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Reeltime Pictures - The Documentaries
In 2003, Reeltime Pictures began
rereleasing their back-catalogue of video documentaries and dramas onto DVD.
These were generally 'vanilla' releases with no extra bonuses, but with the
added clarity of DVD and the bonus of two films per disc in many cases. The
discs were simply produced, with a single menu screen leading to each of
the documentaries or to a screen of contact
details. The discs quickly came under fire as they were produced on DVDRs -
cheap DVDRs at that, with a low-quality dye that regularly failed on most
standalone players after a few viewings (also combined with the cheap plastic
around the centre ring - the discs would crack slightly when being taken out or
reinserted into the case, causing them to spin unevenly). The best solution to
this seems to be to rip the DVD using DVD Decrypter (since DVD Rom drives in PCs
are often built to cope with poorly spinning discs, and DVD Decrypter is able to
extract information even from failing discs) and burn new copies.
Except where stated, the DVD cover designs are by Stellenstar, and the menus by
Patrick Troughton in America (2003, RTP0280)
Troughton in America (52'17") - released simultaneously on VHS
A compilation of Patrick Troughton's appearances in America during the mid-80s,
linked by Myth Makers interviewer Nick Briggs as he walks around Hollywood, and
with fan memories recorded at Springfield's United Fan Con in 2003, and
California's Gallifrey 2003 convention interspersed.
This was the first Reeltime Production to be released direct to DVD, and as such
had a simultaneous VHS release. This was intended to be followed up in a similar
fashion by Doctor in Need and The Doctor Down Under, but both were delayed so
much that by the time of their release RTP had ceased using videos. This
production is therefore unique in Reeltime's catalogue as the only to be
initially released on two formats.
What follows is a detailed breakdown of the content:
- Clips of the raw recording of a trailer Troughton recorded for an
interview in San Jose in 1983, which appears later in the documentary.
- Eric Luskin, previously of New Jersey Network, talks at his new home at
American Public Television, Boston about his memories of Troughton. He
describes him as being surprisingly friendly considering his fame and his
family connections with the US. There are then clips of the two
doing a live introduction to
Doctor Who in 1985 and then another clip of
Troughton recording a pledge
drive in Grover's Mill in 1986, and suggests Troughton preferred the US
to the UK.
- A lengthy uncut interview
with Terry Philips of San Jose's Channel 54 KTEH.
- A short amateur clip of him backstage at the 1987 convention where he
- An amateur interview conducted with Troughton backstage at a 1986 con in
St Louis, where he talks about The Moonbase, his favourite story being The
Mind Robber, why he left, the Three Doctors, the evolution of the series and
the cancellation crisis).
- Another amateur clip of him at the 1987 con where he died, leaving the
- Over the end credits, Troughton singing Henry The Eighth at the 1986 St
Presented by: Nicholas Briggs; Cameras: Edward Strickland, Burt Hazard;
Archive Film: KTEH San Jose, NJN New Jersey, Ken Bussanmas, Norman Rubenstein;
Photographs Courtesy: Paul Scott Aldred, Eric Hoffman;
Opening Titles: Anastasia Sylianou;
Editor: Edward Strickland; Facilities: Pinhole Productions;
Special Thanks to: Paul Scott Aldred (United Fan Con & US Branch of UNIT
www.unitedfancon.com), Eric Luskin (American Public Television), Ken Patterson (KTEH
Television, San Jose), all those who contributed to this production;
Produced & Directed by Keith Barnfather;
Dedicated to Patrick Troughton 1920-1987;
A Myth Makers Presentation (C) Reeltime Pictures Ltd 2003.
Two bonuses appear:
(4'22"): Complete raw recordings of the trailer and pledge drive Troughton
recorded during his 1983 San Jose interview.
Uncut Interview (18'12"): Raw recording of he backstage 1986 interview
featured in the documentary.
Who's Who / Then and Now (2004, RTP0314)
Rerelease of two New Jersey Network productions - see Other Releases for more details.
An Englishman on Gallifrey / The Home Whovian
An Englishman on Gallifrey (50'40") - first released on VHS in 2001
We follow Mark Strickson on a trip to the States, to appear at Outpost
Gallifrey's annual convention.
- Thu 22nd Feb 2001: Strickson packs and talks about conventions. He has a
2.5 hour journey by coach from Bristol to Heathrow and then faces "the hell"
of airports and flying.
- Strickson arrives in Californa, but the taxi driver doesn't know where
the Airtel Plaza hotel is. He talks about his disorientation of being in the
US. He finally checks into the Airtel.
- Fri 23rd Feb 2001: Strickson bemoans the weather, and con crewmember
Chad takes him on a tour of LA.
- Strickson takes some time out to explain why he does conventions.
- Strickson does some signing, and the fans talk about how great it is to
meet the actors. One of the fans even met someone called "Davidson".
- We see clip of Strickson onstage with Bonnie Langford and Sarah Sutton,
and Strickson takes more time out to tell us how daunting it is to entertain
- Strickson looks out for the other stars in preparation for the opening
ceremonies. We see all the guests taking their introductions.
- We see the fancy-dress competition. Oh dear.
- Sat 24th Feb 2001: Strickson has a swim, despite the weather. Euw,
- Strickson meets the sellers of merchandise and more fans, finding out
how the Americans got into the show.
- Another time-out for Mark, as he tells us about the cabaret. We then see
Mark's act. We're still not sure what it was.
- Some clips of the disco. Oh dear Lord.
- Sun 25th Feb 2001: Strickson has breakfast and yet another
gratuitous-Speedo-shot filled drop into the Jacuzzi. And there's
Jacuzzi-slut Andrew Beech too.
- More meeting fans, as Strickson tries to discover the difference between
US and UK followers. Authors Craig Hinton and Simon-Bucher Jones drops their
thoughts in too.
- Strickson, alone in his hotel room once more, gives his view on the
difference between UK and US fans.
- We see the green room, where Mark chats with Bonnie and Sarah, and
another clip of the stars onstage. They talk about Mark's gratuitous
leg-shots in Planet of Fire, and working with Anthony Ainley.
- Convention God Shaun Lyon finally comes on-screen to talk about how he
plans a great con.
Presented by Mark Strickson; Featuring Bonnie Langford, Sarah Sutton; Camera:
Mark Strickson, Edward Strickland; Edited by Anastasia Stylianou; Facilities:
Pinhole Productions; Music: Alistair Lock, Trackline; With thanks to Shaun Lyon
(Programme & Event Director, www.gallifreyone.com), Christian McGuire & Diana
Dougherty (Co-Chairs), Robbie Bourget (Treasurer/President), Gregory Hart
(Technical Director), Everyone who made this production possible!; Produced in
association with Gallifrey Conventions; Produced & Directed by Keith Barnfather;
A Myth Makers Presentation (C) Reeltime Pictures Ltd. 2001
The Home Whovian was a rerelease of a New Jersey Network production -
see Other Releases for more details.
My Doctor Who Diary by Yee Jee Tso / ReUNITed: Chicago TARDIS (2004, RTP 0317)
My Doctor Who Diary by Yee Jee Tso (43'44") - first released on VHS in
Shot around Yee Jee Tso's visit to Britain in March 2002...
- Wednesday 6th March: Yee Jee shows us his house, packs and leaves.
- Thursday 7th March: Tso takes us around Vancouver and shows some TVM
locations on his way to the airport.
- Friday 8th March: At Heathrow Airport we meet Derek Hambly of Tenth
Planet and Leon Horton, who takes him to NEC Memorabilia where he talks to
people and signs pictures. McCoy is there, where he gives some of his vague
memories of the 1996 movie and talks about revisiting Vancouver, then gives
his advice on living with fandom.
- Monday 11th March: Yee Jee chills out until Saturday 16th March, where
he heads to the Tenth Planet signing. Gary Russell briefly appears with a
script, and then more signing ensues and comments from fans on the TVM.
- Monday 18th March: At a "secret location" (erm, that'd be Brixton,
then), Yee Jee attends the recording of Big Finish audio Excelis Decays,
with Alistair Lock, Gary Russell and Ian Collier around him. Gary talks to
us about having known Yee Jee since November '96 and getting him involved in
the audios Excelis Decays and Real Time. McCoy later joins Tso in the studio
for a rehearsal of another scene from Excelis. Writer Craig Hinton then
arrives to offer his blessing, and DWM turns up to interview the actor and
take some photos.
- Tuesday 19th March: After recording Real Time, Yee Jee introduces us to
Jason Haigh-Ellery, Martin Trickey and the cast of the play.
- Wednesday 20th March: Tso has lost his phone, but takes a moment to
reflect on working with McCoy and Baker. Later that day, he gets his phone
back and talks more about what he's done between Doctor Who events.
- Saturday 23rd March: They've just been to Leeds, but Tso forgot to take
the camera. He brought the charger though. Well done, Yeej.
- Sunday 24th March: A Sci Fi fair in Basildon. Caroline John's there, as
it Paul Huzzy of Tenth Planet. Yee Jee gets given a beer.
- Friday 29th March: Battlefield con in Coventry. Tso and McCoy take to
the stage together, and the latter suggests the TVM would have been better
- Sunday 31st March: More signing, and photos with Sylv.
