The Tom Baker Record CollectionBookmark and Share

Friday, 21 July 2023 - Reported by Marcus
The Tom Baker Record Collection (Credit: Demon Records)

Demon Records have announced a special vinyl collection will be released celebrating the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker

Limited to just 600 and each including a signed print from Tom Baker, the collection celebrates Tom Baker’s unique portrayal of the famous Time Lord, almost 50 years after he made his debut in the role.

This limited edition 4 LP vinyl box set mixes thrilling audio drama with interviews and readings by the man himself.

Genesis of the Daleks is the original 1979 album version of the TV serial, whilst Doctor Who and the Pescatonsis the made-for-vinyl audio drama first released in 1976.

Exploration Earth: The Time Machine is an adventure specially produced by BBC Schools Radio in 1976, and The State of Decay is a unique audiobook reading from 1982.

The collection is completed by a selection of BBC radio interviews with Tom Baker made in the 1970s and 1980s.

  • LP1 Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks
  • LP2 Doctor Who and the Pescatons
  • LP3 Exploration Earth: The Time Machine + Selection of BBC radio interviews with Tom Baker made in the 1970s and 1980s
  • LP4 Doctor Who: State of Decay



Presented inside an eye-catching Fourth Doctor O-ring sleeve, this Dalek-fronted quadpack design houses 4x 140g LPs in Orange, Green, Blue & Red vinyl, each with full cast & credits and its own brand-new graphic design.

Every copy of this release also includes an exclusive, frameable photograph of the Fourth Doctor, hand signed by Tom Baker himself.

The set co-stars Elisabeth Sladen, Ian Marter, Bill Mitchell and John Westbrook,

The set will be released on 15th September 2023 and is available to preorder on Amazon

The Tom Baker Record Collection (Credit: Demon Records)

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Cosmic Masque issue XVIIIBookmark and Share

Thursday, 20 July 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Cosmic Masque issue XVIII (Credit: DWAS)

The Doctor Who Appreciation Society has published Cosmic Masque issue XVIII as a free download.

The magazine, edited by Nick Smith and Steve Hatcher is about 'being a fan' and contains items on gaming, events, and merchandise as well as five new pieces of fiction.

CM XVIII runs to over 110 pages and is available in two formats - single page for tablets and two-page spreads for computer monitors.

The cover image is by Cole Thompson

You can download the magazine (and previous editions too) by visiting the DWAS website at and clicking the Cosmic Masque image.



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First Look at Fourteenth Doctor's Sonic ScrewdriverBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 19 July 2023 - Reported by Marcus

BBC Studios today revealed a first look at the Fourteenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver.

Doctor Who returns in November 2023 with three special episodes with David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor to coincide with the 60th anniversary.

Ncuti Gatwa’s first episode as the Fifteenth Doctor will then air over the festive period.

Doctor Who will premiere exclusively on the BBC for the UK and Ireland. Disney+ will be the exclusive home for new seasons of Doctor Who outside of the UK and Ireland.


The Fourteenth Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver
A new sonic has arrived 🔊🪛

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Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 593Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 19 July 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 593 (Credit: Panini)

Issue 593 of Doctor Who Magazine looks forward to the return of the series later this year and the arrival of David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor alongside the return of Catherine Tate as Donna Noble. 

Highlights of the new issue include:

  • David Tennant and Catherine Tate talk exclusively to Emily Cook on the set of the forthcoming 60th Anniversary Specials.

  • Snakes Alive! – Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and writer/director Pete McTighe on The Passenger, the new mini-episode of Doctor Who, which sees the return of Tegan and Nyssa.

  • Letter from the Showrunner – Russell T Davies reveals what happened when he made a suggestion for a special piece of set dressing…

  • The DWM 60th Anniversary Poll – the analysis of the results continues, with this issue looking at the rankings of the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor’s adventures.

  • Memory Worm – 1980s script editor Andrew Cartmel puts his knowledge of his Doctor Who career to the test.

  • Production Diary – script editor Scott Handcock files his latest report, direct from Doctor Who’s HQ.

  • Texting at Work – Sophie Cowdrey and Aled Griffiths reveal what it’s like to work as graphics assistants on the new series of Doctor Who.

  • The Omega Man – a never-before-published interview with the late Richard Gregory, the props builder who redesigned the Cybermen for Earthshock.

  • Liberation of the Daleks Part Ten – the adventures of the Fourteenth Doctor continue in the epic comic-strip adventure written by Alan Barnes and illustrated by Lee Sullivan.

  • 60 Objects, 60 Years – the latest installment of the series that tells the story of one object from every year of Doctor Who’s history.

