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Published on August 30th, 2012 | by Meredith Burdett

A Rare Ian Levine Interview!

Ian Levine: there’s a name that’s infamous in the world of Doctor Who.

The record producer is famous for saving a lot of the early 1960’s Doctor Who episodes from being completely wiped out by the BBC. He was also an unofficial continuity consultant for the show in the 1980’s, working alongside Eric Saward and John Nathan-Turner for some Doctor Who stories including the aborted season 23 that was to star Colin Baker.

It’s no surprise to anyone that Levine has ruffled a few feathers over the years, the man clearly has a passion for our favourite show but over the years his methods and actions have been put into question by many a person and he rarely feels the need to tell his side of the story.

Until now that is. Doctor Who Online have managed to get the elusive Levine to sit down with them for a massive two-part podcast in which he talks about his time on Doctor Who, his findings when he was stopping the BBC from junking the Hartnell, Troughton and Pertwee episodes and his reconstructive work on the recent DVD release of Planet of Giants.

It’s heavy going stuff and Levine has a lot to say about certain experiences that he had with other professionals on the show. It’s also an engaging and very rewarding listen!

View the a trailer below and head to the DWO podcast www.dwowhocast.com page to listen.


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3 Responses to A Rare Ian Levine Interview!

  1. francis cave says:

    Well worth a listen though calling it “heavy going” is an understatement!

    I found some of it pretty headache inducing especially when Ian explains the logic he has applied when deciding what is canon and what isn’t for reconstruction purposes.

    And if you hear a strange sound in the second part of the interview don’t worry, its just JNT spinning in his grave!

    • francis cave says:

      I should also add that for most of the three odd hours, its not really an interview in the strict sense of the word, i.e. question followed by answer followed by question etc..

      Its more a case of Ian being allowed to talk about whatever he wants to, in whatever order he chooses, with the odd comment from the interviewers.

      If any one has ever seen Tom Baker “interviewed” at a convention they will know what I mean!

  2. Gavin Noble says:

    Well worth a listen though if you have three hours to spare. You may not like the man but no one can doubt his passion for the show and I for one think we do have a lot to thank him for.

    As he points out in the interview so many episodes were saved from junking or rediscovered because of his direct efforts. Quite a lot of extra materials on the DVD’s come from his private collection as well. He certainly seems to have some interesting material still left unseen by way of reconstructions and I actually want to see his expanded Dimensions in Time more than anything after hearing him describe the work he has done on it to return the deleted material from it.

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