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Sil And The Devil Seeds of Arodor

Aficionados of Classic Who have had quite a lot of be excited about recently with new lost-serial animations and the cracking fan-produced Edge Of Destruction. This November, sees two more releases that are sure to get their juices flowing. 

The first is Sil And The Devil Seeds of Arodor—an original drama featuring Sil, the ruthless alien entrepreneur from the planet Thoros Beta, who first appeared in classic Colin Baker-era Doctor Who serials Vengeance On Varos and The Trial Of A Timelord, played by the superb Nabil Shaban.

Sil is worried. Very worried… which doesn’t keep his reptilian skin in the best condition. Confined in a cold detention cell on the moon, awaiting a deportation hearing while on trial for drugs offences committed on Earth, he faces a death sentence if the application is successful and he is found guilty. His powerful employers at the Universal Monetary Fund aren’t too pleased about that. Not at all… As time runs out and friends desert him, Sil must use all of his devious, vile, underhanded, ruthless, and amoral business acumen to survive. Can he possibly slime his way out of this one?

Fans who are familiar with direct-to-video spin-offs such as Wartime and P.R.O.B.E. will know exactly what to expect from Devil Seeds and this isn’t a production that is going to win any awards. However, everyone involved is clearly having a ball and Nabil Shaban is a joy to watch. Ignore the budget effects, this has classic storylines, classic monsters, and lots and lots of love for the source material.

Sil And The Devil Seeds Of Arodor is produced and directed by Keith Barnfather (Mindgame), written by Sil’s creator and original episode writer Philip Martin, and stars Nabil Shaban, Christopher Ryan, reprising the role of Kiv (The Trial Of A Timelord) along with Doctor Who stars Sophie Aldred (‘Ace’ 1987-1989), Janet Henfrey (The Curse Of Fenric), and Sakuntala Ramanee (Survival). 

Accompanying the release is the latest set of interviews with the team of unsung heroes who sent you hiding behind the sofa. The Doctors: More Monsters includes six new documentaries with:

• Nabil Shaban.
• Christopher Ryan.
Stephen Thorne (Omega, Azal and Eldrad).
Terry Molloy (Davros)
Stuart Fell and Jon Davey (who have both played monsters too numerous to list, including Sontarans, Daleks and Cybermen).

This two-disc special collector’s edition is five-hours 30 minutes of pure nostalgia, which will give you a whole new insight into the making of your favourite science fiction series. Presented by Robert Dick and the voice of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs.

Sil And The Devil Seeds Of Arodor is available on Limited Edition Blu-ray and DVD 4th November 2019. For more information, visit Amazon: https://amzn.to/2keNot9

Also from Koch Media, The Doctors: More Monsters, is available from 4th November from Amazon: https://amzn.to/2kc0mYB

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com

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