Posted in News, Ongoing Series

Mark Gatiss Talks Christmas Special, Claims Script is One of Moffat’s Best Ever

Mark Gatiss has spoken on his thoughts of the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special, lauding praise on the script and calling it one of Steven Moffat’s “best ever”.

Speaking at the Victoria & Albert Museum members’ talk, Mark told audience members that the special is “beautiful” and even made him cry!

“I think the Christmas special, which is the only one this year, I think is one of Steve’s best ever scripts, absolutely beautiful, it made me cry.”

Mark will be providing a script for the forthcoming Series 10, having last written 2015's Sleep No More
Mark will be providing a script for the forthcoming Series 10, having last written 2015’s Sleep No More

Gatiss wouldn’t be drawn on any plot details for the special or 2017’s Series 10 however, beyond the fact the Doctor is in it!

“What can you expect? The Doctor is in it. It’s great!”

Mr Gatiss, you do tease us with these revelations!

But Mark himself doesn’t want to be spoiled, revealing he actually knows little of what will be happening in the next series:

“I’ve read three scripts. I’ve seen a little bit. Just because of the new companion and things, but I don’t want to see it, because it spoils it! I am such a fan, I just want to watch it. Peter Capaldi’s first season, the second half of that I knew nothing about. And it was such a joy to watch the next time trailer and just be totally surprised. So I mean, I have to, to some extent, but I try and see as little as possible, because I don’t wanna spoil it.”

Doctor Who returns to BBC One this coming Christmas Day with the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special. Series 10 will air sometime in April of 2017, also on BBC One. Or Channel 4, you never know these days.

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Posted in 4th Doctor, Audio, Classic Series, Merchandise, News, Reviews

Review: Baker’s End – The King of Cats by Paul Magrs

Peevish actors are descending mournfully upon the remote English village of Happenstance for the funeral of TV legend Tom Baker. His one-time co-star Suzy Goshawk is sucked into a parochial vortex of intrigue involving the quailsome local vicar, Tom’s acidulous housekeeper Mrs Frimbly and various other fruminous scrumblebums. None of them can agree upon how Tom met his disastrous end and Suzy is starting to suspect that something murksome and swervish is going on. The snow comes down and Suzy finds herself trapped at Baker’s End for Christmas, with all the village’s creepy pensioners enslaved by a strange, dancing dragon… and a Sinister Presence lurking on the sidelines. Why are old ladies twerking their bottoms outside the post office-cum-mini-mart? Why is the vicar creeping about in the bushes in the dead of night? And why, just when all looks hopeless, does a strange, scobberlotching creature sproing into view? Who exactly is The King of Cats in his furry costume and his battered golden crown? Also, there are elderly mumblecrusts who shoot lasers out of their knockers.

beYou may think that you’ve heard almost everything that audio has to offer, that the life and times of Tom Baker are whimsically madcap.. but you’ve seemingly got a grasp on the triumvirate of the man, the myth and the legend… but you clearly haven’t had the pleasure of Baker’s End, the latest collaboration between Baker and writer Paul Magrs. Heavy on the meta and the surreal, the first episode of Baker’s End, The King of Cats is exactly what you’d expect if Tom were let loose on the world – part Alice in Wonderland, part Roald Dahl, part evidence in an insanity accusation.

Suzy Goshawk, a one-time co-star of Tom (played by the ever wonderful Katy Manning) is on the way to Happenstance, a quaint English village, for the sad occasion of the passing of Tom Baker. While nobody seems to know how exactly Tom met his end, it seems he’d been acting strangely of late, believing fans had been replaced by doppelgängers. Failing to find answers, Suzy is soon cut-off from the outside world by a snowstorm and forced to spend Christmas at the late Tom Baker’s former residence. Soon things take a surreal and sinister turn with Suzy confronted by twerking old ladies, tarot readings, sinister buskers, an odd man in a cat costume and much much more besides.

