Thursday 17 May 2012

Bellamy - Lasting influence on Doctor Who illustration

various RT listings by Frank Bellamy
Various Doctor Who listings from Radio Times

You might have already seen the adverts around the Net for the following and I'm recommending it as I have followed Andersonic (the sister fanzine) for many years and find them both great fun.

Being your keen reporter on all things Frank Bellamy I had to try it as it cunningly has an article entitled: Frank’s Who – the lasting influence of Frank Bellamy’s Radio Times art on Doctor Who illustration - catchy huh? I confess now,  to not having a clue what the title meant but the Net proved useful and I soon educated myself. The article on Bellamy's influence on Doctor Who illustrators is really interesting. I'm not going to reproduce it here as I think you ought to support the Editor's efforts in getting out a regular print fanzine in these e-days!

The article is an intelligent overview of Bellamy's lasting influence and contains many interesting insights in just 4 pages including how Haylock appears to have swiped Bellamy and how Chris Achilleos was influenced by Bellamy. BUY ONE NOW

Plaything of Sutekh is a new Doctor Who fanzine from the people behind Andersonic.

Issue 1 is now available and it includes:
  • What Did the Sixties Do For Who? 
  • a look at how the Troughton era of Doctor Who reflected the changes facing Britain in the late 60s
  • Frank’s Who – the lasting influence of Frank Bellamy’s Radio Times art on Doctor Who illustration. 
  • Secret Who – we re-evaluate a clutch of less popular stories and find there’s more to them than meets the eye: Underworld, The Krotons and The Android Invasion. Don’t be afraid – they’re better than you think. 
  • Accidental Art – while Nation and Adams were pulling in opposite directions, Ken Grieve’s innovative approach raised Destiny of the Daleks above the norm.
  • A New Direction? – a look at the evolution of Doctor Who under Steven Moffat · 
  • DWDVD – recent DVD releases Invasion of the Dinosaurs and The Daemons · 
  • Return of the King – a look at (or a listen to) Tom Baker’s return as the Doctor in Big Finish audios … 
  • and more 
The issue is 40 b/w A5 pages, fully illustrated with colour covers. To order, visit the Blog

As for the above mentioned Andersonic - Issue 13 of Andersonic is available now and is just plain fun to read and Richard farrell's charicatures are beautiful. The current issue features:
  • A 9-page interview with Space: 1999 director Ray Austin in which he discusses his time on the series, including his favourite episodes, his style of direction and working with Martin Landau. 
  • Jan King Interview - Jan discusses his time working on Captain Scarlet, Joe 90 and Terrahawks, including burning hotel rooms, puppet eunochs and old Ninestein himself. 
  • Specsavers TV Advert - a photo feature on the making of the recent Thunderbirds Specsavers TV advert. 
  • Thunderhawks - the aborted concept that later evolved into Terrahawks with loads of photos, some even in colour. 
  • Pat Silver - a short Q&A with the co-writer of Space:1999/ Full Circle. 
  • The Bringers of Wonder - a review/script to screen feature of this Space:1999 two-parter. 
  • Recollections of a Floor Puppeteer - John Last recalls his brief time working on Joe 90 
  • Plus reviews of The Sound of Silence, Attack of the Alligators and more. For more details on ordering, click here

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