Starring Yee Jee Tso; Featuring Sylvester McCoy; Main Camera & this music!!:
Yee Jee Tso; Second Camera: Edward Strickland; Facilities: Pinhole Productions;
With thanks to Derek Hambly, Paul Huzzy, Tenth Planet, Gary Russell, Jason Haigh-Ellery,
Big Finish, Memorabilia, Battlefield; Produced& Edited by Keith Barnfather; A
Myth Makers Presentation (C) Reeltime Pictures Ltd. 2002
ReUNITed: Chicago TARDIS (51'42") - first released on VHS in 2001,
Recorded at the Chicago convention which opened Nov 23rd 2001.
- Some fans explain UNIT. Handy.
- Miles Richardson, in character as Major Douglas Cavendish (from Downtime
and later Daemos Rising) introduces Chicago TARDIS.
- Derrick Sherwin explains they created UNIT and an Earthbound setting to
take the weight off the Doctor and his contributions to The Web of Fear and
The Invasion. He then shares some memories of shooting the latter.
- Terrance Dicks talks about feeling forced to keep the Earthbound Doctor
and seven-parters for season seven, and how they worked around it. He also
liked the family aspect
- "Cavendish" asks why UNIT was so successful. J Jeremy Bentham answers
that colour TV was a help, and a major cash injection going up against the
ITC programmes of the time. Arnold Blumberg feels its the family feel, Lars
Pearson thinks its the consistency of the characters, Dicks believes its
down to the likeability of Courtney and the guys, Nicholas Courtney himself
puts it down to the writing and Richard Franklin just says "teamwork".
- John Levene appears on camera to explain that he's signed a contract to
say he can't appear on camera, so that's why he won't appear on camera.
- A panel at Chicago TARDIS: Uber-fans Rob Levey, Doug Killings and Jeremy
Bement share their feelings towards UNIT.
- More of fans thoughts on UNIT.
- Courtney takes to the stage at Chicago and tells us stories about
drinking and his agent thinking he's dead. Backstage he explains why he
likes to keep things fresh. Onstage he talks about books, Richard Franklin
tells us he's currently understudying for Woman in Black (and backstage he
agrees with Courtney that personal stories are more interesting) and gives
us an anecdote about Invasion of the Dinosaurs.
- Katy Manning appears on a video screen at Chicago TARDIS to share her
memories of the show and the cast.
- Fans argue over their favourite UNIT characters, and the more of the
uber-fan panel as they talk about the way the UN works in real life and in
what way the stories failed.
- Terrance Dicks respond to some of the UNIT problems - their "top secret"
nature (the CIA advertises its presence!), their poor firepower (ray guns
must only be made by the Doctor!) and the lack of anyone foreign people in
an international organisation (money!). We also get to see some footage of
The Daemons being shot.
- Sophie Aldred talks about her excitement at getting to meet UNIT after
the Daleks and Cybermen. She also remembers the actors being lots of fun and
the sense of realism to the UNIT of Battlefield.
- Fans argue about their favourite stories. Richard Franklin joins in, as
dowriter-fans Blumberg, Bentham, Pearson, and also Nicholas Courtney. We see
some clips of the unofficial spinoffs Wartime, Downtime and Auton. Pearson,
Blumberg, Aldred, Dicks and some of the fans wonder if a UNIT TV series
Major Douglas Cavendish: Miles Richardson; Starring: Nicholas Courtney,
Richard Franklin; Featuring: Sophie Aldred, John Levene, Katy Manning, J Jeremy
Bentham, Arnold Blumberg, Terrance Dicks, Lars Pearson, Derrick Sherwin; Camera:
Keith Barnfather; Editors: Anastasia Stylianou, Edward Strickland; Graphic
Designer: Anastasia Stylianou; Facilities: Pinhole Productions; Production
Assistants: Irwin D Dammers, Bryan Gruszka, Brian Kimmel, Wil Roysdon; With
thanks to Gene Smith, chicagotardis.com; Convention Sponsors: Alien
Entertainment, doctorwhostore.com; Produced & Directed by Keith Barnfather; A
Myth Makers Presentation (C) Reeltime Pictures Ltd. 2001
The Megeve Experiment / Doctor at Sea
The Megeve Experiment (47'08") - first released on VHS in 2003
Doctor Who fans James Noble, Richard Foxon,
Rachel Powell, Rob Tizzard, Jennie Rich and Michael Hutchinson journey to
France to take part in an acting workshop run by NextStage Drama and taught
in part by Sophie Aldred, Deborah Watling and Christopher Barry. The
documentary ends with a short film featuring the amateur actors alongside
Ace and Victoria, as played by Aldred and Watling.
documentary, the actors at the Megeve workshop stayed in touch, and ended up
producing a number of high quality low-budget films under the banner Megropolis1, including the short Doctor
Who film 'Possibilities', and the charity sketch collection 'Invasion of the Whovers', co-starring TME's Kev West and Matt Dale.