There was a danger given the subject-matter, the death of Tom Baker, the script could have become morbid, somber or even descend into bad taste, yet Paul Magrs has crafted both a symbolically moving and funny script while remaining at his most surreal, playing homage to the dark and macabre visions of Tom Baker. Gripping, yet proceeding at a gentle pace, we can’t help wishing the play had been longer, particularly with a somewhat hasty finish. Yet there are enough questions raised to whet the appetite for the second instalment and you can’t help but wonder what the minds of Baker and Magrs can possibly come up with next.

Making his grand entrance into proceedings at the halfway point, this is Tom firmly in his element, relishing the rich material offered by Paul Magrs and clearly having a whale of a time throughout, dominating (yet never overshadowing) proceedings as only Tom can do. Yet this is not a solo offering and Katy Manning is more than her co-stars equal here, playing off Baker wonderfully, her straight role acting as the perfect juxtaposition to Tom’s insanity. Susan Jameson (Mrs Wibbsey in the Nest Cottage Trilogy) meanwhile returns to familiar ground as Tom’s sinister housekeeper Mrs Frimbly. Given Tom’s delightful performance, this is very much peak Tom Baker, yet we’re never quite sure how much is “acting” and how much is Tom being Tom. It’s both amazing and incredibly worrying to believe this sort of thing might just happen to him every day.

Whimsical, macabre and delightfully bonkers, Baker’s End will not be for everyone. Full of enough Doctor Who references to please fans however, those who’d enjoy a collision between Magr’s Nest Cottage plays and Tom novel The Boy Who Kicked Pigs will find much to adore here.  A recommended release from Bafflegab Productions and a highly encouraging start to the series with the second episode, Gobbleknoll Hall, released this November.

Posted in 7th Doctor, Audio, Classic Series, Merchandise, News

Big Finish Release Maker of Demons Starring Sylvester McCoy

Big Finish have released the latest in their main ongoing range, Maker of Demons starring Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor alongside Bonnie Langford as Mel and Sophie Aldred as Ace.

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Decades ago, the mysterious time-travelling Doctor and his cheerful companion Mel became the toast of the planet Prosper, when they brokered a peace between the native Mogera and humans from the colony ship The Duke of Milan. But when the TARDIS at last returns to Prosper, the Doctor, Mel and their associate Ace find only a warzone. The burrowing Mogera have become brutal monsters, dominated by their terrifying leader Caliban – and it’s all the Doctor’s fault!

Written by Matthew J Elliott, Maker of Demons also stars Lucy Briggs-Owen, Rachel Atkins, Ewan Goddard and Aaron Neil.

Maker of Demons will be exclusively available to buy from the Big Finish website until October 31st 2016, and on general sale after this date. The title is available now at BigFinish.com and available to preorder via the Amazon link below.

Posted in Classic Series, DVD, Blu-Ray & iTunes, Merchandise, News

Realtime’s Mindgame and Mindgame Trilogy to Get DVD Release This November

Koch Media, the company behind the rerelease of 1995’s Downtime, are to bring both instalment’s of Realtime’s Mindgame saga to DVD for the first time

Produced during the great hiatus, Mindgame (1997) and Mindgame Trilogy (1999) both star Ace actress Sophie Aldred and will be remastered on DVD under the combined title of Mindgame Saga. Featuring new “Making of” bonus features as well as a new retrospective documentary, the title will be released on November 14 of this year.

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Mindgame by Terrance Dicks

For all fans of classic Doctor Who. First and only time these two classic Doctor Who monsters have appeared on screen together! The Sontarans and Draconians return in this drama starring Sophie Aldred. A Sontaran, a Draconian and a human are trapped in a cell together by a mysterious alien and must fight each other to survive.

Mindgame Trilogy by Terrance Dicks, Miles Richardson and Roger Stevens

Battlefield by Terrance Dicks.

Field-Major Sarg is in trouble. Trapped, wounded and alone on a battle-scarred planet, he is forced to accept he may die. But at least it will be a glorious death – or so he hopes…

Prisoner 451 by Miles Richardson

To be or not to be, that is the question! On trial for subversion, he faces the ultimate penalty. If only she knew the trouble she’d caused…

Scout Ship by Roger Stevens

A dying ship drifting in space. A pilot faced with certain death. Time may be relative… but it still runs out!

