Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Totally Line of Duty Adventures

Well, the fifth series of Line of Duty is finally over and now's the time to release start releasing that tidal wave of merchandise in time for Christmas.

Let's start with this...

Something for all the younger viewers eager for puzzles and morse code breaking challenges.










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Saturday, 4 May 2019

The Official Brexit Figurine Magazine

Since I haven't mentioned Brexit recently (though everyone else has), here's the latest part work due to hit newsagents shortly. I can't give a date for the publication but then again, that's a given...
 










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Some more Star Trek Pike stuffs...

Apparently my earlier faux Star Trek novel cover - based on the original James Blish novelisation - featuring Anson Mount and Ethan Peck as Captain Pike and Lt. Spock was quite popular. So popular that I'm sure that Anson Mount is getting a little fed up with his Twitter feed being cluttered with retweets of it from his adoring fans. Thank you for that.

Here's a few more early Star Trek variants featuring the new old cast of the spin-off that whilst it's so obvious that it should be produced, won't be knowing the complicated legalities of the Star Trek franchise at CBS. 



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Juliet Bravo on Blu ray at last!

Following the huge phenomenal popular success of putting old Doctor Who episodes on to the Blu ray disc format, the BBC have decided to extend the idea to other cult TV shows in its back catalogue. 

Following an analysis of social media (and in particular a select group of Twitter movers and shakers), they have chosen Juliet Bravo - the hit 80s police series - as their next project. 

The series was hugely popular in the 1980s for many years and was a permanent fixture of Saturday night viewing until Casualty turned up and spoilt it all. Questions were often asked in the Houses of Parliament, not about the series but none-the-less, they were asked. And schoolboys everywhere filled their playgrounds with the sounds of "I-Am-Juliet-Bravo!!, I-Am-Juliet-Bravo!!". There was even talk of a movie (by two old ladies in a Swindon cafe over a five-item breakfast.). 

It was THAT huge! 

Anyway, here's the covers for the first two releases -available in exclusive steelbook editions - which should hit stores when they are thrown at them from a short distance. 



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Friday, 26 April 2019

A Star Trek Discovery book cover...

What the third season of Star Trek Discovery should be in a nutshell...


















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Saturday, 6 April 2019

Original 70s Special Edition Action Man - Brigadier from BBCtv's Dr Who

We all know that Doctor Who's man of action during the seventies wasn't the Doctor. Battling Yeti, Cybermen, Autons, Axons and Dinosaurs on the streets of the home counties, only one man stood in the way of alien invasions. It was Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge Stewart and his optional hyphen. 

Palitoy never had plans to add a special Brigadier figure to their very popular Action Man range and never approached the BBC with the idea. They never mocked up a sample to see how one would look or got the actor Nicholas Courtney to sign off on the figure's likeness. 

None of this was ever done. So these images don't actually exist.





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Some 70s Doctor Who Ice Lolly Things...

The weather's been nice recently so I've done few 70s ice lollies. 

I don't think they'll reach the dizzying heights of notoreity that my old Sapphire & Steel ice lolly did a few years ago but they'll probably amuse folk who've lost their sense of taste. 


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Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Target Whittaker!

I've gone back in time for this little selection. The most recent series of Doctor Who saw me keep to the style of the later nineties Target reprints for my designs. You'll find them earlier in the blog. 

These are more traditional in the style of the original few that were published in the mid seventies. 

I'm actually quite pleased with these. I may go back and do the rest of the series at some point.




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Sunday, 17 March 2019

Four Alternative Covers For The Daleks' Master Plan LP

I make no excuse that one of my favourite ancient Doctor Who serials is the epic 'The Daleks Master Plan'. The soundtrack is being released on vinyl shortly - yes, all thirteen episodes of it (including the 'Mission to the Unknown' prologue episode). The cover is lovely. Don't get me wrong. Very stylish and atmospheric.

I've done a few alternative versions of my own - including one that harkens back to the 1979 LP of 'Genesis of the Daleks'



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Proper Target-style Covers For Those Two Eric Saward Dalek Novels...

I think it's safe to say that the covers for Eric Saward's novelisations of his two classic Doctor Who serials have not exactly been popular with their potential market. 

I had avoided doing some alternative covers for them as there are some very good ones on the net already. But since I had the templates out and I'd had loads of requests (well, two anyway!) to do some, I knocked these up over an evening last week. 

They are done in the style of Target books from around the period that the original stories were transmitted in the mid-eighties.

