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Bernard Wilkie: A Peculiar Effect on the BBC

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Release Date 30 September 2015

Category: Doctor Who Reference Books

Bernard Wilkie is a pioneer in the world of visual effects. Along with Jack Kine he co-founded the BBC’s Visual Effects Department in 1954. Between them they worked on too many BBC productions to list, but chief among them were Doctor Who, Out of the Unknown, Quatermass, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and Some Mothers Do ‘ave ‘em. He passed away in 2002, writing this book in the late 1990s.

 

A Peculiar Effect on the BBC is his previously unpublished memoir and looks back on his career as a whole, covering each programme in detail with a light, but still educational, and often cautionary tone.

 

Whether it’s trying to make a smoke gun, encase an Ice Warrior in a block of ice, creating a Loch Ness Monster or simply coming up with a way of presenting a photo collection on screen utilising only one studio camera, Bernard and Jack rose to the occasion – often choking, soaking and terrifying their colleagues in the process. And almost all of these effects had to be done live – the pressure was on!

 

Bernard also talks in detail about the BBC taking over Ealing Studios and the construction of the now-defunct Television Centre. For anyone interested in the history of television, this is a fascinating eye witness account.

 

Foreword by visual effects designer Mat Irvine and afterword by visual effects designer Mike Tucker

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The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure

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Release Date 30 September 2015

Category: Doctor Who Drama: Special Releases

A very special story which at last provides a heroic exit for Colin Baker's much-loved Time Lord. Four hour-long episodes, connected by the presence of the Valeyard, the entity that exists between the Doctor's twelth and final incarnations.

 

The End of the Line by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris.

The Doctor and his latest companion Constance investigate a commuter train that has lost its way...

 

The Red House by Alan Barnes

The Doctor and Charlotte Pollard arrive on a world that is populated by werewolves.

 

Stage Fright by Matt Fitton

The Doctor and Flip visit Victorian London, where investigators Jago and Litefoot explore theatrical performances that have echoes of the Doctor's past lives...

 

The Brink of Death by Nicholas Briggs

The Doctor and Mel face the final confrontation with the Valeyard - and the Doctor must make the ultimate sacrifice.

 

Cast

The End of the Line: Colin Baker (The Doctor), Miranda Raison (Constance Clarke), Anthony Howell(Tim Hope), Chris Finney (Keith Pottter), Ony Uhiara (Alice Lloyd), Hamish Clark(Norman), Maggie Service (Hilary Ratchett)

 

The Red House: Colin Baker (The Doctor), India Fisher (Charlotte Pollard), Michael Jayston (The Valeyard), Ashley McGuire (Sergeant), Andree Bernard (Dr Paignton/Constable),Rory Keenan (Ugo), Jessie Buckley (Lina), Kieran Hodgson (Arin/Dennis)

 

Stage Fright: Colin Baker (The Doctor), Lisa Greenwood (Flip), Christopher Benjamin (Henry Jago), Trevor Baxter (George Litefoot), Lisa Bowerman (Ellie Higson), Michael Jayston (The Valeyard), Andree Bernard (Susie/Sylvie), Lizzie Roper (Bella)

 

The Brink of Death:Colin Baker (The Doctor), Bonnie Langford (Melanie Bush), Michael Jayston (The Valeyard), Liz White (Genesta), Robbie Stevens (Coordinator Storin/Nathemus 1),Susan Earnshaw (Lorelas/Nathemus 2)

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The House of Winter

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Release Date 1 October 2015

Category: Twelfth Doctor Audio

A brand new, original adventure for the 12th Doctor and Clara, as played on BBC TV by Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. Exclusive to audio, the story is the second of four that are linked by a story arc featuring members of the Winter dynasty.

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Big Bang Generation Audio CD

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Release Date 1 October 2015

Category: Twelfth Doctor Audio

An unabridged reading of a brand new original novel featuring the 12th Doctor and his companion Clara, as played by Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in the hit BBC TV series.

 

“I'm an archaeologist, but probably not the one you were expecting.”

 

Christmas 2015, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

 

Imagine everyone's surprise when a time portal opens up in Sydney Cove. Imagine their shock as a massive pyramid now sits beside the Harbour Bridge, inconveniently blocking Port Jackson and glowing with energy. Imagine their fear as Cyrrus "the mobster" Globb, Professor Horace Jaanson and an alien assassin called Kik arrive to claim the glowing pyramid. Finally imagine everyone's dismay when they are followed by a bunch of con artists out to spring their greatest grift yet.

 

This gang consists of Legs (the sexy comedian), Dog Boy (providing protection and firepower), Shortie (handling logistics), Da Trowel (in charge of excavation and history) and their leader, Doc (busy making sure the universe isn't destroyed in an explosion that makes the Big Bang look like a damp squib).

 

And when someone accidentally reawakens The Ancients of Time - which, Doc reckons, wasn't the wisest or best-judged of actions – things get a whole lot more complicated…

 

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The Dangerous Book of Monsters

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Release Date 20 October 2015

Category: Doctor Who Reference Books

In his travels across time and space, the Doctor has met hundreds of monsters - now, he's created this handy spotter's guide to the biggest, smallest, tallest, hungriest, smelliest, and most dangerous creatures in the Whoniverse! In this fantastic companion guide to How To Be A Time Lord, the Twelfth Doctor reveals, in tips and doodles, everything you need to know about each dangerous monster, advice for battling them, and how and when to make a speedy escape.

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Jago and Litefoot Series 10 Box Set

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Release Date 23 October 2015

Category: Jago and Litefoot

Four brand new stories featuring the investigators of infernal incidents, in one box set.

 

1: The Case of the Missing Gasogene By Simon Barnard & Paul Morris

Investigating the death of Sir Hartley Harecourt’s manservant, Jago and Litefoot are caught up in an intriguing locked-room mystery. It’s a mystery that involves strange experiments, mysterious scientific formulae, our heroes’ greatest admirer, and a missing soda siphon…

 

2: The Year of the Bat By Jonathan Morris

When a strange package is delivered to Professor Litefoot, he has no idea of the far-reaching implications. Soon Litefoot and Jago find themselves enmeshed in a series of events that began thirty years ago – events their younger selves have already been caught up in…

 

3: The Mourning After By James Goss

Litefoot is surprised to meet an old friend. But celebrations are rather muted as he and Ellie have just been to the funeral of Henry Gordon Jago. But is Jago really dead? Or has he somehow been transported into a nightmarish future? The truth is both elusive and deeply worrying…

 

4: The Museum of Curiosities By Justin Richards

At last Carruthers Summerton – the greatest admirer of Jago and Litefoot and their would-be biographer – gets to accompany his heroes on an investigation. But amongst the bizarre murders and strange clues lies a much deeper and far more dangerous mystery. Unsure who they can trust, Jago and Litefoot will find out the truth at the Museum of Curiosities…

 

Cast: Christopher Benjamin (Henry Gordon Jago), Trevor Baxter (Professor George Litefoot), Lisa Bowerman (Ellie Higson), Conrad Asquith (Inspector Quick), Toby Hadoke (Carruthers Summerton), John Rowe (Sir Hartley Harecourt), Rosanna Miles (Hetty Kindred/Nancy/Shopkeeper), Ewan Bailey (McCallum/Mr Grayson/Sergeant Quick Senior/Priest/Galbraith/Cooper/Constable Roberts), Alex Lowe (Young Jago/Jasper Cornish/Billy), Blake Ritson (Young Litefoot), Tracy Wiles (Lilith Lovett), Camilla Power (Adella) and David Warner (Dr Luke Betterman). Other parts played by the cast.

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205: Planet of the Rani

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Release Date 23 October 2015

Category: Doctor Who Monthly Dramas 201 onwards

Miasimia Goria was a quiet planet, an ancient world of bucolic tranquillity… until the Rani arrived with ideas of her own.

 

She planned to create a race of new gods… gods that she could keep on her leash, but those plans went horribly wrong.

 

Now, she languishes in the high security of Teccaurora Penitentiary, consigned there by her arch enemy and old student colleague, the Doctor.

 

But the Rani, always resourceful, ever calculating, knows things about the Doctor’s past that he would rather forget. She wants revenge, even if it takes a hundred years… and then she has other unfinished business.

