Tides of Time – a catablog

Welcome to the online home of The Tides of Time, a Doctor Who fanzine published by the Oxford (University) Doctor Who Society. In July 2010, while working on another project, sometime editor Matthew Kilburn started to use it as an unofficial catalogue for the fanzine, for his own entertainment and the curiosity of others. He then started to mount PDFs of some editions of the magazine on the site, as well as some earlier articles. Since 2016 it has been the principal means of distributing issues now that they no longer appear in print (at least, not for the moment). Every issue is now available online.

A list of issues online as PDFs. Most files are about 5Mb, but some are larger.

There’s an entry for every issue of The Tides of Time published since 1990.  The listing for issue 1 is here. Following the zine through the years reveals changing tastes, developing writing styles, the broadening of scope beyond Doctor Who and back again, and of course through the cover reproductions the advance of easily available desktop publishing and copying technology.

A fair amount of the material has always been inward-looking; it’s a magazine which was born in the pre-internet age, and for most of its history circulated exclusively among people who knew each other. Nevertheless there have been a number of articles over the years which said new things about Doctor Who or which were very representative of where wider Doctor Who fandom stood on matters connected with the programme at the time. One was published in the third volume of the Time Unincorporated series published by Mad Norwegian Press.

Additionally, these were fanzines definitely created for relaxation in between writing essays, attending lectures, long hours spent in labs or libraries, rather than always seeking to break new ground – though some did so and still do.

Please note that unless otherwise stated each issue should be considered out of print.


2 thoughts on “Tides of Time – a catablog

  1. Legatus Hedlius

    Your website says that the Dr Who Society was formed in 1989 but there was definitely a society before that. One of the students at my interview had an Oxford University Dr Who Society tee shirt and that was in late 1978. He said they had had a dinner in Oxford and all four actors who had played the Doctor had attended.


    1. Matthew Kilburn

      Yes, certainly. There was a society from c.1976 to c.1980 (a bit late for Hartnell to have attended a dinner) but we have no records of it. Its former president contacted us in the 1990s by e-mail, explaining it had been very much his own project and disappeared soon after he left, but I don’t think contact was maintained nor was the e-mail retained. It would be great to find more evidence. Thanks for getting in touch!



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