Big Finish has released details for the forthcoming audio play The Next Life, the final part of the third 'season' of Paul McGann audios... and there are some big names in the cast. Daphne Ashbrook, who played McGann's co-star (Dr. Grace Holloway) in the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie, is reunited with McGann, albeit as a different character; while Paul Darrow, the star of "Blake's 7" (Avon) and twice a guest star on the Doctor Who series ("Doctor Who & The Silurians" and "Timelash") also joins the cast for the episode. Also making returns to the story are former Doctor Who companion actress Anneke Wills reprising her role from "Zagreus" as Charley's mother Louisa, and, returning as Rassilon, Don Warrington. The story is out in December; the cover blurb is below.
THE NEXT LIFE, by Alan Barnes and Gary Russell
"All things must die."
Washed up on the sandy shores of a paradise island, a wild-eyed shipwreck survivor is rescued by the wife of Daqar Keep, the richest man in the galaxy.
Her name's Perfection. He's the Doctor. Together, they face a journey into the dark heart of this mysterious island, to discover the deepest secrets of this timeless cosmos. That's if the giant crabs, killer crocodiles and murderous natives don't get them first.
Meanwhile, fellow travellers Charley and C'rizz have their own ordeal to endure, in the grip of the Doctor's most dangerous rival. And in a universe that's facing extinction, even the best of friends may soon become enemies...
This life is almost over. And not everyone will make it to the next.
Starring Paul McGann (the Doctor), India Fisher (Charley), Conrad Westmaas (C'rizz), Daphne Ashbrook (Perfection), Paul Darrow (Guidance), Anneke Wills (Louisa Pollard), Stephen Perring (the Kro'ka) and Don Warrington (Rassilon), with Stephane Cornicard (Keep), Jane Hills (L'da). Directed by Gary Russell.
The official Doctor Who website today launches their newest photonovel, with telesnap photos from the missing Patrick Troughton serial The Evil of the Daleks, also the debut story of companion Victoria Waterfield (Deborah Watling).Click here to look at part one.
The BBC Press Office has published a new press release about the new series of "Monarch of the Glen" and the appearance in the series of Tom Baker, including an interview. Tom's usually witty repartee is in good form, too. "When you get to my age it's a shame not to take advantage of the fact you can be riotously batty and get away with it," Tom tells the Press Office. "You do get to see me in a kilt and I have marvellous legs. Absolutely marvellous legs. I'm very fond of my legs, they've been very good to me - they've never let me down you know. I thought of naming them but I thought that might be a bit silly." You can read more of the interview by clicking the link. (Thanks to Graham Kibble-White)
Actor Frederick Jaeger, the German-born stage and screen actor who played Jano in "The Savages," Sorensen in "Planet of Evil" and, in his most prominent Doctor Who role, Professor Marius, creator of K-9, in "The Invisible Enemy," died on June 18 in Mallorca after a long illness, according to an obituary this week in "The Stage". Says the obituary, "[Jaeger] played a wide variety of characters but on screen he was often cast in military roles, playing German officers on British television and British officers in German productions." Among his many films are The Iron Petticoat (1956), Ice Cold in Alex (1958) and Voyage of the Damned (1976), and he was very prominent on the stage, including touring with Sir Ralph Richardson in Shakespeare productions. He spent his final years with his second wife, Elizabeth Griffits, at a farmhouse in Mallorca after he retired from acting. (Thanks to Chris Winwood)
According to the magazine & comic industry trade journal "Previews," the upcoming 350th issue of Doctor Who Magazine will also include a free reprint of the magazine's first issue, formerly known as "Doctor Who Weekly". More details soon... (Thanks to "ryanzavier")
Below are both the cover blurb and cover illustration for September's BBC Books Doctor Who novel, The Algebra of Iceby Lloyd Rose, featuring the Seventh Doctor and Ace. We hope to bring you the final cover blurb for the novel shortly (as it seems information on these novels is drying up...) Click on the thumbnail for a larger version. (Thanks to Lloyd Rose, David Howe & Tenth Planet)
THE ALGEBRA OF ICE, by Lloyd Rose
A genius maths nerd, a weird webzine publisher, and the Doctor's old ally, the Brigadier find themselves helping the Doctor and Ace solve what should be a simple puzzle: the appearance of a crop circle in the Kentish countryside.
Hardly uncommon. But there are some peculiar features. It's not a circle but a series of square-sided shapes. It's filled with ice. And it draws the Doctor and Ace into a confrontation with a reality right next to zero.
This adventure features the Seventh Doctor and Ace.
