The Next LifeBookmark and Share

Friday, 27 August 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
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.

Evil of the Daleks PhotonovelBookmark and Share

Thursday, 26 August 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
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.

Tom Hits the GlenBookmark and Share

Thursday, 26 August 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
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)

Frederick JaegerBookmark and Share

Thursday, 26 August 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
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)

DWM Reprints Early YearsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 26 August 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
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")

The Algebra of Ice - updated!Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 August 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
Updated 25 August: added cover blurb!

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)

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.

Grade to DWAS: No Way!Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 August 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
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)

SFX Davies InterviewBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 August 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
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 Reprints "Handbooks" in One VolumeBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 August 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
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 Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to the Production of Doctor Who

By David J Howe, Stephen James Walker and Mark Stammers


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.

Kaldor City and Faction ParadoxBookmark and Share

Monday, 23 August 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
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)

Barrowman on WhoBookmark and Share

Monday, 23 August 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
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)

Ghost Light DelayBookmark and Share

Sunday, 22 August 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
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.

Screaming Into OblivionBookmark and Share

Sunday, 22 August 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
While not specifically Doctor Who related, Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream" has been stolen... something postulated in the Big Finish audio story Dust Breeding. Coincidence....?

Return to CardiffBookmark and Share

Sunday, 22 August 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
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