Halloween is coming close and the need, or want, to be scared is in the air! Thankfully this month has seen the release of ‘Doctor Who: The Tales of Terror’!
‘The Tales of Terror’ is a collection of 12 short stories meant to give Doctor Who fans the chills this spooky season. Though aimed at a younger audience the book boasts some top-tier Doctor Who writers including Jacqueline Rayner, Mike Tucker, Paul Magrs, Richard Dungworth, Scott Handcock and Craig Donaghy, and is sure to be fun for adults as well.
Each story will be tackled by one of the writers above and will have a separate Doctor daring to defeat a selection of baddies. Of course, each incarnation of the Doctor will have a trusty companion, or two, along to help out.
The interior artwork for ‘The Tales of Terror’ is provided by Rohan Daniel Eason. The gorgeous illustrations are haunting though non-threatening. They provide some added atmosphere that adults will admire but will heighten the haunts for younger fans. Eason has done great work on other children’s books as well and is sure to be a highlight for readers of all ages.
With no new Doctor Who on our screens until Christmas a book of scary stories may just be a great way to ‘kill’ some time. Or if you’re looking to add that extra layer of terror check out the audio book version which is read by the very incredible likes of Sophie Aldred, Adjoa Andoh, Rachael Stirling, David Bailie and Derek Jacobi!
‘Doctor Who: The Tales of Terror’ hardcover book is 368 pages and is available now in the UK for £12.99 and in the US it is available on Kindle for $10.86. Also be sure to check out the audio book format for £15.57, in the UK, and $17.95 in the US.
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On this day in 1973, in a highly publicized “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match, top women’s player Billie Jean King, 29, beats Bobby Riggs, 55, a former No. 1 ranked men’s player. Riggs (1918-1995), a self-proclaimed male chauvinist, had boasted that women were inferior, that they couldn’t handle the pressure of the game and that even at his age he could beat any female player. The match was a huge media event, witnessed in person by over 30,000 spectators at the Houston Astrodome and by another 50 million TV viewers worldwide. King made a Cleopatra-style entrance on a gold litter carried by men dressed as ancient slaves, while Riggs arrived in a rickshaw pulled by female models. Legendary sportscaster Howard Cosell called the match, in which King beat Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. King’s achievement not only helped legitimize women’s professional tennis and female athletes, but it was seen as a victory for women’s rights in general.
King was born Billie Jean Moffitt on November 22, 1943, in Long Beach, California. Growing up, she was a star softball player before her parents encouraged her to try tennis, which was considered more ladylike. She excelled at the sport and in 1961, at age 17, during her first outing to Wimbledon, she won the women’s doubles title. King would rack up a total of 20 Wimbledon victories, in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, over the course of her trailblazing career. In 1971, she became the first female athlete to earn more than $100,000 in prize money in a single season. However, significant pay disparities still existed between men and women athletes and King lobbied hard for change. In 1973, the U.S. Open became the first major tennis tournament to hand out the same amount of prize money to winners of both sexes.
In 1972, King became the first woman to be chosen Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsperson of the Year” and in 1973, she became the first president of the Women’s Tennis Association. King also established a sports foundation and magazine for women and a team tennis league. In 1974, as a coach of the Philadelphia Freedoms, one of the teams in the league, she became the first woman to head up a professional co-ed team.
The “mother of modern sports” retired from tennis with 39 Grand Slam career titles. She remained active as a coach, commentator and advocate for women’s sports and other causes. In 2006, the USTA National Tennis Center, home of the U.S. Open, was renamed in King’s honor. During the dedication ceremony, tennis great John McEnroe called King “the single most important person in the history of women’s sports.”
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The team over at Doctor Who Magazine have revealed the cover for issue #517.
Gracing the cover is seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy as his 30 years are celebrated in a new interview.
Also included is a special feature focusing on Deborah Watling who sadly passed away earlier this year. Watling played Victoria Waterfield, companion to Patrick Troughton’s second Doctor. In the feature sixth Doctor Colin Baker and companions, Fraser Hines and Nicola Bryant pay tribute.
