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May 2011



The Dalek Handbook

BBC Books

Reference

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Released:
  12th May 2011

 


Daleks!

The Dalek Handbook is your complete guide to the Doctor’s greatest enemies. It explores the Daleks’ origins on the planet Skaro, how a Time Lord intervention altered the course of Dalek history, and how they emerged to wage war on Thals, Mechonoids, Draconians and humans. It also reveals the secrets of Dalek design, the development of their iconic look and sound, and their enduring appeal on and off the screen.

With artwork and photographs from six decades of Doctor Who, The Dalek Handbook is the ultimate celebration of all things Dalek.

Exterminate!









Mannequin Mania - Box-set

BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

3rd Doctor

RRP: £30.63 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com

Released:  9th May 2011

 


Spearhead from Space

The Doctor is exiled to Earth in the late 20th Century by his own people - the Time Lords. The newly regenerated Doctor finds himself in Oxley Woods alongside a shower of mysterious meteorites.

Investigating these unusual occurrences is the newly-formed United Nations Intelligence Taskfoce led by Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. UNIT are soon called into action when people and meteorites start going missing but puzzling of all is the attempted kidnapping of a strange hospital patient - a man with two hearts, who insists that he knows the Brigadier... The new Doctor soon joins forces with his old friends, UNIT and the recently recruited Dr Liz Shaw, but time is running out.

Special Features:

•  Two Commentaries – One with actors Caroline John and Nicholas Courtney and another with producer Derrick Sherwin and script editor Terrance Dicks.
•  Down to Earth – Cast and crew look back at the making of this story and how a strike at the BBC studios inadvertently created the only classic series story to be made entirely on film. With actor Jon Pertwee, producers Derrick Sherwin and Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks, costume designer Christine Rawlins and assistant script editor (and inadvertent Auton actor) Robin Squire. Narrated by Carl Kennedy.
•  Regenerations - From Black and White to Colour – ‘Spearhead from Space’ marked not only the arrival of a new Doctor but also the transition from black and white to colour. This documentary looks at the challenges faced by programme makers during this period. With actors Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury, producer Derrick Sherwin, script editor Terrance Dicks, directors Timothy Combe, Christopher Barry and Michael Ferguson, designer Roger Cheveley and graphic designer Bernard Lodge.

•  UNIT Recruitment Film (dur. 4’ 48”) – a spoof army recruitment film put together for BBC transmission during Doctor Who’s 30th anniversary celebrations in 1993.
•  Trailers – two trailers for the 1999 BBC2 transmission of the story and for ‘Doctor Who Night’from the same year.
•  Photo Gallery - production, design and publicity photos from the story.
•  Coming Soon - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.
•  Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.

Terror of the Autons

Earth is in terrible danger. The Master has arrived with an evil scheme to destroy humanity and silence the Doctor forever by awakening the awesome power of the Nestene - a ruthlessly aggressive alien life form. With their control over all types of plastic, they form into faceless automatons, a willing army of destruction easily controlled by the evil Time Lord himself.

Aided by the Brigadier and his enthusiastic new assistant, Jo Grant, only the Doctor can combat their evil power, but this is easier said than done when every plastic doll, phone flex, or chair can be turned against him. First, however, he must defeat the Master.

Special Features:

•  Commentary - With actors Katy Manning and Nicolas Courtney, producer Barry Letts.
•  Life on Earth – In this documentary, cast and crew look back at the making of the story and the differences in the way Doctor Who was made in the seventies compared to now. With actors Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning and Richard Franklin, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks and new series producer Phil Collinson.
•  The Doctor’s Moriarty– with the introduction of the Master, the Doctor now had his very own Moriarty, who would be the dark figure behind every story in season eight, and many more beyond that. This featurette discusses the enduring appeal of the character. With actor Katy Manning, producer Barry Letts, script editors Terrance Dicks and Christopher H Bidmead and writers Robert Shearman and Joe Lidster.
•  Plastic Fantastic – how did the writers of Doctor Who and other programmes take something as everyday as plastic and turn it against us? With writers Francesca Gavin, Robert Shearman and new series designer Matthew Savage.
•  Photo Gallery - production, design and publicity photos from the story.
•  Coming Soon - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.
•  Radio Times Listings and promotional material for Sugar Smacks and Nestle products in Adobe PDF format.







Frontios

BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

5th Doctor

RRP: £20.42 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com

Released:  30th May 2011

 


As a strange force takes hold of the TARDIS, the Doctor and his friends find themselves grounded on the inhospitable planet of Frontios, where the last survivors of the human race scratch out a desperate existence far away from their long dead home planet.

The colonists are gripped by fear and paranoia as the planet is battered by attacks from space and they watch as the bodies of their dead are sucked into the ground. But the Doctor only appreciates the true gravity of the situation when he finds that the TARDIS has been destroyed...

Special Features:

• Commentary - With actors Peter Davison, Jeff Rawle and John Gillett, script editor Eric Saward and special sounds designer Dick Mills.
• Driven to Distractation – cast and crew look back at the making of ‘Frontios’. With actors Peter Davison, Mark Strickson, Jeff Rawle and John Gillett, script editors Christopher H. Bidmead and Eric Saward, and designer David Buckingham. Narrated by Paul Jones.
• Deleted and Extended Scenes – a chance to see scenes that were cut during editing, many of which are presented before post-production effects had been added.
• Photo Gallery - production, design and publicity photos from the story.
• Isolated Music – option to watch the episodes with the isolated music score.
• Coming Soon - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.
• Radio Times Listings in Adobe PDF format.
• Programme subtitles.
• Subtitle Production Notes.








