As we approach the 60th Anniversary of Doctor Who, revisit the story of Doctor Who, the occasional series written for the 50th Anniversary, explaining the origins of the programme.

Episode 4 - An Unearthly Series - The Origins of a TV Legend: First published 25 Jul 2012

Demon Quest on VinylBookmark and Share

Saturday, 1 October 2022 - Reported by Marcus

Tom Baker (Credit: DMG)

Demon Records is to release Demon Questthe second in a series of Fourth Doctor audio adventures, on vinyl. 

The limited edition stars Tom Baker as the Doctor and is the sequel to Hornets Nest which saw the return of Tom Baker to the role of the Doctor after many years. 

Demon Quest was originally released on five CDs by BBC Audiobooks between September and December 2010. Written by Paul Magrs, it stared Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor and Richard Franklin as Captain Mike Yates.

Every copy of the vinyl edition includes an exclusive, frameable portrait of the Fourth Doctor, hand signed by Tom Baker himself.

An intricately die-cut, removable outer sleeve reveals a Demonic lidded box, inside which are 10 individual illustrated LP sleeves featuring full cast and credits for each of the five stories.  

The Time Lord’s encounters with the mysterious Demon are detailed in The Doctor’s Journal, a large 16-page full-colour booklet featuring notes and illustrations from this epic pursuit through Time.  

Presented across 10 x 140g alternating Red and Black vinyl discs, this full-cast audio adventure also stars Susan Jameson as Mrs. Wibbsey. 

The supporting cast includes Nigel Anthony, Samuel West, Jan Francis, Trevor White, Lorelei King and Finty Williams,  and original sound design accompanies the familiar Doctor Who theme from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. 

When key components from the TARDIS are stolen in exchange for a bag of strange curios, the Doctor and his housekeeper Mrs Wibbsey are reunited in adventure. Each object leads the unlikely friends, along with the trusty  Mike Yates, to a place and time where danger awaits them. As their pursuer’s net closes around the Doctor, he realises that the mysterious Demon is in thrall to a much higher power… 
The discs will be released on 2nd December 2022
 
Demon Quest (Credit: DMG)Demon Quest (Credit: DMG)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




FILTER: - Audio - Fourth Doctor

The Ninth Doctor Meets the Sea Devils for Big FinishBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 28 September 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Hidden Depths (Credit: Big Finish)

Big Finish Productions has released details of their latest full-cast audio dramas for the Ninth Doctor, due for release in November 2022. 

Following their recent return in Doctor Who’s Legend of the Sea Devils, the aquatic monsters are back once again in the box set’s opening audio adventure. But this time they’re in space!   

The Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) also meets the first woman awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and faces a furniture store with a difference with Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker) and Tania Bell (Rebecca Root).  

Doctor Who — The Ninth Doctor Adventures: Hidden Depths is now available to pre-order for just £24.99 (collector’s edition CD box set + download) or £19.99 (download only) from www.bigfinish.com.

Alternatively, Big Finish listeners can save money by pre-ordering all four volumes of The Ninth Doctor Adventures series two in a bundle from just £78.  

The star-packed guest cast list includes Jeremy Swift (Ted Lasso, Downton Abbey), Olivier Award winner Jamie Parker (Becoming Elizabeth, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Sasha Behar (Coronation Street, Foundation), Diana Quick (Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka, Brideshead Revisited), Nicholas Briggs (Doctor Who) and Yasmin Mwanza (Spider-Man: Far from Home).  

Sometimes things lurk below the surface which only the Doctor can see… 

  From a moon with poison seas, to a 19th century health spa, even somewhere as everyday as a furniture store on a Sunday afternoon - there are always hidden depths and unseen dangers to uncover!  

The three adventures in this box set are as follows:  

The Seas of Titan by Lizbeth Myles  

Out on Saturn’s moon, Titan, an outpost all-but-forgotten by Earth struggles on against the odds. 

