Sunday 20 March 2016

Sunday puzzler - Fourth Doctor DVD sleeve

This DVD set came out November last year as a HMV exclusive.
It’s nothing super special - just three classic Fourth Doctor adventures bundled up in a card box.

It includes his first outings Robot, plus two early classics, Genesis of the Daleks and Pyramid of Mars.

The box art is nicely done, and sits well with the other two similar sets for the Third and Fifth Doctors.

But I have a little quiz question for you - and I’ll give you the full answer this time next week.

What’s wrong - or should I say, has been put right about the portrait shot of Tom Baker?

Post your answers in the comments below, and come back this time next week for the reveal - and how I helped!
Doctor Who: An Introduction to the Fourth Doctor (hmv Exclusive)

Wednesday 2 March 2016

A Day With A TV Producer

While I was in Los Angeles for Gallifrey One, I came across a book for sale in the dealers room. It’s not one I have seen before, though I’m sure some of my readers may have, or even own a copy themselves.

It’s called A Day With A TV Producer, and follows John Nathan Turner during the production of The Leisure Hive in 1980.

Reading between the lines its part of a series, written for young people to read about job choices as they grow up. Other books in the series are days with a Nurse, Footballer, Dancer, Airline Pilot, Policeman, Farmer, Vet and Racing Driver!

The book is written in a simplistic way, so is quite a patronising and shallow read. It does, however, show a lot of behind the scenes activity you don’t normally get to see, such as meetings with various production staff.

There’s a great selection of photos from the Brighton beach shoot at the opening of episode one.

This includes a photo of the publicity stills seen for the episode being shot!

A stand out for me are a couple of pages showing John Nathan Turner meeting with costume designer June Hudson.

In one of the shots you can see some of June’s costume designs being discussed.

There is also a rare photo of June Hudson on-set, adjusting a costume before a take.
Download a PDF of the book here: