26 October 2011 | MERCHANDISE | CLASSIC SERIES DVD UPDATE
BBC DVD has revealed that the unbroadcast & incomplete CLASSIC SERIES Tom Baker story, DOCTOR WHO - SHADA will be hopefully released on DVD in 2012.
The release will include a documentary titled, DEATH COMES TO TIME and the previously released on VHS cassette documentary, MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS.
The details for the first William Hartnell DVD release of 2012, DOCTOR WHO - THE SENSORTITES have been updated and includes a documentary, LOOKING FOR PETER (a feature in the style of the ancestry television series, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?) that is so revealing (explosive?) that its content has been effectively 'embargoed' (a wise move to reduce spoilers).
Other details includes a confirmed documentary about Nicholas Courtney, and the potential that the much-anticipated, DOCTOR WHO - TEROR OF THE ZYGONS (a favourite of eyeofhorus.org.uk's editorial team) may be released in 2013 and not next year.
Future CLASSIC SERIES DVD featurettes include: THE MILITARY MIND and THE BATTLE FOR MARS PROBE 7 (for DOCTOR WHO - THE AMBASSADORS OF DEATH)
20 October 2011 | MERCHANDISE | Peri and Jek figure set
CHARACTER OPTIONS is releasing a special edition set from DOCTOR WHO - THE CAVES OF ANDROZANI featuring Peri and Sharaz Jek (with two swappable additions).
20 October 2011 | MERCHANDISE | UNIT FILES boxset
Here's the first "glimpse" - terrible resolution, admittedly - for January 2012's CLASSIC SERIES boxset, DOCTOR WHO - UNIT FILES.
We hope to have a better image soon.
20 October 2011 | SERIES 6 | CHRISTMAS DAY episode plotline
The latest special edition of DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE contains a brief plotline synopsis for this year's Christmas Day episode (yet untitled) and a cast list.
The special, set during the Second World War, sees Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, evacuated to a draughty old house in Dorset, where the caretaker is a mysterious young man in a bow tie, and a big blue parcel is waiting for them under the tree. They are about to enter a magical new world and learn that a Time Lord never forgets his debts.
MADGE ARWELL played by Claire Skinner
REG ARWELL played by Alexander Armstrong
CYRIL COLE played by Maurice Cole
LILY ARWELL played by Holly Earl
BILLIS played by Arabella Weir
DORXIL played by Bill Bailey
VEN-GARR played by Paul Bazely
With Paul Kasey and Spencer Wilding as aliens.
20 October 2011 | MERCHANDISE | New DOCTOR WHO book
Publishing in September 2012, JUSTYCE SERVED - A SMALL START WITH A BIG FINISH is a guide to a fondly remembered fan-made audio story series made in the 1980s that was the 'genesis' for the fully licenced BIG FINISH PRODUCTIONS.
Written by Alun Harris and Matt West, the book (£12.99) contains contributions from Nicholas Briggs, Gary Russell, Nigel Fairs, John Ainsworth amongst others, with profits donated to Amnesty International UK.
In 1984 a group of Doctor Who fans began a project which would continue for another decade and eventually lead to much greater things.
Audio Visuals: Audio Adventures in Time & Space were a non-profit, fan endeavour creating full-cast audio Doctor Who drama. 27 plays later the majority of the creative team would go on to be involved with Big Finish, an officially licensed range of Doctor Who audio dramas.
For many fans Audio Visuals seem almost canon. Nicholas Briggs was our Doctor. We remember the Daleks’ destruction of Gallifrey before it even happened on TV. We supported our Doctor through drug addiction, companion-loss and the horror of Justyce.
19 October 2011 | eyeofhorus.org.uk | Service update
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18 October 2011 | MERCHANDISE | DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE
As the finale for THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES is broadcast tonight, DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE (issue 440) celebrates the work of Elisabeth Sladen with contributions from the series' lead actors Tom Baker, David Tennant and Matt Smith.
If you haven't bought this overly priced magazine in a while then this could the essential edition to buy this month.
Fans may like to know that the very first edition of DOCTOR WHO WEEKLY was first published this week 32 years ago. The cover price was a pocket-money busting 12p (that's a modern-day equivalent of approximately 69p).
Remembering Elisabeth Sladen: Family, friends and colleagues, including Brian and Sadie Miller, Katy Manning, John Barrowman, Louise Jameson, Sophie Aldred, Richard Franklin, John Levene, Philip Hinchcliffe, Terrance Dicks, Christopher Barry, Graeme Harper and many more, share their personal memories of Lis.
The Doctor's Best Friend: DWM takes an in-depth look at the life and times of Elisabeth Sladen, from her childhood in Liverpool, through to her starring roles in Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures.
The Final Interview: DWM presents Elisabeth Sladen’s final magazine interview, originally conducted for Radio Times in 2010, and published here exclusively in full for the first time.
Introducing Miss Smith: It was the series that saw the first appearance of Sarah Jane Smith – and the departure of the Third Doctor. DWM looks at a year of Daleks, Ice Warriors and Sontarans as Countdown To 50 reaches 1973/4’s Series Eleven!
