I’ve been promising something for the past few months which wasn’t actually in my power to deliver, and that was issue 37 of The Tides of Time. Editor John Salway has now provided me with the original file, which can be downloaded here, in colour. If you visited earlier today and had problems downloading, I’ve now reduced the file size to under 5Mb.
I was very pleased to be peripherally involved with this issue. It’s a good summary of the character of the Oxford Doctor Who Society at the start of the 2013/14 academic year.
Bibliographic details are as follows…
The Tides of Time, issue 37, was published in November 2013 by the Oxford Doctor Who Society. The editor was John Salway.
- Editorial by John Salway
- Crossword – Fifty Years of Villains
- Return to Earth. Review of the Wii video game, by Adam Kendrick
- The Eternity Clock. Review of the game for PC, PS3 and PSVita, by Graham Cooper
- Rusling the Isis. The second part of a look at Russell T Davies’s Oxford University media career in the 1980s, by Matthew Kilburn
- Fifty Years, Fifty Moments. The scenes which encapsulate Doctor Who‘s Doctor Who-ness, compiled and written by Graham Cooper and Sara James, with Thomas Keyton, Matthew Kilburn, and Jonathan Martindale
- Doctor Who and Philosophy. Jonathan Martindale reviews the 55th volume in the Open Court Press series ‘Pop Culture and Philosophy’, which turns its attention to Doctor Who.
- Lost in Translation? Sara James reports on the status of Doctor Who in Germany with particular regard to pronouns!
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The magazine’s print form is A5, lasercopied, with 40 pages.
I’m reluctant to add any more old content to the site at the moment, though it has come to mind that ten years ago I was close to completing my first issue of The Tides of Time and so an opportunity arose to re-present it. Issue 29 (direct link to pdf) marked several format changes: faced with less material, and a declining membership of the Doctor Who Society at Oxford University, I drew on precedents from other societies from my student days and gained approval from the committee to make a smaller magazine than usual but distribute it free to the membership. Given the wider accessibility of high quality print technology and the leaps and bounds that electronic publishing has made since 2004, I sometimes wonder what would have happened had I made a different decision.
The first issue which I edited was issue 29, published for the Easter Vacation. It is an issue marking a change of eras, with an editorial looking forward to the new series, still a year away from broadcast but about to enter production, but much of the content looking at other series roughly generically aligned with Doctor Who: Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s fascination with Britain, and the work of Brian Clemens. Doctor Who is largely represented by fiction, typical for a concept where leadership had been with fandom (both voluntary and professionalised wings) for so long. It’s very much of its time, and though not as lavish or varied as the issues conducted by Matthew Peacock and others between 1998 and 2002, still I think stands up.
Tides of Time has a new editor – Daniel Alford. In the meantime, I hope to post issue 37, edited by John Salway, as soon as John is able to send an electronic copy to me, in-between his final year degree work.
Or, how to start a Doctor Who society at a famous university in the early months of 1989. From a history of the society published in 1992, and here in pdf form: Hilary 1989
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.