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Andrew Cartmel: Script Doctor (SIGNED)

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Release Date 23 August 2019

"There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, and the sea's asleep, and the rivers dream. People made of smoke, and cities made of song. Somewhere there's danger, somewhere there’s injustice, and somewhere else the tea's getting cold. Come on, Ace — we’ve got work to do!"

 

Andrew Cartmel was the script editor on Doctor Who from 1986 to 1989. During his time on the show he introduced the seventh Doctor and his companion Ace (Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred) and oversaw forty-two scripts written by eight writers new to the series.

 

With a clear mission to bring proper science fiction back into Doctor Who, he formulated what was later termed ‘The Cartmel Masterplan’, re-introducing the mystery to the character of the Doctor as the series celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary and beyond.

 

‘Script Doctor’ is his memoir of this time based on his diaries written sometimes on set and sometimes not even in the diary itself but on the back of scripts. Illustrated with 32 pages of photographs, many of them not published before, this is a vivid account of life in the Doctor Who production office in the late eighties.

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Anneke Wills In Focus (Signed Paperback)

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In Focus is a sumptuously illustrated collection of rare and previously unseen photographs chronicling the life and career of one of Doctor Who's best-loved icons, Anneke Wills.

 

Originally released in May 2012 as a limited edition hardback, the original print run sold out within weeks and became an instant collector's item. Now, owing to overwhelming demand, we are proud to present an expanded, reimagined deluxe paperback version.

 

Presented over more than a hundred pages are a plethora of intimate family portraits, and images from classic series such as The Avengers, Strange Report, The Saint and, of course, Doctor Who, in which she played the trail-blazing first sexy assistant, Polly.

 

With contributions from a wide selection of colleagues and friends.

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Bernice Summerfield: A Life In Pieces - Signed

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Signed by JOSEPH LIDSTER

A collection of three novellas, Zardox Break by Dave Stone, The Purpura Pawn by Paul Sutton and On Trial by Joseph Lidster.

hardcover only

 

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Derrick Sherwin - Who's Next? A Memoir (SIGNED)

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Sherwin began his career in the theatre and worked as a junior set designer, scenic artist, scene shifter, stage manager and lighting designer. Sherwin established himself as an actor in theatre, films and television.

 

While still working as an actor, Sherwin also began work as a freelance writer, contributing scripts to series such as Crossroads and Z-Cars. In 1967, Sherwin was offered a story-editing role on Doctor Who by BBC Head of Serials Shaun Sutton. He was script editor on the stories from The Web of Fear to The Mind Robber, and on the latter tale he wrote the first episode. He also wrote the script for The Invasion, which introduced the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, having adapted the original storyline supplied by Kit Pedler.

 

In 1968/1969 Sherwin began to take a greater role in the producing side of the series and was the unofficial Assistant Producer for the rest of the series' sixth season, with Terrance Dicks succeeding him as script-editor. On The Space Pirates Sherwin briefly resumed his old role as Dicks was busy writing The War Games. Dicks has credited Sherwin with the creation of the Time Lords, who were introduced in The War Games, scripted by Dicks and Malcolm Hulke. Sherwin succeeded Peter Bryant as producer of the programme in 1969, overseeing the production of The War Games and Spearhead from Space. Sherwin was also involved with Bryant in the casting of Jon Pertwee in the lead role on the programme.

 

After Doctor Who, Sherwin was the producer on Paul Temple, The Man Outside, Ski-Boy, and The Perils of Pendragon.

 

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Drama and Delight: The Life and Legacy of Verity Lambert (Hardcover)

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For five decades, the name Verity Lambert appeared on the end credits of many of Britain’s most celebrated and talked about television dramas, among them Adam Adamant Lives!, Budgie, The Naked Civil Servant, Minder, Edward and Mrs Simpson, Eldorado, G.B.H. and Jonathan Creek. She was the very first producer of Doctor Who, which she nurtured through its formative years at a time when there were few women in positions of power in the television industry. Later, she worked within the troubled British film business and became a pioneering independent producer, founding her own highly-successful company, Cinema Verity.

 

Within her profession, she was hugely respected as an intensely driven, sometimes formidable but always stylish exponent of her craft, with the stamina and ability to combine quantity with quality. Many of her productions have had a lasting cultural and emotional impact on their audiences and continue to be enjoyed to this day.

 

But who was the woman behind all these television triumphs and what was the price she paid to achieve them?

