As a massive fan, after reading the original Eagle comics that my father kept, and later I sold (idiot, idiot that I am, but hind-insight is a wonderful thing). Then again as a young kid buying the re-release of Eagle and then the various comic books launched etc. This is a definite for me. I heard the soundcloud sample and I think that this will be a cracking addition, and sort of takes the pain out of the loss of the beloved Avengers Lost stories. Hoping for good things, and, lets face it I think B7 have always done a decent job on the Blake Seven stuff, so for me a no brainier. I am a getting excited over this way more than I should.
"A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting."
Kinda, but Dan is not even remotely a jock or a cowboy - he's a gentleman. He's also quite surprisingly non-violent a lot of the time and tries to find "a better way". In tone, he's more Biggles than Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers. So tone wise expect more stiff upper lip than adventurer. 2000AD's Dan is different and much more - unsurprisingly - dystopian and bleak but these being based on the early Eagle adventures means they're not going to be like that really.
Tat Wood mentions in the About Time books that a tv series of Dan Dare was mooted in the 80s with Simon Williams playing the role and that sums up the chracter really - very much a Simon Williams type. Take a bit of his Chunky Gilmore from Who/Counter Measures, a dash of his James Bellamy from Upstairs Downstairs and a splash of the aforementioned Biggles, maybe a pinch of David Niven in A Matter Of Life And Death....send the mix into space and you've got Dan Dare pretty much.
There's a fan-made motion comic of Voyage To Venus and I'd recommend that to see if the tone suits, even just skipping through a couple of scenes. www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSCC31pTbJk
Post by barnabaslives on Sept 21, 2016 13:28:45 GMT
It really was fiendishly clever of Big Finish to find a series that goes right before Dark Shadows alphabetically, so that I couldn't possibly ignore it on the ranges page. They really do work hard at assuring my poverty. :-)
I wasn't sure about this audio since I don't know anything about it, so I'm glad that they are serializing and part of it in the podcast. I have to say I really liked the little that I heard and I'm that much closer to ordering it.
Synopsis Three audio adventures based on the Eagle comic strip “Dan Dare” created by Rev. Marcus Morris, written and drawn by Frank Hampson
Episode 1 - Voyage to Venus by Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle Brilliant test pilot, Dan Dare, is chosen to fly the Anastasia - a new experimental spacecraft – on its maiden voyage to Venus. This isn’t exploration - it is to make first contact with a mysterious civilisation that has sent technological secrets as a goodwill gesture.
However, what Dan, Digby and Professor Peabody find on Venus isn’t goodwill, but a terrifyingly intelligent, cold-hearted ruler, the Mekon. A creature destined to become Dan Dare’s nemesis – and Earth’s greatest threat…
Episode 2 - The Red Moon Mystery by James Swallow Unable to return to Earth, Dan Dare and the crew of the Anastasia head to the desolate planet Mars, where Dan's estranged Uncle Ivor is part of a research team working on a top-secret archaeological dig; but when they find the base wrecked and the scientists missing, Dare, Digby and Professor Peabody soon discover that the Red Planet is not nearly as dead as everyone thought and that Ivor’s expedition has woken an army of deadly insect-creatures that threaten to swarm and engulf the Earth… Dare must stop the aliens, but can he really resort to genocide in order to save the human race?
Episode 3 - Marooned on Mercury by Marc Platt When a distress call summons the crew of the Anastasia to the burning wilderness of Mercury, they are reunited with their old ally, Sondar. He tells them of the beleaguered Mercurians who are held in thrall to a cruel new taskmaster - the Mekon! The exiled Mekon is rallying his forces, plotting a desperate revenge against his former homeworld of Venus and his hated enemy, Colonel Dan Dare!
A fourth disc, entitled New Worlds, presents music by Imran Ahmad from Dan Dare and a variety of other B7Media productions.
Written By: Richard Kurti, Bev Doyle, James Swallow, Marc Platt Directed By: Andrew Mark Sewell
CAST Ed Stoppard (Dan Dare), Geoff McGivern (Digby), Heida Reed (Professor Peabody), Michael Cochrane (Sir Hubert), Raad Rawi (The Mekon)
Bijan Daneshmand (Sondar), Amber Aga (Treen General), David O’Mahony (Flight Engineer), Kelly Burke (Flight Control/Ergulux), Dianne Weller (Onboard Computer), Hugh Fraser (Ivor Dare), Jake Maskall (Sergeant Scott), Jalleh Alizadeh (Corporal Dajani), Alistair Lock (Crewman Galloway/ Treen Captain), Greg Keith (Doctor Harlan Stoll), Diane Spencer (Teacher), Ryan Sewell (Flamer Spry), Nicholas Briggs (Garlock)
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