Mindgame Saga is available to preorder now via the Amazon link below, the DVD will be released on November 14 and features a 20 minute retrospective, Photogallery & a PDF of the original script – including lost scenes.

Posted in News, Ongoing Series, Torchwood

Steven Moffat Hits Back at John Barrowman, Denies He’s Stopping New Torchwood

Doctor Who Showrunner Steven Moffat has hit back at claims made by Captain Jack actor John Barrowman that he is somehow responsible for holding up a new series of Torchwood, a saga that began when Barrowman told the Radio Times that “egos” and “politics” were stopping the show returning to the air.

Seemingly confirming that it was indeed Moffat who Barrowman referenced in a video released earlier this week on Twitter, the Doctor Who head honcho released a strongly worded statement to deny any involvement in the affair, saying that he had not blocked Torchwood’s return, nor would he do so.

“You may be aware that John Barrowman has been saying, publicly, that I’ve been blocking a new series of Torchwood. To be very clear—I haven’t blocked it; I wouldn’t block it; I wouldn’t even be ABLE to block it. I didn’t even know a revival had been mooted till I read about it on the Internet. As John perfectly well knows, it’s not my show and I could no more prevent it happening that he could cancel Sherlock. I am bewildered, and a little cross, even to be included in this conversation.

For the record, I really liked the show (especially the third series) and would be very happy to see more – monsters and mayhem, why not? But the fact is, it has nothing to do with me. Please pass this on to the anxious and the angry – I’ve had enough hate mail now.”

Steven’s words come after John heavily indicated that he believed Steven Moffat’s departure would open the way for a Torchwood return, Moffat departing Doctor Who at the end of the forthcoming Series 10 to be replaced by Broadchurch‘s Chris Chibnall:

“Without giving too much away I was in phone conversations with one of our executives/exec producers, telling me the obstacles we’d have to face in order to bring [Torchwood] back and i don’t like to see things as obstacles because my feeling is that it’s a good show, it deserves to come back and i’m being told it can’t come back until it’s got approval from certain people involved with Doctor Who and i don’t understand why one show has to have the approval of another in order for it to come back but that might change when somebody leaves, when somebody new and wonderful comes in.”

Fans on Twitter also suggested that Barrowman had more explicitly named Steven Moffat at conventions

For those missing Torchwood, there are two series’ of audio adventures available from Big Finish, with a third planned for 2017. John Barrowman meanwhile will return to the role of Captain Jack, also in 2017, with The Lives of Captain Jack, also from Big Finish.

Posted in News, Ongoing Series, Videos

Peter Capaldi and Neil Gaiman Perform in Support of the #WithRefugees Campaign

Twelfth Doctor actor Peter Capaldi has joined writer Neil Gaiman and many other acting stars to lend their support to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) #WithRefugees campaign.

Joining the likes of Kit Harrington, Keira Knightley, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jesse Eisenberg and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett, Capaldi and Gaiman perform in the new and emotional film – What They Took With Them, based on a rhythmic poem of the same name by Jenifer Toksvig. Many of the harrowing images featured in the film are taken from Brian Sokol’s photography project, ‘The Most Important Thing,’ made in collaboration with UNHCR.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is the world’s leading organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting human rights and building a better future for refugees. We are in the field in over 125 countries using our expertise to protect and care for over 55 million people who have been forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution.

Last December Peter travelled with UNHCR to meet Syrian families living in refugee camps and towns and cities across Jordan. Some of his experiences and thoughts were released in January.

