Doctor Who Dalek News: Sixth Doctor vs Daleks!

Doctor Who: Emissary of the Daleks from Big Finish

Doctor Who: Emissary of the Daleks from Big Finish and starring Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant is out now.

Doctor Who: Emissary of the Daleks from Big Finish

On the planet Omnia, a young man leads the Doctor and Peri through the battle-scarred ruins of a city. Among the rubble he shows them proof that their invaders and new masters, thought to be invincible, can be defeated. The proof is the blasted, burnt-out remains of a Dalek.

But this is a Dalek-occupied world like few others. For one thing, there are few Daleks to be seen. And for another, the Daleks have appointed an Omnian, Magister Carmen Rega, to govern the planet as their emissary.

Why are the Daleks not present in force? And can the Doctor and Peri risk helping the Omnians, when the least show of resistance will be met with devastating reprisals from space?

Writer of this story, Andrew Smith, told us more about the Sixth Doctor taking on the Daleks: “I was delighted when producer, John Ainsworth, asked me to write a Dalek story for Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant for The Monthly Adventures range. It seemed like a natural successor to my last Monthly Adventures script, Hour of the Cybermen, which had Ol’ Sixie pitched against his other arch enemies from way back.

Doctor Who: Emissary of the Daleks is available now at £14.99 on CD or £12.99 on download. All CD purchases unlock a download option via the Big Finish app and the Big Finish website.

Space 1999 is Back!

Space 1999 Big Finish - Breakaway

Space: 1999, Gerry Anderson’s epic outer space TV series, is returning after 42 years in an exciting audio drama series from Big Finish Productions.

Space: 1999 was originally launched in September 1975. It was lavish, it was expensive, it was thrilling, and it was packed with stunning effects and exotic alien worlds. It told the story of the inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha, forced to journey into the unknown when a freak nuclear accident blasts the Moon out of Earth’s orbit and into deep space. Martin Landau played Alpha’s leader Commander John Koenig, Barbara Bain was Dr Helena Russell and Barry Morse portrayed scientist Professor Victor Bergman.

These much-loved characters – and many others – are back this September in a brand-new series of audio dramas which will combine re-imagined versions of classic episodes together with all-new scripts.

Space 1999 Big Finish - Breakaway

After the Apollo missions of the 1960s and early 1970s, space exploration was very nearly abandoned as public pressure mounted for money to be concentrated on problems down here on Earth.  

 

But, by a whisker, funding was granted for a base on the Moon. Greatly expanded, it became the international Moonbase Alpha we know today. 311 personnel serve in a perfect, self-sustaining, artificial environment – their mission statement: ‘To forward the frontiers of human knowledge and science’.

 

Dateline: 13th September 1999. The interplanetary Meta Probe is due to be launched from a platform orbiting the Moon. What could possibly go wrong?

Stepping enthusiastically into the role of Commander Koenig is Mark Bonnar, the Scottish multi-BAFTA-winning actor best known for ShetlandCatastropheHumansPorridge, Line of Duty and Unforgotten. “Space: 1999 and Martin Landau were two of my favourite things growing up,” says Mark. “So my ten year old self was jumping up and down when I got the news that I’d been cast!”

Mark is joined by Maria Teresa Creasey as Dr Helena Russell, with additional cast members Glen McCready (Commander Gorsky/Paul Morrow/Alan Carter), Clive Hayward (Professor Victor Bergman), Susan Hingley (Sandra Benes/Alpha Computer/Sian Springer), Timothy Bentinck (Commissioner Simmons), Amaka Okafor (Dashka Kano) and Jules de Jongh (Petra Nordstrom).

Executive producer, Nicholas Briggs, who is also writing and directing the series, explains more: “The possibilities for this series are endless. It’s an unplanned odyssey that starts with a catastrophe. Disparate personalities are thrown together, clinging on for dear life, finding themselves flung to the far reaches of a universe full of wonder and danger. We’re being absolutely faithful to that central concept, but there is also an element of reinvention in this version. It will feel and sound very much like the original, but with extra dimensions and lots of surprises.”

Producer David Richardson says: “I was obsessed with Space: 1999 when it first aired. I have a photo of a 12-year-old me standing in my bedroom surrounded by my Space: 1999 posters, books and toys. And the 56-year-old me still regularly watches the series on Blu-ray – it’s been with me all my life and remains a part of my DNA!”

Jamie Anderson (son of Space: 1999 creator Gerry Anderson) is script editing this series. Jamie says: “From the very first moments of the opening drumroll of the iconic Barry Gray theme (skillfully reimagined by Benji Clifford), Big Finish has managed to do something pretty special with this new version of Space: 1999. Writer/director Nick Briggs has poured a huge amount of love into this, and it really shows. The story contains the essence and spirit of the original, but with a much deeper exploration of the characters. It’s been a pleasure to be involved with this project and I know Dad would have loved it!”

