Author Archives: Matthew Kilburn

Tides of Time issue 39 – more plans

A number of articles have been received and some may be published on this site in advance. Real life has, as ever, intervened – but there will be an issue this term. Contributions are still welcome.


Tides of Time issue 38 now published!

Tides38coverHere at last, and worth the wait… issue 38 of The Tides of Time, perfect for a little summer’s Doctor Who reading, can now be downloaded from this site. Please read on screen or print on paper in whatsoever manner you wish!

Revised file uploaded 1 March 2017. This rearranges and replaces photographs in one article at the author’s request.

This thirty-two-page issue is first published here as a PDF. Thanks to editor Daniel Alford for allowing this site to act as the main point of distribution. The cover shows an imagined visit by the twelfth Doctor to Magdalen College, Oxford.

Contents this issue:

  • Editorial. Daniel Alford looks back over the past two and a half years, and forward to the future
  • Marco Polo – Fifty Years On. Episode 1 – Dramatis Personae. Katrin Thier looks back at this Hartnell serial
  • The Arcs in Space. John Salway reviews the story arcs of the Russell T Davies era
  • Cryptic Crossword. A fiendish quiz by Alex Middleton
  • Academic ‘Doctor Who Studies’ and 101 Things You Can Do With An Undergraduate Degree. Andrew O’Day looks at how Doctor Who has interacted with academia
  • The Empty Children and the Doctor’s War. Why the Universe Didn’t End when the Doctor Danced. Matthew Kilburn looks at the Ninth Doctor’s visit to Britain in the Second World War.

Tides of Time will return… the editor has now regenerated into Ella Holden.


Happy tenth anniversary, Doctor Who!

Tides30It’s ten years since the return of Doctor Who to BBC One, which seems an opportune moment to link to Tides of Time 30, published in March 2005 just before the series came back, and Tides of Time 31 published in November 2005 (here represented by a revised 2010 version) and very much bearing the mark of that first Doctor Who series of the twenty-first century. Fantastic!

Police-Boxy Blues


Questions to which the answer is ‘Yes!’ – back cover, with vaguely seasonal modern colour replacement.

This somewhat Quixotic retrospective project, the digitization and upload of every issue of Tides of Time, comes to an end with the upload of issue 24 as a pdf. This issue was first published in June 1999 and was the only issue edited by Alastair Harrison. The late 1990s and early 2000s were a very creative time as a generation brought up on the cusp of the satellite era dug into Doctor Who and other archive television as well as considered the onward development of Doctor Who across non-television media. Issue 24 reminds me just how long South Park has been around as David Bickley considers what it takes to be an easily-eliminated Doctor Who character; just how confident one can be about what works and what doesn’t in novel series when one is churning out two essays a week (see Pass Notes: The Missing Adventures); and what, three years after its broadcast, the TV Movie taught fans about what the spirit of Doctor Who is and what would need to be kept in any revival (John Wilson’s Police-Boxy Blues). There’s fiction (my favourite being Alice Dryden’s Lawful Wedded Wife) and metafiction (David Bickley again with Work in Progress) and ponderings on other subjects including Queer as Folk (the impending Russell T Davies-led revival of Doctor Who sometimes seems inevitable with hindsight and frankly it frequently looked imminent at the time) and Blake’s 7. A contents list with more information was posted here some years ago.

As the caption says, Tides of Time will return, but in 2015. I hope to be able to host a pdf here. More details as they become available. In the meantime, enjoy the archive from the past twenty-four years.