Sunday, 30 March 2003

dalek days in may

The British satellite channel UKGold is having two Doctor Who marathon days in May, on May 5 and 26, showing every complete Dalek story. Monday May 5's list is The Daleks (7:20am), The Dalek Invasion of Earth (10:45am), The Day of the Daleks (1:35pm), Planet of the Daleks (3:25pm) and Death to the Daleks (6:05pm). Monday May 26's schedule is Genesis of the Daleks (9:50am), Destiny of the Daleks (12:35pm), Resurrection of the Daleks (2:30pm), Revelation of the Daleks (4:20pm) and Remebrance of the Daleks (6:10pm). These are being broadcast from the standard masters (i.e. no remastering has been done). (Thanks to BBCi, Phillip Madeley)

earthshock dvd rumor

The UK magazine "TV Zone" says that Earthshock, the Doctor Who story starring Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and Matthew Waterhouse, will be out in the UK on DVD on August 4. While "Earthshock" has been one of the DVDs touted for release this year, there has been nothing official to substantiate this. (Thanks to Carl Akers)

Friday, 28 March 2003

big finish update

Big Finish has revealed some details for some imminent projects. First, the cover illustration by Lee Binding for Music from the Seventh Doctor Adventures is available; this disc, forthcoming shortly, features the music from "Bang-Bang-a-Boom!" (music by Andy Hardwick), "Dust Breeding" (music by Russell Stone) and "The Rapture" (music by Jim Mortimore). Also now online is the cover illustration (by Clay Hickman) and cover blurb details (below) for A Universe of Terrors, the third in BF's "Short Trips" anthology series due out in June; details are below. Finally, BF today released the cast information for this May's Creatures of Beauty starring Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton; guest starring in this adventure is actor David Daker (whose many Doctor Who roles include Irongron in "The Time Warrior" and Captain Rigg in "Nightmare of Eden") as Gilbrook, David Mallinson as Brodlik, Jemma Churchill as Lady Forleon, Nigel Hastings as Quain, Michael Smiley as Seedleson, Philip Wolff as Murone, Emma Manton as Veline and Nicholas Briggs as The Koteem. (Thanks to Big Finish)




SHORT TRIPS 3: A UNIVERSE OF TERRORS
Edited by John Binns

'There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible thing...'

Join the Doctor on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe, from an alien world tyrannised by a god-like machine, to the British retreat from Afghanistan in 1842. Discover the secrets of the TARDIS's original owner, and of three faceless creatures stranded in 21st century Hollywood.

And finally, if you can, face the terrors that lurk in your own heart, and in your dreams...

Fourteen brand new adventures for reading after dark!

This collection features fourteen exclusive short stories from veterans of the Doctor Who universe including Marc Platt, Lance Parkin, Robert Shearman, Jonathan Morris and Trevor Baxendale and from several authors new to it, including acclaimed fantasy novelist Juliet E McKenna.

A Universe of Terrors is compiled and edited by John Binns who in the early Nineties edited the regular Doctor Who fiction collection Silver Carrier, in which many of today's Doctor Who novelists and television script-writers sharpened their teeth.

'We all have a universe of our own terrors to face'
Doctor Who: Ghost Light, by Marc Platt

For 40 years, the battered doors of a police telephone box have been our gateway to other times, and other worlds: worlds that have been at turns disturbing, frightening, horrific and surreal. Through several generations, a large part of the series’ appeal has been its ability to shock and scare us, defying the best efforts of well-meaning parents and censors.

In contrast to its rivals in the genre, Doctor Who has portrayed a universe peopled not with human-like cultures working their way towards peace, but with unspeakable demons and monsters, killer robots, and creatures that lurk in the dark. Where more conventional sci-fi series have used other worlds to explore the science of space travel or the human condition, Doctor Who followed the tradition of the B-movies of the Fifties and of the Quatermass television serials, in which the existence of space/time travel and alien life was not an intellectual curiosity but an excuse to frighten children and adults out of their wits.

