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Week of September 3, 2001

Watson is The Voice of Enterprise. British opera star Russell Watson is recording a cover version of Rod Stewart's Faith Of The Heart (a song also featured in the film Patch Adams) to serve as the theme song for the upcoming Enterprise - a move which has some fans up in arms about the lack of a traditional symphonic theme. For those curious about Watson's past work, he has a CD, The Voice (which does not feature the Enterprise theme song), available.

Russell Watson - The Voice

When frogs ruled the Earth. Well, not quite, but they might have in this vintage 1981 Doctor Who adventure only now debuting on BBC Home Video in the U.K. Four To Doomsday stars Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding and Matthew Waterhouse. In this four-parter, Davison's second in the role, the TARDIS arrives aboard a starship bound for Earth - but the ship's alien overseers have intentions that are anything but peaceful. There's no word yet on a U.S. release, though it seems likely that Four To Doomsday will appear Stateside in late 2002 or early 2003.

Doctor Who - Four To Doomsday

Gateways stay open. This month, Pocket Books continues a new series of interconnected novels spanning the entire Star Trek TV and literary universe. Star Trek: Gateways is a seven-book saga, with one book planned for each existing series (though the new series, Enterprise, isn't included) as well as the Challenger and New Frontier crews, which are Pocket Books' own creations. The Gateways saga does not, as you might suspect, involve the various crews searching the universe for affordable computers with friendly customer service; but rather focuses upon the Iconian gateways first introduced in the Next Generation episode Contagion (and followed up on in the Deep Space Nine episode To The Death). All of the Iconian gateways have opened up, and all hell is breaking loose in the galaxy. The seventh book, the only hardcover planned in the series, promises to tie the loose ends of the other six novels together in a multi-crew extravaganza (!).

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Doors Into Chaos
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Demons Of Air And Darkness

Kevin Sorbo (portable edition). Despite the arrival of the Game Boy Advance, the Game Boy Color isn't dead just quite yet. Many new titles - some of them delayed by development or licensing hurdles - are still just now coming out, and one of them, delayed for many months, is the new Hercules: The Legendary Journeys game from Ubisoft. Based on the popular TV series of the same name, this game has a unique feature: secret levels that can only be unlocked when 1linked with another Game Boy playing the already-released Xena: Warrior Princess cartridge. The two heroes must team up in these secret levels, which can't be played solo. Hercules is now available for Game Boy Color on both sides of the Atlantic. (And hey, if you did spring for a Game Boy Advance, don't worry - both Xena and Hercules will work on your backward-compatible system as well.)

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Xena: Warrior Princess

All hell breaks loose. The ultimate evil has finally shown its true colors and claimed its throne - but enough about the Bush presidency. We're talking about The Desecration, the ninth book in Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins' Left Behind novel series. At the end of the eighth book, The Indwelling, the assassinated self-proclaimed leader of the one-world state was taken over by Satan himself, and as prophesied, he declared his resurrection to be the Second Coming. The Desecration will hit shelves in late October - right before Halloween, frighteningly enough - but you can pre-order your copy from now.

Left Behind: The Desecration

This month, we're highlighting the three Doctor Who DVD releases due this month from Warner Bros. Home Video (well over a year after the same titles were issued in the U.K.). The earliest story represented in this first batch of DVDs is Jon Pertwee's debut four-parter, Spearhead From Space, which first aired in 1970 - not that you'd be able to tell from the sharpened-up, restored version of the story. Originally shot entirely on film, Spearhead also has a big list of other Doctor Who firsts: the first color story, the first story for the plastic menace known as the Autons, and the third appearance of Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart - okay, that's not a first, but it's still big news. Bonus features include a commentary by Courtney and Caroline John, who played Liz Shaw, as well as a making-of-the-show caption track.

Doctor Who - Spearhead From Space

They're baaaaaaack... Those pesky Elves! They're taking over an entire section of the site once again beginning next month, giving you an even better chance than last year to get a head start on Christmas shopping for the SF fan on your list. This year, the store is so big that it's been split into several different "aisles" including DVD, video, music, collectibles, and more. We hear the Elves have had a lot of fun looking up DVDs this year... Source: The North Pole

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