DOCTOR WHO Vinyl Announced for Record Store Day 2018

Demon Records has announced a pair of vinyl releases exclusive for Record Store Day 2018 that will appeal to fans of a certain TV Time Lord. Following on from their fabulous releases in the past couple of years for RSD, this year, we have the delights of Doctor Who: City Of Death and Doctor Who: … Continued

STAR COPS Comes to Audio

Thirty years after it broadcast nine of ten planned episodes, Star Cops is coming back. Chris Boucher’s show is being updated as Big Finish imagines a big-budget second series and brings it to audio. The original show followed Nathan Spring (David Calder) as he took over as Commander of the International Space Police Force, non-affectionately … Continued

Check Out the NOW WE ARE SIX HUNDRED Podcast

National Poetry Day may have been last week, but you can still wax lyrical with poems inspired by Doctor Who with the recently-released book Now We Are Six Hundred: A Collection of Time Lord Verse. Plus you can go behind the scenes of the book with a free podcast available on Soundcloud.

Now We Are Six Hundred is a gentle collection of charming, funny and whimsical poems that celebrate the joys, sorrows and wonders of Time Lord life. Written by author James Goss, the book features illustrations by former Doctor Who Executive Producer Russell T Davies – his first role as an illustrator, using the comic artist skills he developed in his youth.

Listen to Russell T Davies and James Goss talk to Richard E. Grant about how they collaborated on Now We Are Six Hundred – an ingenious book of poetry, illustrated and inspired by Doctor Who. They also share their thoughts on the new Doctor as played by Jodie Whittaker, their top tips for writing in general, and their upcoming projects.

The poems are read by Jon Culshaw and music is composed by Blair Mowat.

Now We Are Six Hundred is available to buy: https://po.st/NowWeAre600.

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WHO TALK Releases Two Brand New Commentaries!

Who Talk, who specialise in providing alternative audio commentary for existing Doctor Who DVDs and episodes has announced two new additions to their catalogue.

These are: a brand new commentary for the 1971 serial The Claws of Axos featuring Katy Manning, Richard Franklin and Bernard Holley.
Adventures in Time brings together a variety of historical Hartnell-themed episodes featuring commentaries on The Aztecs, The Romans and The Crusades.
There is also a Special Edition Bundle also available – with covers autographed by the cast and bonus disc with exclusive material!

From the official press release:
Two new Who Talk CDs as we travel back in time for some historical escapades and battle some beautiful golden aliens with a nasty secret!

The first of two releases this month is called Adventures in Time, and is a collection of Hartnell themed historical stories including episodes from The Aztecs, The Romans and The Crusade, and features a number of cast and crew from these stories.


“This release sees a Who Talk debut for Maureen O’Brien, who really enjoyed the chance to look back some of her appearances as Vicki,” says producer Paul W T Ballard. “The resulting commentaries are a wonderful addition to the range.”

Joining Maureen O’Brien are William Russell, Julian Glover, Petra Markham, George Little, Kay Patrick, Ian Cullen, Clive Doig, Brian Hodgson, all once again under the watchful eye of Toby Hadoke.

We are also bringing you another classic from the Pertwee era…

The Claws of Axos might not have been the most obvious of choices to go for,” explains Paul, “but there were quite a few voices missing from the original commentary, recorded over a decade ago!”


“It was great to get the serial’s director Michael Ferguson, script editor Terrance Dicks, co-writer Bob Baker and Axos himself Bernard Holley to commentate on the serial for the first time. We were also thrilled to welcome back Katy Manning and Richard Franklin, although listeners will have to listen in to find out why Katy gets a telling off!”

We are also offering listeners a special edition bundle featuring both The Claws of Axos and Adventures in Time. Each set will come with the cover signed by an actor from each release, and Adventures in Time contains a both disc featuring exclusive additional commentaries on The Crusade and The Time Meddler.

Both sets are now available, you can purchase them direct from Who Talk at a discounted price of £10.99 each (RRP £12.99) or via download priced £9.99. The special edition bundle will be available exclusively via the website priced £39.99. The CDs are very limited, and exclusively available via whotalk.co.uk.

Please note: These commentaries contain no BBC copyrighted elements and do not feature audio from the episodes themselves.

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DOCTOR WHO Movie Star Daphne Ashbrook’s Autobiography Out Now on Audiobook

Daphne Ashbrook’s autobiography has been released by Fantom as an audiobook on CD, read by the author herself.

From the press release:

Witty, self-effacing and painfully honest; the themes of life, death and laughter come together as Daphne Ashbrook recounts her many on-and off-screen scrapes with mortality. Packed with rich anecdotes from her career in TV, stage and film, this refreshingly candid and conversational memoir spans a childhood in a theatrical family to pulling back the curtain of Hollywood, revealing the glamour and ridiculousness of a business mired in a struggle between art and profit.


Known for both her comic timing and deep emotional portrayals, Daphne has appeared in many TV and film roles including the 1996 Doctor Who movie, in which she played the role of Dr. Grace Holloway and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the titular character in Melora. Reflecting on her life and her career, Daphne discovers the surprising patterns and hilarious absurdities that accompany being a modern-day professional actor. The result is an amusing, informative and intimate memoir.

Co-produced by Spokenworld Audio, Dead Woman Laughing is available now from the Fantom Films website or to pre-order from Amazon – unabridged – in a 5-CD set priced £15.99.

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Check Out THE FUTURE BOYS Online Now

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign at the beginning of 2017, the first 2 episodes of The Future Boys have been released online.

The show’s official synopsis is:
Having spent two years apart and taken up new identities, Tyler and Gary are unwittingly brought back together by Rik Sheringham, a galaxy-renowned treasure hunter, celebrity and old school friend/enemy of Tyler’s. Sheringham’s deal is simple – Tyler and Gary must undergo a series of daring and dangerous heists on his behalf, or be handed over to the authorities and forced to face the death sentence that has been looming over their heads for years. Can Tyler and Gary re-unite and stay on the same page long enough to complete the job? Or are they doomed to fail? Either way, there seems to be more to the jobs than a simple robbery, or Sheringham’s intentions may not be all they seem…

The Future Boys stars Cliff Chapman as Tyler and Adam Joselyn as Gary, with Emma Stirling and Robert Dearn supporting. Written, directed, and created by Steve Jordan, it was recorded in front of a live audience at the Leicester Square Theatre and is available for free download from iTunes and Soundcloud and to listen to on YouTube.

As well as being part of Bad Bat Productions (with Ellen Gallagher), creator Steve Jordan has just been commissioned to write a Doctor Who audio drama for Big Finish.

To find out more head over to www.thefutureboys.co.uk. Also, check out the awesome artwork by Chris Moore

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Mark Gatiss to Star in BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW from Bafflegab

Bafflegab Productions
has just announced the first day of recording has happened on a new audio
production of Blood on Satan’s Claw, starring Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith.
The original film was released back in 1971 and starred (amongst others) Linda
Hayden, who also returns for this production. The new cast also includes Alice
Lowe (Sightseers, Prevenge), John Heffernan (Ripper Street, Jonathan Strange
and Mr Norrell), Ralph Ineson (The Witch, The Office) and Philip Hill-Pearson
(Shameless, Good Cop).

Although some recording has happened, Bafflegab will be
launching a crowdfunding campaign with details announced on their website and Facebook
pages.

Mark Gatiss is a big fan of the original, and says: “I
first saw Blood on Satan’s Claw in the Friday night horror slot on Tyne Tees
television, when I was a kid. I remember it vividly because it scared the life
out of me. It’s so distinctly different. The pitch for the film is so strange,
and it’s very much in that folk horror tradition: dark, bucolic, earthy and
genuinely disquieting. It’s a fabulous tale.”

Scriptwriter Mark Morris adds: “I was first captivated by its
unsettling, nightmarish atmosphere at the age of 12 or 13, since when it’s been
one of my favourite horror films. I leaped at the chance, therefore, to adapt
and expand the original screenplay for this new audio version, and from day one
this has been a real labour of love. The calibre of the cast we’ve been able to
attract to the project is phenomenal, and a testament to the film’s enduring
impact. Blood on Satan’s Claw is back – and I’m incredibly proud, this time
around, to be a part of it.”

If you’re unfamiliar with the original, Blood on Satan’s Claw sits alongside Witchfinder General and The
Wicker Man
as one of the three films which make up the subgenre known as
folk horror. In it, a village in 17th Century England is overcome by a Satanic
plague after a hideous skull is found in the furrows of a farmer’s field. The
village youth fall quickly under the devil’s spell and retreat to the woodland
to conduct games of sexual violence and sacrifice.

Fans of the original should rest assured this new audio
adaptation is true to the film. As Linda Hayden concludes: “It’s lovely working with Reece
Shearsmith and Mark Gatiss, as they’re huge fans of the film. I’m really
honoured. It was always a really atmospheric piece, and the script to this new
audio really captures that.”

More details can be found at bafflegab.co.uk.

