6 items from 2015
If you’re unfamiliar, this is a 70-minute story that brought back classic era Doctor Who characters including Nicholas Courtney’s Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Elisabeth Sladen’s Sarah Jane Smith, Deborah Watling’s Victoria Waterfield and Jack Watling’s Professor Edward Travers.
There’s just one catch, though – Downtime was made by Reeltime Pictures, not the BBC. Although regular Doctor Who director Christopher Barry called the shots, the BBC didn’t grant Downtime a licence to include the Doctor, or even reference him directly. Still, it has a soft spot in many fan’s hearts, not least for introducing Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, »
As you may have heard on recent podKasts, the man who helped make Tom Baker the Doctor comes to Manchester’s Fab CAFÉ on Sunday, October 4th! Fans are in for a treat with a rare chance to meet Doctor Who Producer Philip Hinchcliffe. Philip was part of the team that cast Tom Baker when he was...
- Christian Cawley
Exciting news here – the rumoured return for River Song to Doctor Who has been confirmed, but not in the way you might expect. Alex Kingston’s character won’t be teaming up with Peter Capaldi on TV, but instead joining Paul McGann in the audio world of Big Finish.
River will join the eighth Doctor, as well as his companions Liv (Nicola Walker) and Helen (Hattie Morahan) for Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 2. Seeing as this Doctor hasn’t met River yet (David Tennant’s version, in Silence In The Library, was the first to meet her), River will have to help him without revealing too much about herself.
Good news, Whovians – Kate Stewart is getting her own Big Finish audio series, we’ve learnt today. That’s right, the daughter of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Head Of Scientific Research at the Unified Intelligence Taskforce is set to headline her own adventures.
These adventures will be dubbed Unit: Extinction and will see Jemma Redgrave return to the role that she has played several times on the small screen (most recently in the Doctor Who series 8 finale, Death In Heaven).
Since making her debut in The Power Of Three, otherwise a not-particularly-revered instalment, Redgrave’s Kate has become something of a fan favourite, thanks to her authoritative performance and the character’s links to Who lore. This combined with Big Finish's sterling reputation has our confidence levels nice and high.
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Running from 1975 to 1977, the Hinchcliffe era was a perfect and passionate storm, the result of visionary minds pushing against each other to create something they collectively believed in. It is largely because of this era that Doctor Who came to be an icon of science-fiction because it had created the icon of itself with the first three names you’d choose in their respective fields behind it. Actor Tom Baker, script editor Robert Holmes and of course, producer Philip Hinchcliffe.
As their first story, The Ark in Space, celebrates its fortieth birthday, it would be suitable to honour this golden age with a retrospective of all 16 stories. These stories sought to distance themselves from the outlandish action adventure stylings of the Pertwee years and focus on atmosphere through world building and good acting (which often was the case in this era).
These stories ended up being written as a family show… »
- Luke Williams
When the first Star Wars film was released in 1977, the Doctor Who production team were thrown for the proverbial loop. Producer Graham Williams, who had just taken over from Philip Hinchcliffe, looked at the ground-breaking effects in the film and was concerned his own programme might no longer be able to compete. The audience expectations of what constituted a convincing alien environment had changed massively thanks to the new techniques in the blockbuster film.
Although Star Wars came out during May 1977 in the United States, the theatrical release in the UK occurred in December, meaning that film goers were thrilling to the exploits of Luke Skywalker at roughly the same time the Doctor was battling an alien tax collector in The Sun Makers and was wandering around exceptionally dodgy tunnels in Underworld. By February 1978, matters had hardly improved with Sontarans wearing unusually poor masks invading Gallifrey in The Invasion of Time. »
- Mike Morgan
6 items from 2015
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