The post-war London of 1948 is rebuilding, the people are recovering, and Ben and Polly have arrived with an old friend with a new face. But they’re not the only visitors. A very different kind of war is being fought, in a department store, and they are in the middle of it… Producer Ian Atkins Script Editor Ian Atkins Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs Written By: Penelope Faith Directed By: Lisa Bowerman Cast Anneke Wills (Narrator) Released June 2016 Listen to the Trailer
This 1967 Doctor Who adventure with Patrick Troughton as the Doctor and his travelling companions Polly (Anneke Wills), Ben (Michael Craze) and Jamie (Frazer Hines) is finally coming out DVD. This is the final DVD release of the classic series of Doctor Who. The TARDIS arrives on a extinct volcanic island. Before long, the travellers are captured and taken into the depths of the Earth, where they find a hidden civilisation – the lost city of Atlantis. The Atlanteans worship a goddess named Amdo and use Fish People – men and women operated upon so that they can breathe under the sea – to farm the plankton-based food on which they survive. A deranged scientist, Professor Zaroff, has convinced them that he can raise their city from the sea, but actually he plans to drain the ocean into the Earth’s molten core, so that the resultant superheated steam will cause
Big Finish Productions have launched a brand new audio range. Doctor Who: The Early Adventures will comprise four-part stories starring the surviving lead cast members from Doctor Who’s black and white era. Anneke is back as Polly in two new adventures, The Yes Men and The Forsaken, with Elliot Chapman taking on the role of Ben Jackson. The Yes Men The Doctor, Jamie, Polly and Ben arrive on New Houston, an Earth colony in the Fourth Sector, which the Doctor previously saved from an alien invasion. He wishes to pay his respects to his late friend Meg Carvossa, but something is not quite right with New Houston’s subservient robots… The Forsaken The TARDIS lands on an island off Singapore during the Japanese invasion of 1942. The travellers are found by some British soldiers – among them a certain Private James Jackson, who just happens to be Ben’s father. But
Now available on CD for the first time. An unabridged reading of Mark Gatiss’ novel set in the aftermath of the English Civil War, featuring the Second Doctor as played by Patrick Troughton and his companions Ben, Polly, and Jamie. With the Civil War won, the Parliamentarians are struggling to hang on to power. But plans are being made to rescue the defeated King Charles from his prison… With Ben press-ganged and put on board a mysterious ship bound for Amsterdam, Polly becomes an unwitting accomplice in the plot to rescue the King. The Doctor can’t help because he and Jamie have been arrested and sent to the Tower of London, charged with conspiracy. Can the Doctor and Jamie escape, find Ben and rescue Polly – while making sure that history remains on its proper course? You can buy a copy of the CD signed by Anneke Wills by clicking here.
We have uncovered some new photos of Anneke from personal portraits to Doctor Who to Strange Report. You can order signed copies from the shop by clicking here.
A LIFE IN IMAGES BY ANNEKE WILLS & PAUL W.T. BALLARD In Focus is a sumptuously illustrated collection of rare and previously unseen photographs chronicling the life and career of one of Doctor Who’s best-loved icons, Anneke Wills. Originally released in May 2012 as a limited edition hardback, the original print run sold out within weeks and became an instant collector’s item. Now, owing to overwhelming demand, we are proud to present an expanded, reimagined deluxe paperback version. Presented over more than a hundred pages are a plethora of intimate family portraits, and images from classic series such as The Avengers, Strange Report, The Saint and, of course, Doctor Who, in which she played the trail-blazing first sexy assistant, Polly. With contributions from a wide selection of colleagues and friends, In Focus will be available from Autumn 2016. “Working with Anneke on the hardback edition of In Focus was great
Lady Louisa Pollard is back! Anneke Wills returns as Charley’s mother in the upcoming Charlotte Pollard box set, and you can also meet her father, played by none other than Terrence Hardiman! It’s time for a family reunion in the upcoming Charlotte Pollard – Series One box set. During the course of the liberated Charley’s adventures, she finds a way to return to the nurturing bosom of her family – but danger is not far away… Returning to the role of Charley’s mother, Lady Louisa Pollard, is Doctor Who legend Anneke Wills (Polly from the First and Second Doctor’s eras), and this time we also get to meet Charley’s father, Richard Pollard, played by the magnificent Terrence ‘The Demon Headmaster’ Hardiman. (All are pictured here, with India Fisher nine months pregnant.) Charlotte Pollard – Series One stars India Fisher as the Edwardian adventuress who travelled with the Eighth and Sixth Doctors. It finds her trying to discover her place
This 1967 Doctor Who adventure with Patrick Troughton as the Doctor and his travelling companions Polly (Anneke Wills), Ben (Michael Craze) and Jamie (Frazer Hines) is out shortly on DVD. It’s 2070 and the TARDIS crew arrive on the Moon and set out to visit the Moonbase, a manned structure used to control the Earth’s weather through a device known as the Gravitron. All is not well on the Moonbase, however, with many of its crew suffering from a mysterious virus. It isn’t long before the base is quarantined, leaving the Doctor, Jamie, Polly and Ben to try to get to the bottom of events and to deal with the increasing threat posed by the Cybermen, who appear to have infiltrated the base. With two of the original episodes missing, animated reconstructions are used to complete the story. The DVD contains: Fully remastered Episodes 2 and 4. Newly animated Episodes
Anneke will be attending the premiere of An Adventure In Space And Time – the drama about the genesis of Doctor Who – on Tuesday 12th November. The 90-minute production for BBC Two has been written by Mark Gatiss, directed by Terry McDonough, and stars David Bradley as William Hartnell. Before it airs on TV screens, though, it is being shown first on the big screen as part of the BFI’s Doctor Who At 50 season. The event will start at 8.20pm and a question-and-answer session with a special guest panel will also be held, with the names of those taking part still to be confirmed.
BBC Worldwide have released a clip from the animated episode 4 of The Tenth Planet. With the threat of the Cybermen foiled, Polly and Ben find the Doctor has beaten them to the TARDIS and closed the doors. As they hammer on the door, the controls operate of their own accord and the central column begins to rise and fall…. You can order a signed copy of the DVD from the shop.