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 5 - An Unearthly Series - The Origins of a TV Legend: First published 23 Nov 2012

Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 579Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 23 June 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine Issue 579 (Credit: Panini)

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine tells the inside story of the return of David Tennant and Catherine Tate to Doctor Who

Highlights of the new issue include:

  • An exclusive from Russell T Davies, Doctor Who’s incoming showrunner, on the return of David Tennant and Catherine Tate to the series.

  • Newly released documents reveal the details behind the classification certificates of Doctor Who videos in the 1980s and 90s. 

  • Robert Sidaway, who played Avon in The Savages (1966) and Captain Jimmy Turner in The Invasion (1968), talks about his Doctor Who roles for the first time.

  • The friends, colleagues and admirers of Verity Lambert pay tribute to Doctor Who’s first producer.

  • Authors James Moran and Rona Munro discuss their forthcoming Target books, The Fires of Pompeii and The Eaters of Light.

  • Writer Juno Dawson and producer Ella Watts on the making of the acclaimed podcast series Doctor Who: Redacted.

  • Visual effects designer Paul Mann recalls the making of Timelash (1985) with the help of previously unseen photos from his collection.

  • Chris Cassell and Justin T Lee explain how the special effects of Timelash have been newly enhanced for the Season 22 Blu-ray box set.

  • Fear of the Future, a brand-new comic strip adventure for the Doctor, Yaz and Dan.

  • The Fact of Fiction uncovers the hidden secrets of 1985’s Vengeance on Varos.

  • Apocrypha revisits the seminal 1993 New Adventures novel Deceit.

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

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 579 is on sale now from panini.co.uk and WH Smith priced £6.99 (UK).

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

 




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Doctor Who: Chronicles – 1967Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 16 June 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who: Chronicles – 1967 (Credit: Panini)

Doctor Who: Chronicles – 1967 is the fifth issue in a lavish series of bookazines from the makers of Doctor Who Magazine.

Having recently made his debut as the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton really made the role his own in 1967. However, Doctor Who’s newfound stability was soon threatened by behind-the-scenes changes.

As Dalek creator Terry Nation withdrew the rights to use the programme’s most notorious villains, the search began to find new monsters that could fill the gap. This prompted an unforgettable run of stories, including The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Abominable Snowmen and The Ice Warriors.

In this 116-page bookazine, all-new features and rarely seen images tell the story of a year that produced some of Doctor Who’s best-loved episodes. 

Contents include articles on:

  • The year’s most significant events in the Doctor Who universe (both on and off screen)

  • Doctor Who in the popular press

  • The Dr Who Annual 

  • Special effects and production techniques

  • Wall’s Dr Who Sky Ray cards and album

  • The Highlanders, The Underwater Menace, The Moonbase, The Macra Terror, The Faceless Ones, The Evil of the Daleks, The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Abominable Snowmen and The Ice Warriors

  • … and much more!

Doctor Who: Chronicles – 1967 is on sale from Thursday 16 June, RRP just £9.99 from panini.co.uk and selected branches of WH Smith while stocks last.

It’s also available digitally from pocketmags.com priced £8.99.

 




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Neil Patrick Harris Joins Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Monday, 13 June 2022 - Reported by Marcus
The Power of the Doctor: Neil Patrick Harris (Credit: BBC Studios)

The BBC has confirmed that American actor Neil Patrick Harris is to join the cast of Doctor Who.

The actor is currently filming scenes that will be shown as part of Doctor Who's 60th Anniversary year in 2023.

Russell T Davies, Showrunner said

It’s my huge honour to open our studio doors for the mighty Neil Patrick Harris… but who, why, what is he playing?  You’ll just have to wait.  But I promise you, the stuff we’re shooting now is off the scale.  Doctor beware!

Harris first became known for playing the title character on the ABC series Doogie Howser, M.D.  which aired from 1989 until 1993.

