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March 2011



Doctor Who: Bumper Activity Book

BBC Books

Activity

RRP: £5.99 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com
Released:
  3rd March 2011

 


Join the Eleventh Doctor and companion Amy Pond, plus Rory and a whole host of aliens, on an action-packed activity adventure!

This massive Doctor Who bumper activity book is bursting with puzzles, games, codes and conundrums – and brilliant stickers, too!

Hours of holiday fun for 7-9 year old Doctor Who fans.









Mara Tales - Box-set

BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

5th Doctor

RRP: £30.63 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com

Released:  7th March 2011

 


Contains two stories: Kinda & Snakedance.

Kinda

On a beautiful, paradise planet, Deva Loka, its inhabitants, the Kinda, are a gentle and seemingly primitive people. On the surface, a perfect place to colonise. But if it is so perfect, why are the colonisation team disappearing one by one?

Unaware of this, the Doctor and his companions choose to rest on Deva Loka. Enchanted by the beautiful Chimes, "the place of dreams", Tegan sleeps and falls prey to the Mara, a malevolent force out to steal her mind. But just what are its ultimate evil intentions?

Meanwhile, the Doctor and Adric are captured by the surviving colonisation team's officers, Sanders and the unstable Hindle. When Sanders disappears, Hindle collapses into a world of paranoid delusions and suddenly the security of the entire base is at risk.

Can the Doctor rescue Tegan from the Mara and defeat it - before it pushes Hindle over the edge? And who is the mysterious blind woman who appears in visions? Will she help the Doctor or ultimately impede him...

Kinda - Special Features:

•  4 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.
•  Commentary - stereo. With actors Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Matthew Waterhouse and Nerys Hughes.
•  Dream Time (dur. 34’ 05”) – cast and crew look back at the making of the story. With actors Janet Fielding, Nerys Hughes, Simon Rouse and Adrian Mills, director Peter Grimwade, writer Christopher Bailey, script editors Christopher H. Bidmead, Eric Saward and Antony Root, designer Malcolm Thornton, new series writer Robert Shearman.
•  Peter Grimwade – Directing with Attitude (dur. 22’ 57”) – a look at the Doctor Who career of writer and director Peter Grimwade. With Peter Grimwade, actors Janet Fielding and Nerys Hughes, writer Christopher Bailey, script editor Eric Saward, production assistant Margot Hayhoe, designer Malcolm Thornton, production secretary Jane Judge, script consultant Ian Levine, and Target Books editor Nigel Robinson. Presented by Mark Strickson.
•  Deleted and Extended Scenes (dur. 14’ 36”) – a fascinating collection of deleted sequences taken from timecoded domestic videotape copies of the story’s early edits.
•  Optional CGI Effects Sequence – option to view episode four with the original giant puppet snake replaced by a CGI snake. The disc should default to playing out the original effects. The CGI effects option should be turned on via a menu screen which should say:-
•  CGI Effects Comparison (dur. 1’ 34”) – a side by side comparison of the original puppet and new CGI snake shots.
•  Trails & Continuity (dur. 4’ 13”) – BBC trails and continuity announcements from the story’s original transmission.
•  Photo Gallery (dur. 4’ 42”) - production, design and publicity photos from the story.
•  Isolated Music – option to watch the story with the isolated music score.
•  Coming Soon (dur. 1 min approx.) - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.

Snakedance

 

Surely Tegan must have made a mistake when she set the TARDIS' co-ordinates, because the Doctor certainly hadn't intended landing on Manussa? But upon learning that Manussa was once home of the Sumaran Empire, the Doctor knows that their arrival has been no accident but has been orchestrated by a hostile force - a force which is rapidly gaining control of Tegan's will.

By first infiltrating Tegan's subconscious mind, through strange and disturbing dreams dominated by the image of a huge snake's skull, this force - the Mara - is planning on as a vehicle for its return to power on the planet Manussa.

So just as Manussa prepares festivities to commemorate the destruction of the Sumaran Empire by the ruling Federation, it seems that the Legend of the Mara could be about to come true. According to this Legend, the Mara was never destroyed by the Federation but merely banished.

Furthermore, the Legend claims that the Mara will return in a dream - a precursor to its gaining control of all their minds... It is clear to the Doctor that the first steps in the Mara's return have already been taken...