A Universe of Terrors brings Doctor Who fiction back to those roots, and explores the darkest corners of the Doctor's universe. It is a journey that takes in not just alien and physical terrors, but also those of our own world, and of our own personal nightmares. It also depicts a progression in the Doctor’s own lives, from the moment he and his grand-daughter Susan first stepped aboard a stolen TARDIS, to an uncertain future in which the boundaries between good and evil become irrevocably blurred.

Stories include:

The Exiles by Lance Parkin
Mire and Clay by Gareth Wigmore
Ash by Trevor Baxendale
Face-Painter by Tara Samms
Losing Track of Time by Juliet E McKenna
The Discourse of Flies by Jeremy Daw
The Fear by Alex Leithes
Maurtiz by Jonathan Morris
The Comet's Tail by John Binns
Soul Mates by David Bailey
Long Term by Andrew Campbell
The Death of Me by Robert Shearman
Whiskey and Water by Marc Platt
Gazing Void by Huw Wilkins

The book also features original poetry by William Keith.

shada: may 2

In a post to the Outpost Gallifrey Forum, director Nicholas Pegg noted that the long-awaited BBCi debut of Shada, the third webcast with Paul McGann, Lalla Ward and John Leeson, would be on Friday, May 2. (Thanks to Nick Pegg)

talons dvd confirmed!!!

BBC Worldwide has at long last officially confirmed the release of The Talons of Weng-Chiang on DVD, according to BBCi and an official from the BBC Press Office. The Doctor Who Restoration Team have now posted an article about the restoration of "Talons" and the various extras included in the two-disc set, due out April 28. The DVD release was rumored to be delayed by the BBC's distributor, Technicolor, only a few days ago, but the rights problems associated with the "Whose Doctor Who" special on the release were worked out recently (indeed, Outpost Gallifrey has learned, two days before the Doctor Who Appreciation Society heard of the delay from Technicolor!) The extras and includes on the disc have been widely reported. (Thanks to BBCi)

dwm 329

Issue #329 of Doctor Who Magazine has been previewed by BBCi. Among the items included in the new issue are "The Brain of Morbius" in the Archives, the final chapter of Gareth Roberts' article "Guess Who?," interviews with composer Dudley Simpson and actor David Collings ("The Robots of Death"), a one-off comic special called "Where Nobody Knows Your Name", the Time Team and reviews & news and more. The issue is due out April 3. The cover illustration is at right. (Thanks to BBCi)

the legend

The Doctor Who hardcover anniversary book we reported several days ago now has a title: Doctor Who: The Legend. Contrary to the report on BBCi the book is actually written by Justin Richards, not co-written with Andrew Pixley (who pointed this out in a post on the Outpost Gallifrey forum). It is said to be "the most comprehensive guide to the series ever" and will be out on November 13. (Thanks to BBCi, Justin Richards, Andrew Pixley)

Wednesday, 26 March 2003

anniversary hardcover

The new BBC Worldwide catalog lists a forthcoming Doctor Who hardback book due out this November (as yet untitled) by Justin Richards. Says the press info: "An extra-large format, lavishly illustrated book, encapsulating forty years of tea-time travel. This epic publication takes the reader on a journey through four decades of television history, covering every one of the television stories. Each entry includes a summary of events, new facts about the Doctors and other key players, and new behind-the-scenes information. Beautifully illustrated with a vast collection of previously unpublished pictures from archives and private collections, this is the book to end all books - an absolute must-have for any DOCTOR WHO fan. There is something for everyone in this spectacular book. Die-hard fans will find the overview of the series that they always wanted and the general public will appreciate the stylish presentation of the how and why of WHO." The book is due November 20 and is 368 pages, with 500 photos, and is priced at £40.00.

dalek invasion extras

While The Dalek Invasion of Earth is rumored to be due out in June on BBC DVD (yet unconfirmed by the BBC Press Office), the BBFC (British Board of Film Censors), which issue ratings for UK releases, has issued information on the available extras on this release. According to BBFC, the DVD release (rated as "PG") includes the following (with thanks to Tim Parker):

00:00:10:00 | THE DALEK INVASION OF EARTH
00:00:35:23 | TRAILERS - DR. WHO
00:01:03:08 | TRAILERS - DOCTOR WHO
00:01:10:15 | CGI FEATURETTE
00:01:03:20 | CGI SEQUENCE A
00:01:49:12 | CGI SEQUENCE B
00:00:57:13 | CGI SEQUENCE C
00:01:38:01 | CGI SEQUENCE D
00:00:25:24 | EASTER EGG 1
00:00:46:02 | EASTER EGG 2
00:00:30:01 | EASTER EGG 3
00:07:51:20 | BLUE PETER
00:14:03:22 | WAYNE & SHUSTER
00:10:28:05 | TALKING DALEKS
00:00:22:22 | EXTRAS DISC INTRO
00:06:57:05 | NOW AND THEN
00:45:21:00 | FUTURE MEMORIES
00:17:46:18 | FUTURE VISIONS
00:06:01:10 | SCRIPT TO SCREEN
00:01:41:07 | REHEARSAL FILM
00:03:44:01 | PHOTO GALLERY

Tuesday, 25 March 2003

new first day covers

The Stamp Centre in Britain has issued a new collection of First Day covers, featuring scenes from the two 1960's Doctor Who films starring Peter Cushing under the heading "Movie Moments". First up, one based on 'Dr Who & The Daleks', personally signed by Jennie Linden; the other, based on 'Daleks Invasion Earth 2150AD', personally signed by Bernard Cribbins. Click on each for a larger version. (Thanks to Nigel Potter)

Tuesday, 18 March 2003

big finish update

Big Finish has announced some new information about summer and fall Doctor Who audio releases. Taped this past weekend was Flip-Flop starring Sylvester McCoy and Bonnie Langford, who were joined by actor Trevor Martin (who played the Doctor in the original stage play "Doctor Who and the Seven Keys to Doomsday"). Also, teaser synopses (as noted below) for three subsequent anniversary stories are available below:Omega by Nev Fountain, Davros by Lance Parkin and Master by Joseph Lidster. Finally, while Dalek Empire 2: Dalek War - Part Two is finally out after a month's delay, producer Nick Briggs announced the third installment would also be late, by as much as a few weeks, while the final chapter (part four) would be out in late April. (Thanks to Big Finish)

OMEGA by Nev Fountain

A strange telepathic message prompts the Doctor to travel to the 'Sector of Forgotten Souls', a place where, thousands of years ago, Omega's ship vanished whilst detonating a star.

He's not the only one journeying towards it. 'Jolly Chronolidays' prides itself on giving its tourists an experience of galactic history that is far better than mere time travel. Its motto is 'We don't go into history, we prefer to bring history to you'.

When Omega's ship suddenly materialises in front of their shuttle, and one of their employees goes insane and tries to destroy his hands… suddenly it's not just a motto anymore.

And Omega - and his madness - is closer than they think.

This story takes place between "Arc of Infinity" and "Snakedance".

Starring Peter Davison (the Doctor) and Ian Collier (Omega), with Caroline Munro (Sentia), Patrick Duggan (Professor Ertikus), Hugo Myatt (Daland), Conrad Westmaas (Tarpov), Jim Sangster (Zagreus), Faith Kent (Maven) and Anita Elias (Glinda). Directed by Gary Russell

DAVROS by Lance Parkin

AI stock has shot up by over fifteen percent on news that galaxy-famous scientist Davros, controversial creator of the Daleks, has been hired to work on unspecified technological projects.'

Davros has been given the chance to redeem himself.

Humanity stands on the verge of a new era, but it needs the help of the galaxy's greatest ever scientist. But Davros is dead... isn't he?