 

Combining months of painstaking research and interviews with many of Lambert’s closest friends and colleagues, Drama and Delight will capture the energy and spirit of this remarkable woman and explore her phenomenal and lasting legacy.

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Drawing Breath/Argh! Memoirs of Dicky Howett and Tim Quinn (SIGNED)

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DICKY HOWETT

Dicky’s work will be known to comic readers everywhere, especially fans of Doctor Who where his strip in collaboration with writer Tim Quinn Doctor Who? featured in Doctor Who Magazine for over a decade.

But he and Tim didn’t just contribute to Doctor Who Magazine, they also provided comic strips for a number of Marvel, DC Thompson and IPC comics, developing a unique and edgy style as they went on, often upsetting editors along the way with their refusal to let good taste get in the way of a good joke.

Prior to this collaboration, Dicky worked at the BBC and Lime Grove in various roles as well as being a freelance cartoonist for numerous daily newspapers and periodicals. He continued with cartooning for as long as he could, but with the industry changing and the need for spot cartoons diminishing he began a new career and company.

Golden Age Television specialises in leasing antique film and video camera and studio equipment to modern film and television productions ranging from Hollywood productions such as Steven Spielberg’s Munich, to television productions including Call the Midwife, The Hour, Inside No.9 and returning to his Doctor Who roots with An Adventure in Space and Time for the series’ 50th Anniversary in 2013.

 

TIM QUINN

Tim’s work will be known to comic readers everywhere, especially fans of Doctor Who where his strip (in collaboration with artist Dicky Howett) Doctor Who? featured in Doctor Who Magazine for over a decade.

But he and Dicky didn’t just contribute to Doctor Who Magazine, they also provided comic strips for a number of Marvel, DC Thompson and IPC comics, developing a unique and edgy style as they went on, often upsetting editors along the way with with their refusal to allow good taste to get in the way of a good joke.

Before and after this decade-long partnership, Tim has had a colourful life starting out early as a clown and going on to be a stage manager, editor, publisher, manager, director and producer as well as helping to launch Marvel in the UK during the eighties.

Tim’s memoir is a cautionary tale of dealing with corporate mentality in a creative industry, facing opposition from marketing departments, editors and bosses generally. ‘We need to be careful here...’ being a phrase often repeated.

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John Levene: Run the Shadows, Walk the Sun A Life HARDBACK

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He has had a few names during his many lives, but the one for which he is best known is John Levene, the self-taught actor who brought to life the much-loved Benton in Doctor Who. Yet, his journey to our TV screens was hard and frequently painful, and what came afterwards was just as traumatic.

 

This is the emotional and truthful account of a life that should not have been lived. We follow the pure highs and brutal lows of a working class Salisbury lad, and his struggle to get away from his origins as an ill, under-educated and misunderstood boy with no genuine prospects in a world in which he did not fit. His journey takes him to places like London’s West End as a private detective ; Paris, Spain and Africa where he organised spectacular events. Then crossing the globe to South America to witness the enormous gulf between rich and poor, before moving to Hollywood and daring to dream of success.

 

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.

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K9 Stole My Trousers - an autobiography by Bob Baker (SIGNED)

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Bob Baker, co-writer of three Oscar and BAFTA winning Wallace & Gromit films, creator of K9, and writer of numerous Doctor Who episodes, has written his autobiography.

 

A stalwart of HTV, Bob has worked with Sir Laurence Olivier, Leonard Rossiter, Ron Moody, Toyah Wilcox and Trevor Eve. Among his many TV credits, Bob wrote a number of episodes of Doctor Who with co-writer Dave Martin, several seasons of Bergerac starring John Nettles (now of Midsomer Murders fame) and the smash hit children's show, Into the Labyrinth; Bob also script edited the popular crime series Shoestring.

 

Bob is perhaps best known for his work with Nick Park on Aardman Animations' Oscar and BAFTA-winning shorts, The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave and A Matter of Loaf and Death, and the feature film The Curse of the Wererabbit.

 

Among his recent work, Bob has just finished the first 26-part series of the regenerated K9 Adventures, currently showing on the Disney Channel and Channel 5 and is gearing up for a second series in the coming year.

 

Bob’s life has been rich and varied; his adventures outside of his illustrious career range from a wine-tasting tour of France and mad sea voyages with the legendary Keith Floyd to playing jazz with John Fortune of Bremner, Bird and Fortune. K9 Stole My Trousers is a tribute to some of the finest talents in TV in the last fifty years, both people Bob worked with and people he considered himself lucky to know in his personal life.