Snakedance - Special Features:

•  4 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.
•  Commentary - stereo. With actors Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton.
•  Snake Charmer (dur. 24’ 37”) – cast and crew look back at the making of the story. With actors Peter Davison and Janet Fielding, director Fiona Cumming, writer Christopher Bailey, script editor Eric Saward, designer Jan Spoczynski, and new series writer Robert Shearman.
•  Deleted Scenes (dur. 3’ 05”) – scenes from the original ending of episode four, courtesy of a timecoded recording kept by producer John Nathan-Turner.
•  In Studio (dur. 6’ 12”) – a rare glimpse inside the studio during recording of effects sequences for the story, including the infamous ‘farting Mara’!
•  Saturday Superstore (dur. 14’ 16”) – Peter Davison guests on the Saturday morning children’s show, where he plays cricket with Mike Read and John Craven and takes questions from callers.
•  Photo Gallery (dur. 5’ 21”) - production, design and publicity photos from the story.
•  Isolated Music – option to watch the story with the isolated music score.
•  Coming Soon (dur. 1 min approx.) - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.
•  Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.







The Revisitations Box - Volume 2 - Box-set

BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

2nd, 3rd & 5th Doctors

RRP: £40.84 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com

Released:  28th March 2011

 


The Seeds of Death

It is the 21st Century and Earth is totally dependent on T-Mat, a revolutionary form of instant travel. When the system breaks down the Doctor and friends make a hazardous journey to the relay station on the moon only to find that it has fallen into the hands of the Ice Warriors who plan to invade Earth. Can the Doctor outwit the evil Ice Warriors and destroy the fungus in time to save a dying world?

Special Features:

Disc 1:

•  6 x 25 min monochrome episodes with mono audio.
•  Commentary – with actors Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury, director Michael Ferguson and script editor Terrance Dicks.
Audio Trailer (dur. 0’ 45”) – an off-air amateur recording of the original BBC1 trailer for the story. Suggest using this in the ‘Episode Selection’ menu, either as a background audio loop on the menu screen or as a selectable item.
•  Coming Soon (dur. approx 1' 00") - a trail for a forthcoming DVD release.
•  Programme Subtitles
•  Subtitle Production Notes

Disc 2:

•  Lords of the Red Planet (dur. 28’ 31”) – a look back at the creation of the Ice Warriors and their re-appearance in the ‘The Seeds of Death’. With actors Wendy Padbury and Frazer Hines, director Michael Ferguson, script editor Terrance Dicks, costume designer Bobi Bartlett and TV historian Richard Bignell. Narrated by Katherine Mount.
•  Sssowing the Ssseedsss – (dur. 24’ 05”) – Ice Warrior Sonny Caldinez, Ice Lord Alan Bennion and make-up designer Sylvia James recall their experiences of bringing the Martian warriors to life.
•  Monster Masterclass (dur. 3’ 44”) – director Michael Ferguson talks about his experiences directing some of Doctor Who’s most famous monster stories.
•  Monsters Who Came Back For More! (dur. 16’ 26”) – Nick ‘Voice of the Daleks’ Briggs and Doctor Who Magazine’s assistant editor Peter Ware take a look at the reasons why monsters often return for further adventures.
•  Photo Gallery (dur. 4’ 30”) - a selection of design and production photographs from the story.
•  TARDIS Cam no.6 (dur. 0’ 57”) – a model vignette created for the BBC’s Doctor Who website.
•  PDF material - Radio Times listings in PDF format.

Carnival of Monsters

The Doctor and Jo take the TARDIS on a test flight and arrive on a cargo ship, the SS Bernice, that appears to be crossing the Indian Ocean in 1926 but is in fact trapped inside a miniscope — a banned peepshow of miniaturised life-forms — on the planet Inter Minor.

