be The Visitation starring Peter Davison (WHV catalog #E2157) and The Green Death starring Jon Pertwee (WHV catalog #E2156). The two DVDs are due out from Warner Home Video/BBC Video on March 1, 2005 (we reported February 1 yesterday, but that's the order date for retailers; March 1 is the "street" date.) Both DVDs have the same extras as the UK version except for the addition of the "Who's Who" standard segment on US/Canada releases. The full cover illustrations are below; click on each for a larger version.

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11/02/2004 07:38:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

November 2, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has issued the following data about the extras for the forthcoming DVD release of Horror of Fang Rock in January 2005 in the UK. The extras include:

00:01:57:00 | HORROR OF FANG ROCK
00:01:28:01 | STORYBOARD

Additionally, we've learned that the commentary for The Mind Robber will likely feature Frazer Hines (Jamie), Wendy Padbury (Zoe), director David Maloney and actor Hamish Wilson (who played the 'other' Jamie in the story). Hines told Outpost Gallifrey that the recording of the commentary would take place at some point this week.