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. 


Monday, 17 April 2017

Celebrate the Return of TV's Dr Who with this Collectorers's Music Box!

TV Dr Who is back and it's about music boxes. 

In particular, this charming collectable now available via download from your local music box app. 

The Other Denys Fisher Dr Who Action Figures From the 70s!

We all recall that Tom Baker action figure from 1970s and the (now debunked) story of how his head was actually that of Gareth Hunt's following an accident at the plastic factory where they were made. The manufacturer Denys Fisher also produced pretty good representations of K-9 and the Giant Robot and less acceptable ones of Leela and a nosey Cybermen.

But were there any others? Did we actually WANT any others given their variable quality. 

Let's find out... 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Seventh Dr. Who's Inappropriate Target Book Covers

Publicity photographs from any television series usually fall into three categories. There are those that legitimately depict an actual scene from the show. Soap operas get through loads of these and their stars have become adept at freezing in dramatic positions - usually mid-punch during a fight - so that their photographers can capture that all important moment for the many TV guides and soap mags that feed off them. There are also behind the scenes shots either depicting directors and cameramen on set pointing at things or rehearsal shots showing actors in various states of dress. In Doctor Who's case, who can forget the sight of Jon Pertwee's colourful trousers worn to rehearse Inferno back in 1970 and subsequently in almost every studio photo from said serial.

Then there's the actual bona fide publicity still. The shot, usually taken by a member of the press and not necessarily on set, where the cast are posing for pictures that will hopefully make the papers. You know the short. Three genuine Doctors, a replacement and a wax dummy standing on and around Bessie to promote The Five Doctors back in 1983 is a classic example.

It's these photographs that are celebrated here. Ones that should never have been let loose near a designer let alone actually used on the cover of the story they were originally designed to promote in the press. 

These covers all hail from the Sylvester McCoy years - a vintage time for the press shot. Some of them bend the rules a bit but all of these covers are wholly inappropriate in their own way despite using genuine stills from the usually vast library from their respective productions. 

Announcing the Keller Machine Teasmaid!

Yes, TV's DrWHO is still coming back this Saturday... and what better way to celebrate than with a cup of tea made by one of the DrWHO's greatest mind parasites ever! 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Doctor Who Easter Eggs from the 70s!

Yes, as can be worked out from both my previous post and the date on the calendar, it's only a few days until the Easter holiday (and the start of a new series of TV's DrWHO!). 

To get everyone into a chocolate eggy mood, here's a few Easter eggs that didn't quite make it onto the shelves during Jon Pertwee's stint as the errant Time Lord. 

Don't eat them all at once... 

Monday, 10 April 2017

A Doctor Who Easter Egg for the 21st Century!

Fans of a certain age will recall a certain Doctor Who Easter egg produced by Suchard back in the early 80s that featured both a Dalek and the fifth Doctor. The box was in the shape of the TARDIS and the Dalek was depicted on the front firing its gun stick. If you opened the TARDIS door, then a grinning Peter Davison was revealed looking very pleased with himself. 

Fans with dirty minds also got the added bonus of seeing where the Dalek's ray now appeared to be firing from. You could also use a tab on the side of the box to wiggle the Doctor about a bit... which only served to make things worse. 

I've done an updated version which attempts to capture the magic of the original. 

(Oh, and you will notice that the word 'Easter' is NOT on the 1980s box. Neither was it on the Doctor-less Dalek egg that Suchard produced the following year. Indeed, it's never been common place to use the term 'Easter egg' on chocolate eggs. Ever. Not putting 'Easter' on chocolate egg boxes is not a new thing... Take note.)

Thursday, 30 March 2017

The Crown Court Action Playset!!

Originally released in the late 70s (despite the attire of the two youngsters on the cover.), this lovely piece of much sought-after merchandise from TV's Crown Court sold very badly on account of the fact that no action figures were released for it. 

Or something like that. 

It's late and I can't think of anything even vaguely amusing to write to accompany this effort. I'm tired and it's been a long day. 

Oh, and I had a lot of shit on Twitter about Brexit to contend with. I'm going to bed now. Night. x

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

EastEnders: The Walford Dead...

EastEnders is going through a bit of a bad patch at the moment so I thought about a bit of re-tooling for it... a new direction...

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Crown Court Lives Again!!!

Crown Court was an ITV drama based around fictional legal cases in the equally fictional town of Fulchester. It ran from 1972 until 1984 and was a fixture of ITV's fledgling daytime schedule when they finally decided that viewers were actually at home during the day. 

Each story - comprising of three half hour episodes - took the viewer through the legal proceedings of each case. At the climax of each case, a jury comprised of 11 members of the public and someone with an Equity card decided the verdict based on what they had seen. The verdicts were unscripted. Despite its age, it is still compelling viewing. 

For more information, check out Ivan Kirby's merticulous case-by-case blog here or go out and buy some of the DVDs from Network here. There are already eight volumes available.

The sudden and inexplicable rise in popularity of the 70s afternoon drama Crown Court has taken every body by surprise. But not the crafty merchandisers here at the House of Andydrewz

Figurine of Jeremy Parsons QC (Richard Wilson)

Figurine of Barry Deeley (John Alkin)

Crown Court comic - Issue 1

Crown Court comic - Issue 2

Monday, 13 March 2017

Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: Toys & Games (Not)

The next "Special Edition" of Doctor Who Magazine is published on 20 April 2017 and is dedicated to Toys & Games. 

Sadly if features none of my zany, wacky merchandise - but that is to be expected as all of mine don't exist. 

Like this cover...

Saturday, 11 March 2017

That 1940s Doctor Who Radio Serial...

I've recently been listening to the old Dick Barton radio serials. Or at least the 1950s Australian re-recordings of them. Virtually all of the original BBC episodes are lost and only a tiny handful exist in the archives. The re-recordings were made when the serial was sold to Australia and have been released on CD by BBCAudio. 

It's unclear from the CD sleeve notes whether these 'new' versions were made by the BBC or were produced in Australia. the quality of some of the accents suggests the latter(!)

For some reason, I always had Dick Barton as a wartime hero - something to keep the moral up on the wireless during the blitz. Obviously he isn't. He's just been demobbed in his first episode and bored of life on civvy street. 

Anyhow, this is a roundabout way of bringing me round to this little effort I put together...

The Original Radio Serial of "The Mysterious Doctor Who" - broadcast on the BBC during the war. 

It's not real but I have enough scribbled down material -not shown - to make it real if any producer wants to commission it. (If they do, they really need to listen to the aforementioned Dick Barton recordings to see what the finished product would sound like. When they have listened, they may have second thoughts...) 


A Few Favourite New Series Doctor Who Episodes...

Further to the Peter Capaldi Doctor Who covers I did a few weeks back I also picked out five of my favourite pre-2014 episodes and gave them the same treatment. 

Don't worry, I'm not going to spend my time doing every episode.