The telecomic returns! A while back, as long-term Whopixers will remember, I did a short survey asking what sort of telecomics you wanted to see on the site. Alternate versions of Classic Series stories was the top response and so what better story to start with than this one!
Given the variety of archive source material – telesnaps, photos, 8mm footage – I’ve tried to match things up as best I can but as you can see, the results will inevitably vary…
Row 1 – Telesnap, Telesnap, Telesnap, Telesnap
Row 2 – 8mm, 8mm, 8mm, Telesnap, 8mm
Row 3 – Photo, Photo, Telesnap, 8mm, 8mm
Row 4 – 8mm, Photo, Photo, Telesnap, 8mm
The idea for this has been knocking around for a while now, ever since I put together the telecomic for The Underwater Menace, so now seems like as good a time as any to finally bring it to life. And colourising the story where required meant I could have Ben & Polly in their proper clobber, something that can’t be said of either Twice Upon A Time or the Charles Norton animation of Power!
When Chris Parsons gets back to his lab, it’s just gone half-past mid-day…
Then the Ancient And Worshipful Law of Gallifrey falls onto the desk… and suddenly it’s half an hour later!
Here’s an even better one! How about three different versions of the corridor in Skagra’s carrier ship in three consecutive shots!
For all its flaws, at least the Levine Version got that one right…
It seems Penguin Books are going to release Target-style novelisations of New Series stories. Of course this is something we predicted a while back…
RTD’s two books are obvious choices and he wrote Damaged Goods for The New Adventures so I’m really looking forward to these. But maybe ever so slightly not so much as the two Moffats that we’re apparently getting as well…
With The Moff novelising possibly the two biggest stories of the New Series entire run before it finally swirls down the plughole, these two books should be even better reads. Question is how much stuff, if any will either of them add in the books’ text to what we saw on screen.
Oh, and we’ll get a reprint of James Goss’ City of Death novel too.
Of course, the real books won’t use the Classic Target Who Logo, they’ll use the current Pertwee-ish one they slap on all the CS merch these days. Which means they’ll probably look something like this:
PAUL CORNELL is writing the novelisation of TUAT: