Recent Press ClipsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 13 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
An October 7 news item from Newsquest noted that a security company at the Penarth Leisure Centre guarding props and high-tech equipment being used to film the new Doctor Who series was almost broken into by a crowd of thugs. "Officers were called in to deal with an incident at the Leisure Centre last Friday night," Huw Smart, inspector at Penarth police station, said. "There is an ongoing problem of youth annoyance at the Leisure Centre in Cogan. We have arranged for regular patrols of the area."

The Western Mail and icWales ran an article about Cardiff hoping to become a tourist attraction now that Doctor Who is filming there. "DOCTOR WHO could help Cardiff become the centre of the universe for science fiction buffs around the world, following the sale of international TV rights. Shooting for the eagerly-anticipated new series continued in the capital this week, with dedicated websites excitedly trailing pictures of new aliens and blue-painted dwarves milling around the city centre's Cathays Park. And, according to experts, the city providing the backdrop to Christopher Eccleston's Doctor could soon benefit from a tourist boost. Cardiff is fast becoming a magnet for British fans of the show, drawn by the prospect of a rare glimpse of Doctor Who's space-and-time-travelling craft the Tardis, as well as his young assistant Rose, played by Billie Piper. And following the sale of the new series's rights to Canada, and with a deal in the US reportedly close to being finalised, that appeal could go global." Matt Hills, an expert in Doctor Who and fan behaviour at Cardiff University, told the Western Mail, "A similar thing happened with Vancouver when they were filming the X Files there, with tourists who would be science fiction fans going around locations where it was filmed." Read the full article at the website. (Thanks to Paul Engelberg, Steve Tribe)

The Tides of TimeBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 13 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
While Dragon's Claw, the release of Doctor Who Magazine comics in trade paperback form, has been released, inside is an advertisement for the next graphic novel, due in early 2005. The Tides of Time will include all six of the Fifth Doctor comic strips from Doctor Who Monthly issues 61 to 87. No word as yet on an exact release date.

Australia Broadcast UpdateBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 13 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
While there is no official word about a broadcaster for the new series in Australia, an email from the corporate affairs division of Australia Broadcasting/ABC indicates that the ABC network is indeed interested in showing it and is working to acquire the rights. We hope to have more details soon. (Thanks to John Hatfield)

A New K9 Series?Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 13 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
According to a press release issued during the recent MIPCOM television sales event in Cannes, UK distributor Park Entertainment has teamed with Bob Baker, who wrote many episodes of the original series, to produce The Adventures of K9. Baker, who also wrote Aardman's Wallace & Gromit toon, is working with Park's CEO Jim Howell to pitch the show to UK and international networks. The story follows "a junk space ship led by a cynical old captain and a virtual reality female computer... After finding K9 in an abandoned spacecraft, and picking up an orphaned boy from a passing planet, they become a dysfunctional space-age family." The proposed series would mix live-action and CGI, with K9 - who is "cuddly in a robotic kind of way" - now able to morph into new shapes via a special dog collar. Howell and Baker, now in his late-60s, have attracted interest from networks in Canada and Australia. For the UK, Howell said that "the BBC has some kind of first-refusal" on the spin-off show. "We're aiming at the Dr Who market," said Howell, regarding the show's target demo. "Kids and adults love K9... If you can win both demographics with one show, you're really on to a winner." Park is currently looking to finance the proposed project, including securing a production company partner to make the show. (Thanks to Steve Cole)

Caerdroia Alternate CoverBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 13 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
In cooperation with Big Finish, Tenth Planet will be releasing the Big Finish audio Caerdroia in a limited edition with a different cover during the Dimensions convention in early November. Tenth Planet will also sell the limited edition CD on their website. Click on the thumbnail at right for a larger version of the alternate cover. (Thanks to Tenth Planet)

Series Crew UpdateBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 13 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
The Internet Movie Database lists several people involved in the new series, including Stuart Bray and Rob Mayor as special makeup supervisors, Davy Jones as Makeup Artist, Lloyd Ellis as First Assistant Director, Patrick Begley as "Props," John Tellick as "Sound," and Lee Sheward as stunt coordinator. We have no independent confirmation of these crewmembers, however, so will list them as possible until we know otherwise. Meanwhile, stuntman Will Willoughby is the stuntman doing doubling for Christopher Eccleston on the new show, according to an interview with Willoughby on BBC Radio Nottingham. (Thanks to Sean Ditchfield, Steve Freestone)

Cyberman Tin Inside CoversBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 13 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
Tenth Planet has sent us the illustrations for the three CD's included in the forthcoming release of the Cyberman Tin, due out in November. Included in the set are the audio soundtracks for The Tenth Planet starring William Hartnell andThe Invasion starring Patrick Troughton, along with a separate audio CD, a re-release of The Origins of the Cybermen from the early 1990's. 

