Monday, 8 May 2017

Doctor Who Target Book Covers Recreated - part three

These seem to have been popular. I've done some more - with mixed results. 

Particularly pleased with the Claws of Axos - done using alternative photo references to the ones on Chris Achilleos' original. 

Also the one from Inferno. I've never really liked the finshed original cover - the figure work looks a bit off to me but I do like the imagery. 

The Three Doctors offers a 'different' take on Omega's hands.

As for The Dalek Invasion of the Earth... I'm not sure I should've even started that one now. I went a bit TOO pop art with it...  

Friday, 5 May 2017

Another Trio of Old Target Book Covers Given a Make-over...

Here's a few more original Doctor Who Target book covers recreated in Photoshop. 

The choice is very much dependent on the availability of the original photo references used by the artists. They also have to be of high enough resolution to manipulate. 

Since posting the first trio, I've had a couple of requests and, whilst I did attempt them, the source material was poor and, to be honest, they looked crap. 

Here's some that I am reasonably pleased with though...

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Entertainment for the Bank Holiday on BBC1 - 70s style!

Remember the days when television over the bank holiday weekend was exciting and special?

I do...

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Monday, 1 May 2017

MYRKA! The Deadly Undersea Monster from BBCtv's Dr Who!!

The Myrka was one of the most memorable monsters to appear in 1980s Doctor Who. FACT.  

Those who witnessed its attack on a wobbly bulkhead door in the fifth Doctor tale 'Warriors of the Deep' cannot wipe it from their memory despite extensive therapy. 

And the sight of Hammer legend Ingrid Pitt attempting to floor the terrifying creature with a Kung Fu move straight out of the choreography for West Side Story is still burnt on the retina of many youngsters who were traumatised at the time. 

For these reasons a toy based on the pantomime lizard was never released...

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Friday, 28 April 2017

A Trio of Old Target Book Covers Given a Make-over...

I was asked by @Greebobek on Twitter if I'd ever considered reconstructing some of the old Doctor Who Target book covers using the original photographic references used by the artist.  

I hadn't. 

So I did these...

Revisiting the Eccleston Target Book Covers...

Christopher Eccleston's first series as the Doctor was my starting point at producing 'new' Target book covers. I should point out that it wasn't my original intention to do one for EVERY televised story. I was off work on extended sick leave and needed something to do instead of mindlessly devouring the BBC's daily pescription of Homes Under The Hammer and Bargain Hunt. So I started this blog - originally with the aim of reproducing some of the funny stuff what I wrote for some Doctor Who fanzines back in the 90s which I still considered a bit amusing. I had also dabbled in Photoshop during 2013 - producing a selection of six or so fake pieces of vintage DrWHO merchandise - including William Hartnell's Book of Outer Space and a DrWHO promotional box of Kellogg's Porky Pops. These were all cobbled together and posted intermitantly on the blog that I'd decided to call "Andydrewz's Pages" for no other reason than I quickly needed a name and a varient on my ancient email address seemed like a quick solution. 

I'd always admired the early Target book covers - especially the ones that marked the introduction of the gate logo (that's the diamond logo without the diamond). These were the more cartoony and dynamic covers that were done originally by Chris Achilleos and later Peter Brookes.  The first one I did was one for the Matt Smith story Cold War. I've no idea why I picked that one. It was crap anyway... and has not seen the light of day ever since it was consigned to a file on my old mac. Crude is too kind a word for it. (The one on the blog currently is NOT that version.) Anyhow, I decided to do the Eccleston adventures. There was 13 of them and I had access to all the press stills from them.

The results were variable and can still be seen here. The End of the World was a parody of Achilleos' Revenge of the Cybermen whilst The Unquiet Dead was plain risible and was changed several times before it was finally posted on the blog. I still hate that cover. I also condensed the two-parters into single volumes which, in hindsight, was a mistake. 

I received some nice feedback about them via the blog and decided to embark on the following series... taking breaks now and then to produce some silly might-have-been merchandise. The blog blossomed...

Flip forward to today or rather last Monday. Someone asked me to do a new cover for one of the Eccleston stories. I had offered them my old cover from three years ago but, looking at it, I realised how crude it looked. So I redid it... And it came out quite well. 

So I've spent this week going back to 2005 and completely re-doing the Eccleston covers. Some of them are similar to the originals (well, the one for Rose is at least!) whilst others are completely new. And I've taken the opportunity to do covers for ALL thirteen episodes as opposed to doubling up the two-parters into single volumes. 

They're all here now. I hope you like them. If nothing else, the whole exercise has reminded me of how awful the publicity stills for series one were - especially The Empty Child.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Say "Hello" to JNTeddy!

Yes, announcing JNTeddy - a special very limited edition teddy bear from Stiffe celebrating the former 80s Doctor Who producer who was known as JNT to all his friends and colleagues.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Doctor Who Ice Lollies - Direct from 1982!

With the weather improving and spring finally taking root, thoughts turn to ice cream and the wonderful range of ice lollies available for Doctor Who fans of all ages - especially those growing up in the 1980s...

Friday, 21 April 2017

That Incredibly Rare Follow-up to Dr WHO and the Pescatons!

Yes, it's Record Store Day again. And yet, again the classic Doctor Who LP "Dr Who and the Pescations" is being re-re-re-re-released in its traditional twelve inch format. 

I thought I might jump on the band wagon and present the rarely heard follow-up to the LP...

Thursday, 20 April 2017

The Return of the Men from U.N.I.T.

One of the first silly merchandise mash-ups I did was a selection of paperback book covers for a UNIT spin-off series based on the design of the UK Man from UNCLE paperbacks that once littered the shelves of second hand bookshops in my youth. You can see them here

I had always intended to go back to them and create fuller covers with proper blurb, better photos and more accurate fonts. I finally got the urge a few days ago. 

However, in searching the internet for source material, I came across the US covers for the original UNCLE novels which, arguably were more on-brand than their UK counterparts. They looked more hip as well..

So I diverted my original intention into creating new covers based on these for Doctor Who's seventh season. I hope you find them at least vaguely amusing.