Welcome to the Release Guide Archive for January 2011, here at Doctor Who Online. This is the place where you can find information on items that have been released previously.

 

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January 2011



 




A Christmas Carol

BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

11th Doctor

RRP: £13.27 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com

Released:  24th January 2011

 


Includes a Digital Copy.

It’s the deepest part of winter, the exact midpoint, Christmas Eve - half way out of the dark. Amy and Rory are trapped on a stricken space liner that’s plummeting through banks of thick icy fog to the surface of the planet below. Only one man has the power to save them; only one man is in possession of a machine that can clear the fog and let them land safely. That man is Kazran Sardick, a rich but lonely old miser who rules Sardicktown with a sky-mast of iron.

The Doctor’s only chance of rescuing the ship’s four thousand passengers is to save Kazran’s soul and show him that life is worth living. For this he needs to go back, way back, to when Kazran was a boy with a life full of promise. But can the Doctor put a song in Kazran’s heart and love in his life, in time for Christmas? Can he bring him out of the dark?

Starring alongside Matt Smith as the Doctor, Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, and Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams, A Christmas Carol also stars singing sensation Katherine Jenkins in her first acting role and British acting stalwart Michael Gambon.






A Christmas Carol - (Blu-ray)

BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

11th Doctor

RRP: £16.33 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com

Released:  24th January 2011

 


It’s the deepest part of winter, the exact midpoint, Christmas Eve - half way out of the dark. Amy and Rory are trapped on a stricken space liner that’s plummeting through banks of thick icy fog to the surface of the planet below. Only one man has the power to save them; only one man is in possession of a machine that can clear the fog and let them land safely. That man is Kazran Sardick, a rich but lonely old miser who rules Sardicktown with a sky-mast of iron.

The Doctor’s only chance of rescuing the ship’s four thousand passengers is to save Kazran’s soul and show him that life is worth living. For this he needs to go back, way back, to when Kazran was a boy with a life full of promise. But can the Doctor put a song in Kazran’s heart and love in his life, in time for Christmas? Can he bring him out of the dark?

Starring alongside Matt Smith as the Doctor, Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, and Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams, A Christmas Carol also stars singing sensation Katherine Jenkins in her first acting role and British acting stalwart Michael Gambon.







Meglos

BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

4th Doctor

RRP: £19.99 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com

Released:  10th January 2011

 


Zastor, Leader of the planet Tigella, rules a divided people. Savants and Deons are irrevocably opposed on one crucial issue - the Dodecahedron, mysterious source of all their power.

To the Savants the Dodecahedron is a miracle of science to be studied, observed and used to benefit Tigellan civilisation. To the Deons it is a god and not to be tampered with.

When the power supply begins to fluctuate wildly the whole planet is threatened, but the Tigellans cannot agree how they should deal with the problem.

Zastor welcomes the arrival of the Doctor and invites him to arbitrate, but the Deons are suspicious of the Time Lord - and perhaps rightly so...

Special Features:

• 4 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.
• Commentary - stereo. With actors Lalla Ward and Christopher Owen, co-writer John Flanagan, composers Paddy Kingsland and Peter Howell.
• Meglos Men (dur. 18’ 10”) – long-time writing partners John Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch revisit some of their old London haunts and meet with Doctor Who script editor Christopher H. Bidmead at his home to discuss ‘Meglos’, their only story for the series.
• The Scene Sync Story (dur. 12’ 03”) – ‘Meglos’ used a pioneering process called Scene Sync in the creation of many of its shots, in which a robotic camera moving over a model set followed the movements of a studio camera photographing the actors in a bluescreen set, allowing the two to be composited together into a single image. This documentary looks at the technology behind this precursor to today’s virtual-studio productions. With visual effects designer Stephen Drewett and studio cameramen Peter Leverick and Roger Bunce.
• Jacqueline Hill – A Life in Pictures (dur. 13’ 46”) – actress Jacqueline Hill was one of the original companions to accompany the Doctor in his early adventures, returning to the show many years later to play Lexa in ‘Meglos’. This documentary looks at the life of an actress whose life was taken tragically early by illness. With husband Alvin Rakoff, Doctor Who’s first producer Verity Lambert and friends and fellow actors William Russell and Ann Davies.
• Entropy Explained (dur. 4’ 53”) – Dr. Phillip Trowga of the University of Westminster looks at the principle of entropy, key to the plot of ‘Meglos’.
• Photo Gallery (dur. 4’ 17") - production, design and publicity photos from the story.
• Isolated Score – option to view the story with isolated music soundtrack.
• Coming Soon (dur. Approx 1’) - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.
• Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.







The Mutants

BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

3rd Doctor

RRP: £19.99 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com

Released:  31st January 2011

 


The Time Lords send the Doctor and Jo on a mission to deliver a sealed message pod to an unknown party aboard a Skybase orbiting the planet Solos in the 30th century.

Solos is due to gain independence from Earth's empire but its Marshal is determined to prevent this. He arranges the murder of the Earth Administrator and, with his chief scientist Jaeger, plans to transform Solo's atmosphere into one more suited to humans.

Ky, a young Solonian leader, is falsely accused of the murder and flees to the planet, taking Jo with him. The Doctor follows and joins them in an old thaesium mine. Ky turns out to be the intended recipient of the message pod, which opens automatically for him. Inside are stone tablets carved with ancient inscriptions...

Special Features:

Disc 1- Episodes:

• 6 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.
• Commentary - stereo. With actors Katy Manning and Garrick Hagon, director Christopher Barry, script editor Terrance Dicks, co-writer Bob Baker, special sounds supervisor Brian Hodgson and designer Jeremy Bear. Moderated by Nicholas Pegg.
• Coming Soon (dur. Approx 1’) - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.
• Programme subtitles.
• Subtitle Production Notes.

