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May 2012



Doctor Who And The Tenth Planet - (Target Reprint)

BBC Books

By Gerry Davis - Introduction by: Tom MacRae

1st Doctor

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Released:
  10th May 2012



The TARDIS brings the Doctor and his friends to a space tracking base in the Antarctic - and straight into trouble. A space mission is going badly wrong, and a new planet has appeared in the sky.

Mondas, ancient fabled twin planet of Earth has returned. Soon its inhabitants arrive. But while they used to be just like the humans of Earth, now they are very different. Devoid of emotions, their bodies replaced with plastic and steel, the Cybermen are here.

Humanity needs all the help it can get, but the one man who seems to know what's going on is terminally ill. As the Cybermen take over, the Doctor is dying...

This novel is based on the final story to feature the First Doctor, which was originally broadcast from 8 to 29 October 1966. This was the first Doctor Who story to feature the Cybermen. Featuring the First Doctor in his very last adventure as played by William Hartnell, and his companions Ben and Polly.







Doctor Who And The Ice Warriors - (Target Reprint)

BBC Books

By Brian Hayles - Introduction by: Mark Gatiss

2nd Doctor

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Released:
  10th May 2012

 


The world is in the grip of a second Ice Age. Despite a coordinated global effort, the glaciers still advance. But they are not the only threat to the planet.

Buried deep in the ice, scientists at Britannicus Base have discovered an ancient warrior. But this is no simple archaeological find. What they have found is the commander of a spaceship that crashed into the glacier thousands of years ago. Thawed from the ice, and knowing their home planet Mars is now a dead world, the Ice Warriors decide to make Earth their own...

Can the Doctor and his friends overcome the warlike Martians and halt the advance of the glaciers?

This novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 11 November to 16 December 1967. This was the first Doctor Who story to feature the Ice Warriors. Featuring the Second Doctor as played by Patrick Troughton, and his companions Jamie and Victoria.







Doctor Who And The Three Doctors - (Target Reprint)

BBC Books

By Terrance Dicks - Introduction by: Alastair Reynolds

3rd Doctor

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Released:
  10th May 2012

 


A mysterious black hole is draining away power from the Universe. Even the Time Lords are threatened. The Doctor is also in trouble. Creatures from the black hole besiege UNIT Headquarters. The only person who can help the Doctor is... himself.

The Time Lords bring together the first three incarnations of the Doctor to discover the truth about the black hole and stop the energy drain.

The Doctors and their companions travel through the black hole itself, into a universe of anti-matter. Here they meet one of the very first Time Lords - Omega, who gave his race the power to travel through time. Trapped for aeons in the black hole, he now plans to escape - whatever the cost.

This novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 30 December 1972 to 20 January 1973. Featuring the first three Doctors as played by William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee, together with Jo Grant and the UNIT organisation commanded by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.







Doctor Who And The Day of the Daleks - (Target Reprint)

BBC Books

By Terrance Dicks - Introduction by: Gary Russell

3rd Doctor

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Released:
  10th May 2012

 


UNIT is called in when an important diplomat is attacked in his own home - by a man who then vanishes into thin air. The Doctor and Jo spend a night in the 'haunted' house and meet the attackers - who have time-jumped back from the 22nd century in the hope of changing history.

Travelling forward in time, the Doctor and Jo find themselves trapped in a future world where humans are slaves and the Daleks have already invaded. Using their ape-like servants to Ogrons to maintain order, the Daleks are now the masters of Earth.

As the Doctor desperately works to discover what has happened to put history off-track, the Daleks plan a time-jump attack on the 20th century.

This novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 1 to 22 January 1972. Featuring the Third Doctor as played by Jon Pertwee, with his companion Jo Grant and the UNIT organisation commanded by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.







Doctor Who And The Ark In Space - (Target Reprint)

BBC Books

By Ian Marter - Introduction by: Steven Moffat

4th Doctor

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Released:
  10th May 2012

 


The survivors of a devastated future Earth lie in suspended animation on a great satellite. When Earth is safe again, they will awaken. But when the Doctor, Sarah and Harry arrive on the Terra Nova, they find the systems have failed and the humans never woke.

The Wirrrn Queen has infiltrated the satellite, and laid her eggs inside one of the sleepers. As the first of the humans wake, they face an attack by the emerging Wirrrn.

But not everyone is what they seem, and the only way the Doctor can discover the truth is by joining with the dead mind of the Wirrrn Queen. The price of failure is the Doctor's death, and the end of humanity.

This novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 25 January to 15 February 1975. Featuring the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker, and his companions Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan.







Doctor Who And The Loch Ness Monster - (Target Reprint)

BBC Books

By Terrance Dicks - Introduction by: Michael Moorcock

4th Doctor

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Released:
  10th May 2012

 


Centuries ago, a Zygon spaceship crash landed in Loch Ness. Now, with their home planet destroyed, the alien creatures plan to take over Earth. Their most powerful weapon is a huge armoured dinosaur-like creature of terrifying power that they brought to earth as an embryo - the Loch Ness Monster.

The Doctor, Sarah and Harry soon discover that the Zygons have another weapon. They can assume the identity of any human they capture. Who knows which of their friends might really be a Zygon?

UNIT faces one of its toughest battles as Broton, Warlord of the Zygons, puts his plan into action and the Loch Ness Monster attacks.

This novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 30 August to 20 September 1975. Featuring the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker, with his companions Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan and the UNIT organisation commanded by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.







Who is Michael E. Briant?

Classic TV Press

By Michael E. Briant

Memoir

RRP: £12.99 - Buy Now on Amazon.co.uk
Released:
  4th May 2012

 


“Making an episode of a modern-day police, medical or domestic drama was nothing compared to imagining how Colony in Space should look and be made. Twenty parts to be cast, locations to be found for two weeks’ filming in a landscape that looked like a foreign planet, a robot to be created… and, and, and… I confess that sometimes, during the preparation period, I would drive home thinking that if I just crashed the car into a concrete wall and injured myself, then I would not have to direct this show…”

Michael E. Briant directed numerous episodes of classic TV series throughout the 1970s such as Blake’s 7, Secret Army, Warship and most famously Doctor Who. Many of his Who stories (The Sea Devils, The Green Death and Robots of Death) are regarded as all-time greats by fans of the series.

In this memoir, Briant reminisces about his life and work, from his beginnings as a child actor in the 1950s, followed by a highly successful career working for the BBC and later for Dutch television, right through to his impressive circumnavigation of the world and attack by pirates in the Gulf of Aden. He includes separate chapters on each of his Doctor Who stories and also shares memories of his early years on the programme in the 1960s, while he was working his way up in the TV profession, and William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton were at the TARDIS controls.









Ace Adventures (Box-set)

BBC DVD

7th Doctor

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Released:  7th May 2012

Dragonfire

On the planet Svartos, the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Mel unexpectedly encounter an old friend – Sabalom Glitz. Joined by Ace, a teenage waitress with a love for explosives, the group ventures off to find the fabled Dragonfire treasure.

Special Features:

•  Commentary
•  Deleted / extended scenes
•  Trivia subtitles
•  Video & audio restoration
•  Coming Soon Trailer
•  Radio Times Billings (PDF)
•  Making-of documentary
•  Photo gallery
•  Danny Bang - documentary
•  The Doctor's Strange Love - documentary

The Happiness Patrol

On the planet Terra Alpha, the population constantly displays happy smiles. Anyone feeling remotely glum disappears. Quickly. Having heard disturbing rumours, the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace arrive to topple the entire regime.

Special Features:

•  Commentary
•  "Ace" wishes Blue Peter Happy Birthday (archive clip)
•  Isolated score
•  Deleted / extended scenes
•  Trivia subtitles
•  Video & audio restoration
•  Coming Soon Trailer
•  Radio Times Billings (PDF)
•  Making-of documentary
•  Photo gallery
•  Politics In Doctor Who - documentary












Nightmare of Eden - [Region 1]

BBC DVD

4th Doctor

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Released:  8th May 2012

Two spacecraft fuse in a hyperspace collision, and with the dimensional instabilities threatening everyone aboard, it’s fortunate the Doctor (Tom Baker), Romana (Lalla Ward) and K-9 arrive to help.