Issue #517 also contains a look at Doctor Who from the US as a superfan remembers the British invasion in ‘The American Dream’ and there is a look at the life and legacy of Doctor Who writer and producer Victor Pemberton.
Doctor Who Magazine issue #517 is in stores from Thursday, September 28th.
If you enjoyed the excellent 4-part BBC drama series ‘Trust Me’ starring new 13th Doctor Jodie Whittaker you can any enjoy it all over again by watching on DVD.
The 2-disc region 2 boxset is now available from Amazon.co.uk, priced £12.99.
About Trust Me
Driven to desperate measures, nurse Cath Hardacre (Jodie Whittaker, Doctor Who, Broadchurch) steals the identity of her best friend, an A&E doctor and finds work in a struggling emergency department.
It’s not long before she starts to enjoy the trappings that come with her new job and Cath soon finds herself falling for a fellow doctor. With her dream job and the perfect man, she buries herself in her imposter persona, until her old life threatens to shatter her new existence and she’s forced to go to increasingly desperate methods to cover up her lies.
Will her lack of skills have deadly consequences? How can she be in a relationship when she can’t be herself? How can she keep hold of the perfect life when she is living a lie?
Alongside Whittaker are Emun Elliott (The Paradise, Threesome) who plays Dr Andy Brenner a senior doctor within the A&E department, Andy, who was born and raised in Edinburgh, is smart, witty and charming. Joining him is Sharon Small (Stonemouth, Mistresses) as Dr Brigitte Rayne – the consultant in charge of the department and Blake Harrison (Inbetweeners) as Karl, Cath’s ex-boyfriend and father of their daughter.
Other cast members include Nathan Walsh as investigative journalist Sam Kelly, Lois Chimimba as nurse Karen, Michael Abubakar as Dr Charlie McKee, and Cara Kelly, as Cath’s neighbour Mona.
This gripping new drama filmed in and around Edinburgh, Scotland is written by real doctor, Dan Sefton (Mr Selfridge). It is directed by John Alexander (Indian Summers) and Amy Neil (Call The Midwife) and produced by Emily Feller and executive produced by Nicola Shindler Executive Producer for RED Production Company and Gaynor Holmes for BBC Scotland.
‘Trust Me’ is made by Red Production Company through BBC Scotland and will be internationally distributed by Studiocanal.
On this day in 1957, the United States detonates a 1.7 kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel at the Nevada Test Site (NTS), a 1,375 square mile research center located 65 miles north of Las Vegas. The test, known as Rainier, was the first fully contained underground detonation and produced no radioactive fallout. A modified W-25 warhead weighing 218 pounds and measuring 25.7 inches in diameter and 17.4 inches in length was used for the test. Rainier was part of a series of 29 nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons safety tests known as Operation Plumbbob that were conducted at the NTS between May 28, 1957, and October 7, 1957.
In December 1941, the U.S. government committed to building the world’s first nuclear weapon when President Franklin Roosevelt authorized $2 billion in funding for what came to be known as the Manhattan Project. The first nuclear weapon test took place on July 16, 1945, at the Trinity site near Alamogordo, New Mexico. A few weeks later, on August 6, 1945, with the U.S. at war against Japan, President Harry Truman authorized the dropping of an atomic bomb named Little Boy over Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, on August 9, a nuclear bomb called Fat Man was dropped over Nagasaki. Two hundred thousand people, according to some estimates, were killed in the attacks on the two cities and on August 15, 1945, Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers.
1957’s Operation Plumbbob took place at a time when the U.S. was engaged in a Cold War and nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union. In 1963, the U.S. signed the Limited Test Ban Treaty, which banned nuclear weapons testing in the atmosphere, underwater and outer space. A total of 928 tests took place at the Nevada Test Site between 1951 and 1992, when the U.S. conducted its last underground nuclear test. In 1996, the U.S signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which prohibits nuclear detonations in all environments.