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NEW: Commentary CD Mars Attacks!

Patrick Troughton’s “Monster Era” introduced viewers to the towering Martian invaders known as Ice Warriors; iconic monsters who have returned several times over the course of Doctor Who’s history. Mars Attacks! contains commentaries for The Ice Warriors, The Seeds of Death and The Empress of Mars.

NEW: Commentary CD Resurrection of the Daleks

An unofficial commentary for Doctor Who: Resurrection of the Daleks. Resurrection of the Daleks was a high action blockbuster story, originally broadcast in 1984. With a stellar cast, and the departure of one of The Doctor’s companions, it has remained a favourite with fans ever since.

In stock: JOHN LEVENE: Run the Shadows, Walk the Sun SIGNED

John Levene tells his life story in this brand new autobiography. Run the Shadows, Walk the Sun demonstrates that your life is not automatically set out for you when you are born. There are opportunities to be grasped if only you have the courage to take them.

Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor Blu ray

PRE-ORDER An original drama from the world of BBCtv’s DOCTOR WHO, featuring SIL, the ruthless alien entrepreneur from planet Thoros Beta, played by NABIL SHABAN. Due November

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The Macra Terror: Animation: Blu ray

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The original 1967 master recordings of 'The Macra Terror' were lost soon after the programme's original transmission. However, audio-only recordings have survived and have been used here to create a brand new fully animated reconstruction of this lost classic. With highly detailed hand-drawn animation carefully lip-synced with the original 1967 audio, this new production allows viewers to once again experience this Doctor Who chiller in full.

 

Special features for the DVD and Blu-ray release include:

Audio Commentary: Toby Hadoke presents an audio commentary track on all four episodes of ‘The Macra Terror’, featuring cast and crew from the original 1967 production - Frazer Hines (Jamie), Terence Lodge (Medok), Anthony Gardner (Alvis), Maureen Lane (Majorette) and director, John Davies. Commentary produced by John Kelly and recorded in London on 4th January 2019.

 

Episode Reconstructions: Surviving film frames, fragments of existing footage and set photographs are brought together with the original unedited audio to reconstruct a presentation of the original now lost live-action production of ‘The Macra Terror’, as seen by viewers of BBC 1 in 1967. Produced by Derek Handley. Available to watch with or without an optional narration track read by Anneke Wills.

 

Bonus Mini-Episode: A ten-minute animated short, built around an otherwise lost Doctor Who episode from 1968 starring Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines. Directed by AnneMarie Walsh.

 

Animation Test: Prior to the project being formally commissioned, this short animation test (of a scene from episode 3 of ‘The Macra Terror’) was produced in March 2018, to investigate the feasibility of mounting the production in full.

 

Animatics: A selection of scenes showing how the new animated production of ‘The Macra Terror’ went from initial storyboards to final animation. Storyboard art by Adrian Salmon.

 

Animation Gallery: A gallery of artwork from the development, pre-production and animation of the new animated version of ‘The Macra Terror’, including character art from Martin Geraghty and background paintings from Graham Bleathman, Colin Howard and Lydia Butz.

 

Teaser Trailer: A short teaser trailer animated by Rob Ritchie, produced to promote the announcement of a new production of ‘The Macra Terror’ in December 2018.

 

Alternative Black and White presentation: The full four-part animation is also available to view in an alternative black and white format on disc 2.

 

1992 Audio Presentation: In 1992, the BBC Audio Collection released ‘The Macra Terror’ on audio cassette, in a special release narrated by Colin Baker. It was the first time that the story had been made commercially available by the BBC and that audio-only release is included here in full.

 

Surviving Footage: Less than two minutes of original footage still exist from the 1967 production of ‘The Macra Terror’. These film fragments have been painstakingly restored and digitally remastered for this release, with considerable improvements made to the overall picture quality and resolution of this unique footage. Film restoration by Peter Crocker.

 

Behind the scenes film: In 1967, during pre-production of ‘The Macra Terror’, film cameras visited the visual effects workshop in Uxbridge where work was underway on construction of the Macra props. Special effects props and models from other Doctor Who stories can also be seen in the workshop, including parts of a Cyberman from ‘The Tenth Planet’ (1966) and an aeroplane from ‘The Faceless Ones’ (1967). This footage is accompanied by a new audio commentary track from Doctor Who visual effects designer and BBC visual effects historian, Mike Tucker, explaining some of the effects techniques and props featured in the film.