Starring Sophie Aldred, Deborah Watling, Christopher Barrie; With Vince
Henderson, Venice Barry, Adam Henderson; Narrator: Sophie Aldred; Camera:
Keith Barnfather; 2nd Camera: Robin Pritchard; Editors: Anastasia Stylianou,
Edward Strickland; Facilities: Pinhole Productions; The Megeve Experiment
was organised by NextStage Drama, www.nextstagedrama.com, 020 8378 0763; for
NextStage Drama: Beverley Cressman, Sarah-Jane Olsen; With thanks to Simon &
Jay from Simon Butler Skiing, everyone who made this possible; Produced &
Directed by Keith Barnfather; A Myth Makers Presentation (C) Reeltime
Pictures Ltd 2002.
Doctor at Sea (50'45") - first released on VHS in 2002, RTP0255
A convention film with a difference - this covers the 2001 Sci Fi Sea Cruise,
taking place on the Fascination, and featuring Lisa Bowerman, Yee Jee Tso,
Nicholas Courtney, Steve Cole, Simon Gerard and Gary Russell. The DVD also
features amateur video footage of earlier cruises.
- 26th November 2001: fans board a boat, off on a cruise with a
- The fans explain what attracted them to the convention, which mainly
seems to be the writers workshop.
- Gerard, Cole and Russell talk about how they were brought on board the
project and what their plans were for the writers workshop.
- Tso checks his emails and dances.
- Footage of the 1988 cruise.
- The stars board the ship and enjoy a trip around Key West. Cole later
reflects on feeling seasick. Tso agrees, but Courtney loved it. Everyone has
a look around. And a drink. And another.
- Footage of the 1993 cruise.
- More of the fans on why they came along. The fans and guests enjoy the
entertainments onboard ship. Yee Jee gambles and everyone else drinks. Fans
have photos taken.
- Wednesday 28th: More eating, and Nicholas demonstrating his complete
absent mindedness and insanity.
- Footage of the 1996 cruise, with a brief McCoy interview.
- The gang explore some ruins in Tulum, and a gift shop. Yee Jee, in a
rare lucid moment, talks of his amazement at the ruins. Russell joins in
with the enthusiasm, and compliments the tour guide. Cole tries likening it
to The Aztecs. Lisa Bowermen engages in her other career as a photographer,
trying and failing to take some good photos. Everyone gets seasick again.
Yee Jee sleeps. Gary talks about Mexican food, and not having enough time to
do everything he wanted.
- Footage of the 1997 cruise.
- Thursday 29th: The writers workshop - Gary complains about seasickness
while Courtney slept like a baby. Cole later explains the exercise they
performed: getting the fans to write synopses. Yee Jee arrives late. Russell
talks about what the fans got out of the workshop, and Gerard about the
limited time given.
- Footage of the 1999 cruise.
- The actors read out the short stories, and Gerard later regrets the
amount of pressure put on the fans, but says he was surprised by the
- Footage of the 2000 cruise.
- Friday 30th: The Fascination arrives back at Miami, and the guests
reflect on their memories of the cruise.
Starring & Narrated by Lisa Bowerman; Starring Nicholas Courtney, Yee Jee Tso;
With Stephen Cole, Simon Gerard, Gary Russell and Sylvester McCoy; Camera: Keith
Barnfather; Graphics: Anastasia Stylianou; Edited by Edward Strickland;
Facilities: Pinhole Productions; With grateful thanks to everyone who's been on
a Sci-Fi Cruise; With special thanks to Dan Harris email@example.com, http://members.aol.com/sfcruise;
Produced & Directed by Keith Barnfather; A Myth Makers Presentation (C) Reeltime
Pictures Ltd 2002.
See also the Sci Fi Sea Cruise DVDs.
Where on Earth is... Katy Manning / Katy Manning's World Down Under (2004, RTP0332)
Where on Earth is... Katy Manning (52'36") - first released on VHS in 1998,
The Reeltime crew follow third Doctor companion Katy Manning on a whirlwind tour
- Mon 29th June 1998, Heathrow airport: Katy Manning leaves via Heathrow
- Sat 18th April 1998: Katy leaves her mother's home with her Godson and
steals some chips from a passer-by outside DWM's "Perfect Day" celebration
at City University London.
- Manning scolds Nicholas Courtney for his fashion sense, and gets luvvie
with Barry Letts, telling him about a dream she had about him.
- Footage of the celebration, as Sophie Aldred and Katy Manning take part
in a quiz with Sylvester McCoy and Nicholas Courtney. McCoy swaps places
with Mr Sophie Aldred, Vince Henderson, and completely confuses Katy.
- Friday 24th April: Katy is on a train to Wales with John Leeson
discussing Welsh cuisine and Yiddish.