The Last Adventures: DWM catches up with Phil Ford, the Head Writer of The Sarah Jane Adventures, and stars Daniel Anthony, Anjli Mohindra and Sinead Michael, about working with Lis and making the final series of the top-rated CBBC spin-off from Doctor Who.
Happy Birthday!Doctor Who’s showrunner Steven Moffat has some confidential thoughts to share exclusively with DWM readers in the 100th edition of Production Notes!
World's End! The Doctor, Amy and Alan Turing are on a mission to stop Chiyoko – and save the human race – in Episode 3 of the latest comic strip, The Child of Time by Jonathan Morris with art by Martin Geraghty.
Game On! The Doctor on Big Brother. Rose on The Weakest Link. And Captain Jack with the makeover from hell! DWM’s Time Team – Emma, Chris, Will and Michael – travels to the year 200,100 and watches the penultimate Ninth Doctor story, Bad Wolf as their mission to watch every episode in order continues!
Wotcha, Sarah Jane! The Watcher uncovers a feast of fantastic facts about everyone’s favourite investigative journalist, in Wotcha!
17 October 2011 | SERIES | SJA FINAL ADVENTURE STARTS TODAY
Today, the final story for Elisabeth Sladen's THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURE starts on the BBC digital channel, CBBC at 17:15.
The second part of THE MAN WHO NEVER WAS concludes tomorrow. And that's it.
14 October 2011 | MERCHANDISE | Elisabeth Sladen - the autobiography
On 7 November 2011, ARUM PRESS (London), launches the much-anticipated ELISABETH SLADEN - THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY (hardback £18.99).
This will be this autumn's essential DOCTOR WHO book for both fans of the CLASSIC SERIES and NEW SERIES alike.
When Elisabeth Sladen first appeared as plucky journalist Sarah Jane Smith in 1973 DOCTOR WHO story THE TIME WARRIOR, little did she know the character would become one of the most enduring and fondly remembered of the series’ long history. The years that followed saw Elisabeth traverse time and space alongside classic Doctors Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, whilst a generation of children crouched behind the sofa, terrified but transfixed as their tea-time heroine found herself menaced by Daleks, dinosaurs, Cybermen, Egyptian mummies, extras in Bubble Wrap and even the Loch Ness Monster. By the time she quit the TARDIS in 1976, making front-page news, Elisabeth had become one of the most familiar faces of a TV golden age. But you don’t just walk away from DOCTOR WHO. Elisabeth was asked to reprise the role many times, appearing in anniversary specials; an ill-fated 1981 spin-off with robotic sidekick K-9; radio plays; and for the BBC’s Children in Need. She toured the weird, wide and wonderful world of DOCTOR WHO fandom and became one of the series’ all-time favourite companions. So when TV wunderkind Russell T. Davies approached her to come back again, this time to a DOCTOR WHO backed by multi-million-pound budgets and garlanded with critical plaudits, how could she refuse? This warm and witty autobiography, completed only months before Elisabeth died in April 2011, tells her remarkable story, from humble beginnings in post-war Liverpool, through an acclaimed theatrical career working alongside stage luminaries such as Alan Ayckbourn and Stephen Poliakoff, to CORONATION STREET, SOME MOTHERS DO 'AVE 'EM and the furthest reaches of the Universe. A unique, insider’s view of the world’s longest running science fiction series, and of British television yesterday and today, Elisabeth’s memoir is funny, ridiculous, insightful and entertaining and a fitting tribute to a woman who will be sadly missed by millions.
Published posthumously, with the support and participation of Elisabeth’s family, this is a warm and witty celebration of an actress who delighted generations of children and is fondly remembered by fans young and old alike
David Tennant writes the foreward for the book.
AUDIOGO will be releasing an audiobook version of the publication on 1 December 2011. It will be read by Caroline John, with a foreword ready by David Tennant and an afterword read by Sladen's husband and daughter, Brian and Sadie Miller.
9 October 2011 | SERIES | DOCTOR WHO should be scrapped !
Scrapped? Well, that's according to a two-sided debate in THE GUARDIAN (09.10.2011) between two esteemed journalists.
Helen Lewis-Hasteley of the New Statesman and Andrew Harrison, the editor-at-large of Word magazine asses the validity of re-commissioning of DOCTOR WHO.
8 October 2011 | PERSONALITY | FULL CIRCLE's Login dies
To be honest, eyeofhorus.org.uk does not report minor deaths of "guest stars' from the DOCTOR WHO universe but in this instance we'll make an exception.
Overnight, actor, George Baker MBE died at the age of 80. Baker became famous for his role as Chief Inspector Wexford in ITV's The Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987-2000) but one of his first TV appearances was as Login in SEASON 18's story, FULL CIRLE alongside Tom Baker.
In FULL CIRCLE, Baker portrayed would-be leader Login as a man torn between loyalty to his community and to the love of his disenchanted daughter who left the safety of the community. A performance that added depth and sensitivity to a role that could have been one-dimensional.
Without exception, Baker always added value to a drama series as a "guest star"; such as in BERGERAC, THE PRISONER, MISS MARPLE (opposite Joan Hickson) and MINDER.
A substantive actor who leaves a body of quality work.