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Bafflegab Productions
has just announced the first day of recording has happened on a new audio
production of Blood on Satan’s Claw, starring Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith.
The original film was released back in 1971 and starred (amongst others) Linda
Hayden, who also returns for this production. The new cast also includes Alice
Lowe (Sightseers, Prevenge), John Heffernan (Ripper Street, Jonathan Strange
and Mr Norrell), Ralph Ineson (The Witch, The Office) and Philip Hill-Pearson
(Shameless, Good Cop).

Although some recording has happened, Bafflegab will be
launching a crowdfunding campaign with details announced on their website and Facebook
pages.

Mark Gatiss is a big fan of the original, and says: “I
first saw Blood on Satan’s Claw in the Friday night horror slot on Tyne Tees
television, when I was a kid. I remember it vividly because it scared the life
out of me. It’s so distinctly different. The pitch for the film is so strange,
and it’s very much in that folk horror tradition: dark, bucolic, earthy and
genuinely disquieting. It’s a fabulous tale.”

Scriptwriter Mark Morris adds: “I was first captivated by its
unsettling, nightmarish atmosphere at the age of 12 or 13, since when it’s been
one of my favourite horror films. I leaped at the chance, therefore, to adapt
and expand the original screenplay for this new audio version, and from day one
this has been a real labour of love. The calibre of the cast we’ve been able to
attract to the project is phenomenal, and a testament to the film’s enduring
impact. Blood on Satan’s Claw is back – and I’m incredibly proud, this time
around, to be a part of it.”

If you’re unfamiliar with the original, Blood on Satan’s Claw sits alongside Witchfinder General and The
Wicker Man
as one of the three films which make up the subgenre known as
folk horror. In it, a village in 17th Century England is overcome by a Satanic
plague after a hideous skull is found in the furrows of a farmer’s field. The
village youth fall quickly under the devil’s spell and retreat to the woodland
to conduct games of sexual violence and sacrifice.

Fans of the original should rest assured this new audio
adaptation is true to the film. As Linda Hayden concludes: “It’s lovely working with Reece
Shearsmith and Mark Gatiss, as they’re huge fans of the film. I’m really
honoured. It was always a really atmospheric piece, and the script to this new
audio really captures that.”

More details can be found at bafflegab.co.uk.

Derek Jacobi Reprising the War Master for Big Finish

On the tenth anniversary of his appearance in the TV episode Utopia, Big Finish has announced a War Master box set: four stories available in December 2017, with Derek Jacobi returning to the role of the Master.

Doctor Who: The War Master Volume One follows the exploits of the Doctor’s arch-enemy during the course of the devastating Time War, featuring stories from acclaimed Doctor Who writers James Goss, Guy Adams and Nicholas Briggs – as well as new writing talent from Janine H Jones.

DOCTOR WHO: THE WAR MASTER VOLUME ONE WILL BE CONQUERING THE UNIVERSE FROM DECEMBER 2017 IN FOUR HOUR-LONG EPISODES:

Beneath the Viscoid by Nicholas Briggs

The Good Master by Janine H Jones

The Sky Man by James Goss

The Heavenly Paradigm by Guy Adams

Writer James Goss explains what makes this Master unique, “What was exciting about this was that normally the Master loses. He puts in the hours, he works through all these elaborate plans and yet it all goes wrong. It’s not fair! What did Sir Derek do in the Time War? It’s thrilling to have helped find out.

The cast includes Jacqueline King (Sylvia Noble – Doctor Who), Mark Elstob (Number 6 – The Prisoner), Deirdre Mullins (Naomi – Man Down), Rachel Atkins (Vicky Tucker – The Archers), Jonny Green (Torchwood), Hannah Barker (Harriet Sloane – Holby City), Jake Dudman, Emily Barber (Gwendolen Fairfax – The Importance of Being Earnest), Robert Daws (Dr. Choake – Poldark), Nerys Hughes (Brenda Williams – Torchwood), Jonathan Bailey (Olly Stevens – Broadchurch) and Nicholas Briggs as the Daleks.

 
Scott Handcock, Derek Jacobi. Nicholas Briggs

Writer/editor/producer Nick Briggs had this to say:

I was lucky enough to have directed Sir Derek fourteen years ago in Deadline (one of our Doctor Who Unbound releases), so I was delighted to be able to work with him once again. The thrill for me has been just how fascinating and exhilarating it is to write a series when the leading character is a bad guy. Writing my own script and working on the others with Scott has been such a rewarding challenge. I’m really keen to do it again, and further explore exactly what the Master did get up to in the Time War.

 

The War Master Volume One is available for pre-order from bigfinish.com on CD (box set) £23 and download £20. It is also available for pre-order in a bundle with upcoming releases Gallifrey: Time War and Tales of New Earth on CD for £63 and download for £54.

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