I've shared this picture, which should be visible on the other side of this link elsewhere. It shows an article from DWIFC Magazine issue 2, published by the Doctor Who International Fan Club, back in May 1976, in which one Peter Capaldi praised the creativity and integrity of Bernard Lodge, title sequence designer for the first seventeen years of Doctor Who. Now we have a chance to see how Peter Capaldi brings his creativity and integrity to the title role. I'm sure he has both in spades.

I should be concentrating on something else right at this very minute, but fannishly have let myself be caught up in the reaction wave. I hoped that the rumours surrounding Capaldi were true, but I also feared that the powers-that-be at the BBC would want another, younger actor who could use the role as part of a stepping-stone to greater international success. Instead, we have a mature actor - by the time his first full episode goes out he will be the oldest actor to play the role at debut - with a distinguished and individual career, who anciently just happened to be an active fan in the early years of Doctor Who fandom. I rather like that!
Over here can be found my collected thoughts (without a recent rewatching, I admit) on Resurrection of the Daleks, Peter Davison's Doctor's only outing with the positronic pepperpots.

Meanwhile, [personal profile] miss_s_b told me that the Verity Podcast was worth following, and she was right. Considered discussion on Doctor Who from an all-female panel of informed commentators. Here's episode two, 'This one goes to Eleven'.
The Oxford Doctor Who Society fanzine The Tides of Time's summer 2012 edition is now online. More details here.
sir_guinglain: (Sylvester)
( Oct. 29th, 2012 01:02 am)
For those interested in old and fairly obscure Doctor Who fanzines, issue 8 of Oxford University Doctor Who Society's Tides of Time can be found in PDF form beyond this page.
What was already going to be a Doctor Who-ish day for me has been made more so by the arrival of The Ambassadors of Death on DVD. I went straight to episode two to see how the colour recovery process has worked. I'm impressed by the results; whereas the full colour spectrum isn't always present, it often results in an eerieness which complements the story's atmosphere, such as here, where the blue-grey shadows contrast with the variably reddish-brown-yellow of the cell walls and the Brigadier's uniform.
Cut for screengrab )

It's also intriguing to see that the story has been credited to "David Whitaker, Malcolm Hulke and Trevor Ray" on the sleeve. While the involvement of Hulke and Ray with the final script has long been known, it's been usual for the BBC DVD range to reflect the writing credit as seen on the broadcast episodes.

Also in the post was the latest issue of scurrilous fanzine FANWNAK; on first glance it seems to have dramatically raised its game both in production and writing terms, and though its sense of humour remains not always to my taste, there are a good few critical articles which may well reward a read.
Long-term Doctor Who Magazine readers will remember Dave Owen as custodian of the reviews section during the 1990s. He's now written on his blog about being diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. It's not a lengthy read, and well worth it just for a consideration of the symptoms which this condition can present.
I can't keep away from the archive, and have scanned and uploaded issue 27 of Tides of Time, published by the Oxford University Doctor Who Society in October 2001. This is another good one from the years after the McGann TV Movie and demonstrates the society's wide focus at the time, with reflections on the similarities between Robin of Sherwood and Blake's 7, a study of Blake's 7's Travis, a look at the obsession with the rural in British telefantasy, ponderings on possible interpretations of The Daemons, The Professionals fiction, an exchange of views on why Doctor Who was taken off air in 1989, and the usual much more.

The PDF is over here - it's just under 27Mb so right-clicking is recommended.

ETA: A fuller listing of the contents is available here, with another link to the PDF.
A magazine shop on eBay has most of the run (still ongoing) of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society's newsletter, later magazine, Celestial Toyroom for sale. Many issues placed on eBay go unsold, so with most priced at £6 - with the first, from 1976, priced at £29.99, and some other early ones in the run at £19.99 - I don't expect these to be disappearing any time soon. The front pages/front covers can be seen starting here. They are not in date order, but still give a window onto the changing priorities of the society and the sections of mainly British fandom it has targeted.
sir_guinglain: (MattKarenArthur)
( Dec. 4th, 2011 06:00 pm)
Tides of Time 35 - lots of Doctor Who from the usual (Oxford-based or connected) suspects, now uploaded as a PDF. More details here.
sir_guinglain: (Troughton)
( Oct. 22nd, 2011 11:57 pm)
The publishers of that most infrequent but most research-intensive of Doctor Who fanzines, Nothing at the End of the Lane, have a second in their series of books of untransmitted scripts imminent. This will be The Prison in Space by Dick Sharples, which until very late in the day was intended to be the fourth story in the 1968/69 season, its slot eventually being filled by The Krotons. It is notorious for its idea of a planet dominated by leather-clad women, not far from the Two Ronnies serial from their 1980 season, The Worm That Turned, but presumably without lots of men in frocks and Diana Dors ruling from Barbara Castle. This celebration of misogyny would not have been Doctor Who's finest hour, if reports are true, though publication of the script will . The cover illustration is suitably lurid, and can be found at the artist's Deviantart page.
sir_guinglain: (Charles I)
( Oct. 13th, 2011 02:42 pm)
Cruise of the Gods has been sitting unwatched on tape for nine years since its broadcast. BBC Four repeated it last week, and I'm watching the recording of that broadcast now. It's all frighteningly well-observed, and attuned to the neuroses and prejudices of old fans of older lowish-budget TV shows like myself. It builds from this a story about ageing and experience, delusion and self-knowledge with carefully-deployed pathos, and is a warning to those of us who cling to illusions of status to recognise what we have when we have it. Sentimental? Yes. Enjoyable? That too. The cast - Brydon, Coogan, Corden, Walliams - lend this an air of a latterday Carry On with reflection rather than innuendo - though the same could be said of much of Carry On Teacher, second in that series, shown on Film 4 earlier today.
I've uploaded more articles and stories to the Tides of Time archive, this time concentrating on the third Doctor's era.
Two Doctor Who fanzines have published new issues in the last few days, and are worth investing money (in one case) and time in.

Issue four of Panic Moon is published in paper form in the pocket-friendly A6 size. Articles include a comparison of the first Cyberman story with its contemporary (1966) Out of the Unknown episode on a similar theme, Frankenstein Mark II; the depiction of gods as representatives of the television audience in Doctor Who; fanhood and parenthood; the latest DVD releases; and tributes to the late Nicholas Courtney, among much, much more including some splendid artwork. For ordering information see the Panic Moon blog - £1.20 for 40 pages of this level of writing is a good deal.

The Terrible Zodin, meanwhile, has reached issue ten. The usual colourful artwork has been set aside to honour the last monochrome Doctor Who story, The War Games. Its co-author, Terrance Dicks, is interviewed; the latest SFX Weekender is reviewed; there are lots of story reviews including A Christmas Carol and of course several responses to The War Games, and 1970s Doctor Who stalwart Peter Miles is interviewed too. Nicholas Courtney is remembered here as well. Issue ten - all eighty-three pages of it - and its nine predecessors can all be downloaded as PDFs from the Terrible Zodin website.
I've put together a release of articles and stories from old issues of Tides of Time (and one from Skaro) relating to the adventures of the eighth Doctor. The introduction and links can be found over here at the Tides archive blog.
I've again been distracting myself by uploading some old Tides of Time articles to my Tides blog. The latest crop all relate to the first Doctor. There are three stories, including one relating to the Doctor's meeting with the Venerable Bede (as referred to on-screen in The Talons of Weng-Chiang); three reviews (on The Aztecs, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, and The Tenth Planet) and a look back at Sydney Newman's contribution to Doctor Who.

For more details read my Citizen of the Universe post at the Tides site.
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