A guide to the DVD releases of the classic series of Doctor Who is to be published by Wonderful Books.

The Classic Doctor Who DVD Compendium, by Paul Smith, is due out this summer.

The publisher said in a press statement:

The original series of Doctor Who ran on television for 26 years, telling thrilling stories of monsters and marvels that enthralled children and adults alike. It has taken half that time to issue all those adventures on DVD, but finally you can now watch every archived episode* in pristine quality. If the prospect of setting out on such a venture daunts you, however, then fear not because The Classic Doctor Who DVD Compendium will guide you every step of the way.

Every disc, every episode, every extra is collated, chronicled and cross-referenced in this complete guide to classic Doctor Who on DVD, with spoiler-free story outlines so no surprises are ruined for those still discovering the original series, suggestions for similar tales to those you already know you like, information on the extensive restoration work that has made the episodes look better than they ever have, and details of the wealth of special features on every disc that expand your knowledge of the worlds of Doctor Who – all fully indexed for easy reference.

If you’re only just learning about the long story of Doctor Who then The Classic Doctor Who DVD Compendium will guide you through the adventure ahead. If you’re still building your collection it will help you discover further stories you’re sure to enjoy, and if you already have every release, this book will be your ultimate companion to the complete range.

*Okay, there’s still one to go.

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Television International Enterprises Archives Ltd have issued a statement on their Facebook page regarding the recovery of missing Doctor Who episodes.

The company, owned by Philip Morris, was responsible for the recovery of nine missing Troughton episodes last year, discovered at a relay station in the Nigerian city of Jos.

Since then there have been many rumours regarding the possible recovery of more missing episodes of Doctor Who, but as yet nothing has been confirmed either by the BBC or by Philip Morris himself.

Today Philip Morris released this statement:

Statement from Television International Enterprises Archives Ltd

T.I.E.A understands the passion felt by Doctor Who fans and that looking for missing episodes of Doctor who plus many other shows is an important but tiny part of the work that T.I.E.A does.The main aim of this organisation is to assist those archives whose own cultural heritage is under threat.If any programmes do still exist T.I.E.A will endeavor to recover them safely as with web of fear and enemy of the world.T.I.E.A are not sponsored by any organisation we are a completely independent body we work alongside many organisations such as the B.F.I.

However as much as people want specific programmes found wishing them into existence or starting rumors will not magically return them .Individuals trying to extract information which does not exist or is commercially confidential will be deleted unread any legitimate inquires for T.I.E.A LTD services are welcome.

Stay Tuned. Executive Director Philip Morris.

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The TARDIS materialised in Boscombe town centre in Dorset today in front of a large crowd of enthusiastic onlookers.

The box will serve as a new police office to help the town confront anti-social behaviour as well as promote the area to tourists.

MP for Bournemouth East Tobias Ellwood, who attended the launch, said:

Boscombe has had its challenges with anti-social behaviour but it is a vibrant community. The box itself is now a fantastic, iconic symbol of a desire by the police and the community to be very optimistic about where this part of Bournemouth is going.

It is not only now a tourist attraction in its own right, one of the few boxes operating in the country, it will also be manned in the evening by police officers and have a telephone linked straight to the police as well. It’s both symbolic and functional.

Unveiling the box I couldn’t help but notice that many in the crowd were dressed up as Doctor Who figures – there was even a Dalek there.


A report by ITV station Meridian about the police box’s opening is available to watch via this link. Doctor Who fan Nick Joy appears in the report and he took the photograph above which is used by his kind permission.

For more photos, see Dorset Police’s Twitter feed.

Thanks to Nick Joy

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Following it’s record breaking Audit Bureau of Circulation figure earlier this year BBC Doctor Who Magazine had cause for further celebration at the 2014 ACE Press Awards held at the Museum of London.

Panini UK and BBC Doctor Who Magazine won the ACE award for Circulation Excellence by a Monthly Magazine at the awards ceremony on 27th March 2014.

