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Drawing Breath/Argh! Memoirs of Dicky Howett and Tim Quinn

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Category: Autobiography

DICKY HOWETT

Dicky’s work will be known to comic readers everywhere, especially fans of Doctor Who where his strip in collaboration with writer Tim Quinn Doctor Who? featured in Doctor Who Magazine for over a decade.

But he and Tim didn’t just contribute to Doctor Who Magazine, they also provided comic strips for a number of Marvel, DC Thompson and IPC comics, developing a unique and edgy style as they went on, often upsetting editors along the way with their refusal to let good taste get in the way of a good joke.

Prior to this collaboration, Dicky worked at the BBC and Lime Grove in various roles as well as being a freelance cartoonist for numerous daily newspapers and periodicals. He continued with cartooning for as long as he could, but with the industry changing and the need for spot cartoons diminishing he began a new career and company.

 

Golden Age Television specialises in leasing antique film and video camera and studio equipment to modern film and television productions ranging from Hollywood productions such as Steven Spielberg’s Munich, to television productions including Call the Midiwfe, The Hour, Inside No.9 and returning to his Doctor Who roots with An Adventure in Space and Time for the series’ 50th Anniversary in 2013.

 

TIM QUINN
Tim’s work will be known to comic readers everywhere, especially fans of Doctor Who where his strip (in collaboration with artist Dicky Howett) Doctor Who? featured in Doctor Who Magazine for over a decade.
But he and Dicky didn’t just contribute to Doctor Who Magazine, they also provided comic strips for a number of Marvel, DC Thompson and IPC comics, developing a unique and edgy style as they went on, often upsetting editors along the way with with their refusal to allow good taste to get in the way of a good joke.
Before and after this decade-long partnership, Tim has had a colourful life starting out early as a clown and going on to be a stage manager, editor, publisher, manager, director and producer as well as helping to launch Marvel in the UK during the eighties.
Tim’s memoir is a cautionary tale of dealing with corporate mentality in a creative industry, facing opposition from marketing departments, editors and bosses generally. ‘We need to be careful here...’ being a phrase often repeated.
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Prophets of Doom (New printing)

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Category: Cult Titles

In February 1970, one of the most important television drama programmes from the 1970s was broadcast on BBC1. Not only did it introduce a new word to the English language, it also brought to a mainstream audience of ten million viewers each week the new, emerging idea of the scientists' moral and ethical responsibility in society. This was Doomwatch, a visionary science fiction series which took scientific research and technological advances and imagined where they could go disastrously wrong if greed, politics or simple ambition won over caution. This was drama with a message. And it was heard. The fears of the Sixties: over-population, test-tube babies, super-sonic aircraft, DDT, the Bomb, all found expression in Doomwatch.

 

Launching the career of actor Robert Powell, Doomwatch entertained and thrilled its audience with concepts such as a plastic eating virus, animal hearts transplanted into children, toxic chemical dumps, cannibal rats, the surveillance state, noise that can kill, food poisoned by drugs and chemicals, and by the end of its first successful series, the ultimate horror: a nuclear bomb washed up underneath a seaside pier, its countdown ticking down to claim the life of one of the celebrated Doomwatch team.

 

It was conceived by a research scientist and a television dramatist, Dr. Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis, who had previously devised the Cybermen for Doctor Who. With Doomwatch, they soon became famous for creating seemingly prophetic storylines in which the media eagerly found parallels in real life. Were the writers of Doomwatch prophets of doom or simply scaremongering popularists?

 

The programme divided the scientific and political establishment into those who thought the programme was a much needed and timely warning and tried to do something about it, and those who thought it was a naive, reactionary piece of trivial, and ignorant television. Dr. Kit Pedler actively tried to create a real-life Doomwatch, and was at the beginnings of the alternative technology movement in Britain and did his own experiments on creating ecologically sound housing and develop a new way of living in a modern society without destroying the habitat or regressing back to the stone age.

 

With contributions from the family of Dr. Kit Pedler, Darrol Blake, Jean Trend, Glyn Edwards, Martin Worth, Adele Winston, Eric Hills, and others, this book will tell the proper story of Doomwatch both on and off the screen, how it was made, the true story behind the stories, the controversies, the back stage bust-ups, and how the programme inspired those who looked around the world in which they had been conditioned to accept, and begin to question.

 

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Hooded Man Volume 2: Robert of Huntingdon (New printing)

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Category: Cult Titles

‘Herne’s Son is dead.’

 ‘Robin of Loxley is dead. Herne’s Son lives again in you.’

 

With its distinctive mixture of history and mythology, Robin of Sherwood was an innovative treatment of the Robin Hood legend. Broadcast on ITV between 1984 and 1986, the series has been a major influence on later versions of the Robin Hood story.

 

Now for the first time, a guide to the series in two volumes, from its beginnings in fifteenth century ballads of Robin Hood to its modern tale of a band of guerrillas striking from their forest hideout.

