Monthly Archives: November 2017

The Essential Doctor Who: Time Travel

imagePanini Magazines have recently published the latest in their series of bookazines The Essential Doctor Who, this time concentrating on Time Travel. I was glad to contribute a piece called ‘Readers of Time’ on some of Doctor Who‘s literary precedents, namely the books and stories mentioned in a document compiled by John Braybon and Alice Frick at the BBC Script Department in 1962. Most – but not all! – the pages of this report can be found in the mothballed Genesis of Doctor Who section at the old BBC Archive site.

There’s a lot to enjoy in this issue. Among the articles can be found Patrick Mulkern looking at exactly when Tardis and Tardis were superseded by TARDIS as the received way most publications refer to the Doctor’s space-time craft; Alan Barnes revealing a Canadian television time traveller of the 1950s who visited some of the same places as the Doctor; the more self-aware time travel adventures which can be found in an early draft of 1965’s The Chase are explored by Andrew Pixley; Jonathan Morris explores the fall and rise of the ‘Sideways’ story in Doctor Who, from Inside the Spaceship to Extremis; Mark Wright untangles and retangles the life of River Song; Paul Scoones on time travel in comic strips; and Simon Guerrier on Robert Holmes’s attitude to time travel in the series; plus more from these gentlemen, and from editor Marcus Hearn, John J Johnston, Robert Fairclough, Chris Bentley, Kevin Spencer and others.

 

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The Tides of Time 40

tides40cover_reducedI’ve not been writing about Doctor Who here in the last few months because I’ve been busy elsewhere. One project is working with the Oxford Doctor Who Society on its magazine, The Tides of Time. From its website (which I also run):

The Oxford Doctor Who Society has now published issue 40 of The Tides of TimeThis is the first to be printed since 2013, and the first to be printed in colour throughout. It’s also the first issue which we’ve put on sale rather than funded from the membership fee since 2001.

The PDF of the entire issue is now available here:

The Tides of Time 40

Some articles are individually downloadable below.

Print copies are still available for £3.50 within the UK. If you would like a copy please pay via PayPal to the account matthew.kilburn@gmail.com

Within the 80 A5 pages of Tides 40 can be found:

Reaction to Jodie Whittaker’s casting as the Thirteenth Doctor

Reflections on Series Ten

  • A Chat for Heroes! by Ian Bayley
  • ‘The future foretold, the past explained, the present apologised for’ by Peter Lewin-Jones
  • Marko Pollo by Rogan Clark
  • Tinned Leftovers Sam Sheppard on the links between World Enough and Time and The Doctor Falls and Big Finish’s Spare Parts

Features

  • Editorial – The Shock of the New by Matthew Kilburn
  • Xenobiology 4: Daleks by James Ashworth
  • Time and the Avon James Ashworth explores the Doctor’s Bristol connections
  • Dark Teatime of the Doctor’s Soul James Ashworth on the 2001 Past Doctor Adventure Rags
  • Fine Young Cannibals James Ashworth on the 2003 Past Doctor Adventure Reckless Engineering
  • The Four-Colour Doctors by William Shaw
  • Maths Man with a Box Beth Graham on mathematics in Doctor Who
  • Song for Murray Ian Bayley reports on Murray Gold’s visit to the Oxford Union
  • Inhaling Vesuvius Matthew Kilburn reacts to The Fires of Pompeii
  • ‘Nice Guy or Utter Bastard?’ James Ashworth looks at Continuity Errors by Steven Moffat

Fiction

  • The Bagpipes of Doom Fourth Doctor and Romana fiction from Nathan Mullins
  • A Stone’s Throw, Part Two The Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan take over this story by John Salway

Song

  • Season Eighteen: The Doctor’s Summary by John Salway

Illustrations by Sam Sheppard, lumos5001 and Orchideacae