 

The ruins of Miasimia Goria await…

 

Cast: Colin Baker (The Doctor), Miranda Raison (Constance Clarke), Siobhan Redmond (The Rani), James Joyce (Raj Kahnu/Guard), Olivia Poulet (Pazmi), Dominic Thorburn (Brejesh/Security Leader), Tim Bentinck (Chowdras/Governor), Chris Porter (Degoor/Montain)

 

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Early Adventures 2:2 The Forsaken

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Release Date 23 October 2015

Category: Doctor Who: Early Adventures

The TARDIS lands on an island off Singapore during the Japanese invasion of 1942. The travellers are found by some British soldiers - among them a certain Private James Jackson, who just happens to be Ben’s father. But they're not the only visitors to the island...

 

Cast: Anneke Wills (Polly Wright/Narrator), Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon/The Doctor), Elliot Chapman (Ben Jackson/Private Lawson/Andrews), Ben Nealon (Captain Freeman), Michael Jibson (Corporal Gibbs), Oliver Jackson (Private James Jackson), Gabrielle Glaister (Mrs Maggie Bishop)

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Collected Comics: The Eye of Torment

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Release Date 23 October 2015

Category: Doctor Who Comics and Collected Comics

A brand new collection contains four adventures for the Twelfth Doctor and Clara. Stories are: The Eye Of Torment by Scott Gray, illustrated by Martin Geraghty; Instruments Of War written and illustrated by Mike Collins; Blood And Ice written by Jacqueline Rayner and illustrated by Martin Geraghty; and The Crystal Throne (an adventure starring The Paternoster Gang – Vastra, Jenny and Strax) by Scott Gray, illustrated by Mike Collins.

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Doom Coalition 1

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Release Date 23 October 2015

Category: Eighth Doctor Seasons

EPISODE 1: THE ELEVEN written by Matt Fitton

When one of Gallifrey's most notorious criminals attempts to escape from prison, Cardinal Padrac turns for help to the Time Lord who put him there in the first place.

 

EPISODE 2: THE RED LADY written by John Dorney

A London Museum holds the key to many secrets from the past. But some secrets are so deadly they should remain locked away. Forever.

 

EPISODE 3: THE GALILEO TRAP written by Marc Platt

With a mysterious plague sweeping through Florence, a rampaging alien behemoth comes between the Doctor and the answers he seeks.

 

EPISODE 4: THE SATANIC MILL written by Edward Collier

Long buried animosities come boiling to the surface on an ancient and powerful satellite, in a final confrontation that could have unimaginable consequences.

 

Cast: Paul McGann (The Doctor), Nicola Walker (Liv Chenka), Hattie Morahan (Helen Sinclair), Mark Bonnar (The Eleven), Robert Bathurst, Caroline Langrishe, Ramon Tikaram, David Yelland, John Woodvine, Harry Myers, Esther Hall and Matthew Cottle

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Underwater Menace DVD, The

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Release Date 26 October 2015

£17.99 When preordered

Category: 2nd Doctor DVDs

Starring Patrick Troughton

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Robert Banks Stewart: To Put You In The Picture

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Release Date 30 October 2015

Category: Autobiography

The memoir of Robert Banks Stewart, one of Britain’s most legendary television writer/producers, whose career has spanned five decades. Viewers who have watched television and its development over this period – including viewers of today – will be hugely entertained by this splendid autobiography.

 

The author has penned a host of behind-the-scenes anecdotes, most of them hitherto untold, plus descriptions of his considerable work experiences with refreshing candour (successes and failures) and delightful humour. Credited with breaking the mould of early UK thriller dramas with ground-breaking series like Shoestring and Bergerac, he purposely set them away from the usual easy, endlessly grim metropolitan street backgrounds derived from BBC Radio, instead exploiting different locations – like the West Country and the Channel Island of Jersey. He also cleverly cast new actors such as John Nettles, Trevor Eve, Greta Scaachi and Catherine Zeta-Jones, rather than established stars, whilst also featuring film veterans like Terence Alexander and Michael Medwin in regular roles. Writing, adapting and producing – with what was called ‘the touch’ – Robert Banks Stewart was also responsible for many more hit television series, among them the initial productions of The Darling Buds of May and Lovejoy.

 

Available only as a hardback

 

Internal illustrations: Jamie Lenman.

 

Cover: Andrew Orton

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