Day of Armageddon PhotonovelBookmark and Share

Friday, 30 January 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
BBCi have been granted permission to take a telesnap-like photonovel of the recently recovered "Day of Armageddon," episode two of The Daleks' Master Plan. The photographs are printed along with informational text, and provide a first glimpse to many of us of some of the events not seen since its original broadcast (including the oft-mentioned "alien delegates".) You can view the photonovel by clicking here.




Portal to InfinityBookmark and Share

Thursday, 29 January 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
Portal to Infinity is a new, unauthorized review guide of Doctor Who stories written by Keith C. Bradbury (the owner of the Who North America web store), due out in February. Says the press release: "Portal to Infinity is a guide to all those televised stories that have delighted fans of all ages throughout the globe. With plot synopses, reviews, multiple opinions, and even a ten star rating system, this book covers the entire series during its 26 year run. It even covers the 1996 telemovie starring Paul McGann, the Dalek movies featuring Peter Cushing, and the charity specials. What makes this book unique is the wide range of opinions given on the various stories. Dozens of reviewers contributed their time and opinions to make this book a reality. Sometimes they agree; often they disagree. But in the end, you will understand why we say 'It's like watching Doctor Who with a group of your friends!'" "Portal to Infinity" will be available first at WhoNA, then at specialty shops soon thereafter. The cover illustration to the book is available atwww.whona.com/portaltoinfinity.jpg. (Thanks to Keith & Jany Bradbury)




The Second ComingBookmark and Share

Thursday, 29 January 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
The weekly trade magazine Broadcast voted new DW producer Russell T. Davies' ITV two-part series The Second Coming as best drama; read the news report here.




DWM 340Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 29 January 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
Issue 340 of Doctor Who Magazine will be on sale February 5. Here's what you can expect from the next issue: DWM reveals the identity of Doctor Who's new television producer, while series writer Russell T Davies drops a few more hints about the show; "Ooh Lalla!," as Lalla Ward, gives DWM the warts-and-all story of her time in Doctor Who in the first part if a revealing new interview; "Channel Hopping," another installment of "Scheduled for Success" as Andrew Pixley discusses about the "Doctor?s greatest enemies... no, not the Daleks or the Cybermen, but The A-Team, Lost in Space and Coronation Street!"; Gareth Roberts peers through the police box doors, and attempts to construct the ultimate user's manual, in "Living in a Box"; the third part of the comic strip "Bad Blood"; it's the end of "It's the End"; plus all the regular news, reviews and features. (Thanks to Clay Hickman and DWM)





Empire of DeathBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 28 January 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
BBC Worldwide has released details on the forthcoming novel Empire of Death by David Bishop, due out in March from BBC Bokos. Details are as follows:

Empire of Death, by David Bishop

In 1856, a boy discovers he can speak with the voices of the dead. He grows up to become one of England's most celebrated spriritualists.

In 1863 the British Empire is effectively without a leader. Queen Victoria is inconsolable with grief following the death of her beloved husband, Prince Albert. The monarch's last hope is a secret seance.

The Doctor and Nyssa are also coming to terms with loss following the death of Adric and Tegan's sudden departure. Trying to visit the Great Exhibition of 1851, the time travellers are shocked when Adric's ghost appears in the TARDIS, beckoning them to the Other Side.

What is hidden in a drowned village guarded by the British Army? Is there life after death and can it be reached by those still alive? And why is the Doctor so terrified of facing his own ghosts?

Featuring the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa




Guy de Carnac booksBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 28 January 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
David A. McIntee will be writing a series of novels using the character Guy de Carnac from his New Adventures novel "Sanctuary", published by Twenty First Century Books; the first one, "Descent" (tentative title) is due out later in the year.




Fenric and Two Docs DVD CoversBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 28 January 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
Outpost Gallifrey has received the cover illustrations for the forthcoming North American DVD releases of The Curse of Fenric (Warner Home Video #E1993) and The Two Doctors (WHV #E1994), which we revealed first this past Sunday. Both DVD releases, which are two-disc sets, are due out June 1 with a suggested retail price of $34.98. Click on the thumbnails below for a larger version.