 

Special Features:

Disc 1:

•  4 x 25 min episodes with mono audio.
•  Commentary 1 – with actress Katy Manning and director Barry Letts.
•  Commentary 2 – with actors Peter Halliday, Cheryl Hall and Jenny McCracken, script editor Terrance Dicks, sound effects designer Brian Hodgson. Moderated by Toby Hadoke.
•  Episode Two – Early Edit (dur. 29’ 44”) – a longer early edit of the second episode, featuring the subsequently rejected ‘Delaware’ version of the theme music. It is presented here completely un-restored.
•  Behind the Scenes (dur 1’ 48”) – on the studio floor and inside the gallery during production of the story, courtesy of a film crew from the BBC’s ‘Looking In’ documentary.
•  Visual Effects Models (dur. 8’ 41”) – an expanded version of this feature, including unused model shots, trims and tests.
•  ‘Five Faces of Doctor Who’ Trailer (dur. 4’ 10”) – a trail for the 1981’s repeat season, which saw many of Doctor Who’s classic stories – including ‘Carnival of Monsters’ - repeated for the first time in many years.
•  Director’s Amended Ending (dur. 1’ 18”) – for the ‘Five Faces’ repeat of the story, director Barry Lett’s took the opportunity to re-edit the ending to remove a shot of a very obvious ‘bald cap’ which he had always felt spoiled the show.
•  CSO Demo (dur. 3’ 07”) – director Barry Letts was very keen on the possibilities offered by the use of Colour Separation Overlay to place actors into fantastical model sets. In this BBC training film, he demonstrates the technique for fellow directors.
•  TARDIS Cam no.2 (dur. 0’ 45”) – a CGI model vignette created for the BBC’s Doctor Who website.
•  Coming Soon (dur. approx 1' 00") - a trail for a forthcoming DVD release.
•  PDF material - Radio Times listings in PDF format.
•  Programme Subtitles

Disc 2:

•  Destroy All Monsters! (dur. 23’ 11”) – cast and crew look back at the making of the story. With actors Katy Manning, Cheryl Hall and Peter Halliday, director Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks, assistant floor manager Karilyn Collier and visual effects assistant Colin Mapson. Narrated by Marc Silk.
•  On Target with Ian Marter (dur. 16’ 08”) – actor Ian Marter played Andrews in this story before more famously playing companion Harry Sullivan in Tom Baker’s first stories. He was also a writer and novelised many previous Doctor Who adventures for the Target book range. With actors Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Nicholas Courtney and Nigel Plaskitt, script editors Terrance Dicks and Gary Russell.
•  The A-Z of Gadgets and Gizmos (dur. 11’ 22”) – a tongue-in-cheek look at gadgets and gizmos in Doctor Who over the years. Narrated by Paul Jones.
•  Mary Celeste (dur. 18’ 01”) – just as the SS Bernice disappeared from the Indian Ocean in the story, many real-life ships have mysteriously disappeared too. A trio of maritime experts discuss some of these events, including perhaps the most famous maritime mystery of all time, the strange case of the Mary Celeste. With the University of London’s Prof. Roger Luckhurst, Merseyside Maritime Museum’s Ian Murphy and the National Maritime Museum’s John McAleer.
•  Photo Gallery (dur. 2’ 55”) - a selection of design and production photographs from the story, plus photos from the commentary session and Frank Bellamay’s Radio Times artwork.

Resurrection of the Daleks

The Doctor and his companions are captured in a Time Corridor, and are forced to land on 20th Century Earth, diverted by the Doctor's oldest enemy - the Daleks.

It is here that the true purpose of the Time Corridor becomes apparent: after 90 years of imprisonment, Davros, the ruthless creator of the Daleks, is to be liberated to assist in the resurrection of his army. But not even the Daleks forsee the poisonous threat presented by their creator. Indeed, who would suspect Davros of wanting to destroy his own Daleks - and why?

Only the Doctor knows the truth. But will he be capable of descending to Davros' level of evil in order to stop him?

 

Special Features:

Disc 1:

•  2 x 45 min colour episodes with original mono audio and optional Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.
•  Commentary with actor Terry Molloy, writer Eric Saward and visual effects designer Peter Wragg, moderated by Nick Pegg.
•  Casting Far and Wide (dur. 32’ 16”) – Actor and comedian Toby Hadoke interviews five of the jobbing actors who worked on the story about their careers and their experiences on the show. With Roger Davenport, Del Henney, Leslie Grantham, Jim Findlay and William Sleigh.
•  On Location (dur. 18’ 32”) – producer John Nathan-Turner, director Matthew Robinson and writer Eric Saward return to London’s Shad Thames to reminisce about the story in its major filming location .
•  Extended and Deleted Scenes (dur. 7’ 03”) – extra material from early edits of the episodes.
•  Breakfast Time (dur. 7’ 56”) – Janet Fielding and John Nathan-Turner interviewed on the BBC’s breakfast show, including an item about the show’s music and sound effects featuring Malcolm Clarke and Brian Hodgson.
•  Trailer (dur. 0’ 31”) – a BBC1 trailer for the original transmission.
•  The Last Dalek (dur. 8’ 33”) – a behind-the-scenes look at the Ealing studios filming for 1967’s epic Dalek story, ‘The Evil of the Daleks’, courtesy of an 8mm film shot by BBC designer Tony Cornell. With narration by BBC visual effects designers Michealjohn Harris and Peter Day.
•  TARDIS Cam no.4 (dur. 0’ 41”) – a model vignette created for the BBC’s Doctor Who website.
•  Isolated Music - option to view the episodes with isolated music scores.
•  Coming Soon (dur. approx 1' 00") - a trail for a forthcoming DVD release.
•  PDF material - Radio Times listings in PDF format.
•  Programme Subtitles
•  Subtitle Production Notes