He later worked in Hollywood and Broadway winning a Tony Award and five Primetime Emmy Awards, including  Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his guest appearance on the musical series Glee

Last year he appeared in the first episode of Davies's Channel 4 drama about gay life in the 1980s It's a Sin,





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Pets in Time - Animal Tales from the Cast and Crew of Doctor WhoBookmark and Share

Monday, 6 June 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Pets in Time (Credit: DWAS)

The Doctor Who Appreciation Society has published a new, book, Pets in Times in support of the animal charity the RSPCA

The animal welfare sector has faced serious challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the book, you can join actors, writers and production crew from the world of Doctor Who as they relate moving and hilarious stories about their own very special pets.

Including contributions from: 
Colin Baker, Wendy Padbury, Robin Squire, Derek Martin, Katy Manning, Bob Baker, Mat Irvine, John Leeson, Louise Jameson, Janet Ellis, Stephen Gallagher, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, Mark Strickson, Nicola Bryant, Mike Tucker, Andrew Cartmel, Eric Potts, Edward Russell, Linda Clark, Paul M Tams, Tim Quinn, John Freeman, Stephen Cranford, Colin Howard, Karen Davies, Mark Wright, Toby Hadoke, Kenny Smith, Mark Barton Hill, Raine Szramski, Andrew Ireland, Paul Magrs, Will Hadcroft and Rik Moran. 
 
Artwork by Colin Howard, Nick Miller, Jey Parks and Raine Szramski. 
 
Pets in Time is edited by Ian Wheeler. Cover illustration by Basil Waite.
 
Designed by Nicholas Hollands. Cover layout and logo by Barry Ward. 

This A5, 140-page book is in full colour and costs £10 including delivery.

To order Pets in Time, visit the online store via the website dwasonline.co.uk





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Black Archive 59: Kill the MoonBookmark and Share

Sunday, 5 June 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Kill the Moon (Credit: Obverse Books)

The next release in the Black Archive series will be the Twelfth Doctor story Kill the Moon

A contentious episode provoking passionate responses, Peter Harness's 2014 story straddles the divides between science fiction and fantasy, optimism and pessimism, masculinity and femininity. All these tensions extend into its ambiguously metaphorical conclusion. 

In addressing complex issues of personal and political choice, Kill the Moon asks fundamental questions about structures of power and responsibility in Doctor Who, and about the evolving relationship between the companion and the Doctor.

With access to seven different drafts of the script, plus 3 early pre-script outlines, Darren Mooney dissects a story that has been described at various times as ‘something truly special’ and ‘nonsensical pseudo-science’ and wonders why its reputation has become worse over recent years.

Mooney is a pop culture critic and author living on the east coast of Ireland. He is a member of the Online Film Critics Society and the Dublin Film Critics’ Circle. He features regularly on Irish radio, publishes a twice-weekly column at The Escapist, runs his own blog and shares a podcast. He has also written other books on The X-Files and the films of Christopher Nolan.

Kill the Moon is available now in paperback and electronic formats, direct from Obverse Books and from selected online retailers.





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Legacy of the Dominator / The Analysis Bureau / Platinum JubileeBookmark and Share

Friday, 3 June 2022 - Reported by Chuck Foster

Candy Jar Books has announced  the second book in its Brendon Years trilogy of Lethbridge-Stewart novels.
 

Lethbridge-Stewart: Legacy of the Dominator (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Legacy of the Dominator

Written by Nick Walters

Cover by Adrian Salmon

 

1983 was turning out to be quite the year for strange, troubled boys at Brendon.

 

The Brigadier is mentoring Damon, a new boy at school. A boy with problems, and a mysterious past. A boy in danger who needs his protection. The last Dominator on Earth, Director Vaar, plans to make his final play for power – or does he? The Brigadier finds out that all is not quite what it seems.

 

And meanwhile, the Order of the Seven Suns is rising, with plans that could change the destiny of the whole planet.

 

Can the Brigadier protect Damon from the forces ranged against him? Can Damon escape the long shadow of his father? What will be the final legacy of the Dominator race?