“I think what a lot of people don’t understand is that the majority of the people who have been made to flee, they want to go home, it’s all anybody wants to do is to go home. These camps aren’t full of people sitting saying, y’know, it’d be great to go to Europe or it’d be great to go to America or London, whatever, they actually just want to go home… These people would open the door to other people, these people would help, they’ve been through the most terrible experiences and they remained generous. Thats what we have to try and understand, how much the same we all are… People who are caught up in these terrible conflicts deserve the dignity and compassion that we would hope to receive ourselves. Because that’s what you have to just keep reminding yourself, that we’re just incredibly lucky not to be in that position.” – Peter Capaldi

Will you stand #WithRefugees?

Each day war forces thousands of families to flee their homes.

People like you, people like me.

To escape the violence, they leave everything behind – everything except their hopes and dreams for a safer future. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency believes that all refugees deserve to live in safety.

Add your name to the #WithRefugees petition to send a clear message to governments that they must act with solidarity and shared responsibility.

We stand together #WithRefugees. Please stand with us.

The #WithRefugees petition will be delivered to UN headquarters in New York ahead of the UN General Assembly high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants, on September 19. The petition asks governments to:

  • Ensure every refugee child gets an education.
  • Ensure every refugee family has somewhere safe to live.
  • Ensure every refugee can work or learn new skills to make a positive contribution to their community.

Please show your support and stand #WithRefugees. Sign the petition now.

Posted in Books, Classic Series, Lists, Merchandise, News, Ongoing Series

12 Essential Doctor Who Books Coming This Autumn/Fall

Whographica: An Infographic Guide to Space and Time

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More colourful than Tom Baker’s scarf, and more clever than Osgood, Whographica explores the rich and peculiar history of Doctor Who through infographics, charts, maps – and more! Follow the tangled threads of the Doctor’s family tree. Discover the secrets of Dalek evolution. Learn what the Doctor so desperately wants to know himself: where and when to find his home planet.

Captivating, intriguing, beautiful and strange, Whographica will show you so much more than the average eye is allowed to see. Because, if you look hard, there are more wonders in this universe than you could have ever dreamed of.

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Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Volume 1 – Gaze of the Medusa

51g9jhvaiwlRelease Date: October 5, 2016

This incarnation is generally regarded as the most recognisable of the Doctors and one of the most popular, especially in the United States. The Fourth Doctor Vol 1 centres on one of the most beloved Doctor’s among fans, which was played by Tom Baker between 1974 and 1981. Adding to the impressive range of Titan Comics Doctor Who graphic novels, The Fourth Doctor promises thrills and surprises for Whovians everywhere!

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Doctor Who: The Official Annual 2017

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Join the Doctor for brand-new adventures on board the TARDIS in this year’s Doctor Who Annual. With secrets from the latest series, fact files on the latest terrifying monsters, exciting comic strips, stories, puzzles and activities, it’s the perfect read for any fan of the brilliant BBC show Doctor Who.

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Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales (Slipcase Edition)

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Release Date: October 6, 2016

With 16 hardback books each containing a fairy tale set in the world of Doctor Who, this slipcase edition of Time Lord Fairy Tales includes a brand new story for 2016: The Emperor Dalek’s New Clothes. Time Lord Fairy Tales contains legendary stories of monsters, mysteries, villains and heroes from across the Whoniverse. A beautifully illustrated collection of dark and dangerous Whovian fairy tales, this slipcase is the perfect gift for any true Doctor Who fan.

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Doctor Who: A History of Humankind: The Doctor’s Official Guide

91hezwk-d9lRelease Date: October 6, 2016

Over billions of years of time travel, the Doctor has run into his fair share of important people – and he’s formed opinions on most of them too. Now the Twelfth Doctor has got hold of a history textbook from Coal Hill School, and he’s decided to improve it with notes of his own.

From Nefertiti to Robin Hood, this essential Doctor’s guide gives us his unique take on Earth’s most famous historical figures. Through annotations, scribblings and his trademark snarky humour, the Doctor has plenty to say about the pudding-brained humans he’s met on his travels. It’s history . . . but perhaps not quite as you know it!

