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The Black Archive 34: Battlefield

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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

 

‘Is this honour? Is this war?’

 

Battlefield (1989) sees a clash of mythologies, as the progressive, anti-racist, sporadically pacifist Doctor Who of the late 1980s takes on Britain’s authoritarian, chivalric national myth of King Arthur. With a script by Ben Aaronovitch, now a bestselling urban fantasy novelist but then only the writer of the previous year’s acclaimed Remembrance of the Daleks (1988), it forms with its predecessor a ‘philosophical pair’, replacing its 1960s setting with an imagined 1990s and showing a Doctor dealing with the repercussions of his future actions, rather than his past.

 

Even as a script Battlefield falls short of complete success, yet it remains an emotionally literate, politically engaged and thematically complex piece. It finds areas of overlap between Andrew Cartmel’s radical conception of Doctor Who and Arthurian myth in the legend of a past golden age, represented by the return of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and UNIT, and in the identification of the Doctor – always presented by the series as a wizard, a prophet and a mentor – with Merlin. It interrogates the patriarchal attitudes of both the Arthurian myths and 1970s Doctor Who from a contemporary perspective, and questions the attitudes to war found in both.

 

It also does an exemplary job of worldbuilding, sketching in a convincing near future based on a handful of lines, and presents a complex, questionable, even sympathetic villain motivated by a value system alien to our own. Finally, it raises questions of predestination: through the other characters’ foreknowledge of the Doctor’s future; through the fate apparently decreed for Ancelyn and Bambera; and, perhaps, through the Brigadier’s survival of a story whose structure seems to demand that he should die.

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Time's Mosaic 6

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Category: Doctor Who Reference Books

 Imagine a Story fifty years in the telling.

 

That’s a long time to maintain consistency. Storylines clash, continuity dies and contradictions flourish as one decade bleeds into the next, and one editor replaces another, each with their own idea of how the Story should be told. Add to that a veritable flood of formats – big screen, television, novels, audios, comics, short stories, cartoons – and what seemed at first to be merely difficult rapidly becomes all but unmanageable.

 

Now imagine if one man were to attempt to consider it all. One man reading the short stories and the novels, watching the movies and the box sets, listening to radio plays and BBC compact discs…taking it all in so that you don’t have to…

 

Join Finn Clark on an epic journey through the Whoniverse, as he reviews every single Doctor Who story in every single format (except Big Finish – we decided that a thousand page book was just too much!). From ‘An Unearthly Child’ and TV Comic throwaways to Capaldi and IDW, with sidesteps into influences and spin-offs, he’ll tell you, the reader, what he thinks of it all, good and bad…

 

Examining the Colin Baker era, plus the Australian K9 tv series and the Baker-starring BBV videos of the Wilderness Years – this is the ultimate review guide to Doctor Who!

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Myth Makers: Nabil Shaban (Sil)

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Category: Reeltime Myth Makers, Drama and Documentary DVDs

Nabil Shaban was born in 1953 in Amman, Jordan and arrived in England when he was three for treatment for his osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle-bone disease). He spent the next thirteen years in hospital and children's homes. In 1980, he and Richard Tomlinson founded Graeae (pronounced Grey Eye), a ground breaking professional theatre company of disabled performers.

 

His British feature film credits include Born of Fire (1987), City of Joy (1992) and Wittgenstein (1993), while on television Nabil appeared in Walter (1982), Walter & June (1983), Raspberry Ripple (1988) and Skallagrigg (1994).

 

Nabil has presented several documentaries on themes of disability and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Surrey for the achievements of his career and his work to change public perceptions of disabled people.

 

To Doctor Who fans, he is best known for his role as ruthless businessman Sil in Vengeance on Varos (1985), Mindwarp (1986) and two Big Finish audio adventures Mission to Magnus (2009) and Antidote to Oblivion (2014).

 

DVD-R  200 mins approx

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Doctor Who Magazine Special 53: Target Books

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Category: Dr Who Magazine Specials

Considered a unique record of Doctor Who’s history in the era before fanzines, official magazines and home video, Target books are probably the most cherished items of merchandise inspired by the show. They’re certainly the most commercially successful.

 

From the early 1970s to the early 90s, it’s estimated that Target sold over eight million novelisations and other Doctor Who books. This is the inside story of a legendary imprint, from its rise and fall to its triumphant revival in 2018.

 

Highlights include numerous rare images and exclusive interviews with the key players, including:

Chris Achilleos (cover artist for The Auton Invasion, The Zarbi, The Doomsday Weapon, etc)

Jeff Cummins (cover artist for The Mutants, The Horror of Fang Rock, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, etc)

Peter Darvill-Evans (Target Books editor from 1989)

Terrance Dicks (the most prolific author of Target books)

Anthony Dry (cover artist for City of Death, Rose, The Day of the Doctor etc)

John Peel (author of the novelisations of The Chase, The Power of the Daleks, The Evil of the Daleks etc)

Marc Platt (author of the Battlefield and Ghost Light novelisations)

Nigel Robinson (Target Books editor from 1984 to 1987)

Andrew Skilleter (cover artist for The Gunfighters, The Abominable Snowmen, The Stones of Blood etc)

Alan Willow (artist who provided internal illustrations for The Cybermen, Terror of the Autons, The Sea-Devils etc)

 

 

Other highlights include:

Extracts from two unpublished manuscripts

The untold story of Doctor Who Discovers, based on the archive of author Fred Newman

Details of foreign editions

The Companions of Doctor Who series

Interviews with collectors who own original Target Books artwork

 

 

… and an afterword from Pete McTighe, the writer of the 2018 story Kerblam!

 

 

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Torchwood 27: Sync

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Category: Torchwood

Torchwood vs Monsters!

 

Margaret Blaine is the Mayor of Cardiff. She’s also an alien who’ll do anything to get off the planet Earth. When a spaceship crashes outside Cardiff, it seems like the answer to her prayers. Only she’s not only person at crash site.

 

Suzie Costello works for Torchwood, but strictly to her own agenda. When a spaceship crashes outside Cardiff, it seems like the answer to her prayers. Only, she’s not the only person at the crash site.

 

Bonded by an alien device, Margaret and Suzie find themselves on the run from Torchwood, the police, and six warp missiles that’ll destroy them, Cardiff, and most of the Western Hemisphere.

 

Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners

 

Cast: Indira Varma (Susie Costello), Annette Badland (Margaret Blaine), Raj Ghatak (Pilot). Other parts played by the cast.

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252: An Alien Werewolf in London

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Category: Doctor Who Main Range 201 onwards

A space-time summons brings the TARDIS to the strangest place Mags has yet visited. A haven for the freakiest freaks and the weirdest weirdoes: Camden Lock, London, in the early 1990s.

 

But there’s a reason why former TARDIS traveller Ace has brought the old gang back together. She’s on a mission to rescue an alien being, held prisoner in a massive mansion…

 

A mission that can’t possibly go wrong. Can it?

 

Written By: Alan Barnes

 

Cast Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Jessica Martin (Mags)

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Classic Audio Book: Terminus

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Category: Classic Audio Books

A suspenseful novelisation of a classic TV adventure for the Fifth Doctor, as played by Peter Davison. When the TARDIS console is wilfully sabotaged, the Doctor’s time machine becomes dimensionally unstable. As the internal fabric begins to dissolve, Nyssa is drawn into a junction with a strangely deserted spacecraft. The Doctor, Tegan and Turlough follow in pursuit, and discover the shocking purpose of Terminus. Whilst the Doctor encounters two space pirates, Tegan and Turlough become enmeshed in the spaceship's infrastructure. Nyssa, meanwhile, learns that the nature of her sudden illness will have life changing consequences.

 

Read by Steven Pacey

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Lethbridge-Stewart 1.1: The Forgotten Son (novel) (Revised edition)

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Category: Lethbridge-Stewart Novels and Audios

The Great Intelligence has been defeated. And Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart’s world has changed.

 

For Colonel Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart his life in the Scots Guards was straightforward enough; rising in the ranks through nineteen years of military service. But then his regiment was assigned to help combat the Yeti incursion in London, the robotic soldiers of an alien entity known as the Great Intelligence. For Lethbridge-Stewart, life would never be the same again.

 

Now he has a mammoth task ahead of him – the repopulating of London; millions of civilians need to be returned home after being evacuated so suddenly. On top of that, he also has his engagement to think about.

 

Meanwhile in the small Cornish village of Bledoe a man is haunted by the memory of an accident thirty years old. The Hollow Man of Remington Manor seems to have woken once more. And in Coleshill, Buckinghamshire, Mary Gore is plagued by the voice of a small boy, calling her home.

 

What connects these strange events to the recent Yeti incursion, and just what has it all got to do with Lethbridge-Stewart?

 

A revised edition of the book set just after the Doctor Who serial The Web of Fear, featuring the characters created by Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln.

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