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Issue #197 • ships from Dec 7 2005
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100 pages

Doctor Who: The Christmas InvasionDoctor Who:
The Christmas Invasion

• Whet your appetite for Doctor Who's festive feast with our spoiler-free review of the Christmas Special! You can read the full verdict in TV Zone #198

Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion
• As we count down to The Christmas Invasion, we present our exclusive interviews with director James Hawes and effects supervisor Dave Houghton. From Christmas trees on the rampage to the effects secrets of the regeneration, it’s all here!

Plus…Find out what lies ahead in Season Two, as K-9 returns to take on Anthony Stewart Head’s villainous Headmaster Finch in School Reunion

James CallisBattlestar Galactica

• As the newly elected Vice President, Dr Gaius Baltar finally has the authority he craves – but with problems, as star James Callis tells us

Russell Varon (Eddie Cibrian) and daughter Rose (Ariel Gade)Invasion
• The town of Homestead, Florida may be dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane – but the climate of TV is amenable to this tale of alien invasion, as producer Shaun Cassidy explains…

Stargate Atlantis On-Set
• We hear from star Joe Flanigan who has gone from fighting monsters as Lt Col Sheppard, to writing about them this season… and even had to undergo some monstrous make-up himself!


Primetime Bones
Angel’s David Boreanaz is back on the beat in – but this time he’s unearthing the secrets of the dead, not the undead, in this new investigative series based on the work of forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs

Flashback The Goodies
• Goodie-Goodie-yum-yum! Our Flashback feature takes a look back at one of the trandem-riding trio’s finest hours (and a bit) – their puppet political satire Goodies Rule – OK?

Deep Thought
• The guide to TV’s Ultimate Questions returns! This issue, we come over all theatrical, as we look at Cult shows that have made the transition from stage to screen, and back again…

Episode Guide Lost in Space
• Back to the Sixties and bursting into colour, we present our complete and comprehensive guide to Season Two of the classic Sci-Fi series…

Retro Bewitched
• Our history of Cult TV continues its examination of the classic Sixties Fantasy sit-com

Retro UK A Christmas Ghost Story
• With BBC Four serving up a new adaptation of MR James’s spine-chilling ghost story A View from the Hill for Christmas, we take a timely look back at the festive chills of the BBC’s Christmas Ghost Stories

Tom BakerNews in Brief
• Since last issue… Tom Baker takes over BBC1 for Little Britain's Series 3 launch… more Doctor Who on BBC7… new Aquaman series on the way from Smallville's producers…

  • Billie Piper to quit Doctor Who?

  • Terminator TV series on the way…

  • ITV plans ‘Doctor Who rival’, Primaeval

  • Gulliermo del Toro to produce Hellboy cartoon series

  • Plus! Christmas TV round-up!

TV Reviews – 34 episodes reviewed!
  • Alias Season 5

  • Battlestar Galactica Season 2

  • Comedy Playhouse Radio documentary

  • Desperate Housewives Season 2

  • Doctor Who Children in Need mini-episode

  • Hex Season 2

  • Lost Season 2

  • Medium Season 2

  • Smallville Season 5

  • Spooks Season 4

  • The West Wing Season 7

Merchandise Reviews
  • Doctor Who
    Adventures in Time and Space (CD)
    The Complete Season One (DVD)
    Cybermen: Scorpius (CD)
    Scaredy Cat (CD)
    Thicker Than Blood (CD)

  • Star Trek: Voyager
    String Theory: Fusion

  • The Quatermass Experiment
    2005 Remake (DVD)

  • Miscellaneous
    He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special (DVD)
    Star Wars: Clone Wars – Volume Two (DVD)
    Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story (DVD)

TV Focus
  • What’s on to watch from 8th December to 31st December 2005

  • Win the entire Babylon 5 Universe on DVD! One lucky winner will bag all five seasons of the series, plus the spin-off movies and Crusade, while five runners-up will win copies of the spin-off Legend of the Rangers

  • Your views, your say. Send your comments for our letters page (with the Subject: "Letter to the Editor") to: [email protected]

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All other contents © Visual Imagination Ltd 2005. Not for reproduction

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