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Doctor Who: Twelve Doctors of Christmas

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Authors: Jacqueline Rayner, Colin Brake, Richard Dungworth, Mike Tucker, Scott Handcock
Release Date: October 6, 2016

Inside this festive book of Doctor Who stories, you’ll find timey-wimey mysteries, travels in the TARDIS, monster-chasing excitement and plenty of Christmas magic.

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Is There Life Outside the Box?: An Actor Despairs

913zyaid8hlAuthor: Peter Davison
Release Date: October 6, 2016

His fans have spoken, but despite their requests, Peter Davison has gone ahead and written his autobiography anyway. It wasn’t the book they tried to stop it was more like the book they didn’t want him to start. An aspiring singer-songwriter, once dubbed Woking’s answer to Bob Dylan (by his mum, who once heard a Bob Dylan song), Peter actually penned a hit for Dave Clarke (still awaiting royalties) but soon swapped a life on the pub circuit to tread the boards.

From colonial roots – his dad was Guyanese and his mother was born in India – the family settled in Surrey where Peter’s academic achievements were unspectacular, he even managed to fail CSE woodwork, eliciting a lament from his astonished teacher ( All you have to do is recognise wood! ).

Despite this, Peter has secured his place in science fiction history, becoming the Fifth Doctor, despite nearly turning down the role. The Time Lord connection continued with the marriage of his daughter Georgia to Doctor number ten, David Tennant.

The artist formerly known as Peter Malcolm Gordon Moffett has starred in a number of television series including Love for Lydia, A Very Peculiar Practice, At Home with the Braithwaites and The Last Detective and became a national treasure for having his arm up a cow in his role as Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small. He was also in a Michael Winner movie…

He made his first stage appearance with an amateur dramatic company, but The Byfleet Players loss is now the West End’s gain as he now has a number of musicals to his name, including Legally Blonde, Chicago and Spamalot. Most recently he starred in the box office record breaking Gypsy where he rubbed shoulders backstage with Dames Meryl Streep, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, all asking him for directions to Imelda Staunton’s dressing room.

One thing is for sure: of all the British screen and stage actors of the last fifty years, Peter Davison is certainly one of them and, within these pages, intrepid readers will at last have the dubious honour of sharing in his life and times as he despairs over whether there truly ever can be life outside the box.

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Doctor Who: The American Adventures

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Release Date: October 25, 2016

Travel through time and space with the Twelfth Doctor in these six brand new adventures, set in a host of locations across the US and eras from throughout US history.

An invisible spacecraft turns up at the Battle of New Orleans, an alien presence is detected at the 1944 D-Day landings, and ghosts take over New York’s subway tunnels as they’re being dug in the early 1900s… Filled with mystery, excitement and the Doctor’s trademark wit, these timeywimey stories will delight any Doctor Who fan.

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Doctor Who: The Whoniverse

51klhekzvllAuthor: George Mann & Justin Richards
Release Date: October 27, 2016

The Whoniverse is a never-before-seen history of the Human Race – from the formation of Earth round the Racnoss eggs, and the creation of life by the destruction of the last Jagaroth spaceship, through to the eventual expansion of the sun and end of the world and beyond – to New Earth, and Utopia…

Along the way, The Whoniverse also explores the untold histories of other planets and other lifeforms as they have interacted with humanity. We examine the Daleks and Cybermen, the Time Lords and the Sontarans, the Ice Warriors, Silurians, Weeping Angels, and many many more… We visit Gallifrey and Skaro, Mondas and Telos, Mars and Sontar, to explore how their histories have coincided with the Time Lords, and with our own.

With full-colour illustrations, maps, charts and photography throughout, The Whoniverse is a dramatic retelling of the uprisings, wars and battles that formed Doctor Who‘s universe, and an astonishing compendium of the races that live within it. It is the definitive, essential companion to this universe, and any other.

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Class: The Stone House, Joyride & What She Does Next Will Astound You

Authors: A.K. Benedict, Guy Adams, James Goss
Release Date: October 27, 2016

Three thrilling tie-in novels for Class, the new BBC Three series created and written by bestselling author Patrick Ness.

