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Doctor Who: The Complete History #1 by Eddie McGuigan

 

Doctor Who: The Complete History

review by Eddie McGuigan

A new partwork is on the market for the Doctor Who fans who really need to know the nitty gritty of the series. Unlike some new merchandise, this series of publications revels in the history of the whole series, and looks at the minutae of how the programme itself was made.

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When I was young there was a hallowed book called The Making of Doctor Who by Terrance Dicks. It was the Bible for Who fans, and Doctor Who: The Complete History is this and then some. Drawing inspiration from Doctor Who Magazine’s many detailed examinations of individual adventures this series goes into each story indepth. Not so much an Encyclopedia Britannica as an Encyclopedia Whotannica. It’s a catch all, go to, all encompassing know-all guide to the series from An Unearthly Child to Series 9 and beyond.

Eventually this will be in chronological order and sit on a shelf in your house with a nice jigsawed spine detail, but volume one – at a bargain price of £1.99 – concentrates, probably tactically, on one of the more popular modern day Doctors – David Tennant – and features his arch enemies, again, no doubt tactically, the Daleks.

In this issue we get five adventures – Gridlock, The Daleks Take Manhatten, Evolution of the Daleks, The Lazarus Experiment and 42. It might be argued that quality wise these stories are not the more popular, but that doesn’t stop contributor and editor John Ainsworth giving them the deference each story is going to get in this range.

For each tale we get an Introduction, the story, preproduction notes, the production, post production, publicity, broadcast, merchandise, cast and credits and a profile. Along with this we have sumptuous pictures and photos and some very, very impressive artwork, along with the occasional piece of conceptual art, and little vignettes, for instance box outs about “connections to Bad Wolf” and other pieces of trivia information.

From a boy who was brought up on The Making of Doctor Who and who devoured any reference material he possibly could on the series, this is an incredible piece of work – both in individual volumes and what no doubt will be an incredible complete series. Of course, there is always a chance future stories will change the canon of previous ones, but this series cleverly allows for that, and embraces the whole series – even the front cover design utilises Jon Pertwee’s logo and the old Target design along with the hexagonal livery known for the new series.

One thing that is being fed back to me by fans is the price – most issues are going to cost £9.99 a shot, meaning this is a pretty expensive piece of merchandise, but I’d urge that to have everything in one place like this, at easy reach, is something that I for one would not be without and the cost in itself is relative to the work that’s put in each volume. It’s a monumental job completed with love, care and affection. These sturdy issues are very much value for money.

Issue one is available now at a cut price of £1.99 and is very much worth looking at!

 

Jonathan Maitland Interview

An Audience With Jimmy Savile

Interview With Jonathan Maitland

by Eddie McGuigan

Jonathan Maitland is known to television viewers in Britain primarily as a journalist of note. He’s worked and presented programmes such as Watchdog and Tonight along with the BAFTA nominated series House of Horrors for ITV. But he’s also a fiction writer of some acclaim too, writing comedy sketches with and for Chris Morris and Rory Bremner along the critically successful play Dead Sheep, about the Geoffrey Howe speech which ultimately led to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s downfall. It’s with former collaborator and impressionist Alistair McGowan who he teams up with now for his latest work, a highly controversial play entitled An Audience With Jimmy Savile, charting how, whilst the glitterati of Britain lauded and knighted Savile, he was getting away with the most heinous of crimes right under the establishment’s nose. With Savile’s tenuous connection to Doctor Who with his frequent forays into its publicity in his show Jim’ll Fix It, I thought Who fans might be interested in the motivation behind this play, so spoke to Jonathan about what I believe is an important and worthy piece of writing:

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The Outpost Skaro End of 2014 Awards – Winners!

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The community has spoken… here are your winners!

Favourite Doctor – Tom Baker
Favourite S8 EpisodeMummy On The Orient Express
Favourite Christmas SpecialLast Christmas
Favourite S8 writer – Jamie Mathieson
Favourite S8 director – it’s a tie! Douglas Mackinnon / Rachel Talalay
Favourite S8 guest star (returning/recurring) – Michelle Gomez
Favourite S8 guest star (one-off) – Frank Skinner

Favourite BF Main RangeAntidote To Oblivion
Favourite BF Early AdventureAn Ordinary Life
Favourite BF Fourth Doctor AdventurePhilip Hinchcliffe Presents Box Set
Favourite BF Companion ChronicleSecond Chances
Favourite BF Other WhoThe Worlds Of Doctor Who

Favourite non-Who audioSpringheel’d Jack
Favourite non-Who TVThe Flash

Favourite comic book movie – tie between Captain America: The Winter Soldier / Guardians of the Galaxy
Favourite sci-fi movieEdge of Tomorrow
Favourite horror movie – another tie, The Guest / Under The Skin

 

What do you think of our winners, and what are your hopes for next year? Tell us in the forums!

The Outpost Skaro End of 2014 Awards – Finals Time!

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The first sets of results are in, and we have our finalists! Who will be the favourite Doctor, which episode of Series 8 was most enjoyed and which of Big Finish’s main range releases did you prefer? There’s only one way to find out…

 

All of our polls close on New Year’s Eve, so not long left – and there’s now one for your favourite Christmas Special too!

 

Decide your winners and tell us why here!

The Outpost Skaro End of 2014 Awards – voting now open!

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In our forum we’re running a selection of polls for you to vote on for your favourites of 2014 – from S8 episode to Big Finish Companion Chronicle, and favourite Doctor to comic book movie!

Check them out and get voting here!

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