BBC Chairman Michael Grade - long a foe of the good Doctor - has turned down the opportunity to become a member of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society. DWAS Co-ordinator Ian Wheeler said: 'There was a jokey comment in SFX about Mr Grade possibly becoming a member of the Society when the show comes back. I thought 'why not?'. With Mr Grade back at the BBC, I thought it would be nice to bury the hatchet and work together for the good of the programme. Sadly, I heard back from his secretary that he wasn't up for it. Still, nothing venture, nothing gained'. (Thanks to Ian Wheeler)
The latest issue of SFX Magazine (cover thumbnail at right) is out this Friday and features never-before-seen behind the scenes pictures of Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper and an exclusive interview with Russell T Davies (and Tim Hancock, about the return of the Daleks). Here's some extracts from Russell's interview:
"There was no big grandstand moment where we all decided to 'jettison the Edwardian' - the whole process is a lot more reasoned than that. It's not a policy, it's a gradual process of elimination. For starters, I was never in favour of an Edwardian look. To be honest, wearing a frock coat now makes you look like John Leslie at the National Television Awards."
He goes on to talk about the new series episodes: "Phil Collinson and I were wondering the other day, how we could ever go back to a normal show after this. What, film two people just walking down the street?!! It is a joy, to be honest. There's one scene with Penelope Wilton which just sums up everything I have ever wanted to do in television, ever. And I swear to God, it is still exciting - for all of us - to walk on set and see the Tardis standing there. Weird. But good weird."
There are also on-set location reports and details of the "Design A Dalek" competition. For more details visit the SFX website. (Thanks to Steve O'Brien and Ian Berriman of SFX)
Telos Publishing have informed Outpost Gallifrey that they will be reprinting the celebrated "Doctor Who: The Handbooks" series, originally published by Virgin and long out of print, as one bumper volume in 2005. The Handbook: The Unofficial and Unauthorized Guide to the Production of Doctor Who by David J. Howe, Stephen James Walker and Mark Stammers will reprint the seven volumes originally published by Virgin in a 900-page text, incorporating the massive amount of production notes, background material and facts under one cover. The cover illustration is at right (click for a larger version) and the official press release is below. "The Handbook" will be released in March 2005 in the UK and May 2005 overseas. (Thanks to David Howe & Telos Publishing).
THE HANDBOOK The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to the Production of Doctor Who By David J Howe, Stephen James Walker and Mark Stammers
THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE PRODUCTION OF DOCTOR WHO FROM 1963 TO 1996 û IN ONE BUMPER VOLUME!
On their first publication, the Doctor Who Handbooks were hailed for their comprehensive behind the scenes exploration of the BBCÆs cult science fiction show Doctor Who. Now collected in a revised and updated edition, this book is the definitive guide to the background and production of a television classic.
Authors David J Howe, Stephen James Walker and Mark Stammers spent a decade researching, and then a decade writing this acclaimed and in-depth look at the background to Doctor Who. Every DoctorÆs era is examined through articles and analysis, key decisions are documented, and the people involved in these decisions interviewed or quoted to create one of the most revealing behind the scenes books on the trials and tribulations of arguably the greatest cult show ever to grace Saturday evening television.
Includes extensive interview quotes from all eight television Doctors, many of the actors and actresses who played their faithful companions, and literally dozens of production team members û producers, script editors, directors, designers and other behind-the-scenes staff û who brought the original series and the 1996 TV movie to the screen over a period of some thirty-three years.
Features articles on the Doctor, his companions, the effects, the locations, the costume design, the script editing, the mythos behind the series and much, much more. Includes detailed script to screen examinations of one story from each for the first seven DoctorsÆ eras, analysis of the media attention given to the series, plus an exhaustive breakdown of the production of the first three years of the show.