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odd0sgdv_normalJoyride: Available to preorder via Amazon.


odd0sgdv_normalWhat She Does Next Will Astound You: Available to preorder via Amazon.

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John Barrowman Says He Could Return to Doctor Who At Any Time

Captain Jack actor John Barrowman has said there would be no issue in returning to Doctor Who and he’d love to do it, noting the huge support among fans for his return to the series.

The character of Captain Jack first appeared in 2005's Empty Child
The character of Captain Jack first appeared in 2005’s Empty Child

Speaking to the Radio Times, Barrowman reveals the producers of Arrow have agreed to allow him to appear in Doctor Who should the opportunity arise:

“It’s a show and genre that changed my life; I love it dearly and if I’m asked I would do it at the drop of a hat. And also my producers here in the US for the show I’m on at the moment, Arrow, they’ve said if that did happen we’d let you do it. I would love to do it, and I do know that there’s a huge fanbase.”

Barrowman last appeared on the show in January 2010’s The End of Time Part Two, with a cameo in 2013’s Five(ish) Doctors. Last week the actor revealed that “egos” and “politics” were preventing the return of Torchwood to television.

For those missing Captain Jack, there are two series’ of Torchwood audio adventures available from Big Finish, with a third planned for 2017. John Barrowman meanwhile will return to the role of Captain Jack, also in 2017, with The Lives of Captain Jack, also from Big Finish.

 

Posted in 2nd Doctor, Classic Series, Lists, News

10 Things You Might Not Know About The Power of the Daleks

As we continue to countdown toward the release of the newly animated Power of the Daleks this November, we present ten things you might not have known about the serial… although Doctor Who fans know everything, so you might know them… not that that should stop you from reading.. because you might not know… but you might. That’s all we’re saying. So read on dear readers!

The Power of the Daleks was released in July 1993
The Power of the Daleks was released in July 1993

1: For a long time, The Power of the Daleks was one of the few television stories not to be novelised by Target books due to Terry Nation retaining rights to the early Dalek serials. The story was eventually novelised in 1993 by John Peel and was number #154 in the Target library. Although published under the Target banner by Virgin publishing, the novel uses the longer format of the New and Missing Adventures. A script book of this serial was also released by Titan Books in 1993.

2: The War of the Daleks, also by John Peel, a 1997 Eighth Doctor Adventure from BBC Books, reveals that the Dalek pod was sent to Vulcan by the Eighth Doctor, ejecting it from a Thal ship.

3: It’s something of a fan legend that Doctor Who featured the planet Vulcan before Star Trek used the world as the home of the great Leonard Nimoy’s Mr Spock. But is it true? yes and no. While Star Trek debuted on September 8, 1966 (Power of the Daleks first airing November 5, 1966), David Whitaker first listed Vulcan as a planet in his 1964 spin-off The Dalek Book.

4: According to the BBC trailer for the serial, the story takes place in the year 2020, a fact that Lance Parkin and Lar’s Pearson’s excellent (and hefty) AHistory: An Unauthorised History of the Doctor Who Universe agrees with. While the date is never given on-screen, press material, the Doctor Who 10th Anniversary Special, the second edition of The Making of Doctor Who and first edition of The Programme Guide all give the date as 2020, suggesting this is what was in the mind of the production team. The fact we’re rapidly approaching that date in both reality and on-screen, with no sign of the levels of technology required, adds all manner of problems… but the “easy out” of time travel changing universal events could be applied (Possibly the events of Genesis of the Daleks?). Other suggested dates include 2049 (The TARDIS Logs), 2249 (A History of the Daleks) and 2120 (Timelink).

5: While everyone know’s the Doctor’s regeneration is referred to initially as “renewal” in The Power of the Daleks, it wouldn’t be until Planet of Spiders in 1974 that the term “regeneration” was first used to describe the process. Uniquely, the Doctor describes the process as “part of the TARDIS” during the events of the story.

Doctor Who Reconstructed: The Power of the Daleks was released in June 2005
Doctor Who Reconstructed: The Power of the Daleks was released in June 2005

6: In 2005 the BBC released an official reconstruction of the story in an MP3-CD format. Titled Doctor Who Reconstructed: The Power of the Daleks, the serial was the first and only release in the potential series, despite plans being made to release The Highlanders. The item now sells for much more than it’s cover price on auction websites.

“This unique project matches the soundtrack recording of a classic “Doctor Who” television story with a visual slideshow of ‘telesnaps’ showing images from the lost film recording. Of the 100+ episodes of “Doctor Who”, which are absent from the television archives, only two elements survive: off-air sound recordings and ‘telesnaps’. For each 25 minute episode of “Doctor Who”, approximately 70 off-screen photographs exist. Since 1998, BBC Audio has successfully published the soundtracks of these missing stories, with addition linking narration.This new MP3-CD series now marries the sound with the telesnaps, to present a slideshow of images from the episodes and going some way to ‘reconstructing’ the original film episodes. MP3-CDs can be played on any compatible player. To view the visual elements, a PC or Mac home computer is required. In “The Power of the Daleks”, the Doctor has regenerated for the first time, leaving his two companions suspicious of him being an imposter. But when the TARDIS materialises on the planet Vulcan, they must fight for their lives together – against the Daleks…”

7: The serial, penned by David Whitaker (with uncredited final work by Dennis Spooner), had the working titles of Servants of Masters and The Destiny of Doctor Who, a title that would almost be used again in the future with 2013’s Destiny of the Doctor audio range. Indeed, we maybe could have been looking at a somewhat different show if other working titles had made the final cut, who wouldn’t be intrigued by The Ghost Hunters or Years of Doom (Day of the Daleks), feel the impending horror of The Golden Pentagram (Meglos) or be about to suppress a childish laugh at Catflap (Survival). Titter ye not.

8: The Power of the Daleks was the first time that anyone other than Terry Nation had written a Dalek story on television. David Whitaker would go on to write Evil of the Daleks, also in Season 4, and Terry Nation would return to his most famous creation with Season 10’s Planet of the Daleks starring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor.

Power of the Daleks will be released digitally through the BBC Store on November 5
Power of the Daleks will be released digitally through the BBC Store on November 5

9: While the story isn’t one of Terry Nation’s, Power has several things in common with Nation’s earlier first Dalek serial, primarily the use of static electricity to power the pepperpots. The Daleks required static electricity to function, yet gained independence via the use of saucers on their back in The Dalek Invasion of Earth, achieving complete independence without the saucers by The Chase. The Dalek’s need for static electricity might suggest that the story takes place not long after the Daleks first leave Skaro.

10: Keeping the theme of similarities with The Daleks, the musical score for the serial by Tristram Cary is lifted straight from that first Dalek serial, with another portion taken from The Daleks’ Master Plan.

Power of the Daleks will be released digitally at 5:50pm on November 5 via the BBC store, with a DVD release following on November 21, preorders are available now via the Amazon link below.

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Supremacy of the Cybermen #4 Coming This Month From Titan Comics

Titan’s Supremacy of the Cybermen mini-series continues later this month with the release of the fourth instalment, featuring Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor on the cover.

Exiled from Gallifrey at the very end of Time, Rassilon, fallen leader of the Time Lords, has been captured by the last of the Cybermen. Now the Cybermen have access to time travel. With it, every defeat is now a victory. Every foe is now dead — or Cyberised.

Synopsis

Things get worse for the Doctor – across four separate time zones! The Ninth Doctor gets too close to the enemy. The Tenth Doctor’s companions offer a terrifying sacrifice. The Eleventh Doctor digs deep and gives back with interest… and the Twelfth Doctor is faced with the most momentous choice of his life!

Written by: George Mann & Cavan Scott

Art by: Ivan Rodriguez

Covers

Made to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Cybermen’s debut in The Tenth Planet, the mini-series forms a four-way crossover between Titan’s Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor ranges and is available now from ForbiddenPlanet.com. The collected edition can be ordered via the Amazon link below.

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