  • The Fact of Fiction unlocks the secrets of the Eleventh Doctor story The Girl Who Waited.

  • Gallifrey Guardian – all the latest official news.

  • Other Worlds – the essential guide to new stories in Doctor Who’s expanded universe.

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

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 593 is on sale Thursday 20 July from and WH Smith priced £7.99 (UK). Also available as a digital edition from priced £6.99.



Patrick Troughton Blue Plaque UnveilingBookmark and Share

Monday, 17 July 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Joanna and Michael Troughton (Credit: DWAS)
A blue heritage plaque dedicated to the second Doctor Who, Patrick Troughton, has been unveiled at a ceremony at Mill Hill School in North London.
The plaque was organised by the Doctor Who Appreciation Society and placed in the theatre named after the actor, who was a pupil at the school from 1931.
Credit: DWASThe plaque was unveiled last Sunday by two of Troughton's children, Michael and Joanna, at a star-studded ceremony attended by many of Troughton's friends, colleagues and admirers including Sylvester McCoy, Frazer Hines, Carole Ann Ford, Sophie Aldred, Michael Jayston, Hugh Fraser, Madeline Smith, and Renny Rye.

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

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Target Novelisations For 2023 SpecialsBookmark and Share

Sunday, 16 July 2023 - Reported by Marcus

BBC Books has announced that Target novelisations of the 2023 Doctor Who Specials will published early next year. 

The three specials will be broadcast in the upcoming Autumn season, marking 60 years of Doctor Who. They all feature David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor and Catherine Tate returning to the series as Donna Noble.

The scripts have been written by returning showrunner Russell T Davies and each book will be written by a different author. 

Each book will have specially commissioned cover artwork by Anthony Dry.


Launched in 1973, Target Books published novelisations of almost every Doctor Who serial aired between 1963 and 1989.

In 2012 BBC Books began reissuing these classic paperbacks and in 2018 expanded the Target range to include all-new novelisations of modern-era Doctor Who episodes. This year, Target Books celebrates its 50th year publishing Doctor Who.

All three books will be published on the 11th of January 2024 and are available to preorder. 


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John Nettleton 1929-2023Bookmark and Share

Friday, 14 July 2023 - Reported by Marcus
John Nettleton (Credit: Chuck Foster)

The actor John Nettleton has died at the age of 94.

In 1989 John Nettleton played the Reverend Ernest Matthews in the Seventh Doctor story Ghost Light.

He was best known for his portrayal of the Whitehall Mandarin Sir Arnold Robinson in the comedy series Yes Minister and its successor Yes, Prime Minister

Born in South London in 1929, John Nettleton graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1951, the same year as Joan Collins and Jacqueline Hill

As a successful character actor, he had a 40-year career in British Television appearing in some of the best-known series of the time such as Softly Softly, Armchair Theatre, The Avengers, Please Sir!, Elizabeth R, Black Beauty, Upstairs Downstairs, The Pallisers, All Creatures Large and Small, The Professionals, Tales of the Unexpected, Brideshead Revisited, Crown Court, Minder, Rumpole of the Bailey, Midsomer Murders, and The Bill

Nettleton’s film work included A Man for All Seasons in the 1960s  and a 2005 adaptation of Oliver Twist

His voice is very familiar to a generation who grew up in the 1970s thanks to his frequent use as a narrator for illustrated stories told on the BBC Children's programme Blue Peter

His work at the National Theatre included Alan Bennett’s adaptation of The Wind in the Willows in 1990 and The Voysey Inheritance in 2006. He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and London's Old Vic

A statement from the theatrical agency Scott Marshall Partners said:

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved client and much-loved stage and screen actor John Nettleton at the age of 94. 

He is survived by his wife the actress Deirdre Doone, who he married in 1954, their three children and five grandchildren. 

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Season 20 Gets Blu-ray ReleaseBookmark and Share

Thursday, 13 July 2023 - Reported by Marcus
Season 20 - Bluray (Credit: BBC Studios)

The BBC has confirmed that Season 20 of Doctor Who will be the next season released as a box set on Blu-ray.

The season, starring Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, was originally broadcast in 1983. It will be released as a limited edition 9-disc box set, containing each story from season 20 as well as the 20th Anniversary story The Five Doctors. 

Doctor Who – The Collection: Season 20


Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the programme, these stories feature the return of old friends, enemies, and even past Doctors! Over seven stories, the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa (Sarah Sutton), Tegan (Janet Fielding) and Turlough (Mark Strickson) face off against the Black Guardian, Omega, the Mara, the Master, Cybermen and the Time Lords themselves!