As the Doctor joins explorers deep in the methane seas, they discover a hidden civilisation. But will the Sea Devils prove to be the colony’s salvation or its final destruction?  

Lay Down Your Arms by Lisa McMullin  

1864. Instead of relaxing at the Bad Homburg Spa, its visitors are fighting. And Bertha Kinzky, housekeeper to Alfred Nobel, is appalled. Perhaps the mysterious Herr Schmidt can help? 

Soon, Bertha is contending with aliens, as well as her mother’s matchmaking, as she and the Doctor try to keep the peace.  

Flatpack by John Dorney  

Liv Chenka and Tania Bell are spending Sunday afternoon on that most traditional of couple activities. Furniture-shopping! 

But just how long has London’s newest Flatpack store been open? Who is its mysterious manager? And is it even Sunday? Liv is about to run into a very old friend…  

Christopher Eccleston (Credit: Big Finish)

Producer David Richardson said:

Sea Devils in space! We know from the Eleventh Doctor’s era that the Silurians were a space-faring species and now we find a colony of Sea Devils off-world, in the seas of Titan’s largest moon. What a glorious concept. And the Doctor is about to discover that human-Sea Devil relations are no less fractious away from Terra Firma…

 

Doctor Who — The Ninth Doctor Adventures triple LP vinyls can be ordered at £35.99 each or £132 for the bundle of all four albums and are strictly limited to a pressing of 1,000 per volume.  

Please note: the vinyl editions do not include any behind-the-scenes extras. However, listeners purchasing vinyl LP editions will receive a download of the story automatically and be given access to the CD edits as a bonus download. Episodes will be edited specifically for the vinyl format, presented as 2 episodes, one on each side, each with opening and closing music.

All pre-orders of the vinyl will also receive the behind-the-scenes extras as a bonus download.  

Products are sold in £ sterling on Big Finish’s website but will be converted to local currency upon checkout.  All the above prices include the special pre-order discount and are subject to change after general release.

From November 2022, new pre-order prices will also be put in place. 





FILTER: - Big Finish - Ninth Doctor

Silva Screen to release the soundtrack for FluxBookmark and Share

Sunday, 25 September 2022 - Reported by Chuck Foster

Silva Screen Records are to release the soundtrack for the 2021 Doctor Who mini-series Flux on both digital (30 September) and as a CD set (11 November) which will as well as the soundtrack on two discs will also include a bonus CD featuring the soundtrack of the 2021 New Year's Day special, Revolution of the Daleks.

Doctor Who Flux - the original television soundtrack (Credit: Silva Screen)Debuting at Halloween 2021, Flux was the first Doctor Who series in 36 years to tell one complete story across its entirety, rather than self-contained episodes. Jodie Whittaker returned for her third and final season in the title role. This three CD set features the score for Flux spread across two CDs and includes a bonus disc, the New Years’ Day special broadcast in 2021, Revolution of the Daleks

Segun Akinola is a composer for film and television who has strengthened many projects with his musical acumen. He is most known for his music in the latest series of Doctor Who, starring the first female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker.

Segun’s work is a key immersive tool for showrunner Chris Chibnall and series directors to establish the many adventures the Doctor and her friends travel on. These include the impressive 80s influenced electronic score for The Tsuranga Conundrum to the heart-wrenching Demons Of The Punjab which utilised specialist Indian musicians and orchestra, all recorded at Abbey Road Studios. He also scored the critically acclaimed Doctor Who VR experience, Doctor Who: The Runaway.

Segun scored Sundance 2019 favourite The Last Tree, which was also recorded at Abbey Road Studios. This is Segun’s second feature film collaboration with director Shola Amoo after A Moving Image, and it earned him a Discovery of the Year award nomination at the World Soundtrack Awards. A BAFTA Breakthrough Brit 2017, Segun’s other work includes scoring BBC Two’s landmark four-part series Black and British: A Forgotten History.

 

 

DISCS 1 & 2 – SERIES 13 FLUX

Volume One

  1. Series 13 Opening Titles
  2. Chapter One - THE HALLOWEEN APOCALYPSE
    A Little Skirmish
  3. What Lies Ahead
  4. Renewed at Last
  5. Must Not Blink
  6. Dancing Across Space and Time
  7. Chapter Two - WAR OF THE SONTARANS
    I Know Where We Are
  8. I Will Find You
  9. Parlay
  10. Short-Term Repair
  11. Chapter Three - ONCE, UPON TIME
    The Other Things
  12. When Is This?
  13. There Is No Greater Battle
  14. All Is Ending
  15.  I’m Not Giving Up

Volume Two

  1. Chapter Four - VILLAGE OF THE ANGELS
    Rapid Response Unit
  2. You Are Recalled
  3. Village of The Angels End Credits
  4. On My Way
  5. Chapter Five - SURVIVORS OF THE FLUX
    We Are Conversion
  6. An Incredible Stroke of Luck
  7. Where Are We?
  8. Fetch Your Dog
  9. Chapter Six - THE VANQUISHERS
    We Have Everything We Need
  10. I Can Rend Them All to Dust
  11. And Then We Will Play
  12. The Ultimate Betrayal
  13. Nothing Is Forever
  14. Where Would Earth Be Without You?
  15. 15. Series 13 End Credits

BONUS DISC – REVOLUTION OF THE DALEKS

  1. 367 Minutes
  2. A Cuppa
  3. Something Revolutionary
  4. Breakout Ball
  5. The Clone
  6. The Production Line
  7. Stability and Security
  8. Thank You for Being My Friend
  9. Activate
  10. The Death Squad
  11. Bad Boys
  12. Bye Fam
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




FILTER: - Doctor Who - Series 13/Season 37 - Music

Black Archive #60: The Sun MakersBookmark and Share

Thursday, 1 September 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Black Archive #60: The Sun Makers (Credit: Obverse Books)

The latest in the series of Black Archive books from Obverse Books looks at the Fourth Doctor story The Sun Makers

‘Don’t you think commercial imperialism is as bad as military conquest?’

 

The Sun Makers takes Doctor Who not just to the edge of the Solar System far in the future, but also to the edge of what the series can accomplish.

Drawing on the brutal history of the British East India Company, Georgian satire, and Holmes’s contemporary British 1970s world of tax inspectors, striking workers and missed production targets.

The Sun Makers is an adult dystopian political and economic satire where the monster is a bureaucratic Company and the Doctor’s allies are criminals and violent proletarian revolutionaries. And there are some jokes about tax in there as well.

THE SUN MAKERS is available now in paperback and electronic formats, direct from Obverse Books and from selected online retailers.

 




FILTER: - Books

Doctor Who: Origins #4Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 31 August 2022 - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who: Origins #4 - Cover B (Credit: Titan )

Doctor Who: Origins #4 the gripping conclusion to the Fugitive Doctor’s comic debut is out today.

 

Something sinister is afoot, and the Doctor is going to uncover the truth...

 

DOCTOR WHO ORIGINS #4

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Roberta Ingranata
Colorist: Warnia K. Sahadewa
Letterer: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Jimmy Betancourt

Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, $3.99, 32pp

On sale: August 31, 2022

A brand new, never-before-seen adventure featuring the Fugitive Doctor in her comics debut!

Working for the mysterious division on a dangerous assignment, the Doctor uncovers something insidious afoot. Discover why this regeneration became known as the Fugitive!

  • Cover A: Jess Taylor 
  • Cover B: Photo By Oz Browne 
  • Cover C: Blair Shedd

 

Doctor Who: Origins #4 - Cover A (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: Origins #4 - Cover C (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: Origins #4 - Page 1 (Credit: Titan )Doctor Who: Origins #4 - Page 2 (Credit: Titan )




FILTER: - Comics

Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 581Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 18 August 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 581 (Credit: Panini)

 

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine pays tribute to actor Bernard Cribbins with a special feature written by showrunner Russell T Davies. 

