THIRD IN the run of brand new Eighth Doctor adventures is The Beast of Orlok, which finds the Doctor (Paul McGann) and Lucie Miller (Sheridan Smith) in Germany, where they encounter a creature unlike anything either of them has seen before. Like the previous stories, The Beast of Orlok will be released on CD, but customers who can?t wait until May for that will be able to buy part one on Saturday 4th April – with part two the following week – from the Big Finish website (www.bigfinish.com). Each episode premieres at 6pm.
Writer and director Barnaby Edwards has assembled a fantastic guest cast, including Miriam Margolyes as Frau Tod: ?a no-nonsense landlady who has a sharp tongue and a mean left hook? and Samuel Barnett as her son Hans. ?Nothing can quite prepare you for the extraordinary firecracker of energy, talent, humour, intelligence and generosity that is Miriam Margolyes,? enthuses Edwards. ?I think it took most of us less than half an hour to
progress from initial discombobulation to undying admiration. If I could choose one person to work with for the rest of my life, it would be Miriam. She’s a cosmic phenomenon in human form.?
As for Barnett, ?I cast Sam on the strength of his central performance in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys, for which he received both a Tony and Olivier award nomination. I wanted someone young, articulate, witty, intelligent and sincere for the role of Hans. Sam has those qualities in spades.?
As for Edwards? biggest triumph, ?In keeping with the Hollywood Gothic feel of The Beast of Orlok, I wanted to do a full-blown filmic montage in the style of those old Universal Studios horror movies like The Bride of Frankenstein. But it’s a very tricky device to achieve, especially when you don’t have any visuals to help you out: the danger is that it becomes unclear where the various sets of characters are at any one time. I spent days working out the precise pacing and aural scene transitions, and it took a great deal of work in post-production, but I’m delighted with the result.?
Forbidden Planet is pleased to announce a signing by cult icon Gerry Anderson. He will be signing two volumes of Century 21: Classic Comic Strips From The Worlds Of Gerry Anderson at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 18th April 1 ? 2pm
Gerry Anderson?s astonishing and ground-breaking career has spanned over 50 years and has created many iconic series including the world-famous Thunderbirds, Stingray, UFO, Space 1999 and Captain Scarlet ? all of which have since entered the hallowed halls of SF fandom nostalgia.
Launched in 1965, TV Century 21 (later known as TV 21) ties into these astounding science-fiction puppet series created by Gerry Anderson’s Century 21 Productions. In these great new collections of reprints, authorised and supervised by Gerry Anderson, Chris Bentley has assembled some of the most thrilling stories from TV21?s classic years including Thunderbirds, Lady Penelope, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and Joe 90.
The BBC have just announced that they are developing a UK spin of of the hit 1980s movies GHOSTBUSTERS. Sharing the same production staff and studios as Doctor Who in Wales the initial 13 part series aims to be aired in 2010. Doctor Who’s Russel T Davies is to be executive producer and the key writer is to be Being Human creator Toby Whithouse. The cast is tightly under wraps, but Aidan Turner, Russell Tovey and John Simm are all hotly tipped to have major roles in the series. The series – set 20 years after the events of the last movie, After huge media sucess of the original Ghostbusters in New York allows Dr. Peter Venkman and Dr. Egon Spengler to set up a limited series of worldwide franchises. Story rumours also hint that Dan Aykroid’s character Ray Stantz has been missing for 10 years and may just make an appearance in the UK Ghostbusters TV series. But are we going to see the fantastic Ghostbusters on the big screen at any time? I think not. “TV is the new media of choice for developing story and characters” Executive producer Dan Apriloid states. “We now have much more freedom in what we can do and the storys we can tell. The Doctor Who production team suit this production down to the ground, their understanding of the challenges of the genre has been built up with sucessful shows like Dr Who and Torchwood”. Cannot wait!!!
Yes this was an obvious april fool – but the Ghostbusters 3 movie seems to firmly be on the cards, cannot wait for this making the Ghostbusters series of films a Ghostbusters Trilogy at last!