Doctor Who Magazine editor, Tom Spilsbury said:

It’s fantastic to see such love and support for Doctor Who Magazine, especially in the show’s 50th anniversary year – with the magazine itself now 35 years old. Like the Doctor himself, DWM is always excited to go to new places and to discover new technology – and through our growing international distribution and our brand new digital edition, we’ve been able to reach more readers than ever before. With a new Doctor making his début in 2014, there are exciting times ahead for Doctor Who – and DWM will be there every step of the journey.

Circulation Manager, Katie Wilkinson said:

The 50th Anniversary last year presented a fantastic opportunity to grow sales and extend reach to bring in new readers and expand onto new platforms. Through product innovation, marketing at trade, in print, at events and increasingly via social media DWM was able to successfully achieve circulation excellence throughout 2013. This award recognises this achievement and we are really proud of the win.

Thanks to Panini

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dwm472_cover Catch up with Paul McGann, as he discusses life after Eight – in Doctor Who Magazine 472!

“You know what? I don’t expect to ever to be involved again,” the Eighth Doctor actor tells DWM. “But I expect I’ll be surprised one day by something. That’s what Doctor Who’s about. I expect to be surprised…”

Also in this issue:

  • DWM goes behind the scenes and talks exclusively with the director of the recent episodes Hide and The Time of the Doctor, Jamie Payne.
  • John Levene recalls his time playing Cybermen, Yeti and UNIT regular Benton in an in-depth interview .
  • Master model-makers Mike Tucker and his team reveal their experiences of providing visual effects for 21st-century Doctor Who.
  • Showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions.
  • A detailed look at The Fact of Fiction of the 1982 Fifth Doctor adventure, Time-Flight  The Blood of Azrael ­– the Doctor and Clara in the Part 3 of their latest comic strip adventure.
  • The Time Team take a trip to the Planet of the Ood.
  • Jacqueline Rayner casts a critical eye over the Twelfth Doctor’s choice of apparel in Relative Dimensions.
  • The Watcher ponders how Doctor Who companions sometimes know things that they oughtn’t and embarrasses another supporting artiste in Wotcha!
  • Reviews of the latest DVDs, CDs, and books.
  • Competitions, puzzles, and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 472 is on sale now, price £4.99.

Thanks to Tom Spilsbury

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KATE O’MARA 1939 – 2014

kate-omara The actress Kate O’Mara has died aged 74 after a short illness.

An accomplished theatre actress she appeared in many stage roles across a very long career. But it is for her many varied roles across Television, from Adam Adamant Lives to Z-Cars, that she will be most fondly remembered.

In 1975 she got a leading role in the BBC series The Brothers playing Jane Maxwell opposite sixth Doctor actor Colin Baker. This was to be the first of many soap and serials type roles that would be offered to her. A few years later she appeared in the ill-fated BBC super-soap Triangle. A short time later she went across the pond to America where she played Caress Morrell, sister of Alexis Colby, in Dynasty. Of this she once said: kate-omara-dynasty

I asked them if they liked the take and they said ‘Oh yes it was great but your hair wasn’t right’ and I was supposed to be in prison.

More such roles followed, Howard’s Way, Bad Girls, the revamped Crossroads and Family Affairs. She was also offered many comedy roles and appeared in shows such as The Two Ronnies, Absolutely Fabulous and Benidorm.

the-rani In 1985 Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner offered O’Mara the role of The Rani in the story The Mark of the Rani written by Pip and Jane Baker, opposite her former “Brothers” co-star Colin Baker. Two years later she was back with the show this time playing opposite Sylvester McCoy in Time and the Rani. The Rani was to make one more appearance on TV when for the shows 30th anniversary she reprised the role for a special Children In Need skit entitled Dimensions in Time. Kate clearly loved the role and in 2013 in an interview for GT (Gay Times) magazine she had this to say:

I was what they describe as an Iconic Villain. Whatever that may mean…..I can assure you darling, no matter what the play has been, after the matinee there would be a crowd of people at the stage door and they’re all Doctor Who fans. It’s an amazing phenomenon really… The part was written for me, so I quite honestly don’t see anyone else playing it all. I see me coming back to play it I really do!

