Sunday, 1 February 2015
As our flight through the first season of post–Doctor Who Doctor Who comes to a close, Brendan, Richard and Nathan discuss The Ambassadors of Death and fan-favourite Inferno. Hold on tight: there’s never been a bore like this one!
Buy the stories!
The Ambassadors of Death was released on DVD in 2012. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)
Inferno has had two DVD releases: the original in 2006, and a Special Edition in 2013. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)
The Ambassadors…of DEATH!
We’ve mentioned The Ipcress File (1965) before as an inspiration for Doctor Who during this period. Gosh, it’s great. Have you watched it yet?
ITC Entertainment was an English production company founded by Lew Grade in 1954, famous for producing high-quality, high-budget genre television for the international market. Its most famous shows include The Champions, The Prisoner, The Persuaders!, UFO and Space: 1999.
The Scooby Doo/Doctor Who comic that Brendan mentions can be found here.
Here’s Peter Capaldi and Katy Manning larking around on the TARDIS set. And here’s Peter and Janet Fielding from Janet’s Twitter feed.
Much to Nathan’s horror, the adventures of Dr Liz Shaw continue in the BBV series P.R.O.B.E., which also stars Louise Jameson, Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy, Terry Molloy, Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith (TV’s Patrick Troughton).
Fans of kissing Peter Davison will enjoy David Walliams and Mark Gatiss in The Kidnappers, which can be found on Disc 1 of The Beginning DVD box set.
Counter–Measures is a Big Finish spin-off series chronicling the further adventures of Group Captain Gilmore, Professor Rachel Jensen and Allison Williams from Remembrance of the Daleks.
And while we’re on the subjects of Mark Gatiss and Big Finish, Richard loves Invaders from Mars, starring Paul McGann and India Fisher.
WTF is a Turducken?
Fans of digging crazy deep holes into the Earth’s mantle will enjoy this account of the real-world Project Mohole.
Arthur Conan Doyle’s story When the World Screamed (1928), featuring another doomed attempt to drill into the Earth’s mantle, can be read and downloaded here.
And yet another Big Finish spin-off, starring Christopher Benjamin as Henry Gordon Jago: Jago and Litefoot, soon to enter its tenth season. Great Jumping Jehoshaphat!
Picks of the Week
Caroline John reads the Target novelisation of Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters, by Malcolm Hulke. (Audible US) (Audible UK)
The recently reissued Target novelisation of Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)
And Mark Gatiss’s radio documentary From the Outside it Looked Like an Old-Fashioned Police Box, which chronicles the history and legacy of the Target novelisations.
As mentioned above, the ITC Entertainment production UFO — essential for your understanding of genre television of the early 1970s.
The inexplicably fabulous Japanese versions of some early Target novelisations. You can see the covers and the wacky Japanese titles on this site here.
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