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October 2010



 




The Seeds of Doom

BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

4th Doctor

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Released:  25th October 2010

 


It’s 20th Century Earth and a research team based in the Antarctic unwittingly digs up two mysterious pods which have lain buried in the snow for twenty thousand years.

Yet the identity of the pods is no mystery to the Doctor, they are Krynoid, a hostile, alien species of life. The Doctor’s fears are confirmed when one of the pods opens and attacks a scientist.

Unfortunately, the Doctor is not the only one interested in the seeds - an insane millionaire, Harrison Chase, is desperate to get his hands on a pod at any cost - even murder. But why?

As the remaining pod hurtles to England, splitting open to reveal a ferocious Krynoid carnivore, can the Doctor arrest its development? As its strength grows every moment, it threatens to turn Earth's vegetation hostile too. Its germination could jeopardize the security of mankind itself...

Special Features:

Disc 1:

• 6 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.
• Commentary - stereo. With actors Tom Baker, John Challis, Kenneth Gilbert and Michael McStay, producer Philip Hinchcliffe, writer Robert Banks Stewart, replacement designer Roger Murray-Leach and Joggs Camfield (son of the director, the late Douglas Camfield).
• Isolated Music – option to watch the episode with the isolated music score.
• Programme subtitles.
• Subtitle Production Notes.

Disc 2:

• PodShock (dur. 37’ 15”) – cast and crew look back at the making of the story. With actors John Challis, Kenneth Gilbert and Ian Fairbairn, producer Philip Hinchcliffe, writer Robert Banks Stewart, production assistant Graeme Harper, original designer Jeremy Bear, design assistant Jan Spoczynski, visual effects designer Richard Conway and composer Geoffrey Burgon.
• Now and Then (dur. 8’ 56” ) – our long running series visits Athelhampton House, a quarry in Reigate and the • BBC Television Centre to explore the locations used in ‘The Seeds of Doom’.
• Playing in the Green Cathedral (dur. 10’ 03”) – composer Geoffrey Burgon talks about his involvement in Doctor Who.
• So What Do You Do Exactly? (dur. 14’ 23”) – ever wondered what the job of a Production Assistant or a Production Unit Manager entails? Graeme Harper explains…
• Stripped for Action – The Fourth Doctor (dur. 20’ 18”) – our series on the Doctor’s comic-strip adventures looks at the portrayal of the fourth Doctor in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine’s regular graphic stories. With former DWM editors Dez Skinn, Gary Russell and Alan Barnes, writer Pat Mills, artist Dave Gibbons and consultant Jeremy Bentham.
• Trail and Continuity (dur. 1’ 23”) – an off-air trail for the story’s first episode and continuity announcements for its fifth.
• Photo Gallery (dur. 4’ 46”) - production, design and publicity photos from the story.
• Coming Soon (dur. 1 min approx.) - a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release.
• Radio Times Listings and Douglas Camfield’s paper edit for a compilation version of the story in Adobe PDF format.







Revisitations Box 1

BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

4th, 5th & 8th Doctors

RRP: £39.99 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com

Released:  4th October 2010

 


The Talons of Weng-Chiang - Special Edition
Contains 3 discs

The Doctor and Leela are confronted by sinister and seemingly inexplicable occurrences in this gripping thriller set in the shadowy depths of nineteenth century London. With the help of Professor Litefoot, the Doctor investigates the gruesome murder of a cabbie and the mysterious disappearances of young girls. Whilst being chased by giant rats and forced to pit his wits against an evil doll and a merciless illusionist, he comes face-to-face with his most deadly enemy to date: Magnus Greel - a fifty-first century war criminal posing as Weng Chiang, an ancient Chinese god.

Special Features:

Disc 1:

• 6 x 25 min colour episodes with mono audio.
• Commentary - with actors Louise Jameson, John Bennett and Christopher Benjamin, producer Philip Hinchcliffe and director David Maloney.
• Coming Soon - a trail for a forthcoming DVD release. See Notes below.
• Programme Subtitles
• Subtitle Production Notes

Disc 2:

