Monday 8 December 2014

1994: SHAKEDOWN Advert (Doctor Who/ Blake's 7/ Dreamwatch Magazine)

From October 1994: a full-page advert from DREAMWATCH MAGAZINE for their direct-to-video (via a convention... which the magazine also hosted) science fiction drama SHAKEDOWN.

"General release" in this instance, of course, meant you could order the tape.

I think I've talked about this one-off before.  It's not great but it's a nice addition to the margins of the DOCTOR WHO universe (the Sontarans and the Rutans reprise their ongoing battle for supremacy... this time on board a space yacht that looks suspiciously like the innards of a WWII era battleship.  

The cast is an interesting combination of familiar faces from DOCTOR WHO and BLAKE'S SEVEN, although I doubt that anyone would claim they did their best work here.  The revealing behind-the-scenes documentary (which, I believe, was initially released as a separate tape) suggests that the tightly-scheduled shoot was somewhat fraught. 

Terrence Dicks adapted his own script, and added the Seventh Doctor, for the Virgin New Adventures range of novels.

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