- The day after, they arrive at the Travellers in Time convention in
Llangollen. Katy talks to us about her first experiences learning to smoke,
and another childhood story about being punished for being rude.
- Katy looks around Llangollen and has some photos taken while she
reminisces about her time with Jon Pertwee, and later talks about filming on
a boat and her history with horses.
- Katy and John arrive at the Doctor Who Experience in Llangollen and have
a few more reminisces about filming Doctor Who. Katy does a Dalek
impression, and they talk about the toys being made. Katy and John try to
build toy K.9s.
- On a train leaving Wales they talk about the audience contribution to
- Sunday 3rd May: A signing at The Who Shop. Katy engages in her usual
- Sunday 17th May: Another meeting, this time in Crawley. Richard
Franklin's there. Katy talks about increasing in value as she ages and
Richard shares some memories of Jon. Katy talks to camera about missing her
- Friday 29th May: Heathrow Airport, en route to the Isle of Man. Michael
Sheard enjoys some larks with Manning. She appears on a local radio show and
meets the fans. With Sheard she takes a walk round the streets, and the day
after she appears at a charity raffle/auction. Katy auctions off the chance
to star with her and Sheard in an improvised scene for the video.
- On Sunday she travels the electric railway and visits various sights,
and films the (very short) sketch.
- Back on the plane, she returns to mainland UK, and on Saturday 6th June
she appears at Galaxy 4's event. She tells an anecdote about her recent
travels and meets more fans.
- On Sunday 21st she boards a train with Terrance Dicks to get to Norwich
and they discuss the public perception of Katy.
- At a Kulture Shock event Dicks remembers a story about a prior
convention where someone got him confusing with Manning. The two sign some
books and Katy looks back over the last ten weeks.
Featuring Katy Manning; Camera: Keith Barnfather; Music from "Not a Well
Woman" courtesy Katy Manning; Additional Music: Alistair Lock; Edited by Robin
Lee; Facitilies: Nice Angle, Limelight; Production Assistant: Robin Prichard;
With grateful thanks to everyone who took part in this production; Special
thanks to the the organises of: Doctor Who Magazine Perfect Day (DSL & Marvel
Comics, Gary Gillatt, Alex Fowles, Paul Rhodes), A Weekend With Katy Manning &
John Leeson (Travellers in Time, Keeta Thomas, Bill Smith), Whoshop
International (Alex Looseley-Saul), An Audience With Katy Manning (C.E.G. Group,
Steve Bennett), Frontier in Mann (Anorax Anonymous, Andrew Burn, Robin Crane,
Steve Hall, Mark Owen, Ian Parker), Galaxy 4 (Andy Swindon, Ben Keywood),
Kulture Shock (Richard Stubbings, David Crothers); Produced & Directed by Keith
Barnfather; A Myth Makers Presentation (C) Reeltime Pictures Ltd 1998
Katy Manning's World Down Under (47'38") - first released on VHS in 2002,
In a followup to Katy's prior travelogue, the Reeltime team go to visit her in
Australia and she shows us around her current country of residence.
- At a cafe in Manly, Sydney, Katy introduces the video and talks about
the few things she misses from England (most fruit and men it seems).
- We're introduced to Barry Crocker, her boyfriend, and she points out
that most of her fans are gay.
- 7th April 2002: At a DW Club of Australia con, Katy shows us a rather
rude Dalek t-shirt and interviews Louise Pajo from Seeds of Death. They talk
about having worked together in the past, the working hours on Doctor Who,
Troughton larking on set, Pajo's work on the con circuit in Australia and
Australian Whovians. We then hear from some of the fans.
- Back at the cafe, Katy explains the situation when the first moved down.
- Fan club Presidents, ex-Presidents and founders Dallas Jones, Todd
Beilby, Kerrie Dougherty and Neil Hogan share their feelings for Katy.
- At the cafe again, Katy talks about American fandom, British fandom and
- On the ferry across to Manly, Katy shows us where she first settled when
she moved to the country.
- On stage with her children Georgie and JJ Manning-Harris, Katy makes
everyone sing Happy Birthday. Later backstage the kids tells us about their
life of embarrassment and then Katy takes them out for food.
- On stage with Barry Crocker, her boyfriend tells a Jon Pertwee anecdote
and then signs the Neighbours theme.
- At home Katy explains that the two of them both love the arts and how
they work together as a couple.
- Back on stage, she talks about the unpredictability of conventions and
then brings on Sue Willis and Rob Kitts to talk about their memories of
Douglas Camfield. She then promotes the Master VHS tin as a lunchbox.
- On the Sydney Monorail, Katy explains the joy of Australia's transport
system and her failing eyesight.