According to Magic Bullet Productions, Philip Madoc ("The Brain of Morbius") and John Leeson (K9) have both signed on to play roles in the forthcoming sixth Kaldor City audio, "Storm Mine" by Daniel O'Mahony, and that the part of Uvanov -- originally played by the late Russell Hunter -- will not be recast. "Kaldor City" is, of course, the audio series set in the universe of "The Robots of Death"; Hunter reprised the role of Uvanov from that Doctor Who serial until his death early this year. Meanwhile, as for Magic Bullet's recent acquisition of Faction Paradox audios from BBV, they've confirmed that author Lawrence Miles is currently writing the next two installments; Steve Johnson will continue to do the covers, and Alistair Lock will be taking over the sound design. At least one of these two stories will feature Gabriel Woolf reprising his role of Sutekh (from "Pyramids of Mars"). (Thanks to Fiona Moore)
John Barrowman, confirmed as one of the actors in the new Doctor Who series, spent time on Richard Bacon's late-night chat show on BBC Radio Five over the weekend and was asked about his pending appearance on the show. Barrowman was initially very cautious when being quizzed by Bacon, refusing to say even what length his hair would be, but he did finally relate that he wouldn't start filming until November and that his character was "something of an intergalactic rogue" who would become a companion to the Doctor. We should add that this isn't confirmation that his role -- known only as Captain Jack -- will be a traditional "companion" but will certainly have time with the Doctor and Rose late in the season. (Thanks to Mark Gardiner)
As reported elsewhere, the DVD release of Ghost Light has been moved back one week, and will now take place on September 20. According to Steve Roberts of the Restoration Team, this is just due to "technical reasons," likely something to do with the pressing of the DVDs, and nothing to be concerned about; the extra week is just to give time to make sure they're done before release.
Outpost Gallifrey has learned that the new series production is now back in Cardiff, having taken a trip to London early in the month to do some location photography, and then (we presume) into the studio. There are signs that the production will be filming in public areas of Cardiff this coming week; we have a set report from Jez Connolly who was in Cardiff today (click on the spoiler tag for more details).
I spotted Christopher and Billie preparing for filiming in St. David's Hall in central Cardiff at around 3pm today. Christopher was wearing a burgundy coloured long sleeved T-shirt, black trousers and what looked like ankle length black boots with some silver detail. Billie was dressed in the burgundy and grey hooded top previously seen. I saw Christopher reading the script sat on a bench a few yards from the outside of the building. He looked deep in thought most of the time; it's a great testament to the people of Cardiff that even though it was a fairly busy street and filming was occurring nobody was interfering or pestering the production team. I sat at a nearby outside cafe for a while to observe proceedings; the filming was clearly going on inside the building as it had been closed to the public. Round the side of the building I saw 3 or 4 vans carrying lighting equipment. Most exciting of all though was one van containing the top section of the TARDIS. The crew looked pretty relaxed; at one point Christopher appeared out of a people-carrier car and gave the driver a broad grin. - Jez Connolly
The BBC Press Office has announced here that the forthcoming third Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy radio series, based on the work of Douglas Adams, will be out on CD and cassette on October 28. (Thanks to Steve Tribe)
Author Mags Halliday ("History 101") is working with a charity event this coming weekend at the Discworld convention to raise money for the Sudan Emergency Appeal... involving a Buffy musical! Click here for details!
SFX Magazine is asking readers to send in designs for the new Daleks... what fans think they'd like to see. Click hereto be taken to SFX Magazine's website, where you can find out details about how to submit your design. (Thanks to Ian Berriman at SFX)
The Empire of Glass, Andy Lane's First Doctor, Vicki & Steven novel published originally by Virgin, will be the next e-book given the treatment (later this year) on the official site... which has just undergone a spiffy refit and features some brand new design work.
Big Finish has announced some new projects coming up later this year and early 2005, both on their website and in the new issue of DWM. The tenth Short Trips volume, called Short Trips: 2040 edited by John Binns features short fiction including "Nuclear Option" by Richard Salter, "Separation" by Tara Samms, "Thinking Warrior" by Huw Wilkins, "Cateogorical Imperative" by Simon Guerrier, "Observer Effect" by Lance Parkin, "The Baron Wastes" by Alexander Leithes, "Daisy Chain" by Xanna Eve Chown, "Sustainable Energy" by Matthew Griffits, "Culture War" by Kate Orman, "Artificial Intelligence" by Andy Campbell, "/Carpenter/Butterfly/Baronet" by Gareth Wigmore, "Outsourcing" by Marc Platt, "Anteus" by Rebecca Levene, "The Last Emperor" by Jacqueline Rayner and "The Ethereal" by John Binns. The cover and cover blurb are below. Due out at the end of the year, in December, is Her Final Flight by Julian Shortman, a Seventh Doctor story that will be sent exclusively to Big Finish subscribers (much in the same way "The Maltese Penguin" was done two years ago). We also have cover illustrations and back cover blurbs for Caerdroia, the third Paul McGann serial of the new batch; and The Scripts Volume 4 featuring scripts from "Omega," "Davros," "Master" and "Zagreus".