But when a crewmember is found clawed by a ferocious creature, it seems there’s something even more frightening stalking the corridors. But what can this have to do with a zoologist, Professor Tryst, his CET projection machine, and a planet called Eden?

Special Features:

•  Commentary with actors Lalla Ward (Romana) and Peter Craze (Costa), writer Bob Baker, effects designer Colin Mapson and make-up designer Joan Stribling. Moderated by Toby Hadoke
•  The Nightmare of Television Centre - A look back at a somewhat troubled production with three of the behind-the-scenes crew who worked on it
•  Going Solo - Writer Bob Baker talks about The Nightmare of Eden
•  The Doctor’s Strange Love with comedian Josie Long and writers Joe Lidster and Simon Guerrier
•  Ask Aspel - LallaWard’s appearance on the popular BBC children’s show
•  Radio Times Listings (DVD-ROM)
•  Programme Subtitles
•  Production Information Subtitles
•  Photo Gallery
•  Coming Soon Trailer
•  Digitally Remastered Picture And Sound Quality






Dragonfire - [Region 1]

BBC DVD

7th Doctor

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Released:  8th May 2012

On the planet Svartos, the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Mel unexpectedly encounter an old friend – Sabalom Glitz. Joined by Ace, a teenage waitress with a love for explosives, the group ventures off to find the fabled Dragonfire treasure.

Special Features:

•  Commentary
•  Deleted / extended scenes
•  Trivia subtitles
•  Video & audio restoration
•  Coming Soon Trailer
•  Radio Times Billings (PDF)
•  Making-of documentary
•  Photo gallery
•  Danny Bang - documentary
•  The Doctor's Strange Love - documentary






The Happiness Patrol - [Region 1]

BBC DVD

7th Doctor

RRP: $24.98 (USA) / $23.98 (Canada) - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com

Released:  8th May 2012

On the planet Terra Alpha, the population constantly displays happy smiles. Anyone feeling remotely glum disappears. Quickly. Having heard disturbing rumours, the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace arrive to topple the entire regime.

Special Features:

•  Commentary
•  "Ace" wishes Blue Peter Happy Birthday (archive clip)
•  Isolated score
•  Deleted / extended scenes
•  Trivia subtitles
•  Video & audio restoration
•  Coming Soon Trailer
•  Radio Times Billings (PDF)
•  Making-of documentary
•  Photo gallery
•  Politics In Doctor Who - documentary









The Sensorites

BBC Audio / AudioGO

1st Doctor

RRP: £13.25 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com
Released:
  3rd May 2012

 


When the TARDIS materialises on a spaceship and finds the human crew apparently dead, it is the beginning of a terrifying adventure for the Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara. An unabridged reading of this classic novelisation by Nigel Robinson.

Read by William Russell.







Day of the Cockroach

BBC Audio / AudioGO

11th Doctor

RRP: £10.20 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com
Released:
  3rd May 2012

 


An exciting audio exclusive adventure for the 11th Doctor (as played by Matt Smith) and his companions Amy and Rory. The TARDIS arrives in an nuclear war bunker in England, 1982. A band of refugees have taken cover from the horrors above ground – but they are all menaced by the only creatures who could survive a nuclear holocaust...

Read by Arthur Darvill.







1.05 - Trail of the White Worm

Big Finish Productions

4th Doctor
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Released:
  31st May 2012

 


The legend dates back to Roman times, at least: a great White Worm, as wide as a man, slithers out of the rocks of the Dark Peak Gap to take animals, sometimes even children, for its food.

When the Doctor and Leela arrive in the wilds of Derbyshire, only to get caught up in the hunt for a missing girl, they soon discover that the legend of the Worm is very much alive – even now, in 1979.