 

Censored Scene: A reconstruction of a scene from episode 2 of ‘The Macra Terror’ that was heavily re-edited by censors for the episode’s Australian television transmission in November 1967.

 

Title sequences: ‘The Macra Terror’ saw the debut of a new title sequence for Doctor Who - the first time the programme had made such a change. The title sequence is presented here in full, remastered in HD and in a number of alternative versions.

 

Photo gallery: A collection of 36 photographs taken during the production of ‘The Macra Terror’ in 1967, featuring original design department set photographs and Radio Times publicity images. All presented in HD.

 

Production Paperwork: A full set of original camera scripts, studio schedules, floor plans and other materials are available to view by accessing disc 2 via your computer’s DVD or Blu Ray ROM drive.

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The Macra Terror: Animation: DVD

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The original 1967 master recordings of 'The Macra Terror' were lost soon after the programme's original transmission. However, audio-only recordings have survived and have been used here to create a brand new fully animated reconstruction of this lost classic. With highly detailed hand-drawn animation carefully lip-synced with the original 1967 audio, this new production allows viewers to once again experience this Doctor Who chiller in full.

 

Special features for the DVD and Blu-ray release include:

Audio Commentary: Toby Hadoke presents an audio commentary track on all four episodes of ‘The Macra Terror’, featuring cast and crew from the original 1967 production - Frazer Hines (Jamie), Terence Lodge (Medok), Anthony Gardner (Alvis), Maureen Lane (Majorette) and director, John Davies. Commentary produced by John Kelly and recorded in London on 4th January 2019.

 

Episode Reconstructions: Surviving film frames, fragments of existing footage and set photographs are brought together with the original unedited audio to reconstruct a presentation of the original now lost live-action production of ‘The Macra Terror’, as seen by viewers of BBC 1 in 1967. Produced by Derek Handley. Available to watch with or without an optional narration track read by Anneke Wills.

 

Bonus Mini-Episode: A ten-minute animated short, built around an otherwise lost Doctor Who episode from 1968 starring Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines. Directed by AnneMarie Walsh.

 

Animation Test: Prior to the project being formally commissioned, this short animation test (of a scene from episode 3 of ‘The Macra Terror’) was produced in March 2018, to investigate the feasibility of mounting the production in full.

 

Animatics: A selection of scenes showing how the new animated production of ‘The Macra Terror’ went from initial storyboards to final animation. Storyboard art by Adrian Salmon.

 

Animation Gallery: A gallery of artwork from the development, pre-production and animation of the new animated version of ‘The Macra Terror’, including character art from Martin Geraghty and background paintings from Graham Bleathman, Colin Howard and Lydia Butz.

 

Teaser Trailer: A short teaser trailer animated by Rob Ritchie, produced to promote the announcement of a new production of ‘The Macra Terror’ in December 2018.

 

Alternative Black and White presentation: The full four-part animation is also available to view in an alternative black and white format on disc 2.

 

1992 Audio Presentation: In 1992, the BBC Audio Collection released ‘The Macra Terror’ on audio cassette, in a special release narrated by Colin Baker. It was the first time that the story had been made commercially available by the BBC and that audio-only release is included here in full.

 

Surviving Footage: Less than two minutes of original footage still exist from the 1967 production of ‘The Macra Terror’. These film fragments have been painstakingly restored and digitally remastered for this release, with considerable improvements made to the overall picture quality and resolution of this unique footage. Film restoration by Peter Crocker.

 

Behind the scenes film: In 1967, during pre-production of ‘The Macra Terror’, film cameras visited the visual effects workshop in Uxbridge where work was underway on construction of the Macra props. Special effects props and models from other Doctor Who stories can also be seen in the workshop, including parts of a Cyberman from ‘The Tenth Planet’ (1966) and an aeroplane from ‘The Faceless Ones’ (1967). This footage is accompanied by a new audio commentary track from Doctor Who visual effects designer and BBC visual effects historian, Mike Tucker, explaining some of the effects techniques and props featured in the film.

 

Censored Scene: A reconstruction of a scene from episode 2 of ‘The Macra Terror’ that was heavily re-edited by censors for the episode’s Australian television transmission in November 1967.

