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7/18/2003 01:09:00 am - Reported by Shaun Lyon

July 18, 2003 • Posted By Shaun Lyon
Reeltime Pictures have announced to Outpost Gallifrey their first Doctor Who spinoff drama in four years, Daemos Rising. Says Reeltime's Keith Barnfather, "With this year being the 40th anniversary of DOCTOR WHO, we really wanted to mark it with something special, and what better way to bring back one of DOCTOR WHO's greatest alien races." "Daemos Rising" is a sequel to both the Third Doctor story "The Daemons" as well as Reeltime's earlier video spinoff sequel "Downtime" featuring the Yeti (later adapted as part of Virgin Books' Doctor Who: The Missing Adventures novel series), and stars Miles Richardson (Irving Braxiatel in Big Finish's Bernice Summerfield audio series) as ex-UNIT operative Douglas Cavendish, and Beverley Cressman ("Downtime") reprising her role as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart's daughter Kate. Writer David J. Howe (Telos Publishing) says, "I wanted to play with the characters a little, and to see what made them tick. I always loved 'The Daemons' - it's simply so full of great themes and potential that just one television outing never seemed enough. When I first started discussing the ideas with Keith for this drama, we both wanted to see how far we could go in both entertaining and unnerving the viewer ... and I hope we succeed on both counts. There's a far broader background to this tale, and readers of Telos' new Time Hunter range of Novellas will immediately make some connections as 'Daemos Rising' is very much set in the same universe. It's been tremendously challenging and great fun to do."

Says the press release: "A chilling new DOCTOR WHO spin-off drama featuring elements from the classic third Doctor adventure THE DAEMONS and the independent Yeti drama, DOWNTIME. Written by David J Howe. Directed by Keith Barnfather. Trapped in an isolated cottage, ex-UNIT operative Douglas Cavendish (Miles Richardson) thinks he is seeing ghosts. The only person who might understand and help is Kate Lethbridge-Stewart (Beverley Cressman) ... but when she arrives, she realises that Cavendish is key in a plot to summon the ancient Daemons back to the Earth. With time running out, Kate discovers that sometimes even the familiar can turn out to be your worst nightmare." "Daemos Rising" is out in October in the UK. (Thanks to David Howe)