Worse still, it seems that the Doctor isn't the only renegade Time Lord on the trail of this deadly and mysterious Worm...

This story takes place between The Talons of Weng-Chiang and
Horror of Fang Rock
.







160 - The Jupiter Conjunction

Big Finish Productions

5th Doctor
RRP: £14.99
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Released:
  31st May 2012

 


Eight slash Q Panenka, a craggy comet with a 13km circumference, has an elliptical orbit that takes it between Earth and Jupiter. Which, in the year 2329, makes it a cheap means of space freight – the second class postal service of the solar system.

But when the TARDIS lands on Panenka, the Doctor, Tegan, Turlough and Nyssa discover a community falling apart at the seams – plagued by thefts, and mysterious disappearances among the 'piggybackers' who eke out a desperate existence on the comet.

While Tegan and Nyssa suit up for a dangerous excursion into the comet's Unstable Zone, the Doctor and Turlough find themselves pawns in a game that could lead to tragedy for both Earth and Jupiter alike...

This story takes place between the TV stories Enlightenment and
The King's Demons
.







3.04 - The Lost Stories - The Guardians of Prophecy

Big Finish Productions

6th Doctor
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Released:
  31st May 2012

 


The TARDIS materialises on Serenity, the last surviving world of the Traken Union. Peri expects a good place for a holiday – not tomb raiders, a labyrinth filled with terrifying monsters and a trap-laden necropolis.

For Serenity’s gentle name belies its history as the home planet of the Melkur, soldiers created to serve a long dead dark force, the embodiment of evil itself. Whilst they sleep, vicious thieves are after this force’s secrets, and will stop at nothing to find them.

But will they find more than they bargained for?







6.11 - The Companion Chronicles - The Jigsaw War

Big Finish Productions

Jamie McCrimmon
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Released:
  31st May 2012

 

 

A cell. Four walls, one door. Jamie McCrimmon can escape, but it means unravelling a puzzle of extraordinary complexity.

And there are more than just two players in this game. The Doctor is there. So is his opponent, Side.

As a hero turns killer, and a rebellion becomes anarchy, the lines between good and evil are blurred. And so is the distinction between cause and effect...

This adventure takes place between the TV stories The Krotons and The Seeds of Death
.









 

Page Updated: 1/6/2012

May 2012



Doctor Who And The Tenth Planet
(Target Reprint)

BBC Books

(1st Doctor)

Doctor Who And The Ice Warriors
(Target Reprint)

BBC Books

(2nd Doctor)

Doctor Who And The Three Doctors
(Target Reprint)

BBC Books

(3rd Doctor)

Doctor Who And The Day of the Daleks
(Target Reprint)

BBC Books

(3rd Doctor)

Doctor Who And The Ark In Space
(Target Reprint)

BBC Books

(4th Doctor)

Doctor Who And The Loch Ness Monster
(Target Reprint)

BBC Books

(4th Doctor)

Who is Michael E. Briant?
Classic TV Press

(Memoir)




Ace Adventures
(Box-set)

BBC DVD
(7th Doctor)

Nightmare of Eden
Region 1 - USA / Canada
BBC DVD
(4th Doctor)

Dragonfire
Region 1 - USA / Canada
BBC DVD
(7th Doctor)

The Happiness Patrol
Region 1 - USA / Canada
BBC DVD
(7th Doctor)



The Sensorites
BBC Audio / AudioGO
(The 1st Doctor)

Day of the Cockroach
BBC Audio / AudioGO
(The 11th Doctor)

1.05 - Trail of the White Worm
Big Finish Productions
(The 4th Doctor)

160 - The Jupiter Conjunction
Big Finish Productions
(The 5th Doctor)

3.04 - The Lost Stories
The Guardians of Prophecy

Big Finish Productions
(The 6th Doctor)

6.11 - The Companion Chronicles
The Jigsaw War

Big Finish Productions
(Jamie McCrimmon)




No releases confirmed this month.


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