 

Title sequences: ‘The Macra Terror’ saw the debut of a new title sequence for Doctor Who - the first time the programme had made such a change. The title sequence is presented here in full, remastered in HD and in a number of alternative versions.

 

Photo gallery: A collection of 36 photographs taken during the production of ‘The Macra Terror’ in 1967, featuring original design department set photographs and Radio Times publicity images. All presented in HD.

 

Production Paperwork: A full set of original camera scripts, studio schedules, floor plans and other materials are available to view by accessing disc 2 via your computer’s DVD or Blu Ray ROM drive.

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The Macra Terror: Animation: Steelbook

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The original 1967 master recordings of ‘The Macra Terror’ were lost soon after the programme’s original transmission. However, audio-only recordings have survived and have been used here to create a brand new fully animated reconstruction of this lost classic. The Doctor (Patrick Troughton) and his companions (Jamie, Polly and Ben) arrive on a human colony in the far flung future. The colony outwardly appears to be happy and carefree. But behind its cheerful exterior, the colony has been secretly infiltrated by a race of giant parasitic creatures called Macra. The Macra brainwash the human colonists to mine toxic gas in the levels below the colony. Ruling the settlement from a control centre in the heart of the main city, they scuttle around at night looking for food. The Doctor’s friend Ben is soon taken over by the Macra and under their malign influence, he turns against the Doctor. As their influence spreads, the Doctor sets out to bring an end to the Macra terror.

 

Over 4 hours of bonus content including:

• AUDIO COMMENTARY

• EPISODE RECONSTRUCTIONS

• BONUS MINI-EPISODE

• ANIMATION TEST

• ANIMATICS

• ANIMATION GALLERY

• TEASER TRAILER

• ALTERNATIVE BLACK AND WHITE PRESENTATION

• 1992 AUDIO PRESENTATION

• SURVIVING FOOTAGE

• BEHIND THE SCENES FILM

• CENSORED SCENE

• TITLE SEQUENCES

• PHOTO GALLERY

• PRODUCTION PAPERWORK

 

This limited edition Steelbook edition includes a bonus disc of additional extras:

• GRIDLOCK

• AUDIO COMMENTARY

• DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL CUT DOWN - ARE WE THERE YET?

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Lethbridge-Stewart The Havoc Files 2: Special Edition

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THE HAVOC FILES 2 - SPECIAL EDITION

 

Ghosts in Cornwall, zombies in Australia, aliens at Wembley, trouble in Egypt, a siege on the Kent coast, and an investigation into the strange goings on in a small house in Mevagissey, which sees Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers cut down to size. And, much later, the ashes from a destroyed Earth fall on Lethbridge-Stewart and his family.

 

Just a few things our heroes have to face in this volume of collected short stories.

 

This new revised version of HAVOC Files 2 contains the original six short stories, plus a new version of Ashes of the Inferno, and two new stories exclusively published in print for the first time.

 

'Piece of Mind' by James Middleditch. Lethbridge-Stewart and Sally are sent on a retreat. One with a difference.

 

'Vampires of the Night' by Chris Thomas. World War II and Professor Travers is called in to help with a deadly experiment on British soldiers.

 

Includes:

 

'Vampires of the Night' by Chris Thomas BRAND NEW STORY!

'In His Kiss' by Sue Hampton

'House of Giants' by Rick Cross

'The Black Eggs of Khufu' by Tom Dexter

'The Band of Evil' by Roger J Simmonds & Shaun Russell (updated version of the story)

'The Playing Dead' by Adrian Sherlock (updated version of the story)

'Ashes of the Inferno' by Andy Frankham-Allen (new version of the story)

'The Lock-In' by Sarah Groenewegen BEM

'Piece of Mind' by James Middleditch BRAND NEW STORY!

 

and

 

'Schädengeists Lot' by Jonathan Cooper (previously unpublished interludes from The Showstoppers)

'Exodus from Venus' by John Peel (original prologue from The Grandfather Infestation)

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The Black Archive 29: The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon

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The Black Archive, a series of book-length looks at single Doctor Who stories from 1963 to the present day.

 

‘A lot more happens in ’69 than anyone remembers.’

