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The Macra Terror: Animation: Blu ray

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Category: 2nd Doctor DVD and BLU RAY

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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Category: 2nd Doctor DVD and BLU RAY

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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Category: 2nd Doctor DVD and BLU RAY

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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Category: Lethbridge-Stewart Novels and Audios

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!

 

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'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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Category: Black Archive, The

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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Category: Doctor Who Magazine

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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Classic Audio Book; The War Machines

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Category: Classic Audio Books

Michael Cochrane reads this novelisation of a classic TV adventure featuring the First Doctor.

 

The TARDIS materialises outside the Post Office Tower in London, 1966. The Doctor senses a powerful and evil force, which he and the ever-curious Dodo track down to scientist Professor Brett and WOTAN, his revolutionary new computer.

 

Designed as a universal problem solver, WOTAN has suddenly begun to think for itself and has formulated a deadly plan. Using its phenomenal power it will programme humans to build mobile fighting computers, and with these indestructible war machines WOTAN will take over the world.

 

With the help of Dodo, Sir Charles Summers, and new friends Ben and Polly, the Doctor must find a way to prevent a global catastrophe.

 

Michael Cochrane, who has played several roles in the BBC TV series, reads Ian Stuart Black’s novelisation of his original 1966 serial starring William Hartnell as the Doctor.

 

Duration: 4 hours approx.

 

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Doctor Who Mr Men Figures (Set of 4)

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Category: Action Figures and Toys

Officially Licensed BBC Doctor Who Mr Men Figurines (Set Of 4) - Dr First / Dr Fourth / Dr Eleventh / Dr Twelfth

Figures based on the Doctor Who and Mr Men mash-up characters as seen in the 'Dr Men' book series!

Figurines measure approx. 4 inches

Each figure comes individually window boxed. Ages 3+

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Anthony Ainley The Man Behind the Master (Paperback)

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Category: Autobiography

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.

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

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Category: Autobiography

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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Myth Makers Interviews: The Doctors: The Colin Baker Years

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Category: Reeltime Myth Makers, Drama and Documentary DVDs

This is the definitive set of interviews with the team who brought the COLIN BAKER era of DOCTOR WHO to life!

 

These six documentaries are the best in-depth interviews with COLIN BAKER (the Sixth Doctor), NICOLA BRYANT (Peri), BONNIE LANGFORD (Mel), MICHAEL JAYSTON (The Valeyard), JOHN NATHAN-TURNER (Producer) and ERIC SAWARD (Script Editor) ever undertaken!

 

Presented by SOPHIE ALDRED, ROBERT DICK and the voice of the Daleks NICHOLAS BRIGGS.

 

For all DOCTOR Who fans, this 2 DISC special collector s edition is 5 hours of pure nostalgia, which will give you a whole new insight into the making of your favourite science fiction series!

 

SPECIAL FEATURE: Introduction by NICHOLAS BRIGGS & Producer KEITH BARNFATHER.

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New Counter-Measures: The Hollow King

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Category: Big Finish Mini-Series and Specials

The Hollow King by Ian Potter

 

They say lights have been seen in the skies over Swammcombe. They say this is the place to spot flying saucers. Allison Williams is not so convinced. But maybe Allison Williams is wrong. When she witnesses a UFO launch from the top of a hill is it signs of alien activity... or something more sinister?

 

Counter-Measures are looking into Open Band - the disciples of the so-called Swami of Swammcombe, Lord Cavall. They've been been monitoring Cavall since noticing a curious rise in psychiatric cases among his followers...

 

How true are Cavall’s teachings? What happens during the elite ‘Visualisation’ sessions? And what does this all have to do with the King under the hill?

 

Cast

Simon Williams (Group Captain Gilmore), Pamela Salem (Rachel Jensen), Karen Gledhill (Allison Williams), Hugh Ross (Sir Toby Kinsella), George Watkins (Bob), Jessica Regan (Patricia / Daisy), Kate Russell-Smith (Cook / Nurse), Tim Bentinck (Lord Cavall). Other parts played by members of the cast.

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