On twitter former co-star Colin Baker said:

Oh my goodness. Kate O’Mara is no longer with us. Sad sad news. A delightful, committed and talented lady and actress. We are the poorer.

Bonnie Langford also tweeted:

So sad to hear that the wonderful Kate O’Mara has gone. Treasured memories xxx

Nicola Bryant added:

Such sad news:Kate O’Mara is no longer with us. A charismatic, courageous, & caring soul; a wonderful actor & a friend. May she finally RIP.

O’Mara’s Dynasty co-star, Joan Collins, also tweeted:

Tragic news about Kate O Mara , we had great fun on Dynasty when she played my sister Caress who Alexis insisted on calling CASSIE ! RIP

Tracey Childs, who appeared alongside O’Mara in the soap Howard’s Way, tweeted:

Today the world lost a fine actress & dedicated producer & I lost a friend of 3 decades. Safe journey Kate O’Mara. You were an inspiration X

O’Mara died in a Sussex nursing home following a short illness. She was married twice, firstly to actor Jeremy Young, and then to actor Richard Willis. She leaves a sister, actress Belinda Carroll, and a son, Christopher Linde. Her first son Dickon Young, died last year.

The actress last posted a message on Twitter on 17 March, to say:

Thank you so much for your kind tweets. It’s both humbling and completely overwhelming to read all of your messages. Much Love x.

Kate O’Mara there will never be another like you.

Rest In Peace.

Written by Steven Flavell

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Following the success of 2013’s 50th anniversary specials, Panini’s bookazines continue with a new title: The Essential Doctor Who. Highlights of the first edition include a brand new Cyberman, specially illustrated for this issue by their original designer Alexandra Tynan.

The Essential Doctor Who: Cybermen is a lavish 116-page guide featuring details of every Cyberman episode. There are exclusive new interviews with scriptwriters Neil Gaiman, Gareth Roberts and Marc Platt, choreographer Ailsa Berk and four of the actors who have played Cybermen. The publication also includes archive interviews with Cyberman creators Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis, as well as features on comics, novels, audio stories and Davis’ unmade serial The Genesis of the Cybermen.

Editor Marcus Hearn was the author of the New York Times bestseller Doctor Who: The Vault. “Our writers include the estimable Andrew Pixley and our art editor is the brilliant Peri Godbold, so we obviously share our DNA with Doctor Who Magazine,” he says. “But there are a lot of new voices in there as well, and I hope we’ve been able to preserve DWM’s authoritative tone while creating our own identity.”

The Essential Doctor Who: Cybermen is on sale now at WH Smith and newsagents, price £9.99.

Thanks to Tom Spilsbury

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DEREK MARTINUS 1931 – 2014

derek-martinus Veteran Doctor Who director Derek Martinus has died at the age of 82.

Derek Martinus directed 26 episodes of Doctor Who beginning with the 1965 story Galaxy Four starring William Hartnell. He then stayed on to direct the single episode story Mission to the Unknown, which is unique in that it featured none of the show’s regular cast.

Martinus returned the following year to direct The Tenth Planet which featured the first appearance of the Cybermen and the departure of the First Doctor. He went on to direct Patrick Troughton in the 1967 story The Evil of the Daleks and later the same year returned for The Ice Warriors. His final story for Doctor Who was Spearhead from Space which introduced Jon Pertwee as third incarnation of the Time Lord.

Martinus enjoyed a long and successful career in the theatre, which is where he met his Swedish wife of 50 years, Eivor, who worked as a translator on many of the stage plays he directed for theatres in Sweden.