- On stage again, Katy talks to Keff McCulloch who talks about how he got
involved with Doctor Who via his wife, his approach to the new theme, how he
worked in conjunction with the Radiophonic Workshop, taking over Paradise
Towers at the last minute, misunderstanding the stories.
- At the cafe in Manly, Manning explains about her work with UKTV before
we then visit her in the sound studio where she records links for season 14
and 15 stories. She introduces us to staff members Tony Iffland, Paul
Kennedy, Katherine Thomas, Joeley Brown and Phyllisse Laspitis.
- Again in Manly, Katy talks about meeting fans wherever she goes. Back to
Dallas Jones who explains her relationship with the country and the fan
- Rounding off the video, Katy compares her life to travelling around in
the TARDIS and tells us how thrilling her unknown future is...
Starring Katy Manning; Featuring Barry Crocker; With Louise Pajo, Keff
McCulloch, Sue Willis, Robert Kitts; Main Camera: Keith Barnfather; Second
Camera: Anastasia Stylianou; Mister Fix It: Chris Neville; Editor: Edward
Strickland; Facilities: Pinhole Productions; "The Catalba" sung by Barry
Crocker, produced by Katy Manning, from the play Banjo; With grateful thanks to
Dallas Jones, Dave King, The Doctor Who Club of Australia (www.dwca.org.au);
With thanks to UKTV; Produced & Directed by Keith Barnfather; A Myth Makers
Presentation (C) Reeltime Pictures Ltd. 2002
Doctor Who's Lust in Space (2005, RTP0336)
Doctor Who's Lust in Space (52'14") - first released on VHS in 1998,
This documentary mixed a comedy scenario of a courtroom case where sexism in
Doctor Who is put on trial (with Mark Strickson as Prosecution, James Bree as
Defence, and Nicholas Courtney as the Time-Judge) and interviews with the cast
and crew. The words "Doctor Who's" was removed from the 2005 DVD cover, but not
from the opening titles.
The following overview misses out the courtroom scenes, which are largely
somewhat inane, if entertaining:
- In highlights from Myth Makers interviews Anneke Wills talks about
getting male attention during the show, Sarah Sutton admits the assistants
started strongly but always ended up as weak screamers, Nicola Bryant talks
about her clothing alterations, Wendy Padbury feels her character was dumbed
down somewhat, as was normal for most companions, Carole Ann Ford talks
about playing a prostitute in another show and Deborah Watling on Frazer
Hines saying "up your passage!".
- In more highlights Wills on enjoying bringing glamour to the show,
Sutton says she doesn't know how it could be any different, Padbury felt it
was a shame but looking back was surprised that she didn't scream as much as
she remembered, Watling remembers her time with affection, Ford feels it was
important and exciting and Bryant describes being in the show as "amazing".
- A short interview with Terrance Dicks. Dicks explains his work with the
show, his contribution to the characters of Jo Grant and Sarah Jane Smith,
what the assistant character did, his attempts to create stronger female
characters, the lack of female input into the show, the difficulty in
creating strong female roles (specifically Leela) and finally if he felt the
show was sexist at the time.
- Sophie Aldred appears in court. She explains that her character was a
strong role which was great to play, that her character wasn't sexist, that
she enjoyed herself, the importance of the character's strength in her
decision to take the job, the similarities between the character and the
actress, how her fellow actresses had expressed dissatisfaction with their
wardrobes, why other actresses had left and how her friends and colleagues
reacted to her having the part of companion.
- The next interviewee is Gary Russell. He talks about how important the
companions were, describes the typical 60s companion, the sexist element in
the early episodes, Jo Grant being the first intelligent companion, the
girls in the 80s, Nyssa's farewell story and her lack of skirt, Peri's
costumes, the quick turnaround of the companions, that very few companions
left specifically because of the sexism and that the programme was
definitely sexist in the 60s but generally less so later on.
- Next comes John Nathan-Turner. He sums up the companions he created,
that he tried to get away from the stereotypical "screamers" but often
failed, the history of sexism in the show, that his comments in the 80s that
the girls were there "to keep the Dads watching" wasn't sexist in the
slightest, casting attractive people because they coincidentally were the
best actors, the slow undressing of the characters throughout their run
(specifically Tegan, Nyssa and Peri), that there's nothing wrong with
casting attractive people and that the 80s Who was politically correct.
- The next guest is Nicholas Courtney. After working in a couple of
"splendid chaps, all of them" lines, talks us through his career, loving
having girls around, Doctor Who not working well without girls, the
recurring storyline of men rescuing girls and his opinion of this, why the
programme featured female companions, the lack of complaints from the
public, the Brigadier being more gallant than sexist and finally that he'd
never appeared in a sexist programme.