 

Highlights of the issue include:

  • Returning showrunner Russell T Davies writes about the late Bernard Cribbins, the much-loved actor who played Wilfred Mott in Doctor Who. Plus, tributes from John Barrowman, Phil Collinson, Julie Gardner, Jacqueline King, Matt Lucas, Euros Lyn, Douglas Mackinnon and James Strong.

  • An exclusive preview of the new animated version of 1967’s The Abominable Snowmen, will full details of the DVD/Blu-ray special features.

  • The life and career of the enigmatic Donald Cotton, the writer of The Myth Makers (1965) and The Gunfighters (1966), as remembered by his family and friends. Plus, previously unpublished extracts from Cotton’s handwritten notes reveal the earliest versions of his two Doctor Who adventures.

  • CG recreations of the sets from The Abominable Snowmen, revealing how Lime Grove Studio D was transformed into a Himalayan monastery.

  • Collectivity meets fans with a passion for collecting original scripts.

  • Gallifrey is invaded as The Fact of Fiction begins its in-depth exploration of 1977’s The Invasion of Time.

  • The results of the 2022 DWM survey are announced – what were your favourite Doctor Who episodes and merchandise?

  • Part Two of The Everlasting Summer, a brand-new comic-strip adventure for the Doctor, Yaz and Dan.

  • Previews, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser, Sufficient Data and more.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 581 is on sale Thursday 18 August from panini.co.uk and WH Smith priced £6.99 (UK).

Also available as a digital edition from pocketmags.com priced £5.99.

 




FILTER: - DWM

Doctor Who: The Collection - Season 2Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 16 August 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Season 2 (Credit: BBC Studios)

BBC Studios have revealed that the next Blu-ray Doctor Who: The Collection will feature Season 2, the second season starring William Hartnell as the First Doctor.

Debuting later this year this collection is the biggest release yet and features a limited edition nine-disc box. 

Doctor Who – The Collection: Season 2​

PLANET OF GIANTS
THE DALEK INVASION OF EARTH
​THE RESCUE
THE ROMANS
THE WEB PLANET
THE CRUSADE
THE SPACE MUSEUM
THE CHASE
THE TIME MEDDLER

 

Across a season of 37 episodes originally shown in 1964 and 1965,, the Doctor is joined by companions Susan (Carole Ann Ford), Ian (William Russell), Barbara (Jacqueline Hill), Vicki (Maureen O’Brien) and Steven (Peter Purves).

Together they face off against the dreaded Daleks, the marauding Mechonoids, the ant-like Zarbi and the meddling Monk, while visiting fantastic alien worlds and turbulent times in the Earth’s history.

The missing two episodes of The Crusade have been reconstructed using off-air photographs and the original broadcast soundtrack, while the remaining episodes have been newly remastered from the best available sources.
 

This nine-disc box set also includes hours of special features previously released on DVD including Documentaries, Featurettes, Audio Commentaries, Overseas Soundtracks and more.

THREE BRAND NEW DOCUMENTARIES
Including an overview of Season 2, Flight Through Eternity
a look at 1960s collectibles in Doctor Who and The Collectors,
and a deep dive into the life and career of story editor David Whitaker in Looking For David.

IN CONVERSATION
Two exclusive insightful feature-length interviews, with William Russell and Maureen O’Brien.

BEHIND THE SOFA
Six new episodes with companions Maureen O’Brien, Peter Purves, Carole Ann Ford,Janet Fielding (Tegan), Wendy Padbury (Zoe), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa),Bonnie Langford (Melanie) and Sophie Aldred (Ace).

EXCLUSIVE AUDIO COMMENTARY
Learn about the recovery of The Lion, a missing episode that was returned in 1999, with three of the heroes responsible for its return.

CONVENTION FOOTAGE
A rare chance to hear from actors Jacqueline Hill and Adrienne Hill (Katarina) alongside Michael Craze (Ben) and Carole Ann Ford.