On television he directed on shows including Crown Court, Z Cars, Angles, Penmaric and two episodes of Blakes 7. He also worked on several children’s TV series including The Paper Lads, Dodger and Bonzo and the Rest, twice winning the Pye Award for best children’s drama. He also directed TV shows The Black Tulip, What Maisie Knew, A Legacy and A Little Princess.

Martinus studied at Yale Drama School and began his career as an actor with a minor role in the first Carry On film, Carry on Sergeant starring William Hartnell.

Derek Martinus’ family told the BBC he died on Thursday evening having suffered from Alzheimer’s for many years. His daughter Charlotta Martinus, who worked at the BBC as a documentary maker, paid tribute to her father:

He was a legend, just an absolute legend. He taught me how to love, live and laugh, he was just such an amazing man.

It was an amazing childhood to be living among the Doctor Who paraphernalia. We used to go down and watch Doctor Who being made and see the Daleks, and even get inside the Daleks. Having those famous people walk through your door… Jon Pertwee would come for tea.

Ten years after he left, everyone used to say to me, ‘Are you really his daughter?’. He was really inspirational for me and my sister Pia who is a doctor. He was a leader of men and he inspired everyone.

Derek Martinus is survived by his wife, two daughters and three grandchildren.

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mary-tamm Fantom Publishing have released the final cover for the second part of Mary Tamm’s autobiography, due out in April.

Bradford-born Mary Tamm was already a successful actress on stage, TV and the big screen when, in 1978, she joined the cast of Doctor Who as the Time Lady, Romana, in the company of Tom Baker’s incarnation of the Doctor.

In 2009, her book First Generation recounted the story of her life before Who and her journey of self-discovery to her parents’ homeland of Estonia. Tantalisingly for Who fans, the book came to an end half way through Mary’s year on board the TARDIS. This new volume (written before her tragic death from cancer in 2012) picks up where First Generation ends, with the inside story of the filming of her final three Doctor Who adventures; and continues with tales of her subsequent TV work, her return to the stage, her ventures into the world of Who fandom, and the personal joy and fulfilment brought to her by the birth of her own ‘second generation’ – her daughter, Lauren.

Packed with incidents and anecdotes recounted with Mary’s trademark no-nonsense Northern wit, Second Generation is rounded out with tributes and reflections from some of her closest friends and colleagues, including Miriam Margolyes, Carol Royle and Steven Berkoff.

The book will be available in paperback and limited edition hardback; full details are available via the Fantom Films website along with details of the first part of her autobiography, First Generation.

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The pubcast lads, Nick and Simon, cordially invite you to come along for an afternoon chat with former Doctor Who script editor Andrew Cartmel.

The event is being held at The Ale Wagon pub, 27 Rutland Street in Leicester, on Saturday 31st May from 2.30 – 5.30pm.

Thanks to Nick Headley

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scavenger Only in Doctor Who could a story like Scavenger happen, and I really do mean that. What starts off as an homage to Gravity in episode one, turns in to Flight of the Navigator in episode two and by the end of episode four we have crossed over into a centuries spanning search for a lost love that ends the only way it can.

This is the last in a trilogy of three stories featuring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor and Lisa Greenwood as his companion Flip. They materialise on a space station in 2071 called the Mandela, meet a young Indian astronaut called Jyoti Cutler played by Anjli Mohindra (Rani from The Sarah Jane Adventures) and are soon caught up in events as Salvage 2, a rocket designed to clean up space junk, flies off course and heads towards the Mandela.  The Doctor heads to earth to help out at mission control, India now has a space programme as seen in the TV episode Dinosaurs On A Spaceship, and the Doctor co-ordinates events as Flip and Jyoti attempt to evacuate the Mandela. Things go very very wrong when the station is struck. Jyoti and Flip find themselves suited up, floating in space with the oxygen running out, and in to the story comes The Scavenger, a piece of alien tech lying dormant in orbit for five centuries, waiting for a new host, and Flip fits the bill nicely. At mission control, the Doctor has to deal with ego, politics and ambition to rescue Flip and prevent a disaster, but one of the team at mission control has been waiting a VERY long time for Scavenger to reawaken.