BBC Books 2005Bookmark and Share

Saturday, 9 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
Outpost Gallifrey has received a copy of the 2005 BBC Books catalogue available to retailers and trade periodicals. While there is very little new information, it does feature basic blurbs for five books due out in 2005, including Chris Boucher'sMatch of the Day (January), Stephen Cole's To The Slaughter (February), Lance Parkin's The Gallifrey Chronicles (June), Island of Death by Barry Letts (July) and Future Nostalgia by Gary Russell (August). Click on the spoiler tag to read the story blurbs.
MATCH OF THE DAY, by Chris Boucher
It took a long time for the system of freelance duellists to be established - and even longer to develop the league of interplanetary superstars. But someone or something started interfering. When Leela is challenged to a duel, the Doctor suspects more than simple murder and mayhem...

TO THE SLAUGHTER, by Stephen Cole
The solar system is being spring-clenaed. Under the supervision of celebrity planetary make-over decoratiste, Aristotle Halcyon, the number of Jupiter's moons is being brought down to an aesthetically pleasing level. But as the Doctor and his companions discover, not everything is as innocent as it seems...

The Doctor's home planet of Gallifrey has been destroyed. The Time Lords are dead, their TARDISes annihilated. The man responsible has been tracked down and lured to Earth in the year 2005, where there will be no escape. The stage is set for the ultimate confrontation. The last in the series of original adventures of the Eighth Doctor.

ISLAND OF DEATH, by Barry Letts
Sarah Jane Smith and her friend Jamie investigate a strange New Age cult. Standard stuff for investigative journalists. Less usual is the demon-like creature the cultists worship. The Doctor and UNIT discover a plot involving government ministers, alien narcotics, and an official cover-up. But can they uncover the truth in time?

When the Doctor and Mel receive a message about the Lamprey, the Doctor is confused. He's never heard of such a thing. Mel has, which is odd, as the Lamprey is a demon from a distant planet, far, far in the future -- somewhere she's never heard of, let alone visited. Meanwhile, two strangers are watching every move the Doctor makes...

Mitch Benn on WhoBookmark and Share

Thursday, 7 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
Popular UK radio presenter Mitch Benn discusses the new Doctor Who series, the TARDIS and even the Outpost Gallifrey site in an article on icBerkshire today.

Bruno LangleyBookmark and Share

Thursday, 7 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
Another casting news item: Bruno Langley, who played gay teenager Todd Grimshaw on the long-running ITV soap "Coronation Street," will be featured in the new series playing a "mysterious character called Adam," according to today's The Sun. The Sun quotes a 'BBC insider' as saying, "Bruno will be a recurring charcater towards the end of the series. No one is sure yet if Adam is good or bad. Bruno is really chuffed. It's a great break so soon after he left Corrie." It also speculates that Adam could be another love interest for Rose Tyler. The BBC Children's Newsround also reported the story today, noting that he would appear in "an episode" of the new Doctor Who series, not multiple episodes. (Thanks to Paul Hayes, Justin Thomas)

Doctor Who ConfidentialBookmark and Share

Thursday, 7 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
Word today from Broadcast Magazine: the BBC will produce a companion series for the new Doctor Who season, a documentary entitled Doctor Who Confidential. The thirteen-part, half-hour series will feature behind-the-scenes footage and interviews wtih cast members as well as "archive of previous Time Lords" (possibly interviews with prior actors). The broadcast will air on BBC3 immediately after the main series airs on BBC1; each episode will be "based around a particular theme such as the challenges of creating a new Dr Who or finding his assistant." Mark Cossey, who will executive produce the show, said it would be aimed at a mainstream audience and not just fans; he says, "It will have a very entertaining glow to it," he said. "It won't be discussions of technology. We are going for a bigger audience than that." The series will be produced by Gillane Seabourne and co-executive produced by Julie Gardner and Russell T Davies. More details when we get them.

The JuggernautsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 6 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
Outpost Gallifrey has received the cover illustration for The Juggernauts by Scott Alan Woodard, the February 2005 audio starring Colin Baker, Bonnie Langford and Terry Molloy (as Davros). Click on the thumbnail for a larger version of the cover. (Thanks to Gary Russell)

Cybermen SeriesBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 6 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
At the "Dr. Who & The Daleks II" convention this past weekend, Nicholas Briggs announced Big Finish will release a Cybermen audio series in 2005; no further details available. (Thanks to Sean Alexander)

The Indestructible ManBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 6 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon has printed a synopsis of the forthcoming BBC Books novel The Indestructible Man by Simon Messingham, a Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe novel due in November. As Amazon usually has the full retailers' blurb which can include plot points, we've enclosed in spoiler protection below; click on the spoiler tag to read it. (Thanks to John Putland)
Thirty years ago, the Earth was covertly attacked by the alien Myloki who brainwashed humans and seeded them into Earth society as terrorists and assassins. Earth governments pooled their resources and financed Operation PRISM to fight and win the secret war against the Myloki. Now the successor to PRISM, the SILHOUETTE organisation, runs a series of Early Warning devices in space, should the dreaded Myloki return. But the financial burden of the war has caused global financial meltdown and Earth stands on the brink of anarchy. The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe discover the war was in fact faked by a corrupt Earth dictatorship that has turned the planet into a tightly controlled utopia. Drugs keep the population under strict and docile control. Humanity is reduced to little more than work units. With the help of war hero Captain Grant Matthews, a PRISM agent accidentally made indestructible during the war, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe gradually discover the truth but in doing so they face the opposition of a whole planet.