From the bunkers and shelters of ancient Skaro to the gleaming Domes of the Future Earth Empire, Davros has always been a man of destiny. Now he's working for mankind's benefit. But how much do we really know about Davros?

Has Davros really turned over a new leaf? The Doctor certainly doesn't think so. But is the Doctor always right?

This story takes place between "The Two Doctors" and "Timelash".

Starring Colin Baker (the Doctor), Wendy Padbury (Lorraine Bayes) and Terry Molloy (Davros), with Bernard Horsfall (Arnold Baynes), Eddie de Oliveira (Willis), Ruth Sillers (Kimberly Todd) and Katarin Olsson (Shan). Directed by Gary Russell.

MASTER by Joseph Lidster

Many years ago, on a dark and stormy night, the disfigured and enigmatic Doctor John Smith invited his closest friends, Inspector Victor Shaefer and his wife, to a dinner to celebrate his birthday. A mere few hours later all the occupants in that house had vanished - except for one. And that lone survivor had been scared witless. A mute witness to the events of that night.

What happened to the distinguished dinner guests on that evening? Perhaps, we'll never know. But two clues have led to much speculation - found outside the study window, a charred umbrella with a curved red handle and found inside the house, a message. A message scrawled on the wall in blood:

'One thousand years of darkness. Ten years of light. One night of Hell.'

This story takes place after "Survival". 

Starring Sylvester McCoy (the Doctor) and Geoffrey Beevers (the Master), further cast TBA. Directed by Gary Russell.

the league denial!

The gang behind the League of Gentlemen, including actor and Doctor Who author Mark Gatiss, has debunked the article run over the weekend in the Sunday edition of the Mirror newspaper, which stated that they were about to be in charge of a new series of Doctor Who. "The...article about the Gents being the next Dr Who was taken from The Sunday Mirror and the Chortle web site," says the League of Gentlemen website. "Unfortunately I have had it confirmed from the League's management that this is not so. The official comment is...'Sadly no foundation in this rumour at all' - so there you go, don't always believe everything you read in the newspapers!" (Thanks to Stuart Douglas)

Monday, 17 March 2003

time space visualizer

Issue #67 of Time Space Visualizer, the New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club's journal, has been published, "and is another 100 page A5 issue packed from cover to cover with pure Doctor Who content. Graham Howard (the discoverer of the New Zealand censor clips) looks at which other episodes got the chop from the NZ censor; Robert Shearman begins his episode-by-episode appraisal from Logopolis onwards; Adam McGechan interviews Sue Cowley and Michael Stevens about their script work on the BBC Audio Collection; Andrew Pixley looks at missing sequences from The Ice Warriors and Peter Adamson looks at New Zealand fanzines produced over the past twenty years. All this and reviews, artwork, cartoons, letters, news and more." TSV is a terrific publication, very muchrecommended by Outpost Gallifrey. For more details, visit the NZDWFC website at www.doctorwho.org.nz. (Thanks to Paul Scoones)

newest series rumor

The respected media site Dark Horizons today made mention of a Doctor Who development it received from an anonymous poster (which we repeat due to the multiple emails we received this morning. Says the report: "Yet more flame for the Gallifreyan fire from 'Joe': 'Was given a lecture recently by an Exec from the BBC at my Uni in London. While in full flow on greenlit sci-fi scripts, she said that the next series of 'Dr Who Is Happening' and has been given the greenlight. She confimed this after the lecture, when I spoke to her about the development of my own project.'" We reiterate that we believe this is based on the same, usual rumors (see yesterday's comments in the Daily Mirror, below), and that there has been no true progress on a new Doctor Who series. If there is, we must emphasize, we will likely hear it immediately from the BBC rather than through anonymous posters. (Thanks to everyone who wrote in to let us know!)

Sunday, 16 March 2003

another day, another series rumor...