All episodes have been newly remastered from the best available sources including original film elements for The Five Doctors – these classic adventures have never looked or sounded so good on home media.

The Collection: Season 20 Blu-ray box set also includes extensive Special Features including:​

A brand new version of the 90-minute anniversary special, with updated special effects, Dolby Atmos & surround sound, plus an exclusive new commentary with Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Mark Strickson.

Exclusive to Blu-ray, on Snakedance and Enlightenment.

Seven new episodes with Peter Davison, Colin Baker (The Doctor), Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding, Mark Strickson, Katy Maning (Jo) and Sophie Aldred (Ace).

A brand new episode of classic Doctor Who.

Interviewer Matthew Sweet chats to Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton.

The TARDIS crew travel to Amsterdam to revisit locations and reminisce about Season 20 and their time on the programme.

Join Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton on an hilarious European Road Trip.

Season 20  (Credit: BBC Studios)WHEN JANET MET MARTIN
Janet Fielding chats to Martin Clunes, 40 years on from his appearance in Snakedance.

The regular cast return to the castle location and reminisce.

A look behind the scenes

A previously-unreleased look at the iconic 1983 convention, plus panels featuring Peter Davison, Tom Baker, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and many more.

Hours of material going behind-the-scenes on production of Arc Of Infinity, Snakedance and The Five Doctors.

From The Five Doctors.

Including Australian interviews with Peter Davison and Janet Fielding shot during production of this season.

A rare US documentary from the 1980s.

On Snakedance and The Five Doctors. Plus Dolby Atmos mixes on The Five Doctors.

Hours of rare and previously unreleased material from the BBC Archives.

Including many previously unseen images.

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

including scripts, exclusive unseen BBC production files, the Radio Times 20th Anniversary Special and other rarities.

This nine-disc box set also includes hours of special features previously released on DVD including Documentaries, Featurettes, Audio Commentaries, The Five Doctors Special Edition and more.


The box-set is available for pre-order on Amazon 

Tegan's Surprise Reunion! | The Collection: Season 20 Announcement Trailer
Tegan Jovanka's adventures continue... but not in the way she expected!

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Counter Measures: Birds of PreyBookmark and Share

Saturday, 8 July 2023 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Counter Measures: birds of prey (Credit: Candy Jar Books)

Candy Jar Books ihave announce details of the second of its Counter Measures:

Birds of Prey


If the people of Britain thought the energy crisis was over, they were very wrong. Power cuts are returning, spreading from London and focusing on particularly vulnerable targets, almost as if by intention.


The Association has risen again and is stepping up its campaign to take power and enact its supremist ideology. Ian Gilmore, Rachel Jensen and even their son Dillon become embroiled in a plan to survive a plot for revenge. They must stand against old enemies as the spectres of past conflicts are raised and a new battle starts to spread through the streets of the capital.


For there are others who stand ready to face the Association too. But how far will they go and what weapons will they deploy? Gilmore, Jensen and their allies find that the monsters of the human race may be far more terrifying than anything from beyond it, and that this time, humanity will need saving from its own worst instincts.


Birds of Prey is the second book in a two-novel event, following up book one Birds of Passage.

Counter Measures, featuring characters Group Captain Gilmore, Professor Rachel Jensen and Dr Allison Williams, was created by Ben Aaronovitch for Doctor Who back in 1988. The characters were expanded on in Aaronovitch’s later novelisation of their debut story, Remembrance of the Daleks, and made the odd appearance in Doctor Who prose fiction throughout the 1990s. The team has enjoyed a long life in audio dramas from Big Finish Productions since 2012, and Gilmore made a cameo in one of Candy Jar’s Lethbridge-Stewart short stories. They even appeared in a comic written by Andrew Cartmel.

Birds of Passage was written by Robert Mammone, who had hoped to write the follow up too. Alas, life intervened, as range editor Andy Frankham-Allen explained:

Due to a change in circumstances, Robert felt he would be unable to commit the time needed. However, we agreed to look at it again a few months later, and sadly little had changed by time it came to move forward. Robert allowed me to use his outline and ideas for book two as a jumping on point for his replacement, but in the event I decided it was better to let whoever that was to just read the first book and take it in their own direction.

The chosen author was James Middleditch, who has written a couple of Lethbridge-Stewart novels, plus short stories for the UNIT series:

The prospect of writing for the Counter Measures series felt quite different to my prior work on the Lethbridge-Stewart range. I would say the tone is a bit darker and more morally complex, with the threats emerging from the behaviour of humans as much as anything from elsewhere, although influences of past invasions continue to play a big role in awakening our own worst instincts. Like Robert before me, the thought of following the narrative threads and themes of Remembrance of the Daleks was a jaw-dropping one. Robert produced such a thrilling follow-up in Birds of Passage, which itself left some intriguing strands dangling, that I had not one but two great stories to do justice to. The Remembrance novelisation, rightly heralded as a late highpoint for the Target range, contains such depth in its depiction of ’60s Britain and its racial landscape. I also revisited Andrew Cartmel’s Cat’s Cradle: Warhead and found a shockingly prescient and familiar dystopia in what had been his speculation about the early twenty-first century. Without wanting to be too negative, it’s worth remembering how close we all are to such breakdowns in order and certainty, so I tried to channel both of their concerns and the reflective moods of their novels in writing Birds of Prey.

Andy continued:

James jumped at the chance before any sense of trepidation could set in, and once he’d finished his reading and research, he soon had an outline to me. There were only a few changes I wanted, in keeping with the goals Andrew Cartmel and I had set out for the series.


James concluded:

Storyline guidance from Andy was invaluable as always, in particular in providing the geographical focus of London and a core group of characters there. Real history and locations have been interwoven into this dark parallel past, and may change the way you see the parts of the capital on your next visit; a Birds of Prey Walking Tour is certainly possible! To move further into the London-based thriller genre, I also took inspiration from the original television version of Edge of Darkness with its rain-soaked pavements and its uncanny way of suggesting an impending apocalypse in otherwise very small scale events and moments. I hope all these ingredients have come together to be a testament to some of the best writers, their characters and themes. None of us really write in isolation, and to have been in their literary company for a while has been a privilege.


Ordering details can be found on the Candy Jar website.

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The Grandfather Infestation - illustrated editionBookmark and Share

Saturday, 1 July 2023 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Lethbridge-Stewart: The Grandfather Infestation (illustrated edition) (Credit: Candy Jar Books)

Candy Jar Books has announced a very special book for 2023, the hardback illustrated edition of The Grandfather Infestation by John Peel.

Like the illustrated edition of Beast of Fang Rock, this book has been inspired by the illustrated Doctor Who Target books from the early 1970s, combined with the popularity of the Lethbridge-Stewart Colouring Book, which was made available via Amazon and good retailers last month with four brand new images.

In 2016 Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen compared The Grandfather Infestation with the work of John Wyndham in 2016. He said:

I’ve always been a huge fan of his work, and I knew I wanted something in a similar vein. I asked John to give us something Triffid-esque and he did exactly that. He’s created a nice blend of genres, mixing the best elements of storytelling that you’d find in the works of Robert Banks Stewart and Wyndham, giving it Peel’s own distinctive twist. And John is no stranger to twisting tales, make no mistake. He’s been writing prose fiction beyond Doctor Who continuously for over twenty-five years, and you don’t do that without being good.

The book has a brand new cover, but the actual look of the Grandfathers has not been changed. Martin Baines opted to keep Colin Howard’s original design:

Colin is a Doctor Who demi-god and I wouldn’t have felt comfortable changing his work. His realisation of the Grandfathers was perfect. Like all his Doctor Who artwork, Colin really understand what makes a good monster.

Martin has also provided internal illustrations for the book. He continued:

Like the Beast of Fang Rock, I read the book and choose my favourite scenes. I was excited to discover that The Grandfather Infestation is a jam-packed full of action, so it made illustrating it very fun indeed.


This release comes with a free postcard, as well as a brand new Lucy Wilson Mysteries book The Grandfather Club written by John Peel. Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, felt that the time was right return to the Grandfathers. He said:

John’s first ever Lethbridge-Stewart book was The Grandfather Infestation. And what a book it is! And, over the years we’ve always tremendous feedback about it, receiving so many requests to release a new edition. But instead of doing a paperback with a new cover, we decided to do something a little more special. Like Beast of Fang Rock, Martin’s artwork really helps to bring this exciting book alive. And the Lucy story is the cherry on the cake, allowing us to introduce the alien Grandfathers to a new audience.


The Grandfather Infestation is now available for pre-order directly from Candy Jar Books..

The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: The Grandfather Club (Credit: Candy Jar Books)All of the school clubs have been cancelled, effective immediately. All except one…


Lucy and Hobo can’t understand why everyone at school has joined the gardening club. They also can’t understand why no one is doing any gardening!


Why are the students constructing a gigantic greenhouse? And why does it need such a powerful heating system? But, more to the point, what sort of plants will this greenhouse be the home to?


Will Lucy and Hobo be able to solve this mystery or have the seeds of destruction already been sown?



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