 

Hardback

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Olive Hawthorne: The Daemons of Devil's End NOVEL (Signed)

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Signed by writers DAVID J HOWE, SAM STONE, DEBBIE BENNETT and cover designer ANDREW-MARK THOMPSON

 

Olive Hawthorne is the sole guardian of the sleepy village of Devil’s End. She protects the world from the incursion of demons, vampires, aliens and all manner of otherworldly creatures. But she is getting old … and they keep coming …

 

This is the story of Olive’s life. From her earliest days, through teenage years, middle age, and now old age. Tales of her adventures with monsters and evil … forever battling against the forces of darkness … and forever seeking to keep the world safe.

 

Written by Suzanne Barbieri, Debbie Bennett, Raven Dane, Jan Edwards, David J Howe and Sam Stone, and edited by Sam Stone, The Dæmons of Devil’s End is the story of one woman’s exciting and emotional life.

 

With an introduction by actress Damaris Hayman and an afterword by director Keith Barnfather.

 

The Dæmons of Devil’s End is based on, and expands upon, the Reeltime Pictures drama production White Witch of Devil’s End released on DVD. It also spins off from the 1971 BBC Doctor Who adventure ‘The Dæmons’.

 

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Richard Franklin: Operation H.A.T.E - The Truth Behind The Killing Stone (SIGNED)

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A fantasy adventure novella from the pen of Richard Franklin, better known as Captain Yates from BBC’s Doctor Who.

 

The reader is whisked from the thundering hooves of horses riding-out over the North Yorkshire moors at Middleham, to the beating of the drums of death in the dark recesses of a cellar in Marrakech on the edge of the Sahara Desert. In spite of his courage and resourcefulness is this the very last appearance of Captain M or is his life in action about to restart - with a vengeance?

 

“What a thrill to be given the chance to write myself back into the 21st Century!” says author Richard Franklin, “I’ve woven genuine autobiographical detail into Captain M’s latest adventure – but it’s up to you to guess what’s Captain M and what’s me!.......or are they one and the same? Did these extraordinary and life-threatening events really happen?”

 

The Hardback Edition, is limited to only 200 copies - individually numbered and signed by Richard Franklin himself.

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The Forgotten Fields by Geoffrey Beevers (Signed Hardcover)

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A young monk discovers a secret doorway buried deep beneath the monastery fields.

 

Forbidden to explore further, Brother Magnus’ curiosity drives him on, and with help from a local girl, uncover secrets and surprises from a different time and civilisation.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

After studying Modern History at Oxford University, Geoffrey trained as an actor at LAMDA, and has worked at the RSC, the National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, in the West End, and has made countless radio, film and TV appearances including The Jewel in the Crown, Victor/Victoria, Miss Potter and A Very British Coup. His appearance in Doctor Who led to many spin-offs as the Master.

 

He also writes and directs. His writing work includes over a dozen plays produced in the theatre and on radio. His stage adaptation of "Adam Bede" won a Time Out Award. His most recent work was "Unintelligent Design", an original play on audio CD for Big Finish (2011), and also an adaptation- "The Middlemarch Trilogy"(2013) for the Orange Tree theatre, Richmond.

 

This is his first novel.

 

He was married to actor Caroline John

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The Man Behind the Master (SIGNED)

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Although known to an audience of millions the world over for his portrayal of The Doctor's arch nemesis The Master in Doctor Who during the 1980's, Anthony Ainley had a prolific career which encompassed starring roles in Spyders Web and It's Dark Outside, as well as appearances in renowned dramas such as The Pallisers, Elizabeth R, Nicholas Nickleby, Upstairs, Downstairs, and cult films including Blood On Satan's Claw and The Land That Time Forgot.

 

But the dramas in Anthony's real life were far more fascinating than any of the many parts he played on screen. Born the illegitimate son of actor Henry Ainley, and taken into care at the Actors' Orphanage at the age of four, the hidden story behind one of Doctor Who's most enigmatic characters is brought to life by author Karen Louise Hollis.

 

Using exhaustive interviews with friends and colleagues from every aspect of Anthony's life, including his best friend from school, fellow children from the Actors' Orphanage, cricketing friends, colleagues, and those who remained close to him until his death in 2004, this book aims to uncover the real Anthony Ainley - The Man Behind The Master.

 

SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR

 

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