EXCLUSIVE ENHANCED SOUNDTRACK
Watch The Dalek Invasion of Earth with an optional enhanced soundtrack.

HD PHOTO GALLERIES
Including many previously unseen images.

INFO TEXT
Behind-the-scenes information and trivia on every episode.

PDF ARCHIVE
Including scripts, exclusive unseen BBC production files and other rarities

 

The Boxset is available for pre-order on Amazon

 

The Storyteller | The Collection: Season 2 Announcement Trailer | Doctor Who





FILTER: - Blu-ray/DVD - Season 2 - First Doctor

Bernard Cribbins 1928-2022Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 28 July 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Bernard Cribbins

The actor Bernard Cribbins, one of the most beloved actors of his generation, has died at the age of 93.

Bernard Cribbins played Wilfred Mott, the grandfather of Donna Noble, in the fourth series of Doctor Who. He appeared in the 1966 Movie version of Doctor Who, Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. playing Tom Campbell

Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies, who cast Cribbins in the series, led the tributes to the actor. 

He knew everyone! He’d talk about the Beatles and David Niven, and how he once sat on the stairs at a party impersonating bird calls with T H White. Then he’d add, I said to Ashley Banjo last week… 

He loved being in Doctor Who. He said, ‘Children are calling me grandad in the street!’ His first day was on location with Kylie Minogue, but all eyes, even Kylie’s, were on Bernard. He’d turned up with a suitcase full of props, just in case, including a rubber chicken.

And what an actor. Oh, really though, what a wonderful actor. We once took him to the TV Choice Awards and sent him up on his own to collect the award, and the entire room stood up and cheered him. That’s a lovely memory.

He’d phone up and say, ‘I’ve got an idea! What if I attack a Dalek with a paintball gun?!’ Okay, Bernard, in it went!

He loved Gill with all his heart; he mentioned her in every conversation we ever had. A love story for the ages. I’m so lucky to have known him.

Thanks for everything, my old soldier.

A legend has left the world.

 
Bernard Cribbins began his professional career at the age of 14 as a student at the Oldham Repertory Theatre, remaining there for eight years with a break to do his National service in the Parachute Regiment! From Oldham, he went onto work in rep at Manchester, Liverpool and Hornchurch.

His first West End appearance was in 1956 at the Arts Theatre playing the two Gromios in A Comedy of Errors; this was followed by leading roles in the West End.

He co-starred in the revue And Another Thing at the Fortune Theatre His recording of a song from the show entitled Folksong reached Number One.

This chart success prompted the release of two more comic songs Hole in the Ground and Right Said Fred, both of which reached the Top Ten. Cribbins was incredibly proud that the former was chosen by Noël Coward as one of his Desert Island Discs

His long Television career began in 1956 in The Black Tulip followed by playing Thomas Traddles in David Copperfield. 

Very quickly Cribbins became known for comic character acting with appearances in three Carry-On films. 

His most famous movie role is often considered to be that of Albert Perks in the 1970 version of The Railway Children

Regular appearances on the BBC series Jackanory endeared Cribbins to a whole generation of children, who had the delight of Cribbins reading out such stories as The Wind in the Willows, The Hobbit and The Emperor's New Clothes. He appeared in 114 episodes of the series, more than any other presenter.

His bond with children was cemented by his voice work on the animated series The Wombles, where his gentle storytelling enchanted generations of all ages. 

Cribbins would often appear as a guest artist in well-known series, Appearances in The Avengers and Coronation Street were followed by a show-stealing appearance in Fawlty Towers.  

His first link with Doctor Who came in 1966. He was cast as Tom Campbell in the big screen version of The Dalek Invasion of Earth. He was playing the role played by William Russell in the TV series, alongside Peter Cushing as Doctor Who. It was a masterful performance full of comedy and pathos.  

It would be nearly 40 years before he made his debut on the television version of Doctor Who. He was cast as Wilf in the 2007 Christmas special Voyage of the Damned. It was a small role and expected to be a one-off. However, the character was so successful he was brought back in the 2008 series and given a back story as Donna Noble's Grandfather. He appeared in six episodes in the series cementing his place in Doctor Who history. His role in the Tenth Doctor's swan song The End of Time was vital, providing the reason for the Doctor's regeneration. 