- The final speaker is Katy Manning. She explains her character and how
she was different, needing rescuing by the Doctor regularly, that Doctor Who
was never sexist and Jo especially not, that making mistakes made the story
interesting and that her clothing was just fashion of the 70s.
This release featured a special Reeltime ident with a very judicial tone,
composed by Alistair Lock. There are a couple of brief stereo sound faults in
the final moments of Gary Russell's interview which went unfixed for the DVD.
The DVD release also featured a compilation of some of the raw studio recording
from 3rd March 1998 (27'38"), with outtakes and camera setups.
Starring James Bree, Nicholas Courtney, Mark Strickson and Steve Nankervis;
Guest Stars Sophie Aldred, Katy Manning with Terrance Dicks, Gary Russell, John
Nathan-Turner; Featuring Anneke Wills, Nicola Bryant, Wendy Padbury, Sarah
Sutton, Deborah Watling, Nicholas Briggs, Lead Tank Girl: Robyn Lewis; Tank
Girls: Jessica Almond, Clare Denton, Anna-Lisa Heinz, Georgie Manning-Harris,
Layla Moritz, Sally Moretemore, Kate Saxon; Studio Lighting Cameraman: Graham
Day; Studio Cameras: Graham Daniels, Dave Hicks; Location Camera: Robert Moubert;
Vision Mixer: Julia Booth; Studio Sound: Steve Picco; Studio Make-up: Janine
Schneider; Studio Manager: Robert Belton; Floor Manager: Kathy O'Neil; Lighting
Assistant: Simon Alderdice; Set and Costume Design: Keith Dunne; Costume
Assistant: Pauline Lucas; Design Assistant: Pippa Allen; Tank Girl Guns: Tony
Clark; "Evil Annie" Artwork: Paul Tams; Stills Photographer: Robin Prichard; CGI
Effects: Monica Nicholaou, Anastasia Stylianou, Marios Stylianou, MS Viewpoint
Nicosia Cyprus; Production Assistant: Frazer Lee; Director's Assistant: Charles
Bowman; Studio Facilities: University of Westminster; Facilities: Nice Angle,
Richmond Sound, White Angle, Limelight Ltd; Music and Sound Design: Alistair
Lock; Film Editor: Michael Daniels; Post Production Facilities: London Bridge
Television; With thanks to Steve Broster, Brian Willison; Produced by Keith
Barnfather; Written and Directed by Roger Stevens (C) Reeltime Pictures Ltd.
K.9 Unleashed! (2005, RTP0343)
K.9 Unleashed! (56'04") - first released on VHS in 2000, RTP0237
In this co-production with Infinity Pictures (UK), the stars of Doctor Who relay
their memories of working with K.9
- David Howe explains the history - the "gothic horror" style of the
Philip Hinchcliffe episodes and the changes Graham Williams wanted to make.
- Dave Martin and Bob Baker talk about why they created K.9 - as someone
for Professor Marinus to talk to.
- Alexandra Saul of The Who Shop, Nicholas Briggs and Louise Jameson talk
about their memories of the K.9's first appearance. Louise admits it took
her a while to work out the joke of the name. John Nathan-Turner joins in to
explain the hilarity of it.
- Martin and Baker relay how difficult it was to sell such an expensive
concept to the BBC, and Howe continues the story of Ian Scoones' first
- Tony Harding talks about HIS ideas for the design (showing some of his
sketches), with help from Howe, and the difficulties in the timescale. Mat
Irvine joins in to describe the barriers they hit against surrounding
- Steve Cambden enthuses over the design, but warns that Harding is
extremely modest. Howe describes it as simple, and Ian Clark of This Planet
Earth describes it as "a classical design". David Brierley agrees, but
Jameson says she was disappointed that it didn't wag its tail at first.
- Elisabeth Sladen describes it as "sweet", and Briggs describes it as not
- Irvine shows us the original K.9, with some bits having been a little
rebuilt, and talks us through how it works.
- John Leeson, stood on Brighton seafront, remembers how he was cast, and
Mike Tucker joins in the design enthusiasm, but turns it round to compliment
Leeson. Harding and Sophie Aldred agree. Leeson continues his memories of
meeting the model for the first time, and Jameson on meeting Leeson.
- Nathan-Turner talks about missing Leeson when he WASN'T on the studio
floor, Jameson about his dry-cleaning bill (a rarity for a voiceover artist)
and Sladen on his talent.
- Howe on the audience reaction, and Andrew Beech on the reaction of
fandom. Bryan Ralfe talks about his memories of hating K.9, and
Nathan-Turner defends the character.
- Harding, Cambden, Jameson and Irvine on Tom Baker's reaction to K.9.
Some convention footage suggests he may have been happier with K.9 than
everyone remembers, but perhaps not...
