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.)