• The Last Hurrah - Tom Baker and Philip Hinchcliffe meet at Tom’s home to discuss the making of what would be their final story together. Also featuring actors Louise Jameson, Trevor Baxter, Christopher Benjamin, director David Maloney, designer Roger Murray-Leach and costume designer John Bloomfield.
• Moving On - ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’ was to be Philip Hinchcliffe’s last story as the producer of Doctor Who. In this featurette he looks back at the ideas he had for the next season.
• The Foe from the Future - a look at the original concept idea for the un-made story ‘The Foe from the Future’, which eventually became ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’. With writer Robert Banks Stewart and producer Philip Hinchcliffe.
• Now & Then - the latest instalment of this series visits the locations used in the story and compares how they looked on screen in 1977 to how they look now.
• Look East - in January 1977, the BBC’s local news programme paid a visit to the filming of ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’ in Northampton Repertory Theatre, where reporter David Cass interviewed Tom Baker.
• Victoriana and Chinoiserie - a discussion of the literary references that can be found within the story. With producer Philip Hinchcliffe and University of Westminster lecturer in English Literature, Dr. Anne Witchard.
• Music Hall - ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’ is set within a music hall, a theatrical tradition which is upheld to this day by groups of dedicated performers. This documentary looks at the history of the music hall and features performances by those who continue to uphold its traditions. Hosted by Michael McManus, with Gerald Glover, Pamela Cundell, Johnny Dennis and Victor Spinetti, featuring songs performed by Katy Baker.
• Limehouse - A Victorian Chinatown - Limehouse, in the old docklands area of London’s East End is not only the setting for ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’ but for many other stories in English literature. Dr. Matthew Sweet investigates the area and its history. With Roehampton University’s Dr. John Seed, Dr. Tom Wareham, the curator of the Museum of London Docklands and University of Westminster lecturer in English Literature, Dr. Anne Witchard.

Disc 3:

• Whose Doctor Who (dur. 58' 42") - a 1977 documentary from BBC2's 'The Lively Arts' strand, looking back at the history of the programme and its psychological impact on the viewers, particularly children. Introduced by Melvyn Bragg.
• Blue Peter Theatre (dur. 25' 58”) - starts with a 1974 introduction, featuring a strike-bound Blue Peter team having to leave their usual studio and present the programme from the set of the first Tom Baker story, then continues with a series of articles from 1977 in which the team make a Doctor Who theatre, complete with sets and monsters and, with the help of Dick Mills, show how to make your own sound effects to accompany the performance.
• Behind the Scenes (dur. 24'00") - very poor quality (ex DW production office timecoded Shibaden tape) but exceptionally rare footage from the studio recording of the story.
• Philip Hinchcliffe Interview (dur. 11' 30") - series producer Philip Hinchcliffe interviewed on 'Pebble Mill at One' about the show and the possible effects of on-screen violence. Ex Philips 1500 off-air recording.
• Trails and Continuity (dur. 2'24”) - trails and continuity announcements (mostly derived from off-air domestic recordings) for 'The Talons of Weng-Chiang' and 'Whose Doctor Who'.
• Photo Gallery (dur. 3’ 24”) - a selection of design and production photographs from the story.
• TARDIS-Cam No.6 (dur. 1’ 41”) - originally produced for the BBC Doctor Who website, this animation shows the TARDIS encountering a pod of space whales.

The Caves of Androzani - Special Edition
Contains 2 discs

The Caves of Andozani takes place on the barren world of Androzani, where the Doctor and Peri find themselves embroiled in a long running underground war. Military troops mount an armed blockade whilst gunrunners bring in weapons for the sinister, masked renegade, Sharaz Jek. Meanwhile, lethal androids guard the caves, where a deadly creature lurks in the shadows, killing all in its path. At the heart of the conflict is a substance called Spectrox - the most valuable item in the universe...and the deadliest! Will the Doctor make the ultimate sacrifice to save his young friends life?

Special Features:

Disc 1:

• 4 x 25 min colour episodes with mono audio.
• Commentary with actors Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant and director Graeme Harper.
• Behind the Scenes - The Regeneration (dur. 7’ 53”) - a look inside the studio during the shooting of the climactic regeneration scene. Features an optional commentary track.
• Audio 1: Studio sound
• Audio 2: Commentary with Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant and Graeme Harper
• Behind the Scenes - Creating Sharaz Jek (dur. 5’ 04”) - inside the character of Sharaz Jek, courtesy of an audio recording of the late Christopher Gable talking about his role in the story, photographs from Gable’s own collection and footage from the studio recording.
• Extended Scenes (dur. 4’ 12”) - three extended scenes taken from the original film sequences and timecoded production tapes. The first has an optional commentary track.
• Audio 1: Studio sound
• Audio 2: Commentary with Peter Davison and Graeme Harper
• Trailer (dur. 0’ 28”) - BBC1 trailer for the first episode.
• News (dur. 5’ 21”) - a compilation of news reports and interviews about Peter Davison leaving the series.
• Isolated Music - option to view the episodes with isolated music scores.
• Coming Soon (dur. approx 1' 00") - a trail for a forthcoming DVD release. See Notes below.
• PDF material - Radio Times listings in PDF format.
• Programme Subtitles
• Subtitle Production Notes

Disc 2:

