Tom Baker has been chatting about the impact that Doctor Who continues to have on his day to day life.
The actor, who played the Fourth Doctor from 1974 to 1981, told TV Choice that it’s an association that never leaves you. “It’s a pretty daunting thing,” he explained. “All this time has passed. And it almost makes me immortal, that fans will still stop me in the street. They’ll say, ‘You were really influential in my life’, and I like that a lot – if they say it nicely enough, I offer them money. Not advice, but money.”
He made a surprise return, as the enigmatic ‘Curator’, in last year’s 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor – a cameo, he admits, he “did contemplate not doing”. “I was asked by Caroline Skinner, who was the producer,” he said. “She was a persuasive girl and always very charming about it. She said I could tamper with the script, so I said yes. Typically of the BBC, nobody knows who the Curator is. He could be anything! With Doctor Who, you’ve really got to be able to suspend your disbelief a bit, haven’t you…?”
The interview was to promote the repeats of the Classic Series on the Horror Channel (Sky 319) which start on Friday 18th April with the first ever serial An Unearthly Child.
Director Derek Martinus has passed away at the age of 82.
Derek worked on 6 Doctor Who serials between the years of 1965 to 1970 which included adventures with all three of the first Doctors.
He helmed The Tenth Planet, which introduced fans to the Cybermen, as well as Spearhead from Space, known for marking Jon Pertwee’s TARDIS debut and for being the first Doctor Who story to be filmed in colour.
Our thoughts are with his friends and family who have described him as “an inspiration”.
Whovians in the US will be able to bring home An Adventure in Space and Time in a 3-disc set from 27th May!
The popular docudrama starring David Bradley – which was aired last year for the show’s 50th anniversary festivities – will be released in a DVD / Blu-ray combo with a bonus disc featuring the first ever serial, An Unearthly Child.
It will have a SRP of $24.98 and you can check out its cover artwork below. What do you think of it?
Matthew Waterhouse will be reprising his role as Adric for a new boxset of original Fifth Doctor audio adventures.
The new stories serve as the actor’s Big Finish debut and it’ll be the first time he’s played the character since he was last seen on screen alongside Peter Davison in the 1980s.
The boxset, out in August, brings together two 4 part stories presented over 5 discs with an hour-long documentary, plus interviews with the cast and crew.
“I am very proud of these stories,” said David Richardson, producer. “They’re top-notch scripts, and very different in style, content and tone. Doctor Who fans are in for a treat.”
Psychodrome by Jonathan Morris
Shortly after surviving the perils of Logopolis, Castrovalva and the machinations of the Master, the new Doctor and his new crew could be forgiven for wanting to take a breather from their tour of the galaxy. But when the TARDIS lands in a strange and unsettling environment, the urge to explore is irresistible… and trouble is only a few steps away.
The world they have found themselves in is populated by a wide variety of the strangest people imaginable – a crashed spacecraft here, a monastery there, even a regal court. And not everyone they meet has their best interests at heart.
With the TARDIS stolen, and the very environment itself out to get them, the travellers face a extremely personal threat. They’ll have to work as a team if they want to get out alive… but can you really trust someone you barely know?
The house on Fleming’s Island had been left to rot. Ever since a strange and unexplained death soon after it was built, and plagued with troubling rumours about what lurked there, it remained empty and ignored for decades until the cult moved in. As twenty people filled its many rooms, the eerie building seemed to be getting a new lease of life.
But now it is empty again. The cult found something in its corridors… and then vanished.
Trapped on the island one dark night, the Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa and Adric look into the building’s mysteries, its stories of madness and death. Their only chance is to understand what terrible thing has been disturbed here… before it consumes them utterly.
Fans will get the chance to witness how it all began when the Classic Series of Doctor Who comes to the Horror Channel!
The UK’s home of horror and sci-fi has secured the rights to broadcast 30 adventures from the show’s first 26 years with serials starring each of the first seven Doctors.
They’ll be starting at the very beginning on Friday 18th April with the first ever serial An Unearthly Child leading into a special – and spooky – ‘Who on Horror’ marathon weekend.
Classic serials will then be shown in weekday double-bills in day time and evening slots.
“Doctor Who is an iconic series and we are so proud and excited to welcome this giant of British icons to our channel,” said Director of Programming Alina Florea. “The line-up will be some of the most revered from seven Doctors, stories that have terrified, thrilled and captured the imagination of children and adults through the decades. Doctor Who joins a long line of well-loved classics we’ve endeavoured to showcase over the last few years.”
UK viewers will find the Horror Channel on 319 (Sky), 149 (Virgin) and 138 (Freesat) – will you be tuning into these classic serials? Which ones are you hoping will be repeated?
The Web of Fear has become the biggest selling Classic Who DVD to date in its first week of release in the UK.
Thought to be missing forever, the classic Patrick Troughton serial has been restored and remastered in its entirety after its lost episodes were discovered in Nigera last year.
It materialised on DVD last month and set new BBC records by shifting over 15,000 copies within its first 7 days on sale – the fastest selling Classic Series DVD of all time!
“We knew The Web of Fear would be a popular release,” Fiona Eastwood, the Director of Consumer Products at BBC Worldwide, has commented. “Yeti on the Underground, need I say more? There’s a real appetite for exploring the extensive back-catalogue of classic Who. We’re committed to continuing that exploration for Doctor Who fans in the future.”
Another re-discovered Second Doctor serial, The Enemy of the World, is also available.
Signing event: Trevor Baxendale, Stephen Cole, Terrance Dicks, Jonathan Morris, Justin Richards and Mike Tucker will all be signing copies of their respective novel at Forbidden Planet’s London Megastore from 1pm on Saturday 15th March – find out more HERE!
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The brand new Doctor Who Magazine is released this week and it’s a special souvenir issue commemorating 50 years of those dreaded Daleks.
The Doctor’s iconic foes made their on screen debut in 1963 and the magazine have an in-depth feature that reveals why they remain his most feared adversaries after half a century of their exterminating ways… It also comes with a free huge double-sided poster for you to stick on your wall and use for bowing down to your Dalek masters. Or something like that.
To the Daleks’ dismay, it’s not all about the metal monsters as there’s all the latest from Series 8, plus the secrets of being a successful writer are revealed by Steven Moffat and there’s lots of news, reviews, previews and competitions, too! Check out its cover below!
Doctor Who Magazine 471 goes on sale tomorrow (Thursday) priced £4.99. Don’t miss it!
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