Space: 1999 will launch on 13th September 2019 with the pilot episode Breakaway!, which has been adapted and reimagined by Nicholas Briggs. This release date has been chosen because it is 20 years to the day after the Moon was blown out of Earth’s orbit (according to the original series’ opening titles)! This feature-length first story is split over two CDs, with a further hour of behind-the-scenes interviews and extras on a bonus disc. 

An additional box set of four episodes will follow early in 2020, with the full cast announced in the coming months.

Writer: Nicholas Briggs

Director: Nicholas Briggs

Producer: David Richardson

Script Editor: Jamie Anderson

Theme by: Barry Gray

Theme arranged by: Benji Clifford

Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-ElleryNicholas Briggs 

Space 1999 © ITC Entertainment Group Limited. 1975 and 2019. Licensed by ITV Ventures Limited. All rights reserved.

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK

Scary Stories horror movie poster

Trailer for the horror movie ‘SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK’ based on the comic book series of the same name, directed by André Øvredal and created by Guillermo del Toro.

 

It’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind…but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying tome!”

 

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK will be in UK cinemas August 2019.

Scary Stories horror movie poster

IT Chapter Two – IMAX Exclusive Artwork

IT all ends in IMAX

IMAX’s new exclusive artwork for IT Chapter Two shows the truly haunting presence of Pennywise, who is creeping into IMAX cinemas on September 6. If they are bold enough to dare, IMAX cinemas are the ideal way for fans to experience the horror film of the year.  The combination of IMAX immersive sound, the clearest images, brighter colours and the largest screens – IMAX is the ultimate haunted house.

IMAX  Tickets will go on sale in the UK on Friday 16th August.

The IMAX release of IT Chapter Two will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customised cinema geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

 

Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 TV Adaptation comes to Shudder

NOS4A2, the hit vampire series based on the bestselling novel by Joe Hill, is coming to Shudder, the premium streaming service dedicated to horror, thriller and the supernatural. Shudder announced today that the first episode of NOS4A2 will debut on their service in the U.S. and Canada on Thursday, August 8, with subsequent episodes of the 10-episode series added every Thursday.

“Showrunner Jami O’Brien and her cast have done an amazing job bringing Joe Hill’s gripping novel to life,” said Shudder GM Craig Engler. “NOS4A2 is one of the best new horror series in years, and we’re beyond thrilled to bring it to Shudder members.”

The series stars Emmy®-nominated actor and producer Zachary Quinto, Ashleigh Cummings, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Virginia Kull, Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Jahkara Smith. NOS4A2 introduces Vic McQueen (Cummings), a gifted young woman who discovers she has a supernatural ability to find lost things. This ability puts her on a collision course with the evil and immortal Charlie Manx (Quinto). Manx is a supernatural villain who feeds off the souls of children then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – a twisted place of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law. Vic strives to defeat Manx and rescue his victims – without losing her mind or falling victim to him herself.

NOS4A2 is produced by AMC Studios in association with Tornante Television. The series is executive produced by Joe Hill, Jami O’Brien (Fear The Walking DeadHell On Wheels), who created the show for television and serves as showrunner, and Lauren Corrao, Co-President of Tornante Television. Hill has also contributed a story to Shudder’s upcoming original series Creepshow, premiering later this year.

Stephen King Getting Comic Book Makeover

IDW Publishing is proud to announce the early 2020 launch of Sleeping Beauties, a captivating comic book series based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King and Owen King. Author Rio Youers (The Forgotten Girl) and artist Alison Sampson (Winnebago Graveyard) will adapt the rich narrative of Sleeping Beauties to a ten-issue limited series under the watchful gaze of Stephen and Owen.

“We are so excited about Rio and Alison’s vision for Sleeping Beauties,” says Owen King. “We’ve been fans of Rio’s for years and Alison’s artwork is simply extraordinary. IDW couldn’t have found a better pairing.”

To which co-author Stephen King adds, “We’re looking forward to seeing our work in this exciting format.”

Sleeping Beauties explores a world where women have sunken into a deep, cocooned slumber, their dreams taking them to an idyllic other place. They can only wake if disturbed, which results in violent, feral behavior. Meanwhile, the men have inherited the Earth, their society devolving into barbarism. Provocative and absorbing, Sleeping Beauties is a gripping dark fantasy of gender dynamics, individuality, and toxic masculinity.

“To work on anything with the King name attached is surreal, dizzying, and somewhat terrifying,” says Youers. “As soon as my feet touch terra firma, I will focus on my goal: to stay true to the novel’s spirit, and to deliver a page-turning, visually impacting experience that will appeal to readers of both Stephen and Owen King’s fiction, and to comics fans the world over.”

