In The Beginning there were Delays…

According to the BBC’s Official site, the Doctor Who: The Beginning DVD release scheduled for early January has been put back to January 30th. 2Entertain, the joint venture DVD/Video publisher, has cited tight manufacturing deadlines as their reason.

Meanwhile, DVDTimes has reviewed the latest Doctor Who Classic Series release, The Web Planet, which they seem to be very enthusiastic about, despite the serial’s obvious shortfalls:

The Web Planet, in the context of what was available and possible to its makers, probably the most ambitious Doctor Who serial ever made. For that it should be commended, though otherwise it’s only a partial success and divides fan opinion to this day. No complaints about the DVD release though, which is up to the Restoration Team’s high standards.

The Official Site have also also given us another excellent group review session by younger Doctor Who fans, this time Felpham Community College’s Sci Fi Club. The reading matter? Series 1 dialogue-fest The Shooting Scripts. According to the group’s teacher Mark Taylor:

“It helped give them insight into the television making process, following the dialogue as well as the descriptions, and even prompted some to comment that it made reading aloud a lot more fun and a lot less embarrassing than the traditional novel.”

Further to our report on the Doctor Who 10th Doctor Audiobooks, have listed not only the audiobooks themselves but novels with the same titles; it seems therefore that we’ll be getting audio versions of next Aprils books, the full trio of which are: The Feast of the Drowned by Stephen Cole, Justin Richards’ The Resurrection Casket and Jac Rayner’s The Stone Rose.

Meanwhile, have you got your 1000 Piece jogsaw? You know the one of the TARDIS surrounded by space-bound Daleks? NO?!?!? Best check this out then – along with all the other new merchandise, Galaxy 4 have the jigsaw on sale now, so you too can spend Christmas morning distinguising between the dozens of Daleks and stars…

Finally, has reported Christopher Eccleston is appearing in “Night Sky” at the Old Vic on October 30th. The play is a fundraiser on behalf of Index On Censorship so we would urge anyone in the area to go along and support the event. Also appearing are Bruno Langley, Navin Chowdhry, David Warner, Saffron Burrows, David Baddiel and Ewen Bremner.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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