• Chain Reaction (dur. 36’ 04”) - cast and crew look back at the making of the story that is regularly voted as the best Doctor Who story of all time. With actors Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant, Maurice Roëves, Robert Glenister and Martin Cochrane, director Graeme Harper, script editor Eric Saward, production designer John Hurst and composer Roger Limb. Written and presented by Matthew Sweet.
• Directing Who: Then & Now (dur. 11’ 44” ) - Graeme Harper is the only director to have worked on both the classic and new series of Doctor Who. In this featurette he talks about the different production techniques used on both.
• Russell Harty (dur. 8’ 36”) - Peter Davison and Colin Baker appear on the Russell Harty Show in the week between Davison’s last episode and Baker’s first.
• Photo Gallery (dur. 4’ 55”) - a selection of design and production photographs from the story.

Doctor Who: The Movie - Special Edition
Contains 2 discs

Returning home to Gallifrey with the remains of his arch enemy, the Master, the TARDIS is forced off course, landing the Doctor into the middle of a street gang's gun battle in downtown San Franciso. Critically wounded in the shoot out, the Doctor has to regenerate to save his own life. And he's not the only one - the Master too has a new body with which to wreak havoc. As the clock counts down to the start of a new millennium, the Doctor has to stop the Master destroying all life on Earth. But at what cost...?

Special Features:

Disc 1:

• 86 minute movie with stereo audio.
• Commentary 1 (2001) – original DVD release solo commentary by director Geoffrey Sax.
• Commentary 2 (2009) – new commentary with actors Paul McGann and Sylvester McCoy, moderated by Nicholas Briggs.
• The Seven Year Hitch (dur. 53’ 53”) – This documentary looks at executive producer Philip Segal’s seven-year quest to return Doctor Who to the screen, from his initial contact with the BBC shortly before its cancellation in 1989, through to the production and transmission of the movie in 1996. Featuring Philip Segal, BBC executive producer Jo Wright, BBC Head of Series Peter Cregeen, BBC1 controller Alan Yentob, writer Matthew Jacobs and Graeme Harper, the director of BBC Enterprises' abandoned Doctor Who movie. Narrated by Amanda Drew.
• The Doctor’s Strange Love (dur. 17’ 10”) – writers Joe Lidster and Simon Guerrier discuss how they stopped worrying and learned to love the TV Movie with comedian Josie Long.
• Photo Gallery (dur.3’ 46”) - a selection of design and production photographs from the story.
• Isolated Music - option to view the movie with isolated music score.
• Music Tracks – four music tracks from the production presented in full: ‘In a Dream’, ‘All Dressed Up’, ‘Ride into the Moonlight’ and ‘Auld Lang Syne’.
• Coming Soon (dur. approx 1' 00") - a trail for a forthcoming DVD release. See Notes below.
• PDF material - Radio Times listings in PDF format.
• Programme Subtitles
• Subtitle Production Notes

Disc 2:

Pre-Production:

• Paul McGann Audition (dur. 7’ 38”) – Paul McGann’s audition for the role.
• VFX Tests June 1994 (dur. 0’ 50”) – early video effects tests by Amblin Imaging in 1994, featuring the ‘Spider Dalek’ design.
• VFX March 1996 (dur. 2’ 32”) – video effects build-ups presented as mute timecoded ‘work in progress’ shots from the CGI effects department.

Production:

• EPK (dur. 15’ 36”) – the Electronic Press Kit put out by Fox in 1996 included a short documentary and interview segments to allow other broadcasters to put together their own packages about the movie.
• Behind the Scenes (dur. 4’ 47”) – on set and on location during the filming of the movie.
• Philip Segal’s Tour of the TARDIS Set (dur. 2’33”) – executive producer Philip Segal shows us around the TARDIS control room set.
• Alternate Takes (dur. 1’ 02”) – two alternate versions of scenes from the movie.
• BBC Trails (dur. 1’ 00”) – BBC television trails for the movie.
• Who Peter 1989-2009 (dur. 26’ 42”) - since the birth of Doctor Who in the sixties, it has shared an almost symbiotic relationship with the long-running BBC children’s magazine show ‘Blue Peter’. In the second part of this special documentary series, some of those involved look back over the history of that relationship in the ‘new series years’. With new series executive producer Russell T. Davies, Blue Peter editor Richard Marson, brand executive Edward Russell, writers Robert Shearman and Clayton Hickman and competition winners William Grantham and John Bell. Presented by Gethin Jones.
• The Wilderness Years (dur. 23’ 29”) – in the seven years between the end of the classic series and the broadcast of the TVM, Doctor Who survived in print, video and audio, kept alive by fans within those industries who were determined not to let it die. With BBC head of serials Peter Cregeen, former Doctor Who Magazine editor John Freeman and current editor Tom Spilsbury., Virgin Books editor Peter Darvill-Evans, BBC Books consultant Justin Richards, script editor Andrew Cartmel, video producers Keith Barnfather and Bill Baggs, director Kevin Davies and Big Finish producer Jason Haigh-Ellery. Narrated by Glen Allen.
• Stripped for Action – The Eighth Doctor (dur. 19’ 45”) – the final part of the series looking at the Doctor’s adventures in comic-strip form. With writers Scott Gray, former Doctor Who Magazine editors Gary Russell, Alan Barnes and Clayton Hickman, artists Lee Sullivan, Martin Geraghty and Roger Langridge, author Paul Scoones, historian Jeremy Bentham.
• Tomorrow’s Times – The Eighth Doctor (dur. 10’ 47”) another in the series looking at Doctor Who’s contemporary coverage in daily newspapers and other publications. Presented by Nicholas Courtney.









