Thursday, 4 July 2019

The Years and Years Annual 2020 and a couple of pages too!

It'll soon be that time of year when the 2020 annuals start to trickle into WHSmith to gather dust until the January sales. 

And it'll also soon be time for me to present my own selection of annuals that aren't available through the normal channels.

In the mean time, I've done one already and, as an added bonus, provided you with two pages that will no doubt provide minutes and minutes of fun for all the family provided you can find some counters and the spare dice you last saw at the back of that kitchen drawer a few months ago. 




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Saturday, 29 June 2019

More Green Dr Who Ice Cream...

To celebrate the recent heatwave, here some more retro Dr Who ice cream to cool you off... forever!



















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Just Some Timeslip Merchandise...

Despite my love of the early 70s sci-fi serial Timeslip, I've done very few designs based on the show... 'til now. 

This is a selection of stuff I did over a week when I needed a distraction from reality.






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You Too Can Own Original Bits of Power of the Daleks!!!

Some of the late BBC designer Derek Dodd's original colour photos from Power of the Daleks recently went under the hammer at auction. The price estimate put the very rare (and largely unseen) stills way out of most fans price bracket and they had to make do with the artistically arranged lo-res photo of the collection on the auction house's website to get a basic feel of their awesome-ness. 

But fear not! There are plans to make the stills available to everyone (at a reasonable price). 

You TOO can own a genuine piece of Doctor Who history... just like the BIG fans do!













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The Trial of the Time Lord original 70s Target book covers...

This seems to be a bit of a habit now - producing new Target book covers for Doctor Who seasons as they are announced as brand spanking new blu-ray sets. 

The much lamented Trial of the Time Lord season was officially named as the next box set a few weeks back and (luckily) I had a few ideas up my sleeve for this short season from 1986. I thought my original 70s Target designs for some of Jodie Whittaker's episodes worked quite well so I went back to those early works of art for this little set.



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A Few Random Things...

Sorry I haven't updated the blog for the past month. Had a very difficult few weeks and been very busy with personal stuff.

Here's a few random pieces what I've done recently to get the ball rolling with some much needed additions to the blog...



The "Escape from the Forsyte Saga" game is just an updated version of something I did in the very early days of the blog. I've recently been trying to come up with some more TV-based board games but to no avail... 


The Quark sweet cigarettes were apparently suggested as a real thing back in the 60s. Richard Bignell recently uncovered BBC paperwork that revealed a company enquired after the licence to produce these. But the falling out between Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln over the rights to the Quarks meant that didn't get much further than a memo.




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Saturday, 25 May 2019

Special 500th Celebratory Post!

A few weeks ago on the Twitter I put out a request for ideas for my 500th post. To say I was inundated with suggestions is an understatement. In the end I chose three ideas that tickled my fancy and here they are.

A big thank you to Paul Gibbs ( @gibbspaulus ) for the Threads baby mobile, Simon Hart ( @si_hart ) for the Encyclopaedia of Juliet Bravo - E-K, and Chris Orton ( @chrisorton2011 ) for the Tenko playhouse. Follow them as they seem to share the same sense of the absurd as I do.

Also a big thank you too to everyone who suggested their own ideas.


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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