Long time readers may know I am not much of a “sci-fi” fan, preferring human drama, and this is very much a sci-fi story, but with very human elements, it’s just that the human elements take a while to get to. Almost a whole episode of Flip and Jyoti floating in space, then another half an episode trying to get Oxygen to Flip almost feel like padding, but it’s little moments that shine out amongst the main plot – a prince who has waited 500 Years to rescue his lost love, Flip becoming absorbed by Scavenger and trying to reassert her personality, the bittersweet meeting of the lost lovers and the very last scene are all gems, however, the story as a whole was not really my cup of tea, it just seemed a bit lifeless despite all the goings on, which is a shame as the concept was very interesting. Maybe it was just a bit too long, or maybe it’s just that this is not my type of story, or maybe the last two Six and Flip stories were so good that I expected too much? Who knows, not a bad story by any means, but more of an album track than a single.

Overall , I would say the Gravity of the situation warrants 6/10.

Written by Ed Watkinson


Thursday 28 May 2071: the day the Anglo-Indian Salvage 2 rocket launches. Its mission: to clean up space; to remove from Earth’s orbit over a century’s worth of man-made junk…

From the viewing window of a nearby space station, the Doctor and Flip have a unique view of Salvage 2 as it sets about its essential task – and of the disaster that unfolds when Salvage 2 encounters something it’s not been programmed to deal with. Something not of human manufacture…

Back on Earth, the Doctor fights to save Flip from becoming part of a 500-year tragedy being played out in orbit, hundreds of miles above. And millions will die if he fails.


Colin Baker (The Doctor), Lisa Greenwood (Flip Jackson), Anjli Mohindra (Jyoti Cutler), Tariq Bhatti (Salim), Kate McEwen (Jessica Allaway), Tania Rodrigues (Anarkali/Melissa/Isra Tech #2), John Banks (Commander Gabbard/Scavenger/Isra Tech #1/Security Guy)

Written By: William Gallagher
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs


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The Doctor Who Appreciation Society has announced it will be holding an event on Sunday 1st June 2014 at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, London.

DWASOver the last 51 years the Doctor has travelled through time and space on a never ending voyage of discovery. Similarly, the making of the show itself has undertaken its own journey. Today Doctor Who is a colour, HD, CGI, surround sound spectacle – a far cry from its humble beginnings as a studio bound production made for monochrome 405 line televisions.

But how has the production of the programme changed in over half a century… and exactly how have they gone about making such a show over the years?

‘Myth Makers’ will feature guests involved in the ‘The Making of Doctor Who’ on both sides of the camera, and will take place at Riverside Studios, itself a home for Doctor Who during the black and white era of the 1960′s.

Join us for our usual mix of panels, autographs and on screen presentations, and find out a little more about how our favourite show gets put together…

No guests have been announced for this event as yet but watch this space for further updates.

Thanks to the Doctor Who Appreciation Society

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the-crooked-man Season Fifteen was a transitional era for Doctor Who, one part hangover from the gothic Hinchcliffe era, one part brave new era which would be honed to perfection in Season Sixteen and Seventeen, and the latest release in the Fourth Doctor series, The Crooked Man, is a great homage to this transitional period.  It treads the well trodden path of gothic horror in part one, and goes all bonkers sci-fi in part two, but does it work? Well dear reader, read on and we shall see…

The Crooked Man starts with a scene in an antiquarian book shop and a quite horrific death. Books are very very important to the story in fact, the books ARE the story in many ways. The Doctor and Leela arrive at the scene and Tom commandingly takes over with his usual bonhomie, having the local constable defer to him in almost no time, he then goes on to investigate a series of murders that have taken place in this sleepy seaside town.  The investigation eventually brings him into contact with Laura and Simon Corbett and their baby son Edward (great choice of name by the way!) but giving any more away would spoil the story.

Laura is played by Sarah Smart (of Ganger fame), a perfect choice as the bookish new mum Laura, as I said, books are very very important to the story, in fact the questions posed regarding the nature of reality contained within them is integral to the resolution.

The Crooked Man of the title is played by Neil Stuke, he plays it with a delightful evil glee and is really quite revolting, think the child catcher mixed with the Judder Man from the old Metz advert, throw into the mix a character called Lesley King who is a fab Peggy Mitchell parody and you have a melting pot of different styles that shouldn’t work, but they really really do.

The tone of the two episodes is completely at odds with each other, but it really does gel, and the resolution is very clever, quite well signposted, but still a surprising revelation. The ending brings in so me genuine Nu-Who emotion, however, it’s underplayed very nicely and sadly, sometimes loves doesn’t conquer all and perfection isn’t the solution, but the problem.

A very enjoyable story, quite schizophrenic, with a variety of tones and broad and subtle performances from all involved with many “meta” moments which again I can’t go in to as spoilers will ensue, but believe me, it’s well worth a listen.

I close the book on thus one at chapter 9/10.

Written by Ed Watkinson


Winter at the seaside. The wind blows. The waves crash. People are dying and a strange spindly figure stalks the cold, deserted streets. A typical holiday for the Doctor and Leela in other words.

When they stumble across a grotesque series of murders at the coast, the TARDIS travellers realise the local constabulary is out of its depth. Something supernatural has come to town, something evil. And it all seems to be tied in to a particular young family.

Monsters lurk behind strange doors. Tragic secrets wait to be uncovered. And somewhere, deep within, the Crooked Man sits. He is waiting for you.


Tom Baker (The Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela), Neil Stuke (The Crooked Man), Sarah Smart (Laura Corbett), Robin Pearce (Simon Corbett/Reporter), Richard Earl (Ellis Andrews/Rance), Lizzie Roper (Celia Turner/Lesley King)

Written By: John Dorney
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs


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starborn For the second month in a row, Companion Chronicles takes us back to the William Hartnell era, we are deep in Season Two, just after The Romans. The Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki have been relaxing in early twentieth century London, having tea at a Lyons Corner House (which isn’t on a corner and doesn’t have any Lions, a running gag) when they help a medium called Madame Violet to get back home, Vicki becomes separated and unable to get back into the TARDIS, and Violet has a story to tell.

This is another two-hander, Maureen O’Brien plays Vicki, sounding amazingly just as she did in the sixties, and Madame Violet is played by Jacqueline King (Donna’s Mum from the TV series). Vicki does not believe in spirits and mediums, so Madame Violet attempts to prove her wrong.  She has someone who has a message for Vicki, and Vicki’s initial scepticism is soon worn away when Violet channels a future version of Vicki, but a version who has died on their very next adventure….

This is another oddball release, very small scale, but amazingly ambitious and dripping with melancholy and regret, it really is a sad little story, desperation runs through it as the future Vicki tries to convince her earlier self not to follow the path that leads to her doom. I was never a fan if Vicki in the TV series, but this story has gone a long way to rectifying that,  it actually feels like Big Finish have given her character a Nu-Who makeover, she is imbued with a depth and personality rarely seen in her on screen adventures.

As for the Starborn of the title, again they are a very sad and melancholy bunch, a society where people transform into stars to keep their society alive, again brimming with a sense of loss and longing. While the resolution could be taken straight from a Moffat era story, the character and emotion conveyed and the genuinely moving story makes it transcend the out of era gimmickry which could have spoiled the story.

To be moved by a Who story is a wonderful thing, but to be moved and made to reappraise a companion I had previously overlooked is praise indeed, and this story is deserving of praise. A small story, but with a big impact, a wonderful character piece that has stayed with me, and one of the very best companion chronicle releases.

