New Series Promo Card - Updated 1 NovBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 27 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
Updated 1 November   Tenth Planet attended the Brand Licensing Event in London. BBC Worldwide were there promoting their different brands and giving away Doctor Who promotional cards, and Tenth Planet posted the card, of which we've now obtained a better version of the graphic. The back of the postcard reads: "The Doctor looks and seems human. He's handsome, sexy and witty, and could be mistaken for just another man in the street. But the Doctor is a Time Lord: a 900 year old alien with 2 hearts, part of a gifted civilisation who mastered time travel. Christopher Eccleston plays the Doctor, and Billie Piper is Rose in the thrilling new series of Doctor Who, on BBC TV in Spring 2005. Brace yourself for some exhilarating experiences and deadly confronations across time and space. The human race will survive - but only with the Doctor's help." BBC contact details follow on the card. Click on the image at right for a larger version. (Thanks to Roger Anderson)




Ghost Light in AustraliaBookmark and Share

Monday, 25 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
According to Roadshow Home Video, Ghost Light, the Seventh Doctor and Ace serial, will be available on DVD in Australia (with the same features as in the UK) on February 3, 2005. (Thanks to Tony Keywood)




Provisional BBC Books ScheduleBookmark and Share

Monday, 25 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
In addition to recent reports of Doctor Who novels from BBC Books that Outpost Gallifrey have reported, BBCi have featured some updates on forthcoming Doctor Who novels later in 2005. They include the following books.
Fear Itself by Nick Wallace (Eighth Doctor, September 2005)
Book To Be Announced by Terrance Dicks (Second Doctor, October 2005)
The Time Travellers by Simon Guerrier (First Doctor, November 2005)
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Atom Bomb Blues by Andrew Cartmel (Seventh Doctor) (December 2005)




TARDIS on Top of the PopsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 21 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
The TARDIS was featured on the October 15 edition of the BBC1 series Top of the Pops, right in front of BBC Television Centre! For no reason, but it's still quite cool...




Big Finish UpdateBookmark and Share

Thursday, 21 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
Brief update at the Big Finish website: single and double CD's have increased slightly in price in the UK, but subscription and overseas rates will remain the same as at present. The reasons are at their site. Also posted: the cover for the final chapter of the Dalek Empire 3 six-CD set, "The Future"; click on the thumbnail at right for a larger version. They've also updated with the cover for The Juggernauts (which we posted here on Outpost Gallifrey a while back) and some other updates to their various spinoff series. One of them, the Bernice Summerfield series, has a slight change: instead of "The Purpura Pawn," the title of the forthcoming novella trilogy being released in hardcover late in the year is now called A Life in Pieces.




Mind Robber and Axos UpdatesBookmark and Share

Thursday, 21 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
As previously noted on Outpost Gallifrey, the Patrick Troughton serial The Mind Robber and the Jon Pertwee storyThe Claws of Axos are the second and third DVD releases of 2005, according to new articles on the Restoration Teamwebsite. The articles briefly describe the cleanup efforts taken on the two releases, coming in March and May of 2005. There is no word on extras, however, as that information has been given to a future issue of Doctor Who Magazine.




Hitchhikers on CDBookmark and Share

Thursday, 21 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
The audio adaptation of the third series of Douglas Adams' classic satire The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is out on October 25, having been broadcast over the past several weeks on BBC Radio 4. Based loosely on his aborted screenplay "Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen," the story for the third series (which reunited the original cast) eventually wound up as the third book in the series, "Life, The Universe and Everything" and has been adapted for radio and, now, audio. The CD and cassette release includes 25 minutes of exclusive & previously unheard footage. The cover illustration is at right. Meanwhile, series stars Geoffrey McGivern (Ford), Stephen Moore (Marvin), Susan Sheridan (Trillian), William Franklyn (the Book, and recently featured in the Doctor Who audio "The Roof of the World" from Big Finish) and series director Dirk Maggs will be signing the CD's at Forbidden Planet in London on October 30 from 12-1pm. (Thanks to Laura Burch/BBC Audiobooks)