The eleventh Short Trips volume, Short Trips: A Christmas Treasury edited by Paul Cornell, features short stories by Peter Adamson, Peter Anghelides, Paul Beardsley, Vanessa Bishop, Andy Campbell, Stephen Cole, Paul Condon, Martin Day, Terrance Dicks, Val Douglas, Karen Dunn, Stephen Fewell, Matthew Griffiths, Simon Guerrier, Shaun Lyon, Juliet McKenna, Jackie Marshall, Mark Michalowski, Lawrence Miles, Jonathan Morris, Neil Perryman, Marc Platt, Ian Potter, Cavan Scott, Darren Sellars, Dave Stone, Nick Wallace and Mark Wright. Editor Cornell told Outpost Gallifrey, "It's going to be quite a hefty collection, perhaps not quite as big as some of BF's recent 100,000 word anthologies, but large nevertheless, and packed full of Christmassy goodness! There's stuff that's bouncy and merry, stuff that's bittersweet, a bit of stuff that's actually pretty bleak, and some stuff that explores that M.R.James 'Ghost Story at Christmas' kind of feel. I won't pick more than one favourite here, but Steve Cole's story is like something out of Brecht, and it just blew me away. I'm trying for that comfortable, warm feeling that Who fans of a certain age associate with autumn, and it's not all fiction: it really is a treasury. There's a 'suitable for all ages' tag on it, too, because I think something with 'Christmas' on the cover should only run the risk of boring children (through prose that's too adult) rather than exposing them to stuff that's too mature for them. And there's a pattern to it that should reveal itself gradually if you dip in, or as a shape if you read it right through."
Meanwhile, a new batch of audios has been announced for 2005. April sees the release of Three's A Crowd by Colin Brake ("Escape Velocity"), a Fifth Doctor story; May features Catch-1782, a Sixth Doctor story; and John Ostrander's delayed Seventh Doctor tale Dead Man's Hand with Ace and Hex is due in June. July features two Eighth Doctor serials, entitled Terror Firma and Clockwerks; and August sees the release of Caroline Symcox's The Council of Nicea, a Fifth Doctor story. According to the new DWM, a story called The Time Sprite by Alison Lawson is on the schedule in May; it's likely that "Catch-1782" is the same story with a new title. The Gallifrey serials, previously mentioned here, also now have a release date: April through August 2005. Mary Tamm is, as rumored, reprising the role of Romana I alongside Lalla Ward (Romana II), John Leeson (K9) and Louise Jameson (Leela); you can visit the Big Finish website for more details. (Thanks to Big Finish, DWM, Steve Tribe)
CAERDROIA, by Lloyd Rose Self-exiled to a new universe, separated from his TARDIS, opposed and manipulated by the Divergence and their agent the Kro'ka, the Doctor has been struggling to work out the nature of the cosmic game in which he's an unwilling pawn. Now, at last, he has a chance to find the answer and regain the TARDIS!
Threatened and desperate, the Kro'ka abandons his behind-the-scenes machinations to confront the Doctor directly. But will both of them lose their way in the maze of the strange world in which they find themselves? A world in which a clock may have a cuckoo but no hands, a labyrinth imprisoning a paradox, and a Garden of Curiosities reveals something the Doctor has never seen before.
As the Doctor faces these challenges, Charley and C'rizz provide valuable help. But with the TARDIS itself at stake, the Doctor reaches deep inside himself to find some surprising new allies
DOCTOR WHO: THE AUDIO SCRIPTS - VOLUME FOUR Presented in this book are the original scripts for four of Big Finish's most popular stories three adventures which made up a loose trilogy of returning villain stories, and Big Finish's 2003 Doctor Who anniversary special, Zagreus.
Peter Davison starred in Omega, penned by Dead Ringers writer Nev Fountain. The story saw the return of the misguided Time Lord played by Ian Collier.
Lance Parkin's Davros matched Colin Baker's Doctor against Terry Molloy's incarnation of the Daleks creator.
From the Seventh Doctor run is Master, written by Joseph Lidster, and starring Sylvester McCoy and Geoffrey Beevers.
Rounding this collection off is Zagreus, Big Finish's contribution to Doctor Who's 40th anniversary. The play not only saw a pivotal chapter in the on-going Eighth Doctor story arc, it also brought together many of Big Finish's regular Doctor Who actors Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann and many, many more.
SHORT TRIPS: 2040, edited by John Binns Fourteen brand new stories to give you a taste of your future.
This collection features stories from many of the best authors of Doctor Who on television, on audio and in print, including Marc Platt, Lance Parkin, Kate Orman, Jacqueline Rayner, Rebecca Levene, and Tara Samms.
2040 is compiled and edited by John Binns, who edited the previous Short Trips collections Life Science, Steel Skies, and A Universe of Terrors.
