Doctor Who Wedding BellsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 21 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
Doctor Who Nancy Cox and Matthew Saunders celebrated an out-of-this-world wedding dressing as characters from Doctor Who, according to this article in the Bucks Free Press. (Thanks to Mark Healey)

The Indestructible ManBookmark and Share

Thursday, 21 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
The final BBC Books novel of 2004, The Indestructible Man by Simon Messingham, featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe, will be out in November. Below is the cover illustration and back cover blurb for the book; click on the thumbnail for a larger version.

The Myloki, mysterious aliens from beyond Time and Space. Their Target: Earth.

The human defenders of PRISM are enmeshed in a doomed interstellar war against an unknowable invader armed with the power to possess, duplicate and destroy from within. Only one man stands in their way. A man destiny has made indestructible. Against all the odds the legendary Indestructible Man saves the Earth but victory comes at the highest price. The world economy collapses, governments crumble and PRISM itself is torn apart by a best-selling expose.

AD2096; PRISM has gone underground, becoming the clandestine SILOET, headed by new commander Hal Bishop. Bishop receives an urgent summon to his headquarters. An infiltrator has been unmasked and captured in the heart of SILOET itself. Fatally wounded, the infiltrator makes a miraculous recovery. It appears he is indestructible. The implications are terrifying.

The Myloki may just have returned. And who is left to stop them?

The New Series Logo DebutsBookmark and Share

Monday, 18 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
The official Doctor Who site today debuted the new Doctor Who series logo, "created by Louise Hillam, Alison Jenkins and Hywel Roberts at the Graphic Design team at BBC Wales, with Luke Davies and Paul Humphrey at Insect Design working on the background." It's displayed below.

Who's Next in FebruaryBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 13 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
According to co-writer Eddie Robson, Virgin's upcoming book Who's Next is now scheduled for publication on February 10, 2005.

Recent Press ClipsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 13 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
An October 7 news item from Newsquest noted that a security company at the Penarth Leisure Centre guarding props and high-tech equipment being used to film the new Doctor Who series was almost broken into by a crowd of thugs. "Officers were called in to deal with an incident at the Leisure Centre last Friday night," Huw Smart, inspector at Penarth police station, said. "There is an ongoing problem of youth annoyance at the Leisure Centre in Cogan. We have arranged for regular patrols of the area."

The Western Mail and icWales ran an article about Cardiff hoping to become a tourist attraction now that Doctor Who is filming there. "DOCTOR WHO could help Cardiff become the centre of the universe for science fiction buffs around the world, following the sale of international TV rights. Shooting for the eagerly-anticipated new series continued in the capital this week, with dedicated websites excitedly trailing pictures of new aliens and blue-painted dwarves milling around the city centre's Cathays Park. And, according to experts, the city providing the backdrop to Christopher Eccleston's Doctor could soon benefit from a tourist boost. Cardiff is fast becoming a magnet for British fans of the show, drawn by the prospect of a rare glimpse of Doctor Who's space-and-time-travelling craft the Tardis, as well as his young assistant Rose, played by Billie Piper. And following the sale of the new series's rights to Canada, and with a deal in the US reportedly close to being finalised, that appeal could go global." Matt Hills, an expert in Doctor Who and fan behaviour at Cardiff University, told the Western Mail, "A similar thing happened with Vancouver when they were filming the X Files there, with tourists who would be science fiction fans going around locations where it was filmed." Read the full article at the website. (Thanks to Paul Engelberg, Steve Tribe)

The Tides of TimeBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 13 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
While Dragon's Claw, the release of Doctor Who Magazine comics in trade paperback form, has been released, inside is an advertisement for the next graphic novel, due in early 2005. The Tides of Time will include all six of the Fifth Doctor comic strips from Doctor Who Monthly issues 61 to 87. No word as yet on an exact release date.

Australia Broadcast UpdateBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 13 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
While there is no official word about a broadcaster for the new series in Australia, an email from the corporate affairs division of Australia Broadcasting/ABC indicates that the ABC network is indeed interested in showing it and is working to acquire the rights. We hope to have more details soon. (Thanks to John Hatfield)

A New K9 Series?Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 13 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
According to a press release issued during the recent MIPCOM television sales event in Cannes, UK distributor Park Entertainment has teamed with Bob Baker, who wrote many episodes of the original series, to produce The Adventures of K9. Baker, who also wrote Aardman's Wallace & Gromit toon, is working with Park's CEO Jim Howell to pitch the show to UK and international networks. The story follows "a junk space ship led by a cynical old captain and a virtual reality female computer... After finding K9 in an abandoned spacecraft, and picking up an orphaned boy from a passing planet, they become a dysfunctional space-age family." The proposed series would mix live-action and CGI, with K9 - who is "cuddly in a robotic kind of way" - now able to morph into new shapes via a special dog collar. Howell and Baker, now in his late-60s, have attracted interest from networks in Canada and Australia. For the UK, Howell said that "the BBC has some kind of first-refusal" on the spin-off show. "We're aiming at the Dr Who market," said Howell, regarding the show's target demo. "Kids and adults love K9... If you can win both demographics with one show, you're really on to a winner." Park is currently looking to finance the proposed project, including securing a production company partner to make the show. (Thanks to Steve Cole)

Caerdroia Alternate CoverBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 13 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
In cooperation with Big Finish, Tenth Planet will be releasing the Big Finish audio Caerdroia in a limited edition with a different cover during the Dimensions convention in early November. Tenth Planet will also sell the limited edition CD on their website. Click on the thumbnail at right for a larger version of the alternate cover. (Thanks to Tenth Planet)

Series Crew UpdateBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 13 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
The Internet Movie Database lists several people involved in the new series, including Stuart Bray and Rob Mayor as special makeup supervisors, Davy Jones as Makeup Artist, Lloyd Ellis as First Assistant Director, Patrick Begley as "Props," John Tellick as "Sound," and Lee Sheward as stunt coordinator. We have no independent confirmation of these crewmembers, however, so will list them as possible until we know otherwise. Meanwhile, stuntman Will Willoughby is the stuntman doing doubling for Christopher Eccleston on the new show, according to an interview with Willoughby on BBC Radio Nottingham. (Thanks to Sean Ditchfield, Steve Freestone)