Sunday, 25 August 2013

"50 Years of Doctor Who at the BBC": AudioGo boxset

AudioGO have announced the DW radio boxset to end all DW radio boxsets: "Fifty Years of Doctor Who at the BBC". It's the complete version of the entire "Doctor Who at the BBC" series that's been compiled since the relaunch, plus promised new material. Blurb: "Over 17 hours of features from BBC Radio and Television, from the 1960s to the present day, presented by Elisabeth Sladen, Anthony Head and Louise Jameson Volume 1: 30 Years and More Volume 2: In the Hot Seat Volume 3: Now and Then Volume 4: The Plays Volume 5: Project Who? Volume 6: The Tenth Doctor Volume 7: A Legend Reborn Volume 8: Lost Treasures"

"Celebrate 50 Years of Doctor Who at the BBC with this unique collection of behind-the-scenes interviews, set reports, lively discussions, comedy and drama, including items from Blue Peter, Woman’s Hour, Today, Pete Murray’s Open House, Nationwide, Newsbeat, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Dead Ringers, The Now Show, Week Ending, PM and many more. Featuring Freema Agyeman, Tom Baker, John Barrowman, Phil Collinson, Russell T. Davies, Peter Davison, Christopher Eccleston, Janet Fielding, Carole Ann Ford, Julie Gardner, Karen Gillan, Michael Grade, Anthony Head, Louise Jameson, John Leeson, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Kylie Minogue, Steven Moffat, John Nathan-Turner, Terry Nation, Jon Pertwee, Billie Piper, Elisabeth Sladen, Matt Smith, Sarah Sutton, Mary Tamm, Catherine Tate, David Tennant, Patrick Troughton, Lalla Ward, Matthew Waterhouse, and many, many more. Also includes the full-cast radio plays Regenerations by Daragh Carville, Blue Sands and Golden Veils by Martyn Wade and Dalek I Love You by Colin Sharpe, plus an extended version of BBC Radio 2’s 2005 documentary Project Who?"

To sum up briefly; it's a sixteen-CD compilation of every kind of relevant mention of Doctor Who on BBC radio for the last fifty years. This was presented for most of its run by Elisabeth Sladen, while Anthony Head did the "Project Who?" documentary, so presumably Jameson will be doing the "Lost Treasures" presentation (remember that appeal AudioGO did for people to send them Doctor Who radio material? This is what Volume 8 is going to be.). Frankly, the Doctor Who wiki writeups of the series provide quite a decent explanation of the material the boxset will include, if you want to know more and don't own the original releases. It's currently going for fifty pounds if you pre-order on the AudioGO website (whereas Amazon's pre-order is double the price). We should also note that six volumes in the series are currently being sold in download form on the AudioGO website for only twenty pounds - the exceptions are "Project Who?" (probably missing because of something about the rights, as that was a BBC Radio 2 documentary) and the "Lost Treasures" item, naturally.

(Source: Kasterborous reports it'll be released 3 October, although AudioGO says 10 October. Amazon has a habit of releasing material before the publication date the creators asked for, which likely accounts for the discrepancy.)

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