Barrowman on CrusaidBookmark and Share

Thursday, 21 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
John Barrowman, featured in the forthcoming first season of the new Doctor Who series, will be hosting an exclusive film screening in honor of World AIDS Day on December 1. "Star of stage and screen John Barrowman hosts an exclusive screening of his favourite film for Crusaid. Join us for a fabulous one-off night on World AIDS Day itself, where Crusaid supporter John will introduce his chosen film, followed by drinks and canap?s." To reserve a space at the screening, the venue for which is to be announced, "call the events team on 020 7539 3894 or email events@crusaid.org.uk". (Thanks to Matt Evenden)




Confidential UpdateBookmark and Share

Thursday, 21 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
The official site has some further details on the forthcoming documentary series Doctor Who Confidential, which we first discussed in a news report in early October. The details come in the form of an interview with executive producer Mark Cossey. "Confidential is its own beast," Cossey told the official site. "[I]t will be more observational than the others, more of a documentary but with an entertainment edge. Like Doctor Who, we just want to tell a good story and give the audience an insight into the legend that is Doctor Who." It mentions that the access of the documentary team to the production is rather extensive, and will focus almost exclusively on the new show. There is no word as to whether it will be released on DVD or not with the first season of the new series.




BBC7 Program NotesBookmark and Share

Thursday, 21 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
BBC7 is currently broadcasting Martin Chuzzlewit featuring Pat Troughton as Old Martin, weekdays (from Monday 18th October) at 10am (repeated at 1am the next day), in ten parts. As ever, the Listen Again service allows you to listen for the following six days after broadcast, via the BBCi website. Also Monday's Million Pound Radio show featured a Doctor Who spoof. Broadcast at 0830, 2200 and 0330 the following day, this will also be avaiable for the following six days (not members of the Who cast involved). Plus each Tuesday, at 2300 and 0430 the following day, the vocal talents of Tom Baker can be doing a similar job to his Little Britain role, but many years before. Check out the BBC7 website for further info. (Thanks to Bob Berrow)




The Indestructible ManBookmark and Share

Thursday, 21 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
The final BBC Books novel of 2004, The Indestructible Man by Simon Messingham, featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe, will be out in November. Below is the cover illustration and back cover blurb for the book; click on the thumbnail for a larger version.
THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN, by Simon Messingham

The Myloki, mysterious aliens from beyond Time and Space. Their Target: Earth.

The human defenders of PRISM are enmeshed in a doomed interstellar war against an unknowable invader armed with the power to possess, duplicate and destroy from within. Only one man stands in their way. A man destiny has made indestructible. Against all the odds the legendary Indestructible Man saves the Earth but victory comes at the highest price. The world economy collapses, governments crumble and PRISM itself is torn apart by a best-selling expose.

AD2096; PRISM has gone underground, becoming the clandestine SILOET, headed by new commander Hal Bishop. Bishop receives an urgent summon to his headquarters. An infiltrator has been unmasked and captured in the heart of SILOET itself. Fatally wounded, the infiltrator makes a miraculous recovery. It appears he is indestructible. The implications are terrifying.

The Myloki may just have returned. And who is left to stop them?




Doctor Who Wedding BellsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 21 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
Doctor Who Nancy Cox and Matthew Saunders celebrated an out-of-this-world wedding dressing as characters from Doctor Who, according to this article in the Bucks Free Press. (Thanks to Mark Healey)




The New Series Logo DebutsBookmark and Share

Monday, 18 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
The official Doctor Who site today debuted the new Doctor Who series logo, "created by Louise Hillam, Alison Jenkins and Hywel Roberts at the Graphic Design team at BBC Wales, with Luke Davies and Paul Humphrey at Insect Design working on the background." It's displayed below.




Who's Next in FebruaryBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 13 October 2004 - Reported by Shaun Lyon
According to co-writer Eddie Robson, Virgin's upcoming book Who's Next is now scheduled for publication on February 10, 2005.