“I’m thrilled to be able to work on Sleeping Beauties,” says Sampson. “The story is very suggestive for interesting art, with magical themes interwoven through a very real place setting in Appalachia, and the opportunity to draw some truly diverse people. Places, spaces, gender, bodies, character, relationships, political themes, emotions, a challenging (and almost certainly innovative) design job, and a great story – it’s all here. I cannot wait to share what we are making.”

“There was something magical about the combination of Stephen King’s and Owen King’s specific skills on the pages of the Sleeping Beauties novel, an alchemy that resulted in a story so of the moment and yet so timeless,” says IDW President & Publisher, Chris Ryall. “Rio and Allison are fashioning a graphic retelling that synthesizes that same sense of wonder while very much making the comic its own thing entirely. We’re ecstatic to be doing this with all involved.”

The Journey to The Rise of Skywalker Starts Here

Get ready for Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker with IDW Publishing’s Ongoing Star Wars Comic Book Series for Middle Grade Readers.

IDW Publishing have just announced that October’s Star Wars Adventures #27 will debut a three-part storyline telling an untold chapter set between The Last Jedi and the thrilling conclusion to the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker!

Star Wars Adventures Number 27Issue #27 will debut a three-part monthly storyline by writer John Barber and artist Derek Charm, featuring the mighty Wookiees. With the New Republic devastated, the First Order launches an attack on the planet Kashyyyk, and Chewbacca takes up arms to defend his people!

“It’s a thrill and an honor to get to tell this story with the amazing Derek Charm,” says Barber. “Chewie’s one of my favorite characters ever, for as long as I can remember. Having the opportunity to tell his story to a new generation of Star Wars fans – and all this leading up to the conclusion to the Skywalker saga — is one of the biggest thrills of my career.”

Charm says, “I’ve been lucky enough to work within a lot of Star Wars eras in this series, but doing something in the current, post-Last Jedi landscape is really exciting. The fact that it focuses on Chewbacca and what he’s been up to between these movies is more so.”

A backup tale by writer Michael Moreci and artist Tony Fleecs will see a team-up between the beloved droids of the Star Wars series – R2-D2, C-3PO, and BB-8 – as they embark on a desperate recruiting campaign for the Resistance.

“What I love so much about this story is that it gives the droids a mission that’s specific to who they are as characters and not just droids,” says Moreci. “This is a fun, fun adventure, but I also think it’s important to these characters as they, like everyone else, find their way in the galaxy.”

Star Wars Adventures Number 27 VarientFleecs says, “I probably don’t love anything more than I love Star Wars – and in particular, the 1985 Droids cartoon and the accompanying comic book featuring art by the great John Romita Sr. That’s the energy I’m bringing to this project – vibes from 1985, Star Comics, John Romita, Nelvana Animation, and Marie Severin, with a healthy dollop of Tony Fleecs thrown in for good measure.”

Star Wars Adventures #27 will feature regular covers by Derek Charm and Tony Fleecs, with a special retailer incentive variant available by Manuel Bracchi.

Get Involved With Cops and Monsters: Uprising!

Cops And Monsters Uprising

Cops And Monsters PosterWant to become a Monster or Exec Producer in the second Season of the award-winning Amazon Prime TV show?

SillyWeeFilms have confirmed that they have launched a crowdfunding campaign to secure funding for their second season of  Cops and Monsters . Donors to their crowdfunding campaign are set to be rewarded with a number of incentives, which include a role in an episode (as a monster), a credit in the titles and signed scripts and DVDs. The highest donors will even be listed in the credits as Associate or Executive Producer in the credits and on IMDb. 

Cops and Monsters  is an on-going, award winning supernatural police thriller set in a near-future Scotland. When vampires, werewolves and zombies come out of hiding, the country breaks out into war and riots with both sides fighting for control. Eventually the First Minister and the heads of the vampire and werewolf societies meet and form a treaty that will allow humans and supernaturals to co-exist. As such a police team, the Paranormal Investigation Team Scotland, are put into place to police  and protect both sides.

In 2017 the team successfully crowdfunded the budget for the 8th and final episode of series 1, raising over £15000 to shoot the episodes over two years, starting in 2015. The episodes were released via their YouTube channel along with behind the scenes videos, cast and crew interviews and more.

Series 1 featured guest stars such as Sophie Aldred (Doctor Who), Rachel Teate (Wolfblood), James Mackenzie (Raven), Leona Kate Vaughan (Wolfblood), James Payton (Harry Potter), Caitlin Blackwood (Doctor Who) and Katrina Bryan (Nina and the Neurons), working alongside upcoming actors including Simon Weir (Trainspotting 2) and Chris Bain (Shooting Clerks).

