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Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor Novelisation

Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor is based on, and expands upon, the Reeltime Pictures drama production Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor. It also spins off from the 1985 BBC Doctor Who adventure ‘Vengeance on Varos’, and 1986’s ‘The Trial of a Time Lord’ parts 5 to 8. All characters used with permission.

 

 

Daemos Rising Novelisation

The special edition is an A-format paperback release, sized and designed to fit in with the Target Doctor Who novelisations. It features a retro-art cover by Andrew-Mark Thompson, and includes an 8 page full colour section of photographs from the making of Daemos Rising in 2004. Daemos Rising is written by David J Howe, noted Doctor Who collector and historian who wrote the original script for the film.

Original Costume For Sale

This is an original, screen used Doctor Who costume from all four episodes of the 1985 Sixth Doctor story Vengeance on Varos. It was worn on screen by the Chief Officer played by Forbes Collins.

Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor Blu ray - SIGNED INSERT

PRE-ORDER An original drama from the world of BBCtv’s DOCTOR WHO, featuring SIL, the ruthless alien entrepreneur from planet Thoros Beta, played by NABIL SHABAN. With an exclusive art card signed by Nabil Shaban, Christopher Ryan, Sophie Aldred and a selection of other cast members. Due November

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The Black Archive 34: Battlefield

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The Black Archive, a series of book-length looks at single Doctor Who stories from 1963 to the present day

 

‘Is this honour? Is this war?’

 

Battlefield (1989) sees a clash of mythologies, as the progressive, anti-racist, sporadically pacifist Doctor Who of the late 1980s takes on Britain’s authoritarian, chivalric national myth of King Arthur. With a script by Ben Aaronovitch, now a bestselling urban fantasy novelist but then only the writer of the previous year’s acclaimed Remembrance of the Daleks (1988), it forms with its predecessor a ‘philosophical pair’, replacing its 1960s setting with an imagined 1990s and showing a Doctor dealing with the repercussions of his future actions, rather than his past.

 

Even as a script Battlefield falls short of complete success, yet it remains an emotionally literate, politically engaged and thematically complex piece. It finds areas of overlap between Andrew Cartmel’s radical conception of Doctor Who and Arthurian myth in the legend of a past golden age, represented by the return of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and UNIT, and in the identification of the Doctor – always presented by the series as a wizard, a prophet and a mentor – with Merlin. It interrogates the patriarchal attitudes of both the Arthurian myths and 1970s Doctor Who from a contemporary perspective, and questions the attitudes to war found in both.

 

It also does an exemplary job of worldbuilding, sketching in a convincing near future based on a handful of lines, and presents a complex, questionable, even sympathetic villain motivated by a value system alien to our own. Finally, it raises questions of predestination: through the other characters’ foreknowledge of the Doctor’s future; through the fate apparently decreed for Ancelyn and Bambera; and, perhaps, through the Brigadier’s survival of a story whose structure seems to demand that he should die.

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Time's Mosaic 6

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 Imagine a Story fifty years in the telling.

 

That’s a long time to maintain consistency. Storylines clash, continuity dies and contradictions flourish as one decade bleeds into the next, and one editor replaces another, each with their own idea of how the Story should be told. Add to that a veritable flood of formats – big screen, television, novels, audios, comics, short stories, cartoons – and what seemed at first to be merely difficult rapidly becomes all but unmanageable.

 

Now imagine if one man were to attempt to consider it all. One man reading the short stories and the novels, watching the movies and the box sets, listening to radio plays and BBC compact discs…taking it all in so that you don’t have to…

 

Join Finn Clark on an epic journey through the Whoniverse, as he reviews every single Doctor Who story in every single format (except Big Finish – we decided that a thousand page book was just too much!). From ‘An Unearthly Child’ and TV Comic throwaways to Capaldi and IDW, with sidesteps into influences and spin-offs, he’ll tell you, the reader, what he thinks of it all, good and bad…

 

Examining the Colin Baker era, plus the Australian K9 tv series and the Baker-starring BBV videos of the Wilderness Years – this is the ultimate review guide to Doctor Who!

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Myth Makers: Nabil Shaban (Sil)

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Nabil Shaban was born in 1953 in Amman, Jordan and arrived in England when he was three for treatment for his osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle-bone disease). He spent the next thirteen years in hospital and children's homes. In 1980, he and Richard Tomlinson founded Graeae (pronounced Grey Eye), a ground breaking professional theatre company of disabled performers.