 

The novel is the latest by Nick Walters, forming the third part of ‘Vaar Trilogy’ and is the fourth Lethbridge-Stewart novel to feature the Dominators Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen said:

This is another of those books we’ve had planned for a while. I’ve enjoyed revealing Vaar’s tale out of sequence, starting with the middle section, then the first part and now, at last, the conclusion. Originally Son of the Dominator, to use its original title, was going to be written by me, but as if often the case I got too busy to be able to do so, and so the book was delayed. Even, for a time, removed entirely from the schedule. But with a couple of glitches in last year’s schedule, it seemed a good time to bring the book back. Only, I still didn’t have the time to write it, so I decided the only man for the job was Nick Walters, who created Vaar back in 2015 with Mutually Assured Domination.

Of course, I tend to give most of my authors a shopping list of various lengths, things they need to include. Legacy of the Dominator was no different in that regard; the difference lies in giving Nick the basic premise of a book I’ve had in my mind for some time. And there’s a lot of joy in that too, since you’re left with ‘what surprising ways can an author take your idea?’. And Nick certainly did that. There was a little toing and froing as Nick got to grips with the story, and he came up with some clever ideas that I may not have considered originally. The end result is a solid and personal drama for the Brigadier and Bill Bishop.

Nick Walters said:

When I was asked to complete the story of Director Vaar, last of the Dominators (on Earth, at least), I was thrilled and honoured. Though I obviously can’t take all the credit, as the Dominators were of course created by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln, but I can take credit of the senior echelon of Dominators, that of Director, who sits above Navigator and Probationer. The Dominators in their single TV appearance are brilliant and underrated, in my view; though played straight, there is a very slight aura of camp about them, a delicious touch of the absurd. The way they squabble like an old married couple is hilarious! They are the epitome of the type of Doctor Who adversaries that take themselves far too seriously, and cannot see how silly they look in those massive shoulder pads, or how daft (if deadly) their robot servants are. I developed this aspect of them in Mutually Assured Domination – for example the Robin Day interview – and Vaar as the Big Man in Rise of the Dominator also possesses this quality of the bizarre, though remaining 100% dangerous and threatening. More importantly, I always saw Vaar as not merely a villain, but a more complex character, even a relatable one – despite his plans to destroy the Earth! In Domination Game and Rise of the Dominator, he's an alien trapped on Earth, doing what he can, what he must, to survive. A sort of dark mirror of Thomas Jerome Newton from The Man Who Fell to Earth.

Here we find the Brigadier in the late summer of 1983, still teaching maths at Brendon School, and with a strange, rather disturbed schoolboy under his wing. Not Turlough – he's long gone by then – but instead the mysterious Damon, who is excellent at games, has a short temper, and dislikes peas. Damon's secrets propel the story and present the Brigadier with a challenge to his loyalties and friendships. As well as a rollicking good adventure, Legacy of the Dominator is an emotional story for all characters concerned. A story of fatherhood, friendships and loyalty – and how these can be put to the ultimate test.

The cover is the latest work by ever-popular artist Adrian Salmon, hot off his work on recent Doctor Who animated specials:

I was emailed a list of ingredients to choose from, and my first attempt though was too cluttered. It lacked any sense of motion too, which I think my style depends on. Back to the drawing board. When discussing other options, I was reminded that the story at heart is about a tug of war over Damon, so why not show this visually? I think my work is strongest when working with these type of symbolic images (which always make for an eye-catching cover) and I enthusiastically embraced this strong idea. Also of interest in the story was the Quarkoid – a flying Quark-type drone about the size of a bee. This unique twist on the Quark design made for the perfect background image, however working out the gossamer wings was the biggest headache of the cover! Where do they attach? In the end I figured at the back and left the explanations to the writer!

 

Legacy of the Dominator is available to pre-order from the Candy Jar website.

