During the time between Doctor Who leaving television screens in 1989 and its triumphant return in 2005, the program remained in the public consciousness thanks to a number of new adventures made available. Many of these were official – Doctor Who New Adventures and Missing Adventures were being published as novels by Virgin and the Doctor continued his illustrated adventures every month in Doctor Who Magazine. Later, the BBC took more direct control over spin-off media and published their own range as well as licencing Big Finish to produce audio adventures.
But the story didn’t end there and groups of fans produced their own audio and video adventures set in the world of Doctor Who, but lacking a certain Time Lord. A number of these adventures have been seeing DVD release in recent years and the latest to do so is 2004’s Daemos Rising. The DVD is produced by Koch Media, and here’s the official synopsis:
Daemos Rising is the 2004 direct sequel to unofficial 1995 release Downtime, but also to the Jon Pertwee era Doctor Who story The Daemons.
In the film, Cavendish is broken by his experiences in Downtime and hides away in a country cottage where he becomes absorbed by the occult. Kate Lethbridge-Stewart of UNIT travels to see him after an appeal for help and together they battle the resurgent evil Daemons from the story of the same name.
Daemos Rising is a unique British 2004 sci-fi movie from the Doctor Who universe (but unofficial) featuring treasured characters and talent from the franchise and only now released on DVD – it’s a must see for fans of the Time Lord. Fully Digitally Remastered for 2016 including an additional 16:9 Widescreen version of the feature for the first time. And including new Special Features.
Starring Beverley Cressman (Downtime) and Miles Richardson (Midsomer Murders) and narrated by Ian Richardson (House of Cards). Daemos Rising is written by David J. Howe and directed by Keith Barnfather.
Eagle-eyed readers will have spotted Kate Lethbridge-Stewart in that synopsis. The character has appeared in the main Doctor Who series as the chief scientist in UNIT but she made her first appearance in these fan-produced stories. If you’re a fan of the character and want to get an insight into her earlier life, then why not get hold of Daemos Rising and its predecessor – Downtime?
Daemos Rising is released on 18 July 2016.
Source: Press Release
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