It's been a while, so it's about time someone ran another "Doctor Who is returning" article. The March 16 edition of the Sunday Mirror ran an article entitled "Time For Dr. Who To Return" by Ben Dowell, mentioning that the folks behind "The League of Gentlemen" (specifically, actor/author Mark Gatiss, who has written Doctor Who novels and audios for Big Finish) are in talks with the BBC. This is all based on old news and speculation, and shouldn't be taken as further progress on a new series at this time. The full article can be read by clicking here. (Thanks to Nigel Potter, Adam Bradley, Rob Davis, Christian Morris)

saturday night: made for who

An article on the dearth of watchable Saturday evening television in the UK that ran in the Observer on March 16 includes comments from Jane Tranter, the Head of Drama for the BBC, who has a horror of "relentlessly pretentious middle-class wank, drama all about people having writer's block, that absolutely nobody watched." Tranter goes on to note that her fantasy Saturday television line-up is as follows: "I'd like to do a modern version of Doctor Who starring someone like Judi Dench, go into an entertainment show like Pop Idol, then Casualty at 8pm, and at 9pm, I'd like to run a made-for-television Saturday-night movie of the week. Maybe like Edge of Darkness, but run over two nights." You can read the article online by clicking here. (Thanks to Steve Tribe, Neil Feist, Paul Kirkley)

Friday, 14 March 2003

wolfsbane & deadly reunion

BBC Books has released the cover blurb for the forthcoming Wolfsbane by Jacqueline Rayner, a Fourth Doctor and Eighth Doctor crossover novel with Sarah Jane and Harry Sullivan, as previously announced. They've also confirmed the title of the November book written by Terrance Dicks and Barry Letts which we announced some months ago -- it'sDeadly Reunion and features the Third Doctor, Jo and UNIT. The blurb for "Wolfsbane" is as follows:

WOLFSBANE by Jacqueline Rayner

Harry is dead. Having left him abandoned and alone in pre-war Britain, the Doctor and Sarah try to solve the mystery of his death. But the only witness is in a lunatic asylum, driven mad by what he has seen. He tells of murder and mutilation, of living trees and long-dead legends, of wolfmen and war... And of a mysterious stranger known only as the Doctor.

Can it be true that Harry discovered the last resting-place of the Holy Grail? Why are the flowers and trees in a Somerset village in full bloom at Christmas? And is it just a coincidence that Harry died under a full moon?

Sunday, 9 March 2003

bbc calls the doctor

British toy trade magazine "Toy News" reports in its newest (March 19) issue, in a news item headlined "BBC calls the Doctor," that "Doctor Who is a focus for BBC Worldwide this year..." Says the article, "Doctor Who celebrates his 40th anniversary in 2003 and the BBC is searching for new licensees to commemorate the milestone. The brand's first new style guide has been put together, with a core target of ages 18 - 34 with an interest in retro style. 'We have streamlined the existing licensee base to ensure a unity of design and the highest standards of quality and accessibility, and we're now looking for new licensees to get involved,' explained Siobhan Williamson, head of global adult licensing at BBC Worldwide." (Thanks to Mark Murphy, David Harold)


Monday, 3 March 2003

updates from invasion 3 convention

Two items of note that came out of the Invasion 3 convention yesterday held by the Tenth Planet store in the UK. First, actor William Russell (Ian Chesterton), in his appearance, noted to the group that he had recently recorded a commentary for The Dalek Invasion of Earth DVD release, which he did not specify as to a release date (though several retailers and TV Zone Magazine, as we previously noted, report this as a rumored June 2003 release, but nothing official has yet come out of the BBC.) Also, Gary Russell of Big Finish confirmed that, following the release this November of "Zagreus," their 40th anniversary special, actor Paul McGann has agreed to participate in four new Eighth Doctor audios which he stated would be released from December 2003 through March 2004. (Thanks to Kris Stevens, Phillip Madeley, Doug Holguin, James Hadwen, James van-der Heiden)