Disc 2:

•  4 x 25 min colour episodes with original mono audio and optional Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.
•  Commentary with actors Peter Davison and Janet Fielding, director Matthew Robinson.
•  Come In Number Five (dur. 56’ 27”) – a retrospective of Peter Davison’s tenure as the fifth Doctor. With actors Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Mark Strickson, producer John Nathan-Turner, executive producer Barry Letts, director Fiona Cumming, script editors Christopher H Bidmead, Eric Saward and Antony Root, BBC Head of Series and Serials David Reid and new series head writer Steven Moffat. Presented by David Tennant
•  Tomorrow’s Times – The Fifth Doctor (dur. 12’ 17”) – the ongoing series looking at the press reaction to Doctor Who through the years reaches the fifth Doctor’s era. Presented by Frazer Hines
•  Walrus (dur. 1’ 21”) – an oddity from the BBC’s archives. A Welsh woman comes face to face with a Dalek, who is determined to make her speak in a monotone…
•  Photo Gallery (dur. 5’ 16”) - a selection of design and production photographs from the story.
•  Coming Soon (dur. approx 1' 00") - a trail for a forthcoming DVD release.
•  PDF material - Radio Times listings in PDF format.
•  Programme Subtitles
•  Subtitle Production Notes









The Gemini Contagion

BBC Audio / AudioGO

11th Doctor

RRP: £9.25 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com
Released:
  3rd March 2011

 


The ice-planet Vinsk, in the year 2112. The all-new anti-viral handwash, Gemini, has been laced with Meme-Spawn: a sentient micro-organism which makes the user fluent in every language in the universe. However, manufacturer Zalnex made one crucial mistake. They didn’t test Gemini on humans, who are seized by the violent urge to communicate but speak every language all at once – with a manic, garbled shriek – and pass on the virus by touch.

The Doctor and Amy arrive on an Earth-bound cargo-ship loaded with Gemini, where a human crew are succumbing to the virus which has nasty second and third phases in store. When the Doctor and Amy are separated, they both know that it’s only a matter of time before Amy is infected.

With the ship locked on course, and no way of curing the sufferers, the Doctor is faced with a terrible decision: does he save Amy, or Earth?

Meera Syal reads this exclusive audio story featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond.

Written specially for audio by Jason Arnopp, ‘The Gemini Contagion’ is read by Meera Syal, who played Nasreen Chaudhry in the BBC TV episodes ‘The Hungry Earth’ and ‘Cold Blood’.






Doctor Who and... The Ribos Operation

BBC Audio / AudioGO

4th Doctor

RRP: £13.25 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com
Released:
  3rd March 2011

 


Reluctantly cancelling his well-earned holiday, the Doctor sets off in the Tardis to trace and re-assemble the six segments of the Key to Time on which the stability of the entire Universe depends.

Assisted by the argumentative Romanadvoratrelundar and K9, he lands on the planet Ribos in search of the first segment and finds himself entangled in the machinations of two sinister strangers, Garron and the Graff Vynda Ka.

Who are they? Is Garron simply a shady confidence-trickster dealing in interplanetary real estate? Is the Graff Vynda Ka just a power-crazed exile bent on revenge? Or are they both really agents of the Black Guardian, intent upon seizing the precious Key in order to throw the Universe into eternal chaos? Risking his life within the monster-infested catacombs of Ribos, the Doctor has to use all his wit and ingenuity to find out...

This is an exciting unabridged reading, with music and sound effects, and this novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure, first published by Target Books in 1979.