 

His British feature film credits include Born of Fire (1987), City of Joy (1992) and Wittgenstein (1993), while on television Nabil appeared in Walter (1982), Walter & June (1983), Raspberry Ripple (1988) and Skallagrigg (1994).

 

Nabil has presented several documentaries on themes of disability and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Surrey for the achievements of his career and his work to change public perceptions of disabled people.

 

To Doctor Who fans, he is best known for his role as ruthless businessman Sil in Vengeance on Varos (1985), Mindwarp (1986) and two Big Finish audio adventures Mission to Magnus (2009) and Antidote to Oblivion (2014).

 

DVD-R  200 mins approx

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Doctor Who Magazine Special 53: Target Books

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Considered a unique record of Doctor Who’s history in the era before fanzines, official magazines and home video, Target books are probably the most cherished items of merchandise inspired by the show. They’re certainly the most commercially successful.

 

From the early 1970s to the early 90s, it’s estimated that Target sold over eight million novelisations and other Doctor Who books. This is the inside story of a legendary imprint, from its rise and fall to its triumphant revival in 2018.

 

Highlights include numerous rare images and exclusive interviews with the key players, including:

Chris Achilleos (cover artist for The Auton Invasion, The Zarbi, The Doomsday Weapon, etc)

Jeff Cummins (cover artist for The Mutants, The Horror of Fang Rock, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, etc)

Peter Darvill-Evans (Target Books editor from 1989)

Terrance Dicks (the most prolific author of Target books)

Anthony Dry (cover artist for City of Death, Rose, The Day of the Doctor etc)

John Peel (author of the novelisations of The Chase, The Power of the Daleks, The Evil of the Daleks etc)

Marc Platt (author of the Battlefield and Ghost Light novelisations)

Nigel Robinson (Target Books editor from 1984 to 1987)

Andrew Skilleter (cover artist for The Gunfighters, The Abominable Snowmen, The Stones of Blood etc)

Alan Willow (artist who provided internal illustrations for The Cybermen, Terror of the Autons, The Sea-Devils etc)

 

 

Other highlights include:

Extracts from two unpublished manuscripts

The untold story of Doctor Who Discovers, based on the archive of author Fred Newman

Details of foreign editions

The Companions of Doctor Who series

Interviews with collectors who own original Target Books artwork

 

 

… and an afterword from Pete McTighe, the writer of the 2018 story Kerblam!

 

 

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Torchwood 27: Sync

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Torchwood vs Monsters!

 

Margaret Blaine is the Mayor of Cardiff. She’s also an alien who’ll do anything to get off the planet Earth. When a spaceship crashes outside Cardiff, it seems like the answer to her prayers. Only she’s not only person at crash site.

 

Suzie Costello works for Torchwood, but strictly to her own agenda. When a spaceship crashes outside Cardiff, it seems like the answer to her prayers. Only, she’s not the only person at the crash site.

 

Bonded by an alien device, Margaret and Suzie find themselves on the run from Torchwood, the police, and six warp missiles that’ll destroy them, Cardiff, and most of the Western Hemisphere.

 

Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners

 

Cast: Indira Varma (Susie Costello), Annette Badland (Margaret Blaine), Raj Ghatak (Pilot). Other parts played by the cast.

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252: An Alien Werewolf in London

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A space-time summons brings the TARDIS to the strangest place Mags has yet visited. A haven for the freakiest freaks and the weirdest weirdoes: Camden Lock, London, in the early 1990s.

 

But there’s a reason why former TARDIS traveller Ace has brought the old gang back together. She’s on a mission to rescue an alien being, held prisoner in a massive mansion…

 

A mission that can’t possibly go wrong. Can it?

 

Written By: Alan Barnes

 

Cast Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Jessica Martin (Mags)

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Upcoming releases

Andrew Cartmel: Script Doctor (SIGNED)

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"There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, and the sea's asleep, and the rivers dream. People made of smoke, and cities made of song. Somewhere there's danger, somewhere there’s injustice, and somewhere else the tea's getting cold. Come on, Ace — we’ve got work to do!"

 

Andrew Cartmel was the script editor on Doctor Who from 1986 to 1989. During his time on the show he introduced the seventh Doctor and his companion Ace (Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred) and oversaw forty-two scripts written by eight writers new to the series.

