Friday, 30 January 2004
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
Thursday, 15 January 2004
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)
Saturday, 10 January 2004
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)
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)
Thursday, 8 January 2004
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!
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)
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)
Tuesday, 6 January 2004
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...
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.
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.