Audio and Book Releases

Here’s a few bits of information to keep you going, starting with one we missed: Doctor Who At The BBC – Volume 3 is released on September 5th, and is introduced by Sarah Jane Smith actress Elisabeth Sladen. The BBC Press Office have issued a release, with key portions reproduced here:

In an exclusive coup, this third volume features a rarely heard, ten minute mini-drama starring Jon Pertwee and Elisabeth Sladen.

Specially recorded for Glorious Goodwood in 1974, it has never been broadcast and features a host of familiar enemies – including the Daleks!

Elsewhere on this two-disc volume, the radio programme Wavelength meets the cast and production team of The Two Doctors; Nationwide investigates the work of the Radiophonic Workshop in 1983; and a group of schoolchildren give their views on the series in Take Two from 1984.

The Grumbleweeds [naff 70s/80s end-of-the-pier musical/comedy act] enjoy their own exciting adventure in Dr Nobbut-Just; ‘Ann Robinson’ menaces the Doctor in Dead Ringers; and Jane Asher plays the Doctor’s granddaughter in Whatever Happened to…Susan Foreman?

Rare interview material includes Frank Bough’s Nationwide encounter with fourth Doctor Tom Baker (plus Mary Tamm and Carole Ann Ford), Lalla Ward’s appearance on Multi-coloured Swap Shop, and a mid-Eighties radio interview with Sarah Sutton.

There are also features on the brand new Doctor Who, including comments from Russell T Davies and Christopher Eccleston, and even the seal of approval from Michael Grade…

BBC Worldwide expect sales figures for this particular release to be 10 higher than normal as the Grumbleweeds fans get in on the act. (10 also includes those bought by the group members…)

The Alien Online announces that Justin Richards, Gareth Roberts and Steve Lyons will be signing copies of their new Ninth Doctor books at Forbidden Planet, London, also on the 5th September. Below are the synopses for the three books:

The Deviant Strain by Justin Richards – The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack arrive at a deserted Soviet naval base where something has at last awoken and started hunting and killing… Can the Doctor and his friends stay alive long enough to learn the truth?

Only Human by Gareth Roberts – Somebody’s interfering with time. The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack arrive on modern-day Earth to find the culprit and discover a Neanderthal Man, twenty-eight thousand years after his race became extinct.

The Stealer of Dreams by Steve Lyons – The Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack find a world where it’s a crime to tell stories, lie, hope, or dream. A pirate TV station urges people to rebel. The Doctor wants to help – until he sees how easily dreams can turn into nightmares.

Expect reviews of these books on Kasterborous over the coming weeks.

BBCi have reported that Strathclyde Police have unveiled a modern-looking public call box. Found in Glasgow’s St Enoch Square, the box looks more Dalek than TARDIS, and if proved to be successful as a point-of-contact with the police will be rolled out across the city.


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