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Man Who Invented The Daleks
Aurum Press Ltd
By Alwyn W. Turner
3rd January 2013
The Daleks are one of the most iconic
and fearsome creations in television history. Since their first appearance in
1963, they have simultaneously fascinated and terrified generations of children,
their instant success ensuring, and sometimes eclipsing, that of
They sprang from the imagination of Terry Nation, a failed
stand-up comic who became one of the most prolific writers for television that
Britain has ever produced. Survivors, his vision of a
post-apocalyptic England, so haunted audiences in the Seventies that the BBC
revived it over thirty years on, and Blake’s 7,
constantly rumoured for return, endures as a cult sci-fi classic. But it is for
his genocidal pepperpots that Nation is most often remembered, and on the 50th
anniversary of their creation they continue to top the Saturday-night ratings.
Yet while the Daleks brought him notoriety and riches, Nation played a much
wider role in British broadcasting’s golden age. He wrote for Spike
Milligan, Frankie Howerd and an increasingly troubled Tony
Hancock, and as one of the key figures behind the adventure series of
the Sixties – including The Avengers, The
Saint and The Persuaders! – he turned
the pulp classics of his boyhood into a major British export.
In The Man Who Invented the Daleks, acclaimed cultural
historian Alwyn W. Turner, explores the curious and contested
origins of Doctor Who's greatest villains, and sheds light on a strange
world of ambitious young writers, producers and performers without whom British
culture today would look very different.
BBC Consumer Products
7th January 2013
Never aired on television due to a
strike in 1979, and never fully completed, the six-part adventure 'Shada' traces
the chase to recover a powerful book, the Artifacts of Gallifrey, stolen from
retired timelord Professor Chronotis (Denis Carey). Skagra (Christopher Neame)
is the evil despot responsible for this foul jiggery pokery.
Original footage from this episode was used as the Fourth Doctor's involvement
in 'The Five Doctors', before it was reassembled, with an older and portlier Tom
Baker narrating the missing gaps.
Also included is the BBC-produced documentary 'More Than Thirty Years in the
Tardis', a compilation of clips spanning the first thirty years of the Doctor,
including some never before seen on television, plus interviews with the many
stars, writers, producers and designers.
Talons Of Weng-Chiang
AudioGO / BBC Audio
RRP: £13.25 (CD)
/ £10.99 (Download)
3rd January 2013
Stepping out of the TARDIS
into Victorian London, Leela and the Doctor are confronted by menacing,
diabolical horrors shrouded within the swirling London fog - a man's death cry,
an attack by Chinese Tong hatchet men, giant rats roaming the sewers, young
women mysteriously disappearing...
The hideously deformed Magnus Greel, conducting a desperate search for the lost
Time Cabinet, is the instigator of all this evil. Posing as the Chinese god,
Weng-Chiang, Greel uses the crafty Chang, and the midget manikin, Mr Sin, to
achieve his terrifying objectives.
The Doctor must use all his skill, energy and intelligence to escape the talons
Christopher Benjamin, who played Henry Gordon Jago in the original BBC TV
serial, reads Terrance Dicks' complete and unabridged novelisation, first
published by Target Books in 1977.
- The Wrong Doctors
Big Finish Productions
RRP: £14.99 (CD) / £12.99 (Download)
With Evelyn gone, the Doctor sets
course for his destiny... in the form of his first meeting with Miss Melanie
Bush, a computer programmer from the village of Pease Pottage, currently busy
rehearsing with the local Amateur Dramatic Society – and blissfully unaware that
her future is on its way, in his TARDIS.
Make that two TARDISes. Because at that very moment, a slightly younger Doctor
is flying into Pease Pottage, too – returning his future companion Melanie Bush
to her rightful place and time, after they were flung together during the course
of his Time Lord trial.
Time travel is a complicated business – the iguanadon terrorising Pease Pottage
being a case in point. But how much more complicated could things possibly
become, if the wrong Doctor were to bump into the wrong Mel?
Written By: Matt Fitton
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs
Colin Baker (The Doctor), Bonnie Langford
(Mel), Tony Gardner (Stapleton Petherbridge), James
Joyce (Jedediah Thurwell), Patricia Leventon (Mrs
Wilberforce), Beth Chalmers (Vaneesh), John Banks
No releases confirmed this month.