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The Search for Doctor Who Magazine

The Search for Doctor Who Magazine

In our drive to reduce our possessions and be able to see things like walls and floors in our tiny 2-bed flat, it was gently pointed out to me that I might want to consider getting rid of my precious collection of Doctor Who Magazines. Which have been left to rest covered in dust in a distant corner of the living room.

However, unable to countenance such a vile piece of vandalism without at least the possibility of reading them again someday, I looked on the Internet to see if any kind souls had digitised them.

And lo and behold, a Russian site has PDF copies of what appears to be every single edition of Doctor Who Magazine to the end of 2016! Perfecto!

Except, foolishly, I wasn’t browsing in incognito mode. Thus by the end of the day, every banner advert was kindly telling me that I could find Hot! Russian! Ladies! through their website. I wonder what their stance on the UNIT dating controversy would be…

Next step: to tackle the six boxes of Empire magazine which have been preserved in a distant cupboard…

(It should be noted that I haven’t seen a new episode of Doctor Who for two years… The delights of Hell Bent taunt me still…)

Life behind Star Trek and Doctor Who

Life behind Star Trek and Doctor Who

One of the things I love is finding out the minutiae, the inside notes behind a great production. I have actually listened to DVD commentaries, and one of my favourite books is Russell T Davies’ The Writer’s Tale – it’s like reading his blog while he was writing and producing Doctor Who.

Oddly, no similar book has been written about that other great sci-fi franchise, Star Trek. At least, until Michael Piller wrote a book about the writing of the last Next Generation Star Trek film, Insurrection – but the book never saw the light of day. Now, thanks to the Internet, it’s available if you’re willing to go against the wishes of Piller’s family.

As you can imagine, there’s been a bit of analysis over the book, which most people will find deathly dull, but I found endlessly fascinating.

Thanks to foomandoonian for the tip-off!

Doctor Who meets Back To The Future. In Chinese.

Doctor Who meets Back To The Future. In Chinese.

A small Doctor Who moment to make you go awwwww…..

A small Doctor Who moment to make you go awwwww…..

Picture the scene – you’re Russell T Davies, famed showrunner of Doctor Who and famed atheist. You’re at a Q&A just after showing a preview of the Christmas 2009 episode – your penultimate piece of work on Doctor Who – when a little kid grabs the microphone, in front of lots of journalists, and asks:

Did you meet the Doctor or did you make him up?

Which is pretty much the same as asking whether Father Christmas exists. The moral quandry – do you tell all or nothing?

I’ve seen two accounts of what RTD said next – via SFX and Ian Wylie (spoilers!) – which are both slightly different. But were you there?

and in Who-related news: Doctor Who star goes back to old school to direct nativity play

Hiding my Doctor Who love…

Hiding my Doctor Who love…

Ever since I’ve been a kid, I’ve been a Doctor Who fan. Not quite to the point of putting up posters but I definitely bought the magazines and recorded the programmes on VHS.

It did get to the point when I was notoriously knowledgable about it in my hometown, and when I accidentally recorded over my prized recording of Remembrance of the Daleks, even my TV-phobic parents knew how important it was to my 14-year-old self.

However, it became time to grow up, go to university and put away childish things. Although of course, the knowledge would always emerge somehow sooner or later – and it’s not as if pretending to like The Sundays hid my geekiness. But I consciously shied away from being too close to what counted for Doctor Who fandom at the time. Even if I did run the Cult TV society at University…

Fast-forward ten years, and Doctor Who geeks and fans are everywhere. And I mean, EVERYWHERE. In all shapes, sizes and ages.

Doctor Who almost always comes up at some point in work. But while I concentrated on trying to be cool at university (and failing), they unabashedly carried on with the love that dare not vworp its name, and started running conventions and the like. Now, they go on holidays with the production team and things like that.

I recently had a work meeting with a young mid-20s lady with a glamorous name, and was amazed when unbidden, she started talking about her love of Doctor Who, and namechecking Troughton and the like. Never mind the fact she knows what happens at Christmas…

Of course, working at BBC Wales for five years, three of which were spent looking enviously while other colleagues ran off taking pics on location and in studio didn’t exactly help. But ah well, not even the Doctor can change his own past (Eighth Doctor excepted, of course)

Doctor Who – Turn Left spoilers

Doctor Who – Turn Left spoilers

My random thoughts on the latest incredibly dark episode of Doctor Who: Turn Left

The Library episodes of Doctor Who

The Library episodes of Doctor Who

were utterly fab. Seriously. It had something for everyone. Something for the kids (and cheap in terms of monster budget too!), and something to make us geeky old romantics sigh. and endless lines to quote over again and again. and enough stuff for jaded Whovians to sit up and take notice, musing “Well, I’ve never seen THAT before…” Oh, and Alex Kingston in a spacesuit.

Gawd knows how parents managed to get their kids into bed after those episodes though.

And better yet … Top Gear is coming back!

Old echoes in new Doctor Who…

Old echoes in new Doctor Who…

Maybe it’s just me, but amidst the applause (and the odd tear – that hasn’t happened in a long time!) in the latest Doctor Who episode, The Doctor’s Daughter, did I spot a few echoes of what used to go on with ye olde Doctor Who? To whit…

(SPOILERS AHEAD!)

Doctor Who's attention deficit disorder

Doctor Who's attention deficit disorder

Well, well, well, if you happen to be a ye olde Doctor Who fan with a small sprinkling of self-diagnosed attention deficit disorder, then The Sound of Drums was right up your street. Goodness me, how many plot elements *and* flashbacks to the olde times can you get? How much manic acting can you get?

Spoilers lie within….

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