Ian’s Newsround – 23/04/04

TOS were so proud of this update that they sent a mail-shout out about it. And with just cause. Your special treat tonight, gentlemen – DVD cover art. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: despite the awfulness of the series VII and VIII special effects, Chris Veale is very good at creating still images. The Esperanto background (an idea that was exclusively revealed on G&T ages ago) is a lot less blue than the version we see on-screen, but this is important to get the detail across; you can’t really see much of the ship in the episode. Amusingly, the underwater theme was also used for the Series V videos, but I’m sure this continuation is unintentional.

The Last Chance Saloon picture is just lovely. The article informs us that it’s not strictly accurate to the episode, but I hadn’t noticed. Besides which, if we can accept Lister painting the bunk room in a spacesuit, we can accept this. A couple of notes: by posting images of the cover backgrounds, GNP are giving the ammo to parodists and hoaxers on a plate. Oh, and remember my piece of conjecture about the cover colours? It’s coming true, it’s all coming true.

Elsewhere, there’s some cast news. Christopher Brown will be appearing at the SFX Event, and Norman Lovett will be showing up at Odyssey 2004, the Arthur C. Clarke convention. Call me ignorant, but I can’t recall a connection between Norm and Clarke. Other than Norman playing a comedy version of Hal, of course. And finally, Lily Lovett (she’s the one with the dark hair) will be in Shane, the sit-com in which Frank Skinner plays a character that is nothing like himself at all, this Wednesday.

By the way, for those who don’t know, John and I didn’t go to see Weapons Of Mass Distraction being recorded after all. This is probably a blessing in disguise.

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