Monthly Archives: March 2011

“I don’t work for anyone. I’m just having fun!”

Thanks to everyone who has been giving this site publicity in recent days. These particularly include free-roaming Doctor Who-led blog Life, Doctor Who and Combom; one of the core sites of Doctor Who fandom, The Doctor Who News Page; trailblazing e-zine The Terrible Zodin; and hardworking news blog TARDIS Newsroom.

Preparations are in hand for Tides 35. No promises as yet, but work is in progress on a look at Douglas Adams’s tenure as script editor of Doctor Who, and there might also be items about Ace, Gridlock and further developments on the computer games front.

The right guy, from another planet

The eighth Doctor can be dismissed merely an embodiment of lost hopes and promises unfulfilled or broken. However, he was salvaged by the fans of Doctor Who and has enjoyed innumerable adventures across a fractured multiverse of print, audio and comic strip. Coverage of the books and audios will feature in later releases, but for now here are some responses to his one television appearance, in the 1996 TV Movie, as well as some original fiction with different takes on the eighth Doctor’s fate. These articles were published in The Tides of Time between 1996 and 2002, except for one which though dealing with the Oxford Doctor Who Society’s viewing of the TV Movie in 1996 was published in the last (to date) issue of Skaro in 1997. All the PDFs bar Independence Day (which has been reset for this release) are scans from the original photocopies or printouts of Tides, and reflect the technology used to make the originals.

Reportage

  • West Coast Story. An optimistic outlook on Doctor Who‘s prospects written shortly before the broadcast of the TV Movie, misreading some of the auguries, by Matthew Kilburn. Published in Tides 19 (1996)
  • Independence Day. An account of the society’s reception of the TV Movie’s broadcast, by Matthew Kilburn. Published in Skaro [vol. 5 no.] 13 (1997)

Fiction

  • An End to Things by David Bickley. A new psychologist at the Institute is drawn to patient number eight. Published in Tides 25 (2000)
  • Have We No Workhouses? by Derek Haywood. The eighth Doctor enjoys a post-TVM career as a media executive in the age of Cool Britannia, while his previous selves suffer. Published in Tides 27 (2001)
  • Reliquary Man, part one by Alexandra Cameron. The Doctor and his goddaughter Chandra meet Alexis de Tocqueville – but what are Polaroids and automatic weapons doing in mid-nineteenth century France? Published in Tides 28 (2002)
  • Reliquary Man, part two by Alexandra Cameron. An old foe waits for the Doctor. Published in Tides 28 (2002)

Retrospective

Eighth Doctor fiction by Alex Cameron can also be found in Tides 30 (2005), Tides 31 (2005) and Tides 32 (2006), all of which can be downloaded in full as PDFs.