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Aztecs: Special Edition
BBC Consumer Products
11th March 2013
The TARDIS arrives in fifteenth
century Mexico inside the tomb of Aztec High Priest Yetaxa. The travellers
become cut off from the ship after the tomb door closes behind them and Barbara
is proclaimed as Yetaxa's divine reincarnation.
However, she incurs the enmity of the High Priest of Sacrifice, when - against
the Doctor's advice - she attempts to use her new-found authority to put an end
to the Aztec practice of human sacrifice.
• 4 x 25 mins approx monochrome episodes with mono audio. Optional
Arabic soundtrack for episode four only.
• Commentary - stereo. With actors William Russell and Carole Ann
Ford, producer Verity Lambert OBE.
• Remembering The Aztecs - Actors John Ringham, Ian Cullen and
Walter Randall recall the production of the story and of television production
in the sixties in general.
• Designing The Aztecs - Designer Barry Newbery talks about his
work on the story, illustrated with many never-before-seen production drawings
and photographs from his personal collection.
• Cortez and Monezuma - An extract from a 1970 Blue Peter,
introduced by Valerie Singleton on location in Mexico, giving historical
background to the Aztec belief in human sacrifice.
• Restoring The Aztecs - A short featurette demonstrating the
restoration and videoisation effects used for the release. With subtitles.
• Making Cocoa - An animated guide to making cocoa the Aztec way,
voiced in character by John Ringham as Tlotoxl and Walter Randall as Tonila,
with both characters animated and presented in South Park style.
• TARDIS-Cam no.3 - The third of BBCi’s TARDIS-Cam shots.
• Photo Gallery - production, design and publicity photos from the
• Easter Egg - An animated BBC Enterprises logo recovered from the
end of one of the prints sold overseas.
• Intro Sequences - The umbrella story title The Aztecs does not
appear on any of the episodes, so for (outdated now) BBFC compliance a caption
card with the title has been provided. To add interest, six versions have been
provided, each with a different voiceover, in character, from three of the
actors involved in the production. The intention is that the disc will randomly
select one of these six sequences and play it out at the appropriate point.
• PDF Material – Radio Times listings in Adobe PDF format for
viewing on PC or Mac.
• Programme subtitles.
• Galaxy 4 (dur. 64’ 43”) – a shortened reconstruction of the
missing story Galaxy 4, using off-screen stills, audio recordings and animation
plus the recently recovered complete episode three to tell the story.
• Chronicle – The Realms of Gold – John Julius Norwich’s
superlative 1969 retelling of the story of the Spanish conquest of Mexico and
the Aztecs, which also features music by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
• Dr. Forever! – Celestial Toyroom – the first of a new five-part
series introduced by Ayesha Antoine looks at Doctor Who toys. With original
series producer Verity Lambert, new series creator Russell T Davies, writers
Mark Gatiss, Rob Shearman, Paul Cornell and Joseph Lidster, BBC Worldwide
product licensing executive Richard Hollis, product approval executive Dave
Turbitt and ex- range editor Steve Cole, AudioGO commissioning editor Michael
Stevens, Character Options’ Alasdair Dewar, DWM’s toy reviewer Jim Sangster and
last, but by no means least, Doctor Who’s very own Winston Churchill, actor Ian
• It’s a Square World – the very first Doctor Who skit (as far as
we can ascertain), with Clive Dunn in full First Doctor costume as a scientist
demonstrating his new space rocket to Michael Bentine, resulting in Television
Centre being launched into space! Features cameo appearances by Patrick Moore
and Albert Steptoe.
• A Whole Scene Going – an excerpt from a recently recovered
edition of the sixties music and arts programme, featuring an interview with
director Gordon Flemyng and a behind the scenes look at filming of his movie
Daleks’ Invasion Earth: 2150 AD.
• Coming Soon - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.
• Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.
• Programme subtitles.
Who And The
Tomb Of The Cybermen
AudioGO / BBC Audio
RRP: £13.25 (CD)
/ £10.99 (Download)
7th March 2013
The Cybermen –
silver, indestructible monsters whose only goal is power – seem to have
disappeared from their planet, Telos. When a party of archaeologists, joined by
the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria, land on the Cybermen’s barren, deserted planet,
they uncover what appears to be their tomb.
But once inside it becomes clear that the Cybermen are not dead, and some in the
group of archaeologists desperately want to re-activate these monsters! How can
the Doctor defeat these ruthless, power-seeking humans and the Cybermen?
Michael Kilgarriff, who played the Cyber
Controller in the original BBC TV serial, reads Gerry Davis’
complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target
Books in 1978.
- The Fourth Doctor Adventures - War Against The Laan
Big Finish Productions
RRP: £10.99 (CD) / £8.99 (Download)
'Just a taste of Armageddon,
Romana. It’s what happens when acquisitive minds are left unencumbered by
The Doctor, Romana and newly elected President Sheridan Moorkurk take on the
all-consuming powers of business tycoon Cuthbert and his vast Conglomerate. But
the situation goes beyond a struggle for political power. Cuthbert is intent on
revenge on creatures he feels have attacked his interests. But when his revenge
looks like leading to inter-species war, the Doctor knows the stakes couldn't be
The Laan are on the move. Is it too late to prevent the destruction of all life
Written By: Nicholas Briggs
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs
Tom Baker (The Doctor), Mary Tamm (Romana),
Hayley Atwell (President Moorkurk), David Warner
(Cuthbert), Toby Hadoke (Mr Dorrick)
- The Seeds Of War
Big Finish Productions
RRP: £14.99 (CD)
/ £12.99 (Download)
Humanity is emerging from a long,
exhausting war. Against an enemy so powerful, so implacable, it seemed
unstoppable – right up until the moment it stopped.
Now, despite its ‘victory’, the human race is on its knees. The Doctor and Mel
join its struggle for survival to try to ensure it has a future.
A race against time takes them from the Great Tower of Kalsos to the Reliquaries
of Earth. In an epic journey across the ten systems, their fates are intertwined
with one family. The Tevelers are to feel the effects of war more than most…
The Doctor has a plan. Mel is sure he can save the day. But something is
lurking. Watching. Waiting. A presence the Doctor knows of old. But just how far
does its influence pervade?
The Eminence awaits…
Written By: Matt Fitton and
Directed By: Barnaby Edwards
Colin Baker (The Doctor), Bonnie Langford
(Melanie Bush), Ray Fearon (Barlow Teveler), Ony Uhiara (Sisrella Tevier),
Stuart Organ (Helgert Teveler), Lucy Russell
(Trellak), John Banks (Elkinar),
(Announcer), David Sibley (The Eminence)
No releases confirmed this month.