 

Starting with the Doctor’s death and ending with a shootout against alien abductors, The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon is an audacious start to a season that redefines the relationship between the 11th Doctor and his companions and raises questions about his motives and methods. It presents a Doctor on the back foot, knowing less about his predicament than his friends do and willing to take desperate, ethically questionable action against his enemies. It introduces the Silents, monsters whose ability to control humans through subliminal suggestion has profound philosophical implications. It also engages playfully with recent history while subverting the ‘celebrity historical’ format by forcing the Doctor to team up with one of the 20th century’s less well regarded political figures.

 

This book delves deeply into the iconography of The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon, pointing out its thematic strength as a story and as part of Doctor Who, before considering in detail the moral dimension of the story’s controversial resolution.

 

Written by John Toon

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Doctor Who Magazine 536

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AN EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF THE ANIMATED MACRA TERROR, ONLY IN DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 536!

This issue also includes:

 

Anneke Wills and Frazer Hines recall the making of the original Macra Terror

A lost Dalek story from 1966 – and the previously untold story of its celebrated writer

A tribute to 1960s Doctor Who producer Innes Lloyd

An interview with Mark Troughton about his famous father

Writer Stephen Gallagher tells DWM about his new take on the 1981 story Warriors’ Gate

The second part of an exclusive interview with Season 18’s script editor Christopher H Bidmead

How did the Doctor become such a rebel? DWM investigates how the series changed during the 1960s…

Part Two of Herald of Madness, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends

Cosplayers recreate the Fourth Doctor’s Season 18 style

The Fact of Fictiondelves into the 2007 story Gridlock

Our verdict on Tom Baker’s Doctor Who novel Scratchman and the Season 18 Blu-ray box set

The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!

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Upcoming releases

Myth Makers: Geoffrey Sax

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Geoffrey began his directing career in the late 1970s, initially working in comedy, directing episodes of a number of sketch shows such as Cannon and Ball and End of Part One. He made the move into directing drama in the early 1980s, working on episodes of popular BBC dramas such as Bergerac and Lovejoy.

 

Later in the decade he worked on ITV programmes such as Spitting Image and The New Statesman. In the early 1990s he worked for a time in America, directing television films and miniseries for various networks there. His most noted production during this time was the BBC / Universal Studios / Fox Network TV movie version of the popular science-fiction series Doctor Who, screened in 1996 and starring Paul McGann as the Doctor.

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Avengers Comic Strip Adaptations 3: Steed and Tara King 1

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Based on the adventures of Steed and Tara King in the TV Comic strips:

 

1. It's a Wild, Wild, Wild, Wild West by John Dorney 

Steed is quick on the draw, Tara gallops away.

After reports suggest a series of robberies in the New Forest were committed by cowboys, Mother sends the Avengers into action. 

The trail leads to the Western style ranch known as The Lazy J. But will it be high noon for Steed and King?

 

2. Under the Weather by Phil Mulryne 

Steed is put on ice, Tara is blown away. 

Steed, Tara and Mother visit an air show to see a demonstration of a new aircraft.

But the plane is stolen from under their noses... and seemingly... by a storm! Something strange is in the air. And it needs the Avengers to sort it out.

 

3. Spycraft by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky

Steed meets his equal, Tara gets the cream. 

When a visiting dignitary is kidnapped on British soil, Steed and King have to leap into action.

But with questions of diplomatic immunity getting in the way, they may need help from an unusual pair.

 

4. ...Now You Don't by John Dorney

Steed finds things get tricky, Tara takes the stage.

A strange gift leads to Steed and Tara King spending a night in the theatre. But who brought them there? And why?

An old enemy of the Avengers is on the scene. And he will stop at nothing to get his revenge!

 

Cast

Julian Wadham (John Steed), Emily Woodward (Tara King), Christopher Benjamin (Mother), Hywel Morgan (Cody/ Jim), Daniel Easton (Billy/ Sam), Karina Fernandez (Jessie), Leighton Pugh (Flight Lieutenant Tudor/ Volkov), James Joyce (Flying Officer Halliwell / Melnyk), David Sibley (Dr Weatherby), Edward Dede Miles (Yeboah), Natalie Simpson (Ruby Sesay), Jude Owusu (Charlie Okonjo/ Kasim), Ewart James Walters (General Babatunde), Nicholas Asbury (Margrave the Magnificent/ Sir Godfrey Thorpe), Maggie Service (Circe/ Mina). Other parts played by members of the cast.

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First Doctor Adventures Volume 3, The

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3.1 The Phoenicians by Marc Platt

 

3.2 Tick-Tock World by Guy Adams

 

Story details to follow

 

Cast

David Bradley (The Doctor), Claudia Grant (Susan), Jemma Powell (Barbara Wright), Jamie Glover (Ian Chesterton), Carole Ann Ford (The Woman)

 

More cast details to be confirmed.

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Diary of River Song Series 5, The

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The Doctor isn’t the only Time Lord River runs into on her travels up and down the timeline.

 

The Master, in all of his - or her - guises, also has a chequered history with Professor Song. And whenever they meet, it’s a close call as to who comes out on top...

 

It’s something River must get used to: there are three people in her marriage – at the very least!

 

The Bekdel Test by Jonathan Morris

Back at the start of her imprisonment, Dr Song becomes a guinea pig for an innovative new security system.

 

But it’s her fellow prisoners she needs to be most wary of.

 

Because it’s early days for Missy, too. The Doctor is dead, and she is outraged that somebody else killed him first...

 

Animal Instinct by Roy Gill

On a world where vicious beasts stalk ancient ruins, Professor Song teaches a student the finer points of archaeology.

 

But then she meets an incarnation of the Master who is desperate to survive.

 

And if they are going to escape this place alive, they all must work together.

 

The Lifeboat and the Deathboat by Eddie Robson

 

Stranded in the Vortex, a father and daughter do their best to survive, living on salvage in a ramshackle vessel.

 

Elsewhere, an obsessive ship’s captain hunts down a vengeful monster, whatever the cost.

 

And River is caught between them, uncovering an old enemy in the most unexpected new guise.

 

Concealed Weapon by Scott Handcock

A deep space exploration mission nears its end – when suddenly, the crew start to die.

 

River must try to protect her colleagues and work out what else is on board their ship.

 

Something is stalking them, and the deadliest Master of all has his own plans for River Song...

 

Cast

Alex Kingston (River Song), Geoffrey Beevers (The Master), Eric Roberts (The Master), Derek Jacobi (The Master), Michelle Gomez (Missy)

 

More cast details soon.

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248: Black Thursday/Power Game

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BLACK THURSDAY by Jamie Anderson

 

1902. Deep beneath the Welsh village of Abertysswg, men have worked the black seam for generations. Until the day of the disaster. The day that a blue box from the future materialised inside the mine.... and things would never be the same again.

 

POWER GAME by Eddie Robson

 

Welcome to the Incredible Power Game, in which three brave Earthlings enter the Void Pit in search of strange gems to help return the alien Hostess to her home dimension. Today's contestants include Graham, Sadia... and Tegan, an air stewardess from Brisbane!

 

Cast

Peter Davison (The Doctor), Janet Fielding (Tegan Jovanka), Mark Strickson (Turlough), Jon Culshaw (Kamelion), Lizzie Roper (Eira Hughes), Tim Treloar (John Hughes), Matthew Aubrey (Gwyn Hughes), Derek Hutchinson (Geoff Evans), Bettrys Jones (Judith Matson), Christopher Naylor (James Hudd), Harriet Kershaw (The Hostess), Natalie Winter (Una), Richard Popple (Richard), Dougie McMeekin (Stuart), Alex Tregear (Sadia). Other parts played by members of the cast.

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Fourth Doctor Adventures Box Series 8 Volume 2

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The Syndicate Masterplan (Part 2)

 

This set contains:

 

Time's Assassin by Guy Adams

Fever Island by Jonathan Barnes

The Perfect Prisoners (Part 1) by John Dorney

The Perfect Prisoners (Part 2) by John Dorney

 

More story details to follow

 

This run of adventures started with Doctor Who - The Fourth Doctor Adventures: Series 8A

 

Written By: Guy Adams, Jonathan Barnes, John Dorney

 

Cast

Tom Baker (The Doctor), Jane Slavin (Ann Kelso), John Leeson (K9), Gethin Anthony (Jason Vane) with John Shrapnel, Blake Ritson and Jon Culshaw

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