Welcome to the hidden histories of Doctor Who, the unauthorized, the ignored, the overlooked, the abandoned and the hidden. This second volume chronicles the record of Doctor Who stage plays, official and independent, from Curse of the Daleks to the Trials of Davros, including the reviews of the recordings and documentaries about these plays. It explores the bizarre copyright and legal structure underlying Doctor Who, that lead the BBC to discard two hundred classic episodes to the junk pile in the 70s, and that allowed fans to legally make their own movies in the Doctor Who universe in the 90s using everything but the Doctor himself. And we'll look at many of these productions, from Colin Baker's 'The Stranger' series, to Downtime with the Brigadier, Sarah Jane, Victoria Waterfield (witht the original actors playing their original roles), as well as the Great Intelligence and the Yeti, to excursions with Sontarans and Rutans, Autons, Daemons and more. We'll see how, despite the BBC's efforts, the fans managed to save every lost episode on Audio, were essential to the recover of over a hundred lost episodes on video, and the efforts to remake, reconstruct, and re-make lost adventures, including ones the BBC never actually filmed. Chock full of reviews and articles, the Pirate Histories pull back the curtains and show you the places and things in the world of Doctor Who that you never imagined.
D.G. Valdron is a reclusive Canadian writer, hiding out in the Manitoba wilderness. Like many shy woodland creatures, such as the grizzly bear, he is more afraid of you than you are of him. He is an acknowledged authority on obscure pop culture topics, LEXX, Doctor Who, Fan Films, Cult Television, and Pulp novels,particularly Edgar Rice Burroughs. He also writes Science Fiction and Fantasy. He is the author of such novels as 'The Mermaid's Tale,' 'The Luck,' 'Yongary vs Pulgasari,' 'The New Doctor,' and collections including 'Dawn of Cthulhu,' 'Fall of Atlantis,' 'Giant Monsters Sing Sad Songs,' and 'There Are No Doors in Dark Places.'' He is a prolific wrtier of fiction and non-fiction, specializing in quirky and off the wall material. His style marries breezy familiarity, casual friendliness and razor sharp observation. He can be found on facebook, or at his website where he blogs regularly.