 

With a clear mission to bring proper science fiction back into Doctor Who, he formulated what was later termed ‘The Cartmel Masterplan’, re-introducing the mystery to the character of the Doctor as the series celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary and beyond.

 

‘Script Doctor’ is his memoir of this time based on his diaries written sometimes on set and sometimes not even in the diary itself but on the back of scripts. Illustrated with 32 pages of photographs, many of them not published before, this is a vivid account of life in the Doctor Who production office in the late eighties.

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Torchwood: The Lives of Captain Jack 2

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Captain Jack Harkness - time-travelling con-man, saviour of the Earth, and intergalactic adventurer. He has lived many lives. Here are three more of them.

 

2.1 Piece of Mind by James Goss 

When the Sixth Doctor falls dying into his arms, Jack must carry on in his place. Is the universe ready for a whole new kind of Doctor?

 

2.2 What Have I Done? by Guy Adams

On the battlefields of World War I, something is hunting in the trenches. Jack must try and save the life of a wounded soldier.

 

2.3 Driving Miss Wells by James Goss

Alien invasions, stolen planets and burning skies - Newsreader Trinity Wells used to tell everyone the world was ending. One day she stopped believing it. Will her new chauffeur change her mind?

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Tenth Doctor 3:1 No Place

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It's ‘Haunted Makeovers!’ The home improvement show with a spooky twist.

 

The Noble family are hoping to cast out a few spirits along with the old bathroom suite. Presenter Justin joins Donna, Wilf, Sylvia and the Doctor for the latest edition of his reality TV series.

 

Of course, Justin knows that any supernatural phenomena can be faked. Ghosts can't possibly be real. Can they..?

 

David Tennant (The Doctor)

Catherine Tate (Donna Noble)

Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott)

Jacqueline King (Sylvia Noble)

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Tenth Doctor 3:2 One Mile Down

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Donna and the Doctor take a holiday in the beautiful underwater city of Vallarasee.

 

Things have changed since the Doctor last swam through. Vallarasee is now enclosed in an airdome, with Judoon patrolling historic sites. Now, instead of tourists wearing breathing-helmets, native Fins are forced to adapt.

 

But leaks are trickling into the dome. The Judoon must be persuaded that disaster is imminent, or thousands will be trapped, as the waters rise...

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Tenth Doctor 3:3 The Creeping Death

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London, 1952, and a deadly smog envelops the capital.

 

But something even more dangerous - and alien - is hiding within the mists.

 

When the Doctor and Donna get lost in the fog, they find a motley group of Londoners trying to make their way home.

 

Very soon, the stakes are raised, as death creeps along fume-choked streets, and not everyone will make it out alive...

 

David Tennant (The Doctor)

Catherine Tate (Donna Noble)

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Torchwood: God Among Us 3

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In times of disaster people turn to God. But what if they no longer believe in themselves?

 

Cardiff is recovering from a catastrophe. Torchwood find themselves up against the Disaster Recovery Committee – instead of putting the city back on its feet, it seems to be preparing for something worse. There’s a conspiracy to be exposed, a mythical monster becomes real, fights are breaking out over drinking water, and Jack Harkness is getting ready for the end of the world.

 

6.9 A Mother’s Son by Alexandria Riley

Cardiff has suffered a catastrophic flood. Dozens are still missing. Survivors fill camps across the city. An inquiry has been set up to find out what happened.

 

Bethan’s come to the city looking for answers. Her son is among the missing, and no-one seems to want to help her find him. It’s starting to look like there’s a cover-up. What is Torchwood? Can it really be behind it?

 

6.10 ScrapeJane by Robin Bell

ScrapeJane is a myth. A monster made up by an urban explorer. A monster that’s caught on. A monster with forums, with merch, with a book deal. A monster that people have started to believe in.

 

A monster that’s started killing.

 

6.11 Day Zero by Tim Foley

They’ve been warning about it for ages. Poisonous mould in the water supply. But it’s finally got out of hand. It’s day zero – the day Cardiff runs out of drinking water.

 

As people start fighting over the last remaining supplies, the Disaster Recovery Committee takes drastic action. Because there’s one place that still has clean water. And Torchwood will do anything to stop them from getting it.

 

6.12 Thoughts and Prayers by James Goss

Cardiff lies broken. Torchwood’s leaders are either arrested or dead. In a storage unit something forgotten has been reborn. And underneath the city, a terrible impossibility has been built.

 

The streets are filled with the prayers of the desperate. Because everyone knows - The end of the world is nigh.

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