Andrew Morgan, director of "Remembrance of the Daleks" and "Time and the Rani," had some choice words for the Times on August 14. "As the director most recently embroiled with the Daleks... I have some inside knowledge of their anatomy -in particular their means of propulsion. While castors are quite efficient on studio floors, I felt we were courting disaster when one of the 1988 locations for a major battle was to be a cobbled street near Waterloo. However, the designer produced some all-terrain Daleks equipped with wheelbarrow wheels. I was delighted with this solution until filming began and the Dalek "operators" experienced great difficulty in climbing inside. There was no room for their feet and the enlarged wheels. The Daleks were completely and very effectively immobilised. Thankfully I was much more successful in a later scene, when I managed to film them going upstairs." That should take care of any doubts that the Daleks are incapable of stair travel... although it certainly might present an out for the Doctor at a later date!
The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, issue #347 now on sale, notes that the director for the second "block" of episodes -- episodes 2 and 3, to be exact -- is Euros Lyn. His previous directing credits include "Cutting It," "Belonging III," "Casualty," "Pam Fi Duw?" and "Sunday Stories". Meanwhile, the director of photography will be Ernest Vincze, whose work incldues "Sea of Souls," "Holby City" and "Linda Green". The issue also notes that the visual effects supervisor will be David Houghton of MillTV, who also worked on the Doctor Who charity special "The Curse of Fatal Death". The magazine features an interview with Houghton and more detail about Lyn and Vincze.
As we previously reported, the forthcoming DVD release Lost in Time will feature 90 seconds of film from the long-lost Doctor Who serial The Space Pirates starring Patrick Troughton, film that was located, we have learned, in some old canisters of film from the series "Dad's Army". The film footage featuers model spacecraft shots and some live action "space walk" footage from the first episode. Through a coincidence, one of the people looking through the canisters was Ralph Montagu of the Doctor Who Restoration Team... who promptly returned the material to the archives so that it could be used on the DVD release. The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine has a bit more detail on this and a couple of photographs; meanwhile, Outpost Gallifrey has been sent two photographs unused by DWM which features the Beta Dart undocking from the Alpha 1 beacon, and Alpha 1's compartments drifting apart. Click on each below for a larger version. (Thanks to Steve Roberts and the Restoration Team)
Issue #347 of Doctor Who Magazine will be out on August 19. The following is the press release for the new issue; click on the thumbnail image for a larger version of the cover. (Thanks to Clayton Hickman/DWM)
DWM meets the monster-maker!
Yes, it's another issue of Doctor Who's Space Comic, crammed full with all the latest news gleaned from the offices of BBC Wales! Er, but no photos quite yet. Sorry.
Prosthetics wizard Neill Gorton tells us about his role on the new series, and which creatures he particularly admires from the original show! Producer Phil Collinson gives his thoughts on the latest cast-members to join the new series! We exclusively reveal the director for Block Two! Plus Russell T Davies arrives in Cardiff and spills the beans on the start of recording in a two-page Production Notes!
There's also the second part of a chat with former script editor Eric Saward, who reveals what he thinks was the worst Doctor Who story ever (it's one of his, apparently).
Meanwhile, the history of Doctor Who Magazine continues in the second part of Happy Times and Places?, as Shaun Lyon Hearn discovers how the magazine managed to survive, when the TV series itself fell quite a few hurdles back.
You can also find out how the Doctor's travels with Marco Polo conclude in the final part of the Telesnap archive; join the Time Team as they don kilts to watch Terror of the Zygons; find out what's Coming Up; and see how all the latest books, audios and DVDs have fared in our DWM Reviews.
Plus! Don't miss the second part of new comic strip adventure, The Flood, to discover just what the Cybermen are doing skulking around in Camden. We're sure they're not just there for the bargains and noodles ...
The official Doctor Who website features an interview with Gary Russell of Big Finish, where Russell notes that Mary Tamm will be returning for the second series of Gallifrey audios due out next year (see our earlier story, July 22). Tamm will reprise the role of Romana for at least one chapter, where she will feature together with Lalla Ward... if we can have the Five Doctors, surely the Two Romanas is possible too!