 


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Sunday, 10 March 2019

DVD covers for cult TV stuff not released on DVD yet...

Here's a couple of full covers for cult TV stuff not yet released on DVD for various reasons...  

Counterstrike was a short-lived science fiction thriller series produced in the late sixties by the BBC. It starred Jon Finch as Simon King - a man from another galaxy who attempted to thwart an invasion of Earth by his own people. Only four episodes (the first four) exist. One episode of the original run was never shown and is amongst the missing ones. 

The first series of ITV's Freewheelers does exist in its entirety but is very poor quality. Only the sixth series has been released officially. It's also been rerun on Talking Pictures TV. The later colour series - although available in fan circles - only exist as VHS dupes. 

If you have any suggestions for other rarieties that 'need' liberating with DVD covers (whether the episodes exist or not), let me know on the Twitter feed.










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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Dr Who LPs for Worlds Records Shop Day 2019!

I see they are releasing two classic Doctor Who soundtracks on vinyl for Record Store Day this year. Well, they seem to do something like this every year now. The covers for Galaxy Four and Destiny of the Daleks are online now and look very nice and artistic... if a little bit TOO modern for my tastes. Naturally I like harkening back to the past and that rebellious, pseudo-punk cover that was produced to accompany the original release of Genesis of the Daleks by BBC Records back in 1979. 


Here's two designs what I have done that keep to the style of that original design classic...





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Soapmania in the 60s and 70s

People forget how huge the soaps were back in the 60s and 70s. You couldn't look anywhere without seeing adverts for Corrie ice lollies and Crossroads sweet cigarettes. Kids couldn't get enough of the escapades of their favourite characters like Elsie Tanner and Amy Turtle

Manufacturers couldn't keep up with the demand for the official ATV Crossroads motel playset so Susan Stranks off of Magpie showed everyone how to make their own from old egg shells and potato peelings. 

It was fab. You had to be there. 

Here's some evidence that I haven't just knocked up over the weekend.


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Doctor Who Season Eighteen on Target Book Covers with the Neon Logo

Sorry I haven't added to the blog in the past month. I will rectify that over the next day or so with a few updates. 

In the mean time, I've returned to some Target book covers. Season eighteen is due out on blu-ray shortly. I won't quote the current date as it may still change again. I did some new covers for the previous season releases so thought I'd do a few more for the next one. I did them quick over a couple of days and I hope you like them. 

The one thing I was reminded of when doing these was how bloody dull the photos from Warriors' Gate are despite the final production being so gorgeously visual. You win some, you lose some. 









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Saturday, 9 February 2019

Quiz of Rassilon stuff

The Quiz of Rassilon is a lively Doctor Who themed pub quiz that takes place every second Sunday of the month at the Sebright Arms in Shoreditch, London (which is possibly near a certain school but I haven't checked this on Google maps yet). I was asked to design a logo for them. I based it on an nineties TV quiz show theme - the sort that adorned such classic shows as Telly Addicts, Bob's Full House and The Paul Daniels Magic Show - CGI satin-style with lots of bits and  pieces flying around. I also took the liberty of creating the "official" board game that would've come with the show. I hope you like it.

Details about the Quiz of Rassilon and when their next event is can be found either via their Twitter feed @QuizOfRassilon or on their Facebook page here.



 

Thursday, 31 January 2019

The Cluedo Master Plan...

You know me. I rarely do requests. Not because I'm an arrogant content creator and social media influencer but simply because the joke is gone once it's been posted/tweeted. Most of the fun of my tweets and blog posts rely on the element of surprise when seeing the finished article. You don't get that when someone posts a reply to you on a public forum explaining their idea for a joke. Everyone's seen the text already... That's my angle on it. 

But I had a tweet pop up in my timeline the other day that suggested a version of Cluedo peopled by the alien delegates from that classic Doctor Who mega-serial 'The Daleks' Master Plan'. It's one of those silly ideas that when you see it, you think someone must have done it already at some point... but no. It's actually quite a fun concept. And I've @2hrTV to thank for suggesting it.



Here's what I came up with...



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Saturday, 12 January 2019

The Three Lives of Countdown and TV Action...

This week has seen the publication of a new (one-off?) issue of Doctor Who Adventures - the popular comic for 7-11 year olds based on the popular BBCtv series that adults adore and argue about. 

Older readers of this blog will no doubt recall a time when children's comic cravings were satiated by the likes of Countdown and TV Action with "All Your TV Favourites" and Cannon

Here's a taste of what things would've been like had Countdown and TV Action been published today...


 

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