Planet of the Spiders

Region 1 (USA / Canada)
BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

3rd Doctor

RRP: $34.98 (USA) / RRP: $35.98 (Canada) - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com

Released:  10th May 2011

 


Sarah Jane is invited by Mike Yates to visit him at a Buddhist meditation centre where he has been staying.

A group of people there, led by a man named Lupton, are misusing the meditation rituals in order to make contact with powerful alien forces, which manifest themselves as a giant spider.

The spider is an emissary from the ruling council on the planet Metebelis 3, sent to recover the blue crystal that the Doctor previously found there and that has now been returned to him by Jo.

Special Features:

• Audio Commentary
• The Final Curtain
• John Kane Remembers...
• Directing Who with Barry Letts
• Now & Then
• Wogan
• ‘Planet of the Spiders' Omnibus Edition
• Omnibus Trailer
• Photo Gallery
• PDF materials: Radio Times Listings
• Production Notes Subtitle Option







Terror of the Autons

Region 1 (USA / Canada)
BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

3rd Doctor

RRP: $19.98 (USA) / RRP: $21.98 (Canada) - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com

Released:  10th May 2011

 


The Master arrives on Earth at a circus run by a man named Rossini and steals a dormant Nestene energy unit from a museum.

He reactivates it using a radio telescope and uses his hypnotic abilities to take control of a small plastics firm run by the Farrel family, where he organises the production of deadly Auton dolls, chairs and daffodils.

Special Features:

• Audio Commentary
• Life on Earth (dur. 33' 40")
• The Doctor's Moriarty (dur. 18' 53")
• Plastic Fantastic (dur. 11' 01")
• Photo Gallery (dur. 6' 30")
• PDF materials: Radio Times Listings, promotional material from Sugar Smacks, Nestle
• Production Notes Subtitle Option










The Hounds of Artemis

BBC Audio / AudioGO

11th Doctor

RRP: £9.25 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com
Released:
  5th May 2011

 


The Doctor and Amy visit Smyrna, 1929, in order to investigate a mystery.

The Doctor knows that something very bad happened there: something that caused a lot of people to die and an entire, magnificent Temple to be found and then immediately lost again.

But he doesn’t know what is picking off the archaeologists one by one, or how it is connected to the terrifying howling in the night.

And as he and Amy get closer to the terrible truth behind an ancient evil, he begins to wish he’d never found out...

This title is read by Matt Smith and Clare Corbett.







The Stones of Blood

BBC Audio / AudioGO

4th Doctor

RRP: £13.25 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com
Released:
  5th May 2011

 


From the pen of the original script writer David Fisher, "The Stones of Blood" is set in 20th Century Dorset, where the ancient Cailleach has exerted her powers throughout the ages.

The Doctor, Romana and K9 team up with Professor Amelia Rumford and her friend Vivian Fay in their search for a powerful artefact...

This is a brand new audio novelisation of a classic Doctor Who TV adventure, which starred Tom Baker as the Doctor.






147 - Kiss of Death

Big Finish Productions

5th Doctor

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

 


The TARDIS travellers take a break on the beach world of Vektris. Hot sun, cold drinks and all the time in the worlds. What could possibly go wrong?

A kidnapping, a spaceship heist and a desperate chase to a distant galaxy later, Turlough finds himself in a strange winter palace… along with a face from his past. The Doctor, Tegan and Nyssa, meanwhile, fight to escape its frozen catacombs, guarded over by a vast and deadly alien Morass.

But what connects Turlough to the ancient treasure hidden somewhere in the palace? And how far will he go to acquire it?







5.11 - The Companion Chronicles - Ferril's Folly

Big Finish Productions

Romana I
RRP: £8.99 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com

Released:
  31st May 2011

 


The search for the fourth segment of the Key to Time brings the Doctor and Romana back to Earth in the present day.

In a small village in Norfolk, former astronaut Lady Millicent Ferril has established an observatory, tracking a meteorite from the Cronquist System. It is a meteorite that almost killed her years before – and perhaps left her not entirely human.

As Ferril’s power grows, so does her influence. She can control metal. And anything metal – from a suit of armour to a bicycle – is now lethal...








 

Page Last Updated: 1/6/2011

May 2011



The Dalek Handbook
BBC Books

(Reference)




Mannequin Mania
Box-set

BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

(3rd Doctor)

Frontios

BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

(5th Doctor)

Planet of the Spiders
Region 1 (USA / Canada)

BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

(3rd Doctor)

Terror of the Autons
Region 1 (USA / Canada)

BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

(3rd Doctor)




The Hounds of Artemis
BBC Audio / AudioGO

(11th Doctor)

Doctor Who And...
The Stones of Blood

BBC Audio / AudioGO

(4th Doctor)

147 - Kiss of Death
Big Finish Productions

(5th Doctor)

5.11 - The Companion Chronicles
Ferril's Folly

Big Finish Productions
(Romana I)




No releases confirmed this month.


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