The new series is mentioned in WM, the weekly womens' section of the "Western Mail". On page 13, in a column that lists what the editors think is currently cool and not so cool, the new series currently heads the "Tomorrow's World" cool section with the following item: "Dr. Who: Midnight filming all over Cardiff, snatched sightings of Billie Piper and Christopher Ecclestone ... ooh, the excitement of the new BBC Wales series. We can't wait for the first episode..." (Thanks to John Campbell Rees)
The Western Morning News on August 9 ran an article, "Popular Daleks escape Dr Who extermination" which focuses more on reactions to the reports of Daleks appearing. It quotes fan John Swithinbank from Seaton, a Dalek model owner: "I'm over the moon, really. I have missed them in a way - for years they have been part of my life. I have been interested in them since I was eight years old." But, he says, "They can't just give us a taste of the Daleks and that be that. It's got to be interesting to see what sort of form they will take - whether they will be made to look like the ones in the old series or whether they will be more high-tech. It's a good opportunity really to bring the Daleks into the modern age, by making them able to fly or something. Anything to step them up from rolling along on casters!"
An edition of this weekend's Daily Sport featured a full page color cover photo of Billie Piper in the buff, or nearly... apparently recycling older paparazzi photos. The story mentions that she and husband Chris Evans "are currently on holiday in the Seychelles," which is either noting a brief break in her filming, or a trip they took in January (according to the Daily Record.) And lest we think Doctor Who isn't back in the public eye, the title of the story is "Dr. Who Babe Sunbathes Topless".
BBC News featured an article yesterday about veteran Doctor Who actor John Scott Martin, one of the troupe of four actors who played Daleks throughout the run of the original series... who has offered to step into the costume again for the 2005 Doctor Who series. The article says Martin would be happy to reprise the role if asked. "I really enjoyed doing it before," he told BBC News Online. "I would happily run around as a Dalek again." Martin and his fellow actors were required to "squeeze into a wooden or metal costume, then scuttle around to simulate the Dalek gliding on three caster wheels," and the heat of the costume meant that inside the Dalek's terrifying shell "you would find the actor dressed in only a T-shirt and swimming trunks." "It could be difficult at times and I'm not as fit as I used to be, but I'm sure I could do it again," Scott Martin told BBC News. According to a BBC spokeswoman, there has been no decision made on whether the Daleks would be automated or operated by actors in the forthcoming new series. The Registerand the Telegraph also have the story.
Meanwhile, Outpost Gallifrey has learned that John Scott Martin will appear on Wednesday morning's GMTV program at 6:50am and "some time after 8am". (Thanks to Gavin Collinson, Paul Engelberg, Steve Tribe)
Mad Norwegian Press has announced that its next Faction Paradox book Warlords of Utopia and the re-release of Lawrence Miles' Dead Romance have both been delayed one month; they'll each be out in October. (Thanks to Lars Pearson)
The Sci Fi Online site features a new update on possible UK DVD releases in 2005. The site picks up on Outpost Gallifrey's previous reports that The Claws of Axos will be part of the 2005 schedule and backtracks a bit on their previous report that The Mind Robber will be the first 2005 release (it's now a "contender" for early 2005 according to the site), but also adds the name of the William Hartnell serial The Web Planet to the list of possible releases. (The article notes that the story "will pose a few problems for the VidFIRE video estimation process due to the smearing applied to the æexteriorÆ shots, something that the software may have problems processing.") Members of the Restoration Team have noted that the first DVD release of 2005 will be "interesting" and will definitely be in color... it will not, however, be a set of the new TV series' episodes, because they won't have been broadcast by then.
Another story on the same site says claims one of the features on the Lost in Time DVD collection release coming soon will be film inserts from episode 1 of The Space Pirates, which were not previously known widely to exist. We have yet to see any official confirmation of this, however.
Lots of reports coming in from the various press outlets building on rumors that the Daleks, now confirmed as being in the series in the first season, will be given legs in the new series. "Show bosses are looking at the exterminators being able to climb stairs, fly and hover," says The Sun (obviously not being aware that the Daleks hovering was established in the original series, in "Remembrance of the Daleks"). "Their legs may be like those of Star Wars robot R2D2. Or the BBC could use our ideas -and have the Doctor's enemy with Penny Lancaster pins or Hobbit-like tootsies from The Lord of the Rings." Tim Hancock of the estate of Terry Nation is quoted as saying, "We all accept that the Daleks were designed in the early Sixties and need to be updated. They have got to be able to move, be mobile, but they have also got to retain the initial look of the original Daleks about them." The Daily Telegraph notes about the various Dalek stories, "Whoever's in charge of the PR for the new Dr Who series has been doing a knockout job" and notes about the various press leaks involving the negotiations around bringing the nasty metal monsters back. Various other news journals including the Register (with a second article here), Ananova and local media. (Thanks to Steve Tribe, Mark Healey, Paul Engelberg)
The new issue of Heat Magazine features what is certainly a major spoiler about the new season... if it's true (and we certainly don't vouch for the validity of anything reported in the article at all; we merely bring it to your attention!) Click on the spoiler tag to read the brief article clip, and don't say we didn't warn you. (Thanks to Ian Wheeler)
From Heat Magazine: It's usually the housemates on BB who end up becoming TV stars when the series finishes, but this year stardom beckons for one of the legendary Superfans on Big Brother's Little Brother. Yes, Stuart's superfan Glen Williams, the one with the incredible mop of curly hair, is set to join main stars Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper to make a key series of Dr Who. Glen has been cast in a 2-part story as the first victim of the new-look veteran Dr Who baddy, The Master. In a shock move, massive haired Glen will have to get a crop for the role in which his body and mind are taken over by the spirit of The Master. We can also exclusively reveal that TV legend David Jason is being lined up to have a big guest starring role in the same story, as another person taken over by the Master. The new Dr Who series, written by, amongst others, Queer as Folk creator Russell T Davies, is currently being filmed in Cardiff and is set to hit our screens next year on BBC1.
Bonnie Langford (Mel) will be taking her "Jazz at the Theatre" concert to the Arundel Festival this year in Sussex, on Sunday August 22 at 7:30pm. The evening under the stars will feature Langford's signature song-styling and a few special guests... if you haven't seen Bonnie perform live, you're in for a treat! Tickets are apparently going fast. For more details visit the Arundel Festival website, or visit Bonnie's website here.
According to a report on BBCi, The Now Show on Thursday evening featured a special Dalek song written by comedian/musician Mitch Benn (who, coincidentally, is a regular participant in the Outpost Gallifrey Forum!) The Now Show is broadcast on Radio 4 on Friday at 18:30 with a repeat on Saturday at 12:30. After its repeat it will then be available for one week via the Radio 4 website; people can listen in live, or again after the fact, via the Radio 4website. (Thanks to BBCi, Martin Montague)
Today's Daily Telegraph has an article asking "Is Mastermind dumbing down? Pass", which includes brief interview with Gavin Fuller, who won in 1993 with Doctor Who as his specialist subject. He defends the inclusion of 'populist' subjects like Who on the ground that it's actually a very broad area - 158 shows to Jane Austen's six novels. You can read the article here. (Thanks to Steve Tribe)
New series (and longtime Doctor Who fiction) writer Mark Gatiss has penned "The Vesuvius Club," a novel due out in November in hardcover from Simon & Schuster. Says the promo: "The League of Gentlemen writer/actor with an oddball comedy about Lucifer Box, Edwardian portrait painter, dandy, serial seducer and secret agent, who frequents London's seedy underworld. The cover - emulating Strand magazine - is terrific, and this is to be the first of many Lucifer Box adventures." Apparently, the promotion for the book will include hand-outs of sample chapters on London railway stations!
BBC7 Radio will be rebroadcasting the Colin Baker/Nicola Bryant Doctor Who adventure Slipback in three 20-minute installments on Saturdays at 18.40 and 00.40 from August 21; you can listen online here.
An article in today's Media Guardian today is laden with PR conspiracies about the return of the Daleks. The article by Mark Borowski asks, "was this 'crisis' just a piece of well-placed PR?" Says the article, "Yes, 'our' soaraway Sun has been railing against the BBC's inability to come to an agreement with Terry Nation's estate... And now? Quelle surprise! The publicity has made the forthcoming show as famous as the original, and LOOK OUT! THE DALEKS ARE COMING BACK AFTER ALL!" You can read the article (registration is required)... and see if you agree or disagree. (For the record, everyone involved says it was not planned and was a legitimate disagreement.) (Thanks to Steve Tribe)
As expected, the British press, and some overseas papers, have been reporting on the return of the Daleks for the new series. We've added more links to various media reports below...
The Sun has run with the ball, claiming "victory" in their campaign. Their Page Three item features the expected Dalek flanked by two topless young women in the buff, a traditional Sun feature.
There's also a bit of spoiler in today's Telegraph; click on the spoiler tag for information.
According to today's Telegraph, "Insiders say the original plan was for a single, rogue Dalek in a plotline similar to the film Alien, before letting loose an entire Dalek army at the end of the series." This jibes with what we've heard about the story. SFX Magazine also reports that the Dalek story is written by Rob Shearman, who was likely rewriting it when it was announced the Daleks would not appear, and who may be either rewriting again or going back to the original draft for the Dalek version.
At right is the cover illustration for Short Trips: Repercussions, the latest Doctor Who short story anthology from Big Finish. Originally due in late July, it was pushed back to early August and will be out next week. Click on the thumbnail for a larger version. (Thanks to Gary Russell)
The following is a list from the British Board of Film Classification of cleared extras from the Lost in Time DVD set, with running times and other miscellaneous items. We don't know what the "Untitled" items are, but otherwise, no big surprises from the lists published previously. (Thanks to Richard Bignell)
00:01:42:24 | THE DALEKS' MASTER PLAN - EPISODE 1 - THE NIGHTMARE BEGINS 00:02:23:01 | THE DALEKS' MASTER PLAN - EPISODE 2 - DAY OF ARMAGEDDON 00:01:45:05 | THE DALEKS' MASTER PLAN - EPISODE 3 - DEVIL'S PLANET 00:01:05:24 | THE DALEKS' MASTER PLAN - EPISODE 4 - THE TRAITORS 00:00:31:12 | THE SMUGGLERS - EPISODE 1 00:00:38:18 | THE SMUGGLERS - EPISODE 3 00:00:14:02 | THE SMUGGLERS - EPISODE 4 00:02:15:11 | THE SMUGGLERS - LOCATION FOOTAGE 00:01:21:16 | THE TENTH PLANET - EPISODE 4 00:02:03:17 | THE CRUSADE PART 1 - INTRODUCTION 00:01:32:00 | THE CRUSADE PART 3 - INTRODUCTION 00:01:46:02 | THE CRUSADE PART 3 - CLOSING 00:00:27:01 | EASTER EGG NO. 1 00:01:02:13 | WILLIAM HARTNELL - 8MM OFF SCREEN MATERIAL 00:00:20:18 | GALAXY FOUR - FOUR HUNDRED DAWNS 00:00:38:19 | THE MYTH MAKERS - TEMPLE OF SECRETS 00:00:40:14 | THE MYTH MAKERS - SMALL PROPHET QUICK RETURN 00:00:25:11 | THE MYTH MAKERS - HORSE OF DESTRUCTION 00:01:13:04 | THE SAVAGES - EPISODE FOUR 00:01:39:11 | THE TENTH PLANET - EPISODE FOUR 00:00:49:09 | THE POWER OF THE DALEKS - TRAILER 00:00:37:05 | THE POWER OF THE DALEKS - EPISODE 4 00:00:54:18 | THE POWER OF THE DALEKS - EPISODE 5 00:00:13:12 | THE POWER OF THE DALEKS - EPISODE 6 00:00:17:03 | THE HIGHLANDERS - EPISODE 1 00:00:25:21 | THE HIGHLANDERS - EPISODE 1 00:00:22:11 | THE UNDERWATER MENACE - EPISODE 1 00:00:38:08 | THE UNDERWATER MENACE - EPISODE 2 00:00:11:20 | THE UNDERWATER MENACE - EPISODE 4 00:00:39:09 | THE MACRA TERROR - EPISODE 2 00:00:12:01 | THE MACRA TERROR - EPISODE 3 00:00:15:22 | THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMEN - EPISODE 4 00:01:06:09 | THE WEB OF FEAR - EXTRACTS FROM EPISODES 2 4 & 5 00:02:51:24 | THE FURY FROM THE DEEP - BEHIND THE SCENES FILMING 00:00:25:07 | FURY FROM THE DEEP - EPISODE 1 00:01:02:11 | FURY FROM THE DEEP - EPISODE 2 00:00:48:07 | FURY FROM THE DEEP - EPISODE 4 00:00:40:22 | FURY FROM THE DEEP - EPISODE 5 00:01:14:06 | FURY FROM THE DEEP - EPISODE 6 00:03:39:14 | FURY FROM THE DEEP - FILM TRIMS 00:00:10:05 | THE WHEEL IN SPACE - EPISODE 4 00:00:15:09 | THE WHEEL IN SPACE - EPISODE 5 00:01:33:02 | THE SPACE PIRATES - FILM INSERTS/TRIMS 00:00:03:17 | UNTITLED 00:00:57:17 | UNTITLED 00:03:33:11 | THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMEN - LOCATION FOOTAGE 00:09:32:15 | THE LAST DALEK 00:33:49:17 | THE MISSING YEARS 00:03:18:21 | UNTITLED 00:00:34:08 | EASTER EGG NO. 2 00:01:04:16 | PATRICK TROUGHTON - 8MM OFF SCREEN MATERIAL 00:00:50:08 | THE POWER OF THE DALEKS - EPISODE TWO 00:01:02:04 | THE MACRA TERROR - EPISODE THREE 00:00:18:02 | THE FACELESS ONES - EPISODE TWO