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Jacqueline Hill - A Future in Five Minutes (Biography)

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Category: Autobiography

Born in Birmingham in 1929, Jacqueline Hill lost her parents in early childhood and spent her adolescence working in a factory. Then, in the post-war years, a scholarship to RADA helped her escape to a new life in London – and she never looked back.

 

Jacqueline is best known for her performance as Barbara Wright, one of the very first Doctor Who companions. But her career on the small screen began a decade earlier, in the days following the landmark Coronation TV broadcast of 1953. Her appearance on a BBC talent show that summer brought her overnight success, although it soon became clear just how easily that might slip away.

 

During the ten years that followed, Jacqueline quietly established herself as a leading actress of skill and sensitivity alongside the likes of Sam Wanamaker, Sean Connery, and Maggie Smith. By the time she led viewers into the TARDIS for the first time, she was a seasoned professional, familiar with every aspect of a rapidly changing industry.

 

Jacqueline’s story, told here with the help of new research and interviews, is one of the resilience and determination in both her private life and her career. It offers a snapshot of television history, and shows for the first time how her early experiences prepared her to take on the role she played so memorably in Doctor Who.

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Commentary CD: Pyramids of Mars

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Category: Commentary CDs

In 1975 Doctor Who was at the height of its gothic horror period, under the guidance of producer Philip Hinchcliffe and script editor Robert Holmes. This pairing would be the architects for some of the series’ most enduring images, and Pyramids of Mars is packed with them; not least the marauding murderous robot Mummies.

 

More than forty years on, cast and crew reunite to share their memories of the production in a brand new commentary for all four episodes. Additionally we present a bonus track for episode one featuring professional writers.

 

Moderated by actor, comedian and cult television enthusiast Toby Hadoke, this release features Nick Burnell (Mummy), George Gallaccio (Production Unit Manager), James Burge (Floor Assistant), Philip Hinchcliffe (Producer) Joseph Lidster (Audio Writer) and John Dorney (Audio Writer).

 

Disc One

EPISODE ONE: Nick Burnell, George Gallaccio & James Burge

Alternative EPISODE ONE: Joseph Lidster & John Dorney

EPISODE TWO: Nick Burnell, Philip Hinchcliffe & James Burge

 

Disc Two

EPISODE THREE: Philip Hinchcliffe, George Gallaccio & James Burge

EPISODE FOUR: Philip Hinchcliffe, George Gallaccio & James Burge

 

These CDs can be enjoyed on their own or played in conjunction with the official BBC DVD release.

 

These commentaries contain no BBC copyrighted elements and do not feature audio from the episodes themselves.

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Commentary CD: Revelation of the Daleks

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Category: Commentary CDs

Colin Baker’s first full season as The Doctor came to a climactic end with the explosive and dark thriller, Revelation of the Daleks. With a variety of colourful characters, and some stylish direction, it is one of the best remembered serials of the 1980’s.

 

More than thirty years on, for the first time Colin Baker is joined by fellow cast to share their memories of the production in a brand new commentary for both episodes. Additionally we present a bonus interview with director.

 

Moderated by actor, comedian and cult television enthusiast Toby Hadoke, this release features Colin Baker (The Doctor), Bridget Lynch-Blosse (Natasha), Trevor Cooper (Takis), Colin Spaull (Lilt) and Graeme Harper (Director). The special edition also features Eric Saward (Writer & Script Editor) and William Gaunt (Orcini).

Disc One

EPISODE ONE: Colin Baker, Bridget Lynch-Blosse, Trevor Cooper & Colin Spaull

 

Disc Two

EPISODE TWO: Colin Baker, Bridget Lynch-Blosse, Trevor Cooper & Colin Spaull

BONUS INTERVIEW: Graeme Harper

 

These CDs can be enjoyed on their own or played in conjunction with the official BBC DVD release.

 

These commentaries contain no BBC copyrighted elements and do not feature audio from the episodes themselves.

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Sophie Aldred: At Childhood's End Hardcover

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Category: Original Doctor Who Novels

Past, present and future collide as the Thirteenth Doctor meets classic Doctor Who companion Ace – in the first epic novel from the woman who played her, Sophie Aldred.

 

Once, a girl called Ace travelled the universe with the Doctor – until, in the wake of a terrible tragedy they parted company. Decades later, she is known as Dorothy McShane, the reclusive millionaire philanthropist who heads global organisation A Charitable Earth.

 

And Dorothy is haunted by terrible nightmares, vivid dreams that begin just as scores of young runaways are vanishing from the dark alleyways of London. Could the disappearances be linked to sightings of sinister creatures lurking in the city shadows? Why has an alien satellite entered a secret orbit around the Moon?

 

Investigating the satellite with Ryan, Graham and Yaz, the Doctor is thrown together with Ace once more. Together they must unravel a malevolent plot that will cost thousands of lives. But can the Doctor atone for her past incarnation’s behaviour – and how much must Ace sacrifice to win victory not only for herself, but for the Earth?

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Sophie Aldred: At Childhood's End Audio

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Category: Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Thirteenth Doctor Audios

Past, present and future collide as the Thirteenth Doctor meets classic Doctor Who companion Ace, in an epic novel written and read by Sophie Aldred.

 

Once, a girl called Ace travelled the universe with the Doctor – until, in the wake of a terrible tragedy they parted company. Now, decades on, she is known as Dorothy McShane, the reclusive millionaire philanthropist who heads the global organisation A Charitable Earth.