The Runaway Train

BBC Audio

11th Doctor

RRP: £8.99 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com

Released:  6th October 2010

 


Arriving on Earth in the midst of the American Civil War, the Doctor and Amy must get a posse together to help them retrieve an alien artefact that has fallen into the clutches of the Confederate Army.

The terraforming device belongs to the Cei, a race of invaders who plan to use it to turn the planet into a new home world.

But neither the Army nor the aliens are keen to let the Doctor and his gang interfere with their plans, and give chase across the Wild West. The only hope of escape for the Doctor and friends is to catch the 3.25 to Arizona and race along the newly-built transcontinental railroad...

Written specially for audio by Oli Smith, and read by Matt Smith, The Runaway Train features the Doctor as played by Matt Smith in the acclaimed hit series from BBC Television.







Demon Quest: Volume 2 - The Demon of Paris

BBC Audio

4th Doctor

RRP: £9.99 - Compare Prices at CompareTheDalek.com
Released:
  7th October 2010

 


Someone has painted the Doctor's likeness into a famous poster by Toulouse-Lautrec, leading Mrs Wibbsey and him to Paris in the 1890s. There the streets are thronged with artists and their muses - ladies of the night such as the young girl La Charlotte.

But a murderer is also at large, and Lautrec's name is whispered with fear and suspicion. As they become immersed in the delights of the Moulin Rouge and the shadows of Montmartre Cemetery, the travellers gradually uncover the gruesome truth about the missing women of Paris.

They also realise that someone has been expecting them...






4.05 - Deimos

Big Finish Productions

8th Doctor

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Released:
  31st October 2010

 


Millions of years ago, the noble Ice Warriors fled to Deimos, moon of Mars, hoping to sit out the radioactive death throes of their home planet. When the TARDIS lands on Deimos, the Doctor discovers that the Warriors' ancient catacombs are now a popular stop for space tourists.

But the Martian dynasties are more than history, and the Warriors are far from extinct. It's not for nothing that 'Deimos' is the ancient word for 'dread'…








140 - A Death in the Family

Big Finish Productions

7th Doctor

RRP: £14.99
Released:
  31st October 2010

 


"The future folds into the past. The homeless hero has fallen. Now begins the time of three tales: The Tale of the Herald. The Tale of the Hidden Woman. The Tale of the Final Speaker. When the last tale is told, all the lights shall fail. The world will end."

21st century London: Nobody No One, the extra-dimensional Word Lord, is again running amok. Only this time, he's unbeatable – and a terrible tragedy is about to unfold.






5.04 - The Companion Chronicles - The Invasion of E-Space

Big Finish Productions

Romana
RRP: £8.99

Released:
  31st October 2010

 


Trapped within E-Space, the Doctor, Romana and Adric are searching for a Charged Vacuum Emboitment – the gateway back to our universe. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack...

Then, by pure chance, a brand new CVE rips into being. Its makers are The Farrian, a warlike race who possess the technology to break into E-Space. But they have come to invade and plunder this new territory, and the riches of the planet Ballustra are their first target…








 

Page Last Updated: 1/11/2010

October 2010



No releases confirmed this month.




The Seeds of Doom

BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

(4th Doctor)

Revisitations Box 1

BBC DVD / 2|Entertain

(4th, 5th & 8th Doctors)




Demon Quest: Volume 2
The Demon of Paris

BBC Audio
(4th Doctor)


The Runaway Train
BBC Audio

(11th Doctor)

4.05 - Deimos
Big Finish Productions

(8th Doctor)

140 - A Death in the Family
Big Finish Productions
(7th Doctor)


5.04 - Companion Chronicles
The Invasion of E-Space

Big Finish Productions

(Romana)




No releases confirmed this month.


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