 

Hooded Man Volume Two takes a fresh look at each episode starring Jason Connery. It explores the production of the third series and the legends, literature and history that influenced it. On the way you’ll find new trivia, goofs, a detailed historical timeline, maps of the series’ settings and the full story of the fall of the Goldcrest production company. Also included is a comprehensive guide to the spin-off books, games and all 126 issues of the comic strip.

 

Hooded Man is an essential guide for every true fan of the series, detailing everything you might have missed along the way… because nothing is ever forgotten.

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Hooded Man Volume 1: Robin of Loxley (New printing)

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Category: Cult Titles

‘In the days of the Lion spawned of the Devil’s Brood, the Hooded Man shall come to the forest. There he will meet Herne the Hunter, Lord of the Trees, and be his son and do his bidding. The Powers of Light and Darkness shall be strong within him. And the guilty shall tremble.’

 

With its distinctive mixture of history and mythology, Robin of Sherwood was an innovative treatment of the Robin Hood legend. Broadcast on ITV between 1984 and 1986, the series has been a major influence on later versions of the Robin Hood story.

 

Now for the first time, a guide to the series in two volumes, from its beginnings in fifteenth century ballads of Robin Hood to its modern tale of a band of guerrillas striking from their forest hideout.

 

Hooded Man Volume One takes a fresh look at each episode starring Michael Praed. It explores the production of the first two series and the legends, literature and history that influenced them. On the way you’ll find new trivia, goofs, quotes and translations, a comprehensive atlas of filming locations and the full story of the creation of the series.

 

Hooded Man is an essential guide for every true fan of the series, detailing everything you might have missed along the way… because nothing is ever forgotten.

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Time and Spaces: A Photo Journal of Doctor Who Filming (SIGNED)

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Category: Doctor Who Reference Books

In 1996, Doctor Who came back to our screens after a seven year hiatus.

 

A new Doctor (Paul McGann) faced off against his old adversary The Master (Eric Roberts) with help from new friends Grace (Daphne Ashbrook) and Chang Lee (Yee Jee Tso).

 

Unable to film in San Francisco, the production used locations in Canada instead.

 

Now, 20 years later, Yee Jee Tso revisits these locations and, together with photographs he took on set at the time, and new photographs depicting the locations now, he pieces together the production process and the history behind the locations used – the Time and Spaces.

 

This love-letter to the Doctor Who TV Movie is presented in a full-colour, square-shaped, deluxe hardback (approx 78 pages, 156mm x 156mm) featuring photographs never previously published.

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Daphne Ashbrook in the UK

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Category: Reeltime Myth Makers, Drama and Documentary DVDs

When DOCTOR WHO returned in 1996 for a big budget TV Movie, actress DAPHNE ASHBROOK faced the challenge of reinterpreting the classic companion figure for a modern audience. As the quirky Grace Holloway, Daphne brought life to a memorable character and a controversial love interest for PAUL McGANN as the eighth Doctor.

 

In Summer 2004, Daphne crossed the Atlantic to make her first ever DOCTOR WHO personal appearances in the United Kingdom. This special documentary follows Daphne’s entire visit, looking back at the world of DOCTOR WHO, and sharing her unique perspective on the show, past and present.

 

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Classic Audio Book: King's Demons

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Category: Classic Audio Books

An unabridged reading of an exciting novelisation, based on a TV adventure featuring the Fifth Doctor, as played by Peter Davison. It is 4 March 1215, and the TARDIS materialises in England during a jousting match held in the presence of King John. It soon becomes apparent to the Doctor that something is very wrong. Why does John express no fear or surprise at the time travellers' sudden appearance, and indeed welcome them as the King's Demons? And what is the true identity of Sir Gilles, the King's Champion? Very soon the Doctor finds himself involved in a fiendish plan to alter the course of world history, by one of his oldest and deadliest enemies. Duration: 5 hours approx

 

Read by Mark Strickson

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Classic Audio Book: Shakedown

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Category: Classic Audio Books

An unabridged reading of this original novel featuring the Seventh Doctor, as played on TV by Sylvester McCoy. For thousands of years the Sontarans and the Rutans have fought a brutal war across the galaxy. Now the Sontarans have a secret plan to destroy the Rutan race – a secret plan the Doctor is racing against time to uncover.

 

Only one Rutan spy knows the Sontarans’ plan. As he is chased through the galaxy in a desperate bid for his life, he reaches the planet Sentarion – where Professor Bernice Summerfield’s research into the history of the Sontaran-Rutan war is turning into an explosive reality… Duration: 8 hours approx.

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Doctor Who Magazine 499

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Category: Doctor Who Magazine

Take a look back at the history of Doctor Who Book Cover Art - in DWM 499!

 

As the art of the Target books is celebrated in a new exhibition, DWM tracks down the men who painted Doctor Who…

 

DWM speaks to Chris Achilleos, the first regular artist on the range, establishing a new visual style for Doctor Who…

 

“I didn’t need direction – I knew how to do a cover,” he explains today. “I was always very aware that a book cover needs to be attractive – almost interactive, in a way – so that you’re drawn to pick it up in a shop. I still think they work as good punchy covers.”