Disc 2 – DVD Extras:

• Mutt Mad (dur. 20’ 43”) – cast and crew look back at the making of the story. With actor Garrick Hagon, producer Barry Letts, director Christopher Barry, co-writer Bob Baker, script editor Terrance Dicks and designer Jeremy Bear.
• Race Against Time (dur. 37’ 38”) - Noel Clarke narrates a documentary looking at the representation of black actors in Doctor Who and on British TV as a whole. With writer and critic Bidisha, writer Stephen Bourne, actor Fraser James, and Doctor Who Magazine’s assistant editor Peter Ware. Narrated by Noel Clarke.
• Dressing Doctor Who (dur. 27’ 04”) – three-times Academy Award winning costume designer James Acheson takes an affectionate look back over his earlier work on Doctor Who from his home in New Zealand. Narrated by Simon Ockendon.
• Blue Peter (dur. 1’ 35”) – Peter Purves takes a look at a collection of Doctor Who monsters prior to the opening of an exhibition of visual effects.
• Photo Gallery (dur. 2’ 56”) - production, design and publicity photos from the story.
• Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.









The Jade Pyramid

BBC Audio / AudioGO

11th Doctor

RRP: £8.99 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com
Released:
  6th January 2011

 


Intercepting a distress call, the TARDIS is drawn to a Shinto shrine in medieval Japan, where the Doctor and Amy are met by village elder Shijo Sada. He explains that the ogre-like mannequins surrounding the holy site are harmless guardians, called Otoroshi.

At the heart of the temple is an ancient jade pyramid, so sacred that only the monks may look at it. But the Shogun, the ruler of Japan, wants to possess the pyramid and has ordered seven samurai and a band of soldiers to come to Kokan and seize it. Whilst the Doctor is tracked by a ninja assassin, Amy discovers what happens to trespassers at the shrine.

Soon the secrets of the jade pyramid - and the towering Otoroshi - will be known...

Written specially for audio by Martin Day, "The Jade Pyramid" is read by Matt Smith, who plays the Doctor in the acclaimed hit series from BBC Television.







The Edge of Destruction

BBC Audio / AudioGO

1st Doctor

RRP: £12.99 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com
Released:
  6th January 2011

 


In a final bid to regain control of the TARDIS' faulty control system the Doctor is driven to experiment with a dangerous untried combination.

With a violent explosion the TARDIS blacks out and the crew find themselves trapped inside. A simple technical fault? Sabotage? Or something even more sinister?

Tension mounts as the Doctor and his companions begin to suspect one another. What has happened to the TARDIS? Slowly a terrifying suspicion dawns. Has the TARDIS become the prisoner of some powerful fifth intelligence which is even now haunting the time-machine's dark and gloomy corridors?

William Russell, who played the Doctor's companion Ian in the original TV serial, reads Nigel Robinson's complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1988.







4.08 - Prisoner of the Sun

Big Finish Productions

8th Doctor

RRP: £10.99 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com
Released:
  31st January 2011

 


Six years after being captured by the galaxy-spanning organisation known only as The Consensus, the Doctor lives inside a hi-tech complex at the heart of an unstable sun, condemned to an eternity maintaining its systems. A moment's carelessness could cause the star to collapse – and the deaths of billions.

Watched over by liquid guards, the Mercurials, the Doctor's only company at the heart of the sun is his assistant 'Daphne' – the latest in a line of android helpers. But rebel eyes have their eyes on the sun, and its lonely controller – and are prepared to risk even a galactic cataclysm to secure the Doctor's release...








143 - The Crimes of Thomas Brewster

Big Finish Productions

6th Doctor

RRP: £14.99 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com
Released:
  31st January 2011

 


Sent down south to assist the Metropolitan Police in their efforts to investigate the gangland kingpin known only as 'the Doctor', Detective-Inspector Patricia Menzies finds herself up to her neck in laser-armed robot mosquitoes, gun-running criminal overlords, vanishing Tube trains... and not one, but two Doctors.

Meanwhile the real Doctor, and his academic assistant Professor Evelyn Smythe, have become ensnared in the machinations of an old acquaintance – time-travelling Victorian guttersnipe Thomas Brewster. But what's Brewster's connection to the rapacious robot Terravores? And can anyone contain the gathering swarm?








5.07 - The Companion Chronicles - Peri and the Piscon Paradox

Big Finish Productions

Peri Brown
RRP: £8.99 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com

Released:
  31st January 2011

 


The Doctor and Peri journey to Los Angeles 2009 to do battle with a Piscon. His name is Zarl, and he's a fish of utmost evil.

Zarl is going to steal all the water of Earth and sell it to the highest bidder. Or blow up the San Andreas fault. Or the planet. Or something like that. He's a bit vague on that point.

Fortunately, to stop him there’s help from an unexpected source: a future version of Peri. She knows Zarl's dark secret.

But should the future Peri be on Earth at all? Something smells fishy – and it's not just Zarl.









 

Page Last Updated: 1/2/2011

January 2011



No releases confirmed this month.




A Christmas Carol
BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

(11th Doctor)

A Christmas Carol - (Blu-ray)
BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

(11th Doctor)

Meglos
BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

(4th Doctor)

The Mutants
BBC DVD / 2|Entertain
(3rd Doctor)




The Jade Pyramid
BBC Audio / AudioGO

(11th Doctor)

The Edge of Destruction
BBC Audio / AudioGO

(1st Doctor)

4.08 - Prisoner of the Sun
Big Finish Productions

(8th Doctor)

143 - The Crimes of Thomas Brewster
Big Finish Productions
(6th Doctor)

5.07 - Companion Chronicles
Peri and the Piscon Paradox

Big Finish Productions
(Peri Brown)




No releases confirmed this month.


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