The next title in The Brendon Years trilogy will be Embrace of the Hiraeth by James Middleditch, a sequel to his 2021 novel, The Overseers. This will be followed later in the year by the final three pre-UNIT novels by Natasha Gerson, John Peel, and Jonathan Blum.

 


 

The Analysis Bureau (Credit: Candy Jar Books)The Analysis Bureau is written by Tom Dexter with profits going to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal.

The book features appearances by Professor Travers (The Abominable Snowmen/The Web of Fear), Tobias Vaughn and Packer (The Invasion) and even a Quark from The Dominators. A team of new characters, operating anonymously for a high ranking government minister, investigate attempted alien incursions as a far greater, darker plot begins to unfurl around them.

Told over three short stories, The Analysis Bureau will also feature a previously lost Lethbridge-Stewart short story from Candy Jar.

Shaun Russell, Head of Publishing at Candy Jar says:

We previously published a book as part of our Lucy Wilson Mysteries series called Lockdown, which successfully raised funds for NHS charities. So the idea of doing it again, only this time to raise money for the Ukraine Appeal, seemed ideal and gives fans not only the chance to enjoy the stories, but also to help with a desperately urgent cause. I’m delighted to launch this title and utilise Candy Jar’s publishing skills to try and help."Tom Dexter, the author, says: “Shaun has been talking with me about trying to find a different strand of stories to use their licensed characters in, and the opportunity to bring their first book out and hopefully raise money for Ukraine was too good a cause to turn down.

The Analysis Bureau also sees the return of legendary artist Lee Sullivan to the worlds of Doctor Who, with his first cover art for Candy Jar Books and with more projects with him in development; he said:

I’m delighted to return to such familiar territory and for such an excellent cause.

The book can be purchased from the Candy Jar website.

 


 

The Lucy Wilson Mysteries - The Platinum Sceptre (Credit: Candy Jar Books)With the Queen's Platinum jubilee holiday upon us, Candy Jar has released a free Lucy Wilson story to celebrate the festivities. Baz Greenland has written a fun, action-packed, timey-wimey story featuring the seventeen-year-old Defender of Earth,

Lucy Wilson.Lucy finds herself in 1977 during the Queen's Silver Jubilee, but how will she save the Queen without breaking time?

Perhaps UNIT can help!

 

The free story can be downloaded from our website.





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Verity Lambert Blue Plaque UnveilingBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 1 June 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Verity Lambert Plaque (Credit: DWAS)

The blue heritage plaque dedicated to Doctor Who's first producer Verity Lambert has been rededicated at a ceremony at London's Riverside Studios.

The plaque was jointly unveiled by former Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and the programme's first director Waris Hussein at a star-studded ceremony last Sunday 29th May.

At the ceremony, organised by the Doctor Who Appreciation Society, many of Lambert’s friends, colleagues and admirers were present including Carole Ann Ford, Caroline Quentin, Linda La Plante, Larry Lamb and even the man who once tried to cancel Doctor Who,  Michael Grade.

Later, Sian Phillips and Patricia Quinn joined Waris and Carole at a special screening and Q & A of lambert's acclaimed 1974 drama about the Suffragette movement ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’.

The plaque was first unveiled in 2014 but was put into storage while the studio complex was completely redeveloped. 

Riverside studios were used by the BBC in the 1950s and 1960s with many episodes of Doctor Who recorded at the studio complex.

A limited number of reproduction Verity Lambert mini plaques will be available for purchase soon from the Doctor Who Appreciation Society.

 

Larry Lamb, Patricia Quinn, Waris Hussein, Jean-Louis Nancy, Siân Phillips (Credit: DWAS)Steven Moffat (Credit: DWAS)Waris Hussein / Steven Moffat (Credit: DWAS)John Gorrie (Credit: DWAS)Michael Grade (Credit: DWAS)Steven Moffat, Philip Hinchcliffe (Credit: DWAS)Dalek (Credit: DWAS)Caroline Quentin (Credit: DWAS)Carole Ann Ford, Alister Pearson, Waris Hussein (Credit: DWAS)





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