 

Target book fan and modern-day Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss has much affection for the artwork: “The Three Doctors was my first and perhaps still my favourite,” he says warmly. “The incredibly evocative orange and green luridness of Omega’s deadly fingers, the Doctors themselves in grave monochrome. I still get a Proustian rush from seeing these images.”

 

ALSO INSIDE THIS ISSUE...

 

PRODUCTION NOTES

Doctor Who’s executive producer Brain Minchin tells DWM about the operation to reveal the identity of the Doctor's new companion…

 

WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER?

DWM investigates what it is to be immortal in the Doctor Who universe.

 

NIGHT TO REMEMBER

Ahead of a very special Fact of Fiction next issue on The Day of the Doctor, DWM looks back at the most unexpected Doctor Who story of all time…

 

BACK IN THE SISTERHOOD

We ask Clare Higgins, High Priestess of the Sisterhood of Karn, if Ohila could be the Doctor’s mother?

 

THE WITCH IS FAMILIAR…

… in the third part of our brand-new comic strip adventure, Witch Hunt, written by Jacqueline Rayner and illustrated by Martin Geraghty.

 

DRESS FOR THE OCCASION

Jacqueline Rayner talks about the challenges of dressing her boys up as the Doctor, in her column, Relative Dimensions.

 

DOCTOR, I MARRIED HIM!

An increasing number of couple are incorporating Doctor Who into the most important day of their lives. But why? DWM investigates...

 

FISHY BUSINESS

There’s something fishy going on under Venice, as the Time Team watch The Vampires of Venice...

 

GATEWAY TO THE UNIVERSE

The Fourth Doctor, Romana, Adric and K9 try to find a way out of E-Space in this month’s Fact of Fiction on 1981's Warriors' Gate...

 

COMING SOON

DWM previews all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.

 

DREAM WORLD

Russell T Davies return to BBC Wales with his production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream...

 

PLUS!

All the latest official news, reviews, competitions and The DWM Crossword.

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Lethbridge-Stewart: The Schizoid Earth Audio Reading

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Category: Lethbridge-Stewart Novels and Audios

Lethbridge-Stewart was supposed to be in the mountains of the east. Things didn't quite go according to plan.

 

On the eve of war, something appeared in the sky; a presence that blotted out the moon. Now it has returned, and no battle plan can survive first contact with this enemy.

 

Plagued by nightmares of being trapped in a past that never happened, Lethbridge-Stewart must unravel the mystery of a man ten years out of his time; a man who cannot possibly still exist.

 

Why do the ghosts of fallen soldiers still fight long-forgotten battles against living men? What is the secret of the rural English town of Deepdene? Lethbridge-Stewart has good reason to doubt his own sanity, but is he suffering illness or injury, or is something more sinister going on

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Catherine Schell - A Constant Alien

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Category: Autobiography

Catherine Schell has lived a life more dramatic and colourful than any of her many acting roles.

 

Her story sweeps from her birth during an allied bombing raid in Budapest, to life under post-war Russian occupation, escape and life as a refugee in Austria, a strict convent school life in America, and on to Germany where she becomes an actress.

 

Whilst international fame would follow through roles in the James Bond and Pink Panther franchises, as well as the iconic role of Maya in popular sci-fi series Space: 1999, the story off camera is all together more human and real. An abusive husband, her father’s surrender to Alzheimer’s, her brother’s paranoid schizophrenia, and a dominant and passionate mother, all play their part in her tale.

 

Told engagingly and with warmth, there are highs and lows, laughter and tears, and lessons learnt as a survivor… in a life where she has been A Constant Alien.

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Peter Vaughan - Once a Villain

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Category: Autobiography

“The action was a series of fights in the ring and I played the boxing second. I had thirty-four entrances and exits, very few lines and a sponge.”

Throughout a career in theatre, television and film spanning over 75 years, actor Peter Vaughan has kept in mind a piece of advice given to him by his father: Always see the ludicrous side of things. This may come as a surprise to those who associate him mainly with menacing, even brutal characters, in everything from Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs to Terry Gilliam’s Brazil. Many will have fond memories of his portrayal of ‘genial’ Harry Grout in the classic sitcom Porridge, which is ironic since the character only appeared in three episodes. Such was the indelible mark Peter’s performance left on the viewers’ imagination. Still working in his nineties, he has recently gained a whole new generation of fans with his role as Aemon Targaryen in the hugely popular fantasy drama series Game of Thrones.

 

This autobiography takes us back to describe his upbringing in 1920s Shropshire, the stormy relationship between his parents, his wartime exploits and early career in rep before going on to find fame on stage and screen alongside such notable figures as Celia Johnson, Tallulah Bankhead, Tony Curtis, Frank Sinatra, Tony Hancock and many more. Through it all, that awareness of the ludicrous has perhaps helped to keep Peter sane and certainly contributed to the enormous enjoyment of the work which shines through in this honest and revealing account of his life.

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