4.10 - To The Death

Big Finish Productions

8th Doctor

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

 


Further details coming soon...











145 - Industrial Evolution

Big Finish Productions

6th Doctor

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

 


19th century Lancashire: where the white heat of the Industrial Revolution burns hottest at Samuel Belfrage's brass mill, a mill plagued by more than its fair share of work-related injuries.

While Thomas Brewster struggles to secure a fair deal for Belfrage's overworked hands, fellow travellers the Doctor and Evelyn follow the Copper King to Liverpool, there to discover the unexpected truth about Belfrage's business.

Back in Ackleton, the local MP voices the fears of many when he says that the machines are taking over. He's more right than he knows...







5.09 - The Companion Chronicles - The Forbidden Time

Big Finish Productions

Polly Wright & Jamie McCrimmon
RRP: £8.99 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com

Released:
  31st March 2011

 


Time Walkers have descended upon the Earth. This alien race, known as The Vist, has claimed an area of time for itself – any species entering into the immediate future will pay the most terrible forfeit.

The human race is in a state of panic, but one woman knows the truth. Her name is Polly Wright, and she visited that future many years ago, with the Doctor, Jamie and Ben.

She has stepped into the Forbidden Time – and this is her story...







4.0 - Gallifrey

Big Finish Productions

Romana II, Leela & K9

RRP: £35.00 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com
Released:
  31st March 2011

 


GALLIFREY REBORN

Written by Gary Hopkins

Gallifrey survives...

Lady Romanadvoratrelundar has returned to her homeworld, seeking a cure for the Free Time virus that rages across the planet.

Leela of the Sevateem and her companion K-9 are revered as heroes. Narvin is a traitor. And Braxiatel knows more than he's letting on.

Amidst all the confusion, the High Council of Time Lords is poised to take the planet into an all-consuming war against the cosmos. They're selling their secrets to the highest bidder, equipping the universe with temporal technology it should never have been allowed.

And Romana's son will lead them into battle...

GALLIFREY DISASSEMBLED
Written by Justin Richards

Gallifrey kills...

The President of the High Council wants Romana dead. The Temporal Intervention Agency has been dispatched to hunt her down. Its mission: to eliminate her from the timelines for ever. It would be as though she had never existed…

Only an old friend can offer Romana any hope of survival. An acquaintance she and Leela once shared. One they haven’t seen in years.

But time is running out. Death is fast approaching. And this time, not everyone can survive… with or without the Doctor.

GALLIFREY ANNIHILATION
Written by Scott Handcock & Gary Russell

Gallifrey dies...

Romana and her comrades find themselves in the dank and grubby wastelands of northern Gallifrey, trapped between two forces in a long and ancient war.

One side bides their time within their nests, whilst the other draws up troops across the trenches. Both sides have their secrets, their means to win the war – and both want Romana fighting alongside them…

After millennia of warfare, the final assault approaches. The Ancient Enemy and the True Lords want this world. And before this night is out, there will be bloodshed.

Only the late Lord Rassilon holds the key...

GALLIFREY ETERNAL
Written by David Wise

Gallifrey stops.

Romana has been assassinated…

The Time Lords have never existed…

Gallifrey’s secrets are lost.

On a world they barely recognise, Narvin and Leela find themselves fighting to stay alive. Against all their expectations, brutality and barbarism reign. And Gallifrey’s slaves are rising up to face their masters.

Before this day is out, their lives will change forever. And the world they know might end before it has even begun...









 

Page Last Updated: 1/4/2011

March 2011



Doctor Who: Bumper Activity Book
BBC Books

(Activity)




Mara Tales
Box-set

BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

(5th Doctor)

Revisitations Box - Volume 2
Box-set

BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

(2nd, 3rd & 5th Doctors)




The Gemini Contagion
BBC Audio / AudioGO

(11th Doctor)

Doctor Who And..
The Ribos Operation

BBC Audio / AudioGO

(4th Doctor)

4.10 - To The Death
Big Finish Productions

(8th Doctor)

145 - Industrial Evolution
Big Finish Productions

(6th Doctor)

5.09 - The Companion Chronicles
The Forbidden Time

Big Finish Productions
(Polly Wright & Jamie McCrimmon)

4.0 - Gallifrey
Big Finish Productions
(Romana II, Leela & K9)




No releases confirmed this month.


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