As a belated way of marking Doctor Who‘s fiftieth anniversary, here’s a PDF of issue 18 of Tides of Time, from one of the magazine’s most creative periods. From its editorial, where Corinne Berg muses on archaeology and the Doctor, through several pieces of fiction (look out for mutilated air bleeding blue) and commentary which represents where several Doctor Who fans found themselves and the concept less than a year before the TV Movie (note that people were still thinking in terms of a series from Amblin at this point), the variety and quality of the contents make it one of my favourite editions, though of course there is a certain amount of nostalgia involved in this too.
Happy fiftieth birthday to Doctor Who, which was first broadcast on BBC 1 on 23 November 1963. No new Tides content today, but please browse the archives at your leisure.
Another Oxford publisher has been celebrating the anniversary, however…
Having been discussing fanzines elsewhere as well as having been asked questions about the reception of Doctor Who by a university society, I thought I’d add a pdf of Tides of Time: The Making of a Legend from issue 25 (Hilary Term 2000) to the site. The article is of course nearly fourteen years old at the time of this post, but is still useful for those interested in the history of Doctor Who fan writing in and around Oxford University as well as a small contribution to the upcoming fiftieth anniversary celebrations.
Coming in the next few weeks: issue 37, including Fifty Moments for Fifty Years – Tides writers select the most evocative, most Doctor Whoish moments of Doctor Who.
It’s been a long time since I added anything to this site, but a recent query reminded me that I’d never got round to uploading this review of Daniel Blythe’s New Adventure The Dimension Riders. It’s twenty years since the book came out, and I can’t recall at present whether there has been any professional Doctor Who fiction set in Oxford since.
Meanwhile, John Salway is working on issue 37 of Tides, more on which as we move closer to the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of Doctor Who.
At the Oxford Doctor Who Society elections last night, Adam Povey laid down the editorship of The Tides of Time after seven years. John Salway was elected to take his place. More details of John’s plans will emerge soon, but they are believed to involve more engagement with online publication. I’d like to thank Adam for everything he has done in keeping the magazine going.
Meanwhile, another Oxford University society with a history of membership overlap with the Doctor Who Society now have a blog as part of the evolution of their magazine. This is Taruithorn, the Oxford Tolkien Society, and their magazine is Miruvor.
The file is here, and is a little over 5Mb in size.
Contents include a look at the historical, archaeological and linguistic background to The Stones of Blood, the Oxford student media career of Russell T Davies, the Cybermen of The Tenth Planet, Utilitarianism in Doctor Who, a look at the latest computer game, comparing covention experiences, and a crossword. More details can be found on this page.
Those of you visiting the page looking for the pdf of issue 36, please be patient; we hope to upload it within the next few weeks.
In the meantime, a voyage (without TARDIS) back in time to 1992, when we still weren’t sure that Doctor Who was off the air for good in its BBC form, when Virgin Publishing’s New Adventures were still a cautious experiment, when a generation raised on Target novelisations hung on the words of a visiting Terrance Dicks, and when Tides of Time lost its definite article and embraced the brave new world of desktop publishing. Goodbye Courier New and hand-drawn headings, hello whizzy computer graphics – and hello to the second editor, Julian Mander.
Here, then, is issue 8, published in Trinity Term 1992. There’s a contents listing back here. Thanks to those who have given permission and apologies to those I have not contacted. All opinions expressed are those of the authors in 1992, and they may not necessarily hold them now!