 

But Dorothy is being haunted by terrible nightmares in which she’s abducted to an alien world. Nightmares that begin just as scores of young runaways are vanishing from the dark alleyways of London. Could the disappearances be linked to sightings of sinister creatures – part man, part rat – lurking in the city shadows? Why has an alien satellite entered a secret orbit around the Moon? And how has Dorothy become a target for the victors in an interstellar war?

 

Investigating the satellite with Ryan, Graham and Yaz, the Doctor is thrown together with Ace once more. Together they must unravel a malevolent plot that will cost of thousands of lives. But can the Doctor atone for her past incarnation’s behaviour – and how much must Ace sacrifice to win victory not only for herself, but for the Earth?

 

Sophie Aldred, who played Ace in the BBC TV serial, reads her own thrilling novel.

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Classic Audio Book: Image of the Fendahl

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Category: Classic Audio Books

"The Fendahl is death," said the Doctor. "How do you kill death itself?"

 

In present day England, a group of scientists are intent on analysing an impossibly ancient skull. But when the ultra-modern technology of their Time Scanner combines with the ancient evil of Fetch Wood, it brings to life a terror that has lain hidden for twelve million years.

 

Arriving in the TARDIS, the Doctor and Leela must fight to destroy the Fendahl, a recreated menace that threatens to devour all life in the galaxy.

 

Louise Jameson, who played Leela in the BBC TV series, reads this classic novelisation of Chris Boucher's 1977 serial.

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Star Cops: Mars 1

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Category: Cult Series Drama

It’s the near future, and mankind has expanded its presence in space. Maintaining law and order beyond Earth is the responsibility of the International Space Police Force, known colloquially as the Star Cops. Their leader is Commander Nathan Spring.

 

There are no Star Cops on Mars, and Nathan Spring intends to put that right. He travels to the red planet hoping to rally the colonists’ support for setting up an ISPF office, but he faces resistance from those who feel Mars has no need of police.

 

Soon, though, Nathan and his officers are involved in incidents of theft, violence and murder. They may get the chance to prove they’re needed, if they can get through their investigations alive.

 

2.1 The New World by Andrew Smith

Nathan, Devis and Kenzy arrive on Mars after a six-month journey from Earth. They’ve come to set up a Star Cop base, but Mars is a very different environment from the one they’re used to on the moon. They have their work cut out to convince some colonists of the need for law enforcement. They have no powers, no guns, and few friends.

 

Nathan sees an opportunity to prove their worth when there are reports of water thefts and disorder at a colony near Olympus Mons. He and Kenzy are invited to investigate, unofficially. Then a body is discovered, and the Star Cops have to work fast to prevent tensions escalating into further violence.

 

2.2 The Shadow of This Red Rock by Una McCormack

Nathan and Kenzy find themselves marooned in the Martian desert with a prisoner whose friends will soon arrive to attempt a violent rescue. Help arrives in the form of a reclusive colonist. Soon they’re all being chased across the desert by the prisoner’s friends, who seem able to anticipate every effort to shake them off.

 

Meanwhile, Devis has his own troubles. An attempt to come to his friends’ rescue goes wrong, and he finds himself at the mercy of colonists who hold his life in their hands.

 

Matters will come to a head in a perilous stand-off on the four-mile-high cliffs of the Mariner Valley canyon.

 

2.3 Whatever Happened to Gary Rice? by Guy Adams 

After the Star Cops receive a cryptic message about a man who may once have worked at a colony in the Argyre Basin, they make their way there to investigate. They find a co-operative community that thrives by growing an organic food source, which it sells to other colonies. But no-one seems to remember the man the Star Cops are looking for.

 

Nathan visits a neighbouring scientific research base, where nutritionist Dr Julienne Grainger has information that may resolve the mystery of the missing colonist.

 

As the Star Cops get closer to discovering the truth, there are those who are prepared to kill to keep it secret.

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259: Blood on Santa's Claw and other stories

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Category: Doctor Who Main Range 201 onwards

Blood on Santa’s Claw by Alan Terigo

The Doctor and Peri land on the planet Naxios, where they discover the body of Father Christmas. Who killed him? The strange individuals dressed in Shakespearian costume or the talking animals wearing waistcoats digging in the tunnels?

 

The Baby Awakes by Susan Dennom

 

The Doctor and Peri visit the Ishtar institute, where the term 'designer babies' takes on a new and sinister meaning. Will our heroes survive Christmas day?

 

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day by Andrew Lias

A Christmas party that's been going on for three years. Strange silver robots who guard the Christmas decorations with lethal force. What is the secret behind the festivities on Tate Galactic?

 

Brightly Shone The Moon That Night by Nev Fountain

 

The TARDIS crew encounters a shameful secret of the Time Lords. History has been rewritten, and this time it's all the Doctor's fault.

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The Robots 1

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Category: Big Finish Mini-Series and Specials

During the events of Doctor Who - Ravenous 2, Liv Chenka left the Doctor and the TARDIS behind. Just for one year. A year during which she would live on Kaldor, and get to know her sister Tula all over again.

 

But Kaldor is going through a period of tumultuous change. Technology is changing at an advanced rate - the robots are evolving, artificial intelligence is adapting, and with these changes so politics is altering too. Dangerously.

 

Can Liv and Tula make a difference during the most turbulent time in the world’s history?

 

1.1 The Robots of Life by Roland Moore

Settling into life back on Kaldor, Liv investigates a medical centre where the patients are dying.

 

1.2 The Sentient by Robert Whitelock

Vissey is a young child - the sort of perfect young girl any parents would want to adopt. She is also artificial, and she sees the world in a very different way to humans.

 

1.3 Love Me Not by John Dorney

A widower goes to extreme lengths to keep the memories of his dead wife alive.

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