Radio Times and Sky MagazineBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 27 January 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
This week's Radio Times (31 Jan-6 Feb) has the results of a recent poll on their website of "Spookiest TV Of All Time". While Doctor Who doesn't specifically feature, author William Gallagher says in his write-up: "If you're wondering where Doctor Who is, we know it could do spooky, but as it walks away with every poll it figures in, we awarded it a Certificate of Advanced Spookiness and left it off the list to give the others a chance". Meanwhile, Sky TV Magazine has done a similar yet more arbitrary poll of "scary moments", presumably selected by the magazine staff, in which Doctor Who does feature; the entry (which comes in ninth place) consists of: "The bit where the Cybermen come out of the sewers." (It doesn't mention the story -- "The Invasion" -- but at least it's there!) (Thanks to Matthew Harris)




North America DVD: UpdateBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 27 January 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
We've learned more about the DVD releases coming in 2004 and early 2005, as Outpost Gallifrey noted in our Sunday news report. Both The Curse of Fenric and The Two Doctors will indeed be out on June 1 (we hope to bring you the cover illustrations as soon as they're available, possibly tomorrow.) Meanwhile, we have been told that Earthshock is indeed on the list of probable releases for the next twelve months, though it was accidentally left off the email BBCAmericaShop sent out to enquiring parties. The DVDs that haven't been "officially" confirmed in the UK -- namely,The Green Death and The Beginning Boxed Set -- should be taken as "potential," in that they would follow UK releases that haven't been officially confirmed yet by BBC Worldwide (but which have been mentioned as possible releases by UK-based retailers). As always, we will continue to report things as we hear them.




A History of the UniverseBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 27 January 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
Mad Norwegian Press will be reprinting Lance Parkin's acclaimed and out-of-print A History of the Universe, editor Lars Pearson told Outpost Gallifrey today. "History of the Universe," a complete timeline to the Doctor Who mythos, was originally published by Virgin in May 1996; Parkin will be updating the guide to encompass the remainder of the Virgin Doctor Who series not covered when the book was printed, the BBC Doctor Who novels, the Big Finish audios and other stories. The book, which will be printed as "unauthorized," will be released in December 2004 as an oversized softcover. (Thanks to Lars Pearson)




Whotopia 2Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 25 January 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
Issue 2 of the Canadian fanzine Whotopia is out; it includes such features "20 Questions with Louise Jameson," "Season 5: The Year of the Monsters," "The Making of Doctor Who Recons Part II," "The Scream of The Shalka Overview" and other highlights. For more details visit http://whotopia.tvheaven.com. (Thanks to Bob Furnell)




Dinsdale Landen TributeBookmark and Share

Sunday, 25 January 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
January 18th's BBC Radio Five Live's "Brief Lives" show (an obituary programme) featured a segment on Dinsdale Landen ("The Curse of Fenric"), featuring an interview with his wife discussing his work on Fenric. (Thanks to Chris Patient)




Davies on South BankBookmark and Share

Sunday, 25 January 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
New Who producer Russell T. Davies will appear on the UK arts television magazine show "The South Bank Show" on February 8 at 22:45, according to their website as well as an appearance by the show's presenter Melvin Bragg on the "Today with Des and Mel" show. Says the South Bank site, "Can television drama still explore the state of the nation? Is there a place for politics in television drama? Just how truthful is docudrama? These are just some of the questions explored in the second programme in this two-part South Bank Show Special. Revealing the secrets and craft behind their work are some of this country's leading writers including Paul Abbott, Tony Marchant and Russell T Davies. With exclusive footage from several up-and-coming dramas for 2004, contributions from actors, directors and commissioning editors, this is an in-depth look at whether television drama can still break new boundaries in a medium dominated by reality TV and lifestyle shows." (Thanks to Ben Morris and Vin Marsden Hendrick)




Shalka Wins Blue ChipBookmark and Share

Sunday, 25 January 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
Cosgrove Hall, the animators behind "The Scream of the Shalka," have won the award for Best Digital Animation -- the award Outpost Gallifrey previously noted it was nominated for -- at the Blue Chip Awards, the digital industry awards for the North West.