Moving ahead with series 2 the team have secured Debbie Moon (BAFTA winning Wolfblood creator), Philip Lawrence (Big Finish) and Simon Underwood (Wolfblood) to join James T Harding (Broadway Baby), Laura Anne Anderson (BAFTA winning team member of CBeebie’s OOglies) and series creator Fraser Coull to pen 6 x 20 minute episodes, which will stream directly on Amazon Prime UK, US and Amazon Instant Video.
 
The team have set up a several crowdfunding accounts t
 o raise funds to shoot the brand new series, which will consist of 6 x 20 minute episodes, focusing on a “story of the week”. Once complete, the episodes will be streamed from Amazon Prime UK, US and Amazon Instant Video. 
To support the TV Series, go to Patreon ($) or Drip (£) to make your donation!

People can also donate via PayPal. Details are at https://copsandmonsters.co.uk/support-the-show/.

Fighting Fantasy Fest 2019 – Preview

fighting fantasy fest 3 (2019)

Fighting Fantasy Fest 3 celebrates the 1980’s gamebook phenomenon that was launched with the The Warlock of Firetop Mountain back in 1982.

The game book series founders Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone will be guests of honour at this celebration of the single player RPG book.

So in addition to the expected talks, signings and trade stands what can you expect?

Steve Jackson’s House of Hell LIVE

The World of Legend is returning to Fighting Fantasy Fest, and the team are bringing their interactive theatrical show Steve Jackson’s House of Hell LIVE with them.

Fighting Fantasy Miniatures Releases

2019 will see the release of an official range of Fighting Fantasy gaming miniatures produced by Atlantis Miniatures . The ranges official release will be at FF3!

Models to be released include fan favourite The Bloodbeast, Zagor himself,  warlord-wizard Balthus Dire and the knife-throwing Wheelies. These are just a few of the range of 22 FF Legends miniatures being released at Fighting Fantasy Fest 3.

 

–>BOOK TICKETS FOR FIGHTINGFANTASY FEST 3 HERE<–

Find Out More About Fighting Fantasy On the Official Website.

Buy Fighting Fantasy Books On Amazon (affiliate link)

 

Mowhawk Judoon Favourite Thing About Doctor Who Series 12

Judoon with Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who

New official image from the BBC see Jodie Whittaker ‘s returning doctor in a face off with a Judoon for series 12 of new Doctor Who.

Judoon with Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who

Chris Chibnall, Showrunner said “No! Sho! Blo! The Judoon are storming back into Doctor Who in full force, and the streets of Gloucester aren’t safe. If anyone has anything to hide, confess now. The Judoon are taking no prisoners, and will stop at nothing to fulfil their mission! The whole team on Doctor Who are delighted and scared in equal measure to welcome them back: one of many treats we’ve got in store for viewers next series. And we’re over the moon (with Judoon), to be welcoming the wondrous Neil Stuke as guest star. We can’t wait to show you what happens when his path crosses with the Thirteenth Doctor.”

IDWs Marvel Action comics starts with Captain Marvel

IDW Publishing is proud to announce the latest addition to their Marvel Action line of comics aimed at middle grade readers: Captain Marvel! From the stellar creative team of writer Sam Maggs (Marvel: Fearless and Fantastic! Female Super Heroes Save the World), artist Sweeney Boo (My Little Pony), and colorist Brittany Peer, the first thrilling chapter hits stores in August!

Carol Danvers’ quiet night with BFF Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman) takes a catastrophic turn when Manhattan’s bodegas are suddenly overrun by a host of angry felines! And not just any felines—Flerkens, the most terrifying, pocket-dimension-holding, tentacle-devouring kitty-look-alikes in the entire universe! Can Captain Marvel overcome the formidable foes before it’s too late?

“I feel so privileged to help launch Captain Marvel’s solo title for Marvel Action,” says Sam Maggs. “Carol has always been my favorite super hero; I love how she’s truly come into her own, culturally, and is finally being widely-recognized as the star that she is. Being able to write for Carol is the most exciting and terrifying thing that’s ever happened to me. I can’t wait to share this arc with everyone!”

Sweeney Boo says, “This comic is for everyone! If you have seen Captain Marvel’s movie and want more of her, and if you are a cat lover, this is definitely for you. This title has everything – it’s funny and sweet, it has powerful moments, and it’s absolute cat madness!”

“Working with Sam and Sweeney on a story featuring one of the most iconic super heroes of our time has been a dream,” says Megan Brown, assistant editor. “I adore Carol — she’s strong, capable, funny, and someone that anyone can look up to. In Marvel Action, we’re also highlighting the strength of her friendship with Jessica Drew, and it’s been such a positive, uplifting experience bringing this rock-solid bond between two absolutely amazing ladies to life.”