Monthly Archives: July 2010

New uploads: firsts, fiction, and filks

I’m still a little way from being able to upload issue 31, but in the meantime here are some articles from earlier issues, originally published between 1990 and 2002.

The first editorial is included mainly for historical reasons. Some more light on how The Tides of Time came to be is shed by this report of the Oxford Doctor Who Society’s 1989 Christmas dinner, also by the zine’s first editor, Louise Dennis.  As she remarked a year later, for an idea born in the toast-drinking stage of a student event, the magazine’s survival at all was pretty good going. Also placed online from the first issue is an article by my nineteen-year-old self, looking back on 1980s Doctor Who: From Skonnos to Perivale.

Tides has published a lot of high quality fiction over the years.  A lot of the more contemplative tales came from the pen (metaphorically or otherwise) of Matthew Peacock, who edited the magazine between 1998 and 2002, with one break. Several of the stories written by Mat (and what might be termed his school) have now been added to the site.  Jacob’s Ladder has an academic citation, as Fiona Moore and Alan Stevens noted its depiction of Lytton in their contribution to the book Time And Relative Dissertations In Space. A third Doctor story, One More Time, anticipates the Doctor’s prolonged farewell to his tenth incarnation by a decade. Penalty Phase looks at the relationship between the Doctor and the Master, as well as playing with the boundaries between the fact and fiction of the 1996 TV movie. The limitations of the Doctor’s ability to see the cosmic picture are illustrated in Coda. If you find libraries sinister and have doubts that text, reader and environment can ever be entirely disentangled, then Out of Print might well confirm your fears.

Out of Print is set in Oxford, and Louise’s report on the dinner is very much rooted in the student culture of twenty years ago. Mat’s farewell to the Tides editorship, This Is Not the End, includes reflections on editing a fanzine within Oxford University, as well as observations which fanzine editors everywhere will share. But for something born out of that student ritual, the punt party, see my attempt at Doctor Who/Beatles filking (though I didn’t know that’s what it was called then) from eighteen years ago, Rassilon’s Eternal Life Club Band. As someone to whom I showed the article years later remarked, none of the songs actually scan, but I think they are fun, so print and be damned…


Tides 29 now available for download

As if I hadn’t enough to do, I’ve spent a few hours reconstructing the first issue of The Tides of Time which I edited, back in 2004. Issue 29 was the first published in the less expensive A5 format, and had a long gestation under three editorships. Although published at Easter 2004, many of the articles had been written before the commissioning of the new series of Doctor Who in 2003, though I was able to make reference to it in the editorial. As a result, there’s a high emphasis on non-Doctor Who material, with a Buffy cover as I shamelessly plug my own article, and articles on Star Trek, The Prisoner and the career of Brian Clemens too. For a full listing see the Tides 29 page.

For technical reasons it’s available in two formats.

This link takes you to the printer-friendly booklet version

This link takes you to the screen-friendly A5 page version

There’s one more issue of the ‘modern era’ yet to upload, issue 31 from November 2005, but as some of the content has been contracted to Mad Norwegian Press’s excellent Time Unincorporated series, I will have to edit those articles out, so can’t promise the upload immediately.

Tides 32 now available to download

Tides of Time issue 32 is now available to download, thanks again to the generosity of current Tides editor Adam Povey. This was the first issue Adam edited after I handed the magazine over. Some excellent content, including an extremely good story by Alex Cameron about the eighth Doctor’s visit to Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and a look at the temporary Doctor Who exhibition in Cardiff in 2006, with photographs of various props and costumes from episodes seen in 2005. Plus the thoughts and opinions of Terrance Dicks! More details on the contents page.

Tides 32 can be downloaded from this link.

The PDF is slightly larger than other files, a consequence of it having to undergo some reconstruction. The good news is that Adam, being a modern chap, edits in colour, so internet readers have the benefit of colour pictures not available in the print edition.

Tides 1

The Tides of Time, issue 1, was published in January 1990.  It was cover dated Hilary Term 1990. It was edited by Louise Dennis. Its cover price was 70p.

In May 2014, to mark the society’s twenty-fifth anniversary, I rescanned and uploaded the entire first issue.

Download issue 1 as a PDF here.

Earlier versions of this post included links to first two, later three and eventually four articles as PDFs.  These links are retained below.

In every case I was working with scans from a photocopy which is over twenty years old. This is reflected in the quality of the images, and though there has been some minimal editing, grey tones and the occasional paper discolouration still appear.


Cover illustration by Louise Dennis

Format: A4 folded to A5, cover pages on light green paper, photocopied, 20pp.

Tides 2

The Tides of Time, issue 2, was published in April 1990. It was cover dated Trinity Term 1990. It was edited by Louise Dennis. Its cover price was 40p.

The issue is available for download as a PDF (approx 5Mb).


  • Editorial by Louise Dennis
  • The Davison Years. Cricket scoreboard by Mark Dunn
  • “Chap with wings, five rounds rapid.” The Brigadier celebrated, by Simon Clifford with Roger Shaw, illustrated by Louise Dennis
  • Reviews: Horror of Fang Rock, Resurrection of the Daleks, The Claws of Axos, The Edge of Destruction, The Sontaran Experiment, Castrovalva, The War Machines and The Horns of Nimon by Paul Dumont
  • The Official Doc Soc Guide to the Lesser Known Doctor Who Monsters. Meet the Garlics, the Tarbi, the Weti and others, by Mark Dunn
  • The Matrix Quiz by Paul Groves
  • Symbiotic Atrophy, or Whither DWAS? by Matthew Kilburn
  • The King, part two. Seventh Doctor and Ace fiction by Louise Dennis
  • The Neutron. Cartoon by Louise Dennis
  • Questionnaire Results by Adam Stephens
  • Advertisement for Whoniverse 1990 convention

Cover illustration: photomontage by Paul Groves

Format: A4 folded to A5, cover pages on yellow paper, photocopied, 20pp