Cribbins worked well into his 90's including many appearances in the CBeebies series Old Jack’s Boat.

Cribbins was married to Gillian McBarnet in 1955 until her death last October. In 2011 he received the OBE for services to drama.

Bernard Cribbins's death was announced by his agent this morning. . 

 

 





FILTER: - Obituary

David Warner 1941-2022Bookmark and Share

Monday, 25 July 2022 - Reported by Marcus

The actor David Warner has died at the age of 80.

David Warner was well known for his many appearances in film and television during a career spanning 60 years. 

He appeared in Doctor Who in 2013 playing Professor Grisenko alongside Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor in the story Cold War.  In 2009 he lent his vocal talents to the series playing Lord Azlok in the animated Tenth Doctor story Dreamland, as well as playing many roles for Big Finish. 

Warner also made many appearances in the Star Trek franchise appearing in the films Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and the Star Trek: The Next Generation two-part Chain of Command episode.

David Warner was born in Manchester in the North West of England in July 1941. He trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. 

His professional debut came in 1962 at the Royal Court Theatre playing Snout, in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1963 playing many roles including Hamlet.  

His film debut was in 1963 playing Blifi in Tom Jones, while early television roles included playing alongside Bob Dylan in the play Madhouse on Castle Street. He became known for playing villains including in films such as The Thirty Nine Steps, Time After Time, Time Bandits, Tron and Hanna's War. 

In 1976 he played opposite Gregory Peck in The Omen, where he played photographer Keith Jennings, one of a number of appearances in horror films. 

Other roles included parts in The Ballad of Cable Hogue, Straw Dogs, Cross of Iron, Holocaust,  A Christmas Carol, Portrait in Evil, Titanic, and  Mary Poppins Returns. 
 

David Warner died on Sunday at Denville Hall, a care home for people in the entertainment industry.

His family confirmed his death in a statement. 

Over the past 18 months, he approached his diagnosis with characteristic grace and dignity,

He will be missed hugely by us, his family, and friends, and remembered as a kind-hearted, generous, and compassionate man, partner, and father, whose legacy of extraordinary work has touched the lives of so many over the years.

Warner is survived by his partner Lisa Bowerman, his son Luke and daughter-in-law Sarah.





FILTER: - Obituary

Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 580Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 21 July 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: issue 580 (Credit: Panini)

Doctor Who Magazine, Issue 580 looks at the full story behind the two Doctor Who Movies. 

 

Highlights of the new issue include:

  • Sergei and Dmitri Subotsky reveal how their father, producer Milton Subotsky, tried to make a third Doctor Who film – Dr. Who’s Greatest Adventure. Plus, never-before-published details of exactly what was in the movie’s script.

  • Actor Jason Flemyng, the son of Gordon Flemyng, remembers his father and the 1960s Dalek movies he directed.

  • Doctor Who producer Nikki Wilson looks back at over a decade working on the series.

  • Composer Segun Akinola discusses the music of Flux and the Centenary Special – and looks to the future.

  • CG recreations of the flying saucer interior from Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., revealing how the Shepperton Studios sets were assembled.

  • A celebration of Spare Parts, the seminal audio drama that depicted the origins of the Cybermen and inspired later TV episodes.

  • Collectivity meets fans with a love for merchandise based on the 60s Dalek movies.

  • The Everlasting Summer, a brand-new comic strip adventure for the Doctor, Yaz and Dan.

  • The Fact of Fiction uncovers the hidden secrets of 2015’s The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion.

  • Previews, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser, Sufficient Data and more.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 580 is on sale Thursday 21 July from panini.co.uk and WH Smith priced £6.99 (UK).

Also available as a digital edition from pocketmags.com priced £5.99.

 
 
 




FILTER: - DWM - Movies