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Acclaimed author and scriptwriter Stephen Gallagher has revisited his 1981 Doctor Who story Warriors’ Gate and created a very different version for a forthcoming audiobook…

Stephen Gallagher

The Gateway and Biroc the Tharil (David Weston) from the original TV version of Warriors’ Gate, which was broadcast on BBC1 from 3-24 January 1981.

”This is the one that the production office nixed and that I had a week to chop up and revise.”

It’s December 1979.

Fledgling science-fiction novelist Stephen Gallagher takes time off from Granada Television’s presentation department to have lunch in London with BBC script editor Christopher H Bidmead. On the basis of his futuristic radio script An Alternative to Suicide, he’s offered a chance to write his first television project – a serial for Doctor Who.

The new Warriors’ Gate audiobook is narrated by Jon Culshaw.

In retrospect, it’s tempting to imagine the 1979 Steve blurring and shimmering like one of the timesensitive Tharils in his resultant 1981 serial Warriors’ Gate – blurring and shimmering because thrown out of phase by all the different possible futures for his commission. A galactic chase culminating in a famous London department store. A splitpersonality battle in the mind of a travelling companion. A storyline with silver globes which disrupt time.

A draft script opening with a trap to catch a Time Lord. Subsequent drafts populated by Calibans and the Antonine Killer. A rehearsal script rewritten at the BBC. A serial recorded in studio in 1980, then truncated for transmission in 1981.

A 1982 novelisation for Target Books, edited to reflect broadcast… And now, in 2019, comes another permutation: an audiobook, read by Jon Culshaw with K9 dialogue’s provided by John Leeson, which resembles the 1982 incarnation up to around page 34 before taking the reader into uncharted waters.

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Issue includes: • An exclusive preview of the animated Macra Terror • Anneke Wills and Frazer Hines recall the making of the original Macra Terror • A lost Dalek story from 1966 – and the previously untold story of its celebrated writer • A tribute to 1960s Doctor Who producer Innes Lloyd • An interview with Mark Troughton about his famous father • Writer Stephen Gallagher tells DWM about his new take on the 1981 story Warriors' Gate • The second part of an exclusive interview with Season 18’s script editor Christopher H Bidmead • How did the Doctor become such a rebel? DWM investigates how the series changed during the 1960s... • Part Two of Herald of Madness, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends • Cosplayers recreate the Fourth Doctor's Season 18 style • The Fact of Fiction delves into the 2007 story Gridlock • Our verdict on Tom Baker's Doctor Who novel Scratchman and the Season 18 Blu-ray box set • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!