- Cambden, Irvine and Harding on "the early days of remote control"
causing problems, and Nathan-Turner, Jameson and Cambden on movement
difficulties. Irvine continues talking about the remote control improving
- Howe on The Key to Time, Martin/Baker on the continuing use of the
character, Nathan-Turner on the device as a "cheat", Leeson on the variable
scripting. Howe explains that they had to keep writing K.9 out to make the
- Nathan-Turner in K.9 catching on with the public, and Leeson on hiding
from the public. Howe talks about K.9 as a trademark.
- Saul on the toys, talking through some of the books and models made
available to the public.
- Leeson on having to leave the show, and Brierley on how he was cast.
Briggs says he was relieved by the new voice, which he found better.
Brierley reveals he would never join the actors in the rehearsal studio, and
Howe explains the fans' reaction at the time. Tucker sympathises with the
- We move onto season 18, as Howe introduces Nathan-Turner as producer.
Ralfe was excited at K.9 leaving, and Nathan-Turner explains he instantly
made that decision. Leeson talks about coming back, and Beech says how
impressed he was at the character's exit. Nathan-Turner talks about the
- Irvine, Nathan-Turner and Cambden recall the Brighton beach shoot.
- Leeson talks about how sad it was that K.9 left.
- Talk moves onto K.9 and Company. Baker/Martin explain how they were told
he was leaving and Nathan-Turner explains why he brought back the character.
Howe talks about the pilot, and Baker/Martin talk of their surprise at not
writing it. Nathan-Turner explains why they chose Terrance Dudley to write
it, Beech tells us his reaction, and Sladen hers. Irvine talks of his
concerns about centring a spinoff show around K.9, and Eric Saward tells us
his mixed feelings on it. Nathan-Turner takes credit for the black magic
plotline. Leeson, Beech and Sladen share some more thoughts - the actress
felt she "overacted terribly". Nathan-Turner feels the show received "undue
criticism", but defends the tight timescale and budget. Baker/Martin say how
unhappy they were with the way the character was handled, and Saward
explains how problematic the plotline was for the audience. Irvine agrees
that they should have chosen a more family-friendly plot, Sladen tells a
story of night-time shooting and Baker/Martin blame K.9's death on the
pilot. Nathan-Turner talks of his pride in the ratings.
- Howe talks of K.9s returns in the anniversary stories The Five Doctors
and Dimensions in Time. Sylvester McCoy, Aldred, Irvine and Tucker remember
the filming of DiT, and Nathan-Turner explains the quick decision to include
the robot dog.
- Howe changes the tone to talk about fanzines and fan films. Clips of
some fan films, The Image Makers and Restoration of the Daleks, are shown.
Kevin and Chris Gregory, creators of the latter, talk about their
- This Planet Earth's Ian Clark shows us how he makes K.9s.
- Beech talks about charity video The Few Doctors, featuring K.9.
- Paul Tams and Bob Baker talk about K.9 Adventures, a concept for a CG
spinoff series, and show us clips from the pitch video they had put
together, with the voice of Tom Baker. They explain that they don't have a
buyer yet, but hope the BBC will be interested.
- Summing up, Howe feels K.9 is more relevant than ever, Tucker can't
decide what the "magic ingredient" was, Harding realises the character's
popularity, Sladen is glad to have worked with the character, Jameson had
affection for Leeson and the prop, Leeson himself was extremely happy and
Nathan-Turner accepts the title "the man who killed K.9".
The DVD also featured a 4'00" update from 2005 with Dave Martin and Paul Tams on the possible K.9 spinoff.
They explain that they've updated the pitch reel with help from a CGI company in
Manchester, that there will be a collection of human characters, that K.9 might
come back in the new series of Doctor Who and that they're now much closer to
having a buyer. [Ultimately the K.9 Adventures series would be announced in 2006
as a production with Jetix, a subsidiary of Disney].
K.9 Unleashed featured: Bob Baker, Andrew Beech, David Brierley, Steve Cambden,
Chris Gregory, Kevin Gregory, Tony Harding, David Howe, Mat Irvine, Louise
Jameson, Dave Martin, John Nathan-Turner, Brian Rafle, Alexandra Saul,
Eric Saward, Elisabeth Sladen, Mike Tucker and K9; With thanks to: Bryan Comley,
Dominitemporal Services Ltd, Doctor Who Magazine, Reeltime Pictures Ltd, The Who
Shop International Ltd, This Planet Earth Ltd, Twickenham Studios Ltd;
Photography by: Creighton Ward; Graphic Design: Ricky Collins, Paul Hayler;
Edited by: Michael Daniels; Original Producer: Bob Baker; An Infinity Pictures
(UK) Ltd Production; Produced by Paul Tams; Directed by Roger Stevens; Copyright
2000 Infinity Pictures (UK) Ltd.
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