Overall 9/10.

Written by Ed Watkinson


On a visit to early 20th Century Earth, Vicki receives a warning – if she leaves in the TARDIS, then she will die.

Unable to join her friends, Vicki is given an audience by a psychic called Violet, who contacts voices beyond this mortal plain.

And one of those voices is Vicki herself, who reveals what will happen at the ship’s next landing place – and what terrible fate awaits…


Maureen O’Brien (Vicki), Jacqueline King (Violet)

Written By: Jacqueline Rayner
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman


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To celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who  held a competition asking fans to recreate their favourite moment from the series. Hundreds of fans responded from over thirty countries and below are some of the entries.

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tenth-planet The Australian animation company which has animated some of the missing episodes of Doctor Who including The Reign of Terror and The Tenth Planet has told the Australian parliament it may need to relocate to the UK due to it’s difficulties accessing broadband in the country.

The head of Planet 55 Studios, which employs approximately 55 people on the Central Coast in New South Wales, told the Senate Select Committee for the National Broadband Network (NBN) yesterday that the company needs to move around 30 gigabytes of data per day and that the company has installed fibre to it’s premises and is paying $1,600 per month for a 50Mbps down, 50Mbps up link.

Austen Atkinson, said:

We could do with eight times that but we simply cannot get it. So we installed a line at AU$1,600 a month. We would love to install multiple ones but we cannot because there is not enough bandwidth. I will use any technology that works to get this out. At the moment it is called ‘post’. That is what we are having to do. It slows down our productivity massively and costs us serious money. It would add about AU$1 million to transfer, which we could easily have spent on talent here. We could have trained more talent and spent it on animators, which I would much rather have done.

Atkinson said that the organisation was taking on more work for the BBC and was considering relocating to Cardiff in the United Kingdom.

We will leave. We will take our money and go somewhere else because we have hit a bottleneck and we cannot expand. We are already looking at Planet 55 Cardiff, in the UK.

We have hit a bottleneck — not of talent. I found a massive resource of talent and trained them all myself, but if we cannot get our work out daily and communicate with our partners in LA or our partners in Dublin or our partners in Spain or wherever they are, what are we supposed to do? It is not practical.

The fact is that it is very attractive to look at in the UK at the moment, because the economy is booming again now; it is growing in my sector tremendously. As a result of Doctor Who’s success and so forth, there is a huge culture in Cardiff.

Our big problem is that the realities of employing people here—it is really unattractive, to be honest. If it were not for the fact that I have invested so much in the talent here, we probably would have gone already. It has been very hard birthing process.

To stay, we definitely need at least three times the bandwidth right now and preferably eight times the bandwidth that we have, at an affordable rate. The fact is entrepreneurs create product when there is a supply as well as a demand

Planet 55 Studios may not have to make good on it’s threat to move it’s operations abroad, with self-professed Doctor Who fan, former Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, jokingly offering to undertake the construction work himself, asking Atkinson:

I have not been able to crack a gig as an extra on Doctor Who. Can you help? It is my final life ambition—can you help?

Atkinson responded:

I tell you what, we will look into it—but get me the bandwidth I am after.

Conroy replied:

I will personally dig it for you for that.

Thanks to ZD Net

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annualyearsfront With cover art and internal illustrations by Adam Bullock, and commentary on every single story from Paul Magrs, author of Doctor Who fiction for Big Finish, the BBC and AudioGo, this is the celebration that the annuals have long been overdue!

“These extraordinary books are like weird, grotesque shadow-versions of the Show we recognise. They are mutations haunting the wilderness between the domed, protected cities of Canonicity. The world of the Annuals is odder, darker, madder, more psychedelic and surreal. These are adventures in a wilder, destabilized universe. The cosiness of what we recognise as Doctor Who has gone.” – Paul Magrs, from the Introduction

Continuing our recent tradition of doing Doctor Who titles, so long as they’re the sort of thing we at in the Obverse Bungalow would like to read, next year will see the publication in hardback of The Annual Years, a serious and detailed look at that most maligned of Doctor Who storytelling, the World Distribution annuals.

From 1965 to 1986, from William Hartnell to Colin Baker, the annuals were weird and witty and wonderful, a big brother to TV Comic and second cousin to Doctor Who Discovers… – and they all the more beloved by us because of that.

The Annual Years from Obverse Books is published Easter 2014.


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an-adventure-in-space-and-time-cover A three-disc Blu-ray edition of An Adventure in Space and Time is to be released on Region 1 DVD on Tuesday 27th May.

The 90-minute origins of Doctor Who docu-drama was broadcast last year on BBC Two to celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who. It was written by Mark Gatiss and starred David Bradley as William Hartnell, Jessica Raine as Verity Lambert, Brian Cox as Sydney Newman and Sacha Dhawan as Waris Hussein.

The first disc is the Blu-ray of the docu-drama, while the second is The Pilot Episode of Doctor Who plus the first televised four-part adventure, An Unearthly Child. The third disc is the DVD of An Adventure in Space and Time.

The disc one contents have been listed by as follows:

  • Feature film presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround
  • The Making of An Adventure in Space and Time
  • William Hartnell: The Original
  • Regeneration: Doctors 1, 2 and 3, Re-cast
  • Reconstruction: Four Sequences
  • Farewell: David Bradley
  • Christmas Greeting: David Bradley
  • Titles Sequence
  • Deleted Scene: Delia Derbyshire

It is not known as yet if a Region 2 Blu-ray release of the drama has been scheduled.

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This month Big Finish, the award-winning producers of the Doctor Who audio adventures range, are conducting a survey of their listeners and one lucky fan will walk away with £250 of Big Finish digital products!

Win £250 of Big Finish digital products! Those of you at Big Finish Day 4 will know we’ve been planning to do a BIG survey. Well, it’s here! We have 50 questions for you and the survey will take around 10-15 minutes. The answers are confidential and we will not be sharing the data with anyone. Please take part by following the link in the second part of this news story, and you could win £250 of digital Big Finish stuff of your choice!

The survey will run for the whole of March and one person will be selected, from all returns, at random to receive £250 of Big Finish digital products (of your choice).

Click the link below to start the survey, and many thanks for your responses.


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The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine celebrates 50 years of the Doctor’s deadliest enemies – the Daleks! The mag comes complete with a FREE, giant double-sided poster, and is choc-full of Dalek-related content.

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 Inside the issue, you’ll find…

  • We Are the Daleks –  An in-depth feature looks at why the Daleks remain Doctor Who’s Number One monsters after 50 years.
  • 1960s Dalek voice artist DAVID GRAHAM comes face to face with his modern equivalent NICHOLAS BRIGGS!
  • Discover surprising facts and see rare images from the first ever Dalek story in The Fact of Fiction.
  • Anatomy of a Dalek – find out what lurks within the metal casing!
  • Doctor Who’s showrunner STEVEN MOFFAT reveals the secrets of being a successful writer in Production Notes.
  • The Blood of Azrael – the second part of a new comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Clara.
  • Model-maker extraordinaire MIKE TUCKER and members of the Model Unit talk exclusively to DWM about their work on Doctor Who, Red Dwarf and more.
  • The Time Team travels back to ancient Rome to witness The Fires of Pompeii.
    Jacqueline Rayner recalls her favourite moments from Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary in Relative Dimensions.
  • A review of the recently rediscovered The Web of Fear on DVD.
  • The Watcher champions a little-known Dalek story by the writer who created them, Terry Nation, in Wotcha!.
  • Reviews and previews of the latest DVDs, CDs and books.
  • Prize-winning competitions, official news and much more!

DWM 471 is on sale from Thursday 6 March 2014, priced £4.99.

Thanks to Tom Spilsbury

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