Monday, 30 January 2006

BBC Books Update


January 30, 2006 • Posted By Shaun Lyon
Amazon.co.uk has updated several of its listings to include covers for two of the next three Tenth Doctor novels from BBC Books, a blurb for BBC Audio's Dalek Conquests and The Tomb of the Cybermen, a new 'party planner' book, a new release from Panini Books and information about forthcoming BBC audios.
Panini is to release The Doctor Who Story Book 2007 in July, a hardback retailing at 7.99. No further information is yet available.
The Dalek Conquests is due from BBC Audio in May, and the new blurb reads "Exterminate!!! This word has become legendary in the annals of TV terror, ever since the Daleks first appeared on screen in "Doctor Who". From 1963 to the present day, the Daleks have been amongst the most loved (and feared!) science fiction baddies. Now, in an exclusive BBC Audiobooks presentation, Nick Briggs - who is the voice of the Daleks in the brand new BBC One TV series - presents everything you wanted to know about the meanies, but were too afraid to ask. Packed with extracts from their many TV appearances in "Doctor Who", "The Dalek Conquests" finds out where the Daleks come from, why they are bent on universal domination, and who was behind their original creation. For Dalek fans new and old, this is essential listening."
Also in May is a CD reissue for The Tomb of the Cybermen, the blurb for which suggests (and other reports confirm) that the Jon Pertwee narration from 1992 may not be used: "Patrick Troughton stars in the digitally remastered soundtrack of a classic TV story, in which the dreaded Cybermen are released from their ice tombs on the planet Telos. The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria encounter a party of Earth archaeologists who are intent on uncovering the mythical 'tomb of the Cybermen'. Only the Doctor seems aware of the folly of this venture, but suddenly it's too late - the tomb is open, and the Cybermen are coming back to life...Trapped in a confined place with the Cyber Controller and his acolytes, can the humans avoid being turned into Cyber fodder? What's more, can the Cyber menace be made dormant before it spreads out to the galaxy once again? A member of the original cast will narrate the soundtrack, and a bonus interview will feature their recollections of making the serial. The Cybermen return to "Doctor Who" in the brand new 2006 series."
The Doctor Who Party Planner, due out May 25, is a 16-page book from BBC Children's Books; there's no further information available, but this is very likely another in the series of kids' books that came out during last season.
All three Tenth Doctor novels due out on April 13 -- "The Stone Rose" by Jacqueline Rayner, "The Feast of the Drowned" by Stephen Cole and"The Resurrection Casket" by Justin Richards -- will also be released later on double audio CDs, read by a celebrity reader (whose identity has not yet been announced). According to Amazon, the audios will be released on July 3. Cover blurb descriptions of all three books have been on ourreleases page for some time.
Finally, late last week, Amazon UK exclusively released the cover illustrations for two of the books, "Feast of the Drowned" and "Resurrection Casket". The cover illustrations are reproduced below; click on each for a larger version. (